Deities and Religions

The ranks of the divine of Ilyenor fall within a series of hierarchy structures and are usually organized based on the size of their dedicated religions.


The Major Powers of Ilyenor

These gods are the most powerful of the pantheon of Ilyenor and the most frequently worshipped of the divine.

While they are worshipped separately and typically thought of as being at odds, Enelwing and Elmindel are usually attributed as being twin brother and sister.

Enelwing

Goddess of Law, Order, and Pattern

Nickname: Keeper of Order

Holy Symbol: A circle containing two squares forming an eight-pointed star.

Enelwing is the most commonly revered deity in the known lands and a large, structured hierarchy of priests and religious representatives can be found in most cities and towns.

The worship of Enelwing is the official state religion in the Kingdom of Thellerg and the Holy Dominion of Egiolin.

It is said that Enelwing dwells within the Luminous Domain in a symmetrical city of perfect order made of pure white stone.

Elmindel

God of Chaos and Entropy

Nickname: The Change-bringer

Holy Symbol: A spiral of alternating black and white.

The worship of Elmindel is the solid minority among the major powers (even outnumbered by the followers of Elad).

While his worship is not an innately evil practice it is a difficult concept to grasp for those who do not follow him that while Elmindel represents change and the inability to know what the future may bring, he does not represent outright destruction (which is usually attributed to Elmindel’s daughter Sariel) or death (as represented by Hazar).

Those who are familiar with the planes of existence believe Elmindel to dwell somewhere within the Shadow World.

Elad

The Forces of Nature

Nickname: The Green Man

Holy Symbol: A sprouting seed.

Elad is the personification of the nature force revered by the Druids. There are some Clerics associated with the worship of Elad as well. Most Wood Elves are followers of Elad and the official state religion of the Republic of Adrindest is his worship.

While most other religions will acknowledge the divinity of other powers most other religious organizations ignore Elad as a whole and dismiss his worship as a meaningless nature cult.

Elad is thought to rule supreme within the forests of the Wildlands.


The Minor Powers of Ilyenor

These gods primarily represent spiritual and intellectual concepts within the world of Ilyenor.

Penem and Azah are usually revered in shared temples devoted to the worship of both. They are considered to be relatives of Enelwing and Elmindel sometimes being attributed as children of one or both of them depending on which religious scholar you ask.

Penem

Goddess of Physical Strength, Endurance, and Perseverance

Nickname: The Lady of the Hammer

Holy Symbol: A simple warhammer.

There is a strong contingent of worshippers of Penem among the population of Arad. She is commonly revered by warriors and members of the military.

Azah

Lord of Victory, Success, and Overcoming Obstacles

Nickname: The Counter

Holy Symbol: An abacus.

It is commonly considered to be Azah’s duty to count the dead so their spirits can be shepherded to the realms beyond by Hazar. Those who die without being counted by Azah are said to be doomed to stalk the night as undead. As such it’s a relatively common practice to burn the dead on a funeral pyre to attract Azah’s attention.

Hazar

God of Death; Ferryman for the Dead

Nickname: Lord of Bones

Holy Symbol: A humanoid skull.

Followers:

Gielyr

God of Magic

Nickname: He Who Knows

Holy Symbol: An unblinking eye.

Followers:


Demipowers of Ilyenor

These gods represent the physical world of Ilyenor, those tangible aspects that the populace of the world make contact with on a daily basis.

Aglos

God of Earth and Mountains

Nickname: Keeper of the Forge

Holy Symbol: An pickaxe and hammer crossed over an anvil.

Aglos is the patron of Dwarves and is commonly revered by those who work forges, metalsmiths, armorers, and masons.

Sariel

Goddess of Destruction

Nickname: Queen of Doom

Holy Symbol: A tower being struck by lightning.

Followers:

Racha

Goddess of Weather, the Sea, and Storms

Nickname: Bringer of Storms, The Wind Home

Holy Symbol: A cloud over a cresting wave.

Racha is held in high esteem by many sailors as the patron of the sea and storms. The worship of Racha is still popular in the islands of Helladhil despite the official state religion being the Church of Enelwing. Farmers tend to make prayers to Racha when they are the victims of droughts.

Illyrie

God of Secrets

Nickname: The Hooded God

Holy Symbol: A blindfolded face.

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The Ascended

The Ascended were not born to divinity, they were chosen by the other gods and elevated from their original mortal status.

Alwen

Goddess of Plants, Harvests, and Fertility

Nickname: Lady of the Harvest

Holy Symbol: A sheaf of wheat.

Alwen is prayed to by many farmers and holds a place of reverence among the Halflings. You will find a small shrine dedicated to the Lady of the Harvest in almost every community of the Plains.

Ridwan

Goddess of Luck

Nickname: Lady Luck

Holy Symbol: A golden horseshoe pointed upwards.

Rarely worshipped in an ongoing manner, Ridwan sees a great deal of sudden prayer from those in difficult situations that seek her blessing.

Arun

God of Fire, Purification, and New Beginnings

Nickname: The Purifier

Holy Symbol: An open flame.

The followers of Arun tend to fall into one of two groups.

  • The first are the arm of the Church of Enelwing empowered to perform exorcisms and oversee the removal of curses (they also spend a fair amount of time in contact with the Chirurgeon’s Guild).
  • The second is a separate cult that reveres the purifying flame of Arun over all other deities and believes that all of Ilyenor will be consumed in fire unless all the people are properly cleansed.

Gadrag

Patron of Madness and Insanity

Nickname: Queen of Cats, The Wanderer

Holy Symbol: A pair of cats eyes.

Gadrag has no organized group of followers, her name is mostly invoked when referring to people who seem to be lost causes. “Claimed by Gadrag” is a common euphemism for referring to anyone who has lost their wits.

Kielyr

God of Trickery, and Deception; Creater of Cyphers and Codes

Nickname: The Trickster, The God of Tongues

Holy Symbol: A face, it’s eyes obscured by hands.

Kielyr is responsible for creating the many languages of the world, having done so as a way to cause difficulty in communication and provoke misunderstandings.