Gods, Religion, and the
AfterlifeThe common belief is that the world of Oris is the handiwork of seven gods. These gods
are known as the Founders. The Founders came from a divine realm...that
nothing is known about. They are by far the most powerful of the
Orisian gods. Other gods include the direct progeny of the Founders as
well as various individuals, usually angels, that have been uplifted
into godhood or demigodhood. These gods are usually referred to as the
Lesser Gods. Each of the Founders preside over a spiritual realm - these are called the Seven Heavens. Most
of the lesser gods have a realm as well, either attached to that of
their Patron (or Matron) Founder, or as part of hell. The exception is
the god of death and judgment Sin, who has no realm, but rather
shuttles souls to their deserving ones.
Gods gain power from those who worship them. Usually, to encourage this
worship, the gods will use their powers for the benefit of their
followers. Their closest followers, usually referred to as the clergy
or priesthood, gain some amount of magical power from them, in reward
for their servitude. The more in tune with his god and doctrine a
is, the more powerful he is. One does not need to be a priest to gain
power from a god, and definitely needs no prerequisite to give it. Most
of the gods have set methods of worship that more casual followers take
part of under the guidance of the clergy.
Usually when a person dies, their soul goes to the realm of the god
that they served or followed, presuming they actually followed this
god. Everyone follows a god, whether it was the god he thought he
followed or not (and he will have followed one in some fashion even if
he believes there are no gods). The closer one followed a god, the more
privileges he has within the realm. One can only gain the favor of
the god while he is alive, as there is nothing really useful to be
spirit worlds. Devout followers may sometimes be uplifted as angels -
spiritual servants of their god. If one has followed one of the evil
gods, or has merely been a selfish bastard, he will end up in hell.
Hell is not a realm, but rather a spiritual prison of everlasting
torment. It was built during the War of the Gods (more on this later)
to seal up the losers of said war, and has since become a convenient
place to put the souls that have offended the gods.
(More on souls will be explained in Magic.)
|Creator of the earth (core and
surface) and the dwarves. God of the earth, duty and honor. The
priesthood of Jsut is charged with protecting the dwarfen races. Moles
and badgers may be his messengers and are considered holy to him.
|Creator of the sun and the
humans. God of the sun, light, and righteousness. Cousin to El Flana
and Ba Didea. The priesthood of Alos is charged with guiding and
protecting the human races. Eagles and lions may be his messengers and
are considered holy to him.
|Creator of the moon and the
elves. Goddess of the moon, the hunt and sagacity. Sister to Ba
Didea. The priestesshood of El Flana is charged with guiding the elfin
races. Wolves and owls may be her messengers and are considered holy to
|Creator of the animals and
fae. Goddess of creatures and mysteries. Sister to El Flana. Followers
of Ba Didea...aren't charged. Monkeys and rats may be her messengers
and are considered holy to her.
|Creator of the plants and
plant-like fae. God of the forests, the wilds and harmony. Followers of
Inot protect the balance of the world. Squirrels and cicadas may be his
messengers and are considered holy to him. Inot is the only genderless
|Creator of the oceans and the
dragons. Goddess of the seas and the elements (earth, water, wind,
fire, electricity). Once a lover to Raisenan. The clergy of Awahil is
charged with protecting the world. Dolphins and sea gulls may be her
messengers and are considered holy to her.
|Creator of the stars and the
stellar dragons. God of time and fortune. Once a lover to Awahil. The
clergy of Raisenan is charged with protecting the humanoid races from
outside forces. Butterflies and tortoises may be his messengers and are
considered holy to him.