The religions and gods of Leighta
There are many mortals who have reached Godlike power and ascended to the upper planes where they rule with almost unlimited power or lead heavenly or hellish armies in an eternal cosmic struggle against equally powerful beings. Some may choose to stay on the Material Plane to give guidance to the mortal races or rule them as a tyrannical leader.
The most powerful of Gods are able to gain even more power from those who worship them and in return can grant their faithful followers powerful boons to aid their cause.
The Gods below are well known across Leighta, most adventurers with even a basic education are able to name a good amount of Gods and what they represent.
Goddess of healing, the mind and the body.
A benevolent Goddess whose mission it is to cleanse the planes of the undead and to give light to those struck with illness or injury. Her followers are dedicated to helping those in need of healing as well as destroying any undead they find as they are a mockery of the body and mind.
Bahrie understands that all life must eventually come to an end which is why she rewards each of her followers a place in her heavenly kingdom once their time is up where they can guide the mortal priests on the Material Plane for eternity.
Goddess of the arts, luck and celebrations
In her mortal life she was once a legendary bard whose songs could influence an entire nation, as a Goddess her mission is to spread joy and prosperity to those who deserve it.
Although her priests gain the most power from her directly, the results of her time performing on the Material Plane has left an effect on the most talented of Bards who are able to tap into her power.
She is most commonly celebrated in the District of the Arts in the city of Turgus where many festivals are held in her honour.
God of good, law and righteousness
Not much is known about Eo’s former life other than the odd ancient tale of a travelling knight who performed many heroic deeds including banishing the Demon King Orcus which started his path to Godhood.
Eo has a special brand of fighters known as Paladins; formed in the city of Deepbourne, these holy warriors are the epitome of righteousness and chivalry who give their lives to serve their God.
The Demon King of bloodshed and chaos
A demon who worked his way to Godhood through slaughter and violence before being struck down by Eo and banished to the Infernal Plane which he has since claimed dominion over.
Although he lacks the power to interact with anyone on the inner planes he still has a great degree of influence due to his mortal servants on each plane.
The Grim Reaper
The unstoppable force
The Grim Reaper is acknowledged more than it is worshipped, it is a being that represents that everything must eventually come to an end.
Unlike most Gods the Grim Reaper didn’t originate as a mortal who gained powers from a series of epic deeds, it simply spawned into existence with the creation of the world knowing the task it had to perform.
Some skilled magicians have managed to tap into the Grim Reaper’s dark powers and mastery over the dead, these necromancers are feared as much as they are despised.
God of war, honour and bravery
As a mortal Innana was a well respected and feared battlemaster, unlike most Gods Innana planned his ascension to the upper planes where he could create his own unstoppable army that embodied his own code of honour that many mortal soldiers still follow.
His priests are often called to make sure that battles are fought honourably and fairly and some leaders will go to great lengths to ensure that their side has Innana’s favour before a battle commences.
Goddess of light, fire and freedom
Once a sorceress with an uncontrollable affinity to fire who ascended to Godhood after
Hastsezini’s priests are taught that the eternal flame (the sun) cleanses all and the light protects all from evil and corruption.
Her priests have great control and a great resistance to fire, even going so far as to walk on hot coals, plunge their hands into scalding water and in extreme cases; set themselves on fire to prove their devotion for their goddess.
Goddess of Nature, the forests and animals
Druids worship Ki and in return they receive the power to control and protect nature.
Her followers prefer not to inhabit large cities, instead they tend to live in the peaceful woodland glens.
Ki grants her dedicated followers the ability to take on the form of nature’s beasts.
They oppose the followers of Set and their use of nature as a weapon.
God of Dwarves, Metalwork and mining
Moradin rules the earth and all that it contains, including precious gems that he can create at will and powerful metals he can forge with ease.
His temples are constructed out of the finest stones by the most skilled of architects to honour the beauty of Stone and the control that the priests have over it.
God of stealth, darkness and trickery
Although no one officially worships Loki and there aren’t any official temples in his favour, he is the patron of thieves and tricksters of all sorts and is said to bless those who make a decent offering to any of his hidden shrines.
God of the sea, the cold and seafarers
An immensely powerful god who is quick to anger, capable of turning a still ocean into a raging storm.
His priests are taught to control the sea, for better or for worse.
God of suffering, corruption, poison and snakes
A chaotic god who teaches his priests to harness nature as a destructive weapon and force, he opposes Ki and considers druids to be wasting their time protecting the natural world when they could use it to obtain great powers.
His priests are taught to create deadly poisons as well as to control snakes.
God of the sky, weather and thunder
The weather that Thor utilises can range from anything to blizzards, to blistering desert heats.
Thor grants his priests the ability to control the weather as well as to manipulate thunder, priests of Thor are almost as popular as Druids of Ki in some agricultural areas due to their power over the weather.
King of the elves, self proclaimed “the living God”
It is well known that through dedication one can achieve control over immense arcane power, but few can actually tap into the divine planes of the Gods and manipulate the power there.
Valendril achieved his Godlike powers during the sacking of the Elven lands and used his power to resettle the Island of Tellius and rescue his remaining people, every day he grows more powerful and is waiting patiently until he can take back his land.
Goddess of Chaos and insanity, daughter of the Dragon God
Lo’s draconic daughter who was banished to the mortal plane for stealing the power of the Gods.
Tiamat was born to serve the Gods as a gift from Lo, however despite her incredibly privileged life she grew jealous of the powers that each God had and attempted to steal a fraction of each Godly power.
Her plan was successful, but it wasn’t long before Lo found out and banished her to spend eternity in the mortal plane.
The multitude of different Godly powers conflicting in her head and shock to see how powerless the mortals are (in her opinion) took a toll on her and it wasn’t long before she succumbed to madness.