Gods of the Empire
The pantheon worshiped in the empire originally sprang from ancient mystery cults in the dry washes of southern Osretia. As worship spread to the cities, they marched westward and founded new colonies along the shores of the southern sea. These colonies in turn developed into the Kisalvian city-states but they maintained the worship of the same gods, even if the names changed as the language diverged. In time, the empire was formed and they marched back east to establish dominion over their progenitors and supplant the chaotic and highly individualistic religion of the east with the more disciplined and formal imperial pantheon. After the collapse of the empire, most Osretians kept to the imperial religion, but some found it a fashionable statement to return to the less dogmatic spiritualism of their forefathers.
Belann is the ancient imperial god of war, and in these troubled times his cult remains powerful and well respected. Belann has always been considered a god who favors those of lower birth, as he himself was not born of the divine, but was an offspring of Temrian and a mortal mother who was raised to his current position by recognition of his usefulness. He demands the twin virtues of faithfulness and proficiency above all others. The cult of Belann maintains a strong presence throughout the lands of the old empire and there are a multitude of warrior orders empowered in his name.
This is the divine manifestation of the Earth, in the strictest elemental sense. Calix is often considered a somewhat distant deity and does not enjoy the universal appeal of some other gods. Nevertheless, his authority is considered absolute within his sphere and almost all miners and stonemasons make regular contributions to his temple in order to ensure favorable working conditions.
Corion is a learned god and isthe primary god of wisdom and knowledge. His role since the fall of the empire has been somewhat reduced, but his feat of restoring the god Surt to life in the age of heroes has ensured that he retains worshipers in the form of doctors and healers of any stripe.
Deligo is a god of love. He not only represents that of romantic love, but also that of a mother for a child, or that shared between brothers. For this reason, despite the lack of a strong cult, Deligo remains an important figure in the divine realm for his diplomacy.
An elemental force of fire, Ensiu is a two-faced goddess that is both beloved and feared. She is a nurturing mother figure at sometimes, when she represents the positive effects of a warms safe hearthfire. Other times her fickle nature overcomes her and she rages out of control and becomes a titan of unfeeling destruction. Templars of Ensiu go out into the world and expunge evil with the purifying flame of Ensiu.
Faber is the craftsmen of the gods. He is represented as a stocky, unassuming figure wearing simple clothing. Another god of the lower classes, he does not require elaborate ritual or compulsory tithing, but simple an act of expertise. Faber wishes his adherents to find the simple joy of competence.
Marennon is the god of the sea, as such he is also recognized as a master of trade and currency. His temple is by far the richest of the old gods and enjoys a strong relationship with that of Viator. Clerics of Marennon are master sailors and are renowned for their imperturbability in the face of adversity.
Menna is the Huntress of the divine realm. She, like Belann, was not born a goddess. Unlike Belann, she seized her godhood by tracking a celestial beast across the bridge of light and into the realm of the gods. When she finally ran down her prey, she slew it and drank of its heartsblood. This act conferred upon her divine status, although the other members of the pantheon do not recognize her as an equal. For this reason there is no central cult of Menna. Instead she empowers her servants individually and does not recognized a true priestly order.
Messora is the goddess of the harvest and fertility in general. She is strongly recognized as a patron of plants and animals, but only those that are under domestication. Rural folk consider her primarily a goddess of agriculture and revere her accordingly. In aristocratic and urban circles, she is more strongly identified as a representation of fertility and is more often invoked when a marriage contract is concluded by a noble family than Deligo.
Nex is the god of death. He was granted authority over the disposition of mortal souls and his integrity is absolute. He is a stern-faced judge and it is universally recognized that there can be no avoiding his gaze. His cult views undeath in any form as a peversion of the natural order and spare no effort in tracking it down and eliminating it wherever it may occur. There is no more frightening situation than to come under the suspicion of one of the cold-eyed inquisitors of the Order of the Shroud.
Nosirus is the god of the moon and night. He is a sly and untrustworthy deity and his purview is often considered deeds best left unmentioned. For this reason it is often considerd ill-luck for a child to be born under a new moon. In this instance, parents will often make generous donations to the Temple of Nosirus (usually the only time they receive donations) to persuade him to release the soul of the child so they can make their own way.
Surt is the shining god of the sun and is considered the primary deity of the empire. As a living embodiment of the sun, Surt was believed to be the source of all good in the world. His temple remains a powerful organization and it is rare to find anyone in old imperial lands that does not give thanks to Surt often.
Temrian is the lord of the sky and bringer of storms. He is sometimes depicted as a four-armed god, representing the four winds. Although he is an elemental force, his temple maintains good relations with others and he is very well respected among the rural folk. His templars are special in that they are cursed (or gifted)with a rare temper that causes them to lose control and take on the raging characteristics of a roaring thunderhead in battle.
Viator is a somewhat difficult god to describe, as his portfolio is rather complex. Ostensibly the patron of travel and communication, his purview extends to roads and riverways, as well as language and messengers. Strangely enough however, his other activities in the divine realm have also marked him as as Lord of gambling and luck. Needless to say this has also made him a popular figure with criminals and even adventurers.