Shadows of Erasc
Gods and Religion
Gods and Religion The pantheon of Erasc is worshiped by nearly all civilized races and nations. Though different races favor different deities, all are revered by those who share the concerns of a given God. Legends speak of dead and forgotten Gods, but the ones listed below are the only ones that you have known.
Morisa – The Goddess of commerce, both scrupulous and unscrupulous. Morisa is envisioned as a beautiful female with auburn hair and golden eyes. She carries a scale and a longsword, all made of gold. She is the patron of diplomacy, mercantilism and social interaction taken for personal advantage. Her worshippers include diplomats, merchants and politicians. Tieflings and humans most frequently adopt her as their patron, though many Eladrin and half-elves do as well. Symbols: an imbalanced scale, the longsword, a triad of coins, the peacock, the color gold.
Aderam – The God of property, both owned and stolen. Aderam, is envisioned as a thin male with a mischevious glimmer in his eye. In one hand he holds the cudgel of the guardsman and in the other, he holds the dagger of the cutpurse. He is the champion of both, who are the most common of his worshippers. Anyone who makes the protection or acquisition of material goods may worship Aderam. Though any race of guard or thief might worship Aderam, halflings and dragonborn are the most common races to worship him. Symbols: The full moon, the cudgel (for watchmen), the dagger (for thieves), black cats, the color black.
Timurgh – The God of battle, both honorable and dishonorable. Timurgh is envisioned as a gigantic male with flaming red hair. He is usually pictured wearing burnished armor and carrying his gigantic battleaxe. Timurgh is the patron of those who choose battle as their life, whether a noble knight or a savage barbarian. Though anyone of a military bent might worship Timurgh, dragonborn and dwarves are the most common worshippers. Symbols: a bloodied axe, the color red, the bear.
Lemaat – The God/Goddess of balance in all things. Lemaat is envisioned as both a male and a female. The female incarnation is seen as young and in the flush of youth carrying an apple. The male incarnation is seen as an emaciated old man carrying a leather bound tome. Both wear a gray cloak that shadows their face. He/She is worshipped by those who seek balance between all things. Anyone could be a worshipper of Lemaat, but their most frequent adherents are elves and half-elves. Symbols: The apple, the robin, the raven, a leather bound book with a lock, the color gray, a balanced scale.
Nelmindos – The God of death, both meaningful and meaningless. Nelmindos is frequently envisioned as a lithe warrior wielding an executioner’s axed and wearing plate armor embellished with images of death that gives no hint as to his features. All of those who take lives for a profession may worship Nelmindos. Executioners, manhunters and all manner of brigands worship Nelmindos. There are a surprisingly large number of Eladrin worshippers of Nelmindos. Symbols: The eagle, the executioner’s axe, the color blue, the burial shroud, the color of deep blue.
The Demiurge – The God of building, both well-thought and overwrought. The Demiurge is the primarch of the Gods, the first among equals. He built all that was and gives the civilized races the creative abilities to make what will be. He is frequently envisioned as a old craftsman in pristine white robes carryings a hammer and a chisel. Those who add structure to the world frequently worship the Demiurge. Many bureaucrats, architects, craftsmen and politicians worship the Demiurge, whether they be wise or foolish in their construction. Eladrin and Dwarves are the most common adherents of The Demiurge. Symbols: The hammer and chisel, an unembellished mortared wall, the color white, the ant.
Melora – The Goddess of Agriculture, both it success and failure. Melora entreats the earth to give up its bounty for the good of civilization. If angered, she can also bring famine or cause a mine shaft to collapse. The most temperamental of the pantheon, she is envisioned as a middle aged woman dressed simply, carrying an implement, the implement usually based on the goods produced by an area. She is worshipped by farmers, miners, trackers and any others who make their living off of the land. Elves and Halflings are most commonly found worshipping Melora.
Ioun – The Goddess of Knowledge, both wholesome and dangerous. Ioun is envisioned as an aging, but handsome woman dressed in flowing purple robes. She is most commonly pictured at a writing desk with an open book and quill. She is the patron of all who seek knowledge, whether for the good of society or themselves. She is commonly worshipped by scholars, those who pratice the arcane arts and those who delve into ancient civilizations with the intent of retreiving knowledge. Humans, Eladrin and Tieflings are all common adherents of Ioun. Symbols: The crane, the color purple, the open book and quill, the sun, the staff.
Sune – The Goddess of Beauty, both true and deceiving. Sune is the mercurial goddess of beauty. She is the wife of the Demiurge, giving form to the function he creates. She is pictured as a woman of surpassing beauty wearing shimmering silver garments. Two doves light on her shoulder and she carries a fan. Those who seek beauty in their work, or who make their living by their own beauty commonly worship Sune. Artists, poets, courtesans and prostitutes all call her their patron. Elves and Eladrin most commonly worship Sune. Symbols: The color silver, the dove, the fan, the rose.