A god is deity which acts as an interface between mortals and the celestial plane. They are spirits who began life as higher creatures but were ascended to become acolytes of a deity, typically at the time of the creature's death. Each presides over a domain, but that domain can vary in scope depending on their strength. Gods of highly specialized domains are typically acolytes of gods who preside over a larger domain that contains their specialty (e.g. Korn, the god of storms, is the patron of Rei, the goddess of Air). Two gods can preside over the same domain, although if one god becomes more powerful than another the lesser can be forced into patronization. Occasionally, this process is instigated or amplified by an endefidem.
Types of gods
- Exalted Gods - An exalted god is one with no patron. They have achieved a following large enough that they can sustain themselves on their acolytes alone. While this brings the freedom of independence, if an exalted god's following dwindles, they risk dying off entirely. When this happens, rather than be transported to the celestial plane, their soul entirely ceases to be. These gods are called "The Abandoned". There is no way to resurrect an Abandoned.
- Acolyte Gods - These gods are with patrons. If their patron is a vassal or exalted god, they are known as a "First Order God". If their patron is a First Order God, they are known as a "Second Order God". While this system could be extended further, it is unusual in common discourse to hear any subsequent order mentioned.
- Athonem - An athon is a god which maintains a strong connection with the celestial plane. They spend most of their time incorporeally surveying the universe. They must expend power to manifest themselves as visions to their followers. This often leads athonem to being distant, indirect actors in the lives of their acolytes.
- Erdels - An erdel is a god which maintains a strong connection with the material plane. They spend most of their time in a physical form of their choosing, moving across the planet in search of tasks. They must expend power to turn incorporeal or teleport. This lets erdels keep a close connection with their followers, but it leaves them vulnerable to attack. While they can't be killed, physical attacks draw out a god's power and weakens them.
List of gods
- Rei, goddess of air
- Kri, goddess of maternity and child rearing
- Nemora, god of naval navigation and cartography
- Milick, goddess of sculpture
- Vol, god of children's health