Prophecies of Doom
Pantheons of Dragon Pass
Mythology and Religion
The Orlanthi maintain reverence and piety towards their deities, who are considered to be the most powerful and helpful in the cosmos. The major deities are:
Orlanth: Chief God, King of the World, Storm God, culture hero, men’s god.
Ernalda: Earth Goddess, Mother Goddess, culture heroine, women’s goddess.
Humakt: God of Death, war, honor, swords.
Issaries: God of speech, communications, travel, merchants and trade.
Lhankor Mhy: God of Truth, knowledge, writing, and law.
Minor Deities: Asrelia the Grandmother, Babeester Gor the Axe Goddess, Barntar the Plowman, Chalana Arroy the Healer, Elmal the Sun God, Esrola the Goddess of Life, Eurmal the Trickster, Heler the Rain God, Maran Gor the Destroyer, Ty Kora Tek the Goddess of the Dead, Urox the Storm Bull, Voria the Goddess of Spring, and Yinkin the Alynx.
The religion has two major myth cycles, the Gods War and the Lightbringers. The Gods War relates how Orlanth and his brothers conquered the world, then how Orlanth conquered his brothers. It relates how the physical world came into being and how society was formed by Orlanth and Ernalda. A great Hero from this era is Vingkot the Victorious, a son of Orlanth who ruled a great people.
The Lightbringers’ Quest is the critical myth of creation to define the Orlanthi way. It typifies all the activities expected of members, includes many amusing or tragic stories of the consequences of failure, and features all the deities of regional importance as well as the greatest figures of cosmology.
The Orlanthi peoples all view the ancient Gbaji War as a war against Chaos. They remember Nysalor, who tricked Orlanth for a while, but Arkat Swordlord, the Son of Humakt, liberated Orlanth and freed his vision. While Arkat conquered the magical foes of Dorastor, Orlanth overthrew the Pelorian empires which provided manpower and money to the evil empire. The most important Hero from this era was Harmast Barefoot, a common farmer who twice achieved the Lightbringers’ Quest to combat Gbaji.
The other ancient empire, the Empire of the Wyrms Friends, was another mistake. Many people, including for a time Orlanth himself, explored the ways of the storm god’s draconic foes a little bit too much and fell into the left handedness of its ways. As a result, now there is a tale of how Orlanth fell to the Inner Dragon of Arangorf. A famous Hero from this era is Alakoring Dragonbreaker, the slayer of Drang and the founder of the Rex subcult of Orlanth.
Finally, the God Learners are remembered as evil sorcerers from the Land of the West who were fought off centuries ago. Orlanth never submitted to them, or fell for their wiles, though several impressive hero battles are remembered. A famous Hero from this era is Gorangi Vak, who first discovered and still teaches the Hero Path to tame the Sky Bulls of Stormwalk Mountain.
Ernalda (Esrolia, in the Holy Country): The land of Esrolia, one of the densest population regions in the world, is a land of the Earth Goddess. The grandmothers and queens maintain a dominant place in the political, religious, and social orders. There most of the men follow a wider variety of cults which are accessible as husband figures, including Argan Argar, and a local version of Yelmalio, although Orlanth is still the most favored husband and the major Orlanthi deities are just as important as in other nearby Orlanthi lands.
Lunar Empire: The worship of Orlanth is widely suppressed in the river valleys of these regions, especially by destroying the temples which provide the natural focus for the tribal cults. Initiates are reported to have “vanished, like the wind”, probably to join Barntar, the plow god who can be subsumed by the Ernalda temples which are unmolested by Lunar demands.
The Pelorians generally worship the Solar pantheon. For the Dara Happans, this revolves around Yelm, Emperor of the World, and his sons and concubines. They consider all other religions to be aberrant cults of outlaws and misguided souls. Dara Happans look upon the Red Goddess as the servitor of the Sky. The major Pelorian deities are:
Yelm: Emperor and Sun God, the authority towards which all gods and mortals look.
Red Goddess: Goddess of the Red Moon, cycles, and of the Lunar Way.
Biselenslib: the Long Legged Goddess, the wife of Shargash or his less savage son Alkor, and mother of the river peoples.
Buserian: God of Priests, of Writers and Scribes, of Stargazing, and of Divination.
Dayzatar: God of the Sky, purity, and aloof moral dignity.
Lodril: God of the Earth and the Lower Worlds.
Lokarnos: God of the Slow Planet, of money, and of counting.
Oria: Mother Goddess, Earth Goddess, and Woman’s Goddess.
Oslira: the great River Goddess.
Polaris: God of armies, leader of battles, and superior to the rabble of War Gods who do the actual fighting.
Seven Mothers: the secret council which restored the Red Goddess.
Shargash: God of destruction, the primal war god.
SurEnslib: the Heron Goddess.
Minor Deities: Dendara the Good Wife, Entekos the Keeper of the Middle Air, Erissa the Healer, Gorgorma of the Two Mouths, and Thilla the Keeper of the Earth.
The cities each have a patron god and goddess, each worshiped for similar purposes but with local differences of color. In Yuthuppa, Dayzatar and Herustana are the city patrons. In Raibanth, they are Raibamus and Oslira. In Alkoth, they are Shargash and Biselenslib. Ancestor worship is popular in many Pelorian families.
The Red Goddess
The Red Goddess founded the Lunar Way, a religion which is a strange mixture of mysticism and practical magic, of barbaric cruelty and dignified beauty, of freedom and tyranny. The Red Goddess worked, danced, and fought her way into the fabric of the world. The Red Emperor is her son and her worship spreads far beyond the bounds of her empire and is very powerful, and includes many lesser deities.
The Praxian Pantheon
The Praxians know that many gods once existed in their lands but were destroyed by terrifying forces of Chaos. Chaos is the force of doom and destruction, responsible for all that is bad and evil in the world, and never to be spared. These monster gods would have annihilated all existence except that Storm Bull intervened and defeated their leaders. The fierce Rage Bellower, as Storm Bull is popularly called, is the mainstay to preserve the universe.
Eiritha is the Herd Mother, source of life and wife of Storm Bull. She was buried beneath the earth millennia ago. She still sends out herds of wild and free animals from a secret cave, whose location is lost to living beings. The people of Prax are utterly dependent upon the Bounty of Eiritha for their daily existence upon the bleak plains.
Waha the Founder is the culture hero who determined the way of life appropriate for the surviving Praxians. He is the son of Storm Bull and Eiritha, and was born at the end of the Gods War, after his father had slain the Devil and long after his mother was hidden beneath the earth. Waha freed the herd beasts and women from the Darkness, tamed fire, taught men how to kill and dress beasts, established customs, and first learned the songs of power which banish evil and call the spirits to help.
Minor Deities: Babeester Gor, Daka Fal, Foundchild the Hunter, Helpwoman, Humakt, the Lightbringers, Seven Mothers, Yelmalio, and Yelorna.