Deities of Sarradar
Since the Age of Imperium, humanity has worshipped the gods and goddesses of the Silver Court in one form or another. At first they were held as loose collection of deities and forces of nature given anthropomorphic form, but with the success of the Great Crusade and the start of the Age of Salvation, these figures were unified under the rule of Chiera as the Silver Court. How the Court is worshipped depends on where in the world one is from, with the Lorandarians seeing all the members as true deities, the Valerians believing them to be ascended saints under the one true deity, and the Tian’shi interpreting them all more as spirits of the world.
Whatever the form, the deities of the Silver Court stand for the Light, for Good and for civilisation, and they are the most prominent focus of worship throughout the Five Realms.
Ever since the wildlings and bestial races first awoke on Sarradar, they have paid homage to and received in return the assistance of a the group of gods known as the Cala’sidhe. Across the world wherever wildlings or bestials may be found or once dwelt, the shrines and markers of their worship can likewise be encountered. Notably, rather than worshipping the gods and goddesses of the Silver Court, the wild men of the forsaken clans that live throughout the fringes of the Five Realms also worship the Cala’sidhe in their own particular ways.
Aside from the five, it should be noted that like the other pantheons there are also a host of lesser gods aligned with the Cala’sidhe, including the two rams of Summer and Winter, always locked in combat with each other, and the Heartwraiths that dwell inside the greatest trees in the old forests.
It is said that the Primes existed long before the gods of the Silver Court or even the forces of the Dark made their presence felt. When the world was first spun from the unwoven fabric of creation by the First Gods, the Primes were amongst them and played their part in building and shaping all the raw matter of the world even as the other gods quickly turned to the act of creating creatures to inhabit the world.
Humans, Ancients, aethereals, and things far older seem to have worshipped the Primes since the dawn of time. Relief’s found in the ancient ruins of Korashur pre-dating the time of the Ancients seem to backup this theory, showing a race of long-dead humanoids worshipping beings of an apparently elemental nature. Though their worship nowadays remains most prominent in Korashur, some measure of homage is paid to them across the Five Realms given the primal nature of their influence.
This being said, the Primes tend to be aloof from the affairs of the planes outside their respective elemental planes, seemingly only becoming involved directly in mortal affairs if something drastic is set to happen to their domain of influence. It is for this reason perhaps that the magelords of Korashur that would otherwise bow to no god, feel comfortable enough giving offerings and pay homage to them.
It should be noted that while the Primes are commonly attributed a particular gender, this is not set, and they are strongly believed to be genderless.
Since the time of the First Cities of Aluvia the Celestines have influenced, guided, meddled with, and been worshipped by humanity. Unlike the deities of the Silver Court, the Celestines are more indistinct in their morality and alignment, and can be easily as cruel as they can be kind. Nowadays as it was in the past, those that pay homage to the pantheon are careful to maintain the blessings of a chosen patron, for though often more generous, they are far less forgiving when slighted than Chiera and her fellow deities.
When the Ancients came to Aluvinor and began to stamp out the practices of worship of the Celestines, the humans came up with ways to hide their practices. These practices eventually became codified and known as the Lexumbra, the Law of the Shadow. When the Avyrnians returned and brought with them the worship of Chiera and the Silver Court, the worship of the Celestines flourished once again. Though never again as repressed as it had been under the Ancients, due to some of the less savoury beliefs and practices of their followers, the Valerian Inquisition does what it can to keep such pagan worship to a tolerable minimum.
First codified during the time of the First Cities, the Virtues are a cornerstone of the Silver Court religion, as well as the Celestines to a lesser extent, though their origins are believed to be even older.
- Honesty is respect for truth.
- Compassion is love of others.
- Valour is courage to stand up against risks.
- Justice is truth, tempered by love.
- Sacrifice is courage to give oneself in name of love.
- Honor is courage to seek and uphold the truth.
- Spirituality is to seek truth, love and courage from one’s own self and the world around.
- Humility is the opposite of hubris - that which is the absence of truth, love or courage.
The pursuit of these virtues is a common theme in Valerian religious observances in particular, with citizens from the noblest paladin to the lowliest peasant carrying out pilgrimages and civic services to strive for them.
Aside from the aforementioned pantheons of deities that vie for the worship of the mortal races of Sarradar, various other greater and lesser deities and demi-gods exist or have existed in the past, gathering what worshippers they can and raising temples to their honour for their exploits and miracles, or else going about the work of their divine paths with little care for the mortal world.