The Northwest Barony
Heretics and Pagans
It is believed, by most cultures and religions, that demons were once mortal men who committed unspeakable crimes against humanity. Men who worship these diabolic entities come in many varieties. Cults have been discovered consisting of soldiers, farmers, and all manner of common folk. They are commonly led by sorcerers and priests, who seek to use demons for their own nefarious agendas. Demon cults gather in ancient ruins, remote canyons, and other out of the way places where there will be no witnesses to the dark blasphemies they commit in service to their masters.
The “Barbarian” Gods
The Imperial Church refers to the gods worshiped by foreigners as “barbarian” gods.
Akrusia and Voldany
Akrusians and the Voldir worship a small pantheon of gods.
- Ashun – “He of The Many Eyes”: Considered to be the most powerful of all the gods, Ashun is depicted as a sun whose surface is covered with unblinking eyes. He keeps watch over the earth, seeing all but rarely intervening except on behalf of his most loyal and obedient servants. It is Ashun who decided to pass the knowledge of the gods on to man.
- Zulga – “The Eater of Souls”: It is believed that those who die must stand before the gods and receive their judgment. It is Zulga who enforces this judgment. The souls of the worthy will ascend to the heavens in her arms, and the souls of the damned will spend eternity in the hellish torment of her belly. Zulga is depicted as either a beautiful yet completely hairless young woman or as a vast and amorphous blob, depending on what role she must play, and it is said that when one approaches death she will come to you in dreams in one form or the other, foretelling your fate by her chosen body.
- Rigam – “The Banished One”: Rigam is worshiped only by mysterious and exclusive orders and secretive bands of cultists. He appears in the form of various common beasts, a punishment bestowed upon him by the other gods for a crime which mortal men are neither capable nor worthy of comprehending. Doomed to walk the earth for all eternity, some say that he causes trouble and trouble and wickedness wherever he goes. Others say he has lost all of his power save for his immortality, but in general he is considered the bringer of bad luck in all of its forms.
- Inara – “The Mouthless Crone”: Inara is said to appear to the devout as an old woman, hunched and frail. She is said to know every secret kept by mortals, and so removed her mouth so that she could never be forced by the other gods to reveal them. Instead she keeps them to herself, using her knowledge to mysterious ends and granting it to those who pray to her in visions and portents.
- Mogram – “The Tormentor”: When the people have displeased the gods, it is Mogram who often carries out their punishment through disease, earthquakes, pestilence, drought, and other tribulations. Keeping in his good favor is said to cause him to focus his wrath elsewhere, and when disasters befall the land the people will often pray for his mercy. If he listens, they will be spared the worst of things.
Doros and Karovia
The Dorosi and Karovians believe in three gods.
- Aziran is the sun, a benevolent but mostly disinterested god who is the creator of the world. He embodies knowledge, strength, and courage.
- Palia is his daughter, the moon, who grants fortune to the followers and is considered the goddess of birth, sensory experience, and the harvest.
- Harutus is his son, exiled to the underworld, who embodies death, evil, and misfortune. although the Dorosi and Karovians acknowledge the power of Harutus, openly worshiping him is considered vile and distasteful. In most areas, especially in Karovia, paying tribute to him or making sacrifices in his name is a crime.
Greylanders worship a wide variety of deities, each representing some aspect of existence, such as life, death, storms, the sun, and battle. Some tribes believe in gods that others do not, or revere one god above others. None of the deities they worship are worshiped by people in other parts of the world.