So, my first project here will be an in-depth review of the pantheon(s) of Citaria. I say “pantheons” because, as is mentioned in Salvation’s Dawn, the Citarian pantheon was merged with the pantheon of the world of Koryon during the Fifth Demon War. (Don’t worry, more on the wars is coming soon, too.) So for starters, I’m going to take a look at how the pantheon came into being, and then subsequent posts will go over each of the deities in greater detail.
The pantheon of Citaria was created mainly for use in Dungeons & Dragons games. Since the domains and powers of clerics and even druids in the game are dependent on the deities they serve, it’s important to make sure a good D&D campaign has a rich and detailed pantheon – even if it’s an already established one. (When I was introduced to the game, for example, our DM used the Norse pantheon, for which there was already a long write-up in a source book. Probably not accurate, but then we weren’t playing in a Scandinavian campaign, so, no big deal.) So, when I began creating my own campaign world, one of the first steps was to ask myself, “What deity created these alien species and why?”
The answer to that first question sparked the conflict around which the world of Citaria is built: the bloody rivalry between the god Arakiel (more commonly called Gori Sensullu by his people) and the being known to the people of Citaria only as Seril, who is also commonly called the Devil Queen. Their conflict set the tone for the creation of the races: Gori Sensullu created the rir species, while Seril created what are called serilian demons. Once you have a conflict that gives birth to your mortal races, congratulations! You are already well on your way creating a world.
A quick pass through the Appendices of Salvation’s Dawn reveals six major wars between the armies of these two god-like beings: five Demon Wars and the final one called the Apocalypse. With this growing conflict and the many skirmishes that inevitably fell between them, a history began to emerge from which great heroes arose and, consequently, were deified. From the commanders and warriors of the first wars – Sechre Tori and Garra Ktarra – to the more unsung heroes that kept the flame between the wars – such as the Satachi twins – a pantheon emerged from the greatest heroes of Citarian history. Then it was only a matter of splashing in a few others to fill out the major spheres of influence: Karmi G’Dorrinn the sea goddess, and Carlos Bouron – better known as the Beast – as the god of shapeshifters and lycanthropes.
Thus was formed the Citarian pantheon, from eldest to newest:
Gori Sensullu, “The Creator”
Sechre Tori, “First in Battle”
Kerry Kijana, “Garra Ktarra”
Kris Fletcher, “The Ghost”
Karmi G’Dorrinn, “The Lady of the Depths”
Zalkar the Unyielding, “Avatar of Vengeance”
Mitreus & Zitenius Satachi, “The Sandur Striders”
Carlos Bouron, “The Beast”
Tisa Ch’Brakkh, “The Dawn of Hope”
Kaelariel Arakiel Jir’tana, “The Ascending Dawn”
The Koryon pantheon was actually developed for an alternate campaign world called (appropriately) Koryon. It was due to a later Dungeons & Dragons campaign I ran that I decided to have the two worlds cross over, and thus the pantheons merged to then face the threat of Seril. The Koryon pantheon required a lot less work since they were patterned after the Citarian pantheon, with the difference being that the Koryon pantheon were not mortals who were deified, but rather pre-existing divine beings that banded together for various reasons.
The Coramin family formed the backbone of the pantheon, comprised of father Ambergaust, mother Carsius, their children Bek and Cabal, and Ambergaust’s brother Tigron. From there, it was a matter of adding additional deities to, again, fill in the gaps. The difference, again, was that since these were pre-existing divine beings and not mortals that were deified, history was dependent on these deities rather than the other way around. Koryon is, therefore, nowhere near as deep or detailed in its history as Citaria, but that may change once the main storyline of the Eve of Redemption series is completed.
So the Koryonite pantheon was created:
Ambergaust Coramin, “The Wellspring”
Carsius Coramin, “The Mother of Truth”
Bek Coramin, “The Resultant Truth”
Cabal Coramin, “The Iron Fist of Heaven”
Tigron Coramin, “The Celestial Mender”
Krollmar Stonetender, “The Celestial Smith”
Belgrin the Wanderer, “Tender of the Roots”
Korbaz the Constant, “Lord of the Second Law”
Braum the Clairvoyant, “The Magnificent Intellect”
Ellen Dragonborn, “Fruit of the Great Tree”
One of the most fun things about having deities with such rich pasts and personalities is letting the characters of the novels discover it all over time. Everyone on Citaria is well aware of who makes up the pantheon, but that doesn’t mean they know very much about the gods themselves – particularly the Koryonite deities. And that, I hope, extends to my readers as well: I hope you enjoy learning about these deities, how they came to be, what they control, and what their own motivations may be as much as I enjoyed creating them.
In my next posts, I’ll begin taking more in-depth looks at each deity.