Orran’sulani and Nydoini were both beings of two different races that had evolved to godhood, though Orran’sulani was more powerful than Nydoini. Together, they bore seven children, the elemental gods who then reproduced amongst themselves.
- 1 The Father and Mother – First Generation Gods
- 2 Seven Elemental Gods – The Second Generation
- 3 The Third Generation
- 3.1 Seasonal Goddesses
- 3.2 Gods of Darkness – Children of Ispa
- 3.3 Gods of Light
- 4 Fourth Generation Gods
- 4.1 Casril – God of Luck
- 4.2 Juxus – God of Mischief and Lies
- 4.3 Young Dark Gods
- 4.4 Muses
- 4.4.1 Selacy - Muse of Invention
- 4.4.2 Hela - Muse of Epic Poetry
- 4.4.3 Reina - Muse of Song
- 4.4.4 Tilen - Muse of Astronomy
- 4.4.5 Lyrasa - Muse of Art
- 4.4.6 Serys - Muse of Literature
- 4.4.7 Ibana - Muse of Spellcraft
- 4.4.8 Kalet - Muse of History
- 4.4.9 Rilyn - Muse of Comedy
- 4.4.10 Totela - Muse of Sculpture
- 4.4.11 Esterr - Muse of Metalwork
- 4.4.12 Mixika - Muse of Dance
The Father and Mother – First Generation Gods
Orran’sulani – The Father
Often referred to as simply “the Father”, Orran’sulani was the highest figure in Aserra’s pantheon until his death at the hands of his daughter, Ispa. Orran’sulani is believed to have created the sun and brought light from the darkness. Aserra was created as a gift for his wife, Nydoini, which she populated with life.
Nydoini – The Mother
The Mother of Aserra, Nydoini, was the wife of Orran’sulani and second to her husband in the pantheon. She is credited with bringing life to Aserra and where Orran’sulani was the day, she was the night. She sacrificed her life in the War of the Gods to give her son Idraen the power to fight Ispa, who had stolen their father's power.
Seven Elemental Gods – The Second Generation
The children of Orran’sulani and Nydoini, these seven gods each rule over one of Aserra's seven metaphysical elements; Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Life, Light, and Darkness. Each of them is responsible for the creation of one of the elemental races and rule over the realms for those elements.
Zelan – God of Air
First born of the second generation, Zelan is aligned with the element of Air. His dominion was granted over the aspects of the Air element, including the spirit Sylph, and the plane of Air, the Whispering Heavens of D’neiw. Bound to him is the dragon Vorkas, aligned with the Air element as well. The Zaedyn race was created by him.
Maris – Goddess of Water
Second born of Orran’sulani and Nydoini, Maris is aligned with the element of Water. Her dominion was granted over all aspects of Water, including the Undine spirit and the plane of Water, the Deep Ocean of Welis. Bound to her is the sea serpent Asimeth. She is also responsible for the Mariel race, but also shares responsibility for the Marfod, a Nafod sub-race originally created by her sister Entra.
Brecha – Goddess of Earth
Third born to Orran’sulani and Nydoini, Brecha is aligned with the element of Earth. Her dominion is over Gnome, the Earth elemental, and the plane of Earth, the Rock Kingdom of Enos. She is connected to the wyrm Urobolus, and created the Brech’mar in her image.
Alaezo – God of Fire
Fourth born to Orran’sulani and Nydoini, Alaezo is aligned to the element of Fire. His dominion is over Salamander, the fire elemental, and the plane of fire, the Burning Mountains of Magnal. He is bound to the fire dragon Kezho and responsible for the creation of the Asath.
Entra – Goddess of Life
Fifth born to Orran’sulani and Nydoini, Entra is aligned with the element of Life. Her dominion is over the Maze of Dreams and the many races of Fae. She is bonded to the green dragon Sh’Laife. The Nafod races are her creation and she adopted the Fayl'Idayn.
Idraen – God of Light and King of the Gods
The sixth born child of Orran’sulani and Nydoini, the twin of Ispa, Idraen was aligned with the element of Light while his sister was aligned with Darkness in an eternal dichotomy. He was given dominion over the element of Llight and the nameless spirits that occupy it. Idraen is also bonded to the white dragon Nyusha and is responsible for the creation of the Idayn. Upon his father’s death, Nydoini chose him to succeed his father before she sacrificed herself to him in order to allow him to gain greater power to combat Ispa.
Ispa – Goddess of Darkness
Seventh born child to Orran’sulani and Nydoini, twin sister to Idraen, Ispa is aligned to the element of Darkness while her brother is aligned with Light in an eternal dichotomy. Her dominion is over the element of Darkness and the Seven Infernal Chambers of Malbolge, as well as Shades, the elusive dark elementals. Ispa is bound to the black dragon Alaas’th. She is responsible for the creation of the Danaij and is the primary god of the Forsaken Land.
The Third Generation
The Third Generation gods are children of the seven elemental gods. They are less powerful than previous generations and mostly have two wings. Humans are the predominant worshipers of these gods, but a few individuals have carved out niches as gods of sub-races.
The first of the third generation, the four Seasonal Goddesses were fathered by Zelan, and birthed by Maris, Entra, and Brecha. It was their conception that as well as began the War of the Gods, as Ispa was snubbed by Zelan with his reluctance to include her. While they were present during the War of the Gods, they were cloistered away in the safety of the Maze of Dreams with Entra while the rest of their family battled.
The Seasonal Goddesses are worshiped by humans across temperate Aserra and have temples established to them across northern Thiskel and Kalesten. Each goddess is prayed to as needed by season, mostly by farmers who desire ideal conditions to grow their crops.
Fria – Goddess of Winter
Born to Zelan and Maris, Fria is the Goddess of Winter. Her original purpose was to rule over the winter months, but her reach expanded to an entirely new sub-element of Ice. With her father’s help, a new elemental spirit was born, which she named Lycia, and when the Idayn race spread across the world, one group of pioneers landed on the arctic continent of Athok where Fria took them in to alter them to better survive the frozen landscape, creating the Aeul’Idayn.
Areria – Goddess of Spring
Daughter of Zelan and Entra, Areria is the Goddess of Spring. She rules over the months of spring and is prayed to for an early and abundant spring. Many festivals dedicated to Areria occur around the time snow usually melts and flowers began to bloom.
Glaeria – Goddess of Summer
Oleiria – Goddess of Autumn
Gods of Darkness – Children of Ispa
After the Seasonal Goddesses were born, Ispa was left childless while her three sisters all welcomed children. Snubbed by Zelan when she felt she should have bore him the Goddess of Winter, Ispa began to plot a war and sought to bear children on her own terms. Her children were all groomed to be her subordinates during the War of the Gods, and they were to sit just beneath her in the pantheon. Three were fathered by her brothers, while two were fathered by demon lords.
Craeseth – God of War
First born of his siblings, Craeseth was fathered by Alaezo when Ispa took advantage of her brother’s affection for her. He is worshiped as the God of War primarily in the Forsaken Land. He is served by the Danaij’vai, an off-shoot of his mother's Danaij; the Forsaken Land Asath who turned to darkness; and the Craetian Vampires. He is also the patron god of Danaij of the Shan caste.
Sai’ras – Goddess of Chaos
Second born to Ispa, Sai’ras was fathered by Zelan without his consent to become the Goddess of Chaos. She revels in lawlessness and the skewing of perceptions. A temperamental and unpredictable goddess, she is somewhat mad, and likes the same traits in her followers. She has a clan of vampires devoted to her, taken in after Yoma abandoned them, known as the Sairians.
Yoma – Goddess of Death
Third born to Ispa, Yoma was fathered by Idraen without his consent to become the Goddess of Death. Her touch is deadly to mortals, and her mother intended to have her help in the slaughter of her enemies. Yoma was also charged with the creation of the vampires. Yoma abandoned the darkness and was given a neutral role in tending to the souls of the dead and commanding the Reapers.
Suldra – Goddess of Lust
Fourth born child of Ispa, Suldra was sired by the Demon Lord of Luxuria, Arael, to become the Goddess of Lust. Suldra is the embodiment of lust; she is depraved in her sexual appetites and insatiable. She takes great joy in both tormenting mortals and bringing them immeasurable pleasure. The Danaij hold her in high regard, especially the nobles who have many perverse rituals dedicated to her, but she also plays the role of a fertility goddess. Like her other siblings, she has also taken on a clan of vampires, the Suldrians, the only ones capable of copulation who incorporate seduction and sex into their feeding habits.
Belas – God of Corruption
Fifth born child of Ispa, Belas was fathered by the Demon Lord of Avarita, Asuderon, he is the God of Corruption. Devious and deceptive, he weaves division and dissent. He is one of the most mobile of Ispa’s children, occasionally worming his way out of imprisonment with his silvered tongue. The Danaij embrace his derisive nature, and he also has a clan of vampires known as Belalians who charm their prey with tactics straight out of his book.
Gods of Light
After Ispa’s betrayal, her siblings decided they must bring forth yet more divine children to oppose the dark gods. Many of these gods became the gods of humanity and are worshiped throughout Kalesten and Thiskel.
Draia – Goddess of Weather
Daughter of Zelan and Maris, Draia took over their shared role in the control of the weather of Aserra. She oversees weather patterns and commands Sylph and Undine spirits. She is often worshiped alongside the Seasonal Goddesses, and offered small prayers for ideal weather changes. As a result, she often works in conjunction with her Seasonal sisters.
Saeven – God of Peace
Son of Idraen and Entra, Saeven is the God of Peace and direct opposite of Craeseth, the God of War. There are two schools of thought that follow Saeven; the monks of the Temple of Serenity who believe in total pacifism, and the paladins of the Peacekeeper's Synagogue who believe that from time to time, one must fight to maintain peace.
Acoassa – Goddess of Order
Daughter of Idraen and Brecha, Acoassa is the Goddess of Order and direct opposite of Sai’ras, the Goddess of Chaos. She symbolizes balance and law, but some of her teachings are the most corruptible. Some followers of Acoassa pursue their idea of justice with so much zeal that they create laws to strip people of civil liberties and control every aspect of their lives. Nations throughout Kalesten and Thiskel have churches dedicated to Acoassa which work hand in hand with the lawmakers of their respective nations, acting as courthouses for the nation.
Erada – Goddess of Love
Daughter of Alaezo and Entra, Erada is the Goddess of Love. She would become best suited to oppose Suldra, the Goddess of Lust. Erada's teachings embrace love in any form, though many cultures have their own interpretation of her teachings. Priestesses of Erada often officiate weddings and provide match-making services through the Temple of Love.
Luma – Guardian of Dreams
Daughter of Entra and an elf in the Maze of Dreams, Luma is the Goddess, or Guardian, of the Dreamworld. She was raised by her mother amongst the Fae, and is a somewhat obscure goddess as she has little obvious involvement with the rest of the divine royal family. There are no temples founded to her, but she is known in a few cultures which hold dreams of high importance, and is prayed to on occasion. Luma is responsible for protecting the dreams of mortals, which can be accessed through her mother’s realm. Beneath her, she commands a varied ‘knighthood’ of fae who are responsible for protecting the portals to dreams.
Essan – God of Knowledge
Son of Zelan and Entra, Essan is the God of Knowledge. He is the last child born between the seven elemental gods. Unplanned, he fell into his role much like Erada did hers. His stunning intellect, quick wit, creativity, and whimsical nature earned him the place of the God of Knowledge. He is honored through the Libraries of Essan and is the father of the Muses.
Fourth Generation Gods
A handful of lesser deities born to the third generation gods. This includes the two neutral gods Casril and Juxus, five dark gods born between Craeseth, Sai'ras, and the Demon Lords, and the twelve muses fathered by Essan.
Casril – God of Luck
Son of Erada and an Ochae’nafod, Casril is a demi-god and the God of Luck. He is neutral, and a bit of a rogue amongst the gods, occasionally dabbling in interactions with the dark gods. Casril quite a following amongst humans where he is heavily worshiped in commerce-centered cities. There are temples erected to him where merchants come and pray for good fortune in their business dealings. He is also highly regarded by thieves and rogues who steal from the very same merchants, a cycle which he finds most amusing.
Juxus – God of Mischief and Lies
Born of an affair between Suldra, the Goddess of Lust, and a mortal, Juxus is a neutral god, walking a thin line between Light and Darkness. He revels in causing mischief like meddling in relationships, playing pranks on mortals and gods alike, the occasional theft, and taking prayers far too literally. Even so, a few people pray to him for his blessing in their own mischief, and for their own lies to be successful. No temples or shrines are dedicated to Juxus, he is one of the lesser gods that are called on when needed.
Young Dark Gods
These five gods were born after the War of the Gods in an endeavor to expand the dark pantheon. Ispa was left cursed to bear no more children after her betrayal to her family, so instead she turned to her children sired by her brothers--the two that remained with her, Craeseth and Sai'ras. As Ispa had already bore two children with Demon Lords, she wanted to cement ties to the rest of the demons in Malbolge, so Craeseth and Sai'ras obliged.
Orthin - God of Fury and Vengeance
Malva - Goddess of Nightmares
Avana - Goddess of Nobility and Beauty
Sidye - God of Ambition and Adversity
Muses are lesser gods who inspire creativity in mortals. The twelve main muses are all the daughters of Essan, but beneath them they have recruited many other muses from ascended humans, angels, and some of their own children. These lesser muses are not generally mentioned in the whole of the world’s mythology, but they are sometimes mentioned in personal accounts of experiences with them.
Selacy - Muse of Invention
First born daughter of Essan, her mother was Brecha. Selacy rules over the aspect of invention, inspiring men to create new things to make life better. Selacy is tall and slim, with a long, hourglass figure. She has Brecha’s dark skin and brown eyes with Essan’s silver hair. Her ears are only pointed, and she has gold wings.
Hela - Muse of Epic Poetry
Second born daughter of Essan, her mother was Acoassa. Hela rules over the art of epic poetry, one of the first forms of storytelling and traditions of oral history. Hela is rather short, with an hourglass figure, and a gentle manner. Her hair is long, wavy, and golden blonde. She has amber colored eyes and lightly tanned skin. She has silvery wings.
Reina - Muse of Song
Third born daughter of Essan, her mother was Erada. Reina rules the art of song, lyrics, and the playing of instruments. She is a demure figure, with a mild hourglass figure, long, wavy red hair, lightly tanned skin, and blue eyes. In portrayals of her, she is often represented playing a flute, lute, guitar, or apparently singing. She has pink wings.
Tilen - Muse of Astronomy
Fourth born daughter of Essan, her mother was Draia. Tilen rules over the art and science of astronomy, and inspires those who study the stars to understand the effects of celestial bodies on people and the world around them. Tilen is a slight woman with long, straight blue-black hair, blue eyes, and pale skin. She is often represented with a sextant in hand. She has dark blue wings.
Lyrasa - Muse of Art
Fifth born daughter of Essan, her mother was Luma. Lyrasa rules over the arts of drawing, sketching, painting, and similar works. She is a short, voluptuous woman with brown hair that is worn in a loose bun with long, curly locks hanging about her face, which often bears a smile in her portrayals. Her eyes are green, and her skin tanned. She is often represented sitting while holding a stack of parchment with a quill in hand and a paintbrush tucked behind her pointed ear. She has pale lavender wings.
Serys - Muse of Literature
Sixth born daughter of Essan, her mother was a mortal; an Idayn woman by the name of Yerena. Serys rules over the art of writing, namely creative works. Serys looks much like her Idayn mother, tall and lean with long, straight blonde hair, green eyes, and fair skin. She also has the long, tapered ears of an Idayn and is represented often cradling a book or two in her arms. She has sandy colored wings.
Ibana - Muse of Spellcraft
Seventh born daughter of Essan, her mother was a human, one of the first humans to experiment with sorcery, which was why Essan chose her to bear his child. Ibana rules over the art of creating spells, both the incantations, and creativity in the effects desired. Ibana has an average figure, and has black hair, golden eyes, and dark skin. Her ears are pointed. She has bronze colored wings.
Kalet - Muse of History
Eighth born daughter of Essan, her mother was Maris. Kalet rules over the recording of history, and inspires historians to write, follow those who make history, and retell the tales of the past. Kalet has black hair, green eyes, and lightly tanned skin. Her figure is long and lean, and her ears are pointed. She has light blue wings that shift through from light to dark shades with her mood.
Rilyn - Muse of Comedy
Ninth born daughter of Essan, her mother was Areria. Rilyn rules over the art of comedy in theatre, literature, music, and nearly all aspects of creativity where humor applies. Rilyn has a mildly plump figure, dark red hair, blue eyes, richly tanned skin, and pointed ears. She is usually portrayed with a jovial expression, and depending on the theatre styles of some cultures, holding a mask with a gleeful expression.
Totela - Muse of Sculpture
Tenth born daughter of Essan, her mother was Fria. Totela rules over the art of sculpture. She is a slight woman with silver hair, blue eyes, pale skin, and pointed ears. She is usually portrayed in sculpture, holding a chisel and hammer in either hands. She has silvery-blue wings.
Esterr - Muse of Metalwork
Eleventh born daughter of Essan, her mother was Brecha. Esterr rules over the art of metalwork in weapons, architecture, sculpture, and other forms. Esterr resembles her mother quite a bit with her brown hair and eyes, bronzed skin, and pointed ears, but she is notably less muscular, somewhat taller, and often portrayed with a hammer and tongs in hand. She has gold wings.
Mixika - Muse of Dance
Twelfth born daughter of Essan, her mother was Oleiria. Mixika rules over the art of dance. She is a beautiful woman with a long, lean build, black hair, orange eyes, and tanned skin. She is usually portrayed in dance wearing flowing robes, barehanded or carrying a tambourine. She has pale gold wings.