Religion on Taris
Religion on Taris
The power of the gods
Each god draws their strength from the faith of their worshippers, feeding upon prayers and gaining power from praise. On Taris, the typical rankings of deities do not necessarily apply. The status of Greater, Intermediate and Lesser are dependant upon the number and type of worshipers that pay homage to that diety. While some gods may find themselves particularly devoid of followers on Taris, they are still gods, and their inherent power should never be forgotten. Even a lesser diety with no one to provide their prayers can still wreak devastation should they wish. It is the strength of this power and ability, from influence to direct manifestation, that hinge upon the faithful who fill their temples and singe their praise.
Good, Neutral and Evil
Taris was once a place of glistening cities and thriving peoples. In this time, all things were in balance. Good, Evil and the Neutral gods of the world all held their place. For the past millenia or so, after The Great Fall, Good and Evil both slowly waned. Survival was the letter of the law, and the Neutral gods of the world and the wilds reigned supreme. So it was like this for the better part of a thousand years, until the portal opened, and The Exodus began. Surviving members of Que’Ati poured onto Taris, many of whom worshipped the gods of Good. This resurgence of benevolent will gave rise once more to the Good gods upon the world, and they rose to join the Neutral ones in the seats of power in the pantheon. While defeated and driven back, the Evil dieties were far from gone. They still drew strength from the prayers of their dark followers in the forgotten corners of Taris. While not openly as powerful as the Good and Neutral gods, the Evil members of the pantheon simply bide their time for a day when they may once again rain fear and death upon the peoples of Taris. Guiding their followers away from the watchful eyes of Good that hunt them, the dark gods scheme and plot, bolstering their faithful’s numbers and slowly reclaiming what power was once theirs.
While different gods may have varying levels of influence and power on Taris, this status has no effect on their followers’ ability to cast Divine spells. The energy a deity needs to devote to enable the magic of their faithful is as much available to them as it is to any member of the pantheon. Therefore the number and type of followers, as well as the Greater, Intermediate or Lesser status of a deity has no effect on the strength of their followers’ Divine spells, or their potential for access to them.
In addition to the deities listed in the Player’s Handbook, characters may also choose one of the following as their god.
Akronis, the Fallen
Also known as Akaron, Akronis the Fallen is a demigod who has risen to attain the powers of a formal deity. Recently defeated in a battle led by the angel Gerrard, Akaron was driven to demi-plane from which he rules, wherein he amasses his strength and followers once more. Akaron is known as the god of corruption, his alignment is Chaotic Evil, his domains are Death and Trickery, and his symbol is a pair of black, rotten and frayed wings unfurling from the hilt of a downward pointing sword.
Daethus, the World Ender
With a number of his followers having survived the exodus from Que’Ati, those who revere Daethus have grown over the last several decades, having recently amassed sufficient worshipers to grant him divine influence on Taris. While still faced with defenders who would bar his direct action on the world, the recruitment of Daethus’ servants and cultists continues to grant him ever more strength, which may soon allow him to defeat those who stand in his way. Daethus is known as the god of the apocalypse, his alignment is Neutral Evil, his domains are Death and War, and his symbol is a circle with three ragged claw marks torn down it.
Born of the fallen world from which the refugees fled to their newfound home on Taris, Que’Ati manifests herself as an armored scholarly woman, often times found riding atop a great white barded owl. Que’Ati is known as the goddess of tactics, her alignment is Lawful Neutral, her domains are Knowledge and War, and her symbol is an open book laid atop a downward pointing sword.
Born of the largest of Taris’ moons, and at birth bearing savage wounds from an elder god, Titanus has since recovered from his injuries, and now manifests himself as a muscular and radiant human of great stature, bearing a greatsword. Titanus is known as the god of redemption, his alignment is Lawful Good, his domains are Life and Light, and his symbol is a full moon that is half black and half white.