The Pantheon In Weyward
The people of Weyward for the most part all worship the same set of gods known as the Pantheon. The Urhans take their gods very seriously and fear them, routinely offering sacrifices to the gods. Both the Golgari and the Lorrans praise the Gods instead of fearing them, throwing festivals and such. The Lorrans don’t take the gods terribly seriously, decorating with their likeness often and even going as far as making dolls of their gods.
Theologians hotly debate just how much the gods actually effect the day-to-day lives of the people of Weyward. The deeply religious nations, such as the Urhans and the Golgari, feel that the gods have direct contact with the mortal world and frequently dabble in the affairs of man. However, the prevailing view in places such as Lorre is that the gods only have a passive role in the world of man, if they have any at all, and any homages done for the gods are merely out of respect.
The Gods and Goddesses
Pyth – Often considered the greatest god in the Pantheon, Pyth is the god of Order and Commotion. His symbol is that of a bull. Lorrans and Golgari worship the Horned God’s patience and great strength. Urhans fear that very strength, knowing Pyth to be capable of great wrath and the cause of violent calamity.
Hense – The goddess of Pleasure and Pain, she is sometimes named the Veiled Widow. Her symbol the Rose and Thorny Stem. Her face is supposedly as beautiful as the rose, but under her golden robes, her body is covered in scratches, scars, and blood.
Lemaign – He is the god of Hope and Despair. The Mason King is symbolized by a hammer. Soldiers pray to Lemaign for courage in battle, and especially religious masons (particularly in Urha) make an offering to Lemaign before constructing walls or buildings.
Acobi – Acobi is the goddess of Oath and Abandon. She is also known as the Chastened Maid. Her symbols are the iron shackles she is forever chained to. According to the stories, she created her shackles herself and willingly chained herself up to the mortal realm, though the ‘why’ part of the story depends on the priest.
Jevel – The god of Health and Atrophy. Jevel’s symbol is that of a tower – the Lorran and Golgari depict it as a strong watchtower, while the Urhans depict it as a crumbling ruin. Half of Jevel’s face is young and youthful, while the other half is that of a withered, old man.
Garmuth – The Crippled Duke is the god of Purpose and Futility. In temples, his symbol is the Cracked Mirror. It is said that he gives council and whispers of the future to the wise and humble who ask for his guidance.
Olla – Olla is the goddess of Chance and Whim, sometimes refered to as the Eternal Daughter. Her symbol is a multi-colored pinwheel. They say that she played against Chance itself and beat it, and now she plays beyond the reach of time in a single moment for all eternity.
Micah – The goddess of Loss and Longing. Micah, also known as the Forlorn Mother, is symbolized by the five pointed Silver Star. Long ago, Micah gave away her heart to save all of children – mankind.
Roathus – He is the god of Plenty and Thirst. Also called the Gorging Host, his symbol is a branch of a fruit tree. His hunger is insatiable, yet he never ceases to eat and he grows ever larger. Golgari farmers pray for his tears to bless their crops, while Urhans pray that his hunger will one day be filled before he devours the whole world.
Yudrig – Yudrig is the god of Bravery and Impulse, represented by the Grey Horse. He is sometimes known as the Morning Stallion. It is said that he grants wishes to the decisive and proactive upon the dawn of every new day.
Religion in Tanis and the Rest of Weyward.
In the southern empire of Tanis, the people do not worship the Pantheon. Instead, they only worship the Sun God, Oa. Over the years, the active practice of worshiping Oa has fallen out of style with the people of Tanis. While many people still believe in him, their relgious beliefs are not nearly as strong as the people who worship the Pantheon. In fact, many temples to the Pantheon have been constructed in Tanis.
In the Free Cities, religion is not nearly as structured as it is in the south. Many cities only worship a handful of the Pantheon’s gods at once, with several cities worshiping one main god as their patron rather than all ten.
The Rebirth of the Gods and the Oracles
In Golgari, the people often make pilgrimages to The Oracles, who live in the remote Temple of the Pantheon. These ten oracles supposedly have a direct connection with the gods themselves, and will act as liaisons to the gods for any pilgrim who makes a large enough offering.
Very rarely, the Oracles will declare that a particular god as been ‘reborn’ through a new human body. When this occurs, the Oracles (very specifically) indicate who has been selected by the gods for apotheosis. The chosen one will then be required to make a pilgrimage across the continent until they experience a miracle in a moment of divine intervention. Then they return to the Temple of the Pantheon, where the Oracles interpret the miracle as a sign of the future. Then the chosen one is sacrificed (the only time in Golgari custom where a human is sacrificed) so that they may rejoin the other gods in the Pantheon.