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The Ancient Gods were the major pantheon that were worshiped until the end of the Age of Legends and the rise of the Panarii Church.

Overview[]

Gods[]

Qu-ancient-gods

The pantheon of the Ancient Gods consists of 8 Lesser Gods (one for each of the sentient Races); 3 Greater Gods (one for each point of the balance of Alignment); and the All Father, ruling over the 11 others. A few of the ancient gods still have some followers, but most of the ancient gods have faded into obscurity. These have been replaced to some extent by cults of personality to historic figures like Nasrudin, Arronax, and Kerghan,

Altars, Offerings, and Blessings[]

Each god has an altar, and each altar can accept a particular offering, and each offering grants a particular blessing. Offerings to the lesser gods can be made at any time. Offerings to the greater gods and the All Father require special conditions.

Mazzerin's Mystery[]

All 12 gods are interconnected in a way not fully understood by contemporary scholars. The web of relationships is called "Mazzerin's Mystery", after an historic Elven mystic who attempted to unravel the threads. Professor Aldous T. Buxington at the University of Tarant has a graphic illustration of it on a wall in his office that The Player can view, and a book on the subject that the player can keep and read.

Multiple Offerings[]

The main consequences of this mystery are felt when the player tries to make offerings to multiple gods. Sometimes one blessing is replaced by another. Sometimes the blessings are stacked together. And sometimes a blessing is lost, and replaced by a curse instead. The Ancient Gods Quest (see below) is the attempt to amass as many blessings as possible without being cursed in the process.

The Gods[]

Lesser Gods[]

The Noble Lesser Gods[]

Ter'el[]

Terel

  • Ter'el is the Elven God of Wisdom
  • Location: A grove sacred to the elves at Falcon's Ache
  • Offering: A statue of Li'tani, which are purchased from Elven Traders
  • Blessing: +4/20 Bow, +1 Perception


Geshtianna[]

Geshtianna


The Neutral Lesser Gods[]

Alberich []

Alberich


Makaal[]

Makaal


Bolo[]

Bolo


Kerlin[]

Kerlin


The Darker Lesser Gods[]

Shakar[]

Shakar


Torg[]

Torg


Greater Gods[]

Halcyon[]

Halcyon


Moorindal[]

Moorindal

  • Moorindal is the God of Shadows (Evil)
  • Location: The Altar at the Ancient Temple
  • Offering: Black Diamond, sold at the Black Markets and one each found at the Ancient Maze and the Palace in Caladon
  • Blessing: +8/20 Backstab, +4/20 Melee, +10 Critical Hit, +4/10 Prowling
  • Note: The Blessing of Moorindal overrides all of the second circle blessings


Kai'tan[]

Kaitan

  • Kai'tan is the God of Balance (Neutral)
  • Location: Gorgoth Pass
  • Offering: Geode, one is found near the Altar, others are found in Dwarven Mines
  • Blessing: +1 Beauty, +1 Charisma, +8/20 Persuasion, +4/20 Haggle, +4/20 Bow
  • Note: The Blessing of Kai'tan overrides all of the third circle blessings


Velorien []

Velorien


Accumulating Blessings[]

  • Blessings of the lesser gods in a particular circle will accumulate (stack) if done in the proper order
  • The Blessing of the greater god in that circle will override all of the lesser gods' Blessings
  • Velorien's Blessing overrides the greater gods' circle Blessings
  • Accumulating Blessings can be halted at any time, thus keeping all previously received Blessings intact
  • Getting Velorien's Blessing prevents making any more Blessings to any of the altars

First Circle[]

  • Lesser Gods:
    • Ter'el
    • Makaal
    • Alberich
    • Geshtianna
  • Greater God
    • Halcyon

Second Circle[]

  • Lesser Gods
    • Torg
    • Bolo
    • Kerlin
    • Shakar
  • Greater God
    • Moorindal

Third Circle[]

  • Lesser Gods
    • Alberich (2nd time)
    • Makaal (2nd time)
    • Kerlin (2nd time)
    • Bolo (2nd time)
  • Greater God
    • Kai'tan

Final Blessing[]

  • Velorien


Blessings out of Order[]

Replacements[]

  • Normally when done out of order, the Blessing of one lesser god simply replaces the previous lesser god's Blessing

Curses[]

  • However the lesser gods can inflict curses upon the player
  • This occurs when an offering is given first to one god, and then the next offering is given to that god's opposite
  • The opposing Pairings are:
    • Geshtianna and Kerlin
    • Ter'el and Bolo
    • Alberich and Shakar
    • Makaal and Torg

Lifting Curses[]

Examples[]

  • The character makes an offering to Ter'el, receiving +1 PE, +4 Bow
  • The character then makes an offering to Bolo
    • Because Bolo is the god "opposite" to Ter'el, Ter'el's blessing will be removed
    • The character then receives Ter'el's curse (-1 PE, -4 Bow), and Bolo's blessing will not be received.

Options[]

  • Option A: If the character makes another offering to Ter'el immediately, then Ter'el's curse gets lifted
  • Option B: If the character instead makes an offering to another lesser god (including Bolo), then that god's blessing will be received, but Ter'el's curse will not be lifted
  • Option C: If that happens then the character can make a later offering to Ter'el, which lifts Ter'el's curse but allows the other blessing to stay


Altar inscriptions[]

Ter'el's Altar Offer to him

Who cannot see
Nor hear
Your soul, made of trees.

Li’tani he seeks
To touch, to burn
For his eyes are dark
And his ears are blunt
And wasted.

Wisdom comes
To the bringer of gifts
And eyes that see far
From he
Who sees nothing.

Makaal's Altar Call not to the Snake-fathers

Unless you dream the cold-blood dream
Call only to the Snake Fathers
When you hear their voices of old.

Makaal seeks Heartstone
He runs with you, he hunts with you
Give Makaal his Heartstone
And swift as Makaal you will be.

Alberich's Altar Do you know of Dwarven Stone?

Is anything so true?
Not words nor ways of magick
Not sun, nor trees, nor sky of blue.

Oh Alberich, great god of Stone
The world lays on your spine
We who live within your heart
Seek now to know your mind.

We bring to you the pitted rocks
That once burned in your veins
And now we ask for Stone and strength
Until the end of days.

Geshtianna's Altar Geshtianna, we pray

That you show us your Love
Your face, like the newest  moon
Your spirit, as the whitest of doves.

We bring you this gift
The root with your name
For often it is that Love
And Passion are the same.

So bless us now, Oh goddess
With your beauty and your might
So that others might see in us
Your pure and precious light.

Halcyon's Altar Halcyon, great god of truth

Master of the sky
Reveal yourself now to us
Pull the veil from our eyes.

You father, the light
Your mother, the sun
And you, the path of truth
You, the only one.

With this branch of olive
Your endless wisdom I seek
Grant me now your power
Your sight, both long and deep.

Torg's Altar Great Torg, mighty Torg

You know our bone and blood
Great Torg, mighty Torg
Your fury like a flood.

Old Torg, Wise Torg
Your children lost their way
Old Torg, Wise Torg
Their hearts, the price is paid.

Great Torg, mighty Torg
I bring you rubies of red
Old Torg, Wise Torg
My heart is yours, until I’m dead.

Bolo's Altar Bolo, clever thief

Progo, watchful eye
Shadow, now here now gone
Arm, now here now gone

Bolo, face of pain
Progo, face of rage
Soul, now here now gone
Progo, now here now gone

Bolo, god of thieves
One-armed god of thieves
This ring, now here now gone
Your blessing, now here now here

Kerlin's Altar Kerlin, heart of gold

Who sung the world to be
You, great god of all things gold
We turn our eyes to thee.

Within the earth flow rivers
Of your precious words and songs
And now from these we make our coin
For what from you is wrong?

And now we give this coin to you
Let this small Mnura be
A reminder of you, Golden God
Help me know its worth and see.

Shakar's Altar Great Horned God

Terrible, powerful, Great Horned God
We shake before you, tremble before you
Great Horned God of Pain.

Fearsome Great Shakar
Angry, wrathful, Great Shakar
Handle of bone, blade of steel
Shakar Great God of Rage.

The Great Ram, Shakar
Fierce, awesome, mighty Shakar
Give me your blessing, your war-like ways
The Furious Ram, Shakar.

Moorindal's Altar Flows like a shadow

Over the ground
Dark eyes waiting, watching
Dark hands waiting, watching.

Aged, ancient Moorindal
God of the falling night
Shadows spill like blackest ink
Over all that’s new and bright.

Beautiful black diamond
Like your soul both dark and deep
Dark eyes waiting, watching
Dark hands waiting, watching.

Kai'tan's Altar She weighs your worth

Within her hands
Great goddess of the scale
She holds you
She sees you
She knows your every tale.

Kai’tan, I bow
And bring to you
This stone with heart of jewels
Weigh it now
Hold it now
Maiden, fair and cruel.

Velorien's Altar All gods have a father

And he watches over them
His children call
His children, all
He holds them all as gems.

But Velorien is hard and old
And his ways are set in stone
He has all
And expects all
With your life you will atone.

But beware what you give
If his children you don’t know
Velorien takes all
And Velorien returns all
And his power he’ll bestow.

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