Category: Primary Universe

Worldbuilding: Deities

The deities of this reality are vessels who act as physical representations of the various aspects of existence. Each aspect has its own associated ‘conceptual realm’ which exists beyond all other time and space. It is through being tied to one of these realms which allows a deity to wield their godly power and abilities. While tied to a conceptual realm, a deity has absolute control over their aspect and is utterly unkillable so long as that aspect exists in reality. Yet, despite all that power, the gods are not infallible and methods to seal them or sever their connection to their conceptual realms have been devised and utilized in the past. The degree of separation between deities and their power serves as a reminder that their role is to guide and aid the path of the reality they are a part of. They are not absolute beings, nor should they ever think to act in such a way. The only exception to this statement is the Creator themselves, who wishes only to see reality be led to its most refined iteration.

A majority of deities spend most of their time in the realm of Etrivaal, where they can interact with those who have come to the afterlife while they carry out their individual duties. One of the rules which they abide by is one which states that they should interfere with the mortal realm as little as possible so as to allow it to grow naturally, even when the beings of that realm are faced with the harshest adversities. The very first mortals suffered an ill fate due to excessive interaction with the gods and they strive to never allow what happened to them happen again.

Active Deities

The Creator – The All-Deity

The Creator is the absolute, omnipotent entity who created all reality. Every molecule, every concept and even nothingness exists because of the Creator. They are infinite in all aspects, although they have self-imposed a limit to their mind so they can actually have intrigue in how reality develops. The Creator wants to make the greatest reality without simply knowing every possibility from start to finish.

Vrases Genmu – Vashta of Destruction (Humility, Compromise, Teaching, Strength)

Genmu is an Abyssborn and formerly the Vashta of Death. He was once the host of the Overlord, a being who represented the Creator’s ability to destroy, before their minds merged as one during a battle with the former God of Time. He was the one who consigned the Firstborn to oblivion after being manipulated into believing it necessary by the influence of the Abyss. Much later, he became a Fallen Vashta after the God of Time framed him for misuse of his power over death. He lived as a mortal for a short time but returned to Etrivaal after marching through the land of Srahenna itself. He had his final battle with the God of Time, where the scheming deity was finally destroyed.

Genmu is in charge of training new deities, helping them to get used to their abilities that surpass even the scale of dimensions. He has a friendly rivalry with the Vashta of Fire and helped the current Vashta of Death to understand what she was.

Shuria Iori – Vashta of Death (Diligence, Balance, Rebellion)

Shuria is an Abyssborn who was initially born to mimic mortals. She appeared one day on the war torn, mortal world Aelia and spent her life not knowing what she truly was. She acted as a rebel leader, attempting to bring peace to a world that was stuck in an endless battle for power. It was a fateful meeting with another Abyssborn, the fallen Vashta of Death, that drew her towards the truth. Her mortal life was cut short after an encounter with the Four Calamities which paved the way for her to take upon the mantle of Vashta of Death.

The role of the Vashta of Death is to collect and bring souls to Etrivaal to be judged by the Goddess of Judgement. She is also in charge of administering ‘Fair Death’ upon mortals. Mortals who commit multitudes of grievous crimes will have their natural lifespans reduced. When their time of death comes this way, the Vashta of Death is who slays them. Additionally, those who go against the nature of life and death are under the discretion of fair death. Those who make themselves immortal are likely to be targeted by the Vashta of Death at some point as well.

Vassals: Noktus, Blanc, Titania, Yozuka

Aisu – Vashta of Life (Light, Order, Healing, Efficiency, Sealing)

Aisu is the only active Aetherborn and is the catalyst for all life in reality. Her life is connected to all other things that live, she cannot die by any means so long as there is other life and she can choose to aid any of the lives she is connected to. However, despite being the Vashta of Life, Aisu is a cold deity who has little in the way of empathy. She will not protect life unless unnatural death is occurring on a huge scale or unless a greater being targets the mortal realm. When the former Goddess of Darkness was manipulated into becoming a threat to all reality by the former God of Time, Aisu was the one who had to end her. When Genmu was almost taken over by the will of the Overlord, Aisu took it upon herself to stop him.

If for some reason the Vashta of Death is unable to carry out their duties then those tasks fall to Aisu instead. Additionally, Aisu is in charge of sealing away greater beings who could pose a threat to all life. She is in a relationship with the Vashta of Destruction but is somewhat distant from the other gods.

Vassals: Troza

Vana – Vashta of Darkness (Growth, Overcoming, Identity, Independence)

After returning from his time as a Fallen on Aelia, Genmu had a newly invigorated appreciation for life, as if the emotions within him had been spurred. With the duties of being the Vashta of Death lifted from his shoulders, he had plenty of time to do as he wished, so with this motivation he decided he wanted to have responsibility over the life of another. He had trained other deities in the past but in this case he sought to raise an entirely new life from scratch. Aisu, who struggled to find empathy for the lives of others, agreed to form the child using a combination of her abilities as Vashta of Life and a piece of Genmu’s own soul. She believed that perhaps it would aid her as well, to have another life that she would be so closely bound to. It was unspoken between them but the loss of Candogra, the previous deity of darkness who was also effectively a daughter to Genmu, was a major factor towards this decision.

Thus Vana was born to two deities who, in practice, had absolutely no idea what they were doing. Both Genmu and Aisu were ancient beings who existed even before time, they both knew about babies and how they were raised, but something Genmu realized from his time on Aelia was that there was so much they couldn’t understand just looking from above. This was one such thing, and it was only made more complicated by the fact that she had an Abyssborn soul and was likely to become the next deity of darkness. As she matured, she had no qualms with taking on this role, though she was quite ready to get away from her vigilant father. After she was born, raising Vana was the primary thing Genmu spent doing, thus when she reached her teen years she was more than ready to act without his watchful eyes.

She was quite exasperated to learn that he was also in charge of training new deities but, thankfully, she took to it naturally. Something which is commonly wondered is why there is a specific deity of darkness and not one of light, a question which Vana asked to her father during his tutelage. The answer is that the Abyss and the Aether, which are now associated with death and life, were originally created to represent darkness and light. The Aether was agreeable enough to act as the conceptual realm of both life and light, thus allowing the Aetherborn to be double up in the role they fulfil as deities. The Abyss, on the other hand, continued to stubbornly act towards its own devices, granting the Abyssborn only the power of death even though they are made from infinite darkness. In response, an alternate conceptual realm of darkness with no sentience had to be made for the universe’s darkness to be effectively represented.

Vana has since become that representation, acting as a figure who does not want reality to fear the dark but to overcome it. To grow with it, to celebrate the moments of calm and isolation it can bring and to find oneself without the dysphoria of appearance in the light. The dark is not only a place for danger, where death and menace stirs as the Abyss would have existence think. It offers refuge for any who would enter it, and Vana welcomes anyone brave enough to step in.

Penjaga Ryuka – Vashta of Fire (Strength, Domination, Rivalry, Stars)

Ryuka is a fiercely competitive deity who loves to fight. Battles between gods usually don’t amount to anything since to kill a God, you have to destroy their representative mind, body and soul as well as their conceptual realm and all traces of their aspect throughout reality. That doesn’t stop Ryuka from finding thrill in battle, attempting to find how best to wield the nigh-infinite power of a deity. No other deity is safe from his combat challenges but the Vashta of Destruction and the Goddess of Energy are the only ones to accept his invitations on a regular basis. Ryuka has a great beast sealed inside of him known as ‘The Gates’, a creature that once surrounded the realm of Srahenna and prevented any being from ever leaving it. He is in relationship with the Goddess of Matter.

The Vashta of Fire’s existence is synonymous with that of heat throughout reality.

Gale – Vashta of Wind (Coveting, Commitment, Protection, Perseverance)

Gale is a somber deity who exists to make sure she never loses the things she holds valuable. She is extremely social and spends most of her time just living among the people of Etrivaal like a regular Vashta. She was brought to a depressed state after the Overlord incident, where two of her fellow elementals, as well as the Goddess of State who bound them together, were slain. Her body was left permanently scarred in the battle and she could do nothing to help the friend who was possessed by that terrible being. She lost so much of what she held most closely and has never truly moved past that event. She attempts to keep a positive outlook and remains social, trying to take on the roles that her fallen friends held. A mother figure, a celebrity who guides the souls of Etrivaal and one who brings cultures together. She wants to be loved as she loves those around her and protect the beings she holds dear. Even if, every once in a while, a passing thought takes her back to the time where she lost nearly everything.

The Vashta of Wind’s existence is synonymous with all forms of gas throughout reality.

Levi – Vashta of Water (Passion, Spite, Change)

Levi is known for allowing his emotions to show, regardless of the situation. He is almost always angry, upset with the way deities act with regards to mortals and the people of Etrivaal. Despite the fact that the gods are meant to be above all other beings, most of them interact with, get close to and even use their abilities to serve lesser beings. Levi believes that the gods should be more distant from other beings, acting purely as almighty law keepers. He believes that other beings will respect the gods less if they continue to exist as if they are equals, which will inevitably lead to great anarchy. He also hates the level of forgiveness that his peers give, such as allowing Genmu to continue being a deity despite the incidents he has been a part of and allowing Maria to become a deity in the first place even though she nearly destroyed a mortal world. His goal is to become powerful enough to challenge these other deities and force them to step down from their positions so that more suitable beings can take their place.

The Vashta of Water’s existence is synonymous with all forms of liquid throughout reality.

Exodus – Vashta of Earth (Aspiration, Crafting, Nature)

Exodus has a dream of creating the perfect mortal world. In terms of her personality she is childish, always acting without a thought for consequences and getting in way over her head. She has the simple goal of having fun and making those around her smile, extending that notion particularly towards mortals. Since they have such a short time spent in the mortal realm, she believes they deserve to enjoy it the best they can. However, her friendliness dips into the realm of naivety and she can be manipulated easily by ill-intending sorts. This leads to other deities being protective of her, particularly the Vashta of Wind.

The Vashta of Earth’s existence is synonymous with all forms of solid throughout reality.

Razdor – Goddess of Chaos (Progress, Anarchy, Lust, Luck, Freedom, Penance)

Razdor is a deity who was formerly of the mortal race known as Ithaksi (Or ‘Secondborn’). The Ithaksi were the next mortals to grow in the mortal realm after the incident with the Firstborn. The gods did not interfere with the Ithaksi, who grew at a much more reasonable rate than their predecessors and created the foundations for how other mortal races would grow. Although the Ithaksi were a success in the eyes of the gods, Razdor as an individual mortal was a severely depressed entity. She lived her mortal life being constantly hurt and abandoned by those around her, only able to truly confide in a single friend. The former God of Chaos, Nyoc’Thaulh, saw this image of despair and knew Razdor would take the opportunity to bring some excitement to her life. She became his vassal and lost all sense of law, from then on until her death she lived her mortal life as she wished. She was executed for a string of crimes and in her last moment felt great regret as she saw her one friend watching, crying, among a crowd of hate. In her afterlife the God of Chaos kept her as a pet, a prize, a slave for his amusement. She gave in to despair for some time, time which moved differently in Etrivaal; possibly millennia of complacent slavery. The God of Chaos built up a harem of mortals that he did with as he wished until Razdor had enough. She took a lesson from her captor and wanted to live again as she desired, with her will she touched the conceptual realm of chaos and wrenched it from its former master. She became the new deity of chaos and consigned him to a realm of nonsense where reality would constantly warp, always finding a new way to torture him and when no methods remained it would change him at his very core and begin again.

Razdor carried out her promise to herself and lived for the sake of her own whims. She connected with her mortal friend again and brought her to the chaos mansion after releasing all of the God of Chaos’ former slaves. Although one of the slaves remained with Razdor, willing to pay an endless debt to a deity worth serving. Even though Razdors thrives in her own anarchy, she is better than to force unwilling vassals to serve her. The three that remain with her are truly loyal and are happy in an afterlife that they chose for themselves.

Chaos is what allows reality to move forward, it is what allows new things to happen. Without chaos things would become peaceful to the point that every day would be the same.

Vassals: Pandora, Alice, Iota

Aruval Eluxti – God of Harmony (Heroism, Law, Leadership, Community, Wealth)

Aruval is a former mortal emperor from Aelia who lived there long before Shuria’s creation. During Aruval’s mortality, an incident in Etrivaal occurred where the Overlord managed to take control of Genmu’s body and killed multiple deities. The Demon God at the time, Arius, saw this as an opportunity to extend his reign from just the Underworld to the mortal realm. He saw that Demons were far superior to mortals and decided that he would take the mortal realm into his own hands, molding them into far greater beings than they were. He released the souls of criminals, who manifested as true monsters, back onto mortal worlds to make them fight and grow stronger. What turned the tides of this invasion were the efforts of three heroes, one of which was Aruval, who displayed the strength to defeat and recruit a realm eater level Demon. Interested, Arius emerged unto Aelia to challenge the heroes himself and was defeated as Aruval manifested his abilities as the God of Harmony.

In truth, it was Aisu who incited Aruval’s awakening as a deity. Arius threatened mortal life on a great scale and at the same time a powerful God of Harmony had to be chosen, the pieces simply fit together. As for why the God of Harmony had to be particularly powerful, that is because harmony has to exist in opposition of chaos. Multiple beings had been introduced to the conceptual realm of harmony prior to Aruval but were overwhelmed by Razdor’s opposing power of chaos. Fortunately, upon his death and subsequent meeting with Razdor, Aruval proved himself worthy. Chaos is progress but progress can come too fast, it is harmony’s purpose to give people time to adapt and learn from the lessons taught by chaos.

Vassals: Raviel

Maria Kass – Goddess of War (Vengeance, Destruction, Purification, Justice)

Maria is a former mortal from Aelia who obtained her position by winning a war incited by the gods. This war was remembered as ‘The Negative Game’ and revolved around four mortals who were given certain marks. Theoretically it was meant to be simple, the marked four were to build their own factions and defeat the others in battle, taking their marks in the process. The one who held all four marks at the end would ascend to become the new deity of war. However, the ensuing battle acted as an excuse for other mortals who thirsted for power to come out of the woodwork and a great part of the world was caught up in this war. Maria was betrayed by the man she loved, another of the four marked, and became a symbol of vengeance who was no longer interested in the battle. Coaxed by a scientist who attempted to harness the power of Demons, she built up her rage and power and in the end nearly tore the world asunder.

After becoming a deity, she was initially sickened by the game that the gods had played with her world. Obtaining the four marks bound her to the conceptual realm of war but she rejected her role and tried to escape to the farthest corner of reality. She was approached by the God of Harmony, who told her that if she chose to represent war she could prevent such mistakes from happening ever again. It was a difficult role to fill but only one who has known the tragedy of war can have rule over it. War represents all conflict, from the great battles to the small things we face every day. When two forces of chaos meet and one has to give way.

Reyva Celese – Goddess of Space (Love, Fate, Peace, Family, Disability)

Reyva is a former mortal from Lethea who was chosen to become the Goddess of Space from her birth. Not for any particular reason, Reyva was meant to live out a genuine and normal mortal life before being introduced to her fate in the next world. Unfortunately, Reyva’s life did not play out like that. During the time of her birth, a company named Gate was growing in power behind the scenes. She grew up to know a life where Gate had ascended on a floating island and was en route to taking over the world. Her teen years were spent as a part of a rebellion against Gate; a rebellion that cost her eyesight permanently during an incident where she was captured.

Reyva continued to fight despite her blindness and begun to awaken her powers over space out of necessity. Not limited by eyesight, she could feel the universe around her and connected with it. She died young, sacrificing herself for the sake of her lover. As a deity, Reyva spends much of her time enjoying the peace in Etrivaal and watching over the mortal realm, cheering on the people who fight hard battles. She is the most interactive deity with the mortal realm, going out of her way to do minor things for the people she watches over like helping them find things or making deliveries get to places faster.

Vassals: Zelus, Metz, Ren

Mora – Goddess of Time (Aging, Wisdom, Balance, Truth)

Mora is the image of nervousness among the gods. Even though she was literally created to be the Goddess of Time she continually feels anxious, particularly because of all the bad stories she’s heard about the previous deity of time. She wants to be trustworthy and effectual but a lot of the time acts very unnaturally, her movements robotic because of her nerves. She tries to cover this up by using time magic to skip her movements but that makes it look even worse. Mora cannot speak, communicating entirely through writing and sign language. Since she has a perfect knowledge of history and often travels between libraries in Etrivaal giving lessons to whoever wants them.

The role of the deity of time is to maintain the continuity of the universe. She makes sure that past and future don’t mix and go out of order and enforces the creator’s law that no being is allowed to time travel backwards or see into the future.

Jini Aashka – Goddess of Energy (Emotions, Power, Liberation)

Jini is an emotional deity who will get angry about literally anything. She is the daughter of the previous deity of energy, Thaeus, born of a mortal mother after he left an imprint of magic on her. While she was born under conditions that would normally have made her mortal, her godly heritage gave her immortality and power far beyond others on her world. Yet, she was not hailed as a deity, she was rejected by the people as a false idol and shunned. Generation after generation, long after her mother died and the one person who respected her as a fellow mortal was gone. Until Thaeus met his end and the gods finally took notice of her, far too late from her perspective. With all their power, they let her be born on a mortal world and left her stranded there until they needed her. She wasn’t willing to take the ‘not willing to interfere’ bullshit, she took the position as a deity but acts how she feels like acting. She will add or take away energy from mortal worlds as she sees fit and is the only deity who will smite mortals at her own whim. She often clashes with the Vashta of Fire just to let off steam.

The deity of energy has power over energy in all its forms; magnetic, kinetic, heat, light, gravitational, chemical, sound, electrical, etc.

Xandicium – Goddess of Judgement (Knowledge, Pride, Individualism, Justice)

Xandicium is one of the two last remaining Firstborn, rescued from the fate of her kind by the luck of being a messenger. It just so happened that when eternal death was cast upon the rest of her people that she was in Etrivaal, delivering the message that the Firstborn did not like the idea of being looked down on as if they were the playthings of the gods. When all was done she had no grudge with the other deities, only the one who slaughtered her race. Because of her role she was respected as a mediator and was given the position of Goddess of Judgement.

She is the one who decides what happens to souls after they are brought to Etrivaal, whether they become Vashtas or are sent to the Underworld to work off their sins. She is also the one to settle greater disputes among the gods.

Selech – God of Gateways (Travel, Trade, Protection, Freedom)

Selech is a quiet god who keeps to himself most of the time. He spends his time sleeping in the spaces between realms, only becoming active when he’s required to open or close a gateway between planes. He is Etrivaal’s gatekeeper, assuring that nothing comes in or gets out that shouldn’t. If something tried to force its way into Etrivaal, it would have him to answer to. He does not tend to manipulate the gateways between other realms, though he does have the ability to do so. His overly careless nature has led him to be called out for incidents such as when the demon god Arius broke the gateway between the underworld and the mortal realm; which Selech would have easily been able to stop. Since he doesn’t seem to do anything and rarely appears in Etrivaal, Selech is the deity who has the most myths surrounding him.

Medellus – Goddess of Matter (Artifice, Creation, New Beginnings, Items)

Medellus was the first deity to ever come into existence, her aspect of matter present throughout all creation. Her body is made of a material known as ‘Uninium’, a material of such ridiculous toughness that even absolute destruction cannot erase it instantaneously. It is such a powerful material that an orb of it, which exists inside a plane known as the ‘Keystone Dimension’, is what holds all the aspects of creation together. However, for a living being made out of uninium it was as much a curse as it was a boon. She could not be affected by anything, and she wasn’t able to feel anything at all. Even when the Creator granted her the concept of emotions, she could not understand or feel them at all.

To resolve this issue, the Creator gave her a suit of armor that would act as her feeling body. The senses of touch that would normally be attached to flesh would instead be felt through this armor. When she first donned the armor and was given the ability to feel for the first time, she came to understand emotion and truly appreciated the universe for the first time. She attributes it all to the invention of her armor, so she dedicates her days to creating things for the people of Etrivaal to help them have the best possible existence.

The deity of matter has power over all matter and dark matter in existence, including all of the states they can be. Since magic is a state of matter, Medellus can theoretically match the specific abilities of every other deity.

Luneth – Goddess of Phenomenon (Tales, Rumors, Science, Expansion)

Luneth is a living myth, not in the way that Selech is but in a more observable sense. Luneth, as the deity of phenomenon, represents the essence of a mystery. Something you can observe and know, yet you cannot understand. There are no two sequential days on which Luneth acts the same, to those who she speaks to her personality is an ever-changing tide. A moon always changing phase. On some nights, across all of Etrivaal, she can be heard playing a song. Never the same song, the instrument always changing. The essence of her being and why she exists is to represent that there is always more to discover, always a reason to keep reaching and progressing. She is the fact that ‘perfection’ does not exist because there is ever another step to take towards it.

Bodil – God of Souls (Redemption, Community, Calmness)

The Underworld is where unruly souls go to have a chance at paying off the moral debt they built up during their mortal lives. They are the criminals, those who have gone against law and order, all collected into one place. On top of that, the Underworld is where the directionless race of Demons live. Among all this potential anarchy, Bodil is the law keeper. He can see and measure the level of sin that exists in one’s soul and is the one who decides when a soul has paid off their debt and can ascend to Etrivaal. He protects the souls from being abused by Demons and casts off the ones who have no hope of redemption. A soul whose sins weigh too heavily will warp and become monstrous in nature, at which point they are sent to Srahenna for true punishment. Bodil has a strong sense of justice and regularly gets involved with the communities of the Underworld. He hears what the souls have to say, the regrets they have and does his best to support them towards full redemption. He is a genuinely good person but goes out of his way to make himself look cool and thus uphold the powerful image of a deity. He adorns himself with skulls and when meeting with someone he is not above using his godly abilities to get to the meeting point first just to say “I’ve been expecting you”.

Laguz – Demon God (Evolution, Victory, Rebirth)

The role of ‘Demon God’ is an oddity among the deities as it has no conceptual realm which defines it. The best way to describe the Demon God is by saying the one who holds the title is a champion among all beings. Demons as a species are born with great power and no purpose, so most spend their time trying to prove their abilities above other Demons. The entirety of Demon society has been built around this constant fighting and trying to one-up each other. Many of the Underworld’s lands are wholly dedicated as arenas where Demons can do battle. When the gods saw this behavior, with knowledge of how Demons came to be, they worried that the history of the Firstborn would repeat itself. So, they took the strongest of the Demons and made her into the Demon God; the absolute most powerful level of Demon that even ranks among the deities. It was a role that Demons could aspire to, a purpose for them, to become the absolute strongest amid the strong. The Demon God’s role is simply to defend their title by continuing to be undefeated.

The first Demon God was named Nyx, a style-obsessed Demon who was more than happy to be officially anointed better than everyone else. As well as being terrifyingly powerful, she was the closest thing that early Demon society had to a superstar. She was hugely popular, among Demons and souls alike, which also meant that her position was being challenged constantly. The issue with Nyx is that she made shows of her strength and threatened to make the Underworld collapse as a casualty of her battles. She was sealed away and subsequently a great battle occurred throughout the Underworld to choose the next Demon God. It was a Demon named Arius who came out on top and succeeded the title. He held it for some time, and yet, an incident where he attempted to break the barriers between the Underworld and the mortal realm got him locked away in the deepest levels of Srahenna.

A second great battle for the title of ‘Demon God’ brewed in the Underworld. However, there was one group that chose a different path. Instead of battling to raise their own notoriety and take the title for themselves, a group named R.U.N.E. (Ruinous Union of the Nyx Equinox) made a plan to release Nyx from her seal and have her re-take the position that should have rightfully been hers. In the end they succeeded in freeing Nyx, however, she had no interest in re-taking the title. She was more interested in how the Underworld had evolved in her absence and wanted to work up to
becoming a celebrity again rather than a deity. After some deliberation is was one of the members of R.U.N.E., Laguz, who took the title.

Laguz is a quiet individual who didn’t have the best start to her existence. In an economy that was full of Demons willing to do anything to get a step up on one another, when a new Demon with high potential came out of the Firstborn amalgam they were seen as a threat. Laguz was one such Demon, given not even the time to adjust her eyes to the reality around her she was captured and locked away with other Demons that held the potential to grow powerful. She was freed, after centuries of never being allowed to learn a thing about her existence, by Fehu, the leader of R.U.N.E. By the time of her ascension she had learned a lot thanks to the group and intends to use her abilities to learn more and bring true order to the anarchy that is the Demon race.

Vassals: Dagaz, Othala, Ansuz, Fehu

Meridian – God of Punishment (Pain, Imprisonment, Penitence)

The third ruler of Srahenna and the one who deals punishment to souls who have gone beyond the point of redemption, Meridian. He is a sadistic and terrifying being who souls are sent to only when they have rotted into the very core of their existence. He is a master of all forms of physical, mental and spiritual torture; an expert in making everything from mortals to deities suffer. His personality suggests him to be sophisticated and charismatic, though he can take any face for the sake of deepening suffering.

The goal of punishment is to break a being down to their most bare state. It is an aggressive form of re-incarnation where the soul is split open and damaged over and over until either the original being is gone altogether or they truly change at their core. Not many actually end up going to Srahenna, simply the threat of it is enough for souls to seek redemption before they are that far gone.

Vassals: Stolthet, Khalefo, Zavist, Gierigheid, Obur, Epsh, Dovendyr

SEALED GODS

Senso Daeia

The former God of War who colluded with Jikan in his plots to take over reality. Senso was meant to be the spear that would strike the Creator, wielding the highest potential power among the gods thanks to the conceptual realm of war. His realm and power endlessly grew and became more powerful so long as there was war in reality, it was this infinite that was meant to overwhelm the rules of existence and strike down an absolute being. In the end, he was defeated in battle by the Vashta of Fire and sealed away in the Keystone Dimension.

Nyoc’Thaulh

The former God of Chaos, a being of anarchy who used the benefits of his position without regards for moral implications. A devil who made deals with mortals and in return they became his slaves in the afterlife, where he could do whatever he wanted with them. A perfect asshole living in perfect luxury, he was sealed in the Misaligned Realm when Razdor usurped the conceptual realm of chaos from him and took over as the deity of chaos.

Fera

The Archvashta of Life and second ruler of Srahenna, Fera was one of only two Aetherborn to ever come into existence. Unlike Aisu, who struggled to understand empathy for mortal life, Fera saw mortals as absolutely perfect beings. He, like Azrael, worked closely with the Creator to help define what life should be and if what the gods have is a form of life. He was essentially the father to the Firstborn, the first mortals who came to be. He was appointed the ruler of Srahenna, which is where mortal souls were initially meant to go upon death. The Underworld didn’t exist at the time and Etrivaal was the realm of deities, so Srahenna would be the mortal afterlife ruled over by the benevolent Archvashta of Life. That mortals could be capable of doing bad and deserving punishment wasn’t even a concept at that time, and in Fera’s mind never became one. When the Firstborn evolved at such a rapid rate, threatening to become deities in their own right, Fera was proud of them. He was on the Firstborn’s side and supported them, agreeing that they should not be looked down upon as just test subjects for the gods above. He went into a rage when Genmu eradicated the Firstborn, demanding that he be released from the infinity crossroads so that Fera could end him personally. When this was denied he threatened not only Genmu, but all of the deities who existed at the time. This resulted in a battle with Aisu, who sealed Fera away below Srahenna, beyond where even Meridian can reach.

Vrases Azrael

The Archvashta of Death, Azrael is the first successful Abyssborn to have been conceived from the infinite dark. Azrael worked closely with the Creator to help define ‘death’ and what death should mean in existence; if non-mortals should experience death, what death actually means and so forth. As an early Abyssborn, he was meant to just be a body that the Abyss could transfer its infinite being into and exist as a corporeal entity in the rest of reality. The Creator helped Azrael to develop his own personality away from the purpose the Abyss gave him, as a result becoming very Creator-like in how he acted. Extremely wise, with great vision and understanding, he helped Genmu and Aisu to become their own beings after they were born from the Abyss and the Aether respectively. He was the ‘reliable big brother’ among the Abyssborn and Aetherborn. When Genmu’s mind was ravaged by the Abyss at the end of the Firstborn war, Azrael sacrificed his corporeal body to help Genmu return to his senses. His mind and soul still exist in the Abyss, waiting for it to succeed in recreating a body for him.

DEAD GODS

The Overlord

A being directly derived from the Creator’s self, the Overlord was the being who represented true and absolute destruction throughout existence. Not just physical, mental and spiritual destruction; this was true destruction down to the very concept of ‘being’. The Creator separated themselves from the Overlord at reality’s conception, at a point where they were a perfectionist and couldn’t just let anything ‘be’. All they had were scattered concepts of ‘thought’, not even the idea of ‘nothingness’ existed yet. They wished to make the best possible universe without simply knowing everything the whole way through, but that made it very hard to begin. So, they took away their own ability to destroy and manifested it into another being.

Although, they could not allow this being to exist without a purpose. The Creator made the space that would come to be known as ‘Srahenna’ for their new counterpart to rule over. When a concept of creation was truly unfitting to be, the Creator would send it to Srahenna to be destroyed by the Overlord. This was a dull, dull, dull existence for the Overlord, who quickly bored of such a role. Being the waste bin of the universe, able to do its task without so much as a thought. They rebelled against the Creator and attacked the existence that they had built, resulting in the Overlord being sealed away in reality’s first ‘stone’. Around the stone the capital of reality was built; Etrivaal.

The stone was meant to be an absolute existence, unable to be destroyed even if the Overlord willed it. However, the Overlord proved that no such existence could be as the stone crumbled and the Overlord’s mind and soul were freed. They found a host in the Vashta of Death, Genmu, and used his body to go on a massacre. Many deities were slain, other permanently scarred, but the Creator was able to restore Genmu’s mind before existence itself could be made to collapse.

The Overlord had been pushed back into the recesses of the Vashta of Death’s mind, unable to take control. It felt itself lose a great piece of its soul in the aftermath of its second sealing, yet still it was not done. When Genmu was made a fallen Vashta, the mental boundaries that kept the Overlord at bay weakened. It was able to manifest itself again; with a body that had been weakened to the level of mortals. The Overlord complied to a symbiotic relationship for a while, a back and forth of scorn until they could find another opportunity to wreak havoc. In the end, with their thoughts bound so closely together, the Overlord’s mind and last fragments of its soul merged into Genmu’s being.

“When I think about it I’m… Pretty boring, huh? All I want is destruction this, destruction that. Honestly, I’ve never felt… Whole. It’s about time I passed my legacy on to someone else. So, do something fun with it, will you~?”

Jikan Varadare

From almost the beginning of time itself, Jikan plotted a method of overturning the Creator’s absolute rule over reality. He hated that even though he was meant to be a ‘God’, a being who existed above all things, that in the view of the Creator he was basically still fictional. He was still bound by the endless cosmic story that the Creator was reading. His first opportunity came along with the Firstborn, mortals that the Creator had mistakenly given infinite evolutionary potential. Jikan manipulated the Firstborn towards growing something known as the ‘Fruit of Origin’, a fruit that would contain such a large amount of the magic that fueled their evolution that it could evolve its eater beyond the boundaries of reality; beyond the Creator’s fiction. At the same time, he
manipulated the one he believed to be his greatest threat, Genmu, into participating in the war against the Firstborn. He had intended for Genmu to either be slain by the Firstborn or commit some kind of crime that Jikan could point to as a reason to seal him away. He did not anticipate that the Abyss would make an attack on Genmu’s mind and drive him to total genocide. Jikan sealed Genmu in a plane of infinite space-time known as the ‘Infinity Crossroads’, hoping that the other deities would agree with his decision. However, one of the two surviving Firstborn, Phelgethon, testified for Genmu’s release. To Jikan’s dismay, they listened to the will of the Firstborn and Genmu was freed.

Jikan moved on to his second plan to fuel Senso by purposely inciting wars within the mortal realm behind the backs of the other deities. He framed Genmu for misuse of his powers using the abilities of the then-Goddess-of-Darkness and had his biggest roadblock cast away as a fallen Vashta. His plan would be ruined again when Genmu managed to climb back to Etrivaal and the two had their final showdown. For the sake of his vision, Jikan forcibly removed himself from the fabric of reality using a paradox in an attempt to defeat Genmu. However, he was defeated when Genmu’s existence overlapped with that of the Overlord and he came to wield the power of absolute destruction.

Candogra

The former Goddess of Darkness who had her mind manipulated by Jikan so that she would aid him in his plot to take reality. After Genmu’s mind was taken over by the Overlord, it was decided that he could no longer be the only host to the Overlord’s power. Thus, some of the Overlord’s essence was separated from him and made into a new being; Candogra. Candogra was fundamentally Genmu’s daughter and he treasured her as such. However, Jikan used his abilities to alter Candogra’s perception of the past and made her think that he was the one who treasured her while Genmu shunned her. It was with Candogra’s abilities that Jikan was able to fool the other deities into thinking that Genmu had misused his powers, causing him to be cast away as a fallen Vashta. In the end, Candogra was slain by Aisu and her existence drifted off into the great light of the Aether.

Karakature

A former God of Darkness who was in charge of watching over souls before they were to be properly judged. He was a deity who lived his afterlife to the fullest since he could have anything he wanted with his position. He wanted to experience every pleasure reality had to offer, yet this journey to have such elation took him down a corrupt path. It got to the point where he would do anything in search for stimulation, he would even devour the souls he was meant to watch over. When the Overlord took over Genmu’s mind, he was the first deity to be slain in the rampage.

Aura

The former Goddess of State who had power over all form in the universe. Among the gods she was a mother figure, she acted as a mediator for the elemental vashtas so that their aspects would remain balanced throughout reality. When deities became apathetic or jaded or just needed advice, it was Aura that they would go to. Aisu in particular, who struggled with her lack of feeling towards mortals, would speak with her often. Aura was the second deity killed during the Overlord incident.

Solios

The former God of Stars who had precedence over the creation of areas of the mortal realm where mortal life could grow. He was a passionate deity who loved mortals and would often drift through the mortal realm just to take in the spectacle of it all. He was distant from his fellow deities but he loved them and that all of their aspects could together to make such a beautiful reality. Solios was the third deity killed during the Overlord incident.

Thaeus

The former God of Energy and one of the first deities to come into existence, due to everything requiring some form of energy. Even the Creator’s omnipotent power required some form of energy, thus Thaeus was by their side since before time began. Like Solios, Thaeus was a free-spirited deity who would go to and from the mortal realm regularly. Unlike Solios, he would constantly break the rules regarding what he was allowed to do there. Thaeus would take on guises so he could formally interact with the living realm, even getting into relationships every once in a while. Of course, Thaeus was created before the evolution of copulation so he couldn’t have that kind of relationship. He claimed that such relationships with the mortals were fine so long as the truth of his being wasn’t revealed. Thaeus was the fourth deity killed during the Overlord incident.

Torrent

The former Vashta of Water and one of the original four elementals, Torrent was known for making ways of entertainment for the people of Etrivaal. She used the endless power of a deity to put on shows and even ran a string of amusement parks across the realm. Of all the gods, she was the most like a celebrity. She was an important part of getting new souls in Etrivaal comfortable with their situation and was a teacher for all the things Etrivaal has. Especially for mortals from less developed worlds who entered an environment that had beings from all stages of advancement. Torrent was the fifth deity killed during the Overlord incident.

Lupa

The former Vashta of Earth and one of the original four elementals, Lupa put himself in charge of bringing the vast variety of cultures that come to Etrivaal together. Mortal cultures vary so wildly even among their own worlds, so it can be extremely overwhelming to be introduced to a realm that has a universe’s worth of cultures from all the history of every inhabited world. Especially if, at the same time, you are realizing that the religion you believed in was not true. Within Etrivaal, Lupa was known as the ‘God of Culture’. Lupa was the sixth deity killed during the Overlord incident.