Gods and Pantheons
Gods are powerful, ostensibly immortal beings capable of granting power to mortals by way of prayer. It is believed that the Greater Gods are the offspring of the Fates, while Lesser Gods and Demigods are the product of Gods and mortals, or mortals that ascended by deed.
Gods congregate in pantheons often defined by region or race. Rarely do gods belong to more than one pantheon. Pantheons, regardless of internal strife or differences, are extremely jealous of their worshippers, and protect them from rival pantheons at all costs; sometimes to the death of both pantheon and congregation.
While stories of individual gods challenging the Fates exist, gods are just as subject to the whim of Fate as mortals.
Kesh has been around for a long time; the Keshian pantheon is a tangle of relationships, lesser gods and deities. Demigods named daemon princes, Injau in their abyssal tongue, rule the islands. As part of the divine agreement that ceded control of the Keshian archipelago to the daemon princes, mortals are free to worship any Keshian god. Public or organized worship of the Dream Kingdom’s chief deity, Nymi, is forbidden and punishable by death.
There are eleven greater gods in the Keshian Pantheon: Bilik (knowledge), Helak (war), Kelek (trickery), Oyun (hedonism), Sehrli (magic), Seref (nobility), Seyahet (travel), Tain (pestilence), Tebiet (nature), Lun (death), and Yangin (vitality). All of the gods are worshipped on every island, usually in a small, circular plaza or clearing with idols representing each god.
Nymi, goddess of Night, is chief deity of the Dream Kingdoms. Little is known of this much malign and feared deity outside of her domain. She protects the Dream Kingdoms in a veil of night and mist that makes sailing to the islands without her blessing nigh impossible.