Religion

Religion in this campaign is less of a direct correlation between gods and more focused on alignment. This is largely due to my inattentiveness to the ever-changing religions in any/all fantasy games. Therefore I have mainly kept it to the alignment grid (good/evil/lawful/chaotic).
This keeps it a little simpler (in my opinion) and more ‘realistic’.
How this affects the gameworld.
There are certainly actual names for gods. However, most people don’t know all of them, don’t directly care about them (barring the actual followers of each) beyond whatever alignment they are. So a ‘good’ person would largely be content with any good deity, but would shy away from neutrals, and completely avoid evil ones. To help put it in perspective with a direct example: Catholicism is definitely a ‘good’ religion, also rather ‘lawful’. It also has dozens (hundreds?) of various ‘saints’ which are patrons for various things (schools/arts/travel/etc) Everyone knows catholicism is ‘lawful good’. Very few people know many(any?) specific saints. Fewer people actually care which specific saint is the patron of a certain building/city/etc.

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Ages ago the three Heaven’s waged war against the 3 Hell’s here on the mortal plane. So evenly matched were they in strength and prowess that neither side was able to gain the upper hand. As such, The fighting raged for countless ages, cracking the very foundations of the earth. With neither advantage nor weakness present on either side the ceaseless hostilities threatened to tear the very world asunder. In a desperate act to turn the tides of battle, the powers of Heaven and Creation shined their holy light across the land and breathed life into the First Races to aid them against the forces of Evil. While seemingly insignificant compared to the vast armies of hell, the presence of these new mortals on the field of battle was enough to tip the delicately balanced scales in favor of the forces of good.

Yet, if Evil is nothing, if not clever. The deceitful Daemon Vetis, whom had shown talent for trickery and corruption, took some of the new races, and twisted them to his own purposes. Torture broke their bodies, minds and souls, which were remolded to become the vengeful servants of hell.

And so, the balance between Good and Evil was maintained.

With servants to carry on the battle for them, both sides slowly began to withdraw from the mortal world, opting instead to fight in other planes unsuitable for the races they had created. Yet,each would occasionally attempt to influence the war on Earth with blessings, curses, or even the creation of a new race with which to swell their ranks. Yet, whenever one side granted favor upon its subjects, the other reacted with equal fervor to counter.

And so, the balance between Good and Evil was maintained.

Ages past, the First Races were battered to dust, replaced by newer and younger races, whom, in turn, were destroyed only to be replaced by still newer and younger ones, each generation less powerful than their predecessors. And so, as Heaven once again began to breath life into a new race, hell devised the most clever of schemes. Instead of waiting until after it was born to corrupt it, agents of Hell instead snuck in and tainted it during it’s very creation, slipping anger, hatred, and all the other essences of evil into its very core, hoping to create the firstbourne purely evil race. Yet, being birthed by the forces of good, it also had the grace and kindness of heaven mixxed within. And so, when this new race was completed it was neither a creature of Good nor of Evil, but capable of great acts of either, neither, or both.

And so, the balance between Good and Evil was maintained.

With this last race created, and neither side content with the result, Heaven and Hell began the final withdrawl from the mortal plane. Yet, Evil being untrustworthy and deceitful, a few minor Demons and Devils were left behind. Insignificant in the Great War of 10’s of thousands, they would undoubtedly be more than enough to spread evil across the world of mortals. Noticing this act of treachery, Heaven had to give one last aid as well. Unwilling to leave behind even a single soldier, Heaven instead placed Holy items to be used by mortals against the forces of evil. Knowing that these artifacts could destroy them, the devils took them all and hid them in the cracks of the earth. These demons now stand as everlasting sentries over the Armour of Heaven, too fearful to leave in case some mortal might sneak in and steal the artifacts of light.

Now, ages later, the true gods are almost forgotten in time. Their impact on the world reduced to the actions taken by followers, in their name.

Religion

The Adventures of the Kludge Mike_Hildebrandt