The Gods – The Supreme Beings and their companions

This reference provides more information about the deities that the clans held as their ‘Supreme Beings’ (often their ‘creator’ god) as well as any companion godlings and heavenly beings that resided with them. Remember, if you just want a quick reference to keep track of the names and basic info, be sure to view the “Gods of TerrVerde Chart.”  Meanwhile, there is also a reference about the creation myths associated with each of these Supreme Beings – for more on that, see Stories of Creation.

1 – The Supreme Being(s)
Most of the clans of TerrVerde had a religion that recognized a Supreme Being(s) — aka, The Creator God(s), The Original God(s). The Almighty One(s), etc. However their perspective on who this being was varied wildly…

A) Yahway
Primary God of the Enoks
Appearance: While most (if not all) living Enoks have never seen Yahway, their religion has countless depictions of him as a result of Yahway’s alleged regular interactions with the patriarchs of their people (Adam/Eve, Zeth, Enoch, and more) – to them Yahway appeared an older but virile male who was larger than life and commanded respect.
Description: The Enoks viewed this god as their creator (and for them he embodied, Light, Love, and Goodness). For the Enoks, Yahway lives in the heavens (Zyon), which is a place of peace and everlasting happiness where all Enoks strive to go upon death. For all his positives, Yahway was a self-proclaimed ‘jealous god’ who had no qualms about punishing his people if they did not worship him as their sole god (“You shall have no other gods besides me.”) Yahway also required his people to live in submissiveness to him and demanded they make constant sacrifices to atone for their current ‘sins’ and the sins of their ancestors (all the way back to Adam and Eve). Yahway’s chief rival is Baal. All that being said, it should be noted that both Yahway and his rival Baal were not actually real beings but instead were nothing more than gods created by Nektar to further the latter’s own designs. It should also be noted that The Derkka held Yahway in a totally opposite view – as the God of Evil.

B) He Who Has No Name (HWHNN)
Creator God of the Drokka
Appearance: Although never depicted in art, is generally thought of as a mighty Drokka warrior of immeasurable size whose presence spans the whole of the universe.
Description: The Drokka recognized this deity as the Supreme Creator but they didn’t spend much time on stories about him because the god Rhokki was actually held in higher regard. HWWNN is presumed to reside in Astengarten (the Upper Plane) and he is to be left alone to manage the workings of the universe as he sees fit.

C) Baal
Primary God of The Derrka
Appearance: Baal often appeared to the Derkka in the form of a towering figure — a half-man, half he-goat, covered with mattered black hair, and with massive horns piercing out from his skull.
Description: For the Derrka, Baal was held to be their creator god, however he was a deity more to be feared than loved.  Baal often said to them, “I am the god of everything that is powerful – the sun, the moon, the land, the lightning, the wind, the heavens, and more. I am All. Worship me and I will let you live. Kill all those who do not acknowledge me.” In addition, Baal also told them, “I demand more. I demand your children. Sacrifice your most beloved ones to me and show me that you truly fear my name.” However once again, it should be noted that this version of Baal (aka the ones the Derkka worshipped) was also not a real deity, but again a god created by Nektar to further the latter’s own designs. In addition, it should be noted that both The Enoks and Drokka held (this) Baal as their God of Evil.

D) El-Aba
Creator God of the Amorosi
Appearance: no appearance per se. El-Aba simple Is.
Description:  For the Amorosi, El-Aba is the spirit that is in all things. He resides in Illyria (the heavens) with his companion Madras and the lumenarcs (spirits who attend to them). Although El-Aba is credited as the creator the universe, because the gods Pan and Alyssa are considered by the Amorosi to be the creators of their people, El-Aba is actually not worshiped by the Amorosi as their primary god.

E) Aa and Ze
Creator Gods of the Mylars
Appearance: no appearance mortals could fathom.
Description: For the Mylars, Aa and Ze represent concepts such as ‘the beginning and the end,’ alto and bass, our modern day yin/yang, etc.

F) Amul-Sol and Luna
Creator Gods of the Centaurs
Appearance: The Sun and Moon
Description: The Sun and Moon
Creation: The Centaurs believed that Amun-Sol created the universe with his breath (this process spawned our Aerth). Amun-Sol and his wife Luna watch over the Aerth from above (in the Hayvens). After their first son Aalu rebelled and created Allatu (hell), Amun-Sol and Luna gave birth to Astaroth (the god of Wisdom). In the meantime, Aerth produced its own gods and good creatures, while Aalu in Allatu created the evil gods and sent them to Aerth to destroy it.

G) Others
Nektar (in various forms), Zar, Inanna, and The Marduk are held to be the primary gods of other clans – for more on them, see the pages specific to them.

 

2) God’s Companion
A) Maree
Description: The Enoks consider Maree to be the wife of Yahway and the mother of Mannah. Various Enok art depicts Maree as a loving, motherly figure. It is believed that her face can sometimes be seen in the clouds. She was created by Yahway but while as powerful as the supreme being, but also not as aloof because it is believed by the Enoks that Maree answers their prayers. For the Enoks, Maree is the symbol of Peace, Home, and Hearth. Some Enok lore also holds that it was Maree who frist encouraged Yahway to create the Enoks, thus it is believed that they is her favorite race, and many Enoks use a marriage ceremony which is typically a tribute to her.

B) Madras
Description: The Amorosi believe that Madras became El-Aba’s companion to replace the void left by Zebu’s fall. It is unknown if El-Aba created Madras or if she was a part of him that split away. For the Amorosi, Madras brings harmony to El-Aba and Illyria. She gave birth to Mindos (The God of Wisdom)

C) Luna
Description: The Centuars believe Luna is the wife of Amun-Sol. She is also the mother of both Aalu and Astaroth. Luna is the moon.

 

3) The Son of God
A) Mannah
Description: For the Enoks, Mannah is the son of Yahway and Maree. Mannah is the pillar of the Enok Faith since he is also held to be their ‘savior’ in that ‘through Mannah’ the Enoks can gain redemption for the ‘sins’ of their forefathers. Mannah is often pictured as a middle-aged man who travels around on his own and heals people. The Enoks believe that Mannah often visits Terra (which is good because Yahway no longer seems to visit them). With the help of the the good spirits, Mannah watches over the Enoks and protects them. At death, Mannah helps Enoks who lived a good life ascend to Zyon.

B) Others
Nektar (in various forms) is also held to be ‘God’s son’ by other clans – for more, see “The God of Death.”

 

4) Heavenly Hosts
For the Enoks these beings we might call ‘angels’ in the modern world were largely ambiguous spirits who simply attended Yahway and his court in Zyon and because of that the Enoks held them in high regard. The Serpens and Vampira also believed in such spirits but they feared them.

A) Balkeryz/Afriz: For the Drokka and the Derkka, the Balkeryz were “The Fates” (spirits who had the power to alter destiny). The Drok worshipped the Balkeryz (whom they considered servants of their chief god Rhokki), while the Derkka feared them (for the same reason). Their appearance was that of a ghost-like Drokka warlord. “Afriz” was the term that the Myz, Vizigobs, Varulfs, and Kretinz used for Balkeryz and all of these races feared them.

B) Lumenarcs/Lumen/Afa: The Amorosi people had the most legends about these beings. “Lumenarc” is an Amorosi term that translates to mean “light-bearer” and the Amorosi believed they were a race of exactly 100 “arch-angels” created by Mindos in Illyria sent by that god down to the Middle Plane “to inspire and protect.” Lumenarcs were neither male nor female (although they allegedly did have features which resemble both sexes when they took on a physical form and interacted with other races on Substance), and their appearance and size was believed to vary from 6 inches to over 20 feet (yet their height apparently did NOT determine their power). Amorosi legend was adamant that lumenarcs were NOT omnipotent or all-powerful, but they were held to be far more intelligent or powerful than any mortal creature on Substance, and they could speak any language. Each lumenarc was gifted with a certain amount of (the magical energy of every lumenarc that kept them alive, similar to of the evil godlings). Lumenarcs also used their to cast spells on Substance as a form of weapon and each spell cost a certain amount of . So long as a lumenarc returned to Illyria to replenish their they could theoretically live forever, but if a lumenarc used up all their before returning to Illyria to replenish their supply then that lumenarc would die. In terms of fighting, (like Mindos) lumenarcs did not use their magic to kill others (not even evil creatures), instead they used it to protect/heal/rescue the mortals they were sent to protect. Because lumenarcs were required by Mindos to do all that they could to protect the life of the good creatures of Substance, events did transpire during which lumenarcs regularly died — the greatest example of this occurred when the island of Altaziz was being sunk during The Great Flood — the lumenarcs there (including Mindos) used up all their trying to save the creatures on the island; they were not able to save everybody/thing and thus all present died trying. In addition, the highest ranking, ten most powerful lumenarcs were called “The Illuminati.” Seven of them died at Altaziz (Donnatellos, Angelos, Agnes, Rafael, Dhelylah, Hermez, Balboa). Only three survive to this day (Michael the Mighty One, Gabrial of the Boistrous Voice, and Ruth the Righteous). The god Mindos to be The High Lumenarc (since he was the first of their kind and the creator of their race). Finally, Centuar myths had very similar beliefs, but they called these creatures “Lumen” (which translated to “light men”), while the Mylars named them “Afa” (light).

 

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