Abs & Axes
Deities and religions
The ranks of the divine of Ilyenor fall within a series of hierarchy structures and are usually organized based on the size of their dedicated religions.
The Major Powers of Ilyenor
These gods are the most powerful of the pantheon of Ilyenor and the most frequently worshipped of the divine.
While they are worshipped separately and typically thought of as being at odds, Enelwing and Elmindel are usually attributed as being twin brother and sister.
Goddess of Law, Order, and Pattern
Nickname: Keeper of Order
Holy Symbol: Two squares forming an eight-pointed star inside a circle.
Domains: Light, Life
Enelwing is the most commonly revered deity in the known lands and a large, structured hierarchy of priests and religious representatives can be found in most cities and towns.
The worship of Enelwing is the official state religion in the Kingdom of Thellerg and the Holy Dominion of Egiolin.
It is said that Enelwing dwells within the Luminous Domain in a symmetrical city of perfect order made of pure white stone.
God of Chaos and Entropy
Nickname: The Change-bringer
Holy Symbol: A spiral of alternating black and white.
The worship of Elmindil is the solid minority among the major powers (even outnumbered by the followers of Elad).
While his worship is not an innately evil practice it is a difficult concept to grasp for those who do not follow him that while Elmindil represents change and the inability to know what the future may bring, he does not represent outright destruction (which is usually attributed to Elmindel’s daughter Sariel) or death (as represented by Hazar).
Those who are familiar with the planes of existence believe Elmindel to dwell somewhere within the Shadow Realm.
The Forces of Nature
Nickname: The Green Man
Holy Symbol: A sprouting seed.
Elad is the personification of the nature force revered by the Druids. There are some Clerics associated with the worship of Elad as well. Most Wood Elves are followers of Elad and the official state religion of the Republic of Adrindest is his worship.
While most other religions will acknowledge the divinity of other powers most other religious organizations ignore Elad as a whole and dismiss his worship as a meaningless nature cult.
Elad is thought to rule supreme within the forests of the Wildlands.
The Minor Powers of Ilyenor
These gods primarily represent spiritual and intellectual concepts within the world of Ilyenor.
Penem and Azah are usually revered in shared temples devoted to the worship of both. They are considered to be relatives of Enelwing and Elmindel sometimes being attributed as children of one or both of them depending on which religious scholar you ask.
Goddess of Physical Strength, Endurance, and Perseverance
Nickname: The Lady of the Hammer
Holy Symbol: A simple warhammer.
Domains: Life, War.
There is a strong contingent of worshippers of Penem among the population of Arad.
Lord of Victory, Success, and Overcoming Obstacles
Nickname: The Counter
Holy Symbol: An abacus.
It is commonly considered to be Azah’s duty to count the dead so their spirits can be shepherded to the realms beyond by Hazar. Those who die without being counted by Azah are said to be doomed to stalk the night as undead. As such it’s a relatively common practice to burn the dead on a funeral pyre to attract Azah’s attention.
God of Death; Ferryman for the Dead
Nickname: Lord of Bones
Holy Symbol: A humanoid skull.
Domains: Life, Death.
God of Magic
Nickname: He Who Knows
Holy Symbol: An unblinking eye.
Demipowers of Ilyenor
These gods represent the physical world of Ilyenor, those tangible aspects that the populace of the world make contact with on a daily basis.
God of Earth and Mountains
Nickname: Keeper of the Forge
Holy Symbol: An pickaxe and hammer crossed over an anvil.
Aglos is the patron of Dwarves and is commonly revered by those who work forges, metalsmiths, armorers, and masons.
Goddess of Destruction
Nickname: Queen of Doom
Holy Symbol: A tower being struck by lightning.
Goddess of the Sea and Storms
Nickname: Bringer of Storms, The Wind Home
Holy Symbol: A cloud over a cresting wave.
God of Secrets
Nickname: The Hooded God
Holy Symbol: A blindfolded face.
The divine powers of the Ascended were not born to divinity, they were chosen by the other gods and elevated from their original mortal status.
Goddess of Plants, Harvests, and Fertility
Nickname: Lady of the Harvest
Holy Symbol: A sheaf of wheat.
Alwen is prayed to by many farmers and holds a place of reverence among the Halflings. You will find a small shrine dedicated to the Lady of the Harvest in almost every community of the Plains.
Goddess of Luck
Nickname: Lady Luck
Holy Symbol: A golden horseshoe pointed upwards.
Rarely worshipped in an ongoing manner, Ridwan sees a great deal of sudden prayer from those in difficult situations that seek her blessing.
God of Fire, Purification, and New Beginnings
Nickname: The Purifier
Holy Symbol: An open flame.
Patron of Madness and Insanity
Nickname: Queen of Cats
Holy Symbol: A pair of cats eyes.
God of Trickery, and Deception; Creater of Cyphers and Codes
Nickname: The Trickster, The God of Tongues
Holy Symbol: A face, it’s eyes obscured by hands.
Kielyr is usually considered to be responsible for creating the many languages of the world, having done so as a way to cause difficulty in communication and provoke misunderstandings.