I Want Some New Gods, Part 2: Divisions

I started a new pantheon this morning, resulting in 44 gods (or at least, 44 sets of domains, to be described as gods with portfolios and the like). First, I’ll start by splitting them up into groups of gods that are related somehow. I don’t particularly want them to be related by domain sets, nor even by ‘which polyhedron they started on’. For expediency, I simply rolled d8 for each one and dropped it into a group based on the result. I’ll see if I can make sense of them after this.

Random Division

Group 1

Name Alignment Primary Domain Secondary Domains
LE Healing Evil, Law, Repose, Death
NG Destruction Good, Glory, Liberation, Earth
TN Water Trickery, Nobility, War
TN Void Strength, Luck, Plant
TN Knowledge Strength, Hunting, Travel
TN Glory Fire, Darkness, Destruction

Clearly Strength, Glory, and Destruction play significant roles in this group of gods, but otherwise there is no real coherence or repeated domains. I don’t have a feel for this yet. I’ll come back to it.

Group 2

Name Alignment Primary Domain Secondary Domains
TN Earth Weather, Darkness, Destruction

This is a very small group indeed, and I’m not certain what to make of it. It is likely to be a cult of some sort.

Group 3

Name Alignment Primary Domain Secondary Domains
CN Chaos Strength, Trickery, Luck, Magic, Travel
NG Good Fire, Prophecy, Air, Destruction, Community
CN Strength Chaos, Void, Knowledge, Charm
LN Rune Law, Ley Lines, Animal, Transformation
LG Nobility Law, Good, Water, Madness
CE Magic Chaos, Evil, Transformation, Ley Lines
CG Travel Chaos, Knowledge, Madness, Good
LE War Law, Water, Ley Lines, Evil
TN Ley Lines Rune, Magic, War
NE Evil Trickery, Magic, War
LN Law Sun, Healing, Community

This group is pretty big and seem fairly complete. I see all nine alignments represented, at least, and a broad range of domains. This is probably a large and powerful culture.

Group 4

Name Alignment Primary Domain Secondary Domains
CG Air Good, Chaos, Apocalypse, Protection
TN Charm Strength, Hunting, Plant
TN Transformation Rune, Luck, Magic
TN Apocalypse Sun, Air, Community
TN Protection Sun, Air, Artifice

Clearly Air, Apocalypse, Sun, and Protection are powerful, powerful forces in this culture. Given how similar the domain sets are, I expect this culture is pretty monomaniacal about the topic… but at least they’re generally Chaotic Good, so I suspect it might be dedicated to preservation through the apocalypse coming rather than dedicated to bringing the apocalypse and revelling in the destruction of everything.

Group 5

Name Alignment Primary Domain Secondary Domains
CE Trickery Chaos, Madness, Evil, Water
CN Luck Chaos, Transformation, Void, Animal
TN Madness Trickery, Nobility, Travel
CN Chaos Prophecy, Air, Artifice
TN Death Fire, Healing, Community

And this might be the direct foil of the previous culture. I see lots of Chaos, plus some small overlap in the other domains, and Madness and Evil. I think I’d rather live with the previous group.

Group 6

Name Alignment Primary Domain Secondary Domains
NE Weather Evil, Earth, Alchemy, Liberation
CG Prophecy Good, Liberation, Chaos, Alchemy

An interesting pairing, I think. A strong split in alignment on the Liberation and Alchemy combination. I don’t have a feel for this yet, but I perhaps something to do with two competing philosophies relating to Liberation and Alchemy?

Group 7

Name Alignment Primary Domain Secondary Domains
LN Law Rune, Hunting, Nobility, Plant, War
NE Evil Weather, Sun, Darkness, Healing, Artifice
LE Sun Evil, Protection, Law, Apocalypse
NE Darkness Evil, Repose, Earth, Glory
CE Artifice Evil, Alchemy, Protection, Chaos
LG Community Good, Apocalypse, Death, Law
TN Animal Rune, Luck, Plant
TN Liberation Weather, Prophecy, Destruction
TN Repose Fire, Darkness, Healing
TN Alchemy Weather, Prophecy, Artifice

I suspect this might be related to Group 4. Perhaps not in contention with them, quite, but maybe they have some shared origin. Hmm. Group 4 seems to be related to Groups 5 and 7. I expect they may be in close proximity to each other.

Group 8

Name Alignment Primary Domain Secondary Domains
LG Hunting Law, Charm, Good, Knowledge
LN Plant Law, Animal, Charm, Void
NG Fire Good, Death, Glory, Repose
NG Good Hunting, Nobility, Travel

Okay, these are clearly the good guys of the region. Lots of Law, Good, Hunting, and Charm. Again a pretty tight culture, in terms of domains, so I expect a very homogeneous group at heart.

Closing Comments

These… are going to take some consideration before I can really explain them. I think that’s cool. It’s easy to make an internally-consistent and coherent group work, getting some of these to make sense will probably take me interesting places. Only eight groups, representing different cultures. I think I may want to do another complete set and either build out on this (add more cultures) or build it up (add more to each). I need to think on this some more.

1 Comment to "I Want Some New Gods, Part 2: Divisions"

  1. Chakat Firepaw's Gravatar Chakat Firepaw
    February 22, 2013 - 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Continuing the thoughts I had on Earth+Weather in the last post, the groupings you got seem to fit:

    The ‘everything will end and return to its natural state of nothing’ god is off by himself. He and what followers he has might not have any real beef with anyone else, (“all of your works will come to nothing with or without my intervention”), although I could see others having issues with them.

    With “Group 6” you could extend the science theme: One sees the freedom and improvements in life that WILL come about from teasing out the underlying rules of the physical world, the other believes that there should be no restrictions or limitations in what lines of investigation to take or how to follow them. Perhaps have them not as competing gods/sects but rather their followers see them as two sides of the same coin, gods who are allied because they both see the other as a necessary component of their own views, (the good seeing the evil as an unavoidable component of research and accepting its necessity while trying to mitigate its effects, the evil seeing the good as the understandable long term impact but only caring about what he gets out of it).

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