The Elemental Tetratheon is a deliberately polarized pantheon focusing primarily on the hermetic elements. While I like how most of the deities in this pantheon turned out, and the individual subpantheons show merit, I decided to take a closer look to see how they fit together as a whole.
Final List of Deities
Below is the list of all deities in the Elemental Tetratheon.
Each subpantheon is pretty coherent, in that each is built around a theme and there are many pairs of shared domains. Later examination will demonstrate that most domains are in fact largely associated with a single elemental subpantheon. For instance, the Artifice domain is largely associated with the fire deities, with only one other (Stvari, an earth deity) also granting access to it.
Each subpantheon has seven deities of six alignments (there are two neutral deities in each subpantheon), but it is possible for clerics of any alignment to follow gods in each subpantheon.
|Spaljivan||M||Neutral||Fire, Sun, Knowledge, Nobility||Battle Axe|
|Sjajan||F||Neutral Good||Sun, Fire, Glory, Artifice, Good, Luck||Pistol|
|Syvetlos||A||Lawful Neutral||Knowledge, Fire, Law, Artifice, Healing, Rune||Staff|
|Gespedi||M||Chaotic Neutral||Nobility, Fire, Chaos, Magic, Healing, Luck||Light Mace|
|Vestina||F||Lawful Good||Artifice, Sun, Knowledge, Animal||Longbow|
|Ravneza||F||Neutral||Healing, Knowledge, Nobility, Death||Spear|
|Namaran||M||Chaotic Good||Luck, Sun, Nobility, Trickery||Rapier|
|Povratak||F||Neutral||Earth, Animal, Plant, Destruction||Greatclub|
|Stvari||F||Neutral Good||Animal, Artifice, Community, Earth, Rune, Good||Hammer|
|Saranti||M||Lawful Neutral||Plant, Strength, Law, Earth, Rune, Repose||Heavy Mace|
|Buntovnik||M||Neutral Evil||Destruction, Strength, War, Community, Earth, Evil||Heavy Flail|
|Glavni||F||Lawful Evil||Strength, Plant, Destruction, Madness||Major|
|Gajivak||M||Neutral||Community, Animal, Protection, Destruction||Lance|
|Valjida||M||Lawful Good||Rune, Knowledge, Animal, Plant||Staff|
|Vodenjak||F||Neutral||Water, Trickery, Protection, Darkness||Spear|
|Izvodac||M||Chaotic Neutral||Trickery, Glory, Weather, Chaos, Water, Luck||Rapier|
|Staratel||A||Neutral Good||Protection, Glory, War, Community, Water, Good||Trident|
|Ponoc||F||Neutral Evil||Darkness, Weather, War, Travel, Water, Evil||Cutlass and Pistol|
|Valican||M||Chaotic Good||Glory, Sun, Trickery, Protection||Longsword|
|Jurisati||F||Chaotic Evil||Weather, Trickery, Liberation, Darkness||Shortsword|
|Ubojni||F||Neutral||War, Protection, Destruction, Darkness||Battleaxe|
|Povjetara||F||Neutral||Air, Death, Liberation, Madness||Heavy Mace|
|Promjena||M||Lawful Neutral||Death, Air, Law, Magic, Healing, Repose||Dagger|
|Nesmetan||M||Chaotic Neutral||Liberation, Air, Weather, Chaos, Magic, Travel||Staff|
|Razuma||A||Neutral Evil||Madness, Strength, Air, Travel, Repose, Evil||Flail|
|Charolija||M||Chaotic Neutral||Magic, Nobility, Death, Liberation||Longsword|
|Putovanja||A||Chaotic Evil||Travel, Liberation, Darkness, Madness||Hammer|
|Pokonici||F||Lawful Evil||Repose, Death, Plant, Madness||Sickle|
I’ll be looking primarily at the domains and their allocation. First I’ll look at the domain access by subpantheon, then by alignment.
Domain Access by Subpantheon
I created a table with all thirty-three domains from the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, and a column for each elemental subpantheon. For each domain and element, I listed the deities granting access to that domain.
|Air||Povjetara, Promijena, Nesmetan, Razuma|
|Animal||Vestina||Povratak, Stvari, Gajivak, Valjida|
|Artifice||Sjajan, Syvetlos, Vestina||Stvari|
|Community||Stvari, Buntovnik, Gajivak||Staratel|
|Darkness||Putovanja||Vodenjak, Osvajac, Jurisati, Ubojni|
|Death||Ravneza||Povjetara, Promijena, Charolija, Pokonici|
|Destruction||Povratak, Buntovnik, Glavni, Gajivak||Ubojni|
|Earth||Povratak, Stvari, Saranti, Buntovnik|
|Fire||Spaljivan, Sjajan, Syvetlos, Gespedi|
|Glory||Sjajan||Izvodac, Staratel, Velican|
|Healing||Syvetlos, Gespedi, Ravneza||Promijena|
|Knowledge||Spaljivan, Syvetlos, Vestina, Ravneza||Valjida|
|Liberation||Povjetara, Nesmetan, Charolija, Putovanja||Jurisati|
|Luck||Sjajan, Gespedi, Namaran||Izvodac|
|Madness||Glavni||Povjetara, Razuma, Putovanja, Pokonici|
|Magic||Gespedi||Promijena, Nesmetan, Charolija|
|Nobility||Spaljivan, Gespedi, Ravneza, Namaran||Charolija|
|Plant||Povratak, Saranti, Glavni, Valjida||Pokonici|
|Protection||Gajivak||Vodenjak, Staratel, Velican, Ubojni|
|Repose||Saranti||Promijena, Razuma, Pokonici|
|Rune||Syvetlos||Stvari, Saranti, Valjida|
|Strength||Saranti, Buntovnik, Glavni||Razuma|
|Sun||Spaljivan, Sjajan, Vestina, Namaran||Velican|
|Travel||Nesmetan, Razuma, Putovanja||Osvajac|
|Trickery||Namaran||Vodenjak, Izvodac, Staratel, Velican, Jurisati|
|War||Buntovnik||Staratel, Osvajac, Ubojni|
|Water||Vodenjak, Izvodac, Osvajac|
|Weather||Nesmetan||Izvodac, Osvajac, Jurisati|
From this I see:
- Elemental domains are accessible by only one subpantheon, and it’s only to be expected.
- Alignment domains are each accessible by a single deity in each subpantheon. Again, this was to be expected because the alignment domains were deliberately placed on points where three alignment subpantheons ‘touch’.
- All other domains present are accessed by deities of only two pantheons. I should have expected this because the ‘alignment deities’ (of which I have none, see below) are the only ones on points accessible by more than one pantheon.
I think I like this, to be honest. Each elemental domain is solidly associated with a single subpantheon, the alignment domains have the broadest but ‘lightest’ touch within each subpantheon, and the domains present in two subpantheons are pretty heavily weighted toward one over the other. This tells me the culture associated with the pantheon sets less store on alignment than element, and that most other divine interests (domains) have strong association with one element and a lesser association with one more. It feels like I should be able to determine other aspects of the culture based on this.
Domain Access by Alignment
The structure of this pantheon causes it to be a bit different from most. Initial examination reveals:
- All alignments are present, with symmetric frequencies. There are two deities of each of the non-neutral (LG, CE, etc.), three of each partially neutral alignment, and eight neutral deities.
- Each subpantheon has a bias away from one alignment. There are no evil Fire deities, no good Air deities, no chaotic Earth deities, and no lawful Water deities.
- No non-neutral deity has an alignment domain. That is, only a partially-neutral deity has an alignment domain. I might adjust things so the non-neutral deities have all alignment domains appropriate to their alignment (deviating from normal practice), but for now I’m going to keep it like this. I like how it looks.
With each pantheon having a bias away from one alignment, and each non-alignment domain accessible by only two elemental subpantheons, the domains available by alignment may be too restricted. I think (because I’ve already done the work) that they are not.
The table below shows how many deities of each alignment grant access to each domain. The table looks a little sparse, but workable.
However, the table above does not take into account the rule that a cleric may follow any deity as long as the cleric’s alignment is within one step of the deity’s (there used to be a rule that neutral clerics had to follow neutral deities only, but it looks like that no longer applies). The only other restriction is that a cleric may only take an alignment domain if the cleric has that alignment.
This changes things.
(Domain, Alignment) cells marked with an asterisk (“*”) are available because of the rules regarding alignment adjacency. Despite there being no deity with that alignment granting the domain, a cleric of the adjacent alignment can follow that deity and gain access to the domain.
This works out so that all ‘neutral domains’ (that is, domains associated with deities that are neutral) are access to clerics of all alignments. While there are no evil fire deities, Syvetlos is lawful neutral, Gespedi is chaotic neutral, and Ravneza and Spaljivan are both neutral. You won’t see a cleric with the Evil domain worshiping a deity of the fire subpantheon, but you can find clerics with an evil alignment.
The following domains are available to clerics of all alignments: Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Community, Healing, Magic, War.
Each cleric gets to pick two domains. In the Elemental Tetratheon this is limited by elemental subpantheon you subscribe to and your alignment. Each subpantheon has deities granting access to a total of sixteen domains, half the total used, and each alignment grants access to between 2/3 and 3/4 of all the domains used. Each subpantheon can have clerics of any alignment. The combinations become stricter when considering pairs of domains (clerics pick two, after all), but the selection for any given cleric alignment is quite broad.
I think this hits a good balance between freedom of choice and the constraints needed to provide framework and structure.