Deities

The sister worlds of Aspenta and Aresia boasts many types of beliefs and religions as indicated below with the most common indicated first and the least common indicated last.

Polytheism

The most common people are polytheists who believe and worship deities that are referred to as “angels” while what we refer to as angels are known as “archons”. Polytheists believe that angels came from the world of Aspenta and brought life to the world of Aresia at the beginning of the Fourth Age. Below is a list of the most common good angels within the Aresian Pantheon (see Henotheism below for a list of the fallen angels of the Aresian Pantheon):

  • Alu, the Elven Angel
  • Aspenta, the Angel of Civilization
  • Avandra, the Angel of Luck
  • Bahamut, the Platinum Dragon
  • Ioun, the Angel of Knowledge
  • Kord, the Angel of Strength
  • Lithor, the Angel of Earth
  • Melora, the Angel of the Wild
  • Pelor, the Sun
  • Sehanine, the Moon
  • Sharindlar, the Dwarven Angel
  • The Raven Queen, the Angel of Death
  • Zalathorm, the Angel of Magic

Henotheism

Henotheists choose one deity. They believe and worship this single deity while accepting the existence of other deities. This is most common amongst elves and dwarves who worship Alu and Sharindlar respectively while acknowledging the rest of the Aresian Pantheon. Apart from elves and dwarves, henotheists are most common amongst worshipers of fallen angels, and is the primary cause of the appearance of cults. Below is a list of fallen angels within the Aresian Pantheon (see Polytheism above for a list of other angels from the Aresian Pantheon):

  • Ares, the Angel of War
  • Asmodeus, the Devil
  • Drake, the Draconic Angel
  • Maglubiyet, the Goblin Angel
  • Tamae, the Angel of Evil
  • Tharizdun, the Angel of Madness
  • Torog, the Angel of the Underdark
  • Zehir, the Angel of Darkness

Naturalism

Naturalists are people who believe that everything arises from the natural world around them. They believe that magic, archons, demons, devils, etc are all a product of the natural order of the world, and it is this naturalism that they worship. Naturalists are most common amongst druids and rangers. Many refer to naturalists as worshipers of Melora, the Angel of the Wild.

Ancient Polytheism

Some people still believe in the ancient religious systems from the Second and Third Age. These include pantheons based on alignment, elemental, and healing. The Dragon Empire of Tharsis believes in two opposites, never agreeing upon which is good and which is evil or which is dark and which is light. The Triad is a newly formed religion that has created the Order of the Gauntlet, which believes in the three virtues Justice, Loyalty, and Fortitude, which manifests as three angels that are part of a superior Triad. Although this Triad isn’t from a previous age, it still falls under this category since it’s an outdated belief system that hasn’t existed for over an age. A list of the current ancient polytheism is listed below:

  • Aspentan Pantheon (Aspenta (Civilization), Lamina (Good), Maya (Neutrality), Tamae (Evil), Zalathorm (Magic))
  • Elemental Pantheon (Alu (Water), Ares (Fire), Drake (Air), Lithor (Earth))
  • Healing Pantheon (Charissis, Diancecht, Gaea, Ixlilton, Ripley, Sharindlar)
  • Tharsian Dualism (Bahamut, Drake)
  • The Triad (Caritas (Fortitude), Jupiter (Justice), Sabine (Loyalty))

Monotheism

Monotheists are people who believe in one personal and transcendent God. They believe that the angels are mere creations of this one God. Some people refer to these as Retam worshipers, naming the one God “Retam”. Monotheists cannot be divine spellcasters. Monotheists are extremely rare.

Atheism

Atheists are people who believe that there are no deities. These people cannot be divine spellcasters and believe that those that are able to cast this type of magic simply cast another type of arcane magic. Atheists are extremely rare.

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