Religion in Illuria is a complex issue. The Gods themselves are seldom vocal anymore, remaining silent while their priests preach holding to faith, being strong in the face of adversity and reassuring their people that the Gods will reward them for their devotion in death. It is easy to see then why many citizens secretly take to the worship of daemons and spirits; joining cults or societies in an effort to reap the rewards and find some meaning to their lives.
Though they offer their gifts only rarely and intervene in mortal affairs even less often the Gods do exist and many different religions mingle together in Vaporia. Most races have their own pantheon of gods but the gods worshippers are not necessarily solely made up of that race. Many of the gods closely resemble others from other pantheons and in areas straddling two cultures it is not unusual for people to mix and mingle gods from different pantheons.
Agatia and Kuruthia
Perhaps the best known pantheon in Vaporia is the one shared by the sister empires of Agatia and Kuruthia. When Agatia enveloped Kuruthia they added some of their gods into their pantheon. It is the subject of some heated debate within the Temple to which gods were added later and which ones were from the original pantheon. It is widely accepted however that the First Family as they have come to be known, are the original gods of Agatia. They all reside in a grand palace at the peak of Mount Celestia, the tallest mountain which occupies the centre of Vaporia.
Pellor, the Father of the Gods, Lord of the Sun and Master of all Time, created the world and all things as a gift for his wife Ioun, Goddess of Knowledge. Ioun was pleased with her gift but she was especially pleased with the people and sentient creatures. Ioun began to impart her knowledge and her teachings to its people. In thanks Ioun bore Pellor two children; a boy, Erathis; and a girl, Calypso.
Jealous of the gift Pellor had given his wife, Vecnis, Pellors sister, the teller of Lies and Deceits, and Hoarder of Secrets disguised herself as Ioun and seduced Pellor. When Pellor discovered the deception he flew into a rage but by then it was already to late. Vecnis was with child. She gave birth to a daughter, Nephratis.
His children bickered between each other, their petty squabbles often spilling down to the world below causing many a war. Ioun, in her wisdom suggested a solution and Pellor agreed. Pellor and Ioun gave to Erathis the land and he became the Protector of Civilisation. Calypso was given the sea and the sky to keep watch over as her domain. To Nephratis they gave the realm of death and she became known as the Raven Queen. Their new duties and responsibilities gave the gods little time to argue among themselves, as was Iouns plan. But even so between the gods themselves there was little love lost.
There the story should have ended but in a time long gone, in the days near the Agatian Empires founding Erathis still took a keen interest in the affairs of men on his land. He fell in love with a mortal woman and they conceived a child with him. Some, many orcs who dwell beneath the Empires rule among them believe that the woman was an orc and that the child was a half orc but this, too is disputed by various factions of the Temple. The boy was named Kord. His mother tried to convince Erathis to take Kord with him, to dwell on Mount Celestia but Pellor was angry at Erathis’ meddling and ordered Erathis to leave the boy behind. Kord possessed an incredible strength and a hide thicker than steel. He competed in the Games and fought many battle in the Arena. He joined the Agatian Legions and campaigned with them while they settled the land around them.
He is famed in legend for taking the Agatian War of Settlement to the Underworld, quelling the daemon uprising and fighting a duel with Asmodeus himself. Eventually, after hearing many tales of Kords deeds, Pellor relented and allowed Kord to dwell on Mount Celestia with his father. Though not a true God, many worship him as the Patron of Warriors and Athletics, gladiators in particular venerating him as they combine the two aspects.