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The Gods were the first beings in creation, they were once responsible for creating the world and managing its many attributes from the sea and sky to love and war. The original gods were all made by the Source and the Forebearer. Later, other gods created minor gods to fulfill certain roles, or other gods were created through natural reproduction.
During the Blight, most of the Gods of Ga'leah died. Only a few survived the onslaught. As a result, many of the godhoods were now unclaimed. Rather than attempting to divide them between those gods that remained, it was decided that new gods would be created by elevating those of other species, such as Fae and Human, to the station of God when or if they proved worthy of the awesome responsibility.
The gods and goddesses of Ga’leah are many and varied. Some appear similar to humans or the Fae, while others have strange appearances that they must conceal when they walk among humanity. Most maintain a rather youthful appearance, although some prefer to appear older and wiser or younger and more innocent to appeal to their human followers.
The gods themselves are ruled by the Counsel of Twelve, a counsel of the twelve original gods of Ga’leah who make decisions that affect all of existence. The Source herself is not a part of the Counsel and takes part only in matters of debate or stalemate. Though there are only twelve gods on the Pantheon’s Counsel, there are many other smaller, younger, or less powerful deities within the land of Ga’leah, each with their own purpose and desires.
While some of the gods of Ga’leah spend a great deal of time among humanity, many more remained aloof and distant on their mountain home until it’s terrible destruction. This distance from humanity has left much of the Pantheon completely ignorant of their own creation and often results in unforeseen reaction to their magic. In many instances, a curse meant to be a punishment to an offending human has resulted in the creation of a monster with abilities and grievances that the god in question would have never anticipated. To the same end, some ‘gifts’ bestowed by the gods upon their most loyal followers have actually resulted in their absolute misery and loss of faith.
Each of the gods does possess priests or priestesses with special abilities given to them by their patron deities.
Once long ago, before even time, a single entity took shape in the void. Known as the Source, from this being sprang magic itself. In her loneliness, she created a companion, and so time came into being. Together, they created and sired a host of gods and goddesses who helped them craft a world for themselves out of the darkness in which they had been formed.
In the early days, many were the battles and wars waged by the young deities over their creations until the Source and her companion determined that it would be best for each deity to claim one aspect of the world for themselves. It would be theirs alone to craft as they saw fit, and no god would venture to trespass upon another for fear of the swift justice to be meted out by the whole of the Pantheon in retaliation. And so, each of the gods claimed a part of the world for themselves: the Source claimed magic since she was its very life in the universe; the Forebearer, who had fathered many of the gods, chose time itself; and so each of the gods in turn made their choice and peace was once more established.
Still, the gods were unhappy. Their works required something sentient to both worship and be grateful for all that the gods had created in the fine land of Ga’leah. So, the gods joined together to create the Fae, a beautiful race of long-lived creatures with an inherent ability for magic. For a time, they were pleased with their creations and their creations were, in turn, grateful to the gods for all they had been given. But as time passed, the Fae grew jealous of the gods and enamored with their own magic. It was not long before the Fae determined that they no longer needed the gods…and peace became a distant memory
After a great war, the victorious Pantheon interred the Fae in a newly created void where they would never again be allowed to enjoy the beauty of Ga’leah or the favor of the gods. Instead, the Pantheon crafted a new race of creatures to worship and revere them…man. This time, the Pantheon learned from their mistakes. They gave humanity a much shorter life span and no inherent ability to use magic. Like children, humanity would always be dependent upon the gods, and so the Pantheon was pleased.
It was not until the Blight that the Gods once more face a great adversary. It began with the Huntress, Goddess of the Hunt, who fell to the Big Bad Wolf. Soon, the Coming Tide, the Lightgiver, and many other gods fell to the Blight or the one who controlled it. By the time the Blight had been defeated, only a handful of Gods remained.
It was decided to seek out new individuals from the survivors of the Blight, be they human, fae, or otherwise. If one was considered worthy of becoming a god and overseeing one of the vacated godhoods, they would become one of the gods.
The Gods are forbidden to reproduce with any but another God. Although they are capable of having offspring with any creature within their creation, such an offspring would be a Demigod. After the Forebearer saw disaster in the future at the hands of a Demigod, all Demigods were outlawed and those Gods who create one must spend a great deal of effort disguising and hiding them if they want to keep them alive.
The gods are the most powerful creatures in the world. Their grasp of magic is absolute and their power, until recently, was infinite. However, to keep the peace, each god took a mastery that would be only theirs and could not be encroached upon by another. If another god were to be caught dealing in matters of the heart by the Matchmaker, for instance, she could take her grievance to the Counsel of Twelve and great would be the punishment of the trespasser. Only once has this error been made. As her punishment, the goddess in question was stripped of her deity and cast down to Ga’leah to live among their creations in shame.
Gods are not infallible, as evidenced by the death of so many during the Blight. If their domain is weakened by something as significant as the Blight, they will weaken and become more susceptible to attack. Certain weapons can also cause death in even the most empowered God if wielded correctly. Until the Blight, however, the death of Gods was virtually unheard of, and even after the Blight they will likely be somewhat less common than the deaths of others.