Religion

The World of Annuntia has, in a strange sense, both one faith and Thirteen. Or, Thirteen faiths and dozens more. The general creation myth is well agreed-upon; that God created Time, and Time in turn created or allowed the creation of the other Twelve Angels that make up the laws of reality. In turn, each of these Twelve claimed or were given special dominion over Twelve Realms across the face of Annuntia, where they each took possession of a great and powerful Temple. The Thirteen Angels all have a number of other associated deities and mystery cults that have grown up around them over the centuries, although Time is usually worshiped alone by contemplative monks and hermits. The following lists are by no means inclusive; add a god! Add a saint! Go nuts (literally, if you’re a Chaos worshiper).

Thirteen Angels:

Time— The First and Arch-Angel, called Angelus
Associated Deities: None

Fire— One of the Elemental Angels, called Pyrrhus
Associated Deities: Kaulu, God of Volcanoes. Paealaeeo, Goddess of Sulfur and Minerals. Aa’Aa—God of Lava. Kuu—God of Forges and War.

Water— One of the Elemental Angels, called Aqueaus
Associated Deities: Tamar, Goddess of Tides. Mzakeeka, Goddess of Rain. Dalimaran, God of Storms. Dagon, God of the Deep.

Air— One of the Elemental Angels, called Zephrus
Associated Deities: Gang Seng, the Snow Lion, God of Cold. Pe-Hur-Meng, God of High Mountains. Ekajati, Goddess of Windstorms. Teng-ger, God of the Sky.

Earth— One of the Elemental Angels, called Mundus
Associated Deities: Freyyra—Goddess of the Soil. Thingvellir, God of Stone Circles. Skjalda, Goddess of Mountain Valleys. Niddhoggr, God of Earthquakes.

Sun— One of the Worldly Angels, called Solus
Associated Deities: Hubal, God of Gold. Ghul, God of the Desert. Manaf, Goddess of Sunrises. D’hul-Halasa, Goddess of Mirages.

Moon— One of the Worldly Angels, called Selenus
Associated Deities: Legba, God of Crossroads. Anansi, God of Trickery. Nyame, Goddess of Knowledge. Asase Yaa, Goddess of the Constellations.

Order— One of the Worldly Angels, called Arcadius
Associated Deities: Plato, God of Philosophy. Hypatia, Goddess of Astronomy. Pericles, God of Leadership. Pythagoras, God of Geometry.

Chaos— One of the Worldly Angels, called Entropus
Associated Deities: (note: the Chaos worshipers also revere an enormous number of spirits, totems, and ancestors) Keshene, God of Souls. Xaos, Goddess of the Abyss. Qamlyqet, Goddess of Mad Prophecy. Temujjin, God of the Horde.

Growth— One of the Worldly Angels, called Vitus
Associated Deities: Midewiwin, Goddess of Medicine. Gitche-Manitou, God of Life. Aadizookaan, Goddess of Creation. Nookoomis, Goddess of Agriculture.

Decay— One of the Worldly Angels, called Thanatus
Associated Deities: Ahriman, God of Destruction. Zahhak, God of War. Peri, Goddess of Beautiful Decline. Qadimi, the God of Endings.

Mercy— One of the Worldly Angels, called Caritus
Associated Deities: Humanitas, Goddess of Kindness. Unitas, God of Brotherhood. Humilitas, Goddess of Humility. Industria, Goddess of Diligence.

Wrath— One of the Worldly Angels, Called Irus
Associated Deities: St. Rhodes, Goddess of Conquest. St. Boniface, Goddess of Dogma. St. George, God of Monster-Slaying. St. Gellert, God of Suffering.

(All of these, as you might have guessed, borrow from a particular real world mythology, history, or tradition. I’ll also be using these traditions as guideposts for developing the individual cultures, but they’re not straitjackets. Just a way to get a feel for a diverse, polyethnic and polycultural sort of world instead of the usual Eurocentric fantasy model —JMD)

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