Eshal religon can be divided into 2 chapters.Before the coming of the Cuada and after.The old animal gods that the Clans worshipped prior to the arrival of the salamander men,belong to the first chapter and the greedy,vicious water divinites that replaced them,belong to the second.During this transition from old gods to new,the ancestral divinites were reduced to the position of minor shrine spirits and guardian beings that served the new gods.The Cuada were shrewd enough to comprehend that the Eshal would be unable to completely forsake their Clan dieties= and convinced them that their gods were only the humble servants and messengers of the true Gods,the Gods of Water.These Gods Of Water were the children of Vaet,supreme godess of the universe who dwelt in the great Ocean, that had sent them,the First Born of the Gods to guide their younger siblings,the Brave People,in the ways of honoring them.The followers of those gods that refused to recognize the new deities,had their gods villified as demons,the most famous example being Larfu,the Shark God of the Hunt.
And there were indeed quite a few who found it hard to accept the new gods that the Cuada foisted onto them.The old animal gods had been wise,guiding spirits that had never demanded much of their worshippers,in stark contrast to their succsesors who had to be nourished by the blood and souls of sacrificial victims,or so the Cuada claimed.If deprived of their sacrifces,the true Gods would grow angry and abandon the world of mortals to the dark mercies of the Trickster Eacu,whose evil was only rivalled by the Dread Hunter Larfu.But sadly,most of the Brave People were willing to forget Clan notions of honor,so awed were they by the magic of the Cuada and the so-called true gods they served.
The Eshal priesthood serves all the Gods impartially,trying to convince each Gods that they do not favour any of the others over him.This delicate balancing act ensure that none of the vindicitve and cruel gods they worship,become angry with them.This is done with careful supervision of the Cuada that are ever privy to the thoughts of the Gods.
THE NEW GODS
THE SUPREME GOD VAET:She is the great progenitor of the entire Universe.All beings,from the lowliest bug to the Gods themselves,are subordinate to her.This is something that everyone understands and know that just as mortals cringe in fear of the whims of the Gods,so do they cringe in fear of her whims.If the Gods decides on an insane whim to destroy the mortal relam,or even worse,abandon it to vile Eacu,she can be appealed to to save it.
She has her home in the endless Ocean,from where she watches over the entire universe,seeing to it that the Gods do not get over cocky and forget that for all the power they posses,they ultimately answer to her.As ever changing and ruthless as the Ocean herself,she is nevertheless unpredictable and moody as any God,making her an unreliable bulkwark against the wrath of the Gods.The Gods understand this and do their best to avoid treading on Vaet's toes,while still being their usual bloodthirsty and demanding selves.After all Vaet might not really care if they punish the ungrateful mortals as long as they grovel before her,no?
Vaet is often represented as a vast multi-headed water serpent.In her coils can be seen the forms of Gods that have displeased her,most prominent of them being Larfu.The Cuada say that Larfu will only be released from the crushing prison of her coils when his followers recognize the Cuada as the First Born of the Gods.
THE OLD ONE: The Old One is the living core of Tarrod.Springing from the womb of Vaet when the being known as the Creator Serpent impregnated her,the Old One immediately begun ejecting a foam from her pelvis,out of which sprang all creation, and the various lakes and lagoons that cover most of Tarrod's surface and the Gods themselves.But this task so tired and weakened here,that she immediately fell into a deep slumber from which she never awoke.It was not death,but merely a state of stasis in which she wil always lie.The foam continues to pour from her still,nourishing the waters of Tarrod and the beings that depend on them for thier life.But this takes a terrible toll on the health of the Old One.As eons pass,the life giving foam seeping out of her continues to drain her of her health.Ultimately there comes a point of time when the Gods themselves must die to feed and replenish her strength.The blood they spill when they slay themselves to keep the life giving foam flowing,restores her to full energy.Though the Gods sacrifice themsleves,their death is but temporary.Out of the blood that remains,they emerge whole and new once again.
TIOCHA,THE GODESS OF VEGEATION AND PLANT LIFE-One of the most important deities of the new phanteon,she is responsible for everything green and growing.Though the Eshal dies consist almost exclusively of fish,she is nevertheless important as most of the fish reared by the Eshal depend on algae and aquatic plants for food.Bad tempered and demanding,she is the bad tempered spouse of the War God Wrota.Jealous and vindictive the godess slew and devoured all the offspring of the other spouses that Worta had,so that her son would be the apple of his father's eyes.But ironically at the same time she is aslo the fierce guardian of pregnant mothers and babies,protecting them from the vile minions of Eacu that yearn to do them harm.But those females that anger her,will have thier children devoured by her.She is not someone you would want to cross,especially if you were a mother to be.
WROTA,GOD OF WAR-One of the original animal gods to survive the coming of the Cuada,his worship was preserved by the Cuada who realized that this bloodthirsty and violent god would serve them well.The twin borther of the outcast god Larfu,he remembers with hatred and anger the loss of his arm to his sibling and and longs for the day Larfu will be killed for good.More importantly,he is a powerful member of the Eshal phanteon and leads them to victory against their foes,reveling in the massive sacifices that follow a truimpant raid.He is also the slayer that hunts down the minions of Eacu and slays those water sucking demons every day,so that Tarrod will alway be submerged by the life giving water and the leader that guides blessed Emperors,helping them surmount the challenges facing them.Deeply arrogant and loud mouthed,the only person he is close to is his son,Hunal,Warden of the Gates of the nether relam,the son born to him by his &^%$@ of a consort,Tiocha.