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The Gods of Zetacron


Context: The gods of Zetacron are physically present in the world. You can go and meet them if you like.  Additionally, they are very human, with flaws and quirks—possibly more than regular people.

Zeus, The Creator: Zeus is the divine creator and lord of all Zeta. He is so moody and filled with angst that his own priests keep people from seeing him out of embarrassment.

Ares, God of War, Combat, and Prowess: Ares is the master of every weapon, fighting style, gymnastic move, and sport that the world has ever seen. He’s even tried his hand in poetry (and may the gods help you if you have to hear it). Unfortunately, he’s not the friendliest bloke. He’s about as arrogant, acidic, selfish, poor-tempered as Quetzalcoatl is hard to pronounce.

Erat, Divine Artist: A giant man with big black boots, Erat likes to eat, laugh, and make beautiful art with his surprisingly gentle hands. The lord of all that is creative, and the visual artist responsible for each evening’s sunset, he is known to spontaneously appear after artists create particularly moving pieces, and grant them

Gaia, Nature Incarnate: From her hairy legs to her ankle-length matted hair, Gaia defends the world against the atrocities of mankind’s progress, whatever the cost.

Ire, The Healer: She’s tall, she’s strong, she’s a tyrant if she doesn’t like you - she’s Ire, the goddess of healing! It’s her fault that nobody may be raised from the dead on Zeta: “If he was too stupid to live the first time, why should he get a second chance?”

Loki, King of Thieves: Although he looks (and smells) like a hobo most of the time, Loki is a master of the con, the hustle, and disguise. Sadly, this doesn’t stop him from drinking himself into oblivion and crashing in public parks. Do not leave him alone with your kids.

Poseidon, God of the Sea, Drinking, and Smithwork: A brooding gaunt fellow, Poseidon lurks at the bottom of the ocean, forging things on his magic anvil, brewing things in his magic brewery, and cooking the finest cuisine the world has ever seen.

Thanatos, God of Knowledge: Thanatos, from his labyrinthine library lair, is the master of both magic and technology, but not of the wise use of either. He goaded the ancient dwarves into overdeveloping their technology to the point of self-destruction. Thanks, Thanatos - the dwarves sure love you now!

Orion, God of the Northern Hunt: Orion, and all of his followers, are nutters. They get off on climbing unscalable mountains, just to jump off again. Orion creates the most frightening abominations the world has ever seen, just to hunt them down with a knife and not much else. And this is before breakfast!

Moreau, The Hermit: Moreau lives inside a forbidding rock in
treacherous waters - there are no doors, windows, or openings of any kind. Very little is known about the hermit - some say that he will come out at the end of the world, some say that he’s so hideous that if the sun shone upon his face, it would go out. Most agree that he is the most powerful of the gods - sort of an absentee landlord.

Quetzalcoatl, The Malign Presence: It came from Outside the world, eons ago. Most of the gods say Loki let It in. Loki says he didn’t. It is the personification of evil - It created the Reavers, a monstrous race that are virtually unkillable - It is amorphous, a dark cloud taking the shape of whatever is most useful to it at the time. It feeds on suffering, grief, and woe. Fear It. Oh: and don’t worry if you can’t pronounce Its name. Nobody else can, either.

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November 22, 2005, 18:59
Interesting, that bit about Quetzalcoatl (by the way, that's pronounced ket-zuhl-coh-at-uhl). Did you know that he was actually a somewhat beneficial god in Aztec mythology?

Why is the Healer so tyrannical? That seems highly out-of-character for a god of healing.

Thanatos is a name for death. Does he have something to do with death as well?
November 22, 2005, 18:59
Thanatos - from where does Euthanasia come... guess. Or Thanatophorous dysplasia. Thanatos = death. Phorein = bear, bring. Eu = means happy, joyous. Thus Eu-angelion = happy message, Eu-ropa = merry shores.
Cortez was mistaken for Quetzalcoatl, the pale god of ... learning and the sun? i guess. By the Aztecs, anyway. He was though to be less bloodthirsty than the other Aztec gods (think again, suckers) and his coming was meant to predict a new age of bliss (for whom?)
As for the healer, it's an amusing twist... perhaps she got the job by chance, and is pissed off at people eating poisonous berries, then complaining to HER, or doing extreme sports and then breaking their bones, and asking HER for help, or having kids, and then pleading her to help deliver those buggers! So that there are more stupid people around who go and hurt themselves...
November 22, 2005, 18:59
Quote from: "CaptainPenguin"
Why is the Healer so tyrannical? That seems highly out-of-character for a god of healing.

She's an atypical goddess (like most of them). No nonsense,
solidly built, doesn't have time for whiners. There are nurses
in the real world like that:

(I think a lot of medical professionals get tired of
whiney patients sometimes).

She amuses me.
November 22, 2005, 19:01
Well, they could be assassins...

Just because we see healing as a merciful thing, does not mean every culture does. The warrior's society's diety of healing (if there was such) would not be a nice person, but perhaps an agent of Evil who kept warriors out of warrior's heaven by not letting them die of battle wounds.

Just thoughts on the subject
Voted Mourngrymn
January 12, 2006, 10:51
I was going to give this a lower score but it is somewhat detailed. It is very common to use real mythology and ancient religions for our gaming purposes. I as a matter of fact had twelve earth gods show up in Hewdamia, but they all died or left. Point is, at this day in time I would think we could by pass using the exact copy of a scandanavian God, or an Aztec God in our work.

None the less I still like the thread it is interesting to see the different Gods and their use, if not they reason why they are the way they are. More detail on each one would be a benefit I think.
Voted Murometz
December 14, 2012, 23:55
What a fascinating selection of deity names. We start off nice and Greek, then veer north to kidnap the Trickster, back to Greece, then...Dr. Moreau. That one befuddled me. Then we cross the ocean. Ok, but Moreau?

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