Chaldis > Religion
In the War in Heaven, when man and divinity clashed, there were no victors; the only ‘prize’ was a devastated, fallen world and the collapse of the great empires and races that had so been beloved by the gods in the early days of the world. And as the power of mortal races was crippled, so was that of the gods. It is said that the elder gods were imprisoned or slain, many falling in conflict against each other and the titans.
The surviving divinities set their conflicts aside, and made pacts with another that they would only assist mortals when called upon, and that their priority should be on ensuring that life could still exist upon the blood-hungry stone of Chaldis.
The gods of Chaldis belong to a race called the Khepheru or the Beast Gods, a race that is half-man and half-beast and can manifest as either. They are consumed by their games and intrigues against each other, that continue even into this fallen age, despite the pacts they have made to ensure that they work together to ensure that the world remains an abode of mortal life.
After the War in Heaven, the surviving gods either lacked the will or ability to directly empower their followers. Instead, the Beast-Gods are gathered into four different courts, based upon different philosophies. It is the assembled court that empowers clerics and crusaders, sends dreams and omens of guidance to mortals and ensures that the other courts adhere to their duties. Clerics and crusaders are considered to be lesser members of these courts, and there exist enchantments that can reveal that a moral possesses divine resonance, even when disguised.The Beast Gods are organised into four Courts:
- The Iliath Court of the Artificer Gods
- The Disayr Court of the Chaos Gods
- The Mortanius Court of the Death Gods
- The Tsargoth Court of the War Gods
When a mortal wishes to declare their allegiance to a court, they must find a patronage stone, either a shrine, altar, temple or location sacred to the court. Some mortals are chosen beforehand by the courts, and lured to a life of service by god-sent dreams, omens or visitations.
Boons and Pacts
The will of an individual god can exist adjunct to or conflict with the stance of the court. A god can create a pact with a willing mortal at a patronage stone.
The Beast-Gods often give gifts of divine favour to mortals, even those who are not sworn to the court. Divine favour can also be stripped away if a mortal comments an affront. Those who comment massive affronts against the courts can also be cursed.
Cults and Sects
As well as mainstream worshippers, there are various religious organisations dedicated to different gods.