Deities and Divine Magic
21 Angels of Creation were ordained by The One God at the beginning of Creation. Each angel is the head of a divine precept and one or more ‘divine domains’. These angels are now worshiped as gods since the sundering of Heaven and Creation by The One at the end of the Age of Angels. With the exception of Bhall, who fell from heaven late in the Age of Magic, angels 1-7 are good aligned. Angels 8-14 are neutral (various lawful or chaotic). Angels 15-21 are evil.
|Lugus, Angel of Light||Neutral Good||Light|
|Sirona, Angel of Wisdom||Neutral Good||Knowledge|
|Bhall, fallen Angel of Fire||Chaotic Evil||Tempest (fire aspect) (was Chaotic good…fell from Heaven at the end of the Age of Magic – mother of orcs and related humanoids)|
|Brigit, new Angel of Fire||Chaotic Good||Tempest (fire aspect)|
|Nantosuelta, Angel of Faith||Lawful Good||War, Knowledge|
|Sucellus, Angel of Life||Neutral Good||Life (the Angel of Life originally was Nemed who stepped down to become the father of Man)|
|Amathaon, Angel of Fertility||Chaotic Good||Life|
|Junil, Angel of Justice||Lawful Good||War|
|Arawn, Angel of Death||Lawful Neutral||Death (for a period after Nemed stepped down as the preceptor of Life, Arawn was the Angel of both Life and Death)|
|Oghma, Angel of Knowledge||Lawful Neutral||Knowledge|
|Danalin, Angel of the Water||Chaotic Neutral||Tempest|
|Dagda, Angel of Balance||Neutral||Knowledge|
|Kilmorph, Angel of the Earth||Lawful Neutral||War, Knowledge (Craft aspect) (mother of the dwarves)|
|Cernunnos, Angel of Nature (lesser god)||Chaotic Neutral||Nature (Cernunnos was originally the archangel of Sucellus – father of the elves – who was subsequently killed by Mulcarn and later reborn as the god of Life)|
|Tali, Angel of the Air||Chaotic Neutral||Tempest (Wind aspect), Trickery|
|Mulcarn, Angel of Ice, who would become the Angel of Winter||Neutral Evil||Nature, Tempest (Ice aspect)|
|Mammon, Angel of Foresight, who would become the Angel of Greed||Lawful Evil||Trickery, Knowledge (Divination aspect)|
|Camulos, Angel of Strength, who would become the Angel of Rage||Chaotic Evil||Tempest (Rage aspect)|
|Aeron, Angel of Peace, who would become the Angel of War||Neutral Evil||War|
|Agares, Angel of Hope, who would become the Angel of Despair||Chaotic Evil||Death|
|Esus, Angel of Trust, who would become the Angel of Deception||Lawful Evil||Trickery|
|Ceridwen, Angel of the Stars, who would become the Angel of Magic||Neutral Evil||Knowledge|
- Fallen angels
An angel can be ‘Fallen’ without becoming evil. Basium, Cassiel and Sabathiel are good examples of non-evil Fallen archangels. Technically, all the various lesser angels who joined Basium’s rebellion and entered Creation through the Mercurian Gate are considered Fallen, though very few are evil. However, such fallen angels walk a dangerous line. Those who do turn to evil eventually take on the aspect of a demon, devil, yugoloth or other infernal, in both spirit and form.
- Character Classes and the Gods
Clerics and other divine spell-casters are the primary way the gods influence creation since the ‘Compact’ ending the Godswar and the Age of Dragons. The Compact is an agreement that the gods will withdraw back to the outer planes (the ‘Vaults’) and influence creation only through certain limited means.
A cleric of Lugus uses the Light domain. If you worship Tali, you could choose between Tempest or Trickery domains. The Tempest domain takes on various aspects depending on the specific deity. Mana (spell energy) for divine magic is provided to divine spell-casters by their deity.
Choice of deity determines a cleric’s alignment, with the possible exception of Bhall, who some maintain is still secretly loyal to The One God even though she burns in the lowest level of hell (the Vault of Agares). Such an iconoclast would probably profess to worship the archangel Brigit the Shining, who alone among Bhall’s legion of angels was prevented from falling (paradoxically, by Bhall herself). Shimmering curtains of multicolored light are sometimes seen in the arctic skies. It is said these are the walls of Brigit’s prison.
Rangers and Druids typically follow Cernunnos, Sucellus, Amathaon, one of the elemental gods (or all of them), or Dagda.
Paladins can follow any god including Dagda (a ‘Champion of the Eternal Balance’). Evil/unholy paladins are commonly referred to as ‘Eidolons’.