One Pantheon Across Countless Reflections
With the discovery of the Infinitum and the diffusion of culture and ideas from one reflection to another one of the most startling realizations was that all mortal life knew the same sixteen gods. While mythos , and prevailing concepts of proper worship may have varied across the Infinitum, the core concepts and dominions of these godly beings and mortal understanding of them was largely the same. For many this was absolute proof that the gods did in fact exist within their Celestial kingdoms. Still for others this only lent to a more powerful questioning of the divine beings, who seemed to only confer with the mortals they birthed and tended by means of extra planar servants sent forth to the the Material Plane to carry out their mandates.
The Influence of the Gods
The depth of influence religion has does vary across the Infinitum. On some reflections religion is unheard of, while on others every mortal is zealously adhered to the worship of one or many of the gods. Each god seems to struggle for their influence over mortals, and in their rivalry with other members of the pantheon they have risen to mythological dominion or obscurity in various reflection’s histories. Still on most reflections all the gods are equally known, feared, and praised by a majority of mortal beings.
These varied mythologies are now known by religious scholars who have traveled the Infinitum. This has lead many to think the gods a family of warring siblings. Others conclude that their struggles to vie for influence over the mortals is simply in their design, and that holds them in great mutual respect and keeps them beholden to each other.
It is also believed that the languages of mortal races are also gifts from the gods. This belief would account for why the Common tongue, and the language of every other race are so alike between reflections.
Aspects of Worship
Due to the gods lack of willingness to communicate directly with mortals in all but the most grand versions of mythos, and the often enigmatic celestial beings who carry forth their will, the proper worship of these divine beings is often disputed by mortals. In this each god has come to be seen through various lenses. The polar opposites of these aspects to either side of a fundamental core of tenets are known as the Light and the Shadow. Any reflection may recognize any number of the gods for one or both of these aspects depending on their own versions of mythology. As the community of the Infinitum grew the tenets of both aspects has spread, enlightening some to new ways to worship, while disrupting and challenging the beliefs of others.
For those zealous enough to draw divine magical power from their faith this means adhering strictly to the tenets of Light, or Shadow for one particular god. The average worshiper who wields no divine magics may ignore such extremes, keeping purely to the core tenets of the gods they send prayer to, or they may liberally shift the aspect of a god they call out to as mood, or need deems fit.
Aesop The Chronicler God of Ancestry and Stories
Ani The Bountiful God of Husbandry and Hunting
Anya The Devoted Goddess of Love, Hearth, and Family
Avasa The Unfettered Goddess of Freedom and Atonement
Bellum The Favored Goddess of War, Might, and Victory
Curador The Mender God of Health and Anatomy
Felice The Gambler Goddess of Luck, Chance, and Superstition
Gnosis The Elder God of Knowledge, Secrets, and Magic
Hnarel The Architect God of Innovation, Technology, and Craft
Kasif The Pilgrim God of Adventure and Exploration
Kuolema The Guide Goddess of Death and Destiny
Orin The Maestro God of Art, Music, and Culture
Shangye The Broker God of Commerce, Wealth, and Acquisition
Sonar The Star-gazer Goddess of Dreams and Prophecy
Ugagn The Urchin Goddess of Deception, Whimsy, and Youth
Vera The Arbiter Goddess of Law and Justice