PANTHEON

 

   All cultures in the Syemaron (Syemar = sentient mortal beings) world share the same pantheon, since gods in this world are real- though the names given to the gods may vary across languages, and different cultures may choose to favor different deities.
  The pantheon consists of one genderless progenitor god who has four sets of twin children, all one male and one female, and whom all represent opposing yet complementary aspects ( for example, light/dark, day/night, life/death, earth/sky, fire/water, sun/moon.)
  In the primordial times, the children of the progenitor god had affairs with each other, and begot children amongst themselves.     These grandchildren of the progenitor are not always sets of twins, but are distinctly either male or female, and represent some aspect of their parent’s interests.
  Besides from fully godly beings, countless “demigods” also exist, who are usually created by the gods to be their servants; and these demigods further create “spirits” to be their servants.
  The following descriptions use the Arvosan names and terminology.


TRUNAGYA “All god”
  Also known as Juura-Agya, "root god". This is the progenitor god which created everything in the universe, who is neither male nor female. Trunagya existed before anything else, including the earth and sun and the rest of the universe. It is said that Trunagya created the universe out of loneliness for themselves, that Trunagya’s true form can never be understood by humans, and neither does Trunagya have a true name. It is said that Trunagya sees everything in the universe, but their consciousness is so great that they are largely removed from the goings on of lesser beings, and cares little for any being besides from the Maguragya.

MAGURAGYA “Great god” 
  The children of Trunagya whom directly govern and direct the world, and whom are all born in sets of twins. Four sets of them are commonly known, but there may be innumerably more, which oversee other worlds in the void.
VERUAGYA “Branch god”
  The children of the Maguragya, who are not born in sets of twins, and usually represent some aspect of their parent’s interests.
DUNSKAGYA “Lesser god”
  The demigods that the Veruagya create to help and serve them. They guard any large natural formation, from a whole continent to a river or ancient tree. They are the highest form of entity that would usually interact with normal Syemar. (i.e. Naavoska and Violkesja.)
  Most Greater Dunskagya, which are the ones in charge of massive land masses such as oceans and continents, take the form of huge dragons.
  All Dunskagya have a glowy and whispy texture about them, and they can phase in and out of the astral plane.
HALTIJA "Spirits"
  Haltija are spirits that the Dunskagya create to help and serve them. They tend to guard smaller natural formations such as rocks and trees, they can take on countless types and physical forms, and can phase in and out of the astral plane. They are basically lesser astral spirits. (i.e. the Nidsi.)

MAGURAGYA


Hlangev and Gridrka-
  The first set of twins born to Trunagya, in charge of light and dark, the sun and the moon, day and night. Hlangev, the god of light, also represents intelligence and logic. Meanwhile, Gridrka, the goddess of darkness, also represents intuition and wisdom. Hlangev and Gridrka are often prayed to for male and female health respectively.
Note that darkness in relation to Gridrka is not seen as evil or terrifying, but embraced as natural and peaceful.


Noldu and Il’drajna-
  The second set of twins, in charge of life and death, water and fire, earth and sky.
  Noldu oversees the halls of the dead, where all deceased Syemar are brought to for their final judgement.
  Il'drajna, being in charge of life, directly created all animals and plants on the earth, is in charge of pregnancy and birth, and is said to watch over children. People pray to both Gridrka and Il'drajna in regards to pregnancy.


Vitharon and Huminea-
  The third set of twins, in charge of vengeance and forgiveness, punishment and mercy.
  Both Vitharon and Huminea represent martial ability, for males and females respectively, and are depicted as martially capable figures often holding weapons. 
  It is said that Vitharon and Huminea are constantly quarreling, and though they can never agree with each other, they also love each other as siblings and could never kill each other. Thus, they are perpetually at battle, day and night. 
  Vitharon, having married Gridrka, is in charge of the sunset, as he is the one to pull the moon above the horizon. Huminea, having married Hlangev, is in charge of the twilight, and she is the one to pull the sun into the sky each morning. 
  Vitharon also represents selfish actions, while Huminea represents selfless actions.


Milokto and Adsila-
  Lastly, Trunagya had one last set of twins, but this set of twins were birthed by accident. The son, Milokto, is the god of trickery and dishonesty; and the daughter, Adsila, is the goddess of true sight and honesty. 
  One day, Milokto played a cruel trick on Adsila, and out of love for him she let him play the trick even though she could see through his plan. The ploy resulted in Adsila falling to the realms of humans, cursed to never be able to return to the godly planes again. 
  Trunagya was so angry at Milokto he wanted wanted to retaliate against his unruly son. However, Vitharon and Huminea fought over his fate. Ultimately Trunagya decided to listen to Huminea and not kill the trickster, but also listen to Vitharon and punish the trickster. 
  Thus, Milokto was also banished from the godly realm, forced to walk the plane of mortals until he could find a way to bring himself and his sister back home again. 
  As Adsila roamed the world of mortals, she gifted true sight to a handful of creatures that Il'drajna had created; thus granting them intelligence, culture, and the gift of knowing the gods. However, Milokto also continued in his meddling, and created many Siikometi in the form of shapeshifting ravens who would carry out his tricks to both mortals and the gods. 
  Note that despite everything, Milokto is not seen as evil, but is mostly seen as a rather psychopathic and immature figure that enjoys thwarting the plans of others. 
  Before she left the godly realm, Adsila was betrothed to Noldu, the god of death. So, although they were separated into different worlds, she still shows her love for him by coming to dying people and escorting their souls to the entrance to the godly realm, so they may go to Noldu’s side.

VERUAGYA


Garan- Hlangev and Il'drajna’s son from a previous relationship, who is in charge of smithing and building crafts. 
Vlenfien- Vitharon and Gridrka’s daughter who is in charge of textiles and the feminine crafts.
Remadi- Vitharon and Gridrka’s daughter who is in charge of music and performance.
Thrinez- Il'drajna’s daughter whom she created from one of her own fingers. She has the power to control plants and harvests, and is the goddess of the hunt. She often creates demigods to take care of forests and plains for her.
Aesgor- Il'drajna’s son whom she created from another finger. He has the power to control bodies of water, and makes many demigods to guard rivers, lakes, and sections of the sea for him.
Yokvit- Noldu’s son with Gridrka from a previous relationship, who could control the weather and the skies. It is said that he is fickle and moody, and often rather cruel; he steals away the spirits that the water demigods create, and when it rains, it means the spirits are weeping from his abuse. 
  Yokvit is said to have a son, Malken, who is in charge of controlling snowfall. It is unclear who Malken's mother was.
Mjnaa- Adsila and Hlangev’s daughter from a previous relationship, who was born before Adsila was pushed out of the godly realm, and who is in charge of language, storytelling and memory.
Kyth- Huminea and Hlangev’s son who is in charge of traveling and sailing.

DUNSKAGYA


Jormungand- A legendary Greater Dunskagya in the form of a giant linnorm, who guards the Ocean of Omens.
Girvir- The Greater Dunskagya of the Viskelds, who takes the form of a white dragon.
Naavoska- A Lesser Dunskagya who guards the sub-range on which Dorvo happened to be situated.
Violkesja- A Lesser Dunskagya, and a rather young one at that, who guards a hill within Naavoska’s territory.

HALTIJA


Dryads- Syemar who gain special favor from the gods may also be raised to become haltija at the moment of their death. These transformed syemar are called “dryads”.
Nidsi- Kindhearted haltija who take residence in domiciles that have housed people helpful to their surroundings and nature for generations. They resemble foot-tall chubby men with blue-black skin, and have white hair and beards that fall over their naked bodies as a substitute for clothing. They are shy of outsiders, but otherwise come out and help the homeowners do chores during daily life.