The Celestials of Aerstril
Boraduun – Neutral
Allfather of the gods and creation. Boraduun is seen as the purest neutral deity, and the creator of all existence, yet he is not the one who moulded it. Boraduun’s creation is not known, or if he has simply always existed. It is his belief that creation is to be protected, and never destroyed, and through that, balance is achieved. To put an end to the God War, Boraduun exerted nearly universe-ending power to stop the fighting, and in doing so, created the Edicts of Boraduun. In his exertion of godly power, deep channels of power were cut into the fabric of reality, creating magic as we know it today. As a result of his great expense, he rested, and in all this time, even his most devout followers have not contacted him in millennia. He is usually worshiped by those who seek balance in their lives, knowing that good and bad come hand in hand. He is usually depicted as an old man in robes with a long, white beard, and sometimes wielding a smith’s hammer. In Celestial art, he is the Sun. Some mortals posit that he never existed, and is simply a construct of the mortal need to have a grand creator.
Almaritha – Neutral
The Allmother. Very little is known about her, except that she is the goddess of nature and natural balance. Her worshipers are usually those who believe that balance is the natural way of things, and those who believe that the balance of the world is more important than any life. Usually seen as the creator of Sion, our world, she is usually depicted as an eternally young woman with chestnut hair and tan and green skin, though she has also been depicted as a glowing entity of pure light. She is responsible for birthing the god children of Sion, the many gods and goddesses sired by Boraduun to protect the delicate balance of life in the universe. It is said that Almaritha exists only in a spiritual form now, taking the form of a floating spirit, because she lost her physical form during the God War. Almaritha is posited as the one who stopped the God War, because she threw herself between her warring children, preventing them from destroying one another and the world of Aerstril. Her sacrifice wounded her children and her husband emotionally. Based on ancient text, Almaritha is said to have left the world of Aerstril, and became the moon, so that she can still watch over. In Celestial art, she is the Moon.
Alanaea – Good
Daughter of the Allfather, Alanaea and her twin brother Alanix were born simultaneously. Their birth also brought about all the stars in the universe, bringing about both light and darkness. Alanaea is often seen as the goddess of Purity and Goodness. She is often prayed to when seeking good things in their life, and is worshiped for blessings of all sorts. She is a symbol of virginity. She is the goddess of angels and protectors. Alanaea is said to prefer avoiding anger and combat, but ancient text tells of a time where she came to Aerstril in the form of a vagabond woman and flipped the tables of merchants inside of her grand temple in Esthemas. She is usually depicted as having a soft face, and wearing beautifully intricate white robes with gold accents. Though she is said to have several forms, she is usually blonde haired and blue eyed. Alanaea is one of the few Celestials depicted as having never had a romantic relationship with another god or goddess.
Alanea was sucked into Eritreya, when the Edicts were enacted. Eritreya is considered the premier of the Upper Planes, of existence, and hearkens directly to Alanaea’s good nature. It is a world of endless perfect garden. All its inhabitants — Alanaea, her angels, archangels, and seraphim — all walk barefoot through this plane of perfect temperature. Eritreya is considered to be the heaven of all good believers.
Eritreya is connected to the planes of Eris, Aithur, and Saern by way of the Beiliren River.
Alanix – Lawful Evil
Son of the Allfather, twin to Alanaea, Alanix is seen at the god of darkness and evil. He is usually worshipped as the god who promotes most dark magics and some necromancies. He is thought of as the god who wishes to bring the world to rule under his fist, selfishness, and truly the most evil of all things. Alanix represents the god who wishes to undo godhood. His followers posit that he is the one god who wishes not to bear Celestial power, but instead rule indefinitely over the Material Plane. Alanix believes it is his destiny to rule the mortal plane, and has been working toward that goal since his banishment to the Nine Hells, when the Edicts of Boraduun forced him into his own plane of existence. Alanix appears in good texts as an obsidian-horned devil with black eyes and tarnished pale or red skin. He also appears as a snake, a dragon, and a generally malevolent being. In neutral or evil texts, he appears as a dashing gentleman, usually dressed in fine cloth, without major adornments. It is believed that he is the most cunning of all the gods.
Alanix has a great and opulent castle at the very bottom of the Nine Hells, or Belathril. One must traverse the infinite fiery wastes of the hells to reach him, and even then, the halls of his mighty castle are guarded by devils of all shapes and sizes.
The river Styx connects Belathril (Nine Hells) to X’xythitonce (Abyss) and is the source of transportation of demons and devils back and forth through the two planes. It is also how the demons and devils war against one another in the ongoing, eternal blood war.
It is said that Belathril has a level zero that is connected to the mortal prime material plane, and is how mortals and devils can cross over before death. Though, this fact is known only to planar guardians.
Faradomen – Lawful Good
Considered the god of Law and Order, Faradomen is a risen-to-godhood Archangel of Alanaea. Formerly the Hand of Justice, Faradomen was a high ranking soldier in the army of Alanaea, and it was believed that in combat he could best even Alanix. During the God War, it is posited that Faradomen struck an injuring blow to Alanix, which is what kept the god of lawful evil from just outright slaying the goddess of good. He was awarded godhood by Almaritha when he defended the Allmother from the would-be killing blow from Alanaea and Alanix’s attack. Considered to be, perhaps, the greatest combatant in the universe. Faradomen is considered the god of Justice, Law, Order, and sometimes Lawful Revenge. He is usually depicted as a brilliantly-white armored knight. His face is usually stern and focused, but fair.
Faradomen lives on the plane of Saern, which is connected to all the Upper Planes by the river Beiliren. Faradomen lives in a great white tower, whose spires crest the eternal dawn.
Mazzarik – Chaotic
An evil demi-god, and former servant of Alanix who stole his the red crystalline staff and impaled the greater diety. By bathing in the blood of Alanix, Mazzarik attained godhood of a lesser form. For his chaotic transgressions, Mazzarik was cast out of the Nine Hells, and banished to the abyss. When he arrived, he used his new-found godly power to stand toe-to-toe with and ancient Obyrith, and leeched power from the chained Obyrith maester at the Maelstrom’s center. Mazzarik is considered the lord of Chaos of all sorts, but usually Chaotic Neutral and Chaotic Evil. He is thought to have rallied the demons to his chaotic cause, and uses this power over them to scour the realm of mortals. He has several Demon Lords and Princes under his control, each one with their own layer of the Abyss. Mazzarik has many forms, but usually he is depicted as an older human with skin pulled tightly over a frail skeleton. His eyes glow red and ebb and flow with whatever magic he uses.
Mazzarik’s fortress moves between layers of the abyss, sometimes said to be chaotic in its own right, with its own consciousness.
Illarien – Elves
Created first as a demi-goddess, birthed by Almaritha; Illarien created the Elves in her plane of existence, called Siristriellen (Seer-is-tree-ellen), to combat her loneliness. She attained full godhood when she expended her celestial life force to open a portal from her plane of existence to the plane of reality, and led her people to Aerion. In her death, she became a crystalline statue which still stands to this day in the deep forests of Cirstal’un, within the borders of the Elven Kingdom. Then she ascended into godhood at the hands of Almaritha, her mother. She is almost exclusively the goddess of the Elves, but also sometimes worshipped as the goddess of refugees. She is usually depicted as a pale-skinned elf with interweaving golden antlers.
Her original realm of Siristriellen is now corrupted, due to Alanix’s forces marching upon it eons ago. Illarien resides in the eternal forests of Saern, but has been seen in the Feywild.
Barimnok – Dwarves
Barimnok was literally pulled from the mountains to become a caretaker of the stone. Barimnok created Dwarves from the stone, as well, similar to himself, but with massively scaled down power, and as a result: length of life. Barimnok ascended to godhood, like Illarien, but as a reward for his abilities as a keeper of the stone. Barimnok is usually worshiped only by Dwarves, but also those who care for stone, or work with it often, as well as rigid record keepers.
Barimnok lives within a demi-plane whose entrance is allegedly secreted away beneath the peaks of Prime Material mountains.
Knave – Orc
Knave is believed to be a Wild God, born of necessity rather than of Almaritha’s birthing. His exact arrival is unknown, but he is worshiped as the god of the orcs because he led them to freedom from enslavement by Mazzarik, in the form of an Orc. Though he is most often worshipped by Orcen, he is also sometimes prayed to by prisoners and slaves, hoping to empower their escape. He is historically recorded as the demi-god slave of Behlimor. He is most often depicted as an overly burly orc, with a travelers face. But he is also seen as a virile warrior with a mask made of deformed bone.
Philistook – Gnome
Philistook was the sacred garden keeper of Almaritha, and one of the last lesser gods of her creation. The creature had an affinity for creating machinations to simplify his job as celestial keeper of the garden. In his task and endeavor he excelled, and subsequently created a race of helper tinkerers and keepers. Though Philistook is typically worshiped only by gnomes, those who wish to evoke tinkering or gardening will sometimes pray to him. Philistook is often considered the lesser brother of Maridonna, though their relation is never specifically stated. He is often depicted as a kind-faced old Gnome with a pipe, or a gardening trowel.
Maridonna – Halfling – Neutral Good
The goddess of Halflings, she is often said to be the sister — or sometimes lover — of Philistook, the gnomish god. Her purpose was unknown, though she is often prayed to by Halflings because of her casual demeanor, willingness to feed others, and desire to most often stay out of the business of the world. She is prayed to by other races too, but often enough, she is invoked as the goddess of non-labourers. She is the goddess of respite. Maridonna is usually depicted as a benedictine ginger woman with a shield, bearing a bountiful harvest in a cornucopia.
Zentragos – Dragons/Dragonkin
Created by Boraduun, the Allfather, as the power regulator of the world, Zentragos was said to be the only god who could even come close to matching the Allfather’s power. Zentragos was tasked with creating a creature that could moderate and secure the sanctity of the world, and though his creation was pure, the created were often times too literal. He created all of the great dragonflights, and imbued them with portions of his power and tasking. He is usually worshipped by Dragons and Dragonborn, and all variants of Dragonkin. He is sometimes worshiped by those who are zealous in their power, but not their religion, and will empower those who seek to keep the world in order. He is depicted as a great, opulent dragon whose scales are a gradient of all the flights, and he has an iridescent appearance.
Ancient texts regarding the Dragon god posit that he is currently slumbering at the culmination point of the leylines of the world, using them as a conduit to speak with his followers.
Akhasa – Death
Scholars are unsure of when and how Ahkasa arrived on the material plane for the first time, or if she was even created by Boraduun. Many scholars believe that she is the universes natural answer to Life. Similarly, many believe that she was created by Boraduun, and was allowed to exist beyond the Edicts of Boraduun, like Zentragos. Associated with Death, she is depicted as a raven or a crow, and will often visit her followers as one. She has no created followers, like many of the other gods and goddesses, but she has an incredible following.
She will also appear to others as a farmer. Akhasa is neither good nor evil, but will often times enlist the help of adventurers to quell an insurrection or help in ending a war. More lives means more eventual deaths. She seeks not to destroy whole civilizations, because if one thing is certain, it is that death is inevitable.
Behlimor – Goblinoids
Behlimor is the patron deity of Goblins, Hobgoblins, Bugbears, and sometimes Ogres and Trolls. Sometimes called the “Undercommon God”, Behlimor represents a deity of the downtrodden. He is supported by a patheon of smaller deities that represents each race, but they come and go by the day and region, sometimes even substituted with individual rulers. Behlimor’s banner is the only way that the Goblinoids will cease their in-fighting and will rise together. Fortunately this is a nigh-impossible feat. Behlimor is depicted as a lean, human-sized goblin with a horned headdress and warpaint. Scholars allege that he may have created the Undercommon races, but that is up for debate. To further his ties to the downtrodden, banished texts claim that he is the child of Alanix and Illarien, by Alanix forcing himself on her, and Illarien abandoned the child. The Elves deny this as absolute falsity.
Jiang – The Trickster
Although he has numerous aspects, Jiang is primarily known as an incorrigible rogue, a charming thief, and an almighty trickster. He is also known as the god of beggars, robbers, and cutpurses. Of mischief, pranks, and fools. Of gamblers, fortune, and misfortune. Jiang is a major deity, and he is worshipped virtually everywhere in some aspect or another. He bears many faces and many names, and his powers are great. In civilized kingdoms, he is often worshipped as a minor deity of begging and thievery. But to people of ancient lineage, he is known as a creator, a hero, and the giver of fire and tools. They consider him among the highest and most powerful of the gods.
The stories and tales that these ancient people have handed down say that Jiang was an adventuring god, and that he has played tricks on all of creation throughout history. They say that he is capricious, and that he has stolen from everyone and everything.
They say he took shadow from the darkness, time from the universe, and life from creation itself. And what he could not take directly, they say, he gained through trickery. He fooled animals into giving him their gifts, bluffed plants into giving up their secrets, and tricked gods into giving him their treasures.
In the earliest stories, Jiang often gave the gifts of one creature or thing to another, and many children’s fables still tell these tales.
In a very famous one, it is said he took the wings from the bear and gave them to the owl. In another version, he took the wings from the tiger. Like these fables, the stories, myths, and facts about Jiang often conflict. But one popular story about the god is universal: Jiang has his own pocket dimension that is said to have belonged to Faradomen, a vast temple with no end. It is considered to be an Inferior Material Plane, subject to Jiang and his will.
Vainbrillt – Yuan-ti
Vainbrillt’s origin is shrouded entirely in mystery. The god is a sexless (or hermaphroditic) serpent whose form is unknown. Mostly commonly seen as a vicious spined snake, with multiple venom-drenched fangs, Vainbrillt is the epitome of an eldritch horror. His purpose is unbridled chaos and evil, with a penchant for subtle, and yet total evisceration. It is said that Vainbrillt once attempted to bite Almaritha, the Allmother, while she walked upon Sion. The serpent, having no bearing in her garden, was cast out and trodden underfoot by the other gods and goddesses. This casting out, however, drove Vainbrillt to fury, and even to the point of working against the other gods. Except for Alanix, the god of evil. He tamed the wild ambitions of the serpent, and took him under his fallen wings. Stories are told of Vainbrillt using his powers as a lesser deity to rage against the ancient city of the Celestials, before being defeated and hurled into the abyss. Now, he is the predominant deity of the horrid and evil Yuan-ti, a race whose morals are modeled after their dark deity.
Fey, Fiends, and Angels
Ruunalen – Archfey
Fey are mysterious creatures. The Fey itself is a remnant of the plane Siristriellen, the realm of the goddess Illarien, when she opened a rift between her plane and Aerion. Ruunalen is one of Illarien’s advisers, and one of the most powerful Archfey in the Fey Wild, though she is not supreme. Ruunalen has multiple ties to the material plane, including her sporechildren, which are scattered across the material plane.
Ruunalen was responsible for healing the rift between the Fey Wild and the Material Plane in and around Tutston, a town once abandoned.
Zamarznac – Demon Prince/Demon Lord
A vile demon of many names. He has been called Mroz, Zamrazac, and most popularly: Zamarznac. It is believed that the Demon Prince Zamarznac was once a mortal who sold his soul, though his mortal form is unknown.
He appears in ancient texts as Lazar’tet The Defiler, and is said to have been the cause of Elven Corruption. He is a master of Martial Combat, and the only weapons he uses are his fists, or are generated by his great magical ability.
Lords of the Infinite Void
The Lords of the Infinite Void are beings that exist within the expanse of the void between the planes. When Boraduun ordered creation, and set about creating the materials for life, he discovered these beings — possibly older even than he — in the darkest corners of the eternal night. When these creatures touched his mind, he knew their dark ability, and after his children came along, the gods imprisoned them in great celestial prisons across the universe and planes.
Referenced only in the texts of the Planar Guardians, Kir’n’grazt is said to have been the great Destroyer. He is referenced only as a being of Titanic size and power, capable of corrupting a planet and cleaving it in twain with the strength of his corporeal form.
Mentioned by name in periodic dark texts of Warlocks, and of course in the great texts of the Planar Guardians, Ashagoth the Manipulator is rumored to be the first progenitor of Warlocks. It is said that when he was imprisoned by Boraduun, a piece of his hand and tentacle was cut off. His disembodied hand holds on to the bridge of the Prime Material, and one of his tentacles grips the gate. The tendrils prod at the minds of those seeking darker, older powers.
Mentioned in the books of the Planar Guardians, and often seen in corresponding nightmares, The Devourer, is the penultimate schemer. He touches the minds of mortals through the smallest cracks in reality, where the veil is thin or non existent. His whispers drive mortals and immortals alike to calamitous intent.