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27th Jul '16 5:34:18 PM thatmadork
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* The ''VideoGame/SwordOfDamocles'' mod for ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' has a (sadly somewhat rudimentary) religion system which affects which fiefdoms are friendly (or unfriendly) towards you, the contentment of the people in your kingdom, and the development of some of your late-game units andd some unique buildings. The Temple of The One is centred on a CrystalDragonJesus figure and the official cult of the Empire of Antara, a proud aristocratic nation resembling the late Western Roman Empire. The Zerrikanian Sultanate, which borrows cues from the Ottoman Empire, is dedicated to a truly bizarre religion which worships... ''something'' referred to as only [[UltimateEvil "The Void"]] - The Void supposedly grants powers to the its followers, basically making it an {{Expy}} of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Chaos]]. In the Duchy of Villian, an idyllic kingdom based on medieval Scotland, TheOldGods still hold sway. And in the Republic of Marina, a nation which combines renaissance Venice with ancient Greece, gods and religion have been thrown aside entirely in favour of a scientific agnosticism called Natural Philosophy.
3rd Jul '16 5:41:01 PM nombretomado
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* This was a ''huge'' aspect of Franchise/{{LEGO}}'s ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' line, originally. The "Legend of the Great Spirit" has been beaten into our heads over and over again, and many characters and prophecies referenced "The Heavens", "Spirit Brothers", and all kinds of borderline-religious mumbo-jumbo. Turns out not only was most of it a lie that the elders made up so that they wouldn't have to tell the islanders their terrible forgotten history, the whole Legend was based on a total misunderstanding. Everyone (save for [[BrokenBase some fans]]) seems to have gotten over it with ease, and they still continue to respect their former "god". But this time, for the things he has ''done'', rather than because of what the legends said.

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* This was a ''huge'' aspect of Franchise/{{LEGO}}'s ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' line, originally. The "Legend of the Great Spirit" has been beaten into our heads over and over again, and many characters and prophecies referenced "The Heavens", "Spirit Brothers", and all kinds of borderline-religious mumbo-jumbo. Turns out not only was most of it a lie that the elders made up so that they wouldn't have to tell the islanders their terrible forgotten history, the whole Legend was based on a total misunderstanding. Everyone (save for [[BrokenBase some fans]]) seems to have gotten over it with ease, and they still continue to respect their former "god". But this time, for the things he has ''done'', rather than because of what the legends said.
30th Jun '16 9:44:21 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is a good example of a fantasy series with a pantheon of gods.
** Seven gods, all brothers, above them their father UL, and over all else the disembodied Purpose of the universe.
** In ''Literature/TheElenium'', Creator/DavidEddings almost goes overboard with gods- there are literally thousands of deities in the setting, though most aren't particularly powerful, divided into a number of pantheons (Styric Younger gods, Tamul gods, ''troll''-gods) as well as a handful of deities who head up monotheistic religions and aren't affiliated with a pantheon (the Elene God, the Atan god, Delphaeus, and Cyrgon) and the imprisoned [[EldritchAbomination Elder Gods]].
*** Umn, Atan god and Delphaeus, are Tamul gods, as the gods are indigenous to the races, and Atans and Delphae are firmly stated to be Tamul tribes that went their own way. They are simply more active as gods than the other Tamul gods. As for elder gods, they are called elder to separate them from the younger gods - they are all styric.
*** If you don't count [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly the Powerless Ones]] there are far less than thousand'''s''' of Gods, more a thousand and change, since there are an even thousand younger gods of Styrictum, while the rest of the races either only have a single deity or a small group of deities. And while Delphaeus and the Atan god '''may''' have started as Tamul gods, by that point in the story they are clearly separate from that pantheon, since when ever anyone mentions the Tamul gods it's about how irresponsible and child-like they are, which those two clearly are not.

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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is a good example of a fantasy series with a pantheon of gods.
** Seven
has seven gods, all brothers, above them their father UL, and over all else the disembodied Purpose of the universe.
** * In ''Literature/TheElenium'', Creator/DavidEddings almost goes overboard with gods- there gods--there are literally thousands hundreds of deities in the setting, though most aren't particularly powerful, divided into a number of pantheons (Styric Younger gods, Tamul gods, ''troll''-gods) as well as a handful of deities who head up monotheistic religions and aren't affiliated with a pantheon (the Elene God, the Atan god, Delphaeus, and Cyrgon) and the imprisoned [[EldritchAbomination Elder Gods]].
*** Umn, Atan god and Delphaeus, are Tamul gods,
(such as the gods are indigenous to the races, and Atans and Delphae are firmly stated to be Tamul tribes that went their own way. They are simply more active as gods than the other Tamul gods. As for elder gods, they are called elder to separate them from the younger gods - they are all styric.
*** If you don't count [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly the Powerless Ones]] there are far less than thousand'''s''' of Gods, more a thousand and change, since there are an even thousand younger gods of Styrictum, while the rest of the races either only have a single deity or a small group of deities. And while Delphaeus and the Atan god '''may''' have started as Tamul gods, by that point in the story they are clearly separate from that pantheon, since when ever anyone mentions the Tamul gods it's about how irresponsible and child-like they are, which those two clearly are not.
Elene God).
17th Jun '16 3:58:33 AM Chabal2
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* On the Literature/{{Discworld}}, while GodsNeedPrayerBadly produces swarms of small gods and OddJobGods, the most prominent deities like Blind Io and Offler the Crocodile God form a recognizable pantheon. ''Discworld/SmallGods'' provides a rare monotheistic example in the Great God Om, but believing Om is the only god doesn't actually make it so, and Om has to deal with the pantheon somehow.

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* On the Literature/{{Discworld}}, while Literature/{{Discworld}}:
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GodsNeedPrayerBadly produces swarms of small gods and OddJobGods, the most prominent deities like Blind Io and Offler the Crocodile God form a recognizable pantheon. ''Discworld/SmallGods'' provides a rare monotheistic example in the Great God Om, but believing Om is the only god doesn't actually make it so, and Om has to deal with the pantheon somehow. There's also a Bast, a cat headed god, but the only difference with the Egyptian cat goddess appears to be the gender.
** Dwarfs all claim they aren't religious. It doesn't take long for an outside observe to see that they have a class of dwarfs (grags) who decree what is and isn't dwarfish, try to have as little contact with the non-dwarven world as possible, and study and interpret the texts left by their ancestors (differences in interpretation leading to more than one underground war). In further books it becomes ever more blatant as the grags become a parallel to extremist fundamentalists of the Islamic variety (murdering those who disagree with them, declaring war on non-dwarfs who sympathize with their victims, destroying their own texts that they don't agree with, etc.).



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' the High Elves and the Empire both have a pantheon composed of various gods. These gods tend to be anthropomorphic personifications of various concepts (Isha is the Elven goddess of life, Ulric is the Empire's god of winter, battle and wolves, Khaine is the Elven war god, etc.), although the Empire also has Sigmar who isn't really a personification of anything but a human who ascended to godhood (or a PhysicalGod, or possibly a FolkHero whose legend has gotten out of hand, depending on who you ask). Then there's the four great Gods of Chaos (and several lesser ones) created from the psyche of mortals and embodying rage, lust, despair, and hope (yes, the god of hope is evil. The Warhammer world is not a very nice place). The Orcs also have two gods (Gork, the god of cunning brutality and Mork, the god of brutal cunning. Or possibly the other way around. Wars have been started by Orcs arguing which is which), but that hardly counts as a pantheon (a couple of other gods, such as Bork and Khalekk have been mentioned in the older background, but they probably aren't canon anymore).

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' the High Elves and the Empire both have a pantheon composed of various gods. These gods tend to be anthropomorphic personifications of various concepts (Isha is the Elven goddess of life, Ulric is the Empire's god of winter, battle and wolves, Khaine is the Elven war god, etc.), although the Empire also has Sigmar who isn't really a personification of anything but a human who ascended to godhood (or a PhysicalGod, or possibly a FolkHero whose legend has gotten out of hand, depending on who you ask). Then there's the four great Gods of Chaos (and several lesser ones) created from the psyche of mortals and embodying rage, lust, despair, and hope (yes, the god of hope is evil. The Warhammer world is not a very nice place).place), though Khorne is in many ways an evil Odin. The Orcs also have two gods (Gork, the god of cunning brutality and Mork, the god of brutal cunning. Or possibly the other way around. Wars have been started by Orcs arguing which is which), but that hardly counts as a pantheon (a couple of other gods, such as Bork and Khalekk have been mentioned in the older background, but they probably aren't canon anymore).


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* ''Warhammer40K'' started out as Warhammer InSpace, so there's some overlap.
** The Chaos gods are still present, but massively Flanderized from their counterparts and some of their champions belong to Earth history (it's implied that Doombreed, the oldest of Khorne's daemon princes, was once known as UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan). The backstory is different as well: where Nurgle, Khorne and Tzeentch were created by the collective human emotions of love, rage, and hope at various time in human history, Slannesh was created from centuries of nonstop Eldar depravity (the psychic Eldar being much more sensitive to emotions).
** The main addition is the presence of the C'tan, though they're closer to CosmicHorrors, who used to feed on stars before eating living things. The four known to still exist are the Void Dragon (trapped on Mars by the Emperor and likely worshipped by the Mechanicus), the Nightbringer (the original GrimReaper, who implanted his image into the minds of every species so they'd fear death. Except orks.), the Deceiver (who turned the C'tan against each other ForTheEvulz), and the Outsider (whatever the Outsider is, it's trapped in a DysonSphere, and a Tyranid hive fleet made a huge detour rather than get close to it).
** The Eldar are actively trying to summon a new god of death into existence (Ynnead), so it'll take out the C'tan. Criticisms of this plan include that it might kill off the entire Eldar species or the fact that the last time the Eldar tried to create a god, they got Slaanesh.
26th May '16 8:48:54 AM BeerBaron
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*** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the Champion of Cyrodiil at the end of ''Shivering Isles'', [[spoiler: ends up inheriting the mantle of Sheogorath, becoming the ''new'' MadGod.]]
** Additionally, there are numerous other minor gods and powerful spirits worshiped as gods in the various cultures of Tamriel. For 4000 years, the Dunmer worshiped the Tribunal, a trio of [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]] who tapped into the aforementioned Heart of Lorkhan to achieve divinity. The Redguard believe in Hoon Ding, the "Make Way" god who manifests as a great Redguard hero whenever their people are in need of a place to live. Cyrus the Restless, hero of the game ''Redguard'', is believed to be one such manifestation. The Argonians worship the Hist, ancient sentient trees who grow and shape the Argonians by letting the Argonians drink their sap. Magnus and the Magna-Ge are spirits who escaped Mundus to Aetherius during creation in order to avoid being bound like the et'Ada, puncturing holes in reality as they did so. (Those holes are now the sun and stars, through which magic flows in to Mundus.) ** [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Gods The list goes on]].

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*** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the Champion of Cyrodiil at the end of ''Shivering Isles'', [[spoiler: ends up inheriting the mantle of Sheogorath, becoming the ''new'' MadGod.MadGod Daedric Prince.]]
** Additionally, there are numerous other minor gods and powerful spirits worshiped as gods in the various cultures of Tamriel. For 4000 years, the Dunmer worshiped the Tribunal, a trio of [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]] who tapped into the aforementioned Heart of Lorkhan to achieve divinity. The Redguard believe in Hoon Ding, the "Make Way" god who manifests as a great Redguard hero whenever their people are in need of a place to live. Cyrus the Restless, hero of the game ''Redguard'', is believed to be one such manifestation. The Argonians worship the Hist, ancient sentient trees who grow and shape the Argonians by letting the Argonians drink their sap. Magnus and the Magna-Ge are spirits who escaped Mundus to Aetherius during creation in order to avoid being bound like the et'Ada, puncturing holes in reality as they did so. (Those holes are now the sun and stars, through which magic flows in to Mundus.) ** [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Gods The list goes on]].
26th May '16 7:25:15 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has the Nine Divines, plus the various [[JerkassGods Daedric princes]] (who aren't all male).
** [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Gods The lore]] mentions a wide variety of other deities. Some are the Nine or Daedra by different names, others are entirely different entities.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the Champion of Cyrodiil at the end of ''Shivering Isles'', [[spoiler: ends up inheriting the mantle of Sheogorath, becoming the ''new'' MadGod.]]
** The Dragornborn of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', according to lore, possesses the blood and soul of an Aedric Dragon, but [[PhysicalGod the body of a mortal]].

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has many. While names and details vary wildly in the Nine religions of the races of Tamriel, there are some consistent elements:
** Anu and Padomay. They are the primordial forces of Order and Chaos respectively. Creation myths paint Padomay as Anu's brother, and the interplay between them created Nir, a personification of the Aurbis. Padomay was embittered by the love between Anu and Nir, and sought to destroy their love child, Creation. He killed Nir and sundered Creation, but Anu salvaged the remnants, then saved them from further harm by pulling his brother and himself outside of Time forever.
** Lorkhan, also know as Shezarr, Shor, Lorkhaj, and quite a few others, is the closest thing to a "creator god." Depending on the culture, he tricked/convinced the "original spirits" (et'Ada) of the creation era to help him create the mortal world, known as Mundus. This cost those et'Ada a large portion of their divinity, binding them forever to the world they helped create. For this perceived treachery, these et'Ada "killed" Lorkhan, tore his "divine center" (heart) out of his body, and cast it down into the world he created (where it landed in modern Morrowind, forming Red Mountain.) His spirit too is forced to wander Mundus, occasionally taking form as a Shezarrine, great champions of mankind who usually show up during times of crisis, most often fighting against the races of Elves in some form.
** The Aedra, also known as the
Divines, plus are those et'Ada who helped Lorkhan to create Mundus. Originally eight in number, they were joined by a ninth, Talos, the ascended divine form of Tiber Septim. Because of their sacrifice during creation, they can be destroyed. They are seen as unambiguously "good" by most of the mortal races. There are also lesser Aedric spirits of all sorts, most notably the Dragons.
*** The Dragornborn of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', according to lore, possesses the blood and soul of an Aedric Dragon, but [[PhysicalGod the body of a mortal]].
** The Daedra are the original spirits who did not participate in the creation of Mundus, leaving them truly immortal. (Their physical forms can be destroyed, but their spirits will always return to Oblivion where they can be reformed.) Chief among them are the 17 Daedric "Princes," who govern over "Spheres." They rule over their own planes of Oblivion and occasionally interact with mortals, usually to accomplish goals within the mortal plane where they can only manifest as avatars, though sometimes simply for their amusement as well. Depending on the culture, most are viewed as "evil" with a few typically "good" ones also in the mix. However, most in-universe scholars are quick to point out that the Daedra are really AboveGoodAndEvil, operating under their own divine BlueAndOrangeMorality.
*** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the Champion of Cyrodiil at the end of ''Shivering Isles'', [[spoiler: ends up inheriting the mantle of Sheogorath, becoming the ''new'' MadGod.]]
** Additionally, there are numerous other minor gods and powerful spirits worshiped as gods in
the various [[JerkassGods Daedric princes]] (who aren't all male).
cultures of Tamriel. For 4000 years, the Dunmer worshiped the Tribunal, a trio of [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]] who tapped into the aforementioned Heart of Lorkhan to achieve divinity. The Redguard believe in Hoon Ding, the "Make Way" god who manifests as a great Redguard hero whenever their people are in need of a place to live. Cyrus the Restless, hero of the game ''Redguard'', is believed to be one such manifestation. The Argonians worship the Hist, ancient sentient trees who grow and shape the Argonians by letting the Argonians drink their sap. Magnus and the Magna-Ge are spirits who escaped Mundus to Aetherius during creation in order to avoid being bound like the et'Ada, puncturing holes in reality as they did so. (Those holes are now the sun and stars, through which magic flows in to Mundus.) ** [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Gods The lore]] mentions a wide variety of other deities. Some are the Nine or Daedra by different names, others are entirely different entities.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the Champion of Cyrodiil at the end of ''Shivering Isles'', [[spoiler: ends up inheriting the mantle of Sheogorath, becoming the ''new'' MadGod.]]
** The Dragornborn of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', according to lore, possesses the blood and soul of an Aedric Dragon, but [[PhysicalGod the body of a mortal]].
list goes on]].
18th Apr '16 12:56:41 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', the people of Paradise worship the eight Creators, each of whom traditionally has their own domain. Some people worship all eight, while others chose one Creator and stick with him or her.
16th Apr '16 11:57:57 AM PaulA
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* Zarathan, the setting of ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'', has hundreds of gods, large and small; most people only follow one god or group of gods, though it's generally accepted that they all exist. Kyri follows Myrionar, God of Justice and Vengeance; Tobimar follows Terian, the Light in the Darkness; Poplock follows Blackwart the Great. One way gods show their power is by providing theurgical FunctionalMagic to their priests; HealingHands and LivingLieDetector abilities are common.
26th Feb '16 6:19:36 AM LordInsane
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* ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity's'' pantheon consists of eleven deities. Berath is the god of cycles, including life and death. Eothas is the god of light and redemption. Magran is the [[WarGod goddess of war and fire]]. Abydon is the god of crafting and forging. Galawain is the god of the hunt. Hylea is the goddess of the birds and the sky. Ondra is the goddess of the water and the moon. Rymrgand is the god of death, famine, plague and misfortune. Skaen is the god of secret hatred, resentment and violent hatred. Wael is the god of secrets, dreams, mysteries and revelations and Woedica is the goddess of law, memory, rightful rulership and vengeance.

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* ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity's'' pantheon consists of eleven deities. Berath is the god of cycles, including life and death. Eothas is the god of light and redemption. Magran is the [[WarGod goddess of war and fire]]. Abydon is the god of crafting and forging.forging (and before getting killed and rebuilding himself as a golem, also of [[spoiler: preservation]]). Galawain is the god of the hunt. Hylea is the goddess of the birds and the sky. Ondra is the goddess of the water and the moon. Rymrgand is the god of death, famine, plague and misfortune. Skaen is the god of secret hatred, resentment and violent hatred. Wael is the god of secrets, dreams, mysteries and revelations and Woedica is the goddess of law, memory, rightful rulership and vengeance.
13th Feb '16 10:30:30 PM Driavatus
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* CantrII: All religions are created by the players of the game. Some of them worship the creator of the game. One of the most notorious ones, is a simple copy paste of the [[Main.EarthsChildren Donii religion]], which cheerfully ignores the fact that [[HideYourChildren everyone spawns at 20]], sex doesn't create children, there are no volcanoes, nor caves. But hey, since when did that stop someone waving their FetishFuel around? Caveman rumpy ahoy!
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