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* ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' is set in Kyrat, a fictional country in the Himalayan region of South Asia. The local religion is (rather loosely) based on other Dharmic religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, but features a very unique mythology. Deities include [[GodOfGood Banashur]] (the creator god who made the world), Kyra (Banashur's daughter, the goddess from whom Kyrat takes its name from), and [[GodOfEvil Yalung]] (a devil who once battled Banashur over the fate of the world). There's also a famous story about Kalinag, a warrior-hero who visited [[TheShangriLa Shangri-La]] to fight off an invasion by the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Rakshasa]].
27th Sep '17 1:03:31 PM Necrodomo
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* The ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' pantheon has three good deities, three evil deities, and three neutral pro-free-will deities to justify the MeleeATrois of the setting. Except for the [[CouncilOfAngels Good]] deities, they ''don't'' get along and agree on very little except that disagreements are to be settled via the CosmicChessGame that players' actions represent. Only ''[[AllOrNothing one]]'' deity can shape a world per cycle of the universe, making even the little cooperation that there is uneasy.
23rd Sep '17 3:22:43 PM Carliro
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has fantasy pantheons on several of its worlds. Theros has a pantheon of gods much like the Greek pantheon. Kamigawa has the Myojin, one for each color. And Zendikar has a pantheon of three gods [[spoiler: that turn out to be based on the three Eldrazi titans.]]

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has fantasy pantheons on several of its worlds. worlds:
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Theros has a pantheon of gods much like the Greek pantheon. pantheon.
* Similarly, Amonkhet has a pantheon of gods akin to Egypt's. [[spoiler:Only one survives]].
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Kamigawa has the Myojin, one for each color. which are the highest of the [[Myth/JapaneseMythology kami]].
* Shadowmoor has a pantheon of demigods.
* Ixalan has a solar deity divided in three aspects. It also bears a bat-god of night.
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And Zendikar has a pantheon of three gods [[spoiler: that turn out to be based on the three Eldrazi titans.]]
16th Sep '17 10:44:38 AM PixelKnight
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* In the same vein as the ''D&D'' example, ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'''s pantheon is the Greek gods, the Chinese Zodiac animals, the Norse gods, and the Mesopotamian gods (but the Greek gods got killed by the Snarl before the world began). There are also completely fictional deities in the setting, such as the Elven gods and the Dark One, evil god of the goblins. And Banjo the Clown, God of Puppets, created by Elan early on in the strip. Banjo was rejected by the followers of the Northern Gods when he tried to join their pantheon (Odin and Thor were on-board though; they like puppets) but has already started spawning his own pantheon which includes the heretical cult of [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Banjulhu]] and Banjo's rival and brother Giggles, the god of slapstick. With conflicts between different sects settled by the traditional pie-eating contest.

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* In the same vein as the ''D&D'' example, ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'''s pantheon is the Greek gods, the Chinese Zodiac animals, the Norse gods, and the Mesopotamian gods (but the gods, and [[spoiler:the Greek gods got gods, who were killed by the Snarl before the world began). began.]] There are also completely fictional deities in the setting, such as the Elven gods and the Dark One, evil god of the goblins. And Banjo the Clown, God of Puppets, created by Elan early on in the strip. Banjo was rejected by the followers of the Northern Gods when he tried to join their pantheon (Odin and Thor were on-board though; they like puppets) but has already started spawning his own pantheon which includes the heretical cult of [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Banjulhu]] and Banjo's rival and brother Giggles, the god of slapstick. With conflicts between different sects settled by the traditional pie-eating contest.
30th Aug '17 6:38:30 PM TheKaizerreich
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' universe has several of these, such as Shinki from ''Mystic Square'' and Kanako and Suwako from ''Mountain of Faith''. Also a case of GodsNeedPrayerBadly.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' universe has several ''a lot'' of these, fantastic deities, such as Shinki from ''Mystic Square'' and Kanako and Suwako from ''Mountain of Faith''.Faith'' (in fact, ''Mountain of Faith'' introduces 5 goddesses, though the Aki sisters and Hina aren't that powerful, unlike Kanako and Suwako). Also a case of GodsNeedPrayerBadly. This happens ''in addition'' to the gods already known in reality and various plot points are about the known gods and Touhou-exclusive gods interacting in some way such as Reimu having to summon 3 specific gods for space travel. Usually gods and goddesses of the series are from Shinto, but Jesus was referenced and even appeared [[GenderBender herself]] in [[VideoGame/TheLastComer a fan game]], and a goddess that appears in the 15th game is from ''Greek'' mythology.
30th Aug '17 6:26:31 PM TheKaizerreich
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** 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.

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** The main addition is the presence of the C'tan, though they're closer to CosmicHorrors, space horrors, who used to feed on stars before eating living things. things' souls. The four known to still exist in some form are the Void Dragon (trapped (presumably 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.Orks, which is why they don't fear basicly nothing.), 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).
it). The C'tan also bear the dubious honour of having been '''shattered''' into shards after the Necrons came to some semblance of sense and enacted revenge on the C'tan for screwing them over in their whole immortality deal, essentially reducing their former gods and masters into a GrimDark CosmicHorror version of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.
** The Eldar pantheon is mostly dead due to Slaanesh's birth ripping a several hundred light years wide hole into reality and consuming billions of Eldar. Most of their gods, save for war god Khaine (who was shattered similarly to the C'tan), fertility goddess Isha (who was taken by Slaanesh first, but then became the bride-slash-prisoner of Nurgle) and jester god Cegorach, who is busy planning the demise of those who annoy him/endanger the Eldar/try to intrude into the Black Library. The Eldar are actively also trying (with eventual success) to summon a new god of death into existence (Ynnead), so it'll take out the C'tan. C'tan and Necrons, and anyone else threatening the galaxy such as the Orks and Tyranids, as well as Chaos itself later on. 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.Slaanesh, but as mentioned, they do eventually succeed and even manage to get some help from the humans (if with the usual very morally questionable means).
** Gork and Mork are also around, with Ghazghkull Thraka as the galaxy's mightiest Ork Warboss and their (self-proclaimed or chosen) DarkMessiah.
** The Imperium of Man worships the Immortal GodEmperor of Mankind, which is dark {{Irony}} since the Emperor never wanted to be worshipped as a god, wanted the Imperium to be enlightened, secular and free of mysticism, and in fact banned all religions to the point that he personally torched the last church on Terra before taking to the stars. It's generally assumed that he wanted to starve the Chaos Gods this way, but severely underestimated their powers and severely overestimated his own plan's likelyness of success. Now he's been on life-support for 10,000 years while the Imperium around him crumbles into an authoritarian, ultra-religious nightmare and he can do nothing but watch and despair while his soul splinters into fractions of fractions until it will eventually disappear entirely.
19th Aug '17 4:15:28 PM Yozzy
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' the Elves and the Empire both have pantheons 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), 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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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' the Elves and the Empire both have pantheons 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). ask).
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Then there's the four great Gods of Chaos (and several lesser ones) created from the psyche of mortals mortals: Khorne, god of rage and embodying rage, lust, despair, war; Slaanesh, god of lust and hope (yes, excess; Nurgle, god of disease and despair; and Tzeentch, god of schemes, magic, and ambition. It's worth mentioning that Khorne is sort of like an evil version of Odin, minus the magic. There were a number of lesser Chaos Gods, but they were minor gods and their canonicity is questionable (see below).
*** Since Chaos uses the symbol of eight arrows arranged into a star, the devs made a group of lesser Chaos gods to round out the number to eight. They have existed on and off under dubious canonicity due to unimportance or real world legal complications. There was Hashut, god of Chaos Dwarves; Malal, renegade Chaos god that represents Chaos's [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder inherent instability]]; Necoho, god of atheism ([[MindScrew no, really!]]); and Zuvassin the Undoer, who simply meddles with the plans of other gods. There was also Be'lakor, whose [[ContinuitySnarl something of a puzzle]] at this point, but exists and a Daemon Prince who's subordinate to each of the big four; and also the Great Horned Rat,
the god of hope is evil. The Warhammer world is not a very nice place), though Khorne is in many ways an evil Odin. The Orcs the [[RatMen Skaven]].
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also have two the concept of Chaos Undivided, whose tenants worship the main four Chaos 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 or as aspects of other gods, such as Bork a higher deity. Chaos is usually at its most unstoppable when the gods set aside old rivalries and Khalekk have been mentioned in the older background, but they probably aren't canon anymore).focus their power and followers on a single goal.



** Interestingly, the ogres seem to be the only truly monotheistic race.
** The Skaven only have a single god as well: the Horned Rat. Although the jury's still out on whether he's simply a minor Chaos god or not... Some Skaven worship the other Chaos gods, but this is considered blasphemous and anyone caught doing so is destined for an excruciatingly painful death.

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** The Orcs 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).
** Interestingly, the ogres ogres, who worship the Great Maw, seem to be the only truly monotheistic race.
** The Skaven have only have a single one ''official'' god as well: the Horned Rat. Although It was a deity strongly associated with Chaos, though it wasn't part of the jury's still out on whether he's simply "true" pantheon, possibly existing only as a minor Chaos god or not... god. This until Slaanesh disappeared, and the Horned Rat took over the vacancy. Some Skaven worship the other Chaos gods, but this is considered blasphemous and anyone caught doing so is destined for an excruciatingly painful death.death.
28th Jul '17 7:57:45 AM BeerBaron
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** The Aedra, also known as the Divines, 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]].

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** The Aedra, also known as [[SaintlyChurch the Divines, Divines]], are those et'Ada who helped Lorkhan to create Mundus. Originally eight in number, they were joined by a ninth, Talos, the ascended [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended]] [[DeityOfHumanOrigin divine form form]] of Tiber Septim. [[FounderOfTheKingdom Tiber]] [[GodEmperor Septim]]. Because of their sacrifice during creation, they lost their CompleteImmortality and [[KillTheGod can be destroyed. destroyed]]. They are seen as [[GodIsGood unambiguously "good" "good"]] by most of the mortal races. There are also [[OurAngelsAreDifferent lesser Aedric spirits spirits]] of all sorts, most notably the Dragons.
[[DragonsAreDivine Dragons]].
*** The Dragornborn of Dragonborn (of which the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Skyrim]]'' PlayerCharacter is one), according to lore, possesses are rare mortals blessed by Akatosh, the blood [[TopGod chief Aedric deity]] and draconic God of Time, with the immortal soul of an Aedric Dragon, but [[PhysicalGod dragon. This allows them an innate knowledge of the body [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]], the draconic LanguageOfMagic, and the ability to [[YourSoulIsMine absorb the souls of a mortal]].slain dragons]], which is required to permanently kill them. Akatosh specifically created them to serve as [[HunterOfHisOwnKind natural predators]] to dragons.
26th Jul '17 12:15:45 PM BeerBaron
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** 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.

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** Lorkhan, also know as [[IHaveManyNames Shezarr, Shor, Lorkhaj, and quite a few others, 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 act 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" [[GodIsDead "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 [[GodInHumanForm taking form form]] as a Shezarrine, [[EternalHero Shezarrine]], great champions of mankind [[HumansAreSpecial mankind]] who usually show up during times of crisis, most often fighting against the [[OurElvesAreBetter races of Elves Mer (Elves)]] in some form.
25th Jul '17 12:15:45 PM BeerBaron
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** 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.

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** Anu and Padomay. They "Twin brothers" who are the {{Anthropomorphic Personifications}} of the primordial forces of Order [[OrderVersusChaos "stasis/order/light" and Chaos "change/chaos/darkness"]], respectively. Creation myths paint Padomay as Anu's brother, and the The series' primary CreationMyth states that their interplay between them created Nir, a personification of in the Aurbis. great "void" of pre-creation led to creation itself. Creation, sometimes anthropomorphized as the female entity "Nir", favored Anu, [[DrivenByEnvy which angered Padomay]]. 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 [[EarthShatteringKaboom shattered the twelve worlds]] she gave birth to. Anu then wounded Padomay, presuming him dead. Anu salvaged the remnants, pieces of the twelve worlds to create one world: Nirn. Padomay returned and wounded Anu, seeking to destroy Nirn. Anu then saved them from further harm by pulling his brother [[TakingYouWithMe pulled Padomay and himself outside of Time forever.time]], ending Padomay's threat to creation "forever". From the [[PiecesOfGod intermingling of their spilled blood]] came the "et'Ada", or "original spirits", who would go on to become either the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedra or the Daedra]] depending on their actions during creation. (Some myths state that the Aedra come from the mixed blood of Anu and Padomay, while the Daedra come purely from the blood of Padomay).
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