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The Elternteil pantheon was once a unified group of divine Deer, led by the High King, Irminsul, and his wife, High Queen Arvan. They consisted of benevolent members who devoted themselves to helping Deerkind prosper, and when Arvan became pregnant with Belyolen, it was expected that her unborn child would become a benevolent deity, too. To ensure this, Irminsul performed a divine ritual that would get rid of Belyolen's darker urges and flaws, but unfortunately, it only resulted in Belyolen being born alongside a dark-furred twin, Temnobog. Disgusted by Temnobog's tainted nature, Irminsul, Arvan, and their friends shunned Temnobog for being born, while showering Belyolen with love and praise. This would result in Temnobog holding a grudge towards his favored brother for a time, until certain truths caused him to reconcile with Belyolen.

At some point in history, disagreements over the mistreatment of Temnobog, and how they should handle the future of Deerkind caused a great schism into two sub-pantheons: the Hoyklan pantheon, and the Bogolenya pantheon, founded by Belyolen and co-ruled by him and Temnobog. With the loss of so many divine Deer, the Elternteil pantheon became much smaller and less significant than it used to be.
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  • Break the Haughty: It's implied the great schism was this for them. In ancient times, they were a unified pantheon full of benevolent and morally puristic deer, but this eventually gave them a haughty, patronizing attitude with a great disdain for anything evil. At some point, disagreements arose over how the deities would handle Deerkind's future. And when Temnobog was born, everyone emotionally abused him by treating him as Belyolen's unwanted cast-off that would "taint" the pantheon's benevolence. The departure of the Hoyklan pantheon was the first blow, but Belyolen's departure hit harder, as he was the favored child who surprisingly chose to side with Temnobog and rebel against his family for mistreating his twin brother, and even called them out on their abuse and petty hypocrisy. So for a long time, the original Elternteil pantheon was rendered a former shell of what it once was.
  • Cain and Abel: Invoked and exploited. The Elternteil pantheon wanted the pure and compassionate Belyolen to hate Temnobog for what he embodied, so they fed Belyolen lies about Temnobog and actively tried blocking him from seeing his brother. This caused Temnobog to attack and sabotage his brother out of spite, causing Belyolen to oppose him, which delighted their family since they thought Belyolen is finally seeing his dark twin as an abomination that shouldn't be born. However, after Belyolen overheard them considering killing Temnobog, he confronted and shamed his family for their abusive hypocrisy and influencing his opinions on what is Good and Evil. It was noted that both brothers took a long time to reconcile because the Elternteil pantheon had done everything they could to separate Belyolen and Temnobog, and make the latter feel like he is utterly unwanted.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: The entire pantheon received one from Belyolen, who, thanks to Amour-De-Soi's encouragement shamed both his parents and siblings for their hypocrisy, claiming to be "benevolent" and "good" yet abused Temnobog for being born "evil" despite not doing anything to truly warrant such treatment, thus making them truly evil in turn. However, in addition, Belyolen shamed himself for letting the abuse happen as well as letting everyone form his opinions on what was good and evil. This caused many of Belyolen's brothers and sisters to side with him, having been overcome with guilt and shame for participating/condoning the abuse.
  • Fantastic Racism: It's implied that they're prejudiced towards non-Deer and Deer hybrids. Belyolen fears what would happen if the Elternteil deities decide to visit the Bogolenya pantheon, despite still loving them as family, since he let non-Deer divines and their hybrid children live among full-blooded Deer deities - since they abused his brother, Temnobog, for being an "evil" god despite not really warranting it, the Elternteil deities would surely go after the others simply for existing and intermingling with the "pure" Deer. Belyolen even told his parents that as long as they continue to display their harmful attitudes towards Temnobog and anyone else they deem beneath their standards, they will not be welcome around him or his pantheon. This is exemplified with one notable incident, where an Elternteil deity made Bolezn cry by calling him a "walking, talking trash can" among other insults, and the Bogolenya pantheon barely managed to restrain the enraged Terrors from going after the offender (though Yarost managed to punch the deity in the face).
  • Holier Than Thou: Deconstructed. Many of its members believed themselves to be benevolent and pure, largely because of their worshipers praising them as such, which gave themselves an excuse to shun and emotionally abuse Temnobog, since in their eyes, he was an evil god who would taint their purity and thus didn't deserve to live among them. The only reason why he was barely tolerated because he was family. When Belyolen overheard his parents and some of his siblings considering the option of killing Temnobog, he got so upset that he later called everyone out on their arrogance and abusive hypocrisy, stating that their supposed "benevolence" fell flat since they abused Temnobog for being born, making them no different than the evils they opposed. This is largely the reason why Belyolen left to form the Bogolenya pantheon so he could get his brother away from the toxic environment at home.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Deconstructed, as their extreme opposition towards anything "evil" has led to some very serious bad calls of judgement.
    • They abused Temnobog simply for being born as they believed that his dark nature would "taint" the pantheon's benevolence, despite him not having done anything to truly warrant it. This disgusted and upset his pure brother, Belyolen, so much that he later called out the entire pantheon for their arrogant, abusive hypocrisy and left to form his own pantheon, along with several of his siblings who regretted their actions.
    • After catching Scrappus in their divine realm, they welcomed him because they could sense no malice from him, despite him essentially breaking into their house. This would bite them hard in the collective flank, as Scrappus was such a bratty god that he left his hosts battered, injured and/or emotionally traumatized. Because of this, Temnobog is one of few individuals who has a good opinion of Scrappus.
  • A House Divided: The Elternteil pantheon used to be one single group of Deer gods, many of which mostly embodied the good sides of Deerkind. But after a schism that was caused by disagreements over Deerkind's future and mistreatment of the dark god Temnobog, the pantheon split into three, resulting in the birth of the Bogolenya and Hoyklan pantheons, and leaving the Elternteil deities at lesser numbers than they used to be.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • A major part of the reason behind the Elternteil schism was because of their abusive treatment of Temnobog for being born an "evil" god, with the last straw being their consideration of killing him altogether since they couldn't stand his tainted presence. This disgusted and upset his brother, Belyolen, so much that he announced his decision to leave home and shamed everyone for acting like arrogant, abusive hypocrites, stating they became no different than the evils they opposed by abusing someone who didn't warrant such treatment. This caused several of Belyolen's other brothers and sisters to regret their actions and join him in the mass exodus to form the Bogolenya pantheon. It's also noted that one of Amareros's children, the Alicorn goddess of Self-Love, Amour-De-Soi, had a role in helping Belyolen get the courage needed to confront his hypocritical family out of similar feelings of disgust towards Temnobog's abuse.
    • Years later, they would end up babysitting the young divine Diamond Dog, Scrappus, who was such a Bratty Half-Pint that he left half of their divine realm in ruins, with some of the Deer deities and their servants left battered/injured in embarrassing ways, and the kind and gentle High Queen Arvan being left in tears. While the incident did serve as Laser-Guided Karma for Scrappus, who had a Jerkass Realization and changed his ways, it also served as karma for the Elternteil pantheon, who abused and severely misjudged Temnobog simply because of what he embodied, only to later end up with a real brat that they couldn't sense any malice from.
  • Not So Different:
    • In calling out the pantheon for abusing Temnobog, Belyolen pointed out their hypocristy, stating that they claimed to be "wise" and "benevolent", but by abusing someone who didn't truly warrant it, they became no different than the evils they opposed.
    • King Strazha Svetilo of Bitaniya has stated that for all their supposed benevolence, he sees the Elternteil pantheon as being no better than extremists in general, since in his eyes they are just insane, self-righteous people who use noble goals as an excuse to impose their will on others, and use Evil methods to fulfill some deluded fantasy that would suit only themselves.
  • Rightly Self-Righteous: Deconstructed. Irminsul's influence and their mortal worshipers' praise has inflated their collective ego, causing the divine Deer to believe that they are superior because they are wise and benevolent beings who protect Deerkind from evil and corruption. However, when Queen Arvan unexpectedly gave birth to Temnobog, almost everyone began emotionally abusing him for being born "evil", seeing him as a mistake that would taint the moral purity of their pantheon. When Belyolen overheard them considering getting rid of Temnobog altogether, he was so upset that he called out everyone on their arrogance and abusive hypocrisy, stating that they've become no different than the evils they opposed by abusing someone who didn't even warrant such mistreatment, while also shaming himself for not protecting Temnobog enough and letting his own family shape his views on what is Good and evil. This caused several of his brothers and sisters to regret their actions, so they sided with Belyolen. It's mentioned, and confirmed, that the Alicorn Primeval of Self-Love, Amour-De-Soi, helped Belyolen make his decision to leave by encouraging him to do the right thing, as she was similarly disgusted with the Elternteil deities' abuse and complacent arrogance.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: They saw Temnobog as Belyolen's evil cast-off and a "stain" on the Elternteil pantheon's benevolence, and shunned and emotionally abused him because of what he embodied and not what he did to warrant it. True to form, Temnobog did become evil for a time, but only because of what the others did to him.
  • We Have Become Complacent: Likely what led to the Elternteil pantheon's fracturing. The pantheon was so full of benevolent divine Deer that they eventually developed haughty, patronizing attitudes with a great disdain for anything they consider "evil", with no one to keep their behavior in check. The dark Deer god of Evil, Temnobog, was emotionally abused for being born because of this, and it's what led to his hatred of overly Good societies since the absence of Evil causes them to become stagnant (the same thing could be said about overly Evil societies as well).
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: While they're seen as wise and benevolent by their mortal followers, their extreme dedication to Good and Purity corrupted them to the point where they became arrogant and self-righteous. This caused them to abuse Temnobog for being born the embodiment of Evil despite not doing anything to warrant it at the time, and ultimately splintered their pantheon into two sub-groups, one of which was formed by Belyolen, after he became disgusted with his family's hypocrisy and wanted to protect his brother from them. King Strazha of the Erobreseg Deer realms also has a low opinion of them due to his hatred of extremists in general, since in his eyes they're no different than selfish, lazy, and insane people who use noble motives as an excuse to impose their will on others, and use Evil methods to fulfill their deluded fantasies.

    High King Irminsul 
The leader of the Elternteil pantheon, the husband of High Queen Arvan, and the father of twins Belyolen and Temnobog. After Arvan became pregnant with Belyolen, Irminsul casted a divine ritual that would purge all of his son's dark urges and flaws so he would grow up to be a god of all that is good and pure. However, there was one hitch in his plan - the dark urges and flaws he tried erasing ended up creating a second fetus in Arvan's womb. So when Belyolen was born, he gained a dark-furred twin who would become Temnobog. Disgusted with Temnobog's existence and corrupt nature, Irminsul, his wife, and their fellow deities shunned the dark fawn, treating him as Belyolen's unwanted cast-off while showering Belyolen himself with love and praise.[WIP]
  • Abusive Parents: To Temnobog, the God of Evil, Suffering, and Darkness. While Irminsul wasn't physically abusive, he was emotionally neglectful and abusive, seeing him as the living embodiment of taint and corruption that he tried to erase from his favored son, Belyolen. Further enabling the abuse is that Irminsul also saw Temnobog as a walking reminder that he couldn't get rid of his own flaws no matter how hard he tried. Whatever name that he gave Temnobog, it's implied that it wasn't anything good, as Temnobog cast it aside once the Elternteil pantheon splintered. Irminsul also let his family and friends mistreat and shun Temnobog while they showered Belyolen with praise and love, which understandably made Temnobog angry and resentful towards his brother. It also drove away Belyolen, who was also understandably disgusted by the abuse, and started a new pantheon out of love for his brother. It took years of fighting, Mother Deer's interference, a crisis that threatened the entire Bogolenya pantheon and Belyolen's impassioned plea to stand down for Temnobog to reconcile with his brother.
  • Big Good: Subverted. Due to being the leader of the Elternteil pantheon, Irminsul used to be this for all of Deerkind. However, underneath his veneer of benevolence is a flawed person who hates himself for being unable to get rid of his own flaws - when he tried purging Belyolen of his flaws and ended up creating the dark Temnobog, he emotionally abused his younger son for being evil and a reminder of his failure, and encouraged his family and peers to do the same. Later, disagreements over how to handle Deerkind's future caused the Elternteil pantheon to split into two independent sub-pantheons: The Hoyklan pantheon and the Bogolenya pantheon. It especially hit hard when Beloylen, his favored elder son, decided to rebel against him and leave with Temnobog because he was disgusted with his brother's mistreatment.
  • Didn't See That Coming: When Belyolen was still in utero, Irminsul tried purging his unborn son's dark urges and flaws, hoping Belyolen would would become a benevolent god that would shun evil and corruption like the other gods. What he didn't expect was the birth of Temnobog, and Belyolen rebelling by leaving and forming his own pantheon over disgust towards his brother's mistreatment.
  • Didn't Think This Through: For a supposedly wise and benevolent god, he made a lot of mistakes that bit him in the ass later.
    • Again, his plan to make his then-unborn son a god of all that is pure and good by magically getting rid of his flaws. This led to the birth of Temnobog, and the emotional abuse he suffered at their hooves turned him genuinely evil for a time, until he reconciled with Belyolen. His actions also enraged Luminiferous, who called Irminsul out on enforcing his twisted ideas of perfection onto his child and compared the stag to the narcissistic, evil Alicorn, Morning Star, stating that they're both similar in believing perfection is the absence of flaws. It's stated that this incident was one of few times Luminiferous became clearly angry instead of just disappointed as usual.
    • He, his wife, and some of his children seriously considered killing Temnobog so they can prevent his evil from "tainting" the elternteil deities's benevolence. Neither of them knew (including Belyolen and Temnobog themselves) that Belyolen and Temnobog were born two halves of the person they would've been thanks to Irminsul's actions, and since they both embodied Good and Evil, killing Temnobog would instantly result in Belyolen's death as Good Needs Evil for Equus to prosper.
  • Fantastic Racism: What Belyolen fears would happen if he visited the Bogolenya pantheon. Since he abused Temnobog for being born "evil", it's possible that there would be no stopping him from ostracizing the Bogolenya pantheon's divine non-Deer and hybrid members as well, especially the Four Terrors since they're also evil deities as well. Belyolen even made it clear that as long as he continues to display harmful attitudes, he will not be welcome around him or his pantheon.
  • Good Is Not Nice: If a supposedly wise and benevolent god saw it fit to mistreat one of his children and consider killing them simply for supposedly being born evil and corrupted, then yes, Irminsul is this trope.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: In-universe. The Alvslog Deer herds worship and revere him as a benevolent god and loving father who could do no wrong, while Temnobog is depicted as a cackling villain with no redeeming traits at all. In actuality, Irminsul is a well-meaning person who was an emotionally abusive father to Temnobog for something out of his control, felt morally superior because of his own perceived benevolence and the praise he received from his worshipers, and secretly had self-loathing towards his inability to get rid of his own flaws.
  • Holier Than Thou: Deconstructed. Despite being the supreme Top God of the Elternteil pantheon, and being praised as wise and benevolent by his mortal Deer worshipers, he has a patronizing, self-righteous, and prideful attitude that causes him to be extremely disdainful of anything he perceives as evil and corrupted, including his own son, Temnobog, despite the latter not doing anything evil at the time. His emotional abuse caused Temnobog to genuinely become evil for a time, which Belyolen called his father out on (as well as the rest of his family), stating that they claimed to be benevolent and wise, but their abuse of Temnobog made them no different from the evils they opposed. It also took a long time for Temnobog to accept that he and Belyolen were equals because of the discord Irminsul sowed between them, until certain truths and Belyolen's impassioned offer to bury the hatchet between them caused him to reconcile with his brother. Mentálne suspects that Irminsul's attitude is a form of Psychological Projection, seeing Temnobog as a failure of purging Belyolen's darker side because he can't get rid of his own flaws.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: After his wife gave birth to Temnobog, Irminsul treated him as Belyolen's evil cast-off and encouraged his family and peers to participate in the emotional abuse, thinking that his innate evil will taint the benevolence of the pantheon. Temnobog did become genuinely evil for a time, but only because of what the others did to him. It was only because of Belyolen's love that Temnobog remained on barely civil terms with his former Elternteil peers.
  • Hypocrite: As stated by Belyolen when he called out both his father and his family, Irminsul believed himself to be wise and benevolent, but in abusing Temnobog who truly didn't warrant the treatment, he became no different than the evils he opposed. Belyolen's character entry even describes him as a "self-loathing hypocrite".
  • Jerkass: Discussed with Temnobog. Mentálne believes that either Irminsul suffers from untreated Psychological Projection, or he's "just a big jerk" with a superior attitude and extreme bias against anything he perceives as evil. Regardless of the reason, it still didn't excuse the fact that Irminsul was an emotionally abusive parent towards Temnobog for being born.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: It's speculated in-universe by Mentálne that Irminsul hates himself for being unable to get rid of his own flaws, and emotionally abused Temnobog as a form of Psychological Projection. Deconstructed in that his behavior drove his favored son, Belyolen, away, as Belyolen was so compassionate that he couldn't bear to see his brother being mistreated, regardless if he was evil or not. It also attracted the disgusted ire of Amour-De-Soi, the Alicorn Primeval of Self-Love who helped a large portion of the Elternteil pantheon break away and join Belyolen.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • After shunning and emotionally abusing Temnobog for being born a "corrupted" god his entire childhood, Irminsul would be devoured by Temnobog years later (though Narren eventually rescued him). Even after his Heel–Face Turn, Temnobog still remained quite resentful of his father, and the only reason Irminsul isn't dead yet is because of Belyolen's benevolent influence on his twin.
    • His bad parenting and favoritism also caused his more beloved son, Belyolen, to rebel and take Temnobog with him, along with a significant portion of the Elternteil pantheon who agreed with Belyolen's beliefs. This left the once-mighty Elternteil pantheon much smaller than it once was. It's noted that while Belyolen still loves his father, their current relationship is quite strained.
    • He ended up being the unfortunate babysitter of the divine Diamond Dog, Scrappus, who gave him hell by acting like a Bratty Half-Pint incarnate while staying over in Roedinia. This was after he kept judging Temnobog and fully expecting his dark-furred son to become evil (which he wasn't, initially). Due to his great hatred for his father, Temnobog remains the only person who developed a liking for Scrappus.
    • He also gets a chewing-out from Luminiferous, who is rightly enraged with him for enforcing his twisted ideas of perfection onto his then-unborn son and thus leading to the creation of Belyolen and Temnobog. Luminiferous even states that he's no different than the evil, narcissistic Alicorn Morning Star, who also believed in perfection as the absence of flaws.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Invoked; Irminsul tried to make Belyolen a benevolent god like him, but that resulted in the birth of Temnobog. His plans continued to backfire as Belyolen became his own person, to the point where he rebelled by calling his family out on their abusive hypocrisy and leaving home to form the Bogolenya pantheon so he could protect Temnobog.
  • Parental Favoritism: Deconstructed. He favored Belyolen over Temnobog, as the former was intended to be a god of lightness and all that was good while the latter was just his brother's tainted cast-off. This led to a messed-up childhood that drove Temnobog against his own brother for a long time because of the inferiority complex he developed. Belyolen was also disgusted by the attention and his brother's treatment, so he rebelled and left to form the Bogolenya pantheon.
  • Psychological Projection: Mentálne suspects that Irminsul suffers from this - he hates himself for being unable to get rid of his own flaws. When he tried to get rid of Belyolen's flaws and ended up creating Temnobog, he's stuck with a reminder that he's flawed himself, which resulted in the emotional abuse Temnobog suffered as a fawn. Either that, or he's just a Holier Than Thou Jerkass.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After dealing with Scrappus, a very young and bratty Diamond Dog god, and his mischievously destructive antics in his own realm one too many times, Irminsul punished Scrappus by turning him into a worm and swallowing him as a form of "time-out". This caused Scrappus to realize what a bratty jerk he was, so he promised to redeem himself once he got out of Irminsul's stomach.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • His emotional abuse of Temnobog simply for being born "evil" isn't a good idea. Irminsul hated Temnobog because he embodied the flaws Irminsul tried to purge from his elder son, and is a walking reminder of his own failure to get rid of his own flaws. Regardless of the reason, the emotional abuse messed up Temnobog and made him hateful enough that he genuinely became evil, and tried to sabotage and even kill his kindhearted brother for a time. Even after his Heel–Face Turn, Temnobog still has unresolved issues that took a long time to heal, and has tried to kill/sabotage his father if he thinks he can get away with it.
    • Likewise, his favoritism of Belyolen caused his son to notice how everyone, including his own parents, were mistreating Temnobog just for being born with a dark nature. This ultimately caused him to leave the Elternteil pantheon so he could start his own. Just because he was made The Paragon, doesn't mean he's ignorant to injustice and suffering.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He tried to get rid of Belyolen's flaws, and when it resulted in Temnobog's birth instead, he constantly shunned and emotionally abused Temnobog, hoping he would go away and not taint his brother. Temnobog did become evil, but only because of the treatment he experienced as a fawn.
  • Swallowed Whole: His antagonistic offspring, Temnobog, once tried to do this to him, swallowing him whole in the form of a monstrous wyrm after stripping Irminsul of his powers. He also did this to Scrappus when the Annoying Pup pushed him too far with his antics, and it is noted that he also did this to many threats and enemies of the Elternteil Pantheon and their mortal children, sealing them away inside his body. It is noted that this is a common tactic in Divine Conflicts, made possible and necessary due to their divine natures and how hard and problematic it is to actually kill a deity.
  • Top God: Used to be one for all of the Deer Gods, who formed the Elternteil pantheon. But the pantheon was fractured when Belyolen left to form his own pantheon, having disagreed with everyone's mistreatment of Temnobog and how they should handle Deerkind's future. Now he's only in command of one of its Pantheons.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He was one of the deities who called for Flœrð's death/suppression because he didn't want a prophesied child to wipe out his biological children, even if they did rebel against him. He even made it clear to Kaldr that he's not going to let Flœrð lead the Hoyklan Deer to their doom, further implying this trope. This angered Kaldr, and threatened to put him in an "icy time out" if he talks derogatorily about his adoptive son again.

    High Queen Arvan 
The wife of High King Irminsul, and the mother of Belyolen and Temnobog.
  • Abusive Parents: Like her husband, she was emotionally abusive and neglectful towards Temnobog, and would treat him as her elder son's evil cast-off. The only reason why she (barely) tolerated him was because he was her son and thus family. However, the last straw was talking with Irminsul about the possibility of getting rid of Temnobog altogether, which Belyolen overheard and caused him to later call out his entire family for being arrogant, abusive hypocrites. It's implied that while Temnobog hates his father, his relationship with his mother wasn't very good, either. Belyolen still loves Arvan to a degree as he does Irminsul, but has firmly warned both parents that they are not welcome around him or the Bogolenya pantheon if they do not change their harmful attitudes.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: She and the rest of the pantheon were called out by Belyolen, who shamed them for their arrogant, abusive hypocrisy and stated that by abusing Temnobog for being born, even though didn't do anything to warrant it, they became no better than the evils they opposed.
  • The High Queen: Subverted. Her rank in the Elternteil pantheon is indeed "High Queen", and she's known for being kind and gentle, yet in reality she's a well-meaning but very flawed individual. Her twin sons, Belyolen and Temnobog, remember her as an emotionally abusive mother who mistreated Temnobog for being born the embodiment of his brother's flaws and evils, while showering Belyolen with love and praise for being born pure and good. After Belyolen overheard her talking to her husband, Irminsul, about the option killing Temnobog, he was so upset that he later called out the entire pantheon for their arrogance and abusive hypocrisy, stating that they became no different than the evils they oppose by mistreating someone who's actually blameless. Belyolen also made clear to his parents that they are not welcome near the Bogolenya pantheon if they continue displaying harmful attitudes towards those who don't fit their standards.
  • Holier Than Thou: Deconstructed. Her worshipers' praise of her caused her to become arrogant and patronizing, and her harmful attitudes also caused her to abuse Temnobog, her own son, for being born "evil" despite not truly warranting the mistreatment. This turned her favored son, Belyolen, away from her to the point of shaming her for her abusive hypocrisy. After the Bogolenya pantheon was formed, Belyolen made it clear to his mother that she's not welcome around him or his pantheon if she doesn't change her behavior.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Deconstructed.
    • She abused Temnobog for being born "evil", even though he hadn't done anything to warrant it, and made it clear that he was unwanted. This caused the miserable dark fawn to snap and attack Belyolen out of spite and resentment, creating a series of long, terrible conflicts that took years to resolve because of the harmful attitudes and teachings she gave to her twin children. Belyolen was so disgusted that he shamed his family for their arrogant, abusive hypocrisy and left to form the Bogolenya pantheon so he could protect his brother.
    • She welcomed the young Diamond Dog god Scrappus into the Elternteil pantheon's divine realm because she sensed no malice in him. Turns out that Scrappus was such a brat that he destroyed half of said divine realm, and traumatized her so much that she was left in absolute tears.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She abused Temnobog for being born and even considered killing him due to what he embodied, which later caused a disgusted Belyolen to call out both her and the entire pantheon for their abusive hypocrisy, stating that they're all no better than the evils they opposed, before he left to form the Bogolenya pantheon. Years later, she would end up with the young Diamond Dog god, Scrappus, who turned out to be a real brat despite having no malice in him. Babysitting him was so difficult that she was left in tears.
  • Parental Favoritism: Deconstructed. Like Irminsul, she showered Belyolen with love and praise for being a god of all that is good, while shunning Temnobog for being his brother's evil cast-off. This caused Temnobog to hate his parents and brother (though things cooled off in the latter case), while Belyolen rebelled and left to form the Bogolenya pantheon so he could get Temnobog away from the toxic environment, because as the embodiment of Deerkind's positive traits, he couldn't bear to see his brother being mistreated any longer.
  • Rightly Self-Righteous: Deconstructed. She is a benevolent deity, but gradually let her mortal worshipers' praise go to her head, causing her to be extremely disdainful of anything she perceives as "evil", regardless if they actually did evil things or not. This led to her emotionally abusing her son, Temnobog, for being born dark and corrupted, which in turn eventually led to Temnobog snapping and becoming genuinely evil out of spite and hatred.

    Narren, the Joyous Prince 

Classification: Ethereal/Elemental

Porfolio: Music, Guile, Celebration

Rank: ???

One of the youngest members of the Eltenteil Deer Pantheon, Narren the Joyous Prince is a god of music, Guile and Celebration who became renown among the Pantheon and their worshippers when the merry jester, whose youth and antics once made him rather disregarded, faced off against the Deer God of Evil, Darkness and Suffering Temnobog to save his grandfather High King Irminsul from , in a famous legend that remain widely recounted to this day, even if the details are not exactly accurate.

  • The Bard: As a god of music and celebration, he is a patron of Alvslog Deer bards and is more or less one himself. He sometimes take the stage to sing about his own legendary confrontation with Temnobog with his own followers, on the festival celebrating that very famous legend.
  • Batman Gambit: Narren pulled two in the same confrontation with his Evil Uncle Temnobog.
    • If Temnobog accepts his shape-shifting challenge in exchange for his grandfather, Narren would likely win due to being a Trickster God more versed in shape-shifting then even his Evil Uncle. Temnobog could decline and leave, taking Irminsul with him sealed inside his body, but as the author(s) of the legend notes, doing so would make him a laughing-stock among the gods for being afraid of 'a young fool''s challenge, and his deed would eventually be found out anyway. So he had to take it.
    • The next one crosses over with a Xanatos Gambit and Gambit Roulette: Temnobog knows that he would lose to Narren in the contest, but would not suffer to release his hated father to Narren, leading to him tricking Narren into shape-shifting into a small creature so he could surprise and eat him too before he could change back, sealing away the only witness to his deed. According to the legend, however, Narren was ''counting'' on Temnobog eating him too so he could go inside Temnobog's bowels to rescue his grandfather.
  • Guile Hero: Goes with his portfolio. Knowing he is usually out-matched in raw power and combat experience, Narren fights his battles with wits, cunning and liberal application of trickery. Also proclaims and sing about heroes of the Alvslog Deer Herds as a patron of bards, which inevitably includes guile heroes like himself.
  • The Prankster: Used to pull pranks on his family and others and take nothing seriously, which annoyed everyone to no end. If the legend behind his famous confrontation with Temnobog is accurate, he was quite giddy at the prospect of being finally able to pull a prank on his Evil Uncle.
  • The Trickster: Is known for this, and it shows in his confrontation with Temnobog by pulling a double-layered trick on him: realizing he's outmatched, he challenged Temnobog to a contest of shape-shifting, knowing as a Trickster God he holds an advantage over even his Evil Uncle. But Temnobog is crafty himself, who knows he would lose in a fair contest, and so tricked Narren in turn by challenging him to turn into a Breezie - then grabbing and swallowing him before he could change back. That, however, was revealed to be part of Narren's plan, as it allows him to traverse his Evil Uncle's body and rescue his devoured-and-sealed grandfather himself.

    King Aspen 

Classification: Ascendant

Rank: Godling

The king of the Alvslog Deer realms, and father of Prince Bramble.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the comics, he was just the ruler of the Deers of Thicket, presumably skilled in druidic magic. In the Codexverse, he's an Ascendant Godling.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Implied, as he's described in Zecora's profile as an "Ascendant Godling".
  • Enemy Mine: While he generally has a very dim view against Ponykind, Zecora managed to talk him into opposing the Storm Empire's forces by revealing that the Storm King's motives aren't very eco-friendly.
  • Fantastic Racism: He had a great disdain for non-Deer, and his self-righteous attitude and refusal to accept outside help largely hindered the ponies' efforts to stop Well-To-Do. The comic adaptation of the Well-To-Do incident was written by radical supporters to tone this down in an attempt to make him look far better than his pony allies and the Equestrian Princesses, who weren't even there at the time.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: He has a white/light-brown pelt and golden antlers to indicate his divine nature, something that wasn't apparent in the comics.
  • Holier Than Thou: Much like High King Irminsul, unfortunately. It's deconstructed in that during the Well-To-Do incident, his arrogance and disdain for ponies made him largely, unhelpful, belligerent, as he kept refusing the ponies' offers to help him stop Well-To-Do, and the ponies' efforts were largely unhindered by his self-righteous and eco-extremist attitudes. His radical supporters tried to tone this down in an attempt to make him look far better than his pony allies and the Equestrian Princesses, who weren't even there at the time.
  • Immortal Ruler: Implied; as an Ascendant Godling, he possesses the same immortality as other typical divines, allowing him to rule for so long.
  • Nature Lover: Like the Alvslog Deer, King Aspen is a devout follower and supporter of nature. However, he takes it to such extremes that Battryu, a Knight Templar who would willingly and uncaringly commit genocide if Equus's ecosystem is changed, is put off by the royal stag's eco-extremist attitude.
  • Papa Wolf: One of his few redeeming traits is his deep love for his son, Prince Bramble. When Well-To-Do kidnapped Bramble and threatened to have an "accident" befall the young fawn, Aspen willingly sold himself into slavery just to ensure Bramble's safety. And once Well-To-Do was thoroughly exposed and on his last legs, Aspen had a Hydra devour him whole, which was noted to be seen as overkill by the others but perfectly acceptable since Aspen was well in his rights to enact vengeance for what Well-To-Do had done to him and his son.


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