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The Grand Primevals

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  • Beware the Nice Ones: Do not presume to taunt, enrage or otherwise get on their bad sides. They are nice and well-meaning, but they will NOT tolerate those who abuse/exploit/pervert their concepts, threaten the world's existence/balance and cause unnecessary death/suffering to all its living things and other beings.
  • Big Good: While a few people like Princess Celestia and Luminiferous are famous examples, the Grand Primevals have been acting as benevolent divine influences for Equus and its divine/mortal inhabitants for longer than they have. Several key events have turned out the way they had, likely due to direct or indirect interference.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Because of their primordial age, power and experience, they can easily dish this out to anybody younger than they are and are only threatened by those who are older and greater, like the Void Sovereign, who nearly destroyed the world at the end of the Second Age and is on par with their grandmother the Genesis Sovereign.
    • Becomes a major plot point in story arcs featuring them: villains whose plans and actions would cross paths with them KNOWS they can't beat them, and would flee and hide the moment they show up. This makes ending particularly serious threats quickly complicated and necessitates having less powerful heroes to do it for them, with support from the Grand Primevals. This incidentally puts constrains on the villains' own actions that would help ensure their defeat, as they can't do anything too heavy or overt to win without drawing the Grand Primevals' ire, which would entail an instant game-over for them.
  • Divine Parentage: Only two of the Grand Primevals, Amareros and his older sister, Adversus, are confirmed to have biological divine and demi-divine children. Amareros is the father of the Amaredae, a group of Love deities and demi-deities, while Adversus is the mother of the Efévresi and the Adversai, with the latter being much closer to their parent in nature.
  • The Dreaded: All of them. The moment they show up, even Fallen Deities retreat in terror. This gets deconstructed in the "Final Ragnarok" arc - it's noted that the Grand Primevals have been trying to pursue the Shadowed Ones for their horrible actions in creating Vicious Cycles, but their power and reputation are so great that the Shadowed Ones will always flee their presence because they couldn't hope to fight them and win, thus evading a well-deserved and long overdue punishment. Because of this, the Grand Primevals have limited their presence on the battlefield and only intervened when necessary so they could ensure the Shadowed Ones would never escape justice this time... namely, justice at the hooves of those they doomed and killed over and over again for sustenance and sadism.
  • Eldritch Abomination: All of them, some less obvious than others, though some can also appear in comprehensible forms if they wish to. Amareros is a downplayed example as out of his siblings, he embodies a more tangible concept like Love, and thus he often takes the form of a Humanoid Abomination by appearing as a young and dainty-bodied pegasus stallion.
  • Good Is Not Soft: They are benevolent and genuinely care for the world and its inhabitants, as they had since time immemorial. They also won't hesitate to put their appendages down to end threats to it, or use underhoofed/Necessary Evil means to achieve a greater good.
  • Mysterious Past: No one knows exactly where or how they came from, and the answers given by divines typically aren't very helpful, but it's implied that they are all as old as the planet they watch over.
  • The Older Immortal: To most people's knowledge, the Grand Primevals are some of the oldest deities in existence, with the Shadowed Ones being roughly around the same age. However, a canonized Codexverse drabble that takes place in the end of the Second Age reveals that the Genesis Sovereign, who is even older and more powerful, is their grandmother, while her brother, the Void Sovereign, is their granduncle.
  • The Old Gods: Been around since the dawn of Equus and are the oldest around.
  • Time Abyss: They're some of the oldest deities on the planet, being possibly as old as the world itself.
  • Top God: Are the oldest and strongest deities on the planet, and while not formally the leaders of the gods, few of them don't respect and listen to them. It's later revealed, though, that they are the biological grandchildren of an even older deity, the Genesis Sovereign, an extremely ancient and powerful goddess who embodies life and creation on literally astronomical scales. Their parent deity is presumably this for Equus on a planetary scale.

    Amareros, the Love Primeval 

Divine Classification: Elemental/Ethereal

Portfolio: Love, Procreation, Fertility

Rank: Primeval (Grand Primeval)

"Love can overcome and change the world. I would know; I had seen it work its wonder since the world itself began."

Amareros (his entry here) is one of the Grand Primevals of Equus, and the ancient god of Love, Procreation, and Fertility.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Love, Procreation, and Fertility.
  • Beware of the Nice Ones: His personality is often described as whimsical, joyous, and carefree, even in his mortal Pegasus form. He's also one of the most loving and most benevolent of deities, as he is Equus's oldest Love god, and has gone out of his way to help the innocent or tip the scales in favor of the heroes. But as many had learned, provoking Amareros is a very bad idea - when truly enraged, Amareros can be cold and unforgiving on a truly terrifying level, and is capable of unleashing his wrath in horrible ways that would rightly make anyone fear him.
  • Berserk Button: Do not threaten the existence of Love or tarnish its name/concept in Amareros' presence. Expect a humiliating and humbling payback from him if you did.
  • Break the Haughty: As the Love Primeval, he does not tolerate anyone threatening or perverting his domain of Love,
    • According to legend, he once did this to Queen Tiamat - when Tiamat started giving in to Dragonkind's tendency for Greed by prizing her treasure hoard more than her own family, Amareros numbed her ability to bond with them, making interactions with her husband, Bahamut, and their divine/mortal children utterly meaningless. For Tiamat, it was agonizing, and she learned never to become attached to material goods again.
    • Amareros also did this to the Summer Court, after several Changeling Kings made an attempt to subdue him and also over their views on Love as little more than a resource and a means to an end. Whatever Amareros did, it made the Summer Court and their divine patriarch do everything possible to avoid provoking Amareros ever since. Amour-De-Soi's entry mentions that at Amareros' behest, she used her mirror-shield, True Image, to show the Changeling Kings their own reflections. According to her, they didn't like what they saw.
  • Divine Parentage: He sired the Amaredae, a legendary group of Love deities and demi-deities, through various yet loving flings with both female mortals and divines, making all of them paternal half-siblings. However, his noble raising of his kids led to them becoming just as benevolent as he is. Among the Amaredae are Canteros, his firstborn son and child, and Amour-De-Soi, one of his daughters.
  • The Dreaded: Being an absolutely ancient and powerful Grand Primeval, he's this to many. Even the likes of Emperor Blackthorn are wary of provoking Amareros.
  • Expy: Of Eros the Protogenoi. It's even mentioned in Amareros' entry that he may had played a part in 'wedding' the elements together like Eros did in Greek Mythology.
  • Good Parents: It's noted in his entry that he has raised many families with both mortals and divines over the years, and was loving to all of them even though he would end up outliving most of his partners and children. His benevolent influence contributed to the overall heroic and noble nature of the Amaredae, including Canteros and Amour-De-Soi.
  • God in Human Form: His true form is implied to be an Eldritch Abomination, much like his fellow Primevals, so he often appears in the form of a dainty-bodied Pegasus stallion.
  • Half-Human Hybrid:
    • His offspring are this, as while he generally looks like a pegasus, he's something completely alien and different from every other creature on the planet. Given what his grandmother is, he's most accurately a cosmic entity of some kind.
    • It's eventually revealed he and Symvíosi created the concept of this, having originally given mixed species couples the ability to hybridize, but then later teaching mortal species and divine pantheons the necessary means to do it.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Carries vibes of this. Amareros usually looks and acts dainty, taking the form and having the personality of a joyous, whimsical, carefree young adult Pegasus stallion... but his presence and demeanour is described as unnerving and eldritch.
  • Love Goddess: A gender-inverted example. He's based on the Love Protogenoi, Eros, which makes him the oldest Love god on Equus. His many children, the Amaredae, consist of gods and goddesses that embody some aspect of Love, with one of his daughters, Amour-De-Soi, being the Alicorn goddess of Self-Love. Meanwhile, his oldest son and child, Canteros, embodies Requited Love.
  • Older Than They Look: He often assumes the form of a young and dainty-bodied pegasus stallion because of how extremely ancient and alien his true form is, which might have unpredictable side-effects when around mortals and deities who are not Primeval-ranked.
  • Red Baron: The 'Love Primeval'.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: It's noted that he and his firstborn son, Canteros, look heavily similar in that they're both incredibly handsome and beautiful, even by divine standards. This echoes how in Greek mythology, Anteros was described as being similar to Eros in every way, save for their hair length and wings.
  • Strong and Skilled: Justified in that Amareros like the rest of the Grand Primevals are likely billions of years old, and since deities grow Stronger with Age the Love Primeval likely had accumulated enormous amounts of power on top of experience to use them effectively. To note, he could affect his domain on a CONTINENTAL scale, and is incredibly creative in how he uses it (e.g. selectively upping the reproductive rates of living creatures of an evil empire built on hate and malice, and subsequently drowning the vile regime in a tide of pestilence and disease).

    Symvíosi, the Co-Existence Primeval 

Divine Classification: Elemental/Ethereal

Portfolio: Co-Existence, Homeostasis, Biology

Rank: Primeval (Grand Primeval)

"Can’t we all just get along? Most life on this world wouldn’t even BE here if they couldn't."

  • All-Loving Hero: Views all entities on Equus as being equally as worthy of their kindness and friendship. Just don't tick them off.
  • And I Must Scream: One of their most terrifying powers: they can send someone to a place called 'Isolation', which involves being able to see the world but not interact with it. At all. Ever. Until they decide to bring them back. Amareros can also counter this.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not bring discord or conflict into their domain. Even dragons and changelings leave their aeons-long grudge at the door.
    • Racism. They despise it, and racial slurs are forbidden in their domain.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Like their brother. They're a nice, friendly, mellow divine...but tick them off and you will regret crossing them.
  • Body Horror: They are very capable of inflicting this if enraged. For example, they can make the individual cells of your body stop co-existing.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Unlike their brother, Amareros, they don't even pretend to be anything resembling a mortal, being an ever shifting mirrored surface that changes shape and stance on a whim. Their 'face' is always a reflection of whoever is looking at it, no matter the angle. The same traits that apply to Amareros also apply to them.
  • Fusion Dance: Can merge with any being they choose to vastly increase their power. As a result, if one is dumb enough to tick off two Grand Primevals at once, they should make sure one isn't Symvíosi given how powerful they and their siblings are individually. They can also merge any beings they choose into one and back again.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: It's eventually revealed they and Amareros created the concept of this, having originally given mixed species couples the ability to hybridize, but then later teaching mortal species and divine pantheons the necessary means to do it.
  • Hermaphrodite: Is both male and female at the same time, as opposed to Choice which has No Biological Sex (and can choose what gender it wants to be).
  • Red Baron: The Co-Existence Primeval.
  • Sacred Hospitality: All are welcome to their domain and they are a very good host, but not abiding by that hospitality and breaking the rules will have serious consequences.
  • Truce Zone: Their domain, currently called Club Homeostasis, is this. All are welcome, but any conflict or discord is left at the door. To not abide by this is invite their wrath, which is as great and terrible as their brother's.

    Ourophion, the Time Primeval 

Portfolio: Time

Rank: Primeval (Grand Primeval)

  • Eldritch Abomination: To the point that even gods like High King Kaldr of the Hoyklan Deer Pantheon can't comprehend what he looks like. Makes sense considering Ourophion is described as being a serpent 'made of time', which is not exactly comprehensible in a physical manner.
  • Time Master: He's the Primeval of Time, and his main duty is to watch over time itself, protecting it from those who would misuse it and repairing any major damages caused by ambitious time gambits. such as the crises caused by Princess Stiching Time/Final Epoch, and Starlight Glimmer.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Subverted. He looks like a serpent, but he's clearly not reptile given he's 'made of time'. And he's certainly benevolent, if prone to irritation/belligerence to anything threatening Time/Causality of Equus like Final Epoch's Hooves of Oblivion plan, and the Shadowed Ones' exploitation of Vicious Cycles all over Equus like the rest of his siblings.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: As noted, Kaldr, in the scene that depicts Ourophion directly for the first time, found that he cannot describe him at all, demonstrating Ourophion's Eldritch Abomination nature as the Grand Primeval of Time.
    Narration: How does one describe a serpent made of 'Time' itself?

    Adversus, the Adversity Primeval 

Divine Classification: Elemental/Ethereal

Portfolio: Adversity, Misfortune, and Evolution

Rank: Primeval (Grand Primeval)

"I do not destroy, I challenge. Life must not remain static, and it is my duty to ensure it doesn't. While I seem cruel, I only do so to be kind. I do not desire the end of life anymore than any other deity. Hate me if you want to, I exist to be an adversary."

Adversus (her entry here) is the only sister of the Grand Primevals (known so far), and is the Grand Primeval goddess of Adversity, Misfortune, and Evolution. Unlike her siblings, who embody positive abstract concepts such as love, time, and co-existence, Adversus embodies growth through trial and adversary. While this may look like a bad thing on paper, the results are and is intended to be positive, as people generally come out of her disasters and calamities stronger, wiser, and better-prepared for future disasters. Her role is similar to "constructive" Evil deities such as Temnobog, who developed a mutual respect of Adversus due to both of them being rightly feared deities who use their portfolios to test mortals and help them improve themselves.
  • Antagonistic Offspring:
    • She's Surtr's mother, but views his destructive, sadistic form of evil as meaningless and refused to take him in when his father exiled him. She's also entirely willing and encouraging of seeing him meet his end alongside the Shadowed Ones for his crimes.
    • It's noted she and her offspring, the Efévresi, often oppose one another, as they're deities of invention and innovation, but hold no ill will towards one another and do so as a result of their duties.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Adversity, Misfortune, and Evolution.
  • Birds of a Feather: She sees Temnobog, the Bogolenya Deer god of Evil, as kindred spirits because they embody things that people rightly fear and use them to test mortals' ability to grow and prepare.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite her portfolio, she's not evil, merely tasked with challenging life, as well as her siblings, to grow and evolve.
  • Eldritch Abomination: While all her siblings have eldritch traits, Adversus is the one who doesn't take any pains to hide hers. She manifests as a sentient natural disaster in equine shape.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Kaldr notes the Shadowed Ones are serious business because Adversus actively wants them dead as opposed to most villains she sees as challenges for sapientkind to destroy.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: All the Grand Primevals are this, but she shows it off the most due to her role. Her default appearance makes her cause destruction just by existing.
  • Smurfette Principle: She's the only female Grand Primeval so far, unless one counts Symvíosi's being both.

    [Unnamed], the Death Primeval 

Portfolio: Death

Rank: Primeval (Grand Primeval)

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Presumably of death and endings. Of course, it's a stretch considering he doesn't even have a tangible body.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As noted in Captain Ersatz, he/she/it/they are much more benevolent than their inspiration, but they can still be incredibly cold and furious with those which causes unnecessary death and dooms for their own gain. Just ask what they think about killing the true architects of the 'Ragnarok Cycle' and stopping their atrocities once and for all.
    "Oh no..." said the formless Grand Primeval governing Death, an ominous voice resounding all around Kaldr, cold and final as only death can be. "Death would be too kind for the likes of them. There are fates far, far worse."
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Death from the Final Destination series, being a formless, invisible and nigh-omnipresent force of nature with will and character, albeit benevolent in personality and actually can interact verbally.
  • The Dreaded: Presumed, like the rest of their siblings. This IS the Death Primeval we're talking about.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Believes that death is too good for the Shadowed Ones after all the death and suffering they had caused with the Ragnarok Cycle and other previous Vicious Cycles they had fed off from.
  • The Ghost: The Death Primeval is formless like their inspiration, the more malevolent/capricious Death from the 'Final Destination' franchise.
  • No Gender: Their gender is unknown. It can be presumed they don't even have one, considering living things and death predates genders and sexual reproduction. And not to mention, he's apparently formless.
  • Tranquil Fury: You can tell the Death Primeval is supremely pissed off like the rest of their siblings over what the Shadowed Ones are up to. His anger is described as ominous, cold and final as only death can be.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Described as formless, invisible and nigh-omnipresent around Equus, their voice and words resounding all around their listeners, seemingly without any identifiable tone.

    Kaos, the Chaos Primeval 

Portfolio: Chaos

Rank: Primeval (Grand Primeval)

  • Chaos Is Evil: Subverted: like the other Grand Primevals he/she/e's benevolent, if alien in many ways. He/she/e is notably opposes his son Discord's evil ways and supported attempts to redeem him.
  • Monster Progenitor: This fellow is Discord's and Pakak's parent.
  • So Proud of You: Notably had faith in Fluttershy to redeem Discord, his/her son. It was rewarded. This is notable as apparently Kaos normally never bets on any outcome.

    Skotádi, the Darkness Primeval 

Divine Classification: Ethereal

Portfolio: Promordial Darkness, Protection, Peace

Rank: Primeval

"Fear not all darkness."

Skotádi (her entry here) is the Primeval goddess of Primordial Darkness, Protection, and Peace, and the younger adoptive sister of the Grand Primevals.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Primordial Darkness, Protection, and Peace.
  • Berserk Button: Do not use violence to harm innocents in her presence, threaten those seeking or under her protection, insult or use her domain for diabolical purposes.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While possessing a caring and compassionate temperament, like her adoptive family she also capable of a terrifying wrath which she reserves for those who would harm the innocent in her presence.
  • Humanoid Abomination: An Equine variant. She always appears in the form of a large yet calm, quiet and motherly Pegasi mare with wings, mane and tail trailing off into darkness, but her presence can come off as alien and unsettling as the rest of her adoptive family.
  • Fate Worse than Death: When supremely pissed off, she could drag those who provoked her into a realm of utter darkness. Whatever they experience in there is unknown, only that it would make them wish they could scream if the darkness weren't preventing them from doing so.
  • The Magnificent: Known as "the Darkness Primeval" for embodying the peaceful, protective aspects of Darkness. While she isn't as old or powerful as the Grand Primevals, she is nonetheless regarded as one of them due to sharing their benevolence, and was even adopted by them as their little "sister".
  • The Sacred Darkness: Her fundamental nature and domain - a benevolent embodiment of darkness as a peaceful and protective force.
  • Tranquil Fury: Her wrath is notable in that she never raises her voice nor lose her gentle and soft-spoken demeanour, even as she inflicts horrific punishments to those evil and corrupt who enraged her in her presence. This only serve to make it even more terrifying and unnerving.


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