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The lands of Earth and Rock are composed of an arid desert, rocky mountains and a small town made entirely out of jewelry. Those who wish to enter this place are advised to bring water supplies with them, as sources of water are non-existent here. Sandworms are a common sight, so visitors are warned to make sure that they can outrun them in the case they would attempt to devour them. Thankfully, there's several paths of rock that can ensure survival from the worms, and said rock paths can bring gods and mortals to the temples of the deities who make their home here.

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A volcano lies dormant closely nearby, connecting the lands of Earth and Rock with the lands of Fire and Heat.

Hidden within the House is Deephall, an extravagant underground city said to be the size of a continent. No one quite knows where its doors lie, though its said a select few will come to them by instinct should a great disaster near the Pantheon.

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Greater Gods

    Geb 
Geb, Divine Rock Monster (Seb, Keb, God of Earth)
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  • Greater God
  • Symbol: Snake, Geese, Bull and Barley
  • Alignment: Neutral Good
  • Portfolio: Gentle Giant, Dishing Out Dirt, Action Dad, Longing to be Reunited With His Lover, Nut Who is His Sister, Literal Stone Wall
  • Domains: Earth, Harvest
  • Allies: Osiris (his son), Optimus Prime, Groot, Iron Giant, Usagi Tsukino, Jeanne de'Arc, Ghost Rider, Captain Planet, Graboids
  • Enemies: Hexxus, Hedorah
  • Rivals: Ascended SMITE deities
  • Oppose: Most of the Wind deities
  • High Priest: Tiny
  • Followers: Pebbles, Malphite
  • The Egyptian God of Earth, Geb has taken the form of the Earth itself to do battle in a war against the Gods.
  • Despite Geb's fearsome appearance, he is a gentle God. In fact, not only does he commands the earth, he also blesses the land with a plentiful harvest for men. This makes him pretty good friends with both Groot and Iron Giant.
  • Has been known to create earthquakes every time he laughs. Once saw a comedy special at the House of Theater and nearly destroyed the entire house.
  • Is very untrusting to most Wind deities. This is because Shu, his own son and a wind deity, was commanded by Ra to separate him and his wife Nut as their relationship was inappropriate. So he is very wary of these deities as well.
    • However, he mainly hates Ra for commanding the separation in the first place. He thought he saw Ra and nearly tore the Pantheon apart battling him. Turns out he mistook Azir as the Egyptian Sun God. After being informed of his mistake, Geb apologized for his action.
  • Some of the more sinful members of the pantheon try and avoid Geb. This is because Geb is known to swallow sinner beneath the earth and drag them into the underworld.
  • Geb doesn't like when others try and bathe in his pond. More often then not, he might just grab you and throw you out of there.
  • While it's not surprising he can form from other parts of the earth like volcanic or sand, it was surprising that he had a mech form. It was in his mecha form that he did battle with Hedorah.
  • When in combat, Geb always tries to end it as peacefully as possible. This mentality has made him good friends with the likes of Optimus Prime and Usagi Tsukino.
    • Usagi has also sympathized with Geb's plight of being seperated by his wife and she hopes to help on anyway she can to reunite the two.
  • "With shields and rocks, and stones, we shall force our enemies to yield peacefully."

Intermediate Gods

    Medusa 
Medusa, Goddess of Petrification (The Gorgon)
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  • Intermediate Goddess
  • Symbol: Her hair of snakes
  • Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
  • Portfolio: Unjust Punishments Bringing About Abominations (or maybe not), Snake People, Eye Contact Powers, Fitting Deaths, Turning Flesh to Stone, Demises Brought About by One's Own Powers
  • Domains: Petrification, Hideousness, Snakes
  • Followers: The Basilisk, The Cockatrice, Cassiopeia
  • High Priest: Mukai
  • Allies: Arachne, Lesale, Crixalis
  • Enemies: ATHENA, Simon Belmont, Pit, Flynn, Sven, Zeus, Both Hades, Aphrodite, Ares, Palutena, Kratos, Poseidon, Ghatanothoa
  • Opposes: Every true God in the pantheon.
  • Rocky Relationship: the other Medusa
  • Applied for this position in the hopes that as a goddess, she'd be able to fight against the gods, particularily the Olympians.
    • Being picked amongst "The Dire" put her at odds with Sven, and even occasionally Zeus. At the very least, she finds a bit of comfort that fellow Dire deity (and fellow snake-like at that), Lesale, has ascended.
  • There is one alternate myth of Medusa who willfully gave up her beauty to be transformed into a monster so that she could save her sisters. Also, that version actually prefers her stronger, monstrous form.
  • Fluttershy is one of the few deities presumably immune to her gaze, thanks to The Stare. Though, it has been demonstrated that The Stare may fizzle when used against very powerful beings, so Medusa just might have a chance.
    • The other one that Medusa would absolutely refuse to stare is Ghost Rider. He'd usually win in a staring contest leaving Medusa with heavy burns, the only reason she's not a vegetable yet was that she wasn't in complete control of her atrocities.
  • Extremely relieved with the ascension of Arachne, seeing that it's another being that hates the gods. They were plotting to actually ascend Athena but in a depowered state so they can exact vengeance.
    • They finally executed the plan, but... the "vengeance" part failed. However, there were rumors that Medusa is planning to slither her way to the Battleground of the Gods in the future. Eventually, armed with a bow and a white mask to stop her from petrifying her allies, she managed to slither in, also donning her serpentine lower body to further differentiate her with a certain other 'Medusa' that doesn't.
  • Medusa’s hatred isn't limited to just the Greek Gods, she hates every God that's in the Pantheon. Well, to be more precise, she hates the Gods who are considering Gods in their own world. She sees them as nothing but selfish and cruel beings.
  • Despite Medusa's antagonistic nature, there are some who do feel sorry for her predicament and think her punishment was unjust. Especially since she wasn't courted by Poseidon but was instead raped by him. And since Athena couldn't punish Poseidon, she instead directed her wrath towards Medusa...of course, this is assuming that this version of the legend is true, since there are several myths depicting different origins for Medusa. In some of those myths, she has nothing to do with either Poseidon or Athena. It’s not clear which version is the true one, but Medusa doesn’t care, because she hates the gods all the same.
  • Stays as far away from mirrors or shining shields since they are able to reflect Medusa's gaze right back at her.
  • Rumored to have dated Hercules once. Though, both deny it. Still, the Pantheon is attempting to recreate the sunglasses that if worn by Medusa, block her petrifying powers.
  • Once had a death match against Steven Irwin. Irwin won that match by accidentally decapitating her. Yes, accidentally as Irwin didn't want to kill her. He was actually happy that she ascended to the pantheon.
  • Her and Rider Medusa's relationship is a bit rocky. While Rider Medusa dislikes her for her action painting a bad picture to the Medusa name. Snake hair Medusa, on the other hand, dislikes her for still retaining her beauty. However, they both sympathize for one another over the fact they were both screws over by the gods.
  • Some deities are trying to give Medusa a beautiful appearance. She has declined the requests so far, especially if the petrification still remains.
  • Would on occasion petrify a Mook or Red Shirt and take them to her temple. She would then pretend to have a lively conversation with them. It's quite the depressing sight.

    Sakazuki 
Sakazuki, God of Magma (Fleet Admiral, Akainu, the Red Dog)
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  • Intermediate God (possibly Greater God as a Fleet Admiral)
  • Symbol: The emblem of the Marines
  • Theme: Red Dog Red
  • Alignment: Lawful Evil, though will insist he is Lawful Good
  • Portfolio: Magma, Overkill, Insane Admiral, General Ripper, Undying Loyalty, Person of Mass Destruction
  • Domains: Magma, Lava, Law and Order, Justice
  • Allies: Nikolai, Inspector Jarvet
  • Enemies: Over half of the House of Crime, the House of Villains, Monkey D. Luffy, Whitebeard, the Gokaigers, Portgas D. Ace, Popeye, Risky Boots.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Boa Hancock
  • A follower of the idea of "Absolute Justice", which says that anyone who's convicted of a crime should be wiped out of existence, down to blood relatives and children who may not even be aware of what their family member did wrong or that said family member was even related to them in the first place.
    • Sakazuki's first appearance took this to an extreme that earned him the ire of most of the good gods, when he annihilated a civilian ship that might have had a "dangerous criminal" (read: An eight years old Nico Robin) onboard who was guilty of the "crime" of investigating his world's unwritten "lost age". He adamantly refuses to admit that the last time he tried something similar to this, it started a second Golden Age of Piracy.
  • Is despised by nearly every pirate in the Pantheon, even the normally indifferent Crocodile. Both Luffy and Whitebeard hate him especially due to killing Portgas D. Ace, their adoptive brother and son respectively.
    • Despises all pirates in return, and goes to great lengths just to kill one.
  • Because of his mentality, he has continuously attacked the House of Crime, seeking to wipe all but a few choice gods out of existence. The House of Villains he intends to leave nothing alive. Naturally as one god he has made no significant progress, but is relentless all the same.
  • Due to the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown Whitebeard gave him in the mortal realm after the death of Portgas D. Ace, Sakazuki tends to avoid him.
  • Unlike his situation with Whitebeard, he intentionally seeks out Monkey D. Luffy. However, great efforts from other parties (including Luffy's own crew) have been made to ensure that the two aren't even in the same house together, much less the same room.
    • It eventually reached a breaking point when he decided to bring up the un-ascended Aokiji and Kizuru with the latter distracting the Straw Hat him while the former froze Luffy. His plan almost worked, but a Spanner in the Works appeared in possibly the worst way possible; Ace himself ascended to help defend Luffy, taking out Aokiji by himself and than, with Luffy, killing him. Once he woke up with the other 2 generals in the house of life and death, Ace has reunited with Whitebeard as well with Luffy bringing him there, more or less forcing Akainu to stop his assault on Luffy. He sent back the other 2 admirals in anger, and has been looking for allies for his next plan since, with little results, as the few offers he DOES get are often from those he is also looking out to kill, like Monokuma and his Mastermind.
  • Has found and recruited a few like minded gods in his campaign against "evil". Though it's believed that should he discover Nikolai's concept of justice is not truly as absolute as his own, he would not hesitate to eliminate him as well.
  • When Luffy heard about his ascension, he went on a rampage that wrecked much of the Pantheon, and had to be restrained by many members of the Main House in order to prevent him from encountering Sakazuki and quite possibly destroying the rest of the Pantheon. Whitebeard was similarly enraged and also had to be calmed down. Since then, the two have made attempts to avoid him lest they risk a similar incident.
  • Despite wearing red, having red-based power and having the same voice as Char Aznable, Sakazuki is still in training about how he can move three times faster than normal admirals.
  • One day, he decided to try and get Popeye to engage Luffy and used a bounty poster of the pirate to lure the sailor into fighting with him. To his horror, Popeye and Luffy actually respected each other, and are even flat out friendly towards each other. There WAS a fight, but it was much more cheerful than Akainu hoped for. He was trying to set up another plan to destroy the pirate, only for Popeye to burst open his temple door and scolded him for being such a terrible name to the marines themselves, even flat out calling him a dirty pirate in the process. In return for such an act, Akainu sees Popeye as a traitor to all sailors, and plans on getting rid of him as well. None of his attempts have provided a satisfying ending for the fleet admiral.

    Toph Beifong 
Toph Beifong, Goddess of Earth (Toph Bei Fong, The Blind Bandit, The Runaway)
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As an adult and as a elder 
  • Intermediate Goddess
  • Symbol: A Winged Boar or Badgermole
  • Alignment: Chaotic Good
  • Portfolios: Earth, Cute Bruisers, Disability Superpowers, Snarky Comments, Living Lie Detectors, Stone-Facaded People Whose Hearts Soften Slightly, Bare Feet
  • Domains: Earth, Strength, Wealth, Truth
  • Followers: Kwame, Sherri Phoraena, Lexaeus, Cornelia Hale
  • Allies: Sokka, Avatar Aang, Katara, Iroh, Zuko, Lin Beifong (her daughter, formerly Teeth-Clenched Teamwork), Appa, Momo, Naga, Pabu, Avatar Korra, Asami Sato, Molly Hayes, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Snake, Mio Sasuga {of the Masou Kishin Heralds}, Captain Planet, Bloody Marie, Crixalis, Kenshi Takahashi, Domino
  • Friendly Rivalry: Gaara
  • Enemies: Ozai, Azula
  • Approves of: Greed the Avaricious
  • Toph is not blind. She is merely physically incapable of seeing anything less awesome than she is. Don't believe us? She's the greatest earthbender in the world. She taught Avatar Aang how to earthbend when he needed to master the elements in a year to save the world. And she pioneered the art of metalbending. All at the mere age of twelve.
    • Okay, on a serious note, she actually was born blind, and she makes clever jokes about it all the time. It's why she goes shoeless; she's fine-tuned her earthbending to be able to use her feet on the ground to "see" things. She was even part of a group called the Blind Trinity at one point.
  • Is on very good terms with Iroh, but the rest of the Gods have forbidden her to get too close to him, for they fear that so much concentrated awesome could put in danger the foundations of the Pantheon.
  • Loves wrestling, and actually has participated in a few tournaments in the House of Combat. Many of them were unsure whether or not to fight a little blind girl…until she kicked their asses without any trouble.
  • Did we mention how she loves to proclaim that she's "THE GREATEST EARTHBENDER IN THE WORLD!" yet? She's not lying.
  • She's also recently opened a metalbending school for those who'd like to learn how to do it. It ends up being passed on to the point that metalbending becomes the primary skill of the Republic City Police. Ask Lin.
  • She's been scheduled for a Death Battle against Gaara.
    • She actually won. Gaara himself actually congratulated her, and said he would learn from the experience. Though Gaara did end up scolding her about intruding on sacred grounds, Toph was impressed he still stood up to her and so she bumped fists with him, later saying she "wouldn't mind hanging out with the sandbag again."
    • Unfortunately, some of Gaara's supporters are incensed at the result of the fight, saying that Gaara wasn't at his best in the confrontation. Gaara doesn't really care, and neither does Toph. However, she was feeling trollish enough to say this:
      Toph: All these minerals in the ground, and you chumps want to be salty!
    • She caught the eye of Bloody Marie during this time, due to her voice sounding just like hers. Surprisingly enough, Toph actually doesn't mind hanging around the Skullgirl, claiming the Skull Heart's got nothing she wants. Apparently, she reminds Marie quite a lot of Peacock back when she was still Patricia…
  • In her later years, Toph becomes Republic City's Chief of Police, has two daughters, each with a different man, and raises them the exact opposite of how her parents raised her: too loosely instead of too strict. So one becomes too loose with the rules and gets wrapped up with criminal friends while the other becomes too rigid and follows her in enforcing the law. They come to blows, she tries to wash it away, and suddenly no one's talking for 20 years. Eventually they get around to starting working things out…during the advent of the legend of Korra as the new Avatar, and all play a part in Korra's adventures. The point to this? The rigid daughter, Lin, is now in the Pantheon's House of Leadership.
    • And there's already a man that's interested in Lin, of whom Lin herself is suspicious but Toph approves. His name is Greed, and he is a homunculus in the House of Power who owns a bar, can turn his own body into steel, rebelled against his evil family like her good friend Zuko did, and most importantly, Toph can know this, tells no lies. Except when he needs to sacrifice himself to protect those he cares for, but that hasn't come up yet.
  • There's been talks on getting her to learn how to read. Besides Braille, which doesn't exist in her world, given that her seismic sense is sensitive enough to sense the tiniest contours on things, including ants in the dirt, why not physical marks in paper? And the paper wouldn’t even need to be in view. Wouldn’t need to be facing her. Wouldn’t need to be OPEN. Just would have to be near enough with enough vibrations running through it for Toph to feel it out. Sokka can see the advantages, since who would expect a blind person to be able to read written messages?
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Lesser Gods

    Baragon 
Baragon, the Tunnel King (Subterranean Monster, God of Earth, Varagon, Sea Baragon)
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  • Lesser God
  • Symbol: A sihoulette of himself
  • Theme Music: His theme from Godzilla: Unleashed or GMK
  • Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
  • Portfolio: Tunnel King, Acrofatic, Determinator, Spring Jump, Big Eater, Dishing Out Dirt, Everything's Better with Dinosaurs, has a glowing horn
  • Domains: Monsters, Tunnels, Girth
  • Followers: Taizo Hori, Muddy, Molier, Najarala, Magular, Gabora, Mogrudon
  • Allies: Godzilla (except in one instance), Anguirus, Rodan, Mothra Leo, Tyranitar, Simon the Digger, Korra, Raleigh Becket & Mako Mori
  • Rival: Anub'arak
  • Enemies: Frankenstein's Monster, King Ghidorah (except in one instance), Gigan, The Lich, Mesogog, Indominus Rex, SpaceGodzilla
  • A number of tunnel passageways was found throughout the Pantheon, all of them leading to the House of Nature. When the witnesses found out who created these tunnels, they decided to give the creature a fitting title.
  • Much of Baragon's strengths lie within his ability to dig. This is also helped with a glowing horn and the ability to breathe fire. On a bad day, he can get pretty hungry, so you should probably not meet up with him during these instances.
  • Not particularly happy to see Frankenstein's Monster again. The fact that The Creature may have another form in addition to the one Baragon fought against back then only made the Subterranean Monster very upset. No one can say for certain how a battle between Baragon and Berserker of Black will play out.
  • Apparently, he was able to use his tunneling skills to survive the extinction of dinosaurs. Baragon was practically livid upon hearing that The Lich was responsible for killing dinosaurs (at least in his respective universe). Whether or not Baragon can survive The Lich's dinosaur-killing comet by digging underground is hard to say in the least.
  • Baragon is in a bit of a rivalry with Anub'arak, largely because they are skilled at digging underground passageways. A number of deities are looking forward to a serious battle between the two.
  • Some scientists discovered that there was another form of Baragon with the DNA of walruses and narwhals known as Sea Baragon. Compared to regular Baragon, the sea variant relies exclusively on close-quarters combat.
  • For all of Baragon's tendencies to eat quite a bit (mainly cattle and humans) whenever in a foul mood, he finds the destruction caused by Indominus Rex to be too much.
  • Mesogog reportedly took an interest in Baragon's abilities and is seeing if he can recreate them through his creations. Naturally, Baragon has taken offense in the dinosaur scientist and is making sure it won't happen.
  • Whenever he is in a particularly good mood, Baragon will occassionally help others navigate the underground world with his glowing horn.
  • Has been seen side-by-side with Simon the Digger, likely given their digging abilities. While both are on good terms for the time being, Simon won't hesitate to fight against Baragon should the latter be in a bad mood and take the anger out on innocents. Given both of their determination, a battle between the two of them will take a while.
  • Some are considering Baragon to be a possible means of a counter against Godzilla should the latter ever get out of control. The idea came from Baragon fighting against him once and while he wasn't successful in defeating him that time, at least he tried.

    Barroth 
Barroth, God of Mud-Covering (Landslide Wyvern)
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  • Lesser God
  • Symbol: Its Hunter's Guild icon
  • Theme Song: Earth Sand and Fiery Winds
  • Alignment: True Neutral
  • Portfolio: Covering Itself (And Others) in Mud, Head Hard As Solid Rock, Charging At Potential Foes, Almost literal Stone Wall, Tyrannosaurus rex What Is Actually a Wyvern, Barrier Change Boss
  • Domains: Mud, Wyverns, Charging, Deserts, Bogs
  • Size: 1237.9cm - 1744.3cm
  • Enemies: House of Insects, All Bug-Type Pokemon, Seltas and Seltas Queen, Ahtal-Ka, those wanting to weaponize it
  • Opposed by: the Monster Hunters, Agitha, Sig
  • Opposes: The House of Ice & Cold, ice-related deities, wielders of fire (to a lesser extent)
  • Herald: Jyuratodus
  • A creature native to hot deserts, Barroth is known to roll in mud to most likely cool itself off. Because it's nostrils are located at the top of its head, it can spend extensive periods of time submerged in mud. Though mostly docile, should someone intrude on its territory or if it feels threatened the Barroth can shake it off to cover its predators in mud to make it harder to move, before charging right at them with its stone hard head. It first made its appearance near a mud pool where it headbutted nearby denizens (who wished to remain anonymous) for arguing nearby and thus disturbing it.
  • It makes its home in this very House and rarely leaves, being very accustomed to the hot and sandy lands. Besides living in deserts, Barroth also can live in bogs. Barroth actually provides good security due to its territorial nature, deterring those who wish harm on either of them.
    • Due to its weaknesses it always avoids the Ice & Cold as its really out of its element there. To a lesser extent, it avoids the Fire & Heat as its weak to fire without its mud armor. With it, its somewhat okay but the place is far from a suitable environment.
  • While Barroth itself might be in much lower league than other Monster Hunter deities residing in the Pantheon (its hard compete against a Brute Wyvern that causes explosions or a Super Saiy- er, a really aggressive Fanged Beast), it still provides enough of a challenge to shock unsuspecting deities.
  • Its Herald is the Piscine Wyvern Jyuratodus, who can be pretty much found somewhat near Barroth's mud territories. We say somewhat as, because they are natural rivals with each other in the New World, frequently beat the shit out of each other if either intrude on each other's territory. If anything, the Mud Fish Wyvern is sometimes seen trying to usurp the Barroth's position but such attempts haven't really gone anywhere besides trying to take on the thing. One wonders why the Jyuratodus was made Herald in the first place since there's barely any loyalty from it.
  • Despite its intimidating appearance reminiscent of a Tyrannosaurus Rex merged with rocks, Barroth is actually an insectivore. As such, it is known to attack House of Insects if it gets too hungry. It always eventually gets driven off by the higher level deities within there, but it always manage to chow down on someone, even a little bite. The House is currently trying to appeal to more defenses in the near future. Outside of that, it also frequently fights against the Seltas duo not only for food but also out of territory as well. It tried the same with Ahtal-Ka, but it didn't go so well.
    • Its choice of meals raised issues with the likes of Agitha and Sig, who are well-known fanatics for bugs and don't appreciate it ruining their activities. There are times where the Barroth can be seen tailing them to find its next source of food. Sig actually has fought the Landslide Wyvern before, although the only benefits both sides gained from an encounter was some scratches for the Barroth and a blanket of mud for Sig.
  • It has a cousin of sort called Jade Barroth. It is hardly seen in the Pantheon as instead of mud, it covers itself in snow, hence why its not officially ascended alongside its regular counterpart. More or less, its a side effect of its ascension. That doesn't subtract from the danger it brings, since it always for a U-turn after its charges meaning you have to employ the teachings of the Prometheus School of Running Away From Things. This catches a lot of people off guard, sometimes more than once.
  • One of many potential monsters that can be raised and bonded with in another adventure. It got a few deities thinking considering the power it can bring with a Kinship Stone, leading to some finding similar substitutes while others went to work to control it in other ways. The Monster Hunters are greatly opposed to the later since someone tried it before, and it's seen as pretty horrible. Others agree after the incident with the Zamtrios and the Frickin' Laser Beams mounted on its head. The Barroth seems to understand this, acknowledging its defenders and does try to aid them.

Demigods

    7th Armored Division 
"1941. The Desert Fox, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, arrives in Libya to assume command of the Afrika Korps. Within a few months, Rommel, the rising star of the German Army, recaptures the territory taken by the British and Commonwealth Forces prior to his arrival. Despite being heavily outnumbered by the British Forces, the superior range and armor of the German tanks allows the Afrika Korps to take the fight to the Allies. By July of 1942, the Desert Fox and his unstoppable Afrika Korps, in a series of classic Blitzkrieg attacks, pushes the British Forces eastward, across the deserts of Libya, and into Egypt. Now in late 1942, holding their ground a mere 60 miles from the Egyptian capital of Cairo, British Field Marshal Montgomery's forces, including the Desert Rats of the 7th Armored Division, prepare to blunt the German offensive, and regain the initiative." -Intro to "The Battle of El-Alamein"

"Libya, 1943. The British Crusader tank enters its second year of service in the North African desert campaign. Desert tank warfare proves difficult and challenging for both sides. Dust clouds kicked up by the movement of their tracks and the firing of their cannons create poor visibility conditions during combat. Navigation is also a problem. The vast Libyan desert offers little in the way of recognizable landmarks. The British Crusaders, whose guns lack the range of their German counterparts, are forced to use massed high-speed charges to close within firing range. A dangerous strategy, that leaves much to be desired." -Intro to "The Tank Squadrons"

Sgt. John Davis and Tank Commander David Welsh, Patron Saints of Desert Warfare (Davis, Welsh: Fox Three)

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Davis (above) and Welsh (below) in 1943, during the Tunisia and Libya campaigns, respectively
Davis during the Normandy Campaign in June 1944 
Mk. VI Crusader Mk. III Cruiser tank 
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  • Demigods
  • Symbol: The insignia of the British 7th Armored Division
  • Alignments: Lawful Good
  • Portfolio:
  • Allies:
  • Enemies:
  • Oppose:
  • Conflicted Opinion: Maho Nizhizumi, The Anglerfish Team
  • Herald: Sgt. Edward Carlyle
  • Members of the famous 7th Armored Division, better known as the "Desert Rats", Sgt. John Davis and Tank Commander David Welsh are both long-time veterans of the grueling North African campaign. Davis fought as an infantryman, while Welsh commanded a Crusader Mk. III cruiser tank.
  • Davis' baptism of fire was at the Second Battle of El Alamein, where, under the command of one Captain Price, took part in several defensive, diversionary, and later offensive battles against elements of the Afrika Korps. He would then see action again during the Tunisia campaign, where he took part in vicious fighting to secure the route to Tunis.
  • Welsh, on the other hand, was known to have fought during the British advance into Libya in January 1943, where he engaged Panzers of the Afrika Korps in a massive Epic Tank-on-Tank Action. In addition, he's also destroyed several 88mm Anti-Armor guns during one of these battles.
  • In addition to fighting in North Africa, Davis is also a veteran of the Normandy campaign, specifically in the Battles for Caen. During these numerous engagements, he's known to have destroyed 3 Tiger I heavy tanks while helping to secure the 7th Armored Division's advance and securing of the areas near Caen.
  • Of special note is that Davis is The Protagonist of his story's respective British campaign, with 11 out of 13 missions being from his perspective. Welsh, by contrast, is more of a case of being A Day in the Limelight, with him and his crew only playable in 2 missions.
  • Both men also notably kept a Diary, each containing important information regarding their upcoming battles. Davis kept diaries detailing important parts of the El Alamein, Tunisia, and Normandy campaigns, while Welsh's diaries described the deserts of Libya as well as the German tanks and anti-tank guns they repeatedly faced.
  • While it is unknown what happened to both men following their last known battles, it is heavily implied that they both survived the war. However, thanks to their impressive actions and feats in the deserts of North Africa, it has been decided to ascend them as the Patron Saints of Desert Warfare.
  • Because of this, both of them ascended as how they had looked during the latter parts of the North Africa campaign, with Davis wearing a short sleeved tunic and short pants, while Welsh ascends alongside the Crusader tank he had last commanded (albeit without the rest of his crew).
  • Immediately, both Welsh and Davis link up with any Allied forces they can find. Eventually, both men are found by Rangers Lt. Randall and Sgt. Bill Taylor, who immediately take them to the other Allied deities present in the Pantheon. Despite taking orders from Americans due to a lack of WWII-era British officers in the Pantheon, they nonetheless decide to do what they can to aid their allies in the fight against the Nazis lurking in the Pantheon.
  • Upon finally meeting the aforementioned Lt. Randall and Sgt. Bill Taylor in person for the first time in the Pantheon, Davis sincerely apologizes to the two men about his failure to save two of their fellow Rangers in time. The aforementioned men were badly wounded POWs Davis and the rest of his unit had found being held at a German aid station. It was heavily implied that these Rangers were captured by the Germans during the failed German counterattack at Point du Hoc.
  • When Davis hears about a Captain Price being in the Pantheon, he immediately decides to report to who he thinks is his former superior officer from the North African and Normandy campaigns. When he finally meets him, however, he soon realizes that the Captain Price in question is not the man he had served under During the War. However, when Price notices the logo of the British 7th Armored Division on the Sergeant's uniform, he immediately tells Davis that the man he's looking for is very likely to be his identical-looking grandfather.
  • Among the deities they immediately get along with are fellow North Africa veterans Lt. Mike Powell and Lt. Karl Fairburne. The latter especially so, due to his close working relationship with members of the British 8th Army, which the 7th Armored Division was part of.
    • Pretty soon, the two British soldiers begin exchanging stories and intel with the former SOE agent. Welsh in particular was astonished that the Germans were able to build a massive behemoth like the P.1000 Ratte. Davis himself was impressed at the ease of which Fairburne destroyed several of The Dreaded Tiger I Heavy tanks with nothing but a Sniper Rifle.
  • Davis comes to oppose the actions of The Basterds, thanks mainly to having been ordered never to harm unarmed German Prisoners-Of-War during the Normandy campaign.
  • Welsh, meanwhile, befriends Darjeeling, due to her extensive knowledge of British tanks like Welsh's own Crusader. In fact, she helps him repair his damaged tank, which had been hit several times by fire from German tanks during the advance into Libya. In exchange, Welsh assists her in her own tank battles against members of the Anglerfish Team.
    • Initially, Welsh mistakes the Anglerfish Team's Panzer IV as well as Maho Nishizumi's Tiger I as hostiles, and almost ends up hitting them with his Crusader's main gun. Thankfully, Darjeeling stops him when she points out that the markings on their tanks are clearly not the Balkenkreuz seen on actual Panzers.
    • It's through Darjeeling that Welsh meets Yukari Akiyama. Unsurprisingly, she immediately begins telling Welsh about her extensive knowledge of his Crusader tank, which impresses the British tank commander a lot.
  • Both Davis and Welsh despise Captain Martin Walker and his infamous actions in Dubai, to the point that they refuse to talk to him altogether. It helps that, in contrast to Walker's Deconstructor Fleet story, Davis and Welsh come from a more straightforward Battle Epic.
  • Upon learning about a Sherman tank being in the Pantheon's Treasures House, both Davish and Welsh become interested in checking it out, the former having been supported by them since the North African campaign, while the latter hopes to upgrade from the Crusader to something with a little more firepower.
  • The two British soldiers find out the hard way that the Nazis aren't the only thing lurking in the Pantheon's deserts, when they come across the Desert Seltas and Desert Seltas Queen, which come close to killing both men had it not been for Amuro Ray and Shiro Amada opening fire on the monsters and saving their lives.
    • Both Davis and Welsh, unsurprisingly, are both speechless upon seeing the two EFF pilot's Gundams, which dwarf Welsh's own Crusader. Nonetheless, both are grateful to the two Mobile Suit pilots, and they begin forming a friendship over their shared experiences in desert combat.
  • Davis gets along well with Royal Navy shipgirl Warspite, thanks in no part to the British Sergeant having been assisted by the Royal Navy at one point late in the Battle of El-Alamein. He personally asks her if she can aid them again in the event that they run into trouble in the midst of combat, to which she agrees.
  • Both men would rather not have Lance Corporal Jack Jones join them in their patrols, mainly due to his age as well as the risk of him becoming The Load. Not to mention that he's mainly trained as a Home Guard, while both of them are mainly specializing in patrolling the vast Sahara Desert.
  • Davis, upon seeing Maho Nishizumi's Tiger I tank for the first time, is struck with unease. Thankfully, Commander Welsh, who was apologizing the latter for accidentally hitting her tank with live ammunition, manages to explain to the British Sergeant that she's by no means affiliated with the Nazis, and that her tank is catered towards mock battles and not actual combat. He also tells them that the Anglerfish Team's Panzer IV is also no threat, in order to prevent the Sergeant from again accidentally trying to blow them up with TNT.

Captain Price: "Bloody fine work men. The 7th Armored's made it out of this mess thanks to our efforts on this flank. That said, our job here is done. So let's get the hell out of here."


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