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Prophecy and Fate

Is life dictated by the forces of fate and destiny, or is there no set plan for the future? Since the dawn of time, beings capable of thought and reasoning have pondered their uncertain futures and eventual fates. Some believe their entire lives are written down by higher forces, while others see the future as an unwritten slab to be marked when the present catches up to the future. Some, however, have the gift of prophecy, to gaze into the future and see what will happen later on. Some take their chances and simply guess, leaving their destiny to Lady Luck. Some submit themselves to their fates, while others actively defy their doom. This peculiar question is what many think about within the Pantheon, and one House may have the answers they seek; atop the highest peak of the Pantheon lies the House of Prophecy and Fate, the silent, all-seeing overlooker of the realm.

The House started off as a small, plain, austere Pagan temple devoid of comforts. Its inhabitants, of which were very serious-minded or melancholic people, were not bothered by its quiet, cold simplicity. Over time, as the House slowly grew in numbers, the more relaxed and casual Deities as well as those outside the House complained about how dull and uncomfortable the place was, and lobbied for a renovation to be cozier and more welcoming. While the House still sticks to its overall "serious and silent" aesthetic, it has gained some cozier and more festive features like painted walls, furniture, potted plants, air conditioning, rugs, and tapestries. Notably, the aesthetic changes depending on the area; rooms respecting and pertaining to fates and prophecies are more spartan while those apathetic or defiant of destinies tend to be on the livelier side. The Hall of Opposing Fate in particular is incredibly loud and colorful compared to the rest of the House and its beliefs.

The deities temples are not located in the House proper, but rather on the mountain it sits upon, with roads connecting them to the House. Prophets, seers and bringers of fate are placed closer to the House than those who merely follow or oppose fate. Since going up and down the mountain is already an arduous task in of itself, there are many transportation systems around such as cable cars and teleporters to make moving from place to place easier for many people. The mountain also happens to be a popular place for hikers and mountain climbers to explore, so it's not uncommon to see people climbing their way to the top not for their fortunes, but just for the joy and thrill of scaling the tallest mountain in the realm. Plus, the view of the Pantheon from atop the mountain is said to be one of the most beautiful, breathtaking sights one can witness in their lifetime, so the arduous journey to the peak and down will offer some spectacular sights.

Of course, many people in search of their destinies and answers for their uncertain futures arrive to the House to ask the prophets and seers of the House for hints and insight. Success, unfortunately, is not guaranteed; while some did receive a clear glimpse of their futures for better or ill, others got quickly frustrated by ominous prophetic filibusters drenched in metaphors, or even didn't get any responses at all, which is usually caused by talking to the wrong people with the mistaken assumption that everyone in the House can see the future or being unable to have a session with a seer for various reasons. Some, upon receiving their fortunes, leave the House a changed person. Perhaps they found new hope for the future, or have lost it all with knowledge of a grim outcome, it ultimately depends on their fates and their personalities.

Within the House is the Library of Destiny, an endless maze of bookshelves not unlike the Personal Archive in the House of Narrative. While both contain books about each and every deity in the realm, their topics are quite different: the Archive records their past and present exploits, while the Library projects their potential futures and destinies. The exact location of the Library is only known and accessible to the inhabitants of the House and very few outside of the House share this knowledge. It is said that whoever reads the book of their own fate will have that fate irremediably changed forever, for good or ill, or simply go mad from the knowledge contained within the tome, with no chance of ever going back to sanity again. Security is predictably incredibly tight, such that trying to break in and damage the books will bring the wrath of the entire House down upon you. At the foot of each bookshelf, around a diamond-shaped table, a group of spectral monks and nuns, all wearing the same hooded grey robe with a featureless purple mask, work diligently to scry and delineate all possible events, timelines and futures for each and every book present in the shelf they're responsible for. They use an intricate blend of time metrics, divination tools and probability diagrams to that end and cannot be distracted or wrenched from their work by anyone, save for the 4 Archprophets who they ultimately answer to. They present their works periodically to the inhabitants of the House and then write down the final words in each book. When a person eventually dies, these workers send a copy of the corresponding book to the House of Narrative. Occasionally, it is possible to see one of the inhabitants of the House working with them, which almost always means that an important change, ordeal or celebration is afoot for whoever they're working on. The higher their position in the House, the more important the event will be and the more people will be affected.

Deities who are immune to prescience and capable of changing fate such as Kamina have a very controversial reception within the House. Those who value, obey and sanctify destiny despise them for going against the natural, expected order in their eyes and are quick to involve themselves in any issue that pertain to them if it reaches their ears. Those who like to see prophecies be defied or defy them themselves respect them deeply for their guts and tenacity, and often encourage them to continue their rebellion. The others who aren't so gung-ho about destiny are much more mixed, with them either liking them, disliking them, or even not caring for a variety of reasons.

The Four Archprophets are the Guardians of the House and the unofficial leaders of the Pantheon's prophets and seers. Consisting of Absol, Cassandra, Destiny of the Endless and Nozdormu, all four of them have marble statues of them sitting gravely around the House. They're not the most approachable bunch, given that they largely prefer to be alone, though they are open to tell the future to others when they're not occupied with their duties.

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The Four Archprophets

Absol, Goddess of Falsely Persecuted Omens (The Disaster Pokémon, Pandora)
Mega Absol
  • Lesser Goddess, Intermediate Goddess as Mega Absol
  • Symbol: Her scythe-like "horn"
  • Alignment: Neutral Good
  • Gender: Female
  • Ability: Pressure (Magic Bounce as Mega Absol)
  • Moves: Foul Play, Razor Wind, Night Slash, Psycho Cut
    • Z-Move: Black Hole Eclipse
  • Portfolio: Dark Is Not Evil, Bearer of Bad News, Hero with Bad Publicity, Badass Pacifist, Reluctant Warrior, Chronic Hero Syndrome, Critical Hit Focus
  • Domains: Disaster, Heroism
  • Allies: Rayquaza, Zinnia, Madoka Kaname, Chuggaaconroy, Terra, Seigfried Schtauffen, Spider-Man, Midna, Ron Weasley, Archer, Artina, Gardevoir, Gallade, Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury, Ratchet, Clank, Scyther, Jak, Daxter, Bardock
  • Enemies: Groudon, Kyogre, Magikarp, Kyubey, Kenji Setou, Draco Malfoy, Banette, Queen Beryl
  • Opposed by: The GUAG Magical Girl Sisterhood
  • Uneasy Alliance: Homura Akemi, Corvo Attano
  • Odd Friendship with: Latias
  • Upon ascension Absol was only warmly welcomed by a few and pelted with many unsavoury objects by many. Shrugging this off she continues to try and warn others of impending doom. It doesn't help that there have been reports of fainthearted people dying from an aura caused by her Mega-Evolution. As a result, she hates Mega-Evolving unless someone she holds a strong bond with triggers it, which keeps the aura in check.
  • She is routinely voted to be moved to the GUAG Token Evil Teammates and has only been saved from this by the wiser gods forcibly overruling this decision.
    • Fortunately, Absol's partnership with Riku has given her better publicity lately, with younger generations taking great interest in her powers, but the elderly still distrust her. Who knows what could've happened if she was partnered with Terra, who's equally distrusted by the pantheon for a similar reason.
  • Dislikes many of her fellow Pokémon gods that cause chaos throughout the pantheon. One of the few she is on good terms with is Rayquaza, with Absol attempting to summon it whenever Groudon and Kyogre fight.
    • In general, Absol hates violence. While she's fine with general Pokémon battling, she hates it when she or her fellow brethren are used for more malicious intentions that outright cause harm. She's also not keen with violence in general, and despises sadists such as Courtney Gears for causing suffering to others.
  • Gets along well with Chuggaaconroy due him having once travelled with an Absol named Pandora.
  • Absol has in the past attempted to warn girls against forming contracts with Kyubey, knowing some disaster will befall them and make the offer tempting. The majority of attempts failed with Absol again being blamed for the disasters. Despite this, she refuses to give up.
    • These efforts have eventually earned the trust and adoration of Madoka Kaname, who hopes to ease people's opinions of Absol.
    • Absol's efforts against Kyubey has earned her an ally in Homura Akemi and even some sympathy but it remains fragile due to Homura's... less scrupulous actions.
    • On a somewhat better note Absol has gained a growing degree of trust among some gods after an incident in which Kenji Setou, attempting to prove a link between Magical Girls and feminists, mistook Absol for Kyubey. Following this, some misinterpreted this as Kenji hating Absol instead of Kyubey and because of Kenji's many logical fallacies, reasoned that 'that fluffy white demon thing' must not be that bad. Absol was annoyed by this sequence of events despite the marginally better image she received and treats Kenji with disdain.
  • Gets along well with Ron Weasley over being unreasonably hated and dislikes Draco Malfoy for being unreasonably liked.
  • Has aided Corvo Attano in the past in order to prevent a swarm of plagued rats from entering the House of Nature (with the unfortunate result of people thinking Absol was herding the rats towards it while in reality, she was trying to get ahead of them) but prefers to keep distance lest Corvo gives Absol's opposition justification for hatred by accusing it of directly aiding or allowing the former's unsettling acts.
  • Absol is one of the few Pokémon that Team Rocket would never go after, given that they think she won't do anything but stare at Giovanni as he brushed his teeth after they encountered another Absol in Hoenn. The opinion seems to have changed, though, as now they regularly target her. That is, if she's not Mega Evolved.
  • She's been compared with Riku, in that both are darkness users who fight for good, having yin-yang themes, try to help out others, and having bad reputations (though they're both breaking out of this). Both also have white hair/fur, and are known to have concealed their eyes at one point (Riku through a blindfold, and Absol through her fur while Mega-Evolved), and their appearances in a certain form have caused deaths or near-deaths. Their similarities make them both perfect to be partners.
  • Absol is aware of Sailor Mercury's fall to darkness, and has offered her support. When she found out that Nephrite brainwashed her, she Mega-Evolved and attacked him with a single critical-hit Night Slash (which was then followed by Riku's Dark Aura, and Terra's Ultima Cannon).
  • She sensed the Altomare Crisis, but as she couldn't get to the island city, she couldn't do anything to stop it. Because of this, Absol tried to avoid Latias out of shame for some time after she heard of Latios' death in the aftermath, but she was pleasantly surprised that Latias bears no grudge against her; Latias even told her she's a true hero for doing whatever good she can even if it means being hated. The two became unlikely friends ever since.
  • Absol really likes Clank and is known to be quite a Genki Girl when he's around. It is because Clank was the first besides the Main House and Riku to be very nice to her and fully understand her intentions, taking her warnings very seriously and even helped prevent them from getting worse.
  • According to many Pokédex entries, Absol as a species are known to detect natural disasters, with no mentions of man-made or supernatural disasters anywhere. But this Absol can detect them. A lot of people are asking how this is possible, ranging from her being a Totem Pokémon (or at least powered by Ultra Beasts, similar to Lusamine's team), being enchanted by Riku, actually being a sorceress in disguise, or poor documentary on her species. It doesn't help that another Absol predicted a man-made disaster in a fake Groudon.
    • For awhile, it was believed that Absol is actually Maleficent's estranged daughter Mal, turned into a Pokémon as punishment for betraying her mother. This was jossed by N.
  • Ever since the Alola League had opened, it had become quite popular for those who climb the mountain to this house to stop briefly and take a picture of Absol. Photos of her are very popular online, tending to let likes well into the thousands, but she will only appear during the day. And even then, Vanillite and Vanillish are more common sightings.

Cassandra, Patron Goddess of Ignored Truths (Princess of Troy, Alexandra, Kassandra)
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  • Lesser Goddess
  • Symbol: The Trojan Horse
  • Alignment: Neutral Good, though people often think she is Chaotic Neutral
  • Portfolio: Greek Mythology, can see the future but was cursed to never be believed, warned people about the Trojan Horse but wasn't believed, went insane after the Trojan War
  • Domains: Prophecy, Power, Insanity
  • Allies: The House of Prophecy, especially Absol, Hercules, Bardock
  • High Priest: Tim the Enchanter
  • Enemies: Hera, Aphrodite
  • Opposed: Athena, Kratos, Odysseus
  • Pitied by: Jack Bauer, The Doctor, Fox Mulder, Harry Potter, Commander Shepard, Rika Furude, Homura Akemi, Woody
  • Doubted by: Hermione Granger, Dana Scully
  • Hearing about her ascension, Hercules personally paid her temple a visit because one of their alternative versions are good friends. However, upon learning about this Cassandra's story, Hercules became angry at Apollo for giving her this curse and hopes she will get better with time.
    • Because Hercules is one of the few people who genuinely respect her prediction and one of their alternative version shared were in the same school when they were teenagers, Cassandra was NOT impressed with Kratos's action of killing Hercules and one of her other friend Icarus. Despite this, Kratos has utter sympathy for her, for also being screwed over by an Olympian.
  • Her ascension has caused the Pantheon a major headache in deciding who would handle the managing of her temple as Cassandra is a little... unfit after the event at Troy. Luckily, Hercules introduced them to a version of her resides in the Disney universe that expresses her misery by sarcasm and didn't live through the same traumatic experience; thus this version was entrusted with handling the temple.
    • However, this version wasn't very happy because her title caused people to disbelieve in her psychic hotline. This caused her to use a different name whenever dealing with callers not from the Disney universe.
  • It should be noted that her mental state has gotten worse ever since her ascension due to the power of the Status Quo dispels any attempts from any deities trying to break Apollo's curse. Many believe that is because Cassandra cannot hold her position if she was ever cured of her condition. This means the curse will make even the most Properly Paranoid deities with lesser power than him distrust Cassandra's advice and vision. Of course, the curse intensifies to deities that have a history of ignoring other people's predictions such as Hermione Granger, Dana Scully and Sparatus.
  • Many deities in the Pantheon felt utter sympathy for Cassandra for the tragedy that she went through that left her the way she is. Doubly so if they have been in a similar position of being ignored by everyone else and was proven right. This list includes: Jack Bauer, The Doctor, Mulder, Harry Potter, Commander Shepard, Woody, Rika Furude and Homura Akemi. However, Homura Akemi was restricted from visiting Cassandra's temple by the House of Prophecy given the fact that Homura reacts far more negatively to her situation than the rest of Cassandra's sympathizers.
  • Do NOT mention Hera and Aphrodite's name in her temple unless you want to suffer the same fate Cassandra almost inflicted to the soldiers hidden in the Trojan Horse. She still gets rather... touchy about the fact that the goddesses she worshipped for her entire mortal life caused the Trojan War and her entire tragedy over an apple and the desire be the fairest one. Athena may get a pass in Cassandra's place as the goddess convicted and punished Cassandra's rapist after her death at his hand, but Cassandra still resents her for lending help to the enemy of Troy during the war.
    • Rumor has it that because of her ability to see the future, Cassandra has a full list of the people Zeus has and will sleep with and the name of the children resulting from those affairs. While most dispel this notion as they think Cassandra knows better than to hide that kind of thing from someone like Hera, the jealous goddess is still losing sleep about the mere possibility of its existence. Cassandra's unusual quietness about the whole thing doesn't help the matter.
  • Rarely if ever step foot outside of her temple and the House of Prophecy as she was often perceived as a liar and a madwoman by everyone else. This earned her great sympathy from the good deities reside there and they tried their best to let her have as much time she needs to recover from the Trojan war. Although some of them fear how powerful the effect of the Status Quo has on her recovery. She recently struck up a friendship with Absol over their shared experience of being persecuted for their prediction.
  • One of her avatars is an acquaintance of Bell Cranel. He retrieved her pillow, which is very precious to her.

    Destiny of the Endless 
Destiny of the Endless, God of Blind Prophets (Pothos)
  • Overdeity
  • Symbol: His book.
  • Alignment: Lawful Neutral
  • Portfolio: Ambiguous Fate, You Can't Fight Fate, Knows Everything, The Stoic, Blind Seer, Captive to His Own Awareness, Old as Time, Non-Linear Character, The Fettered, Fate and Destiny Personified, Prescience Is Predictable
  • Domains: Destiny, Freedom, Ambiguity, Prophecy, Knowledge
  • Allies: His siblings, Dream, Death, Desire, Destruction Delirium and Despair
  • Enemies: Everyone who wants to Screw Destiny (Maybe. How the Book of Destiny actually works and how many "paths" there are is left very open).
  • Beyond yet apart from the gods are the Endless, basic embodiments of the most fundamental concepts. The eldest of their rank and inevitably the last thing in the universe to die is Destiny. This ancient being is blind, but can see everything. It is said that his book contains the universe, and knowledge of everything that has ever happened or will happen. Whether this is true or not is unknown, but many gods who have approached him more politely have been allowed to read parts of his book for themselves.
  • Considered the unofficial leader of the House of Prophecy, though, in reality, he shares the position with the other Prophets. They still look up to him as an elder voice of authority and reason though.
  • Technically speaking, he's one of the most powerful beings in the entire Trope Pantheon. However his complete awareness chains him figuratively and literally to his book; he can't help but do things because that's what the book and his own knowledge says, and in a very real sense he doesn't have free will. Doctor Manhattan pities him because of this.
  • Multiple attempts have been made by other gods to steal his book so they can read it, or destroy it. Mostly, they have been unable to find him due to his being The Omniscient and gave up.
  • Is the only person in existence who managed to get Samael, stubborn Cosmic Entity of infinite pride, to change his mind.
  • Most of the Pantheon is unsure what to think of him, due to his rarely speaking or interacting with others, even his own family, and only doing what his book tells him to. Usually does not interact directly with the rest of the Pantheon, staying in his garden unless someone is coming to try to destroy him or his book.
  • One of the few coherent things Dalek Caan has said between babbles is that, through the Time Vortex, it managed to read Destiny's book. It's unclear if it's being truthful, but it might be another explanation for why it is out of its mind.
  • His garden can be reached via any of the mazes in the Pantheon, through a sort of "universal path" that eventually leads there.
  • Enrico Pucci seeks Destiny's garden in an attempt to fundamentally alter destiny, to finally achieve his dream of humanity knowing their fate. The GUAG has been doing its damndest to make sure he doesn't step 50 feet in it.
  • To what extent his book defines fate is unknown; Delirium has, during her saner moments, stated that there are paths "outside Destiny's Garden" to other members of the Pantheon. Many take her words to be proof that one can indeed Screw Destiny.

Nozdormu, The God Who Resigned to His Fate (Noz, The Timeless One, The Timeless, The Lord of Time, Lord of the Centuries, Master of Time, Dragon of the Ages, Murozond the Infinite)
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Click here to see Murozond

Alternative Title(s): Prophecy