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    The Fifth Church 
The Fifth Church, Divine Amalgamated Religion
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  • Intermediate Deity-level as an organization, with some Overdeity-level feats
  • Symbol: See the image above
  • Theme Song: You and Me
  • Alignment: Blue-and-Orange Morality
  • Portfolio: Church of Happyology, Interfaith Smoothie, Believing Stars Have Power, Comical, Yet Dangerous, New Age, Assimilation Plot, Seeks The End Of Personality As A Good Thing, Apocalypse Cult, Reality Warper
  • Domains: Faith, New Age Philosophy, Religious Integration, Changing Reality, Assimilation, Ascension, Memes
  • Interests: The Chaos Gods, particularly Tzeentch
  • Interested in: Those with Star Power (especially Aurelion Sol), the House of Popularity
  • Allies: Keel Lorenz
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork with: The Old Gods
  • Rivals: The Illuminati, Yamato Hotsuin, Kiara Sesshouin, Cyrus, The Flying Spaghetti Monster, any faith for that matter
  • Enemies: The SCP Foundation, YHVH and especially Lucifer, Rosalina, Maxwell, The Emperor of Mankind, the other Neon Genesis Evangelion deities, Victor Szasz/The Question
  • Opposed by: Ostara, the House of Knowledge
  • The Fifth Church is a rather peculiar faith. A secretive religious society around astral symbolism, they come off as a hybrid of New Age belief and other faiths or philosophies such as Christianity, communism and whatever they can integrate in. They're a peculiar and influential church, but the Fifthists are not to be underestimated given their use of anomalous items and ideas.
  • They have a lot of celebrity members, their own cruise ship and even some SCP Foundation members. It reminds a lot of people of a sci-fi, lawsuit-happy organization. For this reason, they have their eyes on the House of Popularity and the various celebrities in the pantheon. The Foundation has increased their surveillance of "Fifthists" for this.
  • The Illuminati regards the Fifth Church as a rival towards their enigmatic goals and interests. This has not made the Illuminati (or the Fifth Church for that matter) any easier to understand. The Fifth Church regards Kiara Sesshouin as a rival as well. Asides from conflicting long-term goals, they recognize how she incorporates and alters Buddhism in an angle very different from the original faith. It reminds them of how they incorporate other beliefs.
  • It's simpler to say that pretty much all and any faith is a potential rival for the Fifth Church. Ostara does not like their habit of co-opting different belief systems for their own, considering she was a victim of Christianity doing that to her. The Flying Spaghetti Monster finds them amusing if competitive, and its a mutual feeling by Fifthists.
  • Northern Fifthists think stars have power, though whether they are a source of power or not is unclear. For this reason, they spend a lot of time in the Planetary & Celestial sub-house. They are most fascinated by Rosalina and Aurelion Sol. While Aurelion doesn't care about what they're doing, Rosalina doesn't like their larger ambitions.
  • The ultimate goal of the Fifth Church is to ascend to the "Fifth World" and live as gods. This involves an Assimilation Plot that'd involve the Death of Personality for everyone involved. they see this as a good thing. Keel Lorenz is the only god so far that would wholeheartedly agree with it, which has gotten them the opposition of the other Evangelion gods.
  • Cyrus was more uncertain about where he sides with the Fifth Church. While he seems to respect their goals and conviction, it conflicts with his own opinions on what is best. This was something Yamato Hotsuin similarly felt, leading to both of the visionaries being rivals to the Fifth Church.
  • Neither Lucifer or YHVH like the Fifth Church. While many Fifthists belief systems preach on The Evils of Free Will, their hopes of ascension into a higher, divine form goes against YHVH's plans of making humanity His worshippers forever. The Old Ones were the Shin Megami Tensei deities who's goals for mankind were the closest to the Fifth Church. Even then, it's tenuous as Fifthists vary on where they stand with them.
  • Upon learning about them, the Emperor of Mankind rambled on them being yet another example of his belief of religion being bad. He got even grumpier when they started to co-opt the Imperium's beliefs for their own purposes, as they have throughout history. He believes that they are the most vulnerable to the taint of Chaos. To be fair, the Ruinous Powers were interested in them and their desires to shape reality made them attractive converts. Tzeentch is most interested in them as his countless gambits is even more enigmatic that the Fifthists.
  • While they seem goofy and harmless, they are far more than that. Most of their religion involves altering reality for one's own benefit rather than adjusting to reality. It's this reason why they targeted Maxwell and their book, given they almost destroyed reality with a self-help book. SCP-2456 allows them to Ret-Gone those who learn too much of them, putting them at odds with the House of Knowledge. The Question, conspiracy theorists he is, was confident that they were up to no good.
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    Flying Spaghetti Monster 
The Flying Spaghetti Monster, God of Religious Parodies (FSM)
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    Mithra 
Mithra, Goddess of Faith Power (Former priestess of the Seven Deities)
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  • Intermediate God (Actually a potential Overdeity, as she allowed Asura to attain his second strongest form, Mantra Asura)
  • Symbol: Her mantra halo
  • Theme song: Surge of Mantra
  • Alignment: Lawful Good, temporarily Lawful Evil.
  • Portfolio: Kidnapped Daughter, Kindness, being used as a power source despite being a child, Temporarily Possessed by Chakravartin, The Last One Standing
  • Father: Asura
  • Allies: Madoka, Amaterasu, Rubick, Bloody Marie, most of the good deities.
  • Enemies: Deus, Chakravartin
  • Odd Friendship: With Alucard (Lords of Shadow)
  • Confused for: Rex, Pyra, and Mythra.
  • Mithra is the sole Priestess of Shinkoku and the sole daughter of Asura. She is able to freely manipulate and amplify mantra, the source of the Shinkoku demigods' source of power, through the power of prayer. Prior to the coup d'etat that drove her world into hell, she was one of few who were considered to succeed the Emperor's throne; afterwards, she became a prime target of the conspiratorial forces who sought to control it. All of this, among other things, drove the ire of her father towards every villain involved. She ended up being the last of the demigods left standing, looking no older at 12,500 years old than most would look at about 12, living to narrate the tale of her father and his fellow gods.
  • Ascended to the Pantheon by her father's request. All the leaders of the Pantheon agreed, so long as if they did, they wouldn't piss Asura off and he and his daughter could finally have some well-deserved peace and quiet.
  • Somehow, a golden spider had at one point possessed her, claiming to be the True God, the spinner of life, and the source of all mantra. Asura was pissed, but had to wait until the time came to get her back from being possessed.
  • While technically an Intermediate Goddess, it was her power that allowed Asura to achieve his greatest potential before ascending, so she has potential to be much more important in the grand scheme of things.
  • Her power over faith and using that as a power source is caught the eye of Amaterasu, and it attracts Ammy to her. Both are very friendly towards one another.
  • Due to Asura being her father, and Asura being a very protective parent, harming her is deemed off limits, not to mention utterly moronic, by every god in the pantheon, good or evil. After seeing what happened to Deus and Chakravartin, making her cry is also forbidden, considering this pisses off Asura more than anything else. As a matter of fact, the Chick Magnet Quartet tries its best to stay the hell away from Mithra, since Asura refuses to trust them the slightest bit out of thought they might "corrupt" her. One of the members, Hayate Ayasaki, has learned the hard way when he stumbled onto her while mistaking her for his Ojou-sama. Ironically, this has gotten Asura on the receiving end of someone else's wrath: Hayate's aforementioned Ojou-sama, Nagi Sanzen'in.
    • On that note, Mithra holds the distinction of being the only one that Asura will never get angry at. She doesn't abuse this fact too much, but there have been reports of her convincing him to eat her vegetables. Again. Some of the braver gods have remarked on how cute that is... when Asura isn't around to hear them of course.
  • Would like to ask Asura exactly why she got named after a Persian God. However, it's not clear if she actually was; there is a Vedic deity with a name very close to hers.
  • Bloody Marie originally became allies with her out of a request from her father to keep her away from the Skull Heart. Despite this, the Skullgirl actually found herself enjoying her time with Mithra, who apparently reminds her of herself before she became a Skullgirl...
  • Has formed a bond with the son of Gabriel Belmont, one of the allies of her own father as they both reminisce on the all of the crap both their fathers went through for their sake. Alucard has since taken upon himself to teach Mithra the art of swordsmanship so that she can better defend herself, after some convincing to Asura of course.
    • There have been rumors that she actually has a crush on Alucard, never mind the fact that he's a widower. The greatest minds in the pantheon, both good and evil, have taken every measure possible to make sure that neither Asura nor Gabriel never, ever, EVER find out about it.
  • Unbeknownst to Asura during his time helping the reformers against YHVH, the Divine Powers appeared before Mithra and snatched her away. The Bodhisattva Maitreya's has his own plan to use Mithra to tap into his full power as a Buddha, while Mithra prays for her father to rescue her and her fellow captive Flynn.
  • With her father's permission, Atreus is allowed to be around her after the boy found his father and Asura to be alike. Asura, knowing that Atreus isn't the type to "seduce" Mithra, allowed him to be around her, on the condition he does not make her cry, knowing that he once lashed out at Sindri in anger. Atreus, flinching at the memory, nodded. In a rare moment of snarkiness Mithra told her father that he really didn't have any room to talk about snapping at people, Asura conceded and the two have been friends ever since.

    Ostara 
Ostara, Victim Of Shoehorned Christianity (Easter, Ēostre, Ēastre, Austrō, Ostara of the Dawn)
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Drawing by Johannes Gehrts
Ostara in American Gods 
  • Intermediate Goddess
  • Symbol: A rabbit and an egg
  • Alignment: True Neutral for her American Gods version
  • Portfolio: Fertile Feet, Cue the Sun, Hijacked by Jesus, Love Goddess
  • Domains: Spring, Dawn, Celebration, Fertility, Plant, Life and Death
  • Followers: Many, many, many deities from different pantheons.
  • High Priest: Many versions of Santa Claus
  • Allies: The Norse Pantheon, but especially Odin, Hades, Tinker Bell, all rabbit deities in the Pantheon especially the Killer Rabbit, the House of Life and Death, the House of Plants, Nicholas Saint North, Elphaba Thropp, Aleph, chaos
  • Enemies: The House of Technology, Maleficent, YHVH, the other Hades, the Wicked Witch of the West
  • Opposes: Any Christian-related deities in the Pantheon, especially the All-Mighty, Chernabog, Ares, The Divine Power
  • Opposed by: King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Arturia Pendragon
  • Complicated Relationship with: The House of Health And Diseases, the House of Ruin And Destruction
  • The goddess whose celebration was co-opted to be a Christian holiday, Ostara was selected to represent victims of shoehorned Christianity because her symbols and celebration practices (namely, the Easter bunnies and the Easter eggs) are still VERY popular and is frequently used to represent the holiday.
    • She narrowly beats out Santa Claus for the position when Ostara herself points out that there is a version of her that represent the temple in all of its implication as well as points out that the current popular version of Santa Claus is based on a Christian saint.
  • Because of her position, she is NOT on the best term of any and all Christian-related deities. They agree to just avoid each other as much as possible.
    • With that said, she absolutely despises YHVH for actively shoehorn Christianity into other religion and his obsession for control.
    • On the other hand, while she sympathizes with the Divine Power for their situation and hatred against YHVH, she doesn't like their extreme method and their disdain for human.
  • Is incredibly happy that she met her fellow Norse gods in the Pantheon, especially Odin since he is much nicer here than his American Gods counterpart.
    • On the other hand, she avoids contact with Chernabog, citing that this portrayal is too different from the god she knew, as well as the fact that she thinks his "celebration" is a little bit over-the-top for her taste.
  • Has a VERY complicated relationship with both the House of Health and Diseases and the House of Ruin and Destruction. On one hand, Ostara is a fertility goddess and symbolizes spring and the harvest. On the other hand, her American Gods counterpart's action of taking away spring through killing off plant life in America made her controversial in the former and admired in the latter.
    • However, this duality and her Neutral alignment has made her a frequent visitor the House of Plants and the House of Life and Death.
  • Despite beating out Santa Claus for the position, she is good friends with the Guardian version of Santa since the latter is amused when visiting other versions of Santa Claus at her temple.
  • As the goddess whose sacred animals and symbol of celebration is a rabbit, she is a protector of any and all rabbit deities in the Pantheon. One of them, the Killer Rabbit, is now employed as her temple bodyguard, which has not endear her with King Arthur and his knights as well as Artoria.
  • Is on good terms with the Disney/Smite version of Hades since both of them are victims of the same treatment. The fact that he is vilified despite being one of the nicest one in Greek mythology only made Ostara angrier.
    • On the other hand, she hates the other Hades when the latter mocks her for choosing such a cutesy animal such as rabbit as a symbol. Ostara promptly shuts him up when she kills off plant life surrounding him and sic the Killer Rabbit out.
    • While she sympathizes with Ares for having been a victim of the same treatment, his original function of representing chaotic war leaves a bad taste in Ostara and she promptly cuts off all connection with him when learning this.te
  • Is VERY suspicious of the House of Technology due to the fact that her American Gods versions's experience with the New Gods representing globalization, media and technology.
  • Is a good friend with Tinker Bell since she is the symbol of spring and sexuality as well as the fact that she shares the same voice with one of her best friend Rosetta.
  • Elphaba almost falls to her knee when heard that her friend Glinda has ascended to the Pantheon due to her similar appearance to Ostara. While disappointed that isn't the case when meeting Ostara, the two becomes friends over their experience of being misunderstood.
    • The Wicked Witch of the West when heard that her nemesis Glinda ascended went crazy and immediately attacks Ostara's temple. The two of them engage in a battle that lasts for days until the other gods interfere. The two have been on bad terms ever since. The same thing happens with Maleficent because Ostara looks like a version of her.
  • Despite not liking Christianity, she is actually a friend with Jesus because she thinks the guy(s) is just too nice to hate on. This is the reason she finds kinship with other Messianic figures like chaos and Aleph.

    Setsuna F. Seiei 
Setsuna F. Seiei, Divine Patron of Dramatic Atheism (Soran Ibrahim, The first true Innovator, Jihad-Kun, ELS Setsuna)
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  • Intermediate Divine Being
  • Symbol: The Celestial Being emblem, The Twin Drives, and recently, the ELS.
  • Theme Music: Daybreak's Bell
  • Alignment: Chaotic Good
  • Portfolios: Ace Pilot that hates war, Byronic Hero, Character Development, There is no god, I Like Swords, MY PARENTS ARE DEAD!, Liking his Gundam, Screaming Warrior
  • Domains: Combat, Mecha, Atheism, Definitely NOT War.
  • Allies: All Ascended Heroic Gundam Deities (especially Lockon Stratos (Neil Dylandy), Banagher Links, Kira Yamato, and Heero Yuy), Yuji Sakai, Dizzy, Martin Walker, Eiji Hino/Kamen Rider OOO, Tusk, Kiritsugu Emiya, Valvatorez, Riku, Death the Kid, Killia
  • Enemies: Ali Al-Saachez, Ryoma Sengoku/Kamen Rider Duke, Rau Le Creuset, SHOCKER, The Millennium, HYDRA, Light Yagami, Kogane/Kamen Rider Mars, any other warmongering god.
  • Worthy Opponent: Graham Aker
  • Opposes: Nena Trinity
  • Conflicting Opinion: Sniper Wolf
  • Previously Heero's high priest in the House of Emotion, until he ascended, literally with help from the ELS, and figuratively into this part of the Pantheon.
    • Upon his ascension, Heero greeted him with "you have surpassed Gundam". Setsuna thanked him by saying that was the greatest compliment he ever received.
    • Later on, he also learned that his previous title being the "God of Anti-War Interventions" doesn't exists as a trope at all. Because of this, the Court of the Gods decided that Setsuna was awarded as the holder for Hollywood Atheist due to his past experience of his consequences of being used as a Child Soldier until he gained his faith towards the concept of Gundams which he believed that this could bring an end to any form of warfare. In fact, he insists that his name is NOT Soran Ibrahim and he never consider himself a god.
  • His first order of business in becoming a divine being of war is to try to get out of it. Try as he might, he only succeeds in drawing more attention to himself. He often gets into fights with the members of the gods of war by trying to make them stop making war.
    • This reason has made him allies with Eiji Hino, Kiritsugu Emiya, Valvatorez, Dizzy, and Yuji Sakai, since they also happen to use their abilities to stop every wars which they also disgusted with this type of conflict. As well as making enemies with any warmongers and terrorists groups like Kogane, the Millennium, HYDRA, and SHOCKER, due to their act of instigating wars throughout the pantheon.
  • He was happy that the first Lockon Stratos was present in the pantheon proper as the two started to recruit their comrades from the mortal world to prepare themselves in another intervention to prevent a great war that is yet to come.
    • Much to his surprise, some of the deities from his own reality made their way into the pantheon. While he was glad that his Worthy Opponent Graham made his ascension properly, he still doesn't like Nena's return in the pantheon after what she had done to him during her sibling's campaign.
  • Sharing the same disgust towards war with Martin Walker. Setsuna considers him a kindred spirit and they often team up to stop his Arch-Nemesis Ali Al-Saachez. Though he appreciates Walker's presence, he'll never admit about treating Walker as a new father figure (at least, not in public).
  • Has been attempting to assassinate Rau Le Creuset, whom he has identified as one of the most prolific sources of conflict in the entire pantheon. Rau however, has been expertly dodging him, and continually sends Ali to keep Setsuna busy. Setsuna refuses to give up though, as peace will never come so long as men like Rau are still alive. To this end, he as asked for assistance from Kira Yamato, who knows Rau best, and Banagher Links, whose abilities can effectively counter the Providence Gundam's DRAGOON system.
  • Setsuna had found a kinship with Amuro Ray since both he and the legendary Earth Federation pilot were sounded alike when they speak in English. In some cases, he also thought him of being a benevolent version of his nemesis Ribbons because of his familiar voice whenever he speaks in Japanese.
  • He also found a kinship with the likes of Tusk, Killia, Riku, and Death the Kid, after he found out that they sounded alike whenever they speak in Japanese. However, he has a bad opinion towards Light Yagami after hearing all of his crimes he committed from his homeworld, and he also seemed to annoy even more whenever Light speaks in a same tone as Setsuna.
  • Ryoma Sengoku has somehow became intrigued with Setsuna's status as an ELS/Innovator Hybrid, as the mad scientist starts to analyzed Setsuna as an alternate means for him to transcend humanity. It doesn't take long that Setsuna started to hate Ryoma just like any other deities before.
  • He seems to have a conflicting relations with fellow Kurdish soldier named Sniper Wolf, considering the fact that he was saddened that she also had been through hell during childhood while he also noticed her actions regarding to her dislikes on killing women and children. So far, Sniper Wolf has nothing to say about Setsuna at the moment.
  • Despite ascending, he still has a habit of referring to things similar to either him or his Gundam as "a Gundam". The latest one? Homura from the Crimson Squad, because of her seven swords and red-colored power up. She found the compliment "Is that young woman also a Gundam?" a bit odd, though.

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Lesser Gods

    The Dark Brotherhood 
The Dark Brotherhood, Profane Guild of Candlelit Rituals
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Tapestry of the Black Hand
  • Lesser Deities
  • Symbol: Most of the time it’s a black hand print. The Night Mother herself is also applicable as well as an effigy for the Black Sacrament, entrances to the Dark Brotherhood's sanctuaries, or depictions of Sithis.
  • Alignment: Lawful Evil as whole. Shades of evil vary individually.
  • Portfolio: Led by the Night Mother, Will welcome any murderer into their Brotherhood of Evil, Evil Is One Big, Happy Family, The Nothing After Death, In the Hood, Assassin business full of Psychos For Hire, Red and Black and Evil All Over, Religion of Evil, Utilizing Purifications to root out betrayers and other conspirators
  • Domains: Assassination, Guilds, Brotherhoods, Cults, The Void, Secrecy
  • Allies/Frequent Employers: Diavolo, Polpo, Brutus, The Corpus, Gaea, Aku
  • Rivals: Most of the House of Killers & Assassins in particular the Black Organization, United Assassins Association rankings
  • Enemies: Bucciararti's gang, Jean-Pierre Polnareff, Risotto Nero, The Assassins Brotherhood, Shay Patrick Cormac, Gunvolt, Hassan-I-Sabbah, Night Raid, Akame, The House of Justice and Defense, Light Yagami
  • Avoided by: Haru Ichinose
  • Feared by: The House of Ghosts
  • Special Connections: Sheogorath, The Dragonborn
  • Interested in: "Hunter" Series
  • As the sun emerged from the horizon on a chilly morning, a god's murder was discovered. In their temple the victim's was throat slit and agape not unlike a second mouth. In that very same House an hour later a woman's body was found floating in shallow waters, bound and tied in a sack riddled with knife wounds. Another, a man in a hurry, riddled in arrows on a door. As the series of murders continued they were soon traced to an abandoned storehouse far off the House over and when the authorities arrived they found nothing... save for the bizarre sight of a effigy resembling a human body surrounded by a circle of candles. Also in the circle were nightshade, human flesh, and a knife leading to the assumption that it was a ritual for some unholy monster or some hellish vengeful spirit. When word soon broke of their findings it eventually reached the ears of the Dragonborn who out of curiosity requested the records for taken tropes and after some pulled strings they found confirmation: Taking the trope of Candlelit Rituals is the Dark Brotherhood.
  • The Dark Brotherhood are a shadowy order of assassins dating back as far as the Second Era and are a supposed splinter group of the honorable and legal Morag Tong concentrated in Morrowind. Though acting like a cult similar to their bitter rival faction, the Dark Brotherhood operate under a more business-like and pragmatic approach perhaps owed to their activity in multiple regions across Tamriel. The Dark Brotherhood persists because people want other people dead for reason or another and are willing to perform the Black Sacrament where it's their job to send souls to the Dread Father, Sithis. So long as someone of potential is willing to commit murder the Brotherhood will welcome anyone into their fold ill regards to race or gender. Even werewolves and vampires are accepted members. And to that extent they are also willing to take on hits done on anyone through all walks of life. They could be women, they could be children, they could be impoverished Skooma junkies, or they could be of nobility. Little is beyond their reach, and they'll see their contracts to the end.
  • It is no secret that the Dark Brotherhood revere Sithis, but the official head of the group is the Night Mother, the recipient of all contracts from the Black Sacrament. Her origins are, much like the Dark Brotherhood themselves, shrouded. To give an example there are even claims that she is just an aspect of the Daedric Prince Mephala. Whatever the case, bellow her is the Listener who is the only person the Night Mother speaks to. The Listener is a member of the Black Hand with the four other members being the Speakers and their mistress' orders are relayed to them where they select Dark Brother or Sister down the rank best suited for the task. They could be your run of the mill cloak and dagger, they could be a lycanthrope, or perhaps they could even be a hulking brute with a warhammer.
  • A Professional if quirky group of homicidal cutthroats they may be, vilified by just about everyone across the continent of Tamriel, even they have their rules set in place. Keeping their family together are the Five Tenets and they are as follows:
    Tenet 1: Never dishonor the Night Mother. To do so is to invoke the Wrath of Sithis.
    Tenet 2: Never betray the Dark Brotherhood or its secrets. To do so is to invoke the Wrath of Sithis.
    Tenet 3: Never disobey or refuse to carry out an order from a Dark Brotherhood superior. To do so is to invoke the Wrath of Sithis.
    Tenet 4: Never steal the possessions of a Dark Brother or Dark Sister. To do so is to invoke the Wrath of Sithis.
    Tenet 5: Never kill a Dark Brother or Dark Sister. To do so is to invoke the Wrath of Sithis.
    • Exceptions are made to the Tenets when Purifications are put in place in very dire circumstances, such as rooting out traitors and other dissidents in a Sanctuary offering every soul as appeasement to Sithis. The Dark Brotherhood has been around for centuries, and to say that they've always been a tight knit group no matter what would be spitting in the face of historical fact. Be it a splinter group led by a vampire supremacist, or a man hellbent on exacting his long overdue vengeance on the brotherhood, the group has known strife. Indeed, the latter crippled much of the Brotherhood's presence in Cyrodiil thanks to the Night Mother's decision to not tell anyone of their identity. Some say the Brotherhood finally perished during Alduin's return, but others say they continued to operate and persist in the years to come.
    • If you're wondering why the capitalization, the Wrath of Sithis is an actual entity: A wraith taking the form of an old man with a blade sent by the entity itself to hunt down its dissidents the next time they sleep or when they pass away. As the Black Dragon found out herself you do not want to have this thing come after you lest you be dragged off to the abyss from whence it came. Under normal conditions they shouldn't have to fear the Wrath of Sithis, but the House of Ghosts remain weary all the same.
      • Others say the Wrath of Sithis is something along the lines of this.
    "4 the glory......... AHV SITHISSSSSSSSS"
  • The reveal of their existence has troubled the Houses of Royalty, Leadership, and Justice out of everyone, save for the more underhanded and pragmatic individuals, but even then they watch their backs. There is no telling who put a contract on them until it's too late. Their House-mates don't like the idea of sharing a metaphorical roof with the "unique" family either, though the supposed placement and temple may just be a front to mask the actual locations of their Sanctuaries. On the flip side of the coin the Brotherhood sees a lot of their use in the House of Crime.
    • One of, if not the first contracts the Dark Brotherhood took in the Pantheon was in the service of Polpo and by proxy his superior Diavolo. The apparent purpose behind the contracts was that there were a group of gods and goddesses that were getting too close to uncovering the Boss of Passione's whereabouts leading his wish to silence them before they got any closer. This probably lead to the above mentioned "introduction" to the Pantheon. The assassins' services under Passione continue, though their mortal enemies were quick to catch on the transgressions.
    • Having heard of their ability to go after Emperors, Brutus contacted them to help deal with an old friend. That friend of course being Julius Caesar, of whom he dealt the fatal blow alongside other conspirators all those years ago. Relishing the opportunity of another notorious hit they accepted and are planning out his demise. Caesar, meanwhile, has upped his security when rumors reached his ears.
    • To ensure that their profits are undisturbed, members of the Corpus' echelons have payed top Credit for the Dark Brotherhood to go after some troublesome opponents. Smaller and/or rival businesses, people spying on their facilities, dogged militants and madmen, and the like. While they're fine with filling their coffers, they do find Nef Anyo's preachings of the void quite annoying and the only reason they haven't turned on him in particular is because they aren't direct insults to Sithis, just mere ramblings.
    • Various members across the House of Beast have prayed to the Night Mother to see through Pokemon Hunter J's death for wrecking havoc on them for so long. Certainly an extreme solution, one that many people point out as such, but the Night Mother wishes to see their pleas answered. One time during a process of planning out their infiltration some of their members had the devious idea of turning the tables on the hunter. As she was fending off the blindingly agile Valstrax they somehow managed to bust out both Teostra and Lunastra where they immediately tried to go after their captor.
    • As vengeance for foiling her plans of enacting the end of the world, Gaea enlisted their help in taking out Percy Jackson and the other Half Bloods. Some gods find the thought of a being like Gaea enlisting the aid of an Anti God's own followers amusing in a way, but the Dark Brotherhood carries on. Word of mouth spread far enough that both they and their allies are alerted of the Dark Brotherhood gunning for them and are expecting them to come, whenever that time may be.
    • Every now and then they get a contract to end the miserable life of Prime Minister Honest, and just as often one may find his corpse strewn about in a number of different ways. Originally it wasn't anything special but with the staggering amount of times they've been sent after him some of their members just up and decided to make it more of a spectacle by either the fourth or fifth time around. For example one time they found his roast corpse crammed inside an oven, his mouth stuffed with an apple... along with various other foods crammed down his throat. There are whispers going around that they plan on doing this with other increasingly common targets, such as with the Coachman. Judging by the sixth contract around ended with him chained up and completely drained of blood after having last been seen in the company of a strange little girl there's a definite truth behind that.
    • They joined the fray of bounty hunters and other hired killers on taking down Samurai Jack by Aku's orders, a feat that has yet to be fulfilled. Persistent as they may be, Jack is no stranger to all manner of attempts on his life and even in battles he does struggle he still manages to pull through. His allies don't make this any easier, at the top of the list being Ashi who herself has a bone to pick with the Dark Brotherhood due to personal experiences.
    • Contracts on Squidward Tentacles are abundant thanks to his fellow gods' disdain towards his god awful clarinet playing. So much so that in a short amount of time it has gotten to the point where a lottery is put in place between Dark siblings to determine who gets the honor of killing him themselves. No word on who won, at least until someone sees a member commit the deed themselves.
  • Originally, the Dark Brotherhood wanted the title of Syndicate Of Secretive Assassinations but they soon found out that they were already beaten by the Black Organization. They, mind you, were also swiftly establishing connections to their fellow ne'er-do-wells by the number. Nevertheless the Dark Brotherhood made their rivalry clear by foiling one of their hits and slaying the assassin in turn. Some say it was apart of a contract, but others say it was but simple spite to show they were definitive competitors in the business and aren't afraid of encroaching on their territory not unlike the Morag Tong. Regardless, the Black Organization seem to be vying for bringing along the Dark Brotherhood's various detractors over the course of history, assuming they haven't already.
    • Aside from them, the Dark Brotherhood has been reported to have gone after those affiliated with the Brave Companions. One could make the distinction that they both share some similarities: Crazed killers working with whoever suits them, though the sellswords certainly outdo the Dark Brotherhood in depravity. That isn't to say the Dark Brotherhood are disgusted enough to gun for them, they were just contracted to do so. Not everyone the assassins go after are textbook definition of saints, and surprise surprise: A whole load of people want them dead. And the Dark Brotherhood are happy to provide.
    • Other assassins tend to be viewed as rivals, if not outright enemies depending on the individual. While the relationship between the likes of Agent 47 are viewed under a lens of a professional rivalry, others like the entirety of Night Raid, Gunvolt, and the Assassins Brotherhood think of them as nothing more than contemptible scum. The Old Man of the Mountain in particular has made his disdain for them clear, what with them choosing to follow an entity like Sithis and all.
  • Though vilified by just about everyone across the continent of Tamriel, the sole exception to this are the Argonians of Black Marsh. The Hist, sentient trees whom they worship and depend on, acknowledge Sithis as the "Original Creator". Thus, Argonians born under the Shadow are taken at birth to be trained as Dark Brotherhood assassins. The order was said to have been wiped out by the fourth era, but the Dark Brotherhood's reemergence in the Pantheon may of rendered this point moot. In any case, there are some suspicions that the Brotherhood seem to have taken an interest in utilizing the Hunter Series of B.O.W.s for their own ends. Apparently they took a liking to the creatures' inherent sadism and killing prowess and found observing them taking on prey to be quite satisfying.
  • If there's anyone in the Pantheon this order of assassins truly despise, Light Yagami would definitely be high up on that list. While some family members were out scouting the Pantheon they came upon the existence of the Death Note and desired it to be theirs for it's potential in carrying out someone's death. At some point they had tipped off Kira and the Knight Templar became a thorn on their side ever since.
  • Having survived assassins in her own classroom out to kill her, Haru Ichinose has tried to avoid their presence whenever she can. Though no one placed a hit on her for the Dark Brotherhood many of its different members would want to entertain the thought of testing her claim to godhood, bodyguard or no.
  • This is probably how shopping goes in the Dark Brotherhood. Probably. Maybe. Possibly. So says some gods and goddesses in the House of Commerce one day anyways.
  • There have been many who have served the Dark Brotherhood over the years, and apparently even some of the heroes across Tamriel's history have worked with them. For example, there are rumors circulating that the Dragonborn was not only apart of them, but a Listener and the one responsible for their survival. Based on the Mad God Sheogorath's ramblings there are hints that he, as the Champion of Cyrodiil, was also a Listener and there for the events that transpired. The implications become more interesting as Sheogorath himself was once described as "Sithis-shaped hole" in the world. Whatever the case may be, it makes people think twice about crossing them if individuals of such revere really were Dark Brothers/Sisters themselves.
  • Believing that they will continue to serve Sithis in the void even after their passing, they find the existence of the Empty and by proxy the Shadow... peculiar. There have been a number of theories going around between supposed connections involving them and Sithis, but these be best left alone.
  • Hail Sithis.

    Elsa la Conti 
Elsa la Conti, Goddess of Unusual Cross Usage (A purifier of evil cursed with immortality)
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  • Lesser Goddess
  • Symbol: Her combat cross, Crux, held by Koshmar
  • Theme Music: Fault Carol
  • Alignment: Lawful Good
  • Portfolio: Using a Cross As a Weapon, Church Militant, Idiot Hair, Peek-a-Bangs, Red Hair, Blessed Powers, Immortality, Self-Retribution, Slightly Ditzy, Spirited Competitor, Former Demon Hunter
  • Domains: Crosses, Nuns, Gardening, Holy, Punishment
  • Allies:
  • Other Arcana Maidens: Clarice di Lanza (Fire-Forged Friends), Petra Johanna Lagerkvist, Zenia Valov, Eko, Heart Aino
  • Enemies: Seymour Guado, Claude Frollo, evil demons
  • Opposes: Alexander Anderson, Eda
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork with: Nemesis
  • Just what precisely motivated the immortal nun Elsa la Conti to use a large iron cross as a weapon is a question. She just uses one and it seems to work just fine.
  • The moment she stepped into the Pantheon, the first person to come up to her was Clarice, who wanted to make her promise to never leave her side again. Where she said rather bluntly she wouldn't go that far to promise, she still said she would be on her side.
  • She might be a lost Belmont with her usage of cross, whip, holy water, stakes and holy books (and a magical revolver). Then again, who has heard of a female Belmont?
  • She doesn't have a high looks on Anderson due of her own past; when her home was burned down by demons and she took her role as a demon hunter, she hated all demons for what they did and went so far as to distance herself from others so that only her needs to bear the heavy cross of that task. It was until she fought Clarice that she lightened up. Really, if the Vatican was full of people like Anderson, she is glad that she left the Vatican and joined the Celestial Union. She also doesn't have high opinions on Eda.
    • And it's not like she has fully recovered; where she is mild-mannered and straightforward, if a bit airheaded, she is rather strict when she needs to. However, the person she is most strict forwards is herself, finding herself worthless and taking more duties than she really needs to. It takes other people to pull her from that pit.
    • She also hates how her reputation has made some demons either hate her, or attack her on sight, even though she would only wish to do it if they have done something wrong.
  • She likes to visit House of Nature to find new flowers to plant into her garden. She also visits House of Food to buy red bean pastries.
  • There are rumours that she is training under Leon and/or Makoto how to use her weapon. Maybe she will upgrade herself to a second iron cross someday...
  • Like Clarice, she is forever fifteen-years old. She might be immortal, but she is a young immortal. Keep that in mind for the future.
  • Elsa is allies with Hayate Yagami and Vita due to the both of them also using crosses in their designs and Hayate's Armed Device, Schwertkreuz translating as Sword Cross.
  • When Elsa found she and Clarice have a similar backstory to Valvatorez and Fenrich in that Elsa and Fenrich were sent to kill Clarice and Valvatorez, they couldn't do it and ended up be befriending them. When Elsa told Valvatorez this, Val and Fenrich became friends with Elsa and Clarice. Fenrich was less than enthused though due to more deities getting closer to Valvatorez.
  • Due of her being the bearer of the Arcana of Punishment, Koshmar. she somehow got roped to be with Nemesis. Where she doesn't hate her, she feels like her judgements are bit harsh. She also made it clear that if she ever would attack Clarice... well, a man is able to determine what requires "punishment".

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Demigods

    The Flagellant 
The Ancestor: "Awash in blood and delusion... He bears the burden of a thousand lifetimes."

The Flagellant, Patron Saint of Lashing (Damian)
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  • Demigod
  • Symbol: The Testament; The Stress Symbol etched across his chest. Alternatively, his flails, hood, and hooked collar.
  • Alignment: Lawful Neutral
  • Portfolio: Church Militant, Combat Sadomasochist, Always Becoming Rapturous at Death's Door, Blood Magic, Mechanically Unusual Class, Covered in Scars, Epic Flail & Whip It Good, Walking Shirtless Scene, Combat Medic & Empathic Healer
  • Domains: Martyrdom, Flagellation, Zeal, Blood
  • Followers: Other Flagellants
  • Employed under: The Ancestor
  • Allies: The Highwayman, Simon Belmont, Trevor Belmont, Grant Danasty
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Ludwig (to a lesser extent), The Hunter, Sypha Belnades, The less extreme good-aligned FAITH deities
  • Rivals: Carmine Prime
  • Enemies: The Crimson Court, The Hag, The Sleeper, Hecarim, Stitches, The Boomer, The Tank, The Beast, Azmodan, Pazuzu, Nosferatu Zodd, Dracula, Carmilla, Mira Fallegeros, Vanilla Ice, Dio Brando, Cthulhu, Double, the Great Ones, Micolash, Eliza, Jedah Dohma, Skarlet, Himiko Toga
  • Lest one is a gibbering cultist following the horrors that blight the world or a damnably sheltered and ignorant fool then it is no secret that the Ancestor’s Estate is, factually, a hellhole already in a Crapsack World. And with the rise of influence of the Crimson Court and the Hag, people started vociferating at how much of a rubbish job he's doing when it comes to his problems. After the sighting and subsequent investigations of a mysterious crystalline comet crashing into a farmstead, sooner or later the Ancestor had to have an answer to this mess. And soon enough, he did.
    • Curiously, there was a request from the Ancestor to escort a carriage arriving from the Pantheon's gates to the Court of Gods. Assuming whoever’s inside to be the Ancestor’s response to the ascended monstrosities, the enlisted adventurers did as they were asked and sure enough the carriage was attacked by said monsters. They did manage to break through and kill the driver along with destroying the coach, forcing two passengers out. One was a nondescript noble who was lucky to be uninjured while the other a shirtless and scarred hooded man who seemed to have been critically wounded. Despite being told to stay back, the latter only grinned wildly and punched one of their assailants right into the gut and the rest is history.
      The Ancestor: “A singular strike!”
      The Flagellant: "Darkness flees before the blood!"
      • The noble introduced themselves to the Court of Gods as the Heir of the Estate, in other words the one who is tasked with dealing with their Ancestor's problems in the mortal world. The man accompanying them was the Flagellant, one of many Heroes that willingly subject themselves to clearing away whatever abominations that infest the Darkest Estate. They both came here to serve as an Herald to the Ancestor and potential ascension candidate respectively. After the latter made his point with the now bloodied monster trail, and how his solutions to problems tend to involve flagellation, both were accepted with little trouble.
    The Flagellant: "Ascendance!"
  • The Flagellant may be one of the more unusual heroes enlisted to fight off Estate's monsters. Now, while they all have differing sets of skills they are all (save for one) still normal men and women in the end and can quickly break in both body and mind if pushed too far. The Flagellant on the other hand? Getting closer to death only amplifies his existing abilities, and pushing him past Death’s Door is easier said than done. And becoming too stressed out always leads him to becoming Rapturous, which greatly adds to his damage at the cost of his dodge speed.
  • He finds only solace in the lash and because of that he doesn't really bother with other forms of comfort such as drinking or indulging in one's lust. Hell, he will even refuse the comforting warmth of a campfire in favor of the lash by turning his back on it. He does show appreciation to Hestia for providing other adventurers her blessings, however. Some deities from the Houses of Lust want to change his mind on that second to last part, trying to appeal to his sadomasochism. No progress since then.
    The Flagellant: "I belong elsewhere."
  • If the Flagellant has to he is willing to work with less than virtuous individuals should their goals align well enough. He, like the rest of the religious heroes, have no problem working with grave robbers, occultists, and enthusiastic plague doctors. What surprised many is that this even extends far enough to include the Hunter who, temporary transformations aside, can become a Great One and Ludwig who’s quite noticeably a bestial monstrosity. Back then, working with such folks wouldn't even be possible, and even now the tension isn't exactly hidden. Though for the latter, it likely helps that Ludwig was the first Healing Church Hunter and despite his form he still maintains his sanity. That, and his hate for Micolash and the Great Ones is stronger. And at least the Heir is willing to help keep them working together.
  • That said having fought many different monsters he has very little tolerance for the more evil ones in the Pantheon and wouldn't even hesitate for a second in turning all of them to little more than smears on the earth. Though a Demigod, there was once a time where this madman would one-man his way through dungeons up until he was Nerfed. The House of Gaming can vouch for that. Nowadays, he's still strong but is warned not to be reckless. This rings hollow when people remember what he does after telling him, especially since his death may be the greatest sacrifice he can offer to the Light. And since Death Is Cheap...
    • Having travelled to the Estate when the Crimson Court had become resurfacing in the Estate likely as a response to them and their weakness to bleeding he affiliates himself with vampire hunters, most notably Simon and Trevor Belmont thanks to their bloodline's conflicts with Dracula. Their choice of weaponry against the creatures of the night is something he can appreciate. When it comes to Trevor's group, however, while he gets along with Grant well the same cannot be said for Sypha. While some issue surrounding her being a witch is one thing, another reason might be that the Flagellant reminds Sypha of a certain incarnation of her, one she isn't too proud of. He has little to say to that other than she shouldn't meet the Fanatic. He's much worse than he is, and that is saying something.
  • When some tire of calling him the Flagellant, they sometimes refer to him by the name Damian. This comes from the monk Peter Damian, who's responsible for the practice of the lash as a form of worship.
  • There are actually multiple Flagellants in the Pantheon who follow the ascended Flagellant, although people are more likely to meet the deified one without of his followersnote . Multiple Flagellants shouldn't come as a surprise since it's not a practice unique to just one man. Indeed, they all come from an extremist faction of the church whose use of flagellation seemingly allows the use Blood Magic and what appears to be superhuman will. You can imagine how he's not exactly the most popular person amongst his peers much less the religious ones, often viewing his practices with uncomfortably mixed reactions. He on the other hand knows that others have differing opinions on pain and respects them… unless if he's Rapturous. Then expect A Taste of the Lash from time to time until he's relieved of it.
    The Flagellant: "Don't you see? The pain eases the burden."
    • He's well aware of other deities being able to use powers like his, and is often grouped up alongside the likes of Carmine Prime, Jedah Dohma, Skarlet, Eliza, and Himiko Toga because of said powers. The Flagellant would like to reiterate that he does not associate himself with such impious fiends, and is likely to attack them on sight. They in turn don't think much of him. Carmine is perhaps the most vocal about his distaste.
      The Flagellant: "To be associated with such faithless dogs. It's insulting!"
      Carmine: "You're one to talk with your Holier Than Thou bullshit, grouping me up with garbage like that! Why don't go and fight me if you're so offended?"
      • Out of all the aforementioned blood users, he probably gets into fights with Carmine the most. At the same time, all encounters with the In-Birth actually don't end in either of them dying unlike the rest. Likely because he's the least bad out of the bunch being a moody Jerkass at worst compared to, say, aspiring tyrants or a Humanoid Abominations.
  • "Blood for the burden! Bones for the Light!"

    Josiah "Jed" Bartlet 
Josiah Edward "Jed" Bartlet, Ph.D., D.Hum.Litt, God of Those who Quote from the Bible (Mr. President, Uncle Fluffy, Abu el Banat/Father of Daughters, Eagle, Liberty)
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  • Demigod
  • Symbol: Seal of the Office of President of the United States
  • Theme Song: West Wing Theme
  • Alignment: Lawful Good
  • Portfolio: Honest and Personable Leaders With Integrity, Snarky But Amiable Brainboxes, Benevolent Bosses, Commanders-In-Chief Who Will Blow You To Hell If You Mess With Them Or Theirs, Overprotective Fathers
  • Domains: Hope, Knowledge, Leadership, Faith
  • Allies: Ned Bigby, Liz Lemon, Steve Rogers/Captain America, Clark Kent/Superman, Guile, Charlie Nash, Commander Adama, Chun-Li, Selena Recital, Solidus Snake
  • Political Opponents: "Stephen Colbert" (though they aren't really "enemies"), Eric Cartman, Hank Hill, Archie Bunker, Red Forman, Nixon's Head
  • Enemies: Frank Underwood, Johann Schmidt/Red Skull, Führer President King Bradley, Father and Dante (Fullmetal Alchemist), Gul'dan, Master Xehanort, M. Bison, Vega, Balrog
  • Uneasy Relationship: Commander Shepard
  • Odd Friendship: Anne Shirley
  • Respects: James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine
  • Capable of inspiring great loyalty from those who follow him, through leading by example. Folksy but sharp. Has been known to subject those who displease him to lengthy late-night lectures about U.S National Parks and the correct way of seasoning a Thanksgiving turkey. Residing in the House of Leadership for some time due to his aptitude as the 42nd President of the United States in his timeline, Josiah had decided to move on to the House of Faith, namely for his love of using quotes from the Bible.
  • Appeared in a dream to US President Barack Obama offering advice during the campaign. It is debatable whether the former president had a hand of helping Obama win both his terms.
  • Has become something of a mentor to the fatherless Ned Bigby. Anyone making fun of their similar names does so at their own peril (the Secret Service is keeping a 500-mile distance between Bartlet and "Sarah Palin", just in case).
  • Speaking of which, he had a bit of a scare when he saw someone who looked like the former Alaskan governor. She turned out to be an enthusiastic fan of his work. Liz Lemon has offered her services ever since.
  • Has found his recently-acquired divinity to be a useful addition to his armory of weapons used to intimidate prospective partners of his daughters, especially his youngest. Well, that and the 82nd Airborne Division.
  • Commander Shepard and his/her allies aren't too keen on him due to his resemblance to The Illusive Man.
  • Not many know this, but he initially ascended into the House of Knowledge. Josiah can still be found within the area's Library. He insists that it's because he's also a Nobel Prize-winning economist. Everyone else believes it's so that he can continue to force everyone there to listen to his lectures and participate in trivia quiz competitions.
  • Bartlet possesses no military experience or training and is a sufferer of multiple sclerosis, meaning that he is not the physically strongest of leaders. However, underestimate him at his peril, for not only is he the Commander-in-Chief of the world's biggest military power, but he he commands great loyalty from those around him. Those who are among his followers can usually be identified by their use of the phrase / prayer "I serve at the pleasure of the President."
  • He expected to face many detractors to his presidency. None has been more opposed to him than Cartman, who has encouraged others to derail as much of his presidency as possible.
  • Archie Bunker is more of a typical Republican. He opposes most of Josiah's policies on principle, but at least tolerates the things he's done to the country. If only his son would stop gushing his guts about him all the time. It's a sentiment shared by the likes of Red Forman and Hank Hill.
  • Has been thoroughly criticized by the personality known as Stephen Colbert throughout his presidency, bringing his strawman arguments to good use. While more conservative deities praised his efforts, they wish Colbert does a better job with his explanations. In truth, the two are secretly best of friends, with the Straw Character purposely undermining his own arguments.
  • Was visited by a young girl by the name of Anne Shirley holding flowers. Turns out she thought he was her adopted father Matthew Cuthbert. After gently correcting the mistake, he invited a disappointed Anne into his temple to brighten her mood. She is now allowed into his temple anytime she wants.
  • Not even he could believe there were enough followers to promote the head of Crooked President Nixon into the Pantheon, even if it's not the one he is used to. Expect no love between the two leaders.
  • Is naturally opposed to all Nazi deities, especially its patron Red Skull. As such, he has aligned himself with Captain America to deal with this threat.
  • Despite the rebuke, Bartlet accepted Superman's decision not to represent the American Way anymore. He agreed that the Man of Steel should move towards cooperation with the world in general, not just the country.
  • Guile has stated his support for the president, offering his services. Jed is fully cognizant of the seriousness of Guile's mission to stop M. Bison in the Pantheon and has told him to stay focused on monitoring Bison and his associates. Bartlet has also stated to be a fan of his theme song. He awaits the day someone adds the theme to one of his scenes.
  • Bartlet also had great respect for Guile's best friend Charlie Nash in Nash's first life, but became disappointed at Nash's new nihilistic attitude in his return from death. Upon the knowledge of Nash's epiphany and sacrifice to help facilitate the destruction of M. Bison's body, however, Bartlet regained his previous high regard for Nash. Being among the first to meet and welcome Charlie to the Pantheon, he also asked Charlie to go find Guile and request a conference for him.
  • The President has found himself acting as mission control to something far greater than the mere politics he's known for in his own universe, by virtue of Guile, Nash, and their Interpol friend Chun-Li risking their lives against the Homunculi of Amestris to investigate the barracks from which the ascension of King Bradley was orchestrated. With the details being exposed the next day that the Homunculi's Father had gained help from other magical villains to orchestrate this, Jed has since conferred both with Nash and his ally Selena Recital, as well as with fellow President Solidus Snake, in preparing for combat against the forces of evil. The Homunculi, as well as the new High Command team assembled by Bradley, have Bartlet and his allies in their sights. Despite this, he is not backing down, believing that he has God on his side.
  • Bartlet utterly despises Frank Underwood. Underwood, in turn, sees Bartlet as a delusional idealist who in his words, "barks and huddles more than he could accomplishes". The two could not be any more different personally and thematically; Bartlet is upstanding, inspiring and seeks to uphold the best of America while deeply caring and loving his family and friends. Underwood is condescending, manipulative, couldn't care less about America or it's populace and sees everyone and everything around him as a means to an end, even his wife. It's telling when Bartlet is one of the most acclaimed politicians by heroes whereas Underwood is a member of the GUAE Mastermind. While Bartlet seeks to do the best he could to maintain politics in the Pantheon and assure the most minimum damage possible, Underwood will do anything to sow discord and misery if it means advancing his political career.

Quasideities

    The Blues Brothers 
The Blues Brothers, Members  Gods of Missions from Higher Powers
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From left to right: Elwood and Jake.
  • Quasideities (Demigods when the Lord is on their side.)
  • Symbol: A silhouetted drawing of themselves.
  • Theme: "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"; Alternatively "Sweet Home Chicago".
  • Alignment: Neutral Good
  • Portfolio: Went on a mission from God to save their orphanage, Bash Brothers, Always in their distinct black suits, Impervious to bullets, explosives and car crashes, The Comically Serious, Always wearing their glasses, Bonded in the orphanage and adopted each other, caused a million dollars worth of damages in their quest, Big eaters, Drives Like Crazy, Crazy-Prepared, drives the Bluesmobile
  • Domains: Music, Criminals, Divine, Heroics, Orphans
  • Heralds: Curtis (their mentor) and The Band (Steve "the Colonel" Cropper – lead guitar, Donald "Duck" Dunn – bass guitar, Murphy Dunne ("Murph") - keyboards, Willie "Too Big" Hall – drums, Tom "Bones" Malone – trombone, "Blue Lou" Marini – saxophone, Matt "Guitar" Murphy – lead guitar, "Mr. Fabulous" Alan Rubin – trumpet)
  • Allies: Kermit the Frog, The Three Stooges, Brook, Sergey Stepanov/Epic Sax Guy, Amigo, Elite Beat Agents, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, The nuns and sisters of St. Katherine's Parish, Erica Fontaine, The Nostalgia Critic, Raphael/Phantom R
  • Enemies: I-No, Red Skull, Gihren Zabi, Wilhelm Strasse, Millennium & Adenoid Hynkel, Eric Cartman
  • Wary Around: Leia Skywalker
  • Opposed By: The House of Justice
  • The Blues Brothers are a Blues and Soul revivalist band that debuted in 1978 as guests on Saturday Night Live. Consisting of veteran R&B musicians, the band was fronted by the titular brothers themselves; Jake and Elwood Blues. Jake performed as lead vocalist while Elwood provided backup as either vocalist or playing the harmonica. Not long after debuting though, Jake ended up in prison and the band disbanded but when he was released, having served three years in a five year sentence, he and Elwood returned to the orphanage they grew up in to learn it would be closed down if they didn't pay their $5000 property tax at the end of the month. The brothers then went to a church to figure out how to get the money needed, where a divine light shined down upon Jake, giving him the answer they needed. They needed to get the band back together and perform a concert to get the money for the orphanage. And so the journey began, with Jake and Elwood travelling about to get their band members back together for the show... all the while avoiding Neo-Nazis, an angry country band, a mysterious homicidal woman - who turned out to be Jake's ex-fiancee - and the entire Illinois Police Department. But they weren't alone. All along the way, several miraculous events happened in the boys favour, including surviving explosions, point-blank gunfire, rocket launchers fired at them, and even having their car perform some incredible feats. But all that dissipated when the two finally completed their quest and received the receipt for the tax payment.
  • While in prison, the brothers received an invitation from one Kermit the Frog, who asked them to perform as guest stars for the Pantheon's Muppet Show, to which they accepted. Unfortunately, Elwood's drivers licence was still suspended and soon a massive manhunt was underway. Every member of the House of Justice were in hot pursuit of the duo, trying to be the first to apprehend them considering their notorious reputation. They managed to evade capture and perform several songs for the expecting audience... only to be arrested shortly after. Turned out the officers were all in attendance, and came prepared. Before they could send them away though, Kermit revealed he had spoken to the Court of the Gods prior to the concert, granting them a temple and position in the Pantheon. The Blues Brothers were now gods... and the police were not the least bit happy about it. In addition, they were also joined by their old mentor Curtis, who actually served as pre-show entertainment with his rendition of Cab Calloway's Minnie The Moocher.
  • Their temple leads to two locations; the first is Elwood's flophouse apartment in Chicago. A rundown, dilapidated place located right beside the transit system. They don't visit it much anymore, considering it was blown up by Jake's fiancee. The other place they can travel to is St. Helen of the Blessed Shroud Orphanage, the place the brothers grew up in and risked their lives to save. There is one catch to going there. They have to endure the wrath of Sister Mary Stigmata, also known as The Penguin. While she was thankful for the boys saving the orphanage, Sister Mary will still scold them for their foul language and the collateral damage they caused.
  • Jake and Elwood didn't ascend alone. Not only did they get Curtis, they also brought the whole band with them, the very same band they worked so hard to bring back together and wound up in prison with. The guys do a double shift; they work like they had back on Earth during the day, but come night, they're partying up a storm with the brothers. Together, the band keep busy in the Houses of Music and Theatre, performing sold out shows every night to wondrous applause. There is one thing the band all agrees upon though. They are not pretending to be "The Good Ol' Boys" anytime soon.
  • The Blues Brothers have garnered a lot of attention from the Pantheon's resident musicians. They've made friends, or at the very least acquaintances, with Brook, Epic Sax Guy, Amigo, and even music legends Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. All of them have partaken in duelling bands in the House of Music, much to the amazement and joy of anyone watching. Sometimes too, they team up to put on shows together. These productions are often even more exciting than the duelling bands scenarios. It has put them at odd with I-No, who tried to sabotage one of their shows on orders from Trollkaiger. They haven't forgotten and they haven't forgiven.
  • Jake and Elwood also attracted the attention of deities who also shared their stylish fashion sense too. In particular, The Elite Beat Agents have shown up to perform some sick beats to the band's music. As does the art thief Phantom R, who sometimes just goes to their concerts in his civilian disguise of Raphael. The brothers don't recognize him out of costume, but still welcome him all the same.
  • Their tendency for destruction and illegal actions led to the Blues Brothers developing a peculiar friendship with the Three Stooges, who sometimes join them at concerts and whenever they're on the run from the House of Justice. The Stooges often consider themselves Blood Brothers, and seeing as Jake and Elwood forged their longtime friendship in the orphanage, they decided to come along for the ride. As such, the boys have been teaching the three all about blues and soul music.
  • Turns out the Brothers had an adorning fan in the form of the Nostalgia Critic, who not only enjoyed and praised their quest, but also looked into two other timelines involving the duo. For their part, Jake and Elwood were pleased to have someone enjoy their music and comedic antics. Still, they haven't excepted his resume into joining up with the band. They're looking for real musical talent after all.
  • Despite their rough interactions with The Penguin, the boys were hesitant to meet the Pantheon's resident nuns. Luckily for them, the few they managed to bump into were actually more courteous. The nuns and sisters of St. Katherine's Parish appreciated their musical talent and they, along with Erica Fontaine, were happy to hear the boys journey to save the orphanage, even more-so after learning the Lord was on their side. That said however, they don't support the Blues Brothers growing up and becoming common thieves, with filthy mouths and bad attitudes.
  • If there is one thing the Blues Brothers cannot stand, it would probably be Nazis. In their home world, they had to contend with a band of Illinois Nazis, note  and throughly humiliated them at every step, even when those same buffoons tried to kill them. As a result, the brothers have a very low opinion on the Pantheon's resident Nazis, including Red Skull, Gihren Zabi, Wilhelm Strasse, Millennium & Adenoid Hynkel). The feeling is mutual, as all the aforementioned deities desire to put down the pair and make them suffer.
    • This animosity towards the Nazis has also lead to the Blue Brothers opposing Eric Cartman, who is sympathetic to their cause and has tried on a few occasions to burn down their orphanage. They were not letting that happen, and quickly sent him jumping into a river by driving the Bluesmobile right at him.
  • The boys are hesitant to interact with or even be around Leia Skywalker, not because she's a well respected official in both the Pantheon and her home galaxy, but because she physically resembles Jake's murderous ex-fiancee. Even when they were on their mission, Jake and Elwood had several close encounters with the mystery woman and with Leia's potential Force powers, they don't want to tick her off. For her part, Leia doesn't hate the Blues Brothers, more like doesn't tolerate their reckless behaviour, seeing them as almost like Han Solo back in his smuggling days.
  • Rumour has it, in Ness' home universe, there is a musical group called the Runaway Five, who were, in many ways, similar to the Blues Brothers, even bearing the Japanese name Tonzura or Runaway Brothers. Jake and Elwood took this similarity as mere coincidence, but they were somewhat amused that there were other people emulating their style.
  • Rumours have run rampant through the Pantheon that Jake apparently died while in prison, the orphanage was sold off and Elwood had to track down Curtis' illegitimate son. The boy don't buy into that story, and would rather continue their own shenanigans in the Pantheon instead of try their luck in other timeline.
  • The gods were quick to make an assessment of how much damage the boys and other parties involved cause in their home world. Suffice to say, they were flabbergasted.
  • "They'll never catch us. We're on a mission from God."
  • Also in the Sub-House of Motivations For Heroism.

    Hifumi Togo 
Hifumi Togo, Patron Saint of Ambiguous Christianity (The Venus of Shogi, Beautiful Shogi Player, Phony Princess)
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  • Quasideity
  • Symbol: The Star arcana and a Shogi piece
  • Theme Music: Penalty Time
  • Alignment: Neutral Good
  • Portfolio: Shōgi Humble Hero, Also A Gravure Model, Having A Manipulative Stage Mom, Implied To Be Catholic, Propaganda Shogi Hero, Daddy's Girl, All the Other Reindeer, Named After A Real Life Shogi Star, Possible Romance Option, The Strategist, Demoted to Extra
  • Domains: Shogi, Possible Catholicism, Theater, The Stage, Mentors
  • High Priest: Cross Marian
  • Allies: The Phantom Thieves of Hearts (particularly Ren Amamiya), Sojiro Sakura, Joseph Joestar, Son Chi-Chi, Leopold Butters Stotch, Pacifica Eliza Northwest, Both Yugi, both Chiaki Nanami, Cedric Diggory, The Chosen Revenants
  • On good terms with: Steve Rogers
  • On speaking terms with: Iroque, Felonius Gru, Amakusa Shirou Tokisada, gamers in general
  • Rivals: Other shogi players like Sora and Shiro
  • Enemies: The Child Abuse Supporters, Nobuyuki Sugou, Bandit Keith, The D'arby brothers
  • Opposes: Yaldabaoth, YHVH
  • Hifumi Togo is a young lady who attends Kosei High School. An accomplished shogi player, she practices hard and has a lot of passion for the game. However she has a manipulative Stage Mom, who lives vicariously in making her a Propaganda Hero by fixing her matches. Thanks to the Phantom Thieves she managed to break out of this and become a genuine player, regaining her passion for the game.
  • The first to greet her in the ascension ceremony was Ren, as well as his crew, four (or five) of whom she saw during the Valentine's Day incident, and one whom she recognized from school. Thanks to Sojiro, she doesn't hold it against him, given how much her life had been otherwise improved.
    • With their activities made public, while Hifumi knew that Ren was among the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, she was surprised to hear that four of her unknowing "rivals" and her schoolmate were members as well. She also now "remembered" witnessing their showdown against Yaldabaoth. Ren also came clean about his Phantom Thief business and their Personas, making Hifumi feel a little proud that her shogi lessons actually helped them significantly.
    • There are those who ask her opinions on Yusuke, given they go to the same school. Unfortunately, she has nothing to provide that the Phantoms can't.
  • For unexplained reasons, Hifumi mentions she feels unusually close to the Thieves as if she was somehow meant to be a part of them. It's later revealed by their superiors at Atlus that she was planned to join the team (specifically, as a radical alternate strategist to Makoto), but the persistent delays already was working against them. That said, her acquiring a Persona is possible in the Pantheon, but the TV World will have to be the place where she gets it, since her Catalyst (her Stage Mom) has already been dealt with by Ren.
  • There is a good chance that she may be Catholic, but it's never made concrete. She hangs out in a church, her hair ornament could be easily seen as a trinity knot and is named after a Catholic shogi player. However she hasn't expressed any opinion about religion on the matter and even noted that given she is supposed to be Ambigious about it, does not feel she should answer. Amakusa Shirou Tokisada seems interested in her, being the original Japanese Christian.
  • Given her manipulative stage mom, she has a bone to pick with abusive parents. Especially the Child Abuse Supporters, who are far worse than her own mom was. She's sympathetic towards those forced to hold to their parents' controlling standards like Butters and Pacifica Eliza Northwest. She feels bad for Gru due to turning to anti-villainy in part for the respect of his distant mother.
  • Initially held some reservations about Son Chi-Chi due to her Education Mama personality and wanting her kids to study when they often want to fight. However after talking it out with her, it's clear she cares for their wellbeing and person, and usually relents to let them save the world anyway. At the end of the day, there was no hard feelings and they ended up becoming friends.
  • Glad that her matches are no longer being fixed. Though later derided for it and her reputation broken, she doesn't mind as she's finally able to play the game fresh, on her own terms. For this reason she has no respect for Bandit Keith, who shows zero shame or desire to change his ways. She has even less respect for Nobuyuki Sugou, as he's a thoroughly disgusting and reprehensible gamer, or the D'arby brothers due to stealing the loser's soul.
  • On good terms with Captain America. While a very different type of Propaganda Hero, they both know what it's like to believe in the lie and prove themselves to be humble heroes at the end of the day. She seems to be on speaking terms with Jotaro Kujo, due to having the same Star arcana as his Star Platinum. However it is his grandfather Joseph Joestar she is friends with(getting over some anti-Japanese sentiment he has), due to being fond of gaming and Joseph being a nerd who seems interested in the sport.
  • Spends most of her time in the House of Gaming, and her down time in a church in the House of Faith. She's got along with both Yugis for being skilled gamers, and Chiaki Nanami. She respects Cedric Diggory's sport ethic, and has become a friendly rival with Sora and Shiro due to being shogi players (among several other games).
  • Many raise their eyebrow at her… enthusiastic way of her playing shogi. She says it was something she got from her dad, but she is still a little embarassed about it.

    Rosemary Woodhouse 
Rosemary Woodhouse, Patron Saint of Religious Horror (Rosemary Eileen Reilly)
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    The San'Shyuum Hierarchs 
Incoming Transmission:

Your destruction is the will of the Gods... and we are their instrument.

The San'Shyuum Hierarchs, High Prophets of The Covenant (Prophets, Perfidia vermis [Worms of Treachery] | Prophet of Truth: Ord Casto, Prophet Hierarch, Ruler of the Covenant | Prophet of Mercy: Hod Rumnt, Mercy, The Philologist | Prophet of Regret: Lod Mron, Regret, Vice Minister of Tranquility)
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From left to right: The Prophet of Regret, Prophet of Truth and Prophet of Mercy
  • Theme Songs: Covenant Dance, Three Gates, One Final Effort
  • Quasideities, though the Covenant sees them as Greater Gods
  • Symbol: The Symbol of the Covenant
  • Alignment: Lawful Evil with some shades of Chaotic Evil
  • Portfolio: Prophetic leaders of the Covenant ruled by a caste system based on alien race, lived long lives thanks to medical technology, holds Gravity Thrones which gets cooler looking the higher the royalty, almost have no sympathetic qualities, initiated the war on Humanity to avoid the truth that humanity were the chosen successors of the Forerunners spilled
  • Domains: Religion, Hierarchies, Theocratic Leadership, Aliens, The Great Journey
  • Heralds: The rest of the Covenant forces
  • "Allies" (though it counts more to worshippers): Kane, Arcturus Mengsk, The Illusive Man, Doctor Doom, Shang Tsung
  • Heavily Opposed by: The Houses of FAITH and Leadership, The Corpus, Hierarch Artanis, Highlord Alarak, Sally Whitemane, Alexander Anderson, Kreia (for Truth), most AI (for Regret)
  • Commonality Connection with C.R.A.S.H (for Truth and Mercy)
  • Enemies:
  • Special Interest: The Didact, Meridia
  • The history of the Forerunners is a very long and arduous task to catalog and while records of such time period are lacking, the history can still be discovered throughout the galaxy, with all the Forerunner technologies in most planets, often taking mysterious shapes and sizes. It is these technologies that would soon take interest by a certain species, the San'Shyuum or "Worms of Treachery", as objects of worship and soon, their word would become gospel among those who believed in their teachings. With their word spread, many alien species would follow them on such dogmatic ideals, starting from the warrior-race Sangheili, to the lowly Unggoy, all under the banner and promises of godhood. This conglomerate would soon take formation on a more theocratic approach and would become the alliance known as Covenant, all alien species under it would unite under one goal: the fulfillment of the Great Journey, the goal of transcendence, through a Halo ring.
    • While collecting more of the Forerunner artifacts, slowly did some of the San'Shyuum discover that the Forerunner technologies seen have a specific inheritor, of which did not point at them as what their faith made them to believe, but rather, pointing towards another race, human beings. This truth was something that the Prophets would not risk spilling or it would destroy the very foundations of what the Covenant was built upon. With resolve and the utmost importance of safekeeping the truth, the Prophets, spearheaded by the Prophet of Truth, unleashed the Covenant against human forces on their assault at the planet Harvest all while killing anyone within their ranks and those within the alliance who would become threats to their secrets. The glassing of the planet and their transmission soon became the very pillars of one of the largest wars humanity has faced in their entire millennia and at the same time, the seeds to their fall.
  • A slipspace portal once appeared from the very front gates of the Pantheon, with large ships of varying sizes arriving. The first greeting was the destruction of the House of Defense, a signal that alarmed all of the sudden attack. The military might of many armies responded to this sudden surge of otherworldly forces were outmatched, outgunned and overpowered by the massive scale of this threat. However, a man donning green armour and an alien Sangheili with black armour engaged the alliance appeared in the battlefield and the tide of the battle changed, as many of the enemy forces were decimated by the combined teamwork of the two. This forced the threat to retreat into one of the farther spaces of the Pantheon, with the arrival of a large flotilla of a city. The two warriors, who were recognized as the Master Chief and the Arbiter, knew that an old enemy has arrived and that old feuds will have to be settled. The Covenant has arrived, and their will on humanity's destruction is at hand.
  • To understand the Covenant as a whole, one must look into the origins and culture of these species. As they were one of the older species to exist in pre-historic times, often avoiding war and taking pleasures for themselves, their culture would change following their alliance with ancient humanity. With their alliance at a loss against the Forerunners in the ensuing Forerunner-Human Wars, did the culture suddenly take a radical turn of events, as many would leave their pleasures for safety aboard an Ark. With the memories of the Forerunners gone, the species then took reverence into the left behind remains of their technology, often praising it and considering it as relics of the gods. Though not all praises were equal, as two radical factions of San'Shyuum, the conservative Stoics and militaristic progressive Reformists, waged war for a holy Forerunner Dreadnaught. It was to protect the ship from being desecrated to preserve its' holiness or to study it for advanced purposes, that these wars would soon become the very basis of what the next phase of San'Shyuum life would be in the next ages of the galaxy, an age of Conflict, Doubt and Reclamation.
    • Soon after, an aspiring San'Shyuum by the name of Ord Casto, slowly rose to power due to his diligence within the holy city of High Charity. From then on, he discovered a conspiracy from the neighboring Kig-Yar or Jackals about their plans to render the Unggoy or Grunts to be infertile. While he demanded strict punishments, he was ignored and when discovered, the city was in chaos as the Grunt Rebellion took place. After the pacification process, the Age of Doubt began to unfold towards the leadership and in an act of either forgiveness or rash decisions, he was promoted to Minister. Such position would soon become a tool for Ord's rise to Hierarchy as he met another official by the name of Lod Mron, who offered him Forerunner relics for a chance to a position as a Hierarch of the Covenant. This, alongside the meeting of one last member, the Philologist Hod Rumnt, and the sudden reactivation of an AI within the holy city brought them an unfortunate revelation that would soon become the reason for their rise to power.
    • As the Covenant were based on the ideology that they are the rightful inheritors of the Forerunners, the truth Ord, Mron and Rumnt discovered that the San'Shyuum were not the chosen inheritors, but rather, it was humans who were chosen to rule the technologies and safekeep them. Realizing that the organization's basic premise was at risk, the trio would plot a scheme that would not only keep these truths hidden, but to maintain the religion they have learned for years. After blackmailing the prophets at that time, they used a coup to oust the remaining officials, and after being recognized, rose to power and named themselves the Prophets of Truth, Regret and Mercy respectively. As for their first line of action, it was to plot the location of the humans to eradicate them from their path. And while the destruction of the planet Harvest resulted in Covenant victory, another problem rose: Harvest wasn't the only human-occupied planet, as there are thousands. With this in mind, the Prophets all agreed on a full-scale war with humanity, to usher the path of the Great Journey.
    • The Covenant-Human War can be described as a losing battle for the humans, as the Covenant's large numbers, alongside their superior plasma technology, has resulted in terrible casualties for the humans. It wasn't until the discovery of the first Halo ring, Installation 04, that the tides for the Covenant changed. Meeting the Demon, a human clad with green armor, this one person would become the Covenant's most problematic threat able to defeat swaths of Covenant forces with ease, especially after the destruction of said Installation. However, he wasn't the only problem. At the same time, an infestation of the Flood appeared on the installation, and soon after, San'Shyuum and Sangheili relations were at an all time high after the assassination of the Prophet of Regret, leading to the Great Schism, the major turning point of the Covenant, resulting into the Sangheili-Jiralhanae Wars. Subsequent defeat after defeat, from the loss of High Charity and the Prophet of Mercy, to the rising Flood infestation, the Prophet of Truth would make one last effort to continue the Great Journey. The Prophet of Truth would soon meet his demise on the Ark, moments from firing all the Halo arrays, signalling the end of the Covenant.
  • Arrival of the alien threat may have not been a pleasant surprise for many Pantheon members, but moreso for two deities, the Master Chief and the Arbiter, known as Thel'Vadam. The experience the two had to endure from the first sighting at Installation 04 to the Great Schism was massive and to detail their tales with the Covenant would take days as records of their conflicts are quite numerous. As the Pantheon was expanding, The Arbiter expected that an old foe will soon come against them, not just the Flood but the Covenant at their doorsteps. While it may not be the main organization as a whole, they did not expect that the Prophets themselves would take the helm, making it easier for them, though if the Prophets are present, the Covenant is definitely nearby.
    • Moments after the Covenant made landfall, the Prophets ordered full elimination of all humans present in their vicinity to make way for their newfound home. All the while, the Prophets made meetings within the Court of the Gods, explaining their religion to them. Distraught as the rest of the council laughed at their attempt and giving them a low rank, the Prophets opened fire on the entire Court, and continued their way to prepare for permanent residency. However, they were informed that the Flood have made presence way before their arrival, forcing them to find better ground to avoid getting assimilated again.
    The Flood: You will be food; nothing more...
  • Humanity was at the brink of extinction during the Human-Covenant War, and knowing that the leaders arrived, it would make sense when many of Earth's armies mobilized against their arrival, as they are not willing to let that happen again. Diplomatic attempts were suggested by XCOM though the Prophets seem to decline any chance in doing so. Shipmasters and generals such as the likes of Honor Harrington and Commander Shepard have been told to prepare when the Covenant arrives, while others like Samus have been told to prepare for the Prophets' assassination, even considering working with the Master Chief. And the Tenno and Guardians have decided to drop their rivalry to hold off the Covenant's arrival. It makes you wonder why the Prophets never considered actually bringing humans into the Covenant although Truth want to make sure his power and rule is absolute.
  • The Covenant's reputation has been received quite negatively for the most part. Having a rule based solely on dogmatic ideals has been a thing in the past, as said by the guardians of the House of Leadership, stating how the Prophet's wishes of Godhood is nothing more but unrealistic. Truth responded by calling the entire house heretics (which ironically, they are in) while Mercy and Regret called more forces to assault the neighboring temples. It was a mess to clean up as the Covenant proved they are more than just a religious cult. Same with the House of Faith, who are rather against the Covenant's "Great Journey", criticizing their beliefs that borders on genocide, a prospect that while Regret and Mercy have no idea upon, Truth knows.
    • Things got messier when another theocracy was discovered by Covenant forces, although they were wiped out at a moment's notice. The theocracy in question? The Imperium of Man. The discovery of the San'Shyuum lead to multiple assaults on both guardsmen regiments and space marines which lead a massive blow due to their superior technology. Though the Emperor says he wants nothing to do to a faction that is too connected to dogmatic religion, many point out that the Imperium is solely run on the idea of the Emperor's God-like position, a position that he would kindly wish to get rid off with a new reformation on the way. This also applies with its counterpart, Chaos who are also fundamentalists when it comes to which Chaos God they follow, who are off-putted when the Prophets spoke about how the Great Journey would make them as gods, as they have ascended into godhood already, or so at the very least think in some regard.
    • Then there were the other alien species that were too militaristic for their own good, or had agendas that would never align with their religion, such as the case with the Grineer, and Oryx, who can see suspicion the Prophets would say. Oryx in particular has some interest with them, mainly because the Hive are fundamentalist in thinking, much like how the dogmatic ideals of the Covenant are placed. However, seeing that the San'Shyuum are extremely fragile and very weak, it would make sense for him to reject them and cast them away for their unfit status for Sword Logic. The Prophets did not take this rather kindly and has ordered both Oryx and the Grineer's forces to be destroyed. Then came the Infested, and while records of their first meeting were sparse, some say that the sounds of glassing plasma were heard in one of the Infested's locations.
      • Special mention especially goes for the Corpus, who's MO seems to ring quite well with the Covenant's religion. For one, both praise something either with veneration or with extremism, as well as the belief that they are the next successors of a certain race/empire, which is what the Corpus thinks for their supposed inheritance with the Orokin Empire. A message from the actual founder himself, Parvos has stated how he is in discontent as to what the Corpus has turned itself into, a profit-worship so extreme it almost leans to cult territory. And to him, seeing that the Prophets are almost no better than Nef Anyo especially with their beliefs has him in disgust with the rest of the Covenant. It does not help that the actual faction has issues with how the Prophets see some of the Forerunner technology are treated and have spoken how they would treat the same technology with better care on their helm (read: weapon conversion).
    • Regarding the House of Faith, many cannot deny how firm and dedicated the Covenant are, and with the word of the Prophets based entirely on their religion, it surprised them how the Covenant did not fall for a long time, hell other humans like Sally Whitemane and Alexander Anderson have respected their devout faith even though it is a lie. Though, the same cannot be said for the trio as they consider the other religions on the house to be heretical and have repeatedly glassed the House on numerous occasions. While they have stopped in favor or more human targets, they have expressed to glass half the portion of the Pantheon if even a single human is in presence.
    The Prophet of Truth: You are, all of you, vermin. Cowering in the dirt, thinking... what, I wonder? That you might escape the coming fire? No. Your world will burn until its surface is but glass!
  • Past history of the Protoss shows how much faith they had in the past, hence the terms of zealot and templar, with some sprinkled thoughts of hierarchy, possible Confucianism? However, they have strayed away from the thought of praising their creators or they might tap into the unknown, something demonstrated with the Tal'darim, well until Amon was discovered and they removed their worship of him and the Xel'naga. Nowadays, the hierarchy remains the same, albeit with removed priorities. So to hear that both Artanis and Alarak have opposed the Prophets was a shock among most alien deities, since the duo's relations with each other have not yet gotten any better, but they know that such dogmatic faith often results to galactic damage should it be uncontrolled.
  • It goes to show much faith did the Prophets place among the Covenant that it disgusted Kreia for their lies. Noticing how the San'Shyuum are basically liars, she can only show her disgust and a smile hearing the Covenant's fall. Unfortunately, that will not happen a second time, and with the Prophets preparing for the Covenant's Great Journey, she only has one thing to say that describes their whole charade:
    Kreia: It is such a quiet thing, to fall... But far more terrible is to admit it.
  • At one point, the trio stopped by at a Forerunner temple that they had scouted, as numerous other Covenant scouting troops failed to report in time. As they entered the temple, they were in utter shock to see that a living Forerunner exists and have knelt deeply, while also in shock to see that several of their forces were in control by this Forerunner, the Didact. Hearing what the Covenant has done to take the technologies of the Forerunners, he believes that these beasts and their kings are to be taken control of, to which the trio retreated with utmost haste. Upon further evaluation, with at least one Forerunner alive, there may be hope that more could be uncovered and that their faith may be relinquished, although Truth expects this as that will garner more power for him to take over.
  • The Prophet of Truth is the main architect of the Covenant as a war machine. With knowledge that the Forerunners chose humans as the next inheritors or reclaimers, he knew that should the Covenant discover this truth, it would deal a massive blow to their religion and would destroy their authority. To prevent such, he would orchestrate numerous battles to ensure that humanity has no chance whatsoever to claim such title. But after the discovery of more human colonies, the decision was clear, to continue with the Great Journey, humanity had to be eradicated, whatever the costs. Ultimately, sacrificing the remaining Prophets and the holy city, as well as minutes from opening the Ark, did he find himself near defeat at the hands of the person he saved in the past, Thel'Vadam, who he appointed as Arbiter, to go within suicidal missions all for the name of the Great Journey and saw lies, especially on Truth. One energy sword on the back was enough to kill the last Prophet of the Covenant warmachine.
    • Faith is perhaps the main driving force of the entire organization and Truth knows, this, utilizing it against the enemies of the Covenant with full force. However, he knows that in reality, the Halo Rings are superweapons that, if fired, will wipe out the galaxy in its entirety> That isn't stopping him from activating the rings, as if the rest of the galaxy is wiped out, then many surviving species will see him as a god, fulfilling his wanderlust for absolute power.
    • Since then, many people have expressed interest in joining the Covenant out of pure seeking for a better chance at Godhood. While the Prophet has expressed his disdain for human subjects, some of them grow interest out of advantage. Arcturus for instance, can allow the Prophets to track all remaining Terran colonies to wipe out, Kane is notorious for his scheming that may even be equal with his, the Illusive Man's assets can be worthwhile to control, while Victor von Doom's history of stealing cosmic powers from even more powerful deities has caught wind in his interest. Though he is limiting his chances, because the moment they discover the truth of the "reclaimers", that is where Truth and the remaining Prophets cross the line.
      • Then his wish for godhood was contested by a visit from the self-proclaimed justice bringer, Zamasu, who was amused at Truth's wish for higher power while at the same time, abhorring the nature of humanity and their potential rule as Gods. While Zamasu can see similar connections with him, the Prophets are utterly weak physically, thus silencing his bond with them. Though he watches in pure joy as the Covenant glass whatever is left of many mortals, proclaiming it as pure popcorn fun on his side.
    • Religious on the outside, yet manipulative from the inside, the Prophet of Truth, for his ironic name, is a master of lies, often deceptive and also strategic at his plans when it comes to his close allies. Even other strategists with the likes of Lelouch cannot help but compliment Truth's manipulations on the Covenant Hierarchy, though such compliments are short-lived when Britannia found itself under glassing by the Prophet, showcasing his utter contempt for anyone human.
    • "Whosoever is gripped by fear, take heed. I am the Prophet of Truth... And I am not afraid."
  • Hod Rumnt was a simple Philologist, studying one of the Forerunner constructs that housed a dormant AI that has not spoken to anyone for years. While studying the construct and the oracle, the AI was suddenly awakened and revealed the Forerunners' plan of giving humanity the title "Reclaimer". He, with the knowledge passed with him and the other two prophets, followed Truth's advice on safekeeping this truth. After rising to Hierarch as the Prophet of Mercy, he too would oversee Covenant operations alongside Truth and Regret and while closer to Truth as well as being the main calming influence for him, his eventual role was not out of pure religious function, but a manipulative function as Truth wanted more power following the Great Schism and just let him die on a Flood Infector with no mercy on his part.
    • Outside of that, he is the most fundamentalist of the entire bunch, genuinely believing that the Great Journey can elevate them to a higher plane of existence, a belief that Truth admires and also exploits as his naivety became one of Mercy's easiest exploit that allowed Truth to naturally usurp his power the moment High Charity was at risk. It doesn't help that Mercy's positions and even rank was all because of Truth, rather than based on his own efforts, and has been known only by those aspects.
    • There are rumors spreading about the Prophets and their similarities to a pair of humans, of which share certain fates that almost align in a similar manner. The comparison was drawn to C.R.A.S.H, or more specifically Tenpenny and Pulaski, almost seen as similar to Truth and Mercy respectively. Comparisons include the close bond between the two, how Truth and Tenpenny are manipulative while Mercy and Pulaski are known only for being close to their superiors as well as being easily angered, and their fates, with Pulaski and Mercy being used only up until their worth nothing and Tenpenny and Truth killed by the very same people they've manipulated for so long. The fact that such rumor exists, angers both prophets, and Mercy especially have declared that anyone who speaks of such heresy will have their place glassed.
    • "Halo! Its divine wind will rush through the stars, propelling all who are worthy along the path to salvation!"
  • Lastly, the Prophet of Regret, who is perhaps the youngest among the three, was among those who saw the truth of the "Reclaimer". After appointed as High Prophet, he would oversee military operations on the frontlines, often working with the Elites in the front, but his overly rash personality slowly becomes a crux of the operation. In the ensuing chaos after the destruction of Installation 04, him and his fleet decided to personally face the humans on Earth, which proved to be a rash and terrible mistake as his forces were overwhelmed and retreated to another Halo, where he would meet his demise by the Master Chief, but most importantly, knew that someone within the High Council was planning to usurp his power as Hierarch. To his suspicions, it was Truth, but inevitably, could not avoid his fate.
    • While being dedicated to the Great Journey, he cannot comprehend some of the explanations of their faith, especially with AI. For one, the AI he met in his world are often talking about "containment" and "protocols" which he knows nothing about, as well as dismissing anything regarding about their religion. The AIs he has talked here are almost no better, with him declaring them to be incessantly annoyed at their constant rebuking of his statements.
    The Prophet of Regret: Of all the objects our lords left behind, there are none so worthless as these Oracles! They know nothing of the Great Journey!
    • "Every member of the Covenant shall walk the path. None will be left behind when our Great Journey begins. That is the Prophets' age-old promise, and it shall be fulfilled!"
  • The Prophets' original temple can be found within the House of Leadership, on Fantastical Leadership.

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