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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 and 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
  • Allies: Asura (her father), Madoka Kaname, Amaterasu, Rubick, Bloody Marie, Atreus, 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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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.

    The Sephirot/Patron Librarians 
The Sephirot/Patron Librariansmembers  Holy Representatives of the Kabbalah (Original names ; Alternative names )
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The Patron Librarians. Left to right: Gebura, Netzach, Tiphereth, Yesod, Binah, Hokma, Malkuth, Hod, and Chesed
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The Sephirah 
Binah 
  • Gebura and Binah are Intermediate Deities, the rest are Lesser Deities but can demonstrate Intermediate levels of power when using E.G.O. from Abnormalities.
  • Symbols:
  • Theme Songs:
  • Alignment: True Neutral. Binah was Lawful Evil in her past life as Garion.
  • Portfolio: Humans turned AI then Human-looking entities, Color-Coded for Your Convenience, Many are former Nest Dwellers who followed Carmen's dream, Really 700 Years Old from the repeated "Groundhog Day" Loop, Separating their lives as humans, Sefirot, and Librarians
  • Domains: Corporations (formerly), The Kabbalah, Time Loops, Books, Libraries
  • Heralds: Tiphereth B/Enoch, The Assistant Librarians (shared with Roland and Angela)
  • Formerly Affiliated with: Lobotomy Corporation
  • Special Relationship: The Abnormalities
  • Allies: Angela and Roland
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
  • On Speaking Terms with:
  • Enemies: The Reverberation Ensemble, Sweepers, Chaos Insurgency, Alice (Bibliomania), Big Brother, O'Brien, The Four Libertines, Captain Beatty, the Dazzlings, the Music Meister, Courtney Gears, the Necrodancer and the Golden Lute
  • Interested in:
  • Pitied by:
  • Opposed by/Opposes: Global Occult Coalition
  • Lobotomy Corporation was one of the 26 Wings of the World that governed the City and its inhabitants. The main branch’s facility is divided into departments, each one managed by a different AI known as a Sephirah. While they do their jobs well enough, their personalities are all dysfunctional in some shape or form. As the Manager would find out, their connection with the Sephirot goes far deeper than just working at the same company. Save for Angela, the Sephirot are not true AI — they’re people he was familiar with in life as Ayin before L Corp was formed, resurrected as machines leading the different sectors where he would eventually make peace with after their Meltdowns during the time loop and fulfilling their ultimate goal of curing mankind’s “disease”.
    • Thinking they’d finally be laid to rest after shining the Seed of Light across the City and L Corp is dissolved, Angela rose up and tried to hijack it for herself. After a long battle, the two sides decided to strike a deal in which Angela would create the Library. Here, they’d be brought back and serve as Patron Librarians and help receive Guests while they hope to complete the project they bled and died for. Despite their agreement, they (barring Binah) aren't thrilled to throw human life away again and are very vocal about it even as the Library grows and rises in threat level, though thankfully Angela would eventually have a change of heart and restart the Seed of Light after all.
  • Their ascension came at the result of X putting a good word about them to the Court of Gods and they ended up filing them under Kabbalah due to how their personalities and stories heavily draw from it, current names aside. Around the same time, Netzach and his Librarians ended up stumbling into the Pantheon through the same way Angela and Roland did the first time around while trying to evade work again. Many of his fellow Librarians tried tracking them down and ended up finding about the said door thanks to Angela after teleporting the Patron of Art and his assistants didn't work. Sure enough, after some digging and being welcomed by the Pantheon they found Netzach and his crew piss drunk in the Hall of Alcohol.
  • The general reaction to Ayin, who's now a separate entity to X, is complicated. Ayin was responsible for pushing many of them into a breakdown back when they were Sephirah, and many were directly wronged by him as humans before that. On the other hand, part of the purpose of L Corp's time enclosed space was to make amends with them and help them with their problems prior to their deaths. The sole exceptions to this are Binah, a former enemy who came to respect Ayin for his perseverance and believes they're quite alike, and Hokma, who remains loyal to his dearest colleague and friend. On the other hand, Ayin and X are glad they (excluding Binah) are doing well in their continued lives as librarians.
    • Then there's getting to the fact that L Corp is once more operational, managing and housing monsters that are mostly manufactured from humans, and the brutality of L Corp proved to be no different to any of the other Wings even if the end goal was for a good cause. At the very least, many of them can take solace in the fact that the conditions are far better in the Pantheon than in the City.
  • Like Angela and Roland they would be joined by the Assistant Librarians, former agents of L Corp’s main branch, to serve as their Heralds. They mainly helped assist the Patron Librarians in receiving Guests though after Angela’s change of heart they no longer do that. In the Pantheon, they are usually either on their off time or running errands for their bosses and during their first day they wasted no time in taking some time off after everything happened. They also frequently hand around L Corp's employees, mainly the senior members who didn't end up joining them as Assistant Librarians.
    • Contrasting the Head Librarian and Grade 9 Fixer, however, the group would be joined by another Herald: Tiphereth B aka Enoch. Having suffered breakdowns and restarts that became more frequent over time he was eventually put to rest by the time L Corp went under. Everyone else chose to leave them alone as Tiphereth A/Lisa tearfully reunited with her dearest companion.
  • Their surprise regarding a still-functional L Corp didn't end there. Like Angela and Roland, many were alarmed to find that in addition to Abnormalities that ascended alongside L Corp some have already made their stay in the Pantheon as full-fledged deities themselves. Thankfully, they're not left unmonitored as both L Corp and the SCP Foundation have taken the necessary measures regarding them. The latter is even more geared toward containing entities like them rather than actively creating more of them to exploit and they ended up placing the Patron Librarians under observation as well due to their current affiliation with Angela and her Library. Part of the SCP Foundation's involvement stems from keeping Groups of Interest such as the Global Occult Coalition and Chaos Insurgency at bay. Curiously, they've learned from Angela and Roland that all Librarians are able to draw power from the Abnormalities of their respective floors, including E.G.O., as though they were still within the Library. While they can't wield it as freely as L Corp's Agents do, it's still a massive boon and something their enemies should look out for.
  • And speaking of enemies, being the denizens of Angela's Library, they naturally also share many of the enemies she made in the Pantheon. Having lived under the rule of the Heads of the World they oppose the likes of Big Brother, O’Brien, and The Libertines. They tried appealing to the likes of Binah given her former status as an Arbiter of the Head though their requests fell on deaf ears. Having experience with music-themed Abnormalities such as Singing Machine and Silent Orchestra, as well has having fought against the Musicians of Bremen and later the Reverberation Ensemble they are also not too fond of the Dazzlings, the Music Meister, Courtney Gears, the Necrodancer, and the Golden Lute.
  • Malkuth only:
    • The cheerful and passionate Patron Librarian of History and former Sephirah Head of the Control Team. She was once an impatient, clumsy but otherwise unremarkable woman named Elijah whose desperate desire to prove herself lead to her death to Cogito after a private experiment went horrifically wrong. Reborn as Malkuth, she retained the earnest desire of her previous life which led to her pushing the employees under her care to their absolute limit. Following her Meltdown, however, began to move past her desire for validation in favor of standing on her own two feet instead. While Malkuth is still as bright and hardworking as ever, she takes care to be more reflective of the past after becoming a Librarian. Her eventual confrontation with Angela over the AI refusing to look back would instigate a freakout not too dissimilar to what the Sephirot went through, a first in what would be recurring event but also the beginning of Angela changing for the better.
    • She relates to Mikuru Asahina and Sumia as they're similarly clumsy people like her previous self. Meanwhile the two pity the fact that clumsiness was what got her killed. By her third try at life Malkuth is no longer the clumsy and unorganized person she once was as Elijah, for the most part. The two have kept their silence about the time Malkuth chucked a sword through someone's window while showing off her swordsmanship to them.
    • One dream of hers that she picked up during her time as a Librarian was becoming an architect after she got outside. Her reasoning was that Elijah worked hard to get people to acknowledge the world's many different "colors" while her peers were stuck only looking at the "black and white things" of the world, so to speak, and have long lost their focus in life. Thus, Malkuth would like to create memorable buildings that would leave an impression on future generations and change that. Since entering the Pantheon she has spent her free time in the House of Craft studying up on the various architecture and in one of those days she ended up crossing paths with John Stewart, a Green Lantern of Sector 2814. Malkuth ended up being one of the people who have studied under him thanks to his education in architecture, something John was happy to provide and help her out. She's quite impressed he is able to apply his knowledge to his Hard Light constructs.
    • One of the Abnormalities on the Floor of History is Scorched Girl, an Abnormality based on the Little Match Girl. The story is largely the same with her save for the ending where the entity actually burned to death and came back as a hateful specter who combusts when upset. The original girl instead dreamed of a happier life while she perished in the cold. Given the Scorched Girl's symbolism of abandonment present in both Malkuth and Angela's story, the former naturally connected to her and is one of many goods who look after the girl's continued life in the Pantheon. Coincidentally enough, the little girl's preferred name is actually Angela.
    • "It feels good to finally have the time to reflect on myself. Looking back at the lives I lived and the history I made. I think we didn’t spend enough time looking back. We were all too busy heading forward.”
  • Yesod only:
    • The calm, orderly, and professional Patron Librarian of Technological Sciences who was once the head of the Information Team. His past life as Gabriel was much the same, but something about him changed after Elijah’s death. While he bottled up his emotions his guilt surrounding her demise it quickly became an obsession with safety and he clawed himself to death in his insanity. As Yesod, his cold demeanor earned him the reputation of being a heartless Sephirah but it couldn’t be any farther from the truth. Following his Meltdown, Yesod allows himself to be more expressive without having to compromise his judgment and it is best shown with his disdain for Angela’s plans with the Library and her emphasis on the results rather than the process.
    • Spock and Yuki Nagato share similar stoic and logic demeanors to Yesod. The former can sometimes come off as ruthless in his decisions at times for the sake of his crew though he is in agreement with Yesod that logic isn't everything. While the state of the world Yesod hails from is utterly shocking to them, they (particularly Yuki) do find fascination in his findings and inputs that he gathered regarding the Technological Sciences of the City. Likewise, he's also interested in the many different technologies the Pantheon has in store as it is proof that such things don't necessitate the suffering of other people like the City's tech.
    • 2B related to Yesod over failing to maintain one's composure as she actively tried to suppress her own humanity only to consistently fail as she can't help but feel other people. This is especially grueling for her in the case of 9S as she was assigned to kill him should he dig too deep and has done so many times in the past but in the process, she ended up getting close to him as well. The YoRHa android's struggles with her own humanity and cycles of death reminded him of Angela's own turmoil back in L Corp. Meanwhile, becoming expressive overtime was something the likes of Byleth Eisner and Rei Ayanami were able to relate to Yesod over. Though, in their case they started out emotionless before learning to become more expressive overtime.
    • Befitting his serious nature, Yesod puts a heavy emphasis on tidiness though it's not nearly to an unhealthy degree back when he was Gabriel. This includes the state of one's clothing and will bring it up to those who meet with him. Occasionally, he'll talk about implementing a penalty point system regarding how one dresses themselves for gods who he will often see and work with, but he's just joking.
    • “We live in a world where everything changes constantly. It is not necessarily rational or wise to blindly follow a goal determined in the past. To keep up with the rapid changes this world goes through, we must maintain discretion at all times.”
  • Hod only:
    • Empathetic, demure, and overall, very approachable all describes the Patron Librarian of Literature who used to lead the Training Team in L Corp. Michelle was a young and timid girl in Carmen’s circle of followers. While bold to leave her Nest life behind, Michelle became increasingly disturbed by the deaths of her fellow colleagues and eventually reported what she saw to the Head, who proceeded to send an Arbiter to destroy the lab, and she hung herself from the guilt. As Hod, she saw her second life as a chance to make up for what she has done, but it was partly driven to assure she’s a good person. Her overbearing will to help had mixed results, and her lack of appreciation for it led to her Meltdown. After that, Hod came to a realization about her selfishness and vowed to be more genuine in her attempts from that point onward. Despite her grievances, Hod couldn’t bring herself to hate Angela believing she had her own reasons and sorrows to do so and believes she’s capable of becoming a good person in the end as well (which would be proven right, though it would be a long journey beforehand).
    • The act of atoning for one's actions in an effort to become a better person is something many can relate to. As far as Hod is concerned she has a lot to atone for given how she helped set things in motion, and she isn't alone when it comes to this. Hod relates to the likes of Siegfried Schtauffen, Omni-Man, Sasuke Uchiha, Hal Jordan, and Zuko all underwent journeys to better themselves and tend to talk with them often, though she admits Omni-Man and Sasuke intimidate her somewhat. Still, Omni-Man's son Mark has put in a good word for his sincerity, and she knows Sasuke is on good terms with both Angela and Roland. Even without that, however, she's willing to give them a chance regardless.
      • Sol Badguy seeks to hunt down the Gears as atonement for their creation, something she connects to L Corp inadvertently instigating the Distortion Phenomenon. While she'd like to meet him, and even knows he's not that bad of a guy, Hod respects his desire to be left alone and keeps her distance.
    • While Hoxton’s hatred for rats and traitors is well-known, he oddly hasn’t pulled anything big against Hod. Perhaps it’s because the circumstances regarding his experiences with whistleblowers are different compared to Hod’s and as such hasn’t targeted her. That, or it could be he doesn’t want to risk agitating the rest of her group, special mention going to Gebura.
    • Ever since she became a Librarian she began holding a book club with the assistants on her floor which began as a way healthily vent out her personal feelings. Since her arrival to the Pantheon, she began extending its members beyond that of the Librarians. She and her group tend to frequent the House of Narrative for this reason and she shares Angela's fascination for the many different stories the Pantheon has to offer.
    • “Everyone has their own stories. Even if someone is committing bad things right now... I don’t want to judge them based on solely the snippets I see of them. So I try to understand them in depth.”
  • Netzach only:
    • The lethargic and impassive Patron Librarian of Art and former Sephirah Head of the Safety Team. His original self, Giovanni, was an orphan who grew up in K Corp’s Nest and was a childhood friend to Carmen. He kept to himself for the most part, but he ended up volunteering for an experiment that was said to save the life of Carmen. In reality, it was to test Cogito’s dosage and his “noble sacrifice” amounted to nothing. Waking up as Netzach, he hated his job because he saw no point in trying to save the employees and mainly drank and took Enkephalin to pass the time. After his attempt at overdosing failed, Netzach took a step back and began to hold onto a bit of hope for the future and push through the pain to continue living. While Angela’s sabotage of the Seed of Light did little wonders for his mood, he still took what he learned back then to heart like everyone else and retained his appreciation for life and courage to live through many more tomorrows.
    • During his drunken incident around the Librarians' ascension he managed to acquire a number of drinking buddies that he tends to hang around often besides Roland and Gebura, though they join in on their adventures as well. These include the likes of Barney Grumble, Captain Haddock, Cana Alberona, and Drinky Crow. Thanks to them, Netzach has also tends to stop by several of the Pantheon's many taverns and bars. Technically, he could just make alcohol with the Library's Light but he'd have an easier time ducking out of his responsibilities if he's out drinking.
    • The Pantheon is home to many different types of people, including slackers and other lazybones and some of whom can match or even surpass Netzach's own indolence. Robbie Rotten and Belphegor are very serious about being lazy, something Netzach admits is a bit much, though has opted to just shrug and let them do their thing. He can't say the same for Merak, however, as he's appalled by his callousness towards anyone that isn't himself. Tanaka-kun is a perpetually listless schoolkid who has built a way of life around it, though he doesn't always think highly of it. Tanaka pities the circumstances Netz went through though he's glad he regained his spark. And while Netz finds Sans' pranks bothersome at times, he does find him to be a good guy to be around. It helps they do share a distaste for killing.
    • Having tossed away his well-being in both his first and second lives Netz had made sure to care of himself more on his third try. While his alcoholism may suggest otherwise, he does pace himself compared to when he was a Sephirah, and its more-so for fun than to drown his sorrows and he quit Enkephalin completely. He was able to relate to Tactical Doll Thunder quite a lot because of this as she went through an abusive past and had no issues quietly fading way until she became friends with M950A, a fellow T-Doll who was otherwise her opposite but nonetheless managed to reach out to her. Its thanks to her that Thunder changed her outlook for the better.
    • Fittingly enough he has a dream of becoming an artist himself if he was granted another chance in life, something that he picked up during his time as a Librarian. During the times he decides to stay sober and not laze around he has gravitated to the House of Craft to practice seeing as how his wish was sort of granted in the Pantheon. Kyle Rayner, being a painter himself, was among the first to help him get started and introduced Netz to others with similar crafts such as Yusuke Kitagawa, Adeleine, and Marianne. Yusuke, who opposes L Corp with the rest of the Phantom Thieves, was apprehensive at interacting with the librarian. Of course, Netzach made it explicitly clear that the Librarians as a whole are very much aware of the severity regarding their past actions and generally are not proud of them, even if it the end goal was to cure humanity.
      • While on the subject of art, Netzach is very vocal for his distaste for the kind of art that involves harming people be it oneself or others, even if he admits he may not have the best say when it comes to his past. In particular, he finds the teachings of Terence Fletcher a particular brand of disgusting as he isn't keen on abusing students to make them improve. Even if it does produce results, sugarcoating pain as anything but what it has no value or beauty to it, especially since Terence is ultimately a Glory Hound. Naturally, Fletcher took the time to hurl a bunch of insults and slurs against the librarian though Netzach barely, if at all, reacted to them. The most he got out of him was a disappointed sigh and a reaffirmation that he honestly despises that kind of art.
    • “Whatever you might be feeling right now, don’t just throw it away. Life goes on, after all. We all deserve to turn to the next chapter of our lives. So try to believe that there’s always gonna be an upcoming page to what you might be thinking is the end. Simply living out your life can be its own work of art.”
  • Tiphereth only:
    • The blunt and direct kid with a sharp tongue who serves as the Patron Librarian of Natural Sciences, formerly one of the dual Sephirot of the Central Command Team. In life, she was a little girl named Lisa who was always by the side of a boy named Enoch. They lived in the Outskirts together until a Fixer named Kali brought them to Carmen’s lab. Enoch was idealistic and wise for his age and volunteered for an experiment in Carmen’s stead that got him killed and Lisa cursed Carmen for it. She herself would be killed by the Arbiter’s attack on their facility in the Outskirts but she and Enoch would be resurrected as the Sephirah Tiphereth. While they handled their roles well, Tiphereth B/Enoch was prone to breaking which led to him being disposed of and replaced. Having to relive his death over and over again leads to Tiphereth A/Lisa breaking down. Following that, she admits that she held no expectations for the future as he did and was seriously bitter over not being able to see things the way he did. Starting now, however, Tiphereth would begin to hold onto the idea that things could get better next time and there's something to be found after going through so much pain.
    • With Tipherth B/Enoch alive and healthy in the Pantheon Tiphereth A/Lisa has taken the opportunity to talk about the things she witnesses while he was gone. Enoch is proud of the fact she became idealistic like him. Their connection to one another is often compared to the twins Devola and Popola, right down to the despair the surviving one suffered with their counterpart's demise. It helps that they're both involved in a project to help humanity that, unfortunately, was foiled. Both Tiphereth A and B are fond of listening to the two sisters sing from time to time.
    • Within the Trope Pantheons the gods come from all walks of life, even from places as desolate as the Outskirts that Tiphereth is familiar with. Chito and Yuuri are one such example as they scavenge a devastated world with no-one but themselves to keep each other company. By sheer luck Tiphereth managed to catch the two scavenging some ruins and ended up giving away Chito some books before parting ways.
    • Her Floor of Natural Sciences contains four Magical Girl Abnormalities (and one ambiguous entity connected to them) of whom she draws power from after suppressing them within their books. The Pantheon has many magical girls among their ranks, enough to even form an entire organization, though many are hesitant to meet her given their general opinion on L Corp housing the Abnormalities and Tiph can understand the existence of such entities may not all be that flattering to them. Still, there were exceptions:
      • Koyuki Himekawa, known more by her alias of Snow White, wanted to look more into those specific Abnormalities given her reputation of hunting rogue Magical Girls. While Snow White is ruthless in her methods, she would never resort to killing and is uncomfortable at the way human life was trampled in L Corp and in the Library though, the circumstances regarding both put them in a gray area. She does acknowledge that Tiphereth isn’t a terrible person, a rather idealistic one despite everything she went through, and has kept in contact with her if only to better monitor the magical girl Abnormalities.
      • During a walk home Hibiki Tachibana managed to cross paths with Tiphereth whose head was deep in mountains of books and papers. Hibiki’s intention was to reach out to Tiph after hearing about L Corp since their whole M.O. reminded her of Saint-Germain. Their first meeting went terribly as the Symphogear user tipped some stacks of books over and she had to endure an earful from Tiph. The following meetings went a lot better as they properly talked about each other’s experiences. Hibiki teared up at the kind of lives Tiph went through though the librarian told her not to sweat it. Meanwhile, Tiphereth is impressed by Hibiki’s tenacity to reach out and understand other people.
    • “It’s expectations that give us the strength to push through hardship... That we can trust things to become better tomorrow. That my life holds possibilities and significance that could make this world a better place.”
  • Gebura only:
    • The usual ways to describe the Patron Librarian of Language and former head of the Disciplinary Team are as follows: Reliable, to the point, serious, and somewhat hot-blooded. Kali grew up in the Backstreets of District 23, a part of the City infamous for cannibalism. She got used to the ever-present brutality there and took up Fixer work to get by and try and protect the people who didn’t disappear so soon. Sometime before becoming the Red Mist she overheard Carmen giving one of her many speeches in the Backstreets and ended up following her because her instincts told her she wasn’t any other hack or swindler. Even someone as strong as Kali could not elude death as she gave her life trying to defend the facility from rampaging Abnormalities, two Claws, and an Arbiter. Her failure to protect everyone manifested as an ever-burning hatred for Abnormalities which almost lead to the Sephirah leveling the company in her Meltdown. She soon calmed down upon recalling she didn’t completely fail to protect everyone and became far more cool-headed and tempered which carried over while becoming a Librarian.
    • Given her background, don't expect her to be all that fond of anyone who indulges in cannibalism. While the Pantheon as a whole is far from being as horrible as the City even it is not without its dark sides. The Sweepers being ascended gods are one thing, but the Hall of Flesh Eaters is another. While not all the deities there are actively malicious, but they're few and far between. Though her career as a Fixer ended with Kali's death at the hands of Garion, she will continue to protect others if the need arises, and the gods of that House were made aware of this after seeing Gebura overpowering some of their members on several occasions.
    • She is said to be one of the most proficient wielders of E.G.O., a feat few can genuinely match. Not only was she able to proficiently wield a low-purity version of Nothing There's E.G.O. Mimicry, Kali also was able to manifest a full suit of misty armor way before the Seed of Light was planted. As Gebura, her skills have dulled and even after regaining her strength from the defeat of a simulated version of Kali her strength still isn't quite the same.
      • Many of the ascended Soul Series gods and goddesses note Mimicry's similarities to the demonic weapon known as Soul Edge. Given the infamy of it and its wielder, Nightmare, this isn't a flattering comparison to be made and they're often cautious around her. Gebura admits their apprehension towards her isn't totally unfounded: Anyone who wields the E.G.O. of another risk losing themselves to its shell, herself included as Kali began to doubt herself after hearing the sword's mumblings before awaking her own E.G.O. Still, there's no malice between many of the good deities and Gebura is staunchly opposed to Nightmare as well as Soul Calibur as Gebura doesn't agree with the world it seeks to impose.
    • Shirou Emiya sought Gebura out after hearing of her reputation as a Backstreets hero when she was Kali given his own heroic ideals, he once held close. Gebura brushed her old reputation aside, saying she can't really describe what that's like, and she's only seen as a hero in other people's eyes. Though, in her opinion she thinks he did the right thing in choosing to protect those he cares about to save Sakura Matou. At one point, Shirou expressed interest in replicating Mimicry which after some deliberation Gebura ultimately accepted. After heading out to the House of Fighting and Combat, Shirou managed to summon a copy of Gebura's favorite E.G.O. weapon and try it out. The Mimicry that Gebura wields is of low purity compared to the ones L Corp's agents use, and though everyone becomes an Instant Expert with E.G.O. he was able to use it astonishingly well.
    • Overcoming her anger was what allowed Gebura to change for the better, and it would be the lesson she would pass onto Roland which would stick as he'd put aside his vengeful wrath and ultimately forgive Angela. As such, she gets along with Tom Lucitor and Domon Kasshu as they went through similar instances of reigning their anger either to improve one's characters or to fight to one's greatest potential. Tom pities the circumstances that led to Gebura festering such anger and can't imagine what it'd feel like in her perspective.
    • “I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel any anger or regret. Even though I couldn’t protect everyone, I saved the ones I could.”
  • Chesed only:
    • Probably the most casual and social of his group, whether as the Patron Library of Social Sciences or the Sephirah Head of the Welfare Team. He was a member of the upper-class named Daniel who had the intelligence and skill to pursue whatever future he wanted but his path would lead to him being among Carmen’s supporters. His life would come to an abrupt end at the hands of an Arbiter, who would intimidate him into releasing the Abnormalities on site. As Chesed, he started off eager to work in L Corp but would soon be broken into becoming into the laidback Sephirah directly under Angela’s thumb. After his attempt at rebellion is foiled during his Meltdown, Chesed chooses to not let his guilt and shame control him while he stops running away from the future and work towards making it better. While Angela foiling the Seed of Light and becoming a Librarian under her wing is unfortunate, Chesed is calm and relaxed as ever with the added caveat of being genuinely optimistic this time around. His somewhat playful attitude can (deliberately) get on people’s nerves, Gebura being his usual target, but it's all in good faith and is a genuinely nice person.
    • Dominic Cobb was another person overwhelmed with guilt, in his wits over driving his wife Mal to suicide. Said guilt manifested as a wraith resembling Mal that stalked Cobb and jeopardized the team's mission of infiltrating and implanting an inception in Robert Fischer's mind. Pretty heavy stuff overall, though Chesed is unsure what to make of the caper and his crew though the idea of diving into people's minds intrigues him somewhat.
    • His drink of choice will always be coffee if the mug on his hand wasn't a big enough indication already. One of the things Daniel asked on his first day in Carmen’s lab was to install a coffee machine so everyone on site could enjoy a cup while working. Chesed's love for the drink allowed him to befriend Godot, Pandemonica, and Jack Atlas. For Godot, they connected to their shared inability to let go of the past and being controlled by the guilt stemming from it. As for Pandemonica, while is she an actual sadistic demon he’s used to ticking off Gebura every now and then. More importantly, however, Pandemoinca chooses not to bring harm towards Chesed because the coffee he brews is just that good and is in a far more pleasant mood as a result. Lastly, for Jack Atlas they bonded for their shared preference for expensive coffee blends (Blue-Eyes Mountain coffee for the Jack), though the latter's love for it also wrecks his budget. Hanging around Chesed has alleviated his careless spending, if only a little bit.
    • The Abnormalities present on his section, the Floor of Social Sciences, are themed after The Wonderful Wizard of Oz including not only twisted versions of the Oz Gang, but also a deposed Princess Ozma and a malevolent Wizard of Oz. The actual Oz gang have already voiced their discomfort regarding their counterparts, something Chesed notes and sympathizes with, and they Chesed to be a pleasant guy to be around. He himself has promised to help them out if he can, be it problems involving their counterparts making a ruckus to more mundane ones.
    • “Maybe we can’t change the things considered normal right away. Even then, we’ll know shame at the very least. Simply knowing shame in this society will change a lot of things.”
  • Binah only:
    • Enigmatic, ominous, and insightful are perhaps the biggest descriptors when describing the Patron of Philosophy and former Sephirah of the Extraction Team. Garion wasn’t a part of Carmen’s circle, but an Arbiter sent to eradicate them and their lab. Thanks to the Red Mist incapacitating her, Ayin was able to probe her mind of the information needed to elude the Head’s wrath before converting her as a Sephirah in charge of the Well. As Binah, she despised Ayin for the torture she currently endures and found it laughable he stuck himself in the same hell to achieve some lofty goal. Her tune would change after witnessing his perseverance firsthand and became more supportive of his goals of breaking the cycle of the City. While she would willingly assist Angela’s rebellion, she still speaks of him highly and encourages those to be more open-minded about him. By the time she became a Librarian, she is genuinely courteous and personable compared to the unrepentant sadist she once was. Not only would she provide Roland the final lesson that would push him to spare Angela, Binah would also save Roland and Gebura from the Head’s agents and assists in defending Angela from them by the end.
    • Being a former agent of the Head herself, Binah has a natural interest in those held similar positions. Nagato and Obito Uchiha piqued her intrigue for this very reason, and it only grew after hearing of the influences they had in their own world as well as their respective redemptions before perishing. She wishes only to converse with them for a while though no such opportunity has presented itself just yet.
    • Whether as an Arbiter or a Sephirot her drink of choice will always be tea, specifically black tea. Since entering the Pantheon she can be found enjoying at various places, though given her reputation people tend to have second thoughts about joining her. For a while, the only people who did were the other Patron Librarians, Angela, and her own assistants. In time, however, other gods would begin to entertain that notion. Byleth Eisner and Uncle Iroh were among the first to do so and is fond of them for that very reason. Thanks to the latter, Binah and her assistant Librarians stop by the Jasmine Dragon every now and then (though Binah only ever orders one blend).
      • The Mad Hatter and Alice of the Blood Team enjoy tea too though they're quite cautious around her even after she makes her intentions clear. At the very least, Binah's presence keeps Jervis Tetch at bay, who before had plans on making the Blood Team member "his" Alice at all costs. With the former Arbiter around, however, he doesn't take any chances to incur her wrath. Arbiter she may no longer be, she still has the tools signature to such feared figures in the City and Binah retains that sadistic satisfaction over the crumbling and the dying.
    • "Do you want to know I could be so cruel? People live with their own anxieties. It is a natural price one must pay for confronting the unknown. However, I did not accept that anxiety, that fear. I devoured them to survive in this world. That was the first and final sin I have committed. I have no regrets about it. It was for survival."
  • Hokma only:
    • The Patron Librarian of Religion and previous head of the Records Team is solemn, wise, and steadfast. Benjamin, also known as B, was Ayin and Carmen’s closest confidant. As the other survivor of the Arbiter’s attack on their hideout, he was responsible for kickstarting the Smoke War to found L Corp and assisted in creating Angela. Loyal as he was, though, he ended up becoming disillusioned by Ayin and left him. However, he would eventually come back to try and get Ayin to leave everything behind, but he would be killed and converted into a Sephirah through Ayin’s orders. Now known as Hokma, his only solace then was spending time with Ayin along with their other deceased loved ones but eventually relented after his Meltdown. He is perhaps left the most bitter by Angela thwarting the Seed of Light but even with his current abrasive attitude he still took the time to point out that deep down she also cared about the Sephirot, and she doesn’t need to heed Carmen’s advice anymore. This would serve as the final lesson that would allow her to finally back down from her goals.
    • Since entering the Pantheon he has checked up on both Ayin and X the most and is actively concerned with their wellbeing. His utmost loyalty and faith in Ayin cannot be understated, and it is such a defining quality of his that he's well-known in the House of Loyalty and Servitude. How one views Hokma depends on how one views Ayin though given the general consensus it points to a more negative outlook. And speaking of, though he admits Ayin isn't perfect and wasn't afraid to dirty his hands in evil, speaking ill of him and his work is still a good way to get on the Librarian's nerves.
    • Hokma has strong associations with time. He once presided over L Corp's TT2 Protocol owing to his previous position, and one of the Abnormalities present in the Floor of Religion is the Price of Silence, an entity taking the form of a scythe-shaped clock/lamppost with a staggering control over time and death. The House of Time and Space interests him for this very reason, and he's in awe of how freely other deities can manipulate time seeing as it's something not even T Corp can do perfectly.
    • Taking account TT2, along with "recording" the employees so they could be brought back as "newly hired workers", contributed to his belief that life and death held no meaning in L Corp's main branch. Such a thing became a topic of conversation with the Death that Antonius Block was familiar with when the librarian ended up getting roped into a chess game against him. Hokma expected that he thought he'd be more hostile to him considering how he once handled life and death though his opponent explained that isn't from his world, so he has no authority there. In addition, can one truly say the agents are truly revived in both instances? Hokma ultimately lost the match but did decent for someone who hasn't dabbled in the game throughout his three lives and left on good terms with Death and comes back to converse with him every now and then.
    • “You must accept the death of the past, and reinvigorate yourself as you head toward the future, so that you may live on. No matter what conflicts, agonies, and regrets you may face in that process... You have to grow onward while facing the future and be born again.”

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    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 and 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, 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".

    SCP- 166 
SCP-166, Goddess of Pious Monsters (Just A Teenage Gaianote , Epon, or is it Meri? )
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SCP-166 as she appears in SCP Animated - Tales from the Foundation.

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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 Religion and 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 Love and Affection 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!"

    Friar Tuck 
Friar Tuck, God of Catholic-based Christianity (Preacher, Friar, Brother Tuck, Rabbi Tuckman, That Fat Friar, The Corpulent Clericnote )
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Clockwise from top left: The various appearances of Friar Tuck in the Magical Lands, Rocket, Disney, BBC, 2018, Prince of Thieves, Errol Flynn, and Men in Tights timelines. In the centre: the 2010 Friar Tuck.
  • Demigod
  • Symbol: A charity box labelled "God Blessed Ye Poor."
  • Theme: "Robin and Friar Tuck."
  • Alignment: Lawful Good
  • Portfolio: Good Shepherd, Big Fun, Badass Preacher, master of Pankration, Distrusts corrupt ruling powers, Stout Strength, a well educated individual, encourages Robin Hood and Maid Marian's relationship, Sometimes appears as a badger
  • Domains: Catholicism, Charity, Kindness, Food, Martial Arts
  • Allies: Robin Hood, Aslan, The Pevensie Siblings, King Arthur, Aragorn, Aladdin, The Cooper Gang, Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Rosemary Woodhouse, Gabrielle van der Mal, Maria and Georg von Trapp, Eddard Stark, Erica Fontaine, Father James O'Flaherty, The St. Katherine's Parish Nuns and Sisters, Casca
  • On good terms with: Meimi Haneoka/Saint Tail, Shrek, Fiona, Quasimodo, Esmerelda, Rise Rousenin, Masaya Okonogi, Marika Myougi, Konomi Yanase, and Tamie Nogi, Samurai Jack, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Avatar Aang
  • Enemies: Prince John, Judge Claude Frollo, Griffith, Cersei Lannister, Joffrey Baratheon, Tywin Lannister, Gregor Clegane, Unalaq, Ghetsis, Mr. Burns, Reynard the Fox, Flintheart Glomgold, Governor Ratcliffe
  • Opposes: Eliza and Neil Reagan, The High Sparrow, Petyr Baelish
  • Complicated Relationship: Daffy Duck, Sandor Clegane
  • Odd Friendship: Scar, Guts
  • Robin Hood, the legendary Prince of Thieves who stole from the rich to give to the poor, has been around for nearly a thousand years and has made quite a few friends and enemies in that time. Among the later members to join Robin's Merry Men is a portly, bald-headed priest known as Friar Tuck. In stark contrast to the corrupt and pompous authority figures governing Nottingham, Tuck is a jovial, kind and devout soul who cares for the poor people and remains true to the ways and teachings of the Catholic Church. But just because he's large and jolly doesn't mean he's a pushover. Far from it. Friar Tuck can be deceptively dangerous when he wants to, easily handling a sword or a quarterstaff like the other Merry Men, but he's got a few additional tricks up his sleeve. He's a master of Pankration, an Ancient Greek martial art that combines grappling, wrestling and furious strikes. Robin met Tuck one day by a stream, to which the dashing rouge asked the Friar to carry him across. Tuck did so, but when he was tasked with carrying Robin back to the opposite side, the large Friar tossed him into the water and brought out his sword. Tuck defeated Robin Hood in their river duel and so impressed was he that the thief invited the Friar to become a Merry Man, where he remained a valuable ally for many years.
  • It was a rainy day in Nottingham and Robin Hood, along with the rest of the Merry Men, had seemingly vanished without a trace. At first, Friar Tuck assumed they had gone deep into Sherwood Forest and were planning something big, so he travelled there to investigate. When he arrived, Tuck discovered their camp was abandoned, as if the Merry Men never existed in the first place. He assumed the Sheriff of Nottingham was behind this but if he had been, Tuck would've seen some sign of a battle, but there was nothing... Almost. Tuck's eye saw a piece of parchment against Major Oak, secured by a single arrow. He took it off and read it. "Forgive me for leaving you behind, Tuck my friend," the parchment read. "But now it is time to join us. You have been chosen." As he finished reading it, a portal opened before him. Tuck carefully approached and entered it. On the other side, he discovered a mysterious unknown land filled with people and creatures unlike anything in England and sure enough, waiting for him by a riverbank, was old Robin Hood himself. The two were happy to see each other once more, with Robin explaining he had gotten things set up for Tuck, giving the old Friar a temple and title in this Pantheon as they called it. Tuck was initially confused, but if it meant joining the Merry Men again he was okay with it... also as long as there was plenty of food and ale to enjoy.
  • Tuck's temple leads back to his church in Nottingham. It is a small rustic structure, standing in stark contrast to the larger, more elaborate Abbeys scattered across England. But to the kind Friar, it doesn't have to be extravagant. A church is meant to be a place of worship, not a symbol of vanity. Anyone travelling through Nottingham and looking to pray is welcome to do so at Tuck's church, along with giving a small donation to the poor.
  • Like many in the Pantheon, Tuck's appearance differs depending on the situation, though most of his appearances stay true to his portly monk heritage. In a couple of universes, however, Tuck takes on more unique looks. In one timeline, Brother Tuck is a skilled martial artist who joined the Merry Men after travelling the world. In another, he's a younger man with a thick set of hair. And yet in another world, he's a Rabbi named Tuckman. No matter what he looks like though, the good Friar - or Rabbi - is always there to help those in need and guide them on their way.
    • There is one particular form that Friar Tuck can take on from time to time, which originated in a more animated timeline. This form, resembling a large badger, is still as jolly and heroic as ever and is surprisingly the form most folks think of when they hear Tuck's name. It is most commonly seen amongst the Pantheon anthropomorphic animals, and it was in this form that Tuck happened upon Sly Cooper and his gang. Sly had travelled back to 14th century England to help out his ancestor, Sir Galleth Cooper, only to end up in 12th century Nottingham. Sly took to robbing from Prince John and the Sheriff, which immediately caught Robin Hood and Tuck's attention. After finding the Cooper Gang, Sly was able to explain the situation to them and together, the raccoon and fox duo stole a valuable jewel needed to return to Sly's home time, with Friar Tuck helping Bentley and Murray distract the Prince's guards. Tuck has kept in touch with the Cooper Gang, having come to view Sly in a similar light to Robin; an honourable thief who steals from other criminals. speaking of criminals, Friar Tuck frowns upon Reynard the Fox, having heard about all the atrocious crimes he had committed back in his homeland. Reynard for his part doesn't like the Friar either, viewing him as just another stuffed-up pompous, corrupt priest just like the ones back home. Reynard even attempted to steal the donation box straight out of Tuck's church once. But the good Friar wasn't going to stand for a repeat of what the Sheriff of Nottingham did, so he belly-bumped Reynard straight out and barred him entry into the church permanently.
  • Prince John was not at all happy to learn of Friar Tuck's ascension, especially after learning it was Robin Hood who was behind it. Furious as always, Prince John had Tuck arrested for "conspiring" with Sly Cooper and planned to have him hanged to lure Robin out of hiding. It didn't quite work out. The "priest" John had arrested was in fact Sly himself, the real Friar Tuck had escaped with Robin's help... and stole a decent amount of money from the arrogant Prince. John was livid for the next week, and Tuck, Robin and the Cooper gang had a good laugh for that entire time.
  • Given his status in the Catholic Church, Tuck quickly gained a lot of attention from the Pantheon's more religious individuals; both in a positive and negative light. On the positive side of things, the Friar's kind nature and humble devotion made him quick friends with Irish Priest Father James O'Flaherty, who heard of Tuck's involvement with the Merry Men and praised him for doing The Lord's work in Nottingham. Flaherty will sometimes visit Nottingham to help Tuck bring hope and happiness to the people, bringing with him a few associates from the Pantheon. One was surgeon Gabrielle van der Ma, formerly known as Sister Luke. Though no longer part of the Church, Tuck and Gabrielle have a good understanding and respect for each other, with the latter coming to Nottingham to help tend to the sick and the poor. Another was Erica Fontaine, a Parisian nun and dancer with extraordinary spiritual powers who is more than capable of even making Prince John's soldiers back off, due to her more advanced technology. Members of the Vincennes Private Girls Academy also stop by to visit, the Academy having been founded by French Catholic missionaries after 1868. Tuck got to visit the Academy, taking an interest in the campus church, complete with a working bell tower. He comes to ring it every now and again, announcing the start of a new day.
    • Then there are the nuns and sisters of St. Katherine's Parish, which includes the Abbey Choir leader Deloris Wilson. Tuck took a shine to the Parish's style of music and invited them to play for the church. The people of Nottingham, though a little weirded out by the music style, enjoyed every moment. They especially got a kick when Deloris lead the choir in an upbeat rendition of "The Phoney King of England."
    • Tuck has also sympathized with those who are still associated with religion even if some weren't part of the Catholic Church. Maria and Georg von Trapp were among the first to meet the Friar following his ascension, the old priest praising the von Trapp for their courage when it came time to escape Austria. It was through them that Tuck met a young woman named Rosemary Woodhouse, who Tuck initially distrusted due to her becoming pregnant with the supposed Anti-Christ. However, after learning of her traumatic experience with a Satanic cult and being forced into their ranks, Tuck's opinion lightened up. He stops by her temple every now and again to check in on Rosemary and see if she's alright and if there's anything she needs. He also got help from a fellow monk named Aang, the Avatar. Aang was more than happy to speak with Tuck about their philosophies, their cultures and share their own adventures. He stops in from time to time to check on things in England.
  • On the flip side of things, Tuck instantly came to oppose the Pantheon's corrupt priests and judges. Those who would use the name of God as an excuse to commit heinous crimes against the people. One prominent example of this was Judge Claude Frollo. Frollo was a cruel, corrupt, high-ranked government official who abused his authority to hunt down and arrest innocent people, all while claiming to the people that it was God's will. Tuck immediately disapproved of Frollo's cruelty, not to mention his abuse of the hunchback, Quasimodo and lustful obsession for the Roma dancer, Esmeralda. Frollo couldn't care less for the fat Friar, going so far as to give support to Prince John just to spite him. Since then, Esmeralda and Quasimodo have helped Tuck out, keeping the people safe from the thugs sent to Nottingham and occasionally stealing from Frollo's treasury. When not dealing with Frollo, Tuck has to contend with Water Tribe Chieftan Unalaq, who merged with the dark spirit Vaatu, becoming a Dark Avatar who nearly destroyed the world, as well as Ghetsis of the Seven Sages, who manipulated his son N into becoming a puppet king for Team Plasma, as well as plotting to overthrow him when the time came. Unalaq and Ghetsis distrust the fat Friar and have expressed a desire to invade and take over Nottingham. Should any of these individuals try an push his buttons though, Tuck will simply give them lots of gold and silver... and push them out a high window.
  • Good monarchs are hard to come by in Nottingham what with Prince John in charge. The Pantheon only made things more difficult as there were kings, queens and royals of all walks of life; some good, others evil. Thankfully, Friar Tuck managed to find a few royals who were just, noble and honest, much like King Richard. There was Arthur, the original King of England, who praised Robin for defending the people of Nottingham from the corruption and injustices of Prince John, as well as thanking Friar Tuck for being a valuable ally and a beacon of hope. Similar praises were spoken by King Aragorn of Gondor, who found the Friar to be an honourable man, even if his love for food and drink reminded him a bit too much of Gimli the dwarf. But it was the Pevensie siblings - Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy - that Tuck got along with the most, due to their humble and courageous natured as well as their world and stories matching those found within the Bible. This camaraderie was further expanded upon after Tuck learned that Aslan, The Great Lion, was in fact an alternate version of Christ himself. Aslan has come to Nottingham in the past, helping Robin and his Merry Men fight against the Sheriff's men in secret. Every now and then, some have claimed to have seen a great lion appear in Sherwood Forest, only to vanish in an instant. Tuck and Robin often share a chuckle at such claims, and the Pevensies have welcomed them to visit Narnia whenever they can.
  • During his time in the Pantheon, Friar Tuck came to learn of many thieves and rogues who were very much like Robin Hood in their mannerisms and even sometimes in appearance. The first to catch the Friar's attention was an archer from Star City named Oliver Queen. Ollie had been mistaken for Robin on multiple occasions and was put on Prince John's most wanted list for robbing from his associates and himself. the old Friar got to work trying to figure out if this "Green Arrow" was to be trusted. Turns out he was; Ollie and Robin had known each other for a while, with the former explaining he based his outfit off of the Prince of Thieves himself. Tuck came to respect Oliver, and after much discussion quickly became friends with him. Another thief Tuck came to befriend was the mysterious Saint Tail, a Phantom Thief who had been stealing valuable items from other criminals and letting authorities apprehend them. She wound up taking shelter in Tuck's temple, injured from a heist gone wrong. The good Friar took care of her, during which time he discovered Saint Tail was in fact Meimi Haneoka, a young nun who had visited Nottingham a few weeks before following Tuck's ascension. Tuck was surprised by this but promised to keep Haneoka's identity a secret, knowing she was doing good deeds in spite of being considered a thief. The same applies to the Agrabah-based Aladdin, a young man born into poverty who stole merely to survive and wasn't above giving to those less fortunate than him. Even though he was now married to Agrabah's princess and living among royalty, Aladdin will steal from other thieves and give the loot to the poor of the city. Tuck developed a fondness for the former street rat, comparing him to Robin on many occasions and had offered him a place in Nottingham should Prince John ever send his soldier after Aladdin.
    • It was through Aladdin that Friar Tuck met Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, an Assassin from the 12th century. At first, the old Friar wasn't sure what to make of the white-cloaked stranger, especially since he initially assumed Altair was a cold and ruthless killer. It was only after Altair fought off some of Prince John's soldiers that he and Tuck began to talk, and the Friar was surprised to learn the Assassin had met King Richard during the Crusades, saving his life from the traitorous Robert de Sable. After learning this, Friar Tuck came to respect Altair and welcomes him to Nottingham whenever he's passing by.
  • Friar Tuck has mixed feelings about the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. For one thing, the realm is almost constantly in conflict, with the commonfolk always caught up in the "Game of Thrones" that the nobility plays amongst each other. As a result, Tuck's sympathy for the people led to him coming to blows with some of the noble houses, particularly House Lannister of Casterly Rock. Lord Tywin, a cold and brutal man obsessed with preserving his family name and legacy, frowned upon Tuck's criticism of Lannister rule and wished to ban him from Westeros altogether. Something his daughter Queen Cersei and grandson King Joffrey both agree upon. Cersei was reminded too much of the High Sparrow upon seeing Tuck and even sent her trusted knight, Ser Gregor Clegane, after him. Robin helped Tuck escape and both have made a not to avoid the Lannisters at any cost. Tuck also found himself disliking the High Sparrow, finding the man was a front for a corrupt Faith Militant and could be just as bad as the nobility they opposed.
    • That being said, Lord Eddard Stark welcomed Tuck to Winterfell and offered to help the poor of Nottingham in whatever way he can. Tuck expressed his thanks and wondered if there was anything he could do in return. Eddard politely thanked Tuck and said there was one thing he could do. Keep the Sheriff of Nottingham out of the North. Tuck was more than happy to oblige.
  • One day, Friar Tuck was wandering through the Pantheon when he heard the playing of a lute. He followed the musing into the forest and was amused to discover a black-feathered duck - one Daffy Duck - claiming to be Robin Hood, along with a pig dressed similarly to the Friar's own garb. Tuck joined the pig, named Porky, in watching Daffy attempt to rob a rich traveller. After watching the duck's many failed attempts to steal the traveller's gold, Tuck convinced the wannabe "Robin Hood" to try his luck as a fellow Friar. Friar Duck didn't quite work out, and while Porky gets along swimmingly with Tuck, Daffy doesn't seem to mind the monk after a few more interactions... just so long as Tuck doesn't learn about his plans to hoard Prince John's money for himself.
    • Porky and Daffy weren't the only Looney Tunes Tuck happened to encounter while in the Pantheon. While travelling through Sherwood Forest, he happened upon the Sheriff of Nottingham being deceived and humiliated by a grey-furred rabbit with a strange accent. This rabbit, Bugs Bunny, met Robin Hood and his Merry Men soon after and was welcomed in with open arms, even naming Bugs an honorary member for humiliating the Sheriff so thoroughly.
  • Prince John's obsession with taxes and money was what nearly destroyed Nottingham and Friar Tuck learned there were others in the Pantheon just as avaricious as the Prince. The corrupt and wealthy Mr. Burns has proposed to build a power plant in Nottingham, mainly to siphon off some extra cash from Prince John and to use the village as a nuclear waste dump. Friar Tuck was quick to inform the High Gods and they quickly banned Burns from setting foot in Medieval England. Others though were still allowed to enter. Eliza and Neil Reagan came to also make a deal with Prince John, but on the way to the castle, they stopped in at Tuck's church and stole from the poor box. The Friar was there to witness this, took the coins and back and kicked them straight out for their petty theft. For extra measure, Robin and Little John robbed their carriage, forcing them to walk the rest of the way through the mud. And in the rain. Meanwhile, Flintheart Glomgold and Governor Ratcliffe also desired the royal treasury, both for their own reasons. Glomgold wanted to surpass Scrooge McDuck's own near-immeasurable wealth, while Ratcliffe simply wished to use the taxes to compensate for failing to find gold in the New World. Both have been barred entry from Tuck's church and should he encounter them in the Pantheon, he'll make sure they don't try anything funny.
    • Due to his former position as Master of Coin, Lord Petyr Baelish had set his eyes on a similar position in Nottingham. Friar Tuck was suspicious of this stranger and went to inform Robin. Turned out Littlefinger was planning on using the taxes acquired by John and the Sheriff to return to Westeros and continue on his path to claiming the Iron Throne. In a surprising move, Tuck told Prince John that Littlefinger was straight up using him for his own schemes. John was quick to remove Baelish from his sight... before trying to arrest Tuck. Luckily, Baelish helped him escape, but not before warning the Friar that the next time they meet could possibly be his last.
  • Surprisingly, Tuck has found companionship with brutal and seemingly dangerous individuals within the Pantheon. Those who have been scarred, battered and broken in the past. An example of this was the Ishvalan monk known as Scar. Much like the Catholic-oriented Tuck, Scar's people worshiped a single God and was a devout man by nature, at least before the Ishvalan War resulted in his brother's death and turned him into an alchemist-slaying serial killer. Tuck was pleasantly surprised to learn Scar had atoned for his crimes and even defended some of Nottingham's inhabitants from the Sheriff. He stops by Tuck's church from time to time to seek additional advice in helping restore Ishval's relations with their former enemies in Amestris. The Friar is more than happy to help out. Then there was Sandor Clegane, the Hound. Sandor was once a brutal and cynical warrior who had a pretty bleak view of the world, especially since his psychotic monster of a brother Gregor was a knight. Many would have assumed Sandor would want nothing to do with Friar Tuck. Then came the surprise. After nearly dying in a duel with Brienne of Tarth, Sandor was found and nursed back to health by Septon Ray, who helped Sandor be a better man - albeit still as brutal a fighter as ever. On rare occasions, Sandor will visit Friar's church for quiet reflection and help tidy things up. He may say he doesn't give a rat's ass, but the Friar knows better and appreciates the help.
    • Perhaps the most shocking of friendships Tuck created was with the Black Swordsman known as Guts. Guts came to Nottingham randomly one day and asked the Friar to watch over a young woman in his charge. The woman, named Casca, stayed with the Friar while Guts contended with not only the Sheriff's men but also a monster sent by the swordsman's former ally Griffith. When the battle ended, Guts was horribly injured and needed medical attention. Tuck and Robin Hood tended to his wounds and thanked him for protecting Nottingham from such demons. Guts merely shrugged it off and thanked them for protecting Casca while he was away. Ever since Guts will sometimes stop by to let Casca enter the church, all the while Tuck keeps an eye on her while Guts is away fighting. The Friar offered Guts a place to stay for the night but the swordsman declined. He prefers not to let demons find him and enter the church.
  • In one particular timeline, it was discovered that Robin Hood had trained a young Samurai from Japan in archery. Tuck never met this Samurai, known simply as Jack, while he was in Nottingham, but eventually got the chance after ascending. Jack was a kind and honourable soul, one that Tuck came to greatly respect, and has often put an end to many injustices on his journey to return to the past to slay Aku. Tuck and Jack will speak from time to time, sharing their various adventures with each other and depressing hope for the future.
  • One day while wandering through the Pantheon's forest, Friar Tuck stumbled upon two large green ogres enjoying each other's company. The pair, known as Shrek and Princess Fiona, saw the human approaching and immediately went on the defensive, confusing the Friar. Turns out the three had met in one unusual timeline, where Robin and his Merry Men were planning on killing Shrek to save the "damsel in distress" Fiona... only for the aforementioned damsel to wipe the forest floor with them, with the Friar being punched in the face through an accordion. The memory slowly came back to Tuck and after learning about all that happened he simply shook his head and chuckled. He apologized to Shrek and Fiona for what had transpired and promised to be on better terms with them. Things have been going well, with Tuck stopping by to see the ogres whenever he gets the chance. He also made sure to not use an accordion ever again.
  • "Oh, for heaven's sake, son. You're no outlaw. Why someday you'll be called a great hero."

    Hugh Bliss 

Hi. I'm Hugh Bliss!

Hugh Bliss, God of Secretly Sinister Religions (Roy G. Biv)

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  • Demigod (Lesser God in his true form)
  • Symbol: His book, Emetics.
  • Alignment: Neutral Evil
  • Portifolio: Religions With Sinister Motives, The True Main Antagonist Of Season 1, Constantly Cheerful And Friendly, Has A High Pitched Voice, A Living Jab At Scientology, Hypnotizes People Into Being Happy, Name Is A Play On "Hubris", Is Really A Sentient Colony Of Space Bacteria
  • Domains: Religion, Twists, Bacteria, Happiness
  • Allies: Nerose Satanael, The Fifth Church, Dr. Screwball Jones, Kaa
  • Enemies: Sam and Max, Most of The House of Happiness, Michael De Santa, Professor X and the X-Men, Foo Fighters
  • The Freelance Police have faced many foes throughout their career, many of which often fall into the more "strange" category. Hugh Bliss, the founder of the religion "Prismatology", falls nicely into that category. At first seeming like the creepy but harmless head of the religion, giving out free books and regularly interacting with Sam and Max, he turned out to be behind every case the duo had faced during the Season, having distributed hypnotic goggles to various fiends and criminals to cause mayhem. His ultimate goal, by the end of the Season, is to hypnotize the world into being as happy as he is. The reason why is simple: he's actually a colony of space-faring bacteria who feeds off of the endorphins produced by happiness, planning to turn Earth into his own eternal feeding ground. Thankfully, Sam and Max managed to take him out, and he was last seen in hell, a bit grumpy that he was killed, but otherwise just as cheerful as before.
  • Even after his death, followers of Prismatology were still around, which is how the Court of the Gods found out about Hugh. One day, one of the members came across a follower, who endlessly preached about how great Prismatology was, and how much of a great guy their leader was. Curious, the gods decided (cautiously, mind) to ask the Freelance Police, Sam and Max, about what this guy was talking about, seeing as it was their world the member was visiting. Sam explained (while Max just got into a fistfight with some criminals) that, from their experience, Prismatology was nothing but a huge scam, used by their leader, Hugh Bliss, in a scheme to Take Over the World. Oh, and Hugh was a sentient colony of space bacteria who feeds off of happiness. That description was enough to accidentally convince the court to ascend Hugh Bliss as the god of Secretly Sinister Religions, plucking the leader out of his cubicle in hell and into the Pantheon, much to the duo's dismay (and Bliss's confusion).
  • As soon as his confusion wore off, which was basically immediately, he quickly begun to set up his religion around the Pantheon, selling merchandise such as his books to people interested in joining. Seeing how the Pantheon is a more fantastical world than his own, he now has no problem with showing off his bacteria form, often just to show off and impress possible members. Of course, he also started secretly selling his hypnotizing goggles to anyone interested in purchasing them, sometimes just sneaking them into random things just to see what would happen. While his cult being secretly evil isn't quite as secret as it was before, thanks to his new title, it still hasn't stopped him from gaining some fans.
  • To say that Sam and Max were pissed beyond belief that Bliss had ascended would be a total lie. The Freelance Police, being what they are, kinda just allow Bliss to do his thing until they're specifically called on to stop him, which to be fair is frequently. If anything, they're actually rather chummy with the guy, usually just chatting with him if they happen to meet up, something that Bliss happily reciprocates. That doesn't mean either party would hesitate to try and kill each other, however.
  • One such group that Bliss discovered was The Fifth Church, a group of similarly silly but dangerous cultists who are also usually Reality Warpers. While outright destroying the world isn't one of Bliss's goals, being more focused on feeding himself, he's still impressed by the fact that they nearly destroyed the world using a self-help book of all things. Helps that Hugh could easily pass as one of their own, acting just as cuckoo as they tend to be. He has since offered them assistance from time to time, something the Church is happy to accept.
  • During an autograph signing he held for his followers, he was approached by something he didn't expect to be talking to: A floating banana with a mustache and a bowtie. Introducing himself as Dr. Screwball Jones, he explains that his goal is to make the entire universe happy whether they like it or not, and has noticed that Bliss shares the same goal as him. As such, he had come to make an alliance with the celebrity. Hugh Bliss, figuring that if a banana asks for an alliance, he can't possibly say no, as well as finding the villain potentially useful, agreed to the alliance, with the two beginning to plot the forced cheerfulness of the universe.
    • Unfortunately, Jones later introduced him to a particularly powerful god who specializes in hypnotic happiness: Nerose Satanael, who seeks to create a Utopia for humanity at the expense of free will. As you can guess, Bliss immediately started on trying to get on the god's good side, and is currently making a worrying amount of progress.
    • Regarding these newfound allies, there something that Bliss neglected to tell them: the fact that he really doesn't care about other peoples happiness, only if it feeds him. While his Affably Evil act is genuine, with him legitimately appreciating the company, he's still motivated only by being fed. He's also wise enough to keep this fact a secret from his allies, as it's clear that their motives are genuinely well-intentioned.
  • Regarding his happiness scheme, he managed to make enemies with the rest of the House of Happiness, almost all of whom are opposed to forced happiness. Wander, surprisingly, is one of the more vocal of the bunch, seeing how his goals match up worryingly well with Jones' own scheme. The fact that he ended up befriending Jones only served to reinforce the fact, and as such, he's more than willing to help others stop him and his schemes. Unikitty is also a notable opposer, as while she can be a bit obsessed with happiness, even she wouldn't go as far as to force it onto people. As such, bringing Hugh Bliss up is a surefire way for Angry Kitty to be unleashed.
  • While Michael De Santa couldn't care less about his grander plans (he acknowledges them as bad, but it's none of his business), he still opposes the cultist for running a cult that's suspiciously similar to The Epsilon Program, a Scam Religion that ripped off Michael in the past, which in response he stole millions of dollars of cash from them. Bliss holding a similar religion really rubs Michael the wrong way. While Bliss is smart enough to keep an eye on Michael just in case, he's really more interested in what Epsilon is, and from what he's learned, it's somehow even nuttier than his (He's still trying to figure out where "Running in a desert for an hour or two" ties into enlightenment).
  • Considering his fondness for hypnotism, he regularly seeks out villains who specialize in this practice so that he can improve it, considering that it can be broken by a single punch. So far, his most notable discovery was Kaa, a snake that specializes in hypnotic eyes so that he could eat his prey more easily. With that in mind, Bliss had promised Kaa that, if he helped him perfect his hypnotic goggles, he could have all the food he wants, something that the snake gladly agreed to. That said, Hugh regularly has to make sure that it's the Disney Version he's talking to, as the original Kaa considers Bliss to be too creepy and sinister to his liking.
  • Notably, he's currently being opposed by Charles Xavier, leader of the X-Men, mostly due to his resemblance to another microorganism foe of his, John Sublime, who, for a time, was singlehandedly responsible for humans fearing mutants, among other things. Seeing how he leads a whole school of super powered teenagers who could easily kick his ass if they wanted to, Bliss has wisely chosen to try and avoid them.
    • On that note, he has also made an enemy in Foo Fighters, a colony of plankton possessing a corpse. Seeing as she's firmly on the side of good, Bliss has easily earned her ire. While Bliss couldn't really care less about her, even if he finds it interesting that other beings like him exist in the Pantheon, what does have him worried is the possibility of her friends getting involved, considering they also had faced a similarly polite man of religion.

    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: The West Wing
  • 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
  • Heralds: First Lady/Dr. Abigail Anne "Abbey" Barrington Bartlet (his wife), Elizabeth "Liz" Bartlet Westin, Eleanor "Ellie" Emily Bartlet Faison & Zoey Patricia Bartlet (his daughters), Leopold Thomas McGarry (his Chief of Staff and oldest friend), the rest of his Cabinet throughout his Presidency.
  • Allies: Ned Bigby, Liz Lemon, Steve Rogers/Captain America, Clark Kent/Superman, 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 Religion and 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.
  • Themes: "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love", "Sweet Home Chicago"
  • Alignment: Chaotic Neutral (Good leanings where their orphanage is concerned)
  • 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: House of Law and 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.

    Gabrielle van der Mal/Sister Luke 
Gabrielle van der Mal, Representative of Becoming a Nun (Sister Luke, Mama Luke, Marie Louise Habets)
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  • Quasideity
  • Symbol: Her habit
  • Theme Song: The Nun’s Story
  • Alignment: Neutral Good
  • Portfolio: Based on the life of Marie Louise Habets, Hollywood Nuns, Received an Important Haircut when she was Taking the Veil, Quits after a decade of becoming a nun to join the resistance
  • Domains: Nuns, Faith, Nursing
  • Allies: Maria and Georg von Trapp, The nuns and sisters of St. Katherine’s Parish, Lt. Mike Powell, Lt. Karl Fairburne, Major Winters and Capt. Spiers, Pvt. Boyd Travers, Sgt. Jack Barnes, Asia Argento, Florence Nightingale, Elsa la Conti, Hifumi Togo
  • On Good Terms with: Father Karras and Father Merrin, Tintin
  • Enemies: General Heinz Bohm, the Valkyrie Jager, Johann Schmidt/Red Skull, HYDRA, Wilhelm Strasse, Rudolf von Sturmgeist, Ghetsis Harmonia
  • Opposes: Nurse Ratched, Kiara Sessyoin, Double
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork with: Dr. Gregory House
  • Pities: Sophie Zawistowski, Private Robert Zussmann
  • Tolerates: The Blues Brothers
  • Uncertain opinion on: Agent 47
  • Gabrielle van der Mal is the daughter of a Belgian surgeon during the 1930s who decided to join a convent in Bruges, where she took the nun’s name of “Sister Luke.” There, she went through her postulancy and novitiate. After a stint in a Belgian mental hospital, she was sent to the Belgian Congo, where she served as a nurse alongside handsome, but cynical Dr. Fortunati. Her dedication to nursing as well as her pride in her skills would end up in conflict with her duties as a nun, which demands dedication to the spiritual above all else. Such a conflict became grimmer when she returned to Belgium around 1940 only to discover that the Nazis had invaded the place by that time, not to mention the fact that they killed her father. By that point, she realized that she wasn’t cut out to be a nun, and she left the convent after a decade of servitude to rejoin the secular world.
  • Some time after her departure from the convent, she was visited by one Maria von Trapp, who told her that she just heard about her story and decided to have a conversation with her. Some of the topics that they had discussed include their aspirations to be a nun as well as their situations of living in a country that’s under Nazi rule. In the middle of the conversation, Maria revealed that the reason that she visited was to tell her that she has been invited to the Pantheon. Maria then led her to the doorway that magically led both of them to the House of Religion and Faith, who found Gabrielle to be a perfect fit for the Taking the Veil trope and welcomed her to the place, something that she didn’t expect. As for Maria, she remained friends with her and has at times been invited by her and the rest of the Von Trapp family to sing some songs together.
  • Maria von Trapp proceeded to introduce her to other resident nuns of the Pantheon, such as the ones from St. Katherine’s Parish. Gabrielle has some appreciation for Deloris as while she’s not an official nun, her presence in the convent ended up leaving a positive impact on the group. She isn't too fond of the Blues Brothers sometimes calling her "penguin", but still appreciated what they did for the orphanage they grew up in.
    • However, she was also made aware of some of the less benign nuns, such as Double and Kiara Sesshouin. She would rather not get assimilated with Double who has some shady agenda already, and stays away from Kiara Sesshouin whose aim of reaching enlightenment through a cosmic orgy goes against Christianity's traditional values, though she feels sorry for Kiara as she initially wanted to help people and become a therapist before being corrupted by a Demon Pillar.
    • Aside from the aforementioned nuns, Gabrielle had also met up with Father Karras and Father Merrin, with whom she respected for the works that they had done back in their mortal world. Father Karras, for his part, sympathizes with Gabrielle’s conflict of faith, which he finds similar to his own.
  • Given that she has an aptitude for medicine, she is brought in by the House of Health and Diseases to nurse some of the patients there every now and then. There, she befriended the likes of Florence Nightingale and Asia Argento, whom she frequently worked with. Sister Luke is surprised that Asia is a devil who became a nun and pitied her since Asia is later scorned by the very church that took her in due to what she is. Conversely, she doesn’t like Nurse Ratched after hearing about the latter’s treatment towards her mental patients. She also has an uneasy opinion towards Dr. Gregory House given that he’s a doctor with a jerkish behavior. Granted, that didn’t prevent them from being involved in some cases together.
  • Considering her experience seeing Belgium being occupied by Nazis, it’s no surprise that she is a little heartbreaking to see that the Pantheon is involved in a Forever War, but what doesn’t help for her is the fact that several Nazis have resided in the Pantheon. She is particularly under the watchful eye of General Heinz Bohm and the Valkyrie Jager, the former having killed civilians by the hundreds in order to root out partisan movements, and the latter who have performed anti-partisan operations during the later stages of the Italian campaign. Both Nazi German deities see her as potentially suspicious. Additionally, she is disgusted by HYDRA and its leader, Johann Schmidt, as well as other Nazi officers like Wilhelm Strasse and Rudolf von Sturmgeist.
  • Her decision to help the "underground" in smuggling Belgian soldiers out of the country after returning to the secular world brought the interests of Lt. Mike Powell and Lt. Karl Fairburne, both who operate behind enemy lines and are often looking for informants who know about the Axis troop movements, which is something that Gabrielle is considering. She also feels sorry for Sophie Zawistowski (who was a victim of Nazi occupation and who was forced in a Sadistic Choice regarding which of her children would live) as well as Private Robert Zussman (who was an American solider who became a prisoner of war as well as a victim of the Holocaust and Nazi war crimes during his captivity). Additionally, she can be seen aiding paratroopers such as Major Winters and Capt. Spiers, Sgt. Jack Barnes, and Pvt. Boyd Travers, who often get mis-dropped and need someone to give them directions.
  • One time, she was approached by fellow Belgian Tintin. In one of his few times he was actually seen reporting, he decided to interview her about her life as a nun back in her mortal world, to which Gabrielle agreed to do. The two proceeded to discuss several chapters of their respective lives, and at one point, even brought up their times at the Congo. Though Gabrielle isn’t sure what to make of Tintin's infamous stint there.
  • Isn’t sure what to make of Agent 47 either. While the fact that he is an assassin unnerved her a bit, she was also surprised with his ties with the Catholic Church. Most notably the time that he befriended a priest while trying to hide out of his life as a contract killer and protected a nun and her orphanage from a group of thugs looking for a girl that 47 was looking after.
  • Found herself harassed by some of Ghetsis Harmonia's Team Plasma goons, who were ransacking the Hall of Religious Practice looking for Hifumi Togo and wanted to force her to remove her apostolnik clothing, believing her to be the shogi player in disguise. Fortunately, Elsa la Conti appeared to protect her from these villains, and Shikamaru Nara, a friend of Togo's, had cleared out another section of Plasma goons. That night, Hifumi knocked on the door of her temple and explained that a friend had escorted her out knowing the attack was coming, and when she came back and heard about how Gabrielle was harassed for her sake she had to come and apologize. Mama Luke took it gracefully, and was rewarded by Hifumi offering to pray with her, a rare break from the girl's position of ambiguity with regards to the Christian faith. This, she counted as joy.

    Orel Puppington 
Orel Puppington, God of Religious Opposition to Fundamentalist Beliefs
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  • Quasideity
  • Symbol: Moralton’s church
  • Alignment: Neutral Good
  • Portfolio: Adorably Precocious Child, Incorruptible Pure Pureness, Nice Guy, Innocence Lost, I Am Not My Father, Only Sane Man, Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Domains: Religion, Growth
  • Herald: Christina Posabule
  • Allies: Shoto Todoroki, Steven Universe, Pollyanna Whittier, Mr. Rogers, Butters Stotch, Jonas
  • Enemies: Harry Powell, YHVH, Claude Frollo, Chuck Shurley, Damien Thorn, Ozai
  • Pities: Chirin
  • On Good Terms with: Friar Tuck, Ned Flanders
  • Other Relations: Boys from South Park, Bojack Horseman
  • At the center of the USA lies the town of Moralton, the capital of Statesota and with it comes its own assortment of citizens. Orel Puppington is a 12-year-old boy who goes to church, harbors strong religious beliefs thanks to said church, and has a very optimistic attitude to the point where he could be seen as naive. The denizens of Moralton, despite going to the same church Orel does, have their own personal flaws and darker secrets, including Orel’s own family. Even if the world around him is nowhere near as pleasant as it appears to be and he is at risk of being as jaded as they are, Orel is able to hang on to his religious belief without losing his way, maintain his good-hearted character, and ultimately start his own family that is much more emotionally and psychologically stable than what he had before.
  • Life had never been better for Orel since moving away from his troubled old family and starting a new, better-adjusted one. With his faith in religion kept and a better sense of the world around him, he noticed a letter in the mail he received shortly after watching a program on TV discussing various types of religions and the positives and negatives associated with such. The letter happened to be from a place known as the Pantheon and it included various pamphlets pertaining to religion and churches that are present, with Moralton’s church being mentioned in said pamphlet. It also included a URL for Orel to visit to get a better handle of what to expect both from the Pantheon and its religious aspects. As much as Orel is unwavering in his own religion, he is curious about what the Pantheon holds for him and how much it’ll impact his faith, both for better and worse.
  • After learning the truth about how awful his father Clay was, Orel sought to avoid repeating the same mistakes that led to Clay’s jaded worldview. One other denizen that sought to avoid comparisons to their own father was Shoto Todoroki, and while Orel was able to get along with Shoto, their fathers were ultimately different in how they looked at their own flaws. Where Enji came to the realization that his desire to surpass All Might destroyed his family and sought to atone for his actions even if he’s aware that his own family won’t forgive him for it, Clay was a broken shell of a man who refused to change for the better and tried to corrupt Orel into having the same cynical mindset he has. Hearing about someone, especially when that someone is a dad, try to overcome their flaws and improve themselves and their relationship with others moved Orel and for a moment thought that maybe Clay could change for the better if he had more awareness of his issues, but ultimately Orel conceded it was too late for Clay to get better. As for Shoto, he is aware that Enji could have been worse after hearing about Clay and how he tried to be a major influence to Orel similar to how Enji originally tried to be a significant player in Shoto becoming a hero.
  • It was a disastrous hunting trip with Clay (who got drunk and shot his own son during that time) that ended up shattering Orel’s naivety and he had to come to terms with how flawed the world around him is. Plenty of other Pantheonic denizens had their innocence broken following devastating events, but one entity went through a series of events that was potentially even more bleak than what happened during Orel and Clay’s hunting trip. After his mother was killed by a wolf, a little lamb named Chirin sought revenge against the wolf that killed her and in being trained by him to become more dangerous, he ended up being corrupted by the wolf’s influence, was shunned by the home he once lived in, and forced to live in cold isolation for the rest of his life. Orel was more than saddened to hear about someone who reacted to a horrifying event and tried to take things in their own hands, only to become the very thing they were trying to avoid turning into and lose everything they cared about in the process. While Chirin remains a largely isolated figure in the Pantheon, Orel has been hoping to try and talk to him in order to get Chirin to open up and not be scared of his past, even if such attempts are unlikely to work out.
  • Despite Steven Universe’s circumstances being far more fantastical in nature, some of his personal issues were similar to that of Orel, especially in regards to their parents and how both kids lost their innocence due to traumatizing events. Orel and Steven initially sought to live up to their parents Clay and Rose Quartz respectively, but learned that neither figure was what they appeared to be in a bad way. Steven learned that in contrast to Rose Quartz being a kind, if immensely flawed figure, Clay was nowhere near as pleasant as he presented himself to be according to Orel and that Clay never went through the kind of development that let Rose Quartz come to terms with herself. Steven’s desire to help others ended up being a burden to himself, but that came with the territory of having to come to terms with himself, but with someone like Orel who was a pleasant kid exposed to how unpleasant life can be, Steven found someone he can relate to very well despite Orel’s more mundane and religious lifestyle.
  • Many of the major figureheads from the Fire Nation who were involved in conquest had a volatile family relationship that unnerved Orel moreso than their dangerous ambitions, which was something Orel wanted to avoid as much as possible. Ozai raised two children with the intent of using them to conquer other nations: Azula who ended up seeking Ozai’s approval to dire consequences on her end and Zuko who ended up turning against the two with the help of others including his uncle and former Fire Nation general Iroh. The brutality of what Ozai was trying to accomplish, especially with using his children to follow his ideals and discard them once he no longer needed them terrified Orel and he understood why Zuko ultimately wanted to not follow in Ozai’s footsteps. As for Azula who was unstable as is for Orel to not get near her otherwise, he saw what was a dark outcome for someone who was abused by their own parent while trying to live up to their expectations and getting their own life destroyed by it, something that could have happened to Orel if he hadn’t realized what kind of person Clay was.
  • As a young boy (albeit one who would eventually grow up and start a family of his own), Orel was able to find other children in the Pantheon and while he got along with some kids, there were others he was more apprehensive of. He found a lot in common with Pollyanna Whittier for being optimistic children in spite of their misfortunes (with Orel’s situations being much more dire than what Pollyanna went through) and often hung out with her, taking a liking towards her Glad Game that she came up with. He wasn’t able to strike up a similar friendship with the boys from South Park despite the quartet being kids that go through plenty of scenarios that would be inappropriate for children like him. While he wouldn’t mind hanging out with Stan, Kyle, and Kenny, he noted that the three are prone to having less-than-savory moments on their end and Orel has tried his best to avoid getting pulled into Cartman’s crazy (and sometimes fatal) schemes despite Cartman finding Orel to be a bit like Butters Stotch at times. Speaking of Butters, he happened to be a kid from South Park who Orel had less of a problem being around, in part due to said similarities of being a kind-hearted kid who had to adapt in a highly dysfunctional town with an equally dysfunctional family.
  • Having dealt with flawed adults in Moralton meant that there would be plenty of adults in the Pantheon with flaws similar to and different from what Orel had witnessed. Despite being an anthropomorphic horse, Bojack Horseman was someone who dealt with very human issues and many of them were similar to what Clay went through, particularly regarding alcoholism, narcissism, and their own abusive parents making them what they are. What separated Bojack from Clay was that the former was willing to try and make himself a better person even if said attempts don’t always work out, something that Orel was willing to understand from someone who had many of the same issues Clay had. Bojack was dismayed to learn that not only was there someone like himself, but that Clay refused to change for the better and even tried to corrupt someone as friendly as Orel into having the same cynical worldview as himself, instigating something of a generational vicious cycle. Learning about Orel’s story and how he grew past being used by someone who was a dark reflection of himself gave Bojack more of a reason to improve as a person even if he has to face more obstacles doing so.
  • Moralton’s citizens thrive on being Protestant Christians to the point where they believe that true Christians are Protestant and are highly dismissive, if not outright cruel, to Catholics. The Pantheon has a more diverse religious pool of not just Christians, but other religions and for the most part are far more tolerant of people who practice other forms of faith in addition to Protestant Christians. Friar Tuck, a kind soul who is a Catholic Christian, was taken aback at how a town who claims to be religious insists on how true Christians are Protestants and that Catholics are almost nothing to them. Hearing about how Orel grew to be more aware of how flawed his town and people are gave Tuck a reason to be open to Orel’s problems, even if Orel still has a few issues to work out. Besides Tuck, Orel has found other Christians to talk to, including Ned Flanders, a friendly fellow who has a few quirks of his own that Orel believes can be worked out, and Mr. Rogers, someone who was even kinder than Tuck when it came to understanding people’s problems and was someone who Orel can rely on if he’s in deep trouble.
  • Reverend Putty was like many other adults in Moralton: religious but flawed, though unlike other adults in that town, Orel’s kindness was able to get through to Putty and Putty was one of the very few adults in Moralton to improve as a person. While there were other religious practitioners who were able to understand Orel’s friendliness, there were others who were nowhere near as open to listening to Orel in contrast to Putty and were potentially far more despicable than Moralton’s worst. Among the worst of these religious zealots included misogynistic serial killer Harry Powell and corrupt government official Claude Frollo, both of whom attempted to justify their vile actions by claiming they’re doing the work of God. As benevolent as Orel is, he’s grown past his naivete and knows that these two have fallen far enough that talking to them won’t accomplish anything other than being dismissed as a heretic according to them.
  • The Pantheon’s extranormal nature meant that not only does the Christian god that Orel worships exists, but so do many different versions of said Christian god alongside other gods of different religions. In addition to the religious zealots who Orel had problems with, there were literal gods who were vengeful and were willing to punish others for one reason or another, sometimes while feigning politeness as a means to gain more worshipers. While Orel would avoid gods like YHVH or Chuck Shurley in any capacity, the kid is more than fine worshiping other Christian gods whose personality is as friendly as people claim it is. A handful of these gods who Orel admires have seen how flawed humans are, but have also seen the better parts of humanity and how they can get through troubling times, something that Orel can understand very well given what he had to go through in order to have a better life. Learning about how one of these Gods have given godlike powers to a regular guy named Bruce Nolan for a brief period of time fascinated Orel since it meant that the Gods have to deal with their own flaws in ensuring the well-being of others in spite of the Gods’ near-omnipotence. Seeing actual Gods exist in the Pantheon meant that satanic entities and demons (plus dark entities such as Damien Thorn who exhibit satanic traits) are also present and while that caused Orel to be frightened of meeting them directly, the fact that there were benevolent demons and even satanic entities who weren’t completely evil was something he was going to have to grapple with as a Christian.
  • Much like Orel, Jonas lived in a seemingly ideal town that harbored many dark secrets among its citizens. Where Moralton was filled with hypocritical religious zealots, those who lived in The Community had their memories removed from their consciousness and given to the Receiver of Memory to be stored, a job that Jonas would end up taking up and learning what the people sacrificed to live what they thought were better lives. Despite Moralton being relatively less dystopian compared to The Community, Jonas noticed a bit of himself in Orel in regards to seeing the darker side of a setting that presented itself as being better than what it actually was. Supposedly Orel remained in Moralton as an adult to continue to try and help the town as an adult in contrast to the less drastic measures taken by Jonas to find a way to help The Community out of its problems, but regardless of where adult Orel lives and him getting along with Jonas fairly well, Orel knew that it would be much more difficult to help others living in locales with dark secrets beyond Moralton find true happiness.
  • Orel’s camping trip with his father was nothing short of a disaster, mainly because Orel got shot by him while the latter was drunk and was left to fend for himself when Clay passed out, culminating with Orel having to kill a bear that was about to attack Clay. There were plenty of other bad camping trips (whether it’s the wilderness or just a summer camp) Orel heard about in the Pantheon such as Charlie Brown’s dangerous river raft race while at summer camp or Mordecai & Rigby’s misadventures at two separate camping trips. While such incidents were bad enough on their own, few come close to being as dire as what Orel went through. While Orel would like to have a regular camping trip that’s nothing like the one he had with Clay, it’s going to take a bit of time for something like that to come to fruition and even if Orel doesn’t get shot by someone he believed he cared about, there’s still going to be a potential mishap along the way.

    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 Hierarchsmembers , 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, The Combine
  • Heavily Opposed by: The Houses of Religion and 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 Religion and 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 Religion and 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 for 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.
  • Given the Covenant forces were already present in the Pantheon as followers of the Combine, it was easy for the Prophets to get the support of the inter-dimensional empire, making for a force of belligerant aliens that sends shivers all through the Galaxy.
  • 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 A.I.s 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!"
  • While the Simulation Troopers of Blood Gulch were not directly involved in the Human-Covenant War, they are still very high on the Prophets' hate list, due to both the Freelancers that actually pose a threat to them and were scheming to join the fight (namely Omega conceiving a plan to corrupt the Covenant from within through a Sangheili-Human hybrid, and Tex eventually deciding to go along, being only stopped because the Reds and Blues blew her ship), and how their show portrayed the Sangheili as inarticulate brutes only capable of saying "Blargh" and "honk", something they consider insulting if not downright heretic.
  • The Prophets' original temple can be found within the House of Leadership, on Fantastical Leadership.

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