The Lords and Ladies of the Heavens
There are twelve deities in the pantheon that rules the world of which Kaladon is a part. These beings created the world and are fully involved in the ongoing development of it. The defining characteristic of the pantheon of gods is the cycle of their rulership over the heavens. Each of the deities rules over a given ‘month’ of the year thus bringing their own characteristics to that time of year. Each also rules over a given year, cycle1, age2 and aeon3. As a result any given period of time is ruled by a set of one or more deities, which has a commensurate effect on the nature of the world. During an aeon of Lymos war and conflict is more prevalent, but during an Age of Tornos during that aeon the warfare is likely to be wilder and more chaotic, and during a cycle of Borea in that age the cold winter storms may well reduce the ability to wage war as resources become scarce. During the year of Lymos in that cycle and in particular during Lymosmoon in that year wars are going to be fought while the sun shines high in the sky.
There are twelve deities,four4 primary and eight secondary. The four primaries each rule over a season, and have two secondary deities that serve under them. Each of the twelve deities rules over a month, with each of the primary deities ruling a five week month in the middle of each season, and each of the secondary deities ruling for four weeks either side. Thus Fera goddess of spring rules for five weeks in mid spring. Alfaris and Fabrin her two secondary gods each rule for four weeks in early and late spring respectively. However as the primary of spring Fera can still influence all months of spring if she so desires, and Alfaris and Fabrin will defer to her during their months of rule if she wishes to impose her will.
There are six gods and six goddesses, and the gender of the ruling deity alternates each month. This means the two primary females (Fera and Reaper) have male secondaries, and the two male primaries (Lymos and Thanis) have female secondaries.
Each deity has a primary, secondary and negative influence. These are aligned with the times of the year that they rule over. They also have a number of minor influences based around their main spheres.
None of the deities has a specific alignment and all are capable of law and chaos, good and evil. Some are more naturally inclined to certain alignments, such as Kin Goddess of Community, Justice and Tyranny is to law, or Tornos God of Storms, Oceans and Rage is to chaos. However these are just tendencies and do not rule over the gods. In this way they are much more ‘alive’ and more capable of the petty vindication characteristic of the classic pantheonic deities. Also both the good and evil can worship the same Lord of Light and War (Lymos) and argue with each other as to what his true aspect is (the answer is of course both/neither).
The deities also do not conform to one specific race – they are not human, dwarven, elven, etc. Again they have different aspects that they present to different communities, and just as Lymos is a tall and proud human knight in Lothiya, so he is a dwarven warrior, an elven swordsman, a fearless orc, and a guardian among the halflings. This doesn’t change the nature of what Lymos is, merely how he is perceived.
Each of the gods also has a partner who rules with them, though always (well almost always) takes a secondary position during their partner’s reign, even in the case of primaries deferring to secondaries. The nature of the partnerships varies between the different deities, Fera & Tornos are passionate lovers, fighting and making up in stormy lustful cycles throughout the year. Kin and Serabin are twins – calm, rational and haughty. Borea and Lymos are husband and wife, ruling together in a compassionate balance of their yin-yang. No two partners are from the same season, so a secondary is never forced to defer to their partner during his or her month of rule because the partner is never primary of the same season. That doesn’t stop primaries from exerting their power and influence over their partner.
The relationships between the various deities are highly complex owing to the different allegiances they have to each other, including allegiances to their season, their partners, gods with similar spheres of influence, even the simple matter of gender. And they all oppose each other on similar bases, opposite seasons or gender, conflicting spheres of influence, etc. All this conspires to make the state of heavenly politics fluctuate wildly over time. However for the most part the nature of the gods means it takes years for the state of affairs to change significantly, though short term changes come and go.