Adventures in Theia
Gods and Religion
How Religion Works
Much like Earth’s antiquity, people on Theia worship a multitude of gods and divinities ranging from the polytheistic pantheon of the Kelts, to the henotheistic gods of Acadia and the monotheistic state-imposed religion of the Commoric Empire.
In areas where cultures overlap there is often a great deal of syncretism — blending and merging of beliefs, creating practices and customs that can differ slightly from city to city or village to village.
In broad terms however, religions tend to fall into one of three categories. Cults and gods of Law & Light, The Balance, and Chaos & Shadow.
Cults of Law and Light
Lawful religious institutions promote stasis, order, purity and conformity in the world. Believers of Law & Light see the cosmos as hierarchical believe that when the world comes under the dominion of Law, all will be in a state of perfect peace and harmony.
Cult of Mitra
Cult of The Autarch
Cults of The Balance
Those who serve the balance see the cosmos as a place of competing forces, where the ebb and flow of Law and Chaos are as natural as the tides. Devotees of the Balance believe that Law and Chaos are necessary for life and part of the great cycle of birth, death (and sometimes rebirth). Their worship tends to venerate pantheons of gods that embody these different forces.
Cults of Chaos and Shadow
The cosmos is a roiling sea of primeval forces barely comprehensible by mortal minds. Chaos is that primal engine of creation; constantly destroying itself and reinventing new realities. Those that embrace this fact liberate themselves and by spreading Chaos will eventually liberate the world. Therefore, for the enlightened, Chaos is a force that can be harnessed to create anything the heart desires (primarily through sorcery, and consorting with powers in higher realities).
To the devotee, concerns about morality and ethics are fungible and petty at best in pursuit of transcendence. Unsurprisingly, sorcerers are most frequently associated with Chaos. Even those practitioners of magic that reject the ethos of Chaos, are fearful of being altered subtly over time (or sometimes not subtly at all).
There is no common thread regarding inhuman religious beliefs. As such they are treated individually.