Secaian Dawn/Religion

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Pantheon

The gods of the realm are multifaceted, having various purviews. Traditionally, you bless the lord of what you are about to do, for example, you would say "Bless The Hunter" before slaying a beast, as he is the Lord of Beasts. Similarly, when walking in on a murder scene, one might say "Curse The Hunter", as he is the Lord of Killing.

The gods exist, and are often seen by people, both as omens, or even just... because. A small wedding in the middle of nowhere might be blessed by the appearance of The Lady, and/or the Unifier, while a wedding between nobles might not. The gods seldom make their thoughts known.

Their outward appearance varies as they see fit, but when a person gazes upon a deity, they know exactly what they're looking at. Some people have even stated that they were even able to feel which aspect of a god they were looking at, such as seeing The Lady, Lord of War watching on before a large battle.

The list of Gods and Faces

The Baker Lord of Cooking Lord of Time
Lord of Gluttony
The Lady Lord of Love Lord of War
Lord of Fury Lord of Lust
The Hunter Lord of Searching Lord of Beasts
Lord of Killing Lord of Fear
The Merchant Lord of Travel Lord of Exchange
Lord of Greed Lord of Mistrust
The Athlete Lord of Competition Lord of Entertainment
Lord of Excess Lord of Pride
The Unifier Lord of Alliance Lord of Peace
Lord of Compromise
The Combatant Lord of Skill Lord of Fighting
Lord of Vengeance Lord of Violence
The Artisan Lord of Manufacture Lord of Art
Lord of Jealousy
The Shadow Lord of Hiding Lord of Necessity
Lord of Theft Lord of Secrets
The Sage Lord of Knowledge Lord of History
Lord of Regret
The Carouser Lord of Celebration
Lord of Laziness Lord of Addiction
The Gambler Lord of Luck
Lord of Chaos Lord of Superstition
The Politician Lord of Community Lord of Leadership
Lord of Corruption Lord of Blame


What happens when you die

There are three known layers of existence.

First is our realm. Above our layer, there is the Afterrealm, where the dead are taken. The Afterrealm sits between our realm and the final realm, The Void.

At night time the barriers between realms are at their weakest and it can be possible to break through. The denizens of The Void realm wish to destroy our realm, as it is the antithesis of their existence.

The Afterrealm is, at daytime, a complete paradise. At night, however, the realm becomes a hellscape as the denizens of The Void invade the Afterrealm - their aim to take it over as a staging area to invade reality.

If someone in the Afterrealm is killed in battle, they become weakened and come back to 'life' at dawn. If this happens, they can no longer be resurrected in reality until they regain their strength (In game terms, they lose exp and levels and can be raised after gaining the experience back).

Because every soul helps to fend off The Void, it's usually considered bad form to take gear and equipment from fallen warriors. Even those that you hate and don't want to be resurrected. Necromantic animation (ie. raising zombies and skeletons) is also extremely hated, as it harms and corrupts the soul even in the afterlife.

The pantheon are always on the nightly battlefield, each an incarnation of destruction. They usually take it in turns to (try to) protect the freshest souls. Despite this, it's still possible to see them in reality at night time.

Legendary equipment

The exception to gear being 'lost' when you're in the Afterrealm is if you do something exceptionally heroic with it. Everyone knows that Arthur wielded Excalibur, and therefore would have it in the Afterrealm even if it had been looted. As such, the Afterrealm may have multiple 'copies' of the same legendary item.