The Legend of Creation
As told by High Priestess Jada of the Temple of Ananke
There was in the beginning only the Great Nothingness.
At some point the Great Nothingness developed awareness of itself.
"I am Thanatos. I am Nothing."
From its words sprung forth a blinding light.
The light had its own consciousness, and spoke to Thanatos.
"Then I shall be Ananke, and I will
Ananke pushed against Thanatos to move away the
darkness so she could see, but Thanatos would not be moved. From
the shadows created between them sprung the first gods. Ananke stood
in wonder of her Children, for unlike their parents they possessed
form. Thanatos was simply bewildered, as his Children caused quite
a ruckus and disturbed his quiet.
"Silence them, or I shall destroy every
last one," said Thanatos to Ananke.
"Let us create worlds
for them to explore, then surely they shall leave you be,"
And so Ananke convinced Thanatos to sacrifice
a part of his Nothingness to create worlds for the gods to explore.
And within those worlds the gods created all manner of races and
Ananke cherished each creature, whether good
or evil, for each served a purpose and helped bring about the greater
balance. And so long as the universe remained in balance, creation
could continue to expand.
But soon creation expanded too far, and once
again the noises of the gods bothered Thanatos in the far reaches
of the Great Nothingness. But now not only did the gods pester their
Father, but so too did the gods' creations themselves.
And so Thanatos decided that he would destroy
all of creation so that he may have silence again. For there are
two ways to destroy the whole of creation. Push it too far toward
the light, and it shall burn away in complacency and contentment.
Push too far to the darkness, and it will wither away in malice
and despair. Thanatos knew he could hold no sway over the Children
of the Light, for their hearts would raise not one finger against
their friends, or those weaker than them. But in the hearts of the
Children of Darkness Thanatos found seeds that could be cultivated
to do his bidding. For they would do anything for glory or power
And so it is that Thanatos seeks to destroy the
whole of creation, and even the evil deities warn their followers
of their Father's dark promises. For as goes creation, so too shall
go all the gods.
ANANKE: The Light of Creation, The Lap of Many Threads
Follower's alignment: N, CN, LN
Domains: Healing, Knowledge, Protection, Luck
Tenets of the faith: All things have a right to exist, for
each creature serves a purpose. There can be no light without darkness,
no good without evil. So long as one's actions do not directly caused
the destruction of another creature without due cause, then do as
yea will. Seek always balance in all things, for excess denies other
creatures resources they need to survive.
Ananke's Church: Ananke has very few followers herself,
instead encouraging the races of the world to worship her through
her Children. All deities funnel some of the faith they receive
from their followers to their Mother, so that she may remain strong
to combat the schemes of Thanatos. The few temples dedicated to
her serve as "neutral ground" when clerics from faiths
at odds with each other can go to discuss matters. Any being can
request safe refuge in Ananke's temples, whether good or evil, so
long as they can convince the clerics that their lives are in danger.
Her clerics often travel the land serving as
professional negotiators and diplomats, finding the common ground
to end a dispute if not fairly, at least close enough to stop any
bloodshed. Her clerics celebrate no holy days, but often show their
support to other faiths during their high holy days by giving their
blessings in the name of Ananke. Ananke's clerics pray for spells
in the morning as part of the celebration of a new day and the bringing
of new life.
Ananke's Avatars: Though often depicted in art as a noblewoman
sitting on a throne with thousands of different colored threads
falling into her lap, she has no form and possesses no avatars.
Instead, she infuses some of her essence into her highest ranking
clerics. These Chosen of Ananke possess the following powers.
*+10 constitution, +6 charisma, +6 wisdom
*+10 divine bonus to all saving throws
*Detect magic at will
*Comprehend languages at will
*True Seeing at will
*Regenerate 10 hp/round
*Cure serious wounds 5x/day
THANATOS: The Great Nothingness
Followers alignment: N, NE, CE
Domains: Destruction, War, Chaos, Trickery
Tenets of the Faith: No sentient being can ever be truly
neutral. The only way to have balance in the universe is to revert
all back to the Great Nothingness. Creation is violent and greedy,
causing pain and suffering. The end of all suffering can only occur
with the end of existence.
Thanatos' Church: Small cabals of nihilists worship Thanatos
in secret, plotting ways to bring the world to an end. When confronted
by followers of other faiths, they will simply kill good-aligned
individuals and try to trick evil ones into doing there bidding.
His worshippers acknowledge no holy days and pray for spells whenever
they feel the need.
Thanatos' Avatars: The Great Nothingness is so loath to
have contact with anything that he does not even use avatars. He
does, however, sometimes select random followers for special assignments.
At which times, he channels some of his energy into them. Such Chosen
of Thanatos receive the following bonuses:
*+10 constitution, +5 strength, +4 dexterity
*+10 to hide and move silently checks
*Immunity to attacks that channel negative energy (specters, shadow
dragon breath weapons, vampire slam attacks, etc)
*Change Self once per day
*+4 natural armor class
Legend tells of the highest ranking cleric of
Thanatos, and individual known only as He of No Name. Thanatos faithful
believe this individual to be so close to the will of Thanatos that
he no longer possesses any facial features. Rumored powers include
Polymorph Self at will, Vampiric Touch at will, DR 20/+3, +10 divine
bonus to all saving throws, the ability to see invisible creatures,
and regeneration 10 hp per round. Needless to say, if such an individual
does exist, he would be a frightening foe indeed.