The Evening Lands
The Immortal pantheon is made up of the Twelve true gods of Tethra, each with their own domains and spheres of influence. Following the Absence, and the death of Demeter, the Immortals find themselves in a state of disarray. This developing conflict has the potential to tear Tethra apart as collateral damage in a war between the gods. Each deity and their descriptions are listed below.
Zeus is the reigning Immortal ruler of the heavens, having seized his power long before the creation of Tethra. Many of the other gods acknowledge his dominance, although some do so begrudgingly. He concerns himself with the administration of the heavens, and settling conflicts between Immortals. He often engages in romantic relationships with mortals, male, female, human and otherwise. Zeus is known to be impulsive, taking what he wants, with little regard for the consequences of his actions.
Zeus is the co-creator of humans, along with Ares.
Zeus most often takes the form of a ruggedly attractive middle-aged human male, tanned and muscular, with short white hair and beard. He also appears in the form of a shimmering gold cloud on occasion.
The heavens, and Immortal affairs.
Thunderbolt, eagle, bull, oak tree.
The Order of Mellekios
Zeus is fully involved in settling fallout from the death of Demeter. He leads the investigation into her death and is resolved to determine who is responsible. He has grown suspicious of each of his peers, and has come to the conclusion that any one of them could be guilty, either directly or by association.
Zeus is in direct conflict with Athena – the goddess of Justice, over the investigation into Demeter’s death. He feels that an event as unprecedented as the death of an Immortal should fall under his purview as the arbiter of heavenly conflict, because the Immortals themselves are suspects. He is also in conflict with Hades, who carried out Demeter’s death, and is in possession of her soul. He regards Hades as his primary suspect.
Poseidon is the god of Tethra’s seas and tempests. He is Zeus’ most trusted advisor, although trust between the gods is tumultuous at best. Poseidon concerns himself with the balance of life in the seas, and spends much of his time creating new types of sea life, shaping coastlines, and protecting his domain.
Poseidon is the creator of all sea life, including merfolk and other aquatic humanoids.
Poseidon appears most often as a whirling tempest of water and foam, and rarely appears in any form resembling the mortal races. However, when he does present himself to mortals, he prefers to take the form of a gruff, elderly human male, with glistening olive skin, long sea blue hair, and legs shrouded in mist.
The seas, storms, earthquakes.
Trident, fish, dolphin, wave.
The Azur Brotherhood
Poseidon is keeping to himself and avoiding Zeus’ inquisition. He occupies his time with reinvigorating mortal belief in him by blessing fishermen with bountiful catches, and destroying seaside villages and towns with hurricanes and tsunamis.
Poseidon is not currently in conflict with another Immortal.
Hades is the god of death, dreams, and darkness. He is often depicted by uneducated mortals as being evil, ranging from hateful to indifferent toward them. The truth is: Hades is quite pleasant, and views his work as simply keeping Tethra in balance. Without death, life would destroy the land as it outpaced its ability to sustain itself; without darkness, daylight would burn every living organism, and the inspiration found in dreams would be lost to mortals.
He performs his work without remorse, joy, or compromise. Souls entering his realm must give a sacrifice, usually in the form of work such as reaping another soul, or in the form of information. Hades is willing to let spirits of the dead leave his realm for a terribly heavy price. Hades is a the creator of Deurgar and Dwarves, creating the former as his servants, and the latter as free, to satisfy his need for balance.
Hades most often appears in the form of a floating ball of shadow that seems to drink the light and color around it, or as a bubbling pool of ink. He is often depicted by mortals as a corpse-thin, pallid, human male, with oily grey hair, who stands hunched with a walking stick. In reality, when Hades takes mortal form, he prefers the aspect of a young, beautiful male Dwarf with a shaved head, braided black beard, and pale skin.
Death, Darkness, Dreams, Shadows, The Underworld
Three-headed hound, bident, crow, black circle with two parallel lines inside.
The Cult of the Unseen
Hades is dealing with the fallout from Demeter’s death, and deciding what is to be done with her soul. On the one hand, the soul of an Immortal is a truly unique item which he is unlikely to part with. Furthermore, it would be a dereliction of his duty to return it. On the other hand, he seeks to avoid the destruction that conflict with Zeus will bring about.
Hades is in conflict with Zeus over Demeter’s death. He refuses to reveal the details of her demise, or who is responsible, citing that it is privileged information of his office, and is for he alone to know.