The gods of Theeurth are a single family of deities, opposed by a single, powerful evil god and his minions. These gods are known by different names in different cultures, but there is only one set of gods over Theeurth. Though the individual gods vary widely in temperament, the pantheon as a whole may be said to be Neutral Good.
The myths and individual gods are discussed on separate pages, accessed through the links at left. Below are some important topics related to the subject of religion itself.
Each individual god has a mortal organization dedicated to him or her. These churches range from the extremely organized (such as the Church of Agaleus) to the wildly informal (such as that of Ilion) to the nearly non-existent (the Church of Thelassia). However, the largest church is dedicated to no one deity at all, but the pantheon as a whole. This is known as The Great Church.
While the works and ministries of the Great Church are important, most player character clerics and paladins will find the churches of individual gods to be more interesting, as the gods rarely make their presence known through the Great Church, but instead favor champions of their own churches.
There are no gods of specific races in Theeurth. All the races of Theeurth were born either of the dead goddess Shorral or of the unholy union of Malbor and Evaless. While the tendencies of each race may make it more partial to one god or another, most good members of any race worship the pantheon as a whole.
A Question of Evil
The Great Church teaches that all the savage races (orcs, goblins, hobgoblins, etc), being the progeny of Malbor and Evaless, are irredeemably evil. Only those mortals with the divine spark of Shorral are capable of redemption.
Before the Ban of the Gods, the deities walked among the mortal races. In that time, Agaleus handed down the Thirty-Three laws on which to base a moral life. But since the Ban and the Wrath of the Gods, those writings have been lost to Theeurth, and each culture has had to make its own way, its own judgments.
However, all the churches of the Pantheon teach that the following acts are sinful:
- Desecration of a temple of one of the gods of the Pantheon.
- Denying the existence of one or more of the gods of the Pantheon
- Consorting with demons
- Creating the undead
- Attacking a member of the clergy of the Pantheon unprovoked
- Destroying or imprisoning a soul
Many other crimes (murder, incest, theft, kidnapping, etc.) are abhorrent to most of the Pantheon, but conditionally acceptable to others.