This page is an all around guide to the deities - both major and minor - of Ognos! If you have any questions, need any additional information, or would like to submit a new lesser deity, reach out by posting on the Inbox board!
- Calling the gods should be done with great discretion.
One should always have a reason for calling on the gods; these are not creatures that can be called upon for a friendly chat, but dangerous and powerful beings who are extremely primal, and they do not take kindly to having their day interrupted without good cause.
- A certain level of unpredictability should be expected.
Characters will not always have their prayers answered, and even when the gods elect to respond, there is no guarantee that they will give a character what they ask for. Remember, these are beings that have no real understanding of mortal life; they don't think or feel like we do so even when they have the best of intentions, they can occasionally give some strange gifts or unintentionally cause trouble.
- You may ask the gods for anything, but be wary of asking for too much too often.
The gods are not vending machines, nor are they cure-alls, and they don't take kindly to being treated as such. "Overusing" the gods, or getting greedy, can spell disaster...!
- We are accepting submissions for Lesser Gods!
If you have a lesser deity you've thought up and would like to have it included in the Lexicon, please post on the Inbox. We'd also be happy to talk it over with you if you'd like to interact with a minor deity of your creation!
- How the Chinto are worshipped varies greatly from family to family/area to area.
Most people will have shrines dedicated to all three - sometimes with a larger/more central shrine to the patron goddess of the family, with smaller ones for the other two - in their homes, but how often they worship/how devoted they are varies greatly and not everyone believes (though those who don't may be frowned upon in smaller villages/rural areas but there is no legal persecution, etc.).
- Mainstream religion views the three as equals and worships them accordingly.
However, there are several cults who worship only some/one aspect(s) of the goddesses and/or take their own interpretations. One well-known cult are the Nuemp ("Wild") who worship only Huxu; they shun their human shapes and live exclusively as wild canines. They are aggressively territorial and known to hunt "outsiders"; their pack hierarchies are determined by "might makes right" type mentality and traits like ruthlessness are praised/rewarded.
- Some believe that the Chinto are not actually sisters.
They think that Aomete and Dzoana were deeply in love before the goddess' death; Aomete is said to grieve terribly for her lover, too heartbroken to attend to the wishes of even her devoutest of followers - but most traditionalists frown on this interpretation of the texts.
- In the past, Huxu was depicted as a very sexual and sensual figure, Aomete was depicted as virginal/pure or motherly, and Dzoana was depicted as a "non-sexual" entity (a child or an elderly woman).
Mainstream religion has moved away from these depictions for the most part, feeling that females can have aspects of both/all (and, therefore, so should their goddesses). This may be a result of the typically matriarchal society as well.
- Note: Following the Chinto/Kinship deities is not required. The high level of religiosity for the average "NPC" Ognoshu is mentioned in the event someone might find it useful for plot(s).
- Huxu, the First Born.
Huxu is the firstborn goddess of night, battle, and death. She represents the Past, when Ognoshu did not have the ability to change shape - the Wildness that still exists within the hearts of the Ognoshu and is equal parts respected and feared.
While not "evil" (the Chinto are traditionally neutral, capable of acts that are both good and bad) she is associated with many themes that would be considered "dark" on Earth.
Huxu's primary form is that of a wolf. She is most commonly depicted as large, battle-scarred, and ethereally beautiful with red eyes, pure white fur (which glows like moonlight), and purple markings. She gives off a sense of danger and temptation, unsettling but also enthralling and addictive. She is very rarely shown in her humanoid form; when she is, she is always Yeul and commonly shown as a tall, muscular woman with monolid red eyes, white hair in long dreadlocks, and medium brown skin.
Her Taim is a scythe, commonly worn attached to a thick steel chain around her neck, and her Neum is a white raven with dark red flecks (like blood) on their face/head and wings. She is commonly associated with the scents of myrrh and cypress.
- Dzoana, the Bridge.
Dzoana is the middle goddess, representing balance. She represents the unknown and ever-changing Future - the endless possibilities, both good and bad.
Dzoana was killed by mortals 333 years ago; Gods usually resurrect within 100 years after their death, so her extended absence is very unusual.
She has many features commonly associated with "tricksters", "chaos", and "balance".
Dzoana's primary form is that of a fox. She is commonly depicted as large with purple fur, gold eyes, and silver markings. She gives off a sense of breathless wonder and endless opportunities, frightening but also very exciting. Depictions of her human form vary, and are most commonly either a small female child with dark skin or a wizened old woman with pale skin. She is associated with the scents of lemon balm and elderberry.
Her Taim is an athame (ceremonial knife), commonly tucked into her leather harness, and her Neum is a purple snake with unusually large eyes that are gold with silver flecks.
- Aomete, the Youngest and Brightest.
Aomete is the youngest goddess of day, harmony, and life. She represents the Present - the Civilized existence that the Ognoshu now enjoy. She is considered "The Mother of the Modern Era".
She is associated with many themes that would be considered "light" or "good" on Earth.
Aomete's primary form is that of a dog. She is commonly depicted as a large mixed-breed dog of some kind (some families who worship Aomete will show her in "their" image - ex: a family of Doberman Ognoshu might draw her as having Doberman features so it's hard to pinpoint what she would actually look like) and traditionally beautiful with pale blue eyes, matte black fur (which seems to suck up light), and purple markings. She gives off a sense of peace and contentment, wholesome and loving. She is most often seen as a Myeen these days, commonly shown as a plump, short woman with monolid pink eyes, soft blue hair, and olive skin.
Her Taim is a spoon, commonly worn around her neck on a delicate gold chain, and her Neum is a black squirrel with golden flecks on their belly. She is commonly associated with the scents of peppermint and sugar.
The Lesser Gods