The Gods of Elpida are the most powerful entities known to man. They are a representation of our lives, and watch over all who dwell within their domain and guidance. Those of whom follow these Gods know of their history, their patronage, and their values. It is a common sight to see many worship their Gods, whether it be in their temples or by prayer. No matter how one may dedicate themselves, the Gods will be forever watching.
The Holy Codex is the holy book containing all current knowledge of the 6 Gods and the divine religion.
Origins of Elpida
In the beginning, the world was empty and desolate. No creature, mortal or immortal, walked the earth, swam the seas, or flew the skies. This state persisted for untold aeons, and the surface of the world remained unchanged. Far above the earth, however, the realm known as the Aether was forming. The Aether, the blue region of the sky beyond the sun and stars, is the home of the divine and the birthplace of all life.
From the Aether emerged the six gods. Having been born fully developed into an unfamiliar realm, the gods were disoriented at first. The fiery spirit of Ignarus was the first to recover. He saw before him a vast realm to claim as his own and immediately seized control over the Aether, casting his siblings down to the surface of the world. Slowly, the other gods gained awareness and learned of their brother’s treachery. Enraged, they flew to Ignarus’s kingdom and warred with him for domination of the skies. Ignarus was powerful, but his five brothers and sisters combined were able to wrestle the Aether from his incendiary grip.
The victors collectively banished Ignarus to the nether and divided the skies amongst themselves. Aestheria was granted the subtle and beautiful moon, Marventa the guiding stars, Metus the bounty of the sun, Phaedron the concealing shadow of the clouds, and Legaros the Protector guardianship of the Aether itself. For a time, the gods lived in relative peace, cultivating new life on the earth and sharing ownership of the skies. However, Phaedron soon grew discontented with his share, believing that he had played a larger role in Ignarus’s defeat than the other gods. As a consequence, Phaedron thought, he deserved a larger portion of the sky than he had been given. He declared war upon the other gods and, once again, war began in the skies.
Phaedron, hidden behind the clouds, sneaks up on the other gods and assaults their aerial territories. The embattled gods use their great powers on one another, producing flashes of light and roars of sound hidden in the clouds. These battles, known as storms, continue to this very day, and it seems as though the War of the Skies may never end.
Origins of Humans
Our Holy Patrons
|Aestheria:Goddess of beauty, learning, the arts, and the moon. Patron of artists, musicians, and philosophers.||Ignarus:God of fire and war. Patron of warriors, guards and gladiators.||Legaros:God of cities, protection, law, and the aether. Patron of leaders, legislators, and the just.|
|Marventa:Goddess of the ocean, the wind, and the stars. Patron of explorers, fishermen, sailors, and travelers.||Metus:God of wealth, prosperity, the harvest, and the sun. Patron of merchants and farmers.||Phaedron:God of darkness, shadows, and clouds. Patron of thieves and assassins.|
Grounds of Worship
The Hollowed grounds of Elpida, for each God has a divine right to their own Temple. It is here that the people of Elpida pray for forgiveness and for health, for long lives, and for prosperity. It is a true place of worship.
The Aether's Bounty
This is the Gods' place of refuge when they reach their divine houses. It holds the throne of each god, along with Legaros and his chambers of Law where the Gods commence their judgement of the mortal world.
|The House of Aestheria||The House of Ignarus||The House of Legaros|
|The House of Marventa||The House of Metus||The House of Phaedron|
Titans, Godlings and Demigods
Metus and Marventa have long since been considered lovers. As he is God of land, sun, and animal, and Marventa is Goddess of sea, stars and fish/bird. They are irrevocably linked together, both physically (sea is connected to land, land is connected to air, etc), and metaphorically.
Legaros and Aestheria are also seen as lovers, probably due to Aestheria being seen as the mother of mankind and Legaros being seen as the father. This is further support through the story of Phoebe and Alexander (the first man and woman). Phoebe was created in Aestheria’s image, and Alexander in Legaros’s image. This means that when Phoebe and Alexander fell in love, became married and had children, their love was a reflection of Legaros’s and Aestheria’s.
These are the festive days within the year dedicated to the Gods. There are some days dedicated to a singular God, others dedicated to multiple. Holidays have been celebrated since the dawn of time, and will forever be done so out of respect for the Gods. Therefore, these specific days have much meaning, and often bring everyone closer together.
- Birth of the World (January 1st)
- Celebrates the birth of the Gods and the creation of the world
- Aestheria's Maiden (February 14th)
- The day when Phoebe and Alexander (the first humans of the earth) were wed (see: The Story of Phoebe and Alexander). Couples celebrate by enjoying a romantic day with each other; gifts are often exchanged.
- Mother's Day'" (March 22nd)
- Celebrates the creation of Phoebe (the first human on earth). People give their mothers gifts.
- Jester's Peril (April 1st)
- A chaotic day where people play tricks on each other for entertainment.
- Legaros' Reign (Last Sunday of April)
- The day that Legaros rose into consciousness; celebrated with eggs to symbolize his birth. Which came first?
- Marventa's Bounty (April 22nd)
- Celebrates the gifts of life; people often eat fish or other oceanic animals
- Summer Solstice (June 20th)
- Celebrates the marriage of Metus and Marventa and the height of summer; people dance and sing in the fields with the farmers and workers.
- Founder's Day (August 5th)
- On this day people celebrate the founding of Elpida, and the Senate usually sends gifts of celebration. There is a large feast and most people take the day off work.
- Festival of Light (October 4th)
- Celebrates the reaping of the harvest and the end of summer; grain and crop are given out for free to beggars, children, and the less fortunate. Music is often played and there is dancing in the streets - it is a very glamorous and frivolous festival with many feasts.
- Phaedron's Curse (October 31st)
- This day is important because it was the first day of the War of the Skies. Everyone dresses up as monsters and celebrate, symbolizes blending in with the creatures in the shadows.
- Feast of Ignarus (November 28th)
- Where boar and other animals are roasted over a spit to symbolize Ignarus' descent into the Nether
- Aether's Moon (December 25th)
- A celebration of Legaros’ reclaimed domain (a large eclipse of the moon during the day). Gifts are exchanged to celebrate his heavenly reign.