I have returned once again! This time I actually received a question. Unfortunately, one question does not a post make, so I’ll be putting that one off a little bit. (Until I get more questions, or run out of ideas to post on my own initiative. Likely the latter, as that seems like it should happen by next week.)
In the meantime, how about we discuss the least controversial topic in the world: religion!
Yeah I’m not touching that topic when it comes to real life stuff.
However, in the world of Homesick, things like Christianity, Judaism, and Shintoism don’t exist outside of humans. Everyone else pretty much agrees on one religion. It doesn’t really have a name, since it never really needed one before. The gods that comprise its pantheon, however, are known as The Nine. But I’ve already said that.
Quick disclaimer before we start though: Gods are complicated beings in this world, that cannot really and truly be defined by mortal terms. What follows is not even a remotely objective description of the gods, but instead the way they see themselves. If I were to list the ways they are viewed by others, this list would be a lot longer. So just keep in mind that the following information isn’t necessarily true. (And that gods don’t do anything halfway. They go full throttle into everything.)
Bonarch, god of order, creator of the gods, and patron of the pious.
Personality: Bonarch is a laid back god, who enjoys the company of equals and watching people create. He possesses an enormous confidence, but one founded in an equal if not greater power. He considers the other gods to be equals, friends, and children. He enjoys watching them fight, laugh, and create. He is primarily ambivalent towards mortals, but does find them amusing at times.
Notable Moments and Quotes:
-“Sylphe, Dammus. I gave you freedom to live, and I will not tell you that you may not fight. However; to try and end the life of another god is unforgivable, and you must never do so again.”
-“I am unsure what I am like when I am angry, Sylphe. I do not know how I may follow through with my threat – and that is what should scare you most.”
-“Kigre, though your constant antagonization of us all may be amusing at times, and on occasion you may show wisdom even greater than mine, there is a time and a place for your mischievous enlightenment, and this is neither.”
Hobbies: Watching the other gods.
Gaea, goddess of balance, creator of the tree in which the seven realms reside, and patron of travelers.
Personality: Gaea is a difficult goddess to pin down. She is flexible and ever changing, waking each morning with a vastly different personality. No one can deny though, that of all the gods she is the most free.
Notable Moments and Quotes:
-“Today, I think I shall be curious and stubborn.”
-“But what is your true personality, Gaea?” “Which is yours, Darron?”
-“True freedom is to not be bound by anything, true balance is freedom. To achieve balance you must be free, to be free you must not let anything control your actions, even yourself.”
Hobbies: Change from day to day.
Gotta, god of hope and light, creator of humans, and patron of heroes.
Personality: Gotta has always found infinite life and power to be tedious, and has pondered what it would be like to struggle for his entire existence. In the end, he became of the belief that there is only so much joy one may have in one’s life, and a finite amount stretched over an infinite amount of time was infinitely small. So, he created a world of infinite space and potential, and filled one of its planets with thousands of beings. Fragile beings, that were easily destroyed and could only live for up to 100 years at most. He wanted them to live thrilling lives, full of struggle and meaning, full of adventure and risk. He wanted them to turn their short time into a time with more meaning than his past thousand years of existence. He dubbed them “mortals,” and was the first of the gods to create non-god entities. Gotta is also quite charismatic, and is good friends with all the other gods.
Notable Moments and Quotes:
-“Watch them, Dammus. They laugh, they play, they hope, and they dream. There is a light in their eyes we could barely even imagine with our tired existence. It is all we can do to amuse ourselves for but minutes, and yet they find wonder and fear in everything.”
-“I created a vast world for them, Kigre. A world in which to learn, explore, and struggle. I have given them but a fragment of it, and should they want the rest of it, they must – and will – reach out for it with their own hands and minds.”
-“Sometimes, Gotta, I wonder if you care more about those mortals than you do us gods…” “Sylphe, I don’t care about anything. None of us do. Love, friendship, gender, these are the stuff of mortals. We can only but hope to imitate it well enough that we forget we are only faking. Or do as Kigre does, and accept our existence as it is.”
Hobbies: Watching humans struggle and succeed, or fail. He enjoys presenting them with vast challenges, and then giving them the tools they need to overcome these challenges on their own. He also likes to try and make sense out of what Kigre says. So far, he’s the only one aside from Bonarch that has solved any of Kigre’s riddles at all. (A fact he is quite proud of.)
Kigre, god(dess) of knowledge, creator of gremlins, and patron of atheists.
Personality: Kigre is a… unique person. They remember a time when the gap between gods and mortals was greater. A time when things like love and hope were considered silly ideas that Gotta came up with. They remember when the gods decided on a whim to assign themselves genders based on pointless stereotypes that even the mortals themselves didn’t always follow. Finally, they remember exactly when the other gods forgot they were only playing mortal, and began to take yesterday’s whims all together too seriously. Not to say that Kigre is bitter about this. They’re still their usual mischievous and cryptic selves, and if asked will reply that the other gods’ little “game” is “ultimately harmless.” They do, however, absolutely refuse to participate in this nonsense. They are also, strangely, an atheist. Despite supposedly being a god themselves. They were last to create, and deliberately made their creation different from the rest.
Notable Moments and Quotes:
-“Some people give you answers, Kigre takes them away. Every time I finish speaking with them, I find myself knowing less than when I started.”
-“My words only make sense once you understand them, but once you understand them, you needn’t hear them. So, I continue to speak, hoping one day someone will listen to themselves, and then finally hear me.”
-“How can you believe there are no gods, Kigre? We have created universes and filled them with life, we are gods.” “Mortals have created many things, and yet they are not gods.” “But we created far greater things, as well as the mortals themselves.” “So a god must not have a creator, and must create things greater than all others? Then what of the one who created Bonarch?” “If there is one who created Bonarch, would we not have seen them?” “There are mortals that say the same of us. Yet, we are still here.” “Then, if someone created Bonarch, would they not be god?” “But what of the one who created the one who created Bonarch? Push it back as far as you like, eventually the answer shall be ‘nothing,’ and nothing created nothing. Therefore, nothing created itself, and is that not the greatest creation? So, nothing is god, which means there is no god.” “Have you built your whole life on a word game, Kigre?” “Words, yes, but no game. My words are bent but never broken.”
Hobbies: Trying to enlighten others, playing pranks, word bending, and mocking Sylphe for how incredibly deeply she has convinced herself she is the same as a mortal.
Darron, god of earth, creator of dwarves, and patron of craftsmen.
Personality: Darron was enthralled with Gotta’s creations, and was the third to create. However, they did not want their creations to be like Dammus’s. Without purpose, and constantly acting on whims. So, he created the tunnels for them to live in. An expansive underground with no surface. Although the tunnels themselves were vast, very little of it was habitable. Leaving about the same amount of space as there was in hell for civilization. The non-habitable parts of the tunnels served one purpose: To give the dwarves purpose. To drive them to move deeper, to labor never-endingly. To struggle as the humans did. He and Dammus were created at the same time, and are considered “brothers.”
Notable Moments and Quotes:
-“You speak of joy and humor as if they were unique to the mortals, Gotta, but we too seek and find amusement. What truly impresses me is the drive to overcome adversity, a sense of purpose that us gods could only dream of. It is… entrancing.”
-“Dammus, brothers though we may be, I must say that your ‘demons’ are meaningless. They are humans, with the only parts that mattered torn out.”
-“The mortals have begun to create, to make new things out of old things. Truly, Gotta, you have created something incredible, for it to surprise even the gods.”
Hobbies: Praising Gotta’s work, and drinking in the mead halls of the afterworld with the departed souls of his creations.
Dammus, god of fire, creator of demons, and patron of warriors.
Personality: Dammus was created alongside Darron, as his mirror image. One who was the same, but also very different. A younger brother, of sorts. Dammus was the second to create, modeling his mortals after Gotta’s humans, just like everyone else would after him. However, he found the “struggles” Gotta was so obsessed with to be depressing, and wondered what would happen if he created mortals that would live through a never-ending party? No responsibilities, no rules, no work, just endless, violent, fun. As long as they didn’t drag anyone unwillingly into it. Dammus was the only god to have changed his mind, deciding that Kigre’s mortals “looked cooler” than Gotta’s, and remodeling demons to look more like gremlins. Dammus gets along well with all the other gods, except for Kigre. However, that is more Kigre’s fault than Dammus’s, since Kigre doesn’t get along well with anyone except for Gotta and his Gremlins. (Gotta is the unstoppable force to Kigre’s immovable object.)
Notable Moments and Quotes:
-“You say my demons lack purpose, Darron, but what point does purpose have anyway? does it make them stronger, does it make them happier? Because my demons seem quite content without any purpose…”
-“You told the dwarves to work, and so they worked. I told the demons to play, and so they played. How is one of those purpose, and the other whimsy? And what fault does whimsy hold anyway?”
-“Sorry, Darron, I couldn’t hear you over how awesome demons are being!”
Hobbies: Celebrating anything worth celebrating, and several things that aren’t.
Sylphe, goddess of the sky, creator of faeries, and patron of artists.
Personality: Sylphe loves mortals. More so than even Gotta, and has begun to adopt their more unusual characteristics, albeit to an exaggerated degree. She’s even become the only god to have fallen in love. The target for her overbearing affections is Gotta, and almost everything she does is to win his affections. She even created faeries in an attempt to impress Gotta, after seeing how happy the other gods creating mortals made him. However, Sylphe isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Her hatred for Kigre “burns with a fiery passion greater than all the stars in the human’s realm put together,” and it shows. Why? Well, mostly because Kigre is always mocking her and insisting that gods are “fundamentally different from mortals.” Even if mortals are as different as Kigre says, that doesn’t mean what she feels isn’t real… What’s worse, Kigre gets along well with Gotta, and they are constantly upstaging Sylphe in front of her one true love. She was the fourth to create.
Notable Moments and Quotes:
-“This is why no one likes you Kigre.”
-“Faeries are clearly superior to gremlins, Kigre. Hell, everything is superior to them. What even are they?”
-“How is a lie that not even the liar realizes is a lie, any different from the truth?”
Hobbies: Doting on her beautiful creations and trying to impress Gotta.
Elysia, goddess of life, creator of elves, and patron of plants and animals.
Personality: Elysia was never fond of humans, unlike the other gods. Instead, she found the plants and animals of Gotta’s world to be much more interesting. Aside from that though, not much else is known about her. She doesn’t interact with the other gods much, so her personality is unclear, and the only sizable source of myths about her are from elven sources. (Pretty much everyone agrees that elven myths are weird. Gods manifesting as forests? What in the nine layers of hell is that about?) She was the fifth to create.
Notable Moments and Quotes: None.
Hobbies: Watching plants and animals live their lives, manifesting in a physical form and resting in the Mother Forest.
Raphaea, goddess of water, creator of angels, and patron of pacifists.
Personality: Raphaea doesn’t like thinking. That’s not to say she’s dumb, mind you. Quite the opposite, she’s actually a little too smart for her own good. You see, it’s considered normal for a god to be able to plan for things in immense detail and over great spans of time. At any given moment most could tell you where they’ll be and exactly what they’ll be doing for the next hundred years. Their accuracy goes down to 30 second increments, and they only have an overall margin of error of about 0.6%. However, Raphaea can plan much farther than the rest. Thousands of years into the future, with accuracy down to 1/5th of a second, and an average margin of error of only 0.03%. However, every second further into the future becomes exponentially more difficult to predict, as the number of factors that effect it rise. Oh, and the whole “free will” thing makes things difficult too. Century long plans, hours spent in the making, are easily disrupted because some jerk human at 104 Shrewsbury Lane decided to have raspberry jam on their toast instead of strawberry. Furthermore, these disruptions happened every few minutes – less time than it took to make a plan. Constant thought, constant mental strain, eternally making, scrapping, and remaking plans. It slowly drove Raphaea closer and closer to madness. Until, finally, she snapped. She drew up a long and comprehensive list of rules. Rules that would detail exactly what to do in any given circumstance. They didn’t serve any particular purpose aside from that though. Truthfully, they were made with no goal in mind aside from stopping the constant pain of free thought. Raphaea was second to last to create, although her reasons for doing so are unclear. (There are numerous contradicting theories.)
Notable Moments and Quotes: “The potatoes! Not the damned potatoes again!”
Hobbies: Formerly planning things, but now she has none.
Humans – Although humans do not currently worship The Nine, they had several traditions in the past. Exact methods varied from location to location, but one common tradition was declaring any particularly dangerous or pointless task to be “in the name of Gotta.” Although most of these task were done for the sake of killing time, or because “it was there,” archeologists would later mistake these traditions for “rites of passage.” (There were actual rites of passage though. Pointless challenges one would have to overcome in order to prove their worth to Gotta, and truly be accepted as a member of the tribe.)
Gremlins – Gremlins do not believe The Nine to be real, and thus have no traditional means of worship.
Dwarves – It is traditional to hide a reference to Darron or his exploits in the name of a business. (Although some are more subtle than others.) It is also traditional to call for a toast to Darron before a celebration. The tradition closest to most modern day human religions though, is that dwarves always mutter the phrase “kwar’ri Darron, dyak’meh” before starting work for the day. This translates to “Darron, (let me) die not, until the job is done” in English.
Demons – Demons have no traditional means of worshiping Dammus. They consider such things to be disrespectful to him.
Faeries – Every week or so, faeries will wrap a flower and some honey in a cloth and burn it. This is done collectively, as part of a large scale festival.
Elves – Elves bury their dead and any unneeded or unwanted food under the roots of trees, so that it may feed the Mother Forest. It is a very sacred affair, and only priests are allowed to witness the ritual.
Angels – Angelic religious traditions are very similar in nature to most modern monotheistic human religions.