Dii Duodecim is an old Latsian religion that has recently been back on the rise, mainly because of its rising popularity in Argentum, Vignar and the Gracian Hook. Though much of the old religion is lost. A speech given by the Spearman of Vignar, which had been written down and expanded with explanations by the poet Eros Merus Archentanor, has been mostly recovered. From it much of the roles and relations of the twelve gods of Dii Duodecim have been remade. Some prominent priests of the Imperate Cycle have called the Dii Duodecim: the gods born in the ninth cycle who only now reappear in a new cycle. Dii Duodecim worshippers reject this and do not believe that the cycles affect the gods, favoring cycles from creation to destruction that are overseen by the twelve gods. Dii Duodecim worshippers can be separated in purists and imperatarians. Imperatarians believe that the gods from the Imperate Cycle are just powerful monsters that are also subject to the twelve gods, purists reject the Imperate gods altogether.
Jokarion is the great sky god of the Dii Duodecim. He is also seen as the leader of the twelve gods. Jokarion wields the thunderbolt as a weapon and demands the sacrifice of animals from the mortal races. He is known for coming down to Tegai and impregnating the mortal races with his offspring. He claimed leadership of the twelve, but was challenged by Portunius and Plunops. Minster proposed a test of luck and faith to determine the leadership. Jokarion won this contest. He proceeded to banish Plunops and his supporters from the godly realms. Portunius was to powerful to cast out, and was appeased by giving dominion of the seas to him. Jokarion often comes down from the godly realms to force himself upon mortal women to create demi-gods.
Unovia is a goddess of marriage, fertility and vengeance. She is a fearsome goddess who never lets go of a slight. She is said to hunt adulterers and especially hates the mortal offspring of Jokarion. She used to be a fearsome warrior, but Jokarion, in retaliation for his murdered son, came down on Unovia. He broke her spears, beat and raped her and forbade her from ever donning armor again. The Spearman of Vignar claimed that Unovia herself taught him how to wield a spear.
Portunius is the god of the oceans, for he is to powerful to walk the land. He is also called the earthshaker as he causes earthquakes whenever he sets a step onto land. Portunius tried to claim leadership of the twelve gods. To prevent a war, Minster proposed a contest of luck between the three claimants. Portunius lost, but was given a place among the twelve by Jokarion to appease him. Portunius holds a great trident that makes whirlpools. While Portunius tries to be a good god, he is prone to bursts of anger in which he can sink entire cities.
Minster is a wise goddess who is the protector of the Latsian people. After it seemed like Plunops, Portunius and Jokarion were about to go to war for leadership, she proposed a contest of luck. The winner of this contest was Jokarion, who thanked Minster by giving her a special permission to use his thunderbolts. She uses this power to support her champions on Tegai. While many gods are able to be swayed with sacrifices and worship, Minster is a stubborn goddess who’s course cannot be altered when she has made up her mind. Minster has been known to start wars which always leads into complete destruction as nothing can persuade her to make peace.
Cantor is a great smith who uses the volcanoes of the world as his personal forge. He is the weakest of the twelve gods in pure strength, but his weapons are unrivaled. It is said that he forged the thunderbolts of Jokarion, the trident of Portunius and the armor of the Spearman of Vignar. He is also pointed to as a possible creator of Crocea Mors. He is known to be jealous of the beautiful priests that the other gods gets and often defiles virgins to make them unable to continue being or become priests.
Ces is a fire goddess of gentle nature and the most powerful of the female gods. She is said to have given fire to humanity and represents a kind mother. She tends to the flames of the homes of the twelve gods and often claims neutrality in arguments between the gods. Ces is said to save her virginity as she loves Cantor. Cantor however dares not touch her, as he is both afraid and in awe of her power.
Arionos is a god of light and sickness. He never fights his battles head on as he prefers to use deadly plagues or a rain of arrows instead. He often comes down, like Jokarion, in search of mortal beauty, but where Jokarion seeks sex, Arionos seeks love. These exploits never go well, as his mortal lovers often die young. Many of his prospects also reject Arionos which leads him to bring curses upon them.
Dilona is a huntress of unrivaled skill. She is a goddess who comes down to Tegai to hunt its great beasts. She also makes monsters to test those that want her favor. She often bathes in rivers. When a male walks upon her naked bathing, she becomes filled with anger and hunts them down with disproportionate ferocity. She has a special fondness of Arionos and often sides with him in conflicts between the gods. She is said to have created the moon by ripping the eye out of the face of the world itself.
Narsus is a war god who thrives in brutality. He is said to be present on every battle field, often clashing with the favored champions of Minster. Narsus is the only god to have ever been wounded by a mortal without retaliation as the Spearman of Vignar pierced him with Ascalon. Narsus could not take revenge as Minster fired a thunderbolt upon him whenever he tried. Narsus is easily seduced by Aenas and often shares her bed.
Aenas is the goddess of everything south of the waist. She is a god of pure lust and has many mortal children, only being outdone by Jokarion in amount of demigods. It is said that she has had intercourse with Arionos, Jokarion, Portunius and Narsus before declaring Narsus the most satisfying. She often seeks out the bed of the god of war when she is not satisfying herself with mortals. Eros Merus claimed that Aenas was the only god he had seen with his own eyes when she tried to seduce him in his youth. He also mentioned that the Spearman of Vignar might have been a child of Aenas as he claimed a special protection from her.
Merakos is the only god that truly loves the mortal races unconditionally. As such, he is an ambassador of the mortal races within the twelve gods. While other gods have their champions and favourites, he has unconditional love for everyone. Merakos is said to be the fastest of the gods and is described as being able to travel from Last Fort to Orc Country in the time that it takes a guillotine to drop it’s blade.
Staven is a nature goddess and the master of flora. She treats Tegai as her personal garden, and has been known to destroy cities and towns so that her plants may overtake them. Staven was desired by both Jokarion and Portunius but did not want them. She hid with Merakos. She was however found by Minster who had come on instructions from Jokarion. Staven gave her body to Minster in trade for her silence. Minster took Staven’s virginity and then deceived Jokarion into believing Staven was disguised as the Queen of Atlessium. Jokarion proceeded to rape the poor queen. Afterwards, Portunius discovered this and took pity on the queen. He fell in love with her, and blamed Staven for the rape. With the help of Unovia, he created winter to kill Staven’s plants. He sank the queen’s island of atlessium into the sea and made her people the first mermaids to save her from Staven’s anger. Staven is forever fighting the winter, creating summer to counter it.
Plunops and the False Gods
The False Gods are the followers of Plunops. Plunops was cast out by Jokarion after losing his bid for leadership. Plunops serves as a king of the underworld that gathers up the mortal souls that are not claimed by the twelve gods after death. The False Gods are numerous. The most powerful of these are called the five captains. The Five Captains consist of Sontar the all-seeing sun god, Bakarus the mad god of wine, Prosor the chaotic death goddess, Trivin the mysterious goddess of magic and Cyboros the ancient goddess of life and order. The False Gods seek to tempt mortals into forming cults in their honor so they may one day outshine the twelve gods. Some imperatarians consider the gods of the Imperate Cycle to be among the false gods.