The elven pantheons
The individual races of elves worshipped mostly the same gods in ancient times, the only difference being in what they called them. Over the years these pantheons expanded individually from each other. This changed again during the Royal elven expansion. As part of their seeking of control, they standardized the gods. As a result, only two of the pantheons are still prominent enough to really matter. The Standard Royal Pantheon and the Flexible Pantheon of the Wild Elves. Even though they share many differences, they can agree on six core gods.
There are six gods that both pantheons have as part of their core gods.They are the same gods with the same stories, but with slightly different names between the Pantheons. As humans are most familiar with the Wild Elven Pantheon, the Wild Elven names are most often used by scholars. Because of this we will use the Wild Elven name below with the Royal Elven name in brackets.
Luno and Sura
Luno (Lunat) and Sura (Surtal) are two of the most powerful gods in the pantheons. In the beginning there were two great lights, one on each side of Tegai. One was called the Sun and the other was the Sol. Sun and Sol had two protectors, the twins Luno and Sura. Luno was a kind and charitable god that loved mortals, and mortals loved him in return. Sura however was cruel and jealous. Seeing her brother being worshipped by the mortals while she was nearly forgotten, she grew to hate him. With the help of the God of the seas, she managed to put out the Sol and replaced it with the Moon. When Luno went to investigate what had happened to the Sol, Sura caught him off-guard and trapped him in the Moon. Luno spends many a day trying to break out of his prison, which spreads magic over the world. Once in a while he will attempt a break-out so powerful that the Moon turns red and magic goes crazy. Sura meanwhile became the only guardian of the Sun left and forced the mortals to worship her. Every day she takes away the Sun and shows the Moon to remind everyone what happens to those that anger her. This is a process called Night.
Strom (Stondro) is a god of water. He was seduced by Sura into helping her get rid of her brother. Strom used his mighty waters to put out the Sol and replaced it with a giant pearl called the Moon. The Moon was made to hold the most powerful beings in the universe. Sura used this capability to trap her brother forever. Since Sura was to powerful to punish by the other gods, they turned all the blame to Strom. Strom was punished and his mighty waters were tied to the moon in a system that is now called the tides.
Termo (Gronno) does not have many stories and the only reason he is still worshipped is because any time elves tried to stop, the world was hit with giant earthquakes. Termo is the earth god and as such his anger is believed to be the cause of earthquakes.
Vura and Hemme
Vura (Vunken) and Hemme (Sendra) are bitter rivals since the old age, and many of their stories involve them trying to get the upper hand over each other. While Hemme is clearly the stronger of the two, Vura most often gets the upper hand by involving mortals. Vura is a fire goddess and freely gives her gift to mortals. She cultivates good relations with mortalkind in order to be able to call upon the most powerful among them to help her against Hemme. Though less cynical people believe that Vura truly cares about mortals. Hemme is the god of air. She hates how mortals leech of her domain by breathing. She has many times tried to wipe out mortalkind only to be stopped by heroes, heroes that were almost always aided by Vura.
The gods of the royal elves are numerous, though always clearly defined. There are 382 registered gods outside the core six. If someone in Älvenheim is found worshipping a god not on this list, they can be prosecuted for blasphemy and treason. Though one is officially allowed to present a new god to the council of priests, in practice this often leads to charges of blasphemy. The last god added was added 120 years ago and is called Baronta.
Baronta is a goddess of order and the newest registered god. She is also known as the dragonslaying goddess. It is said that Baronta followed a dread dragon all the way to Älvenheim were she ripped it to pieces. Finding a perfect society of order, the goddess decided to settle down in this land. Sceptical readers read this as pure propaganda attempting to justify the royal elves' many bloodsheds and their enslavement of others.
Hottu is a god of wood and one of the most important of the 382 listed gods. He is so important to the Royal Elves that he is often cited as the seventh core god. Hottu takes power from the other gods to cultivate it for his true love, giving it to Vura when she needs it most. His wood drinks the water, uses the light of the sun and moon, breathes the air and takes its nutrients from the earth. All to feed it to the fire of his crush.
Izer is the patron god of the queen and thus might be considered as important as the seven core gods of the pantheon. Izer is the god of metal. In the legends she is the one that took gold, silver and copper and fused them together to make the queen’s splendid metal crown.
The gods of the wild elves are flexible and ever changing. They assimilate human gods and discard them just as easily when they fall out of favor.
Jutica is the god of justice and a patron of the tribal chiefs. Because of this, he has survived many changes in the faith.
Ever was the brave wild elven girl who convinced her people to build ships and leave Älvenheim. After the great voyage to the human lands, she disappears from the records. Many now believe Ever was not a mere girl, but a god in disguise and a true hero. In the modern era she is worshipped as a god of heroes.
Kusco is a medicine goddess that is one of the more local wild elven gods. Kusco's worship is mostly confined to the Brineinan wild elves. She is a master of alchemy. She bears a lot of similarities to the Lunar angel Ksox and some have proposed they might be the same being.