The Imperate cycle
The Imperate cycle is one of the biggest religions in the Latsian Empire. It’s a very old religion, sometimes seen as the first human religion, and has gone through several renditions. These older versions are explained as previous turns in the spiral. Imperatists believe that the world follows a pattern of birth, growth, death and rebirth. According to Imperatists we are currently on the twelfth of these cycles, even though only 7 renditions of the mythos have been put together by scholars.
Jaci and Johena
Jaci and Johena are the king and queen of the gods. They are three-eyed giants that roam the vast unmapped lands. Johena misses her left arm as it has been removed by Jaci to create the sun with. Jaci cut off his wife’s arm with a large rusty sword as punishment for her creation of humanity. Johena stoically took her punishment to protect her creation from being wiped out by an angered Jaci. When Jaci had taken off her arm, he set it on fire and threw it into the sky to be a constant reminder to Johena not to defy him again.
Drassul is a god made of blood for blood holds power. In some of the early cycles he was by far the most important of the gods, but in the newer cycles his popularity has decreased. He is now a more minor god that is seen as a slave to Jaci.
Alonlie and Websihl
Alonlie and Websihl are two giant snakes with long fingered hands that coil around sun and moon to drag them across the sky. Alonlie is the son of Jaci and Johena while Websihl is the daughter of Drassul. Alonlie symbolizes fire and ashes, while Websihl creates floods and magicstorms.
Caffa is a goddess made of sludge. Consuming part of her is said to give powers mortals can normally only dream of. She can split herself into many smaller bodies of sludge and its rare to see her entire body in one place. It is said that when all her sludge is put together the volume rivals that of the largest of the great mountains.
Loftio, Ponti and Iniak
Loftio, Ponti and Iniak are the three great gods of death. They are small bodied creatures with enormous heads. Loftio likes to sit in the corner of a mortal’s bedroom, just staring at them throughout the night. He represents death by old age. Ponti, representing a violent death, stalks the streets at nights dragging her giant sword along. Iniak represents death by disease, he likes to infiltrate the houses of mortals and spread filth and plague everywhere. If you see the signs of his entry, leave as soon as you can.
Execol is a demonic looking woman dressed in armor made of bones. She is the goddess of war and is said to hang around battlefields, just standing there, watching. Some soldiers claim that after a battle is over she will sometimes walk into the legions and spirit some soldiers away for her personal wargames.
Brand and Horm
Brand and Horm are the sinful gods of sex and lust. They are portrayed as two half naked man with chains hanging from their wrists and ankles. They are sometimes portrayed as the sons of Execol and/or Endernal, making them brothers. This does not stop them from sodomizing each other. Brand has the head of a ram, while Horm has the head of a bull.
Endernal is a beautiful horned boy. He is a goddess of drugs, alcohol and madness. In earlier cycles he is often portrayed as a girl, and as a result still has many feminine traits. He is sometimes depicted as a bringer of fortune. Some explorers claim that they have seen a great empire deep into the unmapped lands that has been conquered by Endernal. In some stories Endernal is captured by Execol, raped and forced to give birth to Brand and Horm. This is sometimes pointed to as the cause of his drug abuse, madness and alcoholism.
Aloe was the daughter of Endernal in earlier cycles but in the current cycle is seen as the mother of Endernal. She is the creator of plant life and looks like a feminine shape made of tree bark, leaves, vines and flowers. She and Execol are in a constant war in which one will violently kill the other on a regular basis. But gods being gods, they always return.
Nait and Artus
Nait is a giant pure black woman covered in stars. She curls herself around the sky to protect Tegai from all the threats from outside her bubble. It is said that when she cries, rain falls from her body. Artus is a much smaller deity that traverses over Nait’s body. She continuously tickles, pokes and distracts the much larger woman in an effort to uncover part of the world so she can hurl giant rocks from outside into the world. Artus was banished up to Nait by Sahga and hurls down these rocks in the hope that they will hit the other god.
Sahga is an eight foot tall black furred humanoid with elongated back legs and a set of big antlers. He stalks through remote woodlands and likes to scare and taunt mortals that stumble upon him. Attacking him is useless as nothing can harm him. He is a god of trickery and mischief. Though far from being clever, he is just mean.
Pem is a god of earthquakes. He is a being with a thousand hands that lives underground. He punches against the world trying to get out. His escape is said to lead to the end of this cycle. Whenever one of his hands appears above ground Farit will use a giant blade to cut it off, using the cut off hand to create a new piece of land to seal Pem back in.
Farit looks like a yellow dwarf with black patterns tattooed over her body. She is a goddess that takes metal and forges it into weapons with her bare hands. She can dislodge her jaw and open her mouth far enough to swallow a bowling ball. She is responsible for keeping Pem sealed away to continue the current cycle.