Zilver pantheon

The zilver pantheon is the official state religion of Zilverrijk. It is a fairly accepting religion, promoting the toleration of non-human species, homosexuality and polygamy. In the early days of the religion it consisted out of just the four goddesses, Aktavor of the Sky, Manda of the Surface, Buren of the Underground fires and Queen Allara who married them all and used their power to shape Tegai. As the time went on and Zilverrijk grew its borders, more and more gods from other cultures and species were adopted into the pantheon.

Queen Allara

Allara in tradition is named as the first queen of Zilverrijk. According to even the oldest versions of the Zilver Pantheon, she was a mortal queen who seduced three divine beings and took them all into marriage in order to create a world for mortalkind. She then ruled Zilverrijk (Back then just called Zilver Eiland) with her three wives for three hundred years. Her marriage to the three divine beings allowed her to absorb their power into her and become a god of her own. Once she was powerful enough she gave Zilver Eiland to House Viets and left for the Grey Sky, where she made a home with her wives and the other gods that were adopted into her pantheon. Allara is described as a pale black-haired beauty.

Buren, Aktavor and Manda

Buren, Aktavor and Manda are the three divines seduced by Queen Allara. Aktavor of the sky is an old goddess, being worshipped by the ancient pre-human species that lived on the Zilver Eiland. It was said that this pre-human species could fly, but this is uncertain as they are now extinct. Manda is an earth goddess that early human settlers brought into Zilver Eiland when they arrived. The third species to arrive on the island were the Pyros, and they brought the fire goddess Buren with them. The Pyros believe that the world is filled with fire and that giant flames rage eternally in the world’s core. These believes were later adopted into the Zilver Pantheon as the influence of the Pyros grew. Some scholars now believe that the three species of Zilver Eiland got into a three way war which left the pyros enslaved and the pre-human species destroyed beyond repair. The myth of Queen Allara marrying all of the three main goddesses worshipped by the three species might be a propaganda act by the humans to explain their sudden dominance over the island and to give them a reason to proclaim their superiority over the enslaved pyros. As time went on and the pyros were freed from enslavement and integrated into Zilver society, they too began to believe in the myth. As a result, Aktavor evolved into a general Goddess of Air, Manda a general goddess of the Land and Buren into a general Goddess of Fire. Aktavor is described as a small blonde woman with very big eyes, Buren is described as tall woman with flames in her eyes and Manda is described as a brown-skinned wild woman.

Nuha and Dailo

Nuha and Dailo are the sibling gods worshipped by the Northern lords that were the first outside people to be conquered by the Zilver Eilanders. After this conquest, Zilver Eiland became Zilverrijk. The King who finished the conquest decided to appease his new subjects by merging their faiths, rather then just forcing Allara upon them. This started a trend that lasted into the modern era. Nuha and Dailo were general gods in the old faith of the north, but in the trend of Allara creating the world from the domains of Buren, Aktavor and Manda, the king decided that Dailo the brother should represent the Moon, while the sister Nuha should henceforth represent the Sun. Nuha is described as a pitch-black woman with fire-red hair, while Dailo is a pure-white pretty boy with flowing blue hair.

Erana

The city of Frysk is a very old city. The people of the city nicknamed their city the Origin of Light and worshipped a deity of light named Erana. When Frysk was incorporated into the Kingdom, the Zilver Queen of the time fell in love with the ancient city and its protecting god. She took an ancient story of Erana trying to reach the sun, and remade it into Erana reaching the sun and falling for the sun goddess Nuha. Nuha took the younger god and gave him his power over the light, effectively bringing Erana into the Pantheon. Over the evolution of the Zilver Pantheon, more emphasis was put on Erana’s crush on the sun goddess and in almost every modern version of the religion, the two are considered Husband and Wife. Erana also became a symbol of religious learning and the title First Priest of Erana is given to the main religious advisors of the zilver monarch. Erana is described as a young man with a skin made of sunlight, bearing a lot of resemblance to the luxans native to Frysk.

Stenor

Nobody is really sure where Stenor came from, though the Mandarian Satenou is pointed to by some scholars. Even in his first appearances he is described as the brother of Manda, representing the seas, while she was the land. The seas became more and more important to the Zilver kings, as they tried to rule multiple islands and large parts of the mainland from their relatively small island. As his popularity grew, a relation between the tides and the moon started to be explained as Stenor’s love for Dailo, which was later turned into a story of Stenor spending 7 years trying to court Dailo before winning the other man’s heart and marrying him. While lesbianism had long been accepted in Zilverrijk, not everybody accepted male homosexuality. As a result, during the reigns of three kings, Stenor was turned into a female goddess. After their reigns, when male homosecuality became more accepted, this was reversed. Stenor is described as a man, eternally tanned by the sun, with seaweed colored hair and covered in sailor’s tattoos. As a leftover from his time as a female goddess, Stenor is said to wear earrings of gold and a beautiful ring on each finger. Stenor has become very popular in Deepharbour.

Ellen

When it was found out by later scholars that the historical Queen Allara had an older sister named Ellen, it wasn’t long before she was made part of the pantheon. Ellen became the patron god of a new generation that had grown tired of the old gods. Since she was a blank slate, a lot of people projected whatever they wanted in a god onto her. This turned her into a Goddess of Progress. She is represented as a pale woman with short black hair and a few scars.

Deen and Cryndor

Deen and Cryndor were the gods of the cryomancers. A race that lived deep into the mainland and for a long time resisted Zilver expansion. It wasn’t until the then queen of Zilverrijk agreed to marry three of her four children to the three leaders of the Cryomancers that they finally joined Zilverrijk. As a result their two gods were integrated into the Pantheon. Deen and Cryndor are twins. Cryndor was seen as a good god by the cryomancers, while Deen was a devil figure. During the integration, Cryndor was given domain over the cold, while Deen was made a god of warmth. In later myths Deen became a servant of Buren since Fire breeds warmth. Both have the look of cryomancers with dull hair colors and eyes that change colors on a whim.

Boema, Jankul, Lennie, Gerro and Resival

Macher was a kingdom southwest of Zilverrijk that worshipped a god named Resival. A god of life, virtue and everything good. Jankul, Boema and Lennie were three of the twelve devil-like figures of the religion that represented everything bad in the world. When Macher and Zilverrijk started their 134 years of war, the King of Zilverrijk took Junkal and decided to integrate her fully into the Zilver Pantheon to spite the Queen of Macher. A few years before the war, Zilverrijk had annexed the state of Lamour. Lamour had worshipped a god of love named Gerro, but thanks to the easy way it had been subjugated, the King had seen no need to integrate Gerro into the Pantheon. When the war started, Jankul was made into Zilverrijk’s Goddess of War. This effectively turned the conflict into the Zilveric helping their new deity Jankul overcome her ancient enemy Resival. To flesh out the new goddess and give the people more reason to care, Jankul became one of the more prominant deities in the mythology very quickly and was given a husband. This husband was Gerro, a convenient unintegrated god of love, that had a long history and many stories that Jankul could be easily inserted into; and everybody seemed to agree was a great guy. As the war went on it was agreed to integrate another of the twelve devils into the Zilver Pantheon. Lennie was chosen for her innocent look. She was made the goddess of Pain and became Buren’s second servant. She later also became the wife of Deen, integrating her further into the pantheon. Near the end of the war a third of the twelve devils was integrated, Boema became the Goddess of Death. Soon after the Zilver fleet won a decisive victory over the Machers, effectively ending the war. When the war ended, Zilverrijk sought to annex Macher, and decided to let the people of Macher keep their god. They integrated Resival into the Pantheon and made him the God of Life. To finish the merging of the Macher faith into the Zilver pantheon, Boema and Resival were made lovers; Jankul, Boema and Lennie were made sisters; the other nine devils were discarded and Resival was made second only to Allara in the Pantheon. Resival is depicted as a golden haired paladin in golden armor with shining blue eyes. Boema is depicted as a ghastly white woman in tattered black robes. Jankul is depicted as a red-skinned warrior with a silver eyepatch that carries the emblem of the Zilver fleet and a long silver ponytail. Lennie is depicted as a young woman with plain commoner clothes and messy short dirt-colored hair. Gerro is depicted as a strong always shirtless pink-skinned man with waving blond hair, a bunch of stubbles and heart-shaped pupils.

Dok and Mildor

In the third Zilver-Latsian war, Zilverrijk lost horribly. As a result the kingdom was weak and two new families rose to prominence. The House of Thomas and the House of Munson. The two houses each decided to insert their own gods into the Pantheon to solidify their status. The then queen of Zilverrijk had no choice but to accept. House Thomas brought forth Mildor, a God of Magic. House Munson decided to be even more bold and brought forth Dok, a Goddess of Humanity. House Thomas wanted to tie themselves firmly to the older gods and presented Mildor as the servant of Dailo. Munson decided to not tie down their goddess and made her prominent on her own. However, as the years went by, the balance of power shifted once more, and House Munson fell into ruin, while House Thomas grew into being second only to House Viets. Since the Munsons were no longer relevant and their god was not tied into the Pantheon, the then King wanted to discard her entirely. Lord Timmo Thomas, however saw an opportunity to further increase the prominence of Mildor, he proposed to spread that Dok was actually the sister of Mildor, and that she had always been a servant of Resival. This stuck, allowing Mildor to become deeper ingrained into the mythos as through his siblingship with Dok, he now had an association to Resival and formed a second branch that allowed the old Gods of Macher to be tied firmly into the Pantheon. Dok is depicted as mature woman with albino traits, including pale hair and skin, as well as red eyes. Mildor is depicted as a tall cloaked man with long black hair and a magnificent beard.