Trinity & Belief:
The Pantheon of Dural Described

by Delusion

(NOTE: Although deities are gender-less, they typically are thought of as the embodiment of certain gender characteristics and thus generally gain the title associated with that gender.)

Allow me first to introduce the main concepts of the Dural Pantheon: trinity and belief.

The number three seems, by chance or design, to have found its way to the heart of many religions, both modern and ancient, and the fictitious pantheon of Dural is no exception. I have always seen trinity as a very prevalent 'thing' in almost all the religions that I know of. The trinity of Catholicism (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit), the Wiccan beliefs of the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone, and the three Valkyries of Norse mythology are but a few examples. The Primal Trinity fills this role on Dural. Together they embody the primordial elements that form the world itself.

The Primal Gods differ from the Gods of Aspect by the fact that they are both closer and further away from people. The Primal Gods much more tangible then are the Gods of Aspect. One can grasp a handful of Earth, swim throught Water or feel a cool Wind. The Gods of Aspect are very different. The Gods of Aspect embody the beliefs of the people; their hopes and their dreams. Those things that people hold dear are the Gods of Aspect; fueled by the power of belief, these forces find 'life' of sorts. It is these beliefs that is the true foodstuff of gods! So, having explained the major concepts, here is the layout.

The pantheon is divided. There are two types of deities, those of Primal and those of Aspect. The Primal Gods are those that reign high above the primal elements. This triad consists of the three main forces of Dural, which maintain balance over the deities below them. They sit, watching that the petty squabbling of the Gods of Aspect does not get out of hand. These primal three do lookout for the mortals far below, but they rarely if ever make contact with the world itself. Bel, God of the Earth, The Mountains and the Land, Anuel, Goddess of the Sky, the Moon and the Stars, and Enkiel, Goddess of the Seas, the Water and Life comprise up the Primal Trinity. It is said that when these three come together, nothing can stop them.

This 'coming together' has only been known once. The elders tell stories, passed down from their elders, about a time when the Gods of Aspect ruled. Their mischief caused much pain and suffering to the people below. They fell to the Earth dying; they cried out to the Wind in agony; their blood ran and mingled with the Water. The Trinity felt the pain of the people and so the Primal Gods would not let this continue. They divided amongst themselves the beliefs and dreams of the people, each becoming responsible to insure that those charged with the Aspects of mortality did not abuse that power which was instilled in them by the people. The Primal Gods came together and cast out the corruption that was and in its place rose the trusted few. The Trinity granted Appointment to those they believed would wield and manage their Aspects justly. This is what lead to the modern Gods of Aspect known and worshiped on Dural at this time.

The Gods of Aspect are the deities that rule over everything that happens in the mortal world. Well, in theory. They, in turn, actually employ divine servants and avatars to do most of their dirty work. Each is Master over specific aspects of mortal existence. It is the cultural importance of these aspects of existence that determines how a deity is worshipped in a certain culture. The Gods of Aspect are listed below under their patron Primal God from whom they draw both their Aspect and Appointment.

God of the Earth, the Mountains and the Land
Goddess of Duty and Honor
God of Mercenaries
Goddess of Wealth and Commerce
God of Crafts and Smiths
Goddess of the Sky, the Moon and the Stars
God of Weather, Wind and Storms
Goddess of Travelers, Messengers and Adventurers
Goddess of the Hunt and Bounty
Goddess of the Seas, the Water and Life
Goddess of Knowledge and Language
God of Magic
God of Art, Beauty and Love
God of Agriculture.

The Primal Gods form the basis of the world, yet do not interact with the people. Some believe it is because They are incapable of such action, other believe it the ultimate sign of respect, to be allowed to choose one's own destiny, without interference. For whatever reason, the Primal Gods do not interfere with, or aid the people. Even those who worship the Primal Gods find little support, even in time of need. Those who worship the Gods of Aspect, on the other hand, often find themselves rewarded and fulfilled in life.

This, in most cultures, leads the Gods of Aspect to be worshiped. They, after all, are fueled by the people whom they server, for the people whom they serve. The Gods of Aspect each take on different significances in different societies and cultures. Some cultures may worship certain of the Aspects as god and simply respect the others. Cultural views may change, but the same Aspects are present throught out all the cultures of Dural, yet often known by a different name or worshiped of a more particular Aspect rather then the gods general Aspect.

Lastly, it is important, I think, to mention that there are group on Dural who have dedicated their lives to serving and believing in one Aspect. These groups often form rival factions, each having its own history of creation and its own, slightly squewed, layout of the pantheon. These groups often create great structures and compounds dedicated to there Aspect. The most well known example of this is Draykin, Land of Mages, home of Magic.

I hope this serves well to explain Dural's Pantheon. May Bel protect you, Anuel guide you and Enkiel keep you healthy!