Pantheon of Szykielwa: Szkielwa and its Gods
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The plane's name is pronounced "shih-kyell-vah"
Most people believe that Szkielwa was created of the gods themselves- that the plane itself is just one of their emobodiments. The origin of this belief is said to have been told by past avatars of Zax Tykl and Polsfa, but that was many generations ago and the gods' avatars have long since ignored questions on creation outside of their domains. After making the plane of themselves, the gods created the flora and fauna that populate Szykielwa.
The faithful on Szykielwa know that divine understanding is a skill that must be learned, not dictated to them. Clear directions from the gods would be like a master commanding a simple task of a dog, something too tedious in existence to be worth creating beings with sapience. However, even the best of mortal minds pale in comparison to a god's mind. To aid their creations in understanding, the gods create avatars of their aspects that the people learn from. Szykielwa's early records indicate that the gods used to manifest a varied number of avatars. In the following centuries, the gods found that two aspects of themselves seemed to be most ideal in helping the mortals understand their views and values. These aspects, avatars, are not immortal, impeccable entities like the gods true forms. Instead, the gods' avatars are often purged by the gods when the gods believe the iteration is no longer useful. Sometimes, rival cults will even kill the avatars of other gods.
The Gods of Szyielwa
Hornkaras was the first god present in what would become Szykielwa. The Void cult believes that from the nothing of Hornkaras two things were created: the foundation of existence, matter, and the intangible, spirit. Hornkaras's void cult believes these creations are inherently flawed, and seek to return to the flawless nothingness before creation. Void cultists rarely wish to see Hornkaras manifest, for most understand doing so to be heretical to the truth of their god.
Onx Theruth, Untethered Soul
Palz, the Incinerator
Polsfa, Erratic Reality
Polsfa is believed to be the second god to come into existence, though scholars debate whether they arrived simultaneously with Wazykt or Zax Tykl, with some scholars believing all three emerged into reality at once. Polsfa is nature itself, the code that can be broken down into patterns and rules that predictable, and the truth that minds cannot know every possible pattern, understand every piece of information in its truest form because those possibilities are beyond the sequences and components that mortals can comprehend.
Owaic Nalo, Textual Evidence
Eternity is continuous. Wazykt's Legacy understand this to mean both the individual and the collective. Not merely cyclical, anything passed down is part of being eternal, and no lesser than an individual seeking immortality though necromantic arts. Eternity is Wazykt's simple truth. Unlike the cults of Szykielwa's other gods, Wazykt's Legacy seek to make their individual and collective identities everlasting in ever facet they can, rather than find salvation through other gods' conflicting ideas.
Dascor, the Returning
Zax Tykl, Heart of Unity
The god of community, Zax Tykl's faithful aspire to understand that agreement and disagreement are fluid, ever-evolving aspects. Difference and sameness are constantly in existence. Community is just an individual petri-dish culture of life itself. Others, be they humanoid or not (if they're even living), cause the actions of others, and in turn, those actions will be of consequence to others.
Veku, the Complications
Toszcęm, the Agreements
Mishar-Rashim, Hunting Twins
The youngest god, Mishar-Rashim has always had two forms, thus gaining the "Twins" title. Mishar-Rashim's domain is hunting in every aspect. The simplest understanding is the hunter, be it a wolf, dragon, or human, and their prey, be it a rabbit, ox, or eel. However, the hunting Mishar-Rashim embodies is far more extensive. The search for knowledge, the need for new medicine, a better strategy is also the hunt of Mishar-Rashim. When the hunter fails their hunt, they suffer, and become the victim of their own failure. The punishment of failure, the success of the prey, is why Mishar-Rashim takes the two forms.
Missim, the Hunter
Harrah, the Tracker