The Mummy's Mask -- Osirion Religion (1 posts)

thread created on 1/2/17 at 15:49

Osirion Religion

John Smith, 1/2/17 15:49
Osirion Religion

The most common religions are those of Abadar, Nethys, Pharasma, and the other major gods of Osirion, but the country has several unique faiths, including the twin serpent cults of Wadjet and Apep and the dung beetle Khepri, a cult for peasants.

Abadar(pronounced AH-bah-dar), the god of cities, law, merchants, and wealth, is known to be a patient deity. Maintaining a strong neutral stance in his actions, he sets forth to expand civilization and order among the peoples of Golarion.

Irori (pronounced ih-ROHR-ee) is the god of enlightenment, self-perfection, knowledge, healing, and inner strength. His followers claim that he was once a mortal who achieved absolute physical and mental perfection and thus attained divinity of his own volition. He is one of the core gods of, if not the most powerful deity of, the Vudrani pantheon, but has an increasing following in the Inner Sea region as well.

Lamashtu (pronounced lah-MAHSH-too) is the mother and patroness of many misshapen and malformed creatures that crawl, slither, or flap on, above, or below the surface of Golarion. Her unholy symbol is a three-eyed jackal head, which may be represented in many ways, and her sacred animal is the jackal.

Nethys (pronounced NETH-uhs) is a Garundi god who holds magic above all things. He gained enough power to witness all things, and this both fueled his divinity and shattered his mind. He is a god of magic, torn between destroying the world with one hand and saving it with the other.

Norgorber(pronounced NOR-gore-ber) is known as a Taldan deity of thievery and assassination, as well as a keeper of secrets. He is called the 'Reaper of the Reputation' by some, but he has more insidious titles among his other worshipers. He remains an enigma to most, and his true motives are unknown. Many of his own followers remain ignorant of his plans and designs. Norgorber is the only evil god amongst the Ascended.

*Ancient Osiriani texts tell of a God-King named Nethys, whose mastery of magic allowed him to gain unparalleled power. With these abilities he became a god by seeing all that transpired on all planes. However, this omnipresent knowledge also drove him irreparably mad. This dual-edged nature of magic is cherished by his followers and is epitomized in his apotheosis.

Pharasma (pronounced fah-RAZ-mah)"The Lady of Graves", is the goddess who shepherds Golarion's recently-departed souls to their final reward. Upon death, souls migrate via the River of Souls to Pharasma's Boneyard in the Outer Sphere, which sits atop an impossibly tall spire that pierces the Astral Plane.

Rovagug (pronounced ROH-vah-gug), imprisoned since the Age of Creation, seeks only to destroy creation and the other gods. Believed to be imprisoned in a state of torpor somewhere deep within Golarion, his increasingly restless stirrings are taken by many to be the cause of volcanic activity and earthquakes.

Sarenrae (pronounced SAER-en-ray), known to her faithful as the Dawnflower, the Healing Flame, and the Everlight, is a goddess who teaches temperance and patience in all things. Compassion and peace are her greatest virtues, and if enemies of the faith can be redeemed, they should be.

Apep is a twin to the cult of the benevolent Wadjet and is part of the ancient cultic system of beliefs that existed in Osirion before they were suppressed by later Keleshite rulers.[2] The sinister, world-circling Apep, known as the Devourer of the Dawn who dwells in the Tenth Region of Night, symbolizes the dangers that lurk beneath the water: whirlpools, crocodiles, and other lethal hazards.[2] He is the boat-crashing rapids, the drowning dark, and the apocalyptic, primordial devourer of the sun, light, and life. It is believed Apep will eventually devour the sun, creating a night that will never end and effectively bringing about the apocalypse.

Wadjet is a twin to the cult of the deceiver Apep. Wadjet, a great river serpent said to dwell in the papyrus marshes of the River Sphinx delta, is a tutelary deity and mother of her emissaries, the uraeuses. Wadjet is the nurturer of the River Sphinx and a personification of the spirits guiding and guarding the ruler of Osirion.

Khepri, the dung beetle, is common cult among the peasants and laborers of Osirion. Khepri represent those who toil in ignominy and squalor. He is a trickster, turning the indignity of his appearance and labor upon those who consider themselves refined, elevated, and superior to others.

Edited by: John Smith on 1/2/17

Osirion Religion