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The Zakharan pantheon greatly influenced the culture on the continent of Zakhara, which was shaped by the Law of the Loregiver—a set of common values including honor, hospitality and the importance of one's family that date back to the teachings of a person called the Loregiver.[1] Altogether this is called enlightenment.[2]

Accordingly the commonly worshiped deities of Zakhara were seen as enlightened and differed from other deities worshiped on Al-Toril because they did not have a precise portfolio. Instead, each exemplified a single characteristic or trait important to Enlightenment. They stood above the classifications of alignment, as these traits could be found in good and evil folk alike.[3][2]

Other gods were seen as either savage (opposed to enlightenment) or ajami (coming from outside), or perhaps both.[2]

The enlightened deities were grouped into major or Great Gods, worshiped throughout Zakhara, and local or common gods, worshiped only in a certain region, sometimes just a single town.[3][2] In the Cities of the Pantheon, in particular, only five deities were worshiped, these being the Great Gods Kor, Hajama, Najm, and Selan, and the local god Jauhar.[2]

Their level of power was not known, but it could be speculated by the number of worshipers that the Great Gods were also greater powers, while the others could be considered lesser or demipowers.[2][4][5][speculation]

Great GodsEdit

The eight Great Gods were:[2]

  • Hajama: God of bravery.
  • Hakiyah: Goddess of honesty and truth.
  • Haku: God of freedom.
  • Jisan: Goddess of fertility and productivity.
  • Kor: God of wisdom.
  • Najm: God (sometimes goddess) of courage.
  • Selan: Goddess of beauty.
  • Zann: God of knowledge, learning, and intellect.

Local GodsEdit

  • Jauhar: Goddess of wealth. She was an important local goddess, viewed as a Great Goddess in the Cities of the Pantheon, where Jisan was not generally worshiped.[2]

Other more prominent deities among the multitude of local gods were:

One common faith in Zakhara was the Temple of Ten Thousand Gods, which honored every deity that has ever existed or will exist in the future rather than worshiping any one specific deity.[2]

Another oddity in the Land of Fate were the kahins or idol priests, who believed in the divinity in all things and worshiped a certain item, place or even common god in order to understand the universe and tap into its power.[2]

Savage GodsEdit

Savage gods worshiped in the wilder or more decadent parts of Zakhara were:

Cold Gods of the ElementsEdit

The elemental lords Akadi (air), Grumbar (earth), Istishia (water) and Kossuth (fire) were called the cold gods of the elements in the Land of Fate and seen as uncaring for mortals and opposed to the culture of Enlightenment. Still some people worshiped them to gain part of their vast power.[2]

FateEdit

Besides the deities almost all Zakharans believed in the power of Fate. It was not seen as a god and not worshiped, but it was believed to influence mortals and deities alike. Because of this, Fate was often paid homage to and sometimes called on during times of great peril. The whole of Zakhara was called the Land of Fate to signify its importance.[3] Some sages speculated that Fate was an Overgod.[11]

Genie RulersEdit

Another group of god-like beings were the rulers of the various genie races. They were not deities but possessed power akin to them. As genies played an important role in the Land of Fate, these sovereigns sometimes took a hand in Zakharan affairs.[1] They are:[12]

AppendixEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Adventurer's Guide to Zakhara). (TSR, Inc), pp. 114–116. ISBN 978-1560763291.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Adventurer's Guide to Zakhara). (TSR, Inc), pp. 46–57. ISBN 978-1560763291.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 18. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  4. Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Adventurer's Guide to Zakhara). (TSR, Inc), p. 45. ISBN 978-1560763291.
  5. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), p. 3. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  6. Tim Beach, Tom Prusa and Steve Kurtz (1993). City of Delights (Gem of Zakhara). (TSR, Inc), p. 33. ISBN 1-56076-589-5.
  7. Steve Kurtz (1994). Al-Qadim: Ruined Kingdoms: Campaign Guide. (TSR, Inc), p. 12. ISBN 1-56076-815-0.
  8. Steve Kurtz (1994). Al-Qadim: Ruined Kingdoms: Campaign Guide. (TSR, Inc), p. 5. ISBN 1-56076-815-0.
  9. Steve Kurtz (April 1, 1995). The Complete Book of Necromancers. (TSR, Inc), p. 95. ISBN 0-7869-0106-3.
  10. Wolfgang Baur, Steve Kurtz (1992). Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix. (TSR, Inc). ISBN l-56076-370-1.
  11. Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), Running the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 61. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  12. Wolfgang Baur (November 1993). Secrets of the Lamp. Genie Lore. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 4–8. ISBN 978-1560766476.

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