Primordials

Primordials

GaiaChaotic Evil Goddess: Mother of Beasts, Font of Chaos, Living Earth, Orcmother, Godhated
ProteusChaotic Evil God: Father of Lycanthropes, Shapeless Stalker, Ever-Shifting, Favored Son, Gloomclaw
LadonNeutral Evil Deity: All-Parent of Dragons, Father-and-Mother, Keeper of the Endless Vaults, Whispering Serpent, Hellkite

The most ancient beings of the cosmos, raw forces of creation, and endless cascades of destruction: all these and more are titles earned for the collection of deities known as The Primordials. Once mighty in number, the Primordials ruled the cosmos that they shaped to their whims, filling it first with mighty titans who joined their ranks, then with monsters. Eventually, the Primordials would make the gods of the Trisdekatheon and Hupotheon, who would later rebel against them. In the Chaotic Times, there was no order to the universe and eternal change was the only certainty.

The Mother of All, Gaia, is the still living queen of the Primordials, though she is bound. As an essential piece of the cosmos themselves, Gaia can never truly be killed, but from her mind and body, new monsters emerge to threaten law and civilization. Beyond her, only two Primordials survived that great battle known as the Cosmomachy, the conflict between the gods, led by their titan father, against the ancient forces of chaos known as the Titans. Countless scores of these children and lovers of Gaia were thrown down and destroyed, leaving very few left by the time that the world was tamed and set to order. When Mortal Kind rose, there were only three Primordials who yet survived: Gaia, Proteus, and Ladon.

Nowhere in Calopius are the Primordials openly worshiped by mortals. Not even in mighty Periandropolis with its temples to every god contains a public shrine to these terrors. However, sacrifices to appease monsters and their mother do take place, and wherever a pack of werewolves or other lycanthropes gather, they make homage to their shapeless father, Proteus. It is perhaps Ladon who would stand the best chance of earning worship somewhere in civilization, but as the All-Parent of Dragonkind and their peaks to the far north, its influence is weak in Calopius, and the draconic values of greed, domination, and tyranny find no sympathy among the freedom-loving Calopenes.

Primordials

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