Eye of Ibris
Pantheons of Iora
The people of Iora put faith as a strong part of many of their lives. Throughout all cities and villages you can find at least one shrine to some deity or another. Most people of Iberron believe in the Faith of the Nine, while elves and dwarves both believe in different versions of old gods countless in number. Across the sea in Esterron more disparate faiths can be found. While many believe in the Nine, the old gods and other smaller religions have a sizable following.
The Faith of the Nine
The Faith of the Nine is the dominant faith in Iberron and the most popular faith across the entire world. The faith consists of eight lesser deities, each representing a virtue held dear to their follower’s belief and to the god’s existence. Above all of those is Ibris, the god of life & death. The faith of the nine also recognizes the 6 demons as bringers of ill and misfortune. According to the sacred scripture, The Virtues, the gods are all responsible for individual parts of creation. Each god is associated with a creature that aided them in the creation of the world.
Ibris, God of Life & Death
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral ; Follower Alignment: All ; Beast: Arceus, Lord of the Multiverse
In the beginning, only Ibris existed in a vast plane of nothing. Ibris found this existence boring, so Ibris created 13 companions to help build existence as we know it. Ibris then created Arceus, a Colorless Dragon with the power to fabricate planes of existence. Ibris instructed Arceus to create the planes with which the other deities could work. After the other gods and their creatures had finished their work, there was a vast world full of spectacle beyond measure. Iora had mountains and seas and sky, it had a sun and moon which kept watch over the world. There was flora and fauna plentiful across the land, yet one thing was missing. Life in the form of the gods themselves. Ibris took it upon himself to create the kith, while his servant Arceus created the Draconids. First Ibris started with the old races: Elves and Dwarves. After a period of time came the gentile races: Halflings and Gnomes. Finally Ibris created Humans in the true form of his own image.
Due to his actions during the creation, Ibris is seen as the god of Life and Death. Ibris remains neutral, and wishes to see the balance between good and evil maintained so that the world may continue to evolve and strengthen the kith and creatures that inhabit Iora. Many see Ibris as the lord of the Deities, yet few worship him directly for the belief that they are not worthy of communication with the great creator, and instead choose to primarily worship one of the lesser deities.
The Goodly Companions
These are eight of the thirteen companions created by Ibris. Each companion aided in the creation of the world according to The Virtues . Each god now embodies a virtue of the faith, and has with them the beast that is lord of a plane of existence that symbolizes these virtues.
Gazdis, God of Justice
Alignment: Lawful Good ; Follower Alignment: LG,NG,LN ; Beast: Bahamut, Lord of Mount Celestia
Hysiphine, Goddess of Benevolence
Alignment: Neutral Good ; Follower Alignment: LG,NG,CG ; Beast: Falene, Lady of Elysium
Geros, God of Dilligence
Alignment: Lawful Good ; Follower Alignment: Non-Evil ; Beast: Gedion, Lord of Arcadia
Kiana, Goddess of Humility & Respect
Alignment: Lawful Good ; Follower Alignment: LG,NG,CG,LN,N ; Beast: Kyne, Lady of the Beastlands
Udar, God of Valor
Alignment: Lawful Good ; Follower Alignment: Non-Evil ; Beast: Undhar Lord of Ysgard
Symos, God of Temperance
Alignment: Neutral Good ; Follower Alignment: NG,LN,N ; Beast: Ioun, Lord of Bytopia
Ensyus, God of Loyalty
Alignment: Chaotic Good ; Follower Alignment : Non-Evil ; Beast: Daxos, Lord of Arborea
Dimus, God of Camaraderie
Alignment: Chaotic Good; Follower Alignment: Any ; Beast: Itos, Lord of The Great Hall
The Cursed Ones
The Cursed ones are the remaining gods created by Ibris at the dawn of the multiverse. When the goodly ones began their work creating the world, the cursed immediately began plotting to steal the work done by the others. Ibris discovered this plot and launched a great battle between the gods that ended in the defeat of the cursed ones, who were then banished to the realms guarded by their great beasts.
Villous, God of Greed
Alignment: Lawful Evil; Follower Alignment: Non-Good ; Beast: Tiamat, Lord of Baator
Boreus, God of Lust
Alignment: Neutral Evil; Follower Alignment: Non-Good; Beast: Sysius, Lord of the Abyss
Pomos, God of Indolence
Alignment: Lawful Evil; Follower Alignment: N,CN,LE,NE; Beast: Jostus, Lord of Gehenna
Itarr, God of Hubris
Alignment: Neutral Evil; Follower Alignment: All; Beast: Vegyus, Lord of Acheron
Bysmus, God of Wroth
Alignment: Chaotic Evil; Follower Alignment: All Chaotics; Beast: Pysius, Lord of Pandemonium
The Old Gods
The old gods are the deities, or rather the essence, that is worshiped by Elvenkind and Dwarvenkind. The belief of the old gods is that the world is a living, breathing thing that has existed since the beginning of time. The legends of the faith say that the world is fueled by the essence of those who have lived past lives, and all that die return to the world’s soul and serve as its protector and life force, forever watching over those that still reside on Iora.
The major difference in religon (and the cause of much strife) between the Elves and the Dwarves is that the Dwarves believe in the veneration of great heroes and leaders of the past. Dwarves believe that great characters were larger than life, and consisted of a stronger soul and for eternity contribute more to the well being of the world, even in death. Elves believe that all kith are created equal, live equal throughout their lives, and die equal and return to the vast collection of souls that make up the many old gods.