Non-Mardukite Human Deities
While Marduk is usually seen in this age as the dominant god for humans, Humans are also known to worship other deities, philosophies, or even no deity. Additionally, there is a certain amount of worship given to the name of Creator, although on whom that worship falls is not theologically clear. Here is a short list of some of the other paths that humans follow in their attempt to understand and interact with their world.
- Abadar LN Master of the First Vault is the god of civilization. Largely superseded by Marduk for those who looked to the heavens for a great equalizing force, Abadar is still regarded among humans as the patron god of city-building. From his holy text “The Manual of City Building”, citizens learn both orthodox and practical structures for creating cities with good law. Abadar is also the god of those humans for whom freedom is not sufficient; those who need a strong sense of orderliness and place in society. Abadar’s excesses also fall in the direction of being overly prescriptive in his advice on utopia, and he is known to lose followers who prefer a simpler way. Abadar’s favored weapon is the crossbow. His clerics wear Gold and Silver to symbolize the central role of currency in society. His symbol is the golden key.
- Asmodeus LE Prince of Darkness. See The Most Elder Gods. Asmodeus’ human followers tend to be those for whom even the prescriptions of Abadar are not sufficiently strict, or those who have pledged their loyalties to one of Asmodeus’ many devil servants. Symbolized by a red pentagram, Asmodeus’ favored weapon is the mace. His servants are universally dressed in black and red.
- Torag LG Father of Creation or All-Father (though only among Dwarves) is a Dwarven deity who has attracted some non-dwarf (mostly human) followers in part due to his rigorous moral codes, which detail how nearly every aspect of life is to be lived. When angry dwarf sources write about unrelenting or rigid doctrine, they’re writing about Torag’s followers. Torag expects each follower to uphold as much of the code at all times as is possible, and dissenters frequently find themselves fighting the full weight of Traditional Dwarf culture. These characteristics are lamented as anachronistic and backward even in some quarters of the church, but they remain the prominent attributes. The most dedicated Dwarf worships Torag as his very creator. Torag’s favored weapon is the war-hammer, and his holy symbol is an iron hammer and anvil. His clerics wear dull grey or earthy shades except on religious holidays, at which time every follower of Torag is decked out in his finest gold.
- Apsu LG The Waybringer or Father of Dragonkind is an ancient deity who some humans have turned to worshiping. These humans tend to have had unusually good experiences with Dragons. The non-draconic followers of Apsu hardly constitute a church, and have only the loosest of traditions. Apsu is symbolized as a silver dragon set against a pool.