Symbol: A black sword pointing downwards with two wings on either side.
Home Plane: The Black Mountain, which manifests in every realm across Nephrim.
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Portfolio: The End of All Things, The Guardian of the Gates, Fate, Balance.
Clergy Alignments: Any Neutral except Neutral Evil.
Domains: Destruction, Law, Protection, Strength
Favored Weapon: Bastard Sword
- "If there were anything in the world that could bring even a god to fear, it would be the end of that world."
- - Anastasia Accetia, Theosian Guild Historian
Athaegeon was one of the first gods to exist in Nephrim. Created alongside Alastora by Drakusatheon, Athaegeon was created to be the God of Destruction. Taking the form of a tall dark haired man with four tattered wings wielding two very large bastard swords, Athaegeon was also the first god to represent the aspect of Strength. Whenever a new realm is created, a point in that realm is designated to house the monolithic Black Mountain. While there are countless instances of the Black Mountain, upon setting foot upon it one is transported to an isolated realm within Nephrim. This realm exists for the singular purpose of linking all realms to the Mountain, and it is not know whether the realm itself has its own name or is simply referred to by the same title. This is where Athaegeon stands his lonely vigil, protecting the Three Spirit Gates and awaiting The End.
The Three Spirit Gates Edit
The Gate of Anchoring: Acts as a stabilizer for the balance of power within given realm. Through it, the gods can make minor interactions with their people, and can bless their clerics with spells and abilities. Without this gate, Magic, both divine and arcane, would become impossible.
The Gate of Unraveling: Acts as a displacement barrier between the Material Planes, Nephrim, the Abyss, and the Nine Hells. While it does not completely prevent underfiends from making contact with the people of the realms, it does hinder their activity. Warlocks in particular learn the methods of accessing the Gate of Unraveling to fuel their own magics. Without this gate, the realms would be overrun by demonic, fiendish, and eldritch horrors among others.
The Gate of Rest: Acts as a method of safe passage for the souls of the departed to move into the afterlife. Souls are funneled out to the god that soul worships, and join that god in their realm. If the departed does not worship any god but was still of righteous heart, they instead reside in alongside the god which created the world they lived in. Without this gate all souls, be they righteous or otherwise, would be plunged into either Nephrim itself, the Abyss, or the Nine Hells.
Athaegeon encourages mortals to destroy the old and make way for new and progressive ideas. Though the destruction of old and antiquated ideals and structures pleases him, he discourages wanton destruction for no reason but to destroy. All destruction must have a purpose, and must be followed by an act of creation to maintain the balance. He teaches mortals that after The End, everything will be recreated in a new image. Everything including the realms, the gods, and the men that serve them.
Clergy and Temples Edit
Temples of Athaegeon tend to be risen from the ruins of old temples to other deities, or old buildings that were once used for other purposes entirely. Many call the clergy of Athaegeon "doomsayers" because they preach of The End. Many are looked upon with a mix of fear and disgust, as most mortals do not want to except that some day everything they love and have striven for will be for nothing. There is a particular fellowship called The Children of the Mount which uphold balance in all ways as to appease their god, and believe that they will be alongside him when The End comes. The peak of the Black Mountain is littered with small sects of spirits from these such followings who watch with Athaegeon and await The End.