The first gods were separated into the courts of Night and Day, each aligned to either Anw or Inu. They fought and attempted to keep each other in balance for more than 10,000 years. However, such a system had no hope – such tensions are against the order of the universe, for each being has both the Anw and Inu within. Over 5000 years ago, the Night and Day courts joined, ushering an eternal era of heavenly peace.
The Court of Night and Day
There are hundreds of deities and demigods in the Court of Night and Day, but the following are some of the more powerful and popular:
- Aduialphen, a folk hero combining a wild and eccentric behaviour and a kind-hearted personality.
- Aroben is a more generic “Earth God”. He is also a god of wealth, by virtue of his connection with the earth, and therefore, minerals and buried treasure.
- Calemir: who oversees the gaining and distribution of wealth through fortune. His shape is sometimes that of a black and fierce tiger.
- Damben, the legendary master craftsman and patron deity of Elven craftsmen.
- Dinin, the matchmaker who pairs lovers together, worshiped by those seeking their partner.
- Gaer, a guardian tiger god, and god of revenge. Worshipers revere the tiger spirit to curse enemies. Rituals include stomping an effigy of a enemy in front of the tiger spirit, as well as sacrificing meat offerings, paper, gold, and others.
- Gawad and Pelam:
- Gawad, supposedly the first Gwaith and is reputed to have created poetry, fishing, and hunting. He was the Emperor of the Court of Day. He now is the Minister of the Heavenly Left.
- Pelam, an ancient mother goddess, and is twin sister of Gawad. It was said she used rainbow coloured stones to mend the sky when it opened a hole. She was the Emperess of the Court of Night. She is now the Minister of the Heavenly Right.
- Gem is the god of rivers.
- Golwen, the inventor of flood control.
- Guanyin, is the goddess of mercy.
- Gwaedh, god of students, scholars, and examination. He is worshiped by students who wish to pass their examinations.
- Haust: a divine physician whose powers extend to raising the dead.
- Iarphen, a deified woman who raised five infant dragons.
- Lhaeben, or “Great Emperor”, unified the civilized lands in life, and then unified the Courts of Night and Day after his death.
- Lith, the god of archery.
- Lutphen, the “God of Fire”.
- Malben, Farphen, and Cae. Three brothers and warlike protector deities. Their father is Haradren, the tower-wielding god.
- Minasse Gods: commonly known as “City Gods” in Common, a class of protective deities: each elven city has a Minasse who looks after the fortunes of the city and judges the dead. The Minassecorda or “City God Temple” was often the focal point of a town in ancient times.
- Nemir, “Dragon Kings of the Four Seas”, four water gods or rain gods, patrons of the Four Seas (sihai 四海) and the four cardinal directions. They are the White Dragon, the Black Dragon, the Red Dragon or Yellow Dragon, and the Blue Dragon or Green Dragon.
- Ninben, a divine patriarch said to have taught the ancient Elves the art of domestication.
- Nome Gods, or (“Lords of the Land”), are genius loci who protect a local place (especially hills), and who often have statutes found in roadside shrines.
- Nor, Gwi and Bre:
- Norged, he looks like a traditional Elven duke with red clothing. He symbolizes happiness and joy.
- Gwiged, a god of success in work and life. In ancient times he was the patron god of success in imperial court.
- Breged, who stands for a magic and learning. He is portrayed as an old man with a walking stick in his right hand and a peach in his left.
- Norawartphen: the four-eyed inventor of the Elven Script.
- Nur, a fertility goddess. She is worshiped by people who want children.
- Olben, the “God of the Kitchen”.
- Puig and Gorphen, two generals and best friends. Puig is black, because he drowned rather than miss his appointment to meet with Gorphen, even though a flood was coming. Gorphen has his tongue sticking out, because he hanged himself in mourning for Puig.
- Raph, with an eagle-face and a hammer, he is the spirit of thunder punishing evil-doers on Heaven’s behalf.
- Tara, the sea goddess and patroness of sailors. Shrines can be found in coastal areas.
- Thand, is the symbol of loyalty. He is the patron god of policemen (and also gangsters), fortune, and law, as he shows forgiveness. He is the most popular god of war.
- The Gwauel, the “Eight Siblings”, are important literary and artistic figures who were deified after death and became objects of worship.