Greater gods

The old gods on Tadisaga. (Major deities)

Snuggle-Nook has the ancient Greek pantheon at its core, with the Roman (Stonæ) and Egyptian (Gyppo) deities alluding to Hellenes or Achæans (the ancient Greeks). The purpose of this is to present a clear lineage of gods and goddesses in the game-world.

BAST (Bastet), cat-goddess, lady of the felines (p.62 of deities & demi-gods, G.&.D-G) HP: 5,464.
High-Priests of Bast are known as Claws or Bastettes (pp.38-39 of the Priests’ book, Z.G.W.C.)
Requirements: Chaotic-Good alignment, any culture from the P.H.B. apart from dwarf, Intellect 12 & Wisdom 14.
Favoured Weapon: Dagger (pp.38 & 134 of the Priests’ book Z.G.W.C.). Any one-handed weapon permitted.

Bast (or Bastet) is not to be confounded with the older Egyptian goddess of Sekh-Met, but instead symbolises beneficent solar heat. Depicted with a sun-shield and sistrum [rattle], Bast was especially worshipped on the planet Hertha at Bubastis. She [the cat’s mother] is identified by the ancient Greeks with the goddess Artemis. (Hammerton, c.1935, p.121) This being so, makes her the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. (J.K., 1989 {1963}, p.20) Bast’s rituals and processions were said to be somewhat licentious in nature. (J.K., 1989 {1963}, pp.29-30)

SET, Prince of darkness, lord of perpetual night (pp.65-67 of deities & demi-gods, G.&.D-G) HP: 6,456.
High-Priests of Set are known as Cobras (pp.24-25 of the Priests’ book, Z.G.W.C.)
Requirements: Lawful-evil alignment, Intellect 10 & Wisdom 13.
Favoured Weapon: Spear (pp.26 & 134 of the Priests’ book Z.G.W.C.). Any weapon permitted.

Set (Setekh, Setesh) is the villain of the gods. He is sometimes seen as having the head of an okapi [a wild-beast]. Equated by the ancient Greeks with the serpent Typhon, (J.K., 1989 {1963}, p.150-151) whom some of the ancient poets identified as Typhœus. (Guerber, 1993 {1907}, p.394) Sir Francis Bacon suggests that Typhon is a moral allegory symbolising rebellion. (1886 {c.1550?}, pp.21 & 25-27) Seth was the brother of Osiris, who married Nepthys. He was reckoned as being the cause of every evil among the Egyptians. (Lempriere, 1845 {1788}, p.697)

ZEUS, father of the gods, the lord of lightning (adjusted from p.95 of deities & demi-gods, G.&.D-G) with +8 Ægis, HP: 7,094.
High-Priests of Zeus are known as Achæans or Hellenes (amending p.15 of the Priests’ book Z.G.W.C. title)
Requirements: Lawful-Good alignment, Strength 12 & Wisdom 12.
Favoured Weapons: Spear (pp.15 & 135 of the Priests’ book Z.G.W.C.). Also allowed to wield either the javelin and dart.

In the the so-called ‘good-book’ of gods, ‘tis writ, “Zeus… a.k.a. Jupiter… is the son of the titans Kronos and Rhea. He led the gods in their overthrow of the titans, and became their… ruler. Zeus is the lord of the… [gods] and remains the major ruler … of Olympus.” (Kenzer et al., 2003, p.95) Sages on Snuggle-Nook have disregarded the rest of the paragraph which is written therein, since the shake-up of deities on Tadisaga, that ever remains a staunchly traditional, Classical world. Grounded in reality, the scholars searched for the secular historic root of Zeus’ existence. Tracing Zeus’ lineage took them to the world of Hertha, where the historian Euhemerus [Evemerus of Messenia], who flourished around 316 Before Common Era, found evidence to suggest that Zeus was originally the King of Crete. (Guerber, 1993 {1907}, p.341) The Roman orator and author Cicero mentions a Jupiter [Zeus] of Crete. (Lempriere, 1845 {1788}, p.336) As far as we are concerned, Zeus left the planet Hertha and travelled the cosmos in search of a more magical Realm, eventually finding Snuggle-Nook: Tadisaga. Here he settled and soon his fame and authority spread, until all the gods submitted and acknowledged his superiority, as the all-father of the gods.

TITANIA, the Færie-Queen (adjusted from p.123 of deities & demi-gods, G.&.D-G) HP: 4,449.
High-Priests of Titania are known as The Friends of the Little-People (amended from p.30 of the Pixie-Færie book, A.G.P.F. title)
Requirements: Neutral-good alignment, pixie-fæ, elfæ [elvariel], fæ-born, brownie, leprechaun or nixie, Intellect 12, Charisma 13 & Beauty 11.
Favoured Weapon: Petite rapier (ibidem). Also allowed to wield the dagger, moon knuckles and the pixie-fæ great bow.

According to mediæval folklore and Shakespearean belief, fairies were synonymous with the Classical nymphs, Diana’s [Artemis’] attendants. The Queen of the færies is therefore Diana [Artemis] herself, named Titania by the poet Ovidius. (Brewer, c.1897, p.1231) [In game-terms Titania is still Titania, not Artemis. However, due to pixie-færie nature of Snuggle-Nook, her HP’s have been adjusted bringing it in line with her exalted station. Titania is the only pixie-færie deity whose stats are given in the books].

NEPTHYS, goddess of the treasure-tombs (p.64 of deities & demi-gods, G.&.D-G) HP: 3,888.
High-Priests of Bast are known as Profits or Crypt-Guardians (pp.40-41 of the Priests’ book, Z.G.W.C.)
Requirements: Chaotic-Good alignment, Intellect 12 & Wisdom 13.
Favoured Weapon: Unarmed (pp.41 & 134 of the Priests’ book Z.G.W.C.). Any weapons are permitted.

Nepthys was the wife of Typhon [Set]. She fell in love with her brother-in-law Osiris, and they had a son: Anubis. (Lempriere, 1845 {1788}, p.433)

(The sparsity of greater gods and goddesses is due to the scarcity of spell-sphere lists for Player Character specialist priests available).

Maxen Cert. H.E. (Humanities) with history and Classical studies.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bacon, F. (1886 {cica 1550}) Wisdom of the Ancients, Cassell & company, London, pp.20 & 25-27.

Lempirere, J. (1845 {1788}) Lempriere’s Classical Dictionary, T.Allman, London, p.336, 433 & 697.

Brewer, E.C. (circa 1897) Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, Galley/Pitman Press, Leicester/Bath, p.1231.

Guerber, H.A. (1993 {1907}) The Myths of Greece and Rome, Dover Publications, New York, p.341 & 394.

Hammerton, J.A. et al. (circa 1935) The Modern Encyclopedia, Amalgamated Press, London, p.121.

J.K. (1989 {1963}) The Concise Mythological Dictionary, Peerage Books, London, pp.20, 29-30 & 150-151.

Kenzer, D.S., Blackburn, J. & Jelke, B. et al (2003) gods and demi-gods, Kenzer & company, Mundelein, p.95.

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