Kamoran Pantheon

Anuk
Amal
Morda
Atep
Isati
Ahamad
Arokie
Akep
Sekthiss
Horaptuh
Sata
Salix

In the beginning there was chaos. The universe was without order and so Anuk walked amongst the stars and set upon them rigid rules. As the universe fell into an orderly pattern the world took form, but at first it was nothing but a sand covered waste. Then Anuk cut himself and let his blood mingle with the sand. From the dry earth were born four deities: Amal, Morda, Atep and Isati. He handed them each a great medallion covered with the laws of the universe that they were to uphold.
Amal forged a great sphere of fire to pass over the world, so that those that live upon the world have warmth and freedom from the darkness. Amal then filled the lands and skies with life, following the task of Morda.
Morda covered the world in water, so that only the high lands are free. He then filled the waters with life and brought rain upon the world every year to form rivers and lakes so that the creatures of the land and skies could have water to drink.
Atep set a brilliant moon in the sky to count the passage of time and to mirror the light of Amal’s star even when the orb was gone. He was also set the task of transporting the souls of the dead to the final resting place.
Isati set the destinies of all mortal beings into the River of Fate, which flows through the stars. She would be the mother of the Kamorans and thus gift them their destinies to rule over all other mortal races.
Amal and Atep had two children: Ahamad and Ishobel. Both were great warriors of light. Amal saw that Ahamad was handsome and strong, and so she set him to drive the great chariot that drew her flaming sphere across the sky. When he rode the sun chariot he kept it straight and steady. She also saw that Ishobel was cunning and fast, and so she would drive also drive the chariot, but she drove it hard and sometimes swung it too close or too far from the world. Amal then assigned Ahamad to drive the chariot across the skies each day straight and true. Then at night he would land it at the far end of the world where Ishobel could fly it below the world, taking it back to the other side. Ishobel was free to fly it any way she chose as long as it was always there in the morning for Ahamad to drive back across the sky. Thus it was that Ishobel would often land it in different places, often meandering too far north or south and sometimes too late in the morning for a day to be long or too soon so that Ahamad had to slow his pace across the sky and make the day longer. All the time Atep would encircle the world in an orderly passage assuring that all was in order.
One day the chariot of the sun was not there for Ahamad to drive. As he stood and waited for his sister he was nearly driven down by her. She drove past him wildly and soared high into the sky. His envious sister dared break the law of her mother and drove the chariot herself that day into the sky. Atep reacted immediately and picked up Ahamad on his great barge then steered it to intercept her. They met in mid flight over the world and she fell into the darkness of the great barge’s hold. There Atep pulled her from the Chariot and Ahamad took the reigns, leading it back out of the Barge and into the day sky, returning light to the world. Atep forever more had to maintain this new passage and so each year the light of the sun is blocked by the light of the moon as they intercede. Atep took Ishobel to Anuk who weighed her trespasses. He ordered that forever more she would not be able to emerge into the daylight. She would forever be a creature of the night and would live in the underworld, a land called Acropep. Here any immortal spirit that broke the universal laws would be sent to suffer under her hand, a duty she found to be terrible and demeaning. However, she was still allowed to drive the chariot from and to the edge of her borders. If she ever dared cross those borders again, though, Anuk promised her worse suffering than even she could imagine.
Death in the Kamoran religion is a journey, not a finality. When a person is born they are gifted both an Immortal Spirit and a mortal soul. When they die both are taken on the Chariot of Ahamad into the dusk, where they enter the realm of the gods. When the dead arrive in Anaruman, Temple of Anuk, they travel through the twelve chambers of the dead. In the first chamber the soul is separated from the spirit. The soul is then immediately sent to board the lunar barge and travel to the palace of Atep (usually seen as a black shadow crossing the moon). The immortal spirit is then sent on through the next eleven chambers where the servants of Anuk weigh and measure its many aspects. If the spirit is found to be incomplete it is returned to the mortal world in a new life, joined to a new soul and given another chance to complete its journey. If the spirit is found to have finally completed its journey it passes through the twelfth chamber and enters the Gardens of Imaru, a paradise where all desires and dreams are indulged. However, if the spirit has broken too many laws or violated any of the supreme laws of Anuk then it is cast down into the pits and caverns of Acropep, where the spirit suffers for all eternity by the hand of Ishobel.
Ishobel is the daughter of Amal and Atep and is assigned the dark task of torturing the damned. However she is also the goddess of chaos, war and vengeance. It is said that she outlets her rage at her own pathetic life into the spirits of mortals, tempting them to war and murder. She encourages them to violate laws so they will come to her when they die.
The seas of Morda encircle the world and so often Morda and Ishobel would meet and they became lovers. In time Ishobel gave birth to three children by Morda: Arokie, Akep, and Sekthiss. Arokei slithered from the darkness of the world in the form of a great sea serpent. She stalked the seas and brought suffering upon sailors who dared traverse her waters without the proper protections. Akep was a great storm that rose from the darkness of the seas and thundered along the coasts. He was strong and powerful and feared as equally as Arokei. Sekthiss was a twisted being, hideous in appearance and even more disgusting in his terribly sadistic nature. He takes great pleasure in serving his mother to bring suffering upon the world.
These gods all serve their own purposes in the pantheon but all must serve the greater universal laws set down by Anuk. However, the children of Ishobel have always pushed the limits of these laws. One such law states “In Anaruman the children of Anuk and their children shall not bring mal intent on each other”. Ishobel thought about this and saw how she could twist it to her own ways. So, one night when Ahamad set the flaming chariot of the sun on the edge of the world, Arokei rose from the ocean and snatched it into the sea. Ahamad was shocked. He called upon his mother who came to confront the lesser deity, to demand the chariot back. Amal dove into the sea after the serpent goddess. Then Ishobel appeared and distracted her brother while Morda grabbed Amal.
Amal and Morda fought long and hard in the depths of the ocean, but it was Morda’s home and Amal was losing. She escaped the sea and ran into the desert, but she was surprised when Morda followed her. Then in the desert she encountered Ishobel who joined the battle against Amal. Together the two wicked gods killed Amal and she fell to the earth in a great pile of ash and bone. Morda and Ishobel rejoiced, for they thought they had won, but from the ashes of her remains raised a great bird of flame and magic. The Phoenix struck down Morda where he stood, his blood poured into the desert sands forming the great river called Kamor. The Phoenix flew into the night sky, joining the stars. Ishobel was terrified. Her mother was gone but in her place was now a being who seemed even more powerful. She sulked back into the darkness of the underworld.
When his mother did not arise from the depths of the sea Ahamad dove in after her. He found Arokie and the chariot and so they fought long and hard. . The fangs of the serpent queen sunk deep into Ahamad’s brazened body, and flooded his veins with its divine venom. The sun god, though, would not be so easily defeated, and despite the venom’s power he fought on. He accepted her bite in his left arm, and using his great Khopesh he split her belly open. From her womb poured forth thousands of great serpents that dispersed into the sea. While she writhed in agony, he quickly retrieved the great Chariot and burst from the ocean.
Ahamad mounted the chariot, but saw then that the Orb had been extinguished. The Divine Flame was no more, only a cold bronze orb was drawn by the Chariot. Without Amal to bear the Gifts of Light and Life the Divine Flame could not burn. He drove his horses hard into the desert, seeking the place where his mother had fallen. There he found only blackened earth. He knelt upon the burnt ground and looking up into the west he saw another brilliant light rising into the sky far in the distance. It was the phoenix. He knew then that his mother was dead and her immortal spirit was rising to Anaruman.
The spirit of the goddess Amal passed on to the Gardens of Imaru, but the soul of the goddess was too great to traverse to the land of the dead. Instead it became the great Phoenix, who could never truly be killed. If it died it would only rise again from its own ashes. It traversed the world burning fields and causing great havoc, but as it was the soul of their greatest goddess the people revered it.
Ishobel then appeared and demanded the chariot for her ride in the underworld. He had to obey the laws of Anuk and so she took the Chariot and drove it beneath the western horizon.
Ahamad collapsed into the sands, the venom finally draining his strength. He laid there, in the darkness, the blood of Morda forming a great river passing before him. A people then came upon him, a mortal race who were tall, dark and handsome. They lifted him and took him to a temple. There he saw statues of Isati, and even shrines to himself and his sister Ishobel. They were worshipers, though before now he had never considered these mortal people. There they tended his injuries and through ancient knowledge of medicines and by channeling the divine power of Isati they drew the venom from him and cured his wounds. When he was healed, he thanked these people and told them that from then on they would be a blessed people, and he would look after them always.
Then Ishobel appeared on the Eastern horizon, but she did not cross the border and so he took the Chariot again. But, the Orb was extinguished and so he prayed to Anuk to reignite the Orb, and so it was that the flame returned, bearing light and life to the world once again. He drove it again into the sky, returning once again to his first great duty. He did not, though, forget about the people who had healed him. Thus it was that Ahamad now took supreme reign over the sky and sun and became known as Ahad-Amal.
As he reached the western horizon, Ishobel appeared and demanded the chariot for her ride in the underworld. He had to obey the laws of Aminus and he let her take the Chariot. She drove it to the East. There she did not cross the border and he took the Chariot again.

The Children of Isati and Ahad-Amal
It was in this time that Isati came to Ahad-Amal and bore him three children: Horaptuh, Sata, and Salix.
Ahad-Amal sent his children to the people who had saved him, to grant them knowledge previously reserved for the gods.
Horaptuh is a tall and noble man fascinated with knowledge, philosophy and magic who would seek the most intelligent of the mortals to mentor. Sata is a great warrior who would seek to bring order to the mortal armies and raise individuals to the positions of unquestioned rulers. Salix is a young and beautiful woman who would seek to bring wisdom to the rulers of men and teach them the law of truth.
Thus these gods came to reside amongst those people who wandered the rim of the desert of Vas-Meknor, where Amal had perished, and lived along the shores of the River Kamor, that flowed through the desert’s heart and was said to be the blood of Morda from where Amal had wounded him. These were the Kamorans. The Kamorans were a handsome and powerful people that appeared much like the gods. They were tall and lanky with very dark skin. There were many gifted by Isati amongst them, and they worshiped her.
Sata, Salix and Horaptuh taught the Kamorans of Anuk and Atep, Amal and Morda. They began to worship Ahad-Amal and feared Ishobel. They worshiped the gods and built great structures of stone to honor them.
The Kamorans eventually built a great empire called Kal-Kamora, devoted to serving Ahad-Amal. Sata chose those great warriors amongst them to rule, and Salix taught them wisdom. Horaptuh taught them the secrets of the universe and they learned to master the patterns of the stars to wield magics before unknown to human kind.
Ahad-Amal created an Eternal Realm for the Kamorans who worshipped him and the other gods called Anaruman, where the spirit must travel through the twelve chambers of the Temple of Anuk. Those souls not ready to pass on are returned to the world to be reincarnated, but those found to be worthy ascend into the Garden of Imaru, an Eternal Realm of beauty where they would live in an eternity of prosperity and pleasure. However, if the spirit has broken too many laws or violated any of the supreme laws of Anuk then it is cast down into the pits and caverns of Acropep, where the spirit suffers for all eternity by the hand of Ishobel. Anuk assigned Ishobel the dark task of torturing the damned. However she is also the goddess of chaos, war and vengeance. It is said that she outlets her rage at her own pathetic life into the spirits of mortals, tempting them to war and murder. She encourages them to violate laws so they will come to her when they die.

Of the Khani
The Kamorans developed a rigid social structure where one-person rules, called the Khani. To these Khani Ahad-Amal granted great powers, and Isati gave them the divine destiny to rule. When they died they were allowed to surpass the twelve chambers of Anaruman. Instead they boarded the barge of the Khani and traversed the eternal river to the Gardens of Imaru. Anuk demanded absolute loyalty to the universal laws. The Khani had many generations and many dynasties. The Khani were chosen by Ahad-Amal’s high priests who were also the enforcers of the supreme laws of Anuk.

Sata and the Phoenix
Sata, being a great hunter, vowed that one day he would defeat the Phoenix. He hunted it and many times he battled and defeated the Phoenix but it always rose from its ashes again. Sata went to Horaptuh for help. Horaptuh crafted a beautiful Kopesh blade for Sata and the fiery god took it to battle against the Phoenix. This time, when he first struck the Phoenix its flames were drawn into the blade, and the Phoenix could be killed. They fought on and Sata won again. When the Phoenix died it never arose again from its ashes. It is said that there is still a great black place in the desert of Vas-Meknor where the Phoenix was destroyed. If ever the flame were released from Sata’s blade it would return to the ashes and bring back the Phoenix. Hence it was that Sata was famed for defeating the Pheonix, yet reviled for entrapping the soul of the people’s greatest goddess.

The Apocalypse
In the dynasty of Khani Aram-Akadu there would befall a great apocalypse. The Khani was married to a beautiful Meknorian woman named Isari. The high priest of Ahad-Amal was a powerful and charismatic man, both beautiful and strong. His name was Maijad and the queen very desired him. He too thought her incredibly beautiful and tempting, but the laws forbade him from taking her from the Khani. Thus they suffered, hoping that they would outlive the Khani and be able to be together. However, Isari grew impatient. She went to a summoner of dark magics and had him make for her a golden asp. The asp she gave to her husband as a gift and he put it by his bed for good luck. In the night the golden asp awoke and crept into the Khani’s bed.
Isari snuck into Maijad’s chambers that night and told him what she had done. He was furious with her. He rushed to the Khani’s chamber but it was too late. The serpent had bitten him and he had died. The queen was happy, but the priest knew better. She asked him why he mourned so. He then explained that the laws of Ahad-Amal demanded that the Khani’s wife must be imprisoned with him, to serve him in the afterlife. She begged him not to allow this, to command that she be allowed to live. He refused though. He called the guards and had her arrested. She stood trial and the priests found her guilty of murdering the Khani, with Maijad speaking against her. He then was ordered to perform a ritual of punishment. Her mummification was to be torturous and a slow death. He would not refuse his duty but he went into meditation that night. He prayed to the gods to give him an alternative. How could he be with her? It was then that Ahad-Amal sent him a vision. He learned of a ritual to bring a mummy back from the dead. However, it could only occur during a solar eclipse when the sun, the moon and the world all aligned on the day of the spring equinox. This event would not occur again for nearly two thousand years. It also required an amulet crafted out of some of the rarest metals and gemstones in the world. It took him a great deal of time and wealth to acquire the items. Once completed he placed the brooch around his neck so that no one else could ever awaken her. Now all he had to do was wait. As long as no one broke the seal to her chamber, she could be brought back to life.
Maijad tortured and mummified the woman he loved, but while mummifying her he set in her wraps the magical writings and whispered the magical words over her body. He entombed her with the Khani and then went about moving all of his own worldly possessions into the priests chambers. It is customary that when a High Priest dies they are mummified and placed as guardians to the Khani’s tomb. Maijad selected his eight greatest priests to be buried alive with him and serve him in the afterlife while he awaited his return to the mortal world.
The only way he could live long enough to perform this ritual on Isari was if he too were mummified and returned from the dead. He could raise her from the dead, but two thousand years from now he had no idea who could raise him from the dead. Hence he prepared the spells to raise him ahead of time and left a copy of them in the hands of his remaining priests. If they were still around in two thousand years they would be there to meet him when he arose. They were also to guard his tomb. The ritual to raise him required a great deal of power from some very dark sources. The ritual stated that Atep must be entombed until the time of his awakening had come. That no one could enter the tomb at any point, else a terrible curse would befall the lands of Kal-Kamora.
So it was that Maijad had himself mummified and placed in a sarcophagus within the entrance chamber to the emperor’s tomb. To complete the mummification for his return, his body needed to be left undisturbed. He used the most wicked curse he could find, one forbidden to even be read by anyone other than the High Priest. The curse said that if anyone disturbed the tomb then a terrible storm would wipe away the existence of the kingdom of Kal-Kamora.
With him were entombed six priests and priestesses. Most of these priests and priestesses had unwavering loyalty and allowed themselves this terrible burden without question. One however was the wife of a great Kal-Kamoran warrior who had been away fighting one of many battles that the Khani had begun. She did not go willingly, but knew the consequences for denying the gods. When her husband returned not but a day later and heard what had happened he was terribly furious. He gathered his men together and stormed the tomb.
When the Kamoran warrior came to free his wife he broke through the entrance to the chamber and, ignoring the curses, broke into Maijad’s own burial chamber. There he found her alive but she cursed him for his ignorance. He did not understand until Maijad’s tomb opened and a terrible atrocity emerged. Ahad-Amal’s mummy battled the warrior back and forth within the tomb until the warrior struck the amulet around his neck. The amulet fell and shattered, the stones flying out of site.

Sekthiss:
He used to have a higher position, but after the fall of the Kamoran deities he lost power. He was probably at least a Lesser God. He was guardian of the first of he 12 chambers of the dead, and was responsible for cutting the soul from the spirit. The Spirit continues on through the other 11 chambers and if found worthy travels to paradise. If not found worthy it is reincarnated with a new soul. The Soul represents each individual life and is really nothing more than a shadow of the spirit. He was supposed to send all souls on to the Lunar Barge of Atep to a place where they rest eternally, but when there was a huge horde of dead, at the end of the Kamoran Empire, and he didn’t have the supervision he usually had, he became greedy and began devouring souls for their power. This kept him in power after the empire fell, and he managed to find more believers amongst the Parthans who saw him as a bringer of pain and suffering (since so many of them had suffered under the torturous ways of his priests). See The Parthan Order

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