Southern Gods Lecture
This information was acquired orginally from a scroll written by Wu the Dreamer, who was said to have only true dreams. He speaks of discussing the nature of spirits and gods with a barbarian dreamer who was a follower of Kubera, who the barbarians believe to be the god in charge of dealing with the Empire... as if such a thing could be.
Like in the Empire, the southern barbarians do instinctively recognize the inherent balance in bound groups of three, such as that found in the yin, the yang, and the chi. Thus, their pantheon of gods is ruled by a triumvirate, sometimes called Trimurti. These three great gods, as the southerners call them, rarely, if ever, become involved in the affairs of men and countries, but this is not to say that they are quiescent. They are known to play extensive political power games with and against each other through the agency of their spirit followers, the lesser gods. The southerners believe that they act only through agents because they are too powerful to exert their will directly without wrecking the world.
The lesser gods are thought to be around a dozen in number, including such notables as:
- Yama, the god of Death and Artifice,
- Durga, the Goddess of Battle,
- Kali, the Goddess of Chaos and Destruction,
- Ratri, the Goddess of Night,
- Maitreya, the Binder of Demons,
- Ganesha, the Lord of Revolution,
- Agni, the Lord of Flames,
and several others.
Note that these Southern spirits, while known as gods, tend to favor the baser and more violent aspects of civilization, as befits their barbarian followers. These lesser gods are also supported by a whole host of minor gods, or simple spirits which serve them.
Note that the minor spirits do indeed serve the lesser gods who do serve the greater gods. Not being familiar with the intricacies of a truly balanced civilization, even the gods of the south must resort to a strongly hierarchical structure rather than the harmony of cyclic dominance and recession. But just which superior any god is serving is less than clear, as their concepts of loyalty and righteousness are weak at best, so shifting alliances and frequent betrayals are commonplace among them.
See also, that like in the Empire, the southerners are familiar with demons as well as spirits, although rather than living in harmony with them, the spirits of the south are in a state of constant battle with their spirits.