Aphrodite – Aphrodite is the daughter of Uranos and the Pontos sea. When Cronos emerged from Gaia’s womb he amputated Uranos’s penis. The organ fell into the sea and the foam it created spawned Aphrodite, the most beautiful of all the goddesses. She is the goddess of lust and passion and her sacred animal is the dove. She is the one who puts feelings of love and attraction into both mortals and gods. Aphrodite used her powers to make Helen fall in love with Paris, an event that set off the Trojan War and the end of the Heroic Age. She is married to Hephaestus, but is often sleeping with Ares.
Apollo – Apollo is the son of Leto and Zeus. His twin sister is Artemis. He is the god of the sun, light, healing, music, archery, poetry, and adolescent men. He is involved in many classical myths and is a good friend of Hermes. His sacred animal is the swan. His sacred city in Cimmeria is Sheerzen with Restnor’s Point and Tetalya as secondaries. After Zeus was poisoned by the Dahak, Apollo wandered the world in the mortal form, Dactirian, looking for a cure. He found one in the Druid’s Prophecy and helped bring about Zeus’s return.
Ares – Ares is the son of Zeus and Hera. He is the god of battle and fury. He loves to fight and kill and his influence is felt in every war and battle. He is the lover of Aphrodite as they both embody passion of a kind. His favored cities are Mars’ Oasis and Dradelden. He has many children, including a few gods with Aphrodite. His notable children in Cimmeria are Delain of Phoenix and Jittehalong of the Amazons. His most famous cleric was Toffoun the Dragon War Hero. His sacred animal is the boar.
Artemis – Artemis is the daughter of Zeus and Leto. Immediately after her birth, she turned around to assist in the birth of her twin brother, Apollo. She is goddess of the hunt, animals, the wilderness, the moon, childbirth, and young women. She is one of the three virgin goddesses and has no attachments to men. She is fiercely independent as well as vindictive towards any who would challenge that independence. Artemis often takes revenge on people for looking at her or killing some of her animals. Her sacred animals are the deer and the bear.
Athena – Athena is the daughter of the Titan, Metis, and Zeus. She was born fully formed from Zeus’s head years after he swallowed a pregnant Metis. Athena is the goddess of wisdom, owls, strategy, olives, weaving, and heroes. She is one of the three virgin goddesses and Zeus’s favorite daughter. She will always help out a hero who needs it.
Dionysus – Dionysus’s complicated birth earned him the title, Twice-Born. Dionysus invented wine from grapes and shared it with gods and men. He consorts with satyrs and fauns. He eventually rescued his mother Semele from Erebos and made her immortal with ambrosia. He is an excessive and wild god and is also responsible for the maenads, wild women who roam about the country tearing things to pieces and drinking anything they find. Dionysus is the god of wine, luxury, reckless action, and theatrical performance. His sacred animal is the leopard.
Demeter – Demeter is the daughter of Cronos and Rhea. She is the Olympian of the soil. She makes all things grow in the spring and summer, but she gets depressed when her daughter Persephone goes to Hades. During Demeter’s sadness few plants grow. The months get harder and become winter. When Persephone is allowed to come back Demeter makes things grow again. Due to her power over food and the cycle of life, Demeter is worshipped throughout Cimmeria.
Hades – Hades is the son of Cronus and Rhea and one of their five children who was swallowed at birth. Hades rules the Underworld, dispensing punishment to those who challenged the gods and watching over the dead. Hades is also the god of all things that come from the under the earth’s surface such as precious metals and iron. In recent history, Hades meddled in the Second Alliance War in an attempt to claim the throne of Mount Olympus. The attempt failed, but Zeus was merciful towards his younger brother and gave him no punishment.
Hephaestus – Hephaestus is the son of Hera. She attempted to make a child on her own after Zeus gave birth to Athena with no apparent mother. The result was the ugly Hephaestus. His appearance was so repulsive that Zeus immediately cast the infant down from Olympus. When Hephaestus hit the ground his leg was broken and he remains lame to this day. He is the god of dwarves, the disabled, the forge, fire, and non-precious metals. His sacred animal is the crab. He is the forger of almost all of the artifacts described in myths.
Hera – Hera is daughter of Cronos and Rhea, the wife of Zeus, and the queen of Olympus. She is often trying to prevent Zeus from cheating on her or getting revenge on the women he does cheat with. Due to her husband’s constant infidelities she is often angry. Hera presides over marriage and adult women. Some would say she presides over jealousy as well. Her favored cities are Carthage and Samos and her sacred animal is the cow.
Hermes – Hermes is the son of Maia and Zeus. He is the god of exchange, commerce, thieving, messages, shepherds, cowherds, orators, travel, and athletics. His sacred animal is the lamb. He invented most sports the Cimmerians compete in and the lyre. He escorts the dead to their afterlife. He has a winged helmet and winged sandals that allow him to be anywhere in an instant. He also has a caduceus which provides him sacred protection when delivering a message. Hermes is a trickster god and is often helping another god get away with something they shouldn’t be. Hermes is the father of Pan, but does not have a wife.
Hestia – Hestia is the youngest daughter of Cronos and Rhea. She fought in the War of the Titans, but did not take an active position in the new order. She is the goddess of the hearth and home and her sacred animal is the domesticated pig. Her role oversees and protects the daily life of all mortals. She is also one of the three virgin goddesses, sworn never to have sex and remain unmoved by Aphrodite and Cupid.
Pan – Pan is the son of Hermes and Dryope, a dryad. He has a body just like a satyr. He invented the syrinx while chasing a nymph named Syrinx who disappeared into the reeds. He loved the reeds as well, so he made an instrument out of them named for the person he was chasing. Pan is the god of shepherds, music, singing, fear at being alone, animals, and the carefree spirit of being in the wild. Pan follows Dionysus around along with some of his children, the satyrs. They have a very good time spreading cheer as well as mischief.
Poseidon – Poseidon is the son of Cronos and Rhea. He watched over inner seas such as the Mediterranean, the Caspain, and the Aral, but not the Atlantic, rivers, or lakes. He created the first horses and cows and his sacred animal is the horse. At the end of the Second Alliance War Poseidon sought to overthrow Zeus. He was defeated and cast into Tartarus. Zelus now oversees the seas as Poseidon did before.
Zelus – Zelus is the Classical deific embodiment of zeal itself. He encapsulates excitement, eagerness, rivalry, and unwavering devotion to a sworn cause. Zelus is one of the Daimons, the divine children of Pallas and the River Styx. He aided the Exiles in their quest to eradicate dragovinians from the face of the earth. He was eaten by Barakah during the Battle of Nox, but freed many years later by Hektor, Danar, Torin, and Tagenadi. After Poseidon was cast down from his position as god of the sea, Zelus was raised up to replace him.
Zeus – Zeus is the son of Cronos and Rhea and the current head of the Olympian Pantheon. The children of Cronos and Rhea were eaten by their father, but Rhea replaced Zeus with a stone that Cronos ate instead. Zeus was raised on Crete in a tree, so that Cronos could not sense his presence on land. Zeus led the other Olympians against the Titans and eventually won with his thunderbolts made by the Cyclopes. Zeus is god over many things including the sky, lightning, leadership, military agreements, divination, and virtue. His holy animal is an eagle and his favored cities are Bradel Fields and Jipangu. He is married to his sister, Hera, but is widely know for his infidelity.
The Titans – The Titans were the gods that came before the Olympians. The Titans each had an aspect of reality they oversaw, just like the Olympian generation. Cronus, King of the Titans, feared his Olympian children would overthrow him as he had overthrown his father. He ate them to keep them from attacking him. Zeus was able to free his brothers and sisters and led a rebellion against the Titans known as the Titanomachy. This ten year war ended the Titans’ reign over the earth and many of them were imprisoned within Tartarus.
Other Pantheons – The Olympians are not the only gods present in the world of Cimmeria. The campaign is located on an altered landscape of the real Earth, thus real world gods and religions exist alongside the Olympians. The most notable pantheons are the Egyptian, the Persian, the Norse, and the Indian pantheons. The goblins also worship an animalistic pantheon of their own that has syncretically combined with the Titans of Greek mythology.