- "You know, I never understood you pagans. You're such... petty little things! Always fighting... always happy to sell out your own kind. No wonder you forfeited this planet to us! You are worse than humans. You're worse than demons. And yet you claim to be gods!? And they call me prideful...!"
- ―Lucifer's view of pagan gods.[src]
|Type :||Immortal being|
|Notable distinctions :||Immortality|
Sometimes eat human sacrifices
|Main weaknesses :|| Varies|
|Culture(s) of origin :||Various non-Abrahamic religions and cultures|
|Native range :||Earth|
|First appearance :||Scarecrow|
Pagan gods and deities are members of a race of immortal supernatural beings who are recorded in pagan and non-Christian lore and are high authorities in their respective cultures and spiritualities. Gods are known to be cruel, petty and selfish, and to sometimes take human sacrifices. In modern times, the majority of the pagan gods have lost most of their former strength without willing sacrifices due to the coming of Christianity.
Pagan gods have been known to possess monstrous or animalistic true forms. Gods' true forms seem to vary between them - Madge and Edward Carrigan's true forms were shown to possess cracked and wormy skin and pale, heterochromic eyes; (Malleus Maleficarum) glimpses of Veritas' true form showed it to possess demonic feline features including eyes and fangs; (You Can't Handle the Truth) and Ganesh's true form was glimpsed as being an elephant. (Hammer of the Gods) However, gods usually take human form for masquerading as humans and blending in and/or socialising. Not all gods are able to manifest in human form as most can though, as Vanir could only corporeally manifest through possessing an effigy. (Scarecrow)
While their strength seems to vary between them, most gods are very powerful creatures; they're implied to be strong enough that a number of them would challenge if not outmatch Gabriel, although gods are still far inferior to a stronger archangel like Lucifer. (Hammer of the Gods)
Unlike with most other supernatural races, gods' powers vary between them, with most each having their own wildly unique abilities; the power and potential of these varying and unique abilities can vary from a superhuman level of physical attribute to warping and altering spacetime. However, pagan gods do share some powers and abilities, and many of them have been known to gain strength and power through rituals such as human sacrifices. Gods are apparently also immortal and have an unlimited lifespan, along with superhuman levels of strength and endurance. Gods are also unharmed by most conventional methods of killing, except for certain forms which can again vary between them.
Among the powers some certain deities possess is that they can positively influence vegetation, crops and/or the weather. In these cases, the influencing power can work to grant more peaceful weather or better harvest for humans, though often in exchange for human sacrifice. (Scarecrow, Malleus Maleficarum) Some gods have also been known to possess telekinetic powers, shapeshifting and/or mindreading. Certain powerful gods such as Zeus and Veritas are capable of casting powerful curses on others which only the caster god or their death can break. (You Can't Handle the Truth, Remember the Titans)
Pagan gods can survive most conventional means of killing that would be fatal to humans, though there are exceptions depending upon the god in question. Commonly, a god can be killed by staking with a certain form of wood (such as evergreen or olive wood), or in some cases by stabbing or staking with a weapon washed in blood from certain things (such as an animal, a virgin, or a victim of the deity). Many gods each have a unique requirement to exactly what recipe and weapon is needed to kill them.
A very strong archangel such as Lucifer is capable of besting and killing pagan gods with very little effort. (Hammer of the Gods) Weapons of the deities - such as Mjölnir, and Artemis' arrows can kill any gods that are mortally struck with them. Primordial entities such as God, Death, and the Darkness can easily destroy any pagan, no matter how powerful. (What's Up, Tiger Mommy?, Remember the Titans)
Gods and deities' views, stances and beliefs can sometimes vary and conflict among them, although many gods do share common personality traits. Many of them are prideful and arrogant, looking down on others including sometimes each other and viewing themselves as equal if not superior to the Abrahamic God. Pagan gods can also be very cruel and sadistic, particularly towards humans, whom they commonly eat as food and/or torture as playthings. Deities and gods often don't hold much loyalty to their masters or each-other, holding their own personal interests in higher regard, and they will sometimes betray and abandon their original masters, partners and/or loyalties if and when a better offer is found.
Each god usually apparently believes in the lore and beliefs set bypoop the religion or pantheon it is worshipped by - i.e., Odin did not believe in the Apocalypse and thought Ragnarok would be the true end of the world, and Zao Shen believed in his culture's lore of the world being carried on a world turtle. (Hammer of the Gods)
Types of godsEdit
Titans and OlympiansEdit
Titans are described as "proto-gods" or "the gods before the gods," having ruled Ancient Greece, and the Olympian gods are their successors. Unlike other gods, who are petty, selfish, disloyal and cruel; titans and Olympians seem to possess much more emotional depth and a greater capacity for both empathy and cruelty. They also possess naturally-keen combat skills.
Pagan gods of the winter solstice, Hold Nickar grant mild weather during the winter through taking and consuming human sacrifices.
A mischievous and powerful type of demi-god, tricksters possess the ability to conjure objects and creatures out of the air and make them vanish just as quickly. A trickster can be killed by staking it through the heart with wood dipped in the blood of a trickster's victim.
A class of Norse gods of fertility and prosperity, Vanir are apparently incorporeal deities which manifest through possessing inanimate effigies and which are usually bound to sacred trees each. A Vanir will grant humans' crops successful fertility and harvest in exchange for two annual sacrifices.
Little is known about pagan gods' early past or origins, though their existence apparently dates back to at least Ancient Egypt, and there have been multiple generations of gods sired. (Remember the Titans) According to Kali, there were billions among the deities' race. (Hammer of the Gods)
At different points in ancient human history, different gods and deities appeared on Earth and were worshipped by some humans, with different gods forming their own spiritualities and their own pantheons among each-other. These tribes, cultures and spiritualities among the humans attracted many followers for the different gods and pantheons, some of which gave the deities they worshipped tributes such as human sacrifices to appease and/or strengthen the gods or be granted positive climate from the gods in question in exchange.
However, many of the gods lost the majority of their followers over time, mostly due to the arrival of the Abrahamic faiths such as Christianity; and without tributes and sacrifices from humans, this left most of the gods significantly weakened. By the modern age, many of the gods were weakened, scattered and in hiding, with few - no remaining human worshippers or tributes; most of the deities that had fed or grown strong with human sacrifice now resorted to scavenging human sacrifices by taking, killing and eating humans against their will.
Pagan gods look down on humans; regarding them as little more than food or playthings, and even taking open sadistic pleasure in humans' death, torture and suffering without opposition. Athough those that grant prosperity in exchange for sacrifices do remain true to this symbiotic relationship.
Towards other supernatural beings, the pagans seem to be generally arrogant creatures who fail to recognise when they're aren't better than and are actually inferior to other supernaturals.
Many of the pagan deities hold resentment and umbrage towards Christianity and the Abrahamic God for how the coming of Abrahamic religion was what led to the gods losing their worshippers and having their followings demonized. Kali herself considered "westerners" very arrogant and hypocritical, citing the history of pillaging and butchering Abrahamic humans have committed in God's name.
Like most other supernaturals, gods such as Plutus are scornful of demons as far-lesser beings only worthy of their disdain; although in Beau's case, they're still not above working with demons for a good offer.
Most gods, such as Odin, also seem to be contemptuous of angels and to consider them a nuisance or an enemy, despite the fact that angels are actually highly mysterious to the pagan gods. However, the pagans also in spite of this severely underestimate archangels such as Lucifer, who are easily capable of destroying them. Lucifer intensely despised the pagan deities for their petty and disloyal ways towards their own kind, declaring them worse than humans and demons.
- Calliope (deceased)
- Chronos (deceased)
- Plutus (deceased)
- Prometheus (deceased)
- Zeus (deceased)
- Anansi (Trickster; West African)
- Baron Samedi (Haitian Voodoo; deceased)
- Beau (deceased)
- Cacao (Mayan)
- Leshi (Slavic; deceased)
- Osiris (Egyptian)
- Tiamat (Babylonian)
- Zao Shen (Chinese; deceased)