The Deva

The Deva


Brahma

Ganesha

Indra

Kali

Lakshmi

Parvati

Sarasvati

Shiva

Surya

Vishnu

Yama

The Deva, the beloved benevolent deities of India and its surrounding countries, have the distinction of being the pantheon with the largest active religion remaining in the World, with worshipers numbering in the millions. Proponents of balance in all things and maintainers of the cosmic cycles, they are split down the middle when it comes to the war with the newly-released Titans; some want to take up arms against the menace, while others believe that the destruction of the world at their hands is a necessary part of the neverending cycle of samsara. Their philosophies make the other pantheons somewhat wary of them, but there are few stronger in diplomacy, intelligence and the occult arts, and their strong arms in battle are highly prized even by the skeptical.


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Virtues

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The inventors of meditation and asceticism as they are practiced in the east today, the Deva believe that trials only purify the spirit, and as a result are some of the hardiest among the gods. If a task is necessary, no hardship or pain is enough to dissuade them from their goal, and they prize those who can commit totally to a goal as the most enlightened among them. The Deva believe that not only they themselves but all of the universe are part of a single, ever-revolving whole, birth, life and death unified in every being. Imbalances in the natural order of thing, or those who seek to disrupt the inevitable turning of the wheel, are looked upon with severe disapproval, and the Deva who can ignore such an injustice is rare indeed. Proponents of mind over matter, the Deva are master seers and meditators, scientists and inventors, and philosophers of the highest order. Nothing impresses them so greatly as an enlightened mind, and wisdom is aspired to by even the most martial among them. According to the Deva, all things and beings have their place in the grand scheme of things. Disruption and chaos are to be avoided except in cases in which they are necessary, and laws, which are handed down through scripture, are there to be observed.

Other Deities

Prasuti Daksha
A goddess of childbirth and motherhood, and bearer of countless children to her husband. An ancient creator god, Daksha was killed by Shiva in a rage after he incited his own daughter’s suicide.
Dyaus Pita Prithvi
Dyaus Pita is the great primeval Sky Father, a heavenly deity from whom the incredibly potent gods of fire, storm and sun sprang. An earth goddess of great age, Prithvi considers the Deva her children and aids them benevolently when she can, even against her husband.
Skanda Siddhi
A rarity among the largely peace-loving Deva, Skanda (or Murugan, as he is called in the southern Hindu countries) is a god of war and conquest, born to lead their armies against the Asuras. The goddess of perfection and success, Siddhi’s presence at Ganesha’s side represents his wholeness and lack of flaw.
Buddhi Sati
Like her sister, the goddess of wisdom and understanding is drawn to Ganesha because of his embodiment of those enviable qualities. Shiva’s first wife was a goddess of devotion and marriage; upon being ridiculed by her father for her choice in husbands, she immolated herself and was reincarnated as the divine Parvati.
Svaha Indrani
The goddess of plenty and luxury, Svaha’s generous nature is an excellent complement to Agni’s fiery temperament. Indra’s wife is so devoted that she shares his name.
Saranyu Kshema
The gentle goddess of dawn and clouds, Surya’s wife is renowned for her nimble, quick feet and the merry chase she led him before he could claim her. The god of prosperity, Kshema is the product of the combination of his parents (wisdom and success).
Labha Pavaka
Labha is the god of profit, a minor deity but nevertheless one much propitiated by worshipers. Pavaka is the god of electrical fire, a specialist in his father’s area of expertise.
Pavamana Suchi
God of the fire created by friction, Pavamana provides the friction of the soul as well, encouraging enlightenment in others. God of solar fire, Suchi bridges the worlds of Agni’s flame and Surya’s brilliance.
Arjuna Yami
The greatest archer ever to live, Arjuna was a warrior without peer and a close companion to Krishna, Vishnu’s avatar on earth. Goddess of death and patron of rivers, Yami rules the deceased alongside her brother, Yama, and some whisper that she acts as his concubine as well.

The Deva

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