Campaign of the Month: February 2017
The Teotl are the gods of the Aztec Empire, which once stretched unbroken across Central America, where modern-day Mexico now lies. Warlike and fierce, they were also the gods of an intensely urban civilization, which built enormous cities and temples, thrived on a complicated system of trade and social classes, and created beautiful works of art. They are most well-known for the practice of blood sacrifice offered to them by their people; the ancient Aztecs believed firmly that the source of all power was in the blood of living things, and that the gods must be fed a steady diet of this power in order to be able to keep the world turning and safe for their people. For them, human sacrifice was not a barbaric practice or a bloodthirsty sport; it was an utter necessity, carried out with scrupulous ritual and reverence. Since the destruction of their empire by European invaders in the sixteenth century, the Teotl have had less influence on the world… but small pockets of worshipers remain in the remote villages and ethnic slums of Mexico, and their power is essential in the battle against the titans.
|The Teotl are fierce, unrelenting warriors, both in defense of their people and in search of the ever-necessary sacrifices to fuel their gods and their world. They prize courage, whether on the battlefield or in the home, as a sign of strength and dedication.||For the Teotl, failure is not an option. Their belief in what must be done to keep the world and their people alive is firm and unshakable, and in their service to their gods and people they can steel themselves to do anything, no matter how difficult or painful it might be.||The Teotl believe that every person has a purpose and a duty in life, whether it be as simple as a farmer providing sweet potatoes to his community or as enormous as Huitzilopochtli keeping the sun in the sky. They not only don’t avoid their duties, they almost can’t – to do so is tantamount to refusing to be a part of their people.||The Teotl are fiercely loyal to their families and people; they do not hesitate to hurl themselves into the line of fire when either is threatened, and never abandon their communities and cherished comrades no matter what odds might be arrayed against them.|
|An earth goddess and the supreme mother of many of the Teotl, Coatlicue is a powerful and ancient being concerned only with her children and their descendents.||The dog-headed god acts as guide for all those who die average deaths, leading them to begin their arduous journey to Mictlan.|
|A virgin priestess dedicated to the service of the gods, Quetzalpetlatl was violated by Quetzalcoatl in a drunken rampage and vanished after he immolated himself in remorse.||A gentle, nourishing goddess of maize and harvest, Xilonen helps provide her people with crops while she tempers her husband’s constantly-shifting nature.|
|Piltzintecuhtli is the god of light and healing, soothing mankind and lending his power to the rising sun each morning.||Huitzilopochtli’s daughter is a goddess of snakes, scorpions, and the wastes of the desert; after a failed attempt to overthrow her father long ago, she has faded into obscurity.|
|The timid moon-god is forever banished to live in the night sky for his cowardice in refusing to sacrifice himself for the sun.||A god of the harvest and of rejoicing in the bounty of the gods, Centeotl shares his duties with Xilonen.|
|Born miraculously from the humiliated rage of his mother’s defeat, Copil attempted to kill his grandfather at her order but was defeated and slain.||The queen of Mictlan, Mictecacihuatl rules alongside her husband, watching over the bones and spirits of the deceased, and is still worshiped openly in the modern day as Santa Muerte, the Lady of the Dead.|