Deities of Another Galaxy

Deities of Another Galaxy

For the next couple of weeks I’ll be presenting selections from ‘Voices from the Beyond: Religions and Beliefs of the Intergalactic Planets’ by Josper Curpelus, a hefty compendium that chronicles over 7500 gods, goddesses, concepts, prophets, messiahs, spirits, and other phenomena that have graced the galaxy for over 1.5 million years. This week we focus on three of the ‘High Gods,’ two of which are still worshiped fervently in parts of the galaxy to this day. So, without further ado…

WOOTOON OF THE TWICE-BORN
(Umbrian)

The High God and All Father of the Umbrian Pantheon, Wootoon of the Twice-Born is a mixture of reason and wisdom with one of the shortest tempers in all of of the galaxy. His name was chanted by warriors on both sides in battles, both on planets and in primitive space raids. It is said that any being dying in battle would join him at the center of the galaxy on his personal planet, Wjolnir, and quench their thirst and appetite with nebula dust and star stuffs, until Wootoon himself would unleash the demons of the Omega-Nova. Two phoenix, Muni and Nuni, serve as his eyes for the universe, and he carries a staff carved from the Galactic Root, with engravings that bear the Secrets of Creation, and planets that contain the demons of Creation, Life, and Death (previously mentioned as the Omega-Nova). Later legends had him gaining the powers of Omniscience by serving as a chromosome on the spine of Gira, Goddess-Mother of the All Universe, which accounts for the blindness in his upper eye. As for the temper, no finer example can be found than the imprisonment of his daughter own Vanusa, Goddess Warrior of Desire, for communing with a god of another pantheon.

Today, however, Wootoon’s status has indeed faded, especially since the center of the galaxy was found NOT to include a planet like Wjolnir. His name is intoned metaphorically when new science discoveries are made, and he is often used as a villain in video games, most recently in the First Phantasy series.

YOH SHABOH THE LAWGIVER
(Ancient Volanian, Present Day Volani & Vozzer Sects)

No god has had a greater impact on galactic history than Yoh, known as Yoh Shaboh the Lawgiver to the Ancient Volanians. Beginning as a planetary war deity, Yoh soon grew and morphed into a mightier deity, becoming the only god to exist as the Volanians established an multi-planet kingdom. This idea became especially important when the Cassian Empire annihilated the Volanian kingdom, scattering them to the nebulous winds of the galaxy. Their traditions and worship of Yoh were continued and refined within wandering Vozzer communities, interplanetary immigrants who were both embraced and despised.

While some have gone to great lengths to imagine Yoh’s more primitive appearance, Vozzer belief came to regard this as heresy. Instead, Yoh was made manifest in the Great Tablet, granted to the ancient Volanian leader Hemonides within the Arcturian Nebula. This abstraction of Yoh may have actually helped preserve him through the millenia, for where other gods have fallen to the wayside, Yoh still prevails. And at least seven different belief systems identify their god with Yoh, or at least some manifestation of him, though their followers have had more turbulent relationships.

In recent history, the Fourth Universal War and the breakdown of the Betelgian Empire led to the creation of Volans, a home planet for the Vozzers. While it is hard to estimate Yoh’s hand in this, believers have been quick to give the Deity credit and to see this as a fulfillment of galactic universal history. The neighboring Desert Planets, however, do not see this so positively, and the Volani’s relations with their sister faith Ezna have been turbulent and violently charged as of late.

UFFU THE MERCIFUL
(Arrakus, Western Desert Planets, Southern Galactic Quadrant)

Visit any planet in the Desert Confederation and the southern galactic quadrant and you are guaranteed to hear the words of Uffu the Merciful. The one god of the Ezna faith, Uffu first made his presence known to the Seer Rosolas amid the quiet asteroids of the desert planet Arrakus. Since the nature of the revelation was so miraculous (“a voice amid deep space, a sound where there should be no sound”), reciting the Seer’s words has become an integral part of the belief system.

Like Yoh, it is impossible to show Uffu’s true form, and so adherents often visualize him through geometric forms. In fact, next to Uffu’s holy words, the language of mathematics is held in just as high esteem. Uffu is considered an Abstract, a god without a knowable personality, which makes Ezna an often mysterious faith to outsiders, but which allows a variety of planetary peoples to participate in. And early believers even connected Uffu with Yoh, though dedicated followers would say that Uffu is a more fundamental manifestation, a being beyond the trappings of laws and history.

If there is competition for followers, Ezna’s biggest competitor is the Forsicans, one of the faith’s that identifies with Yoh, and whose founder was a Vozzer moonicity builder who became a prophet. These two faiths have often grappled with each other through galactic history, though the root reasons have often been about imperial politics and schemes rather than fundamental differences in the religions. And while the Eznars have often had respectable relations with the Vozzers, the politics of Volans and the surrounding Desert Planets has created an enmity that had not been there previously.

…Well, as you can tell, a lot of the galaxy is wrapped up in these three gods. What could the rest have in store for us? Tune in next time when we meet a couple goddesses, an anti-hero, and a fearful god of destruction.


Discussion (4)¬

  1. Peter says:

    Mike, these are cool – I especially liked the stories, which you obviously put a lot of thought into. I look forward to seeing more. Are you going to make an illustration that shows all the deities, etc. with their locales in the universe? That would be cool too.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks! I have thought of doing a poster montage of all of the deities, and the map would be a great addition to that. Definitely a long term project, especially since I haven’t come up with all 7500 gods (gulp). Maybe it could have its big premiere at a convention down the road?

  3. I whole heartedly agree that a map of the universe would be a great idea.

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