Warpworld: The Apocalypse
The Gods of Warpworld
The original names by which the gods were known to the ancient civilizations were lost, and the gods themselves have little need of names in any form of crude language for use between themselves. They are listed below by the names they were known by in ancient Sumeria, which is the closest post-Warp mythology to their true natures. Names the deity might also have been known as by later cultures are listed after.
Generally, the gods aren’t picky about what the mortals call them, provided it invokes an archetype among other mortals that seems appropriate. Ishtar will answer to “Ishtar”, “Freyja”, “Brigit”, “Isis”, or “Parvati” without issue, as they all conjure thoughts of goddesses associated with beauty, love, and fertility. A sailor can refer to Enki as “Poseidon” or “Neptune”, while a craftsman might refer to him as “Vulcan”. As gods come to grips with Post-Atlantis mythology, some names will be fought over until each is associated with one or the other. (Shala and Ashnan might both be referred to as “Demeter” by their adherents, which can cause confusion and a power struggle until one “claims” the name over the other.)
Some deities might release the names they were known by in the ancient civilizations before the first Warp, to help clear up some confusion, though the Sumerian names generally have enough truth in them to keep things straight.
The Major Gods
Anu: Also known as Anshar, Lord of the Heavens. He is the god of the stars, the eldest, the deity who rules over all others. He rules the heavens above the sky, he rules the Aether. He hands down decrees, guides morality, and metes out divine justice. He is the first male principle, the divine husband and father. He is concerned mostly with affairs of the Aether and the Heavens. He is not often directly worshipped by mankind, as he is somewhat “above” mortal affairs. However, he is revered by astronomers, astrologers, and some ascetics. (Also known as Kronos, Amun, El, Odin.)
Ki: Also known as Kishar, Mother Earth, the consort of An. She is the first goddess, the female principle. As Ishtar and Ninhursag matured, she handed a large portion of her responsibilities to them, and other Goddesses, though she still operates “above” them as an overseer. She concentrates now as a goddess of marriage, childbirth, and the family. She is worshipped by many housewives. (Also known as Gaia, Hera, Frigg, Danu, Hathor)
Enlil: Enlil is the Lord of the Skies, the ruler over the mortal sphere. He is the Shogun, while An is the Emperor. He has control over the winds and weather, though such routine duties are normally passed on to lesser deities to oversee. Enli rules over the other gods, appointed so by his father An. He is the god of rulers, politicians, and governments. He can be aloof and unforgiving, often employing stern punishments for those who blaspheme or otherwise stray from the path. (Also known as Ouranos, and possibly Zeus)
Enki: Also known as Ea, Enki is the major deity most sympathetic to mortals. He is the god of magic, wisdom, science, and the sea. According to myth, he is the father of humanity, having created mankind with the help of Ninhursag. He has disobeyed Enlil on more than one occasion, to help mankind in secret. He has a mischievous, trickster aspect to his character as well. He is worshipped by wizards, scientists, engineers, inventors, those seeking wisdom, and those who sail the seas. As he is sympathetic to mortal issues, he is often revered and propitiated by others. (Also known a Ptah, Poseidon, Hephaestus, Khoser-et-Hasis, Mannanan Mac Lyr, possibly Njord and elements of Loki & Odin. (Or perhaps Mimir))
Ishkur: The twin brother of Enki, Ishkur is the god of storms, rain, and battle. He has the dual nature of bringing gentle rains needed for agriculture, and the terrifying power of storm and lightning. While he is a god of war, he is not a god of senseless or unnecessary violence, slaughter, berserkers, and chaos. He is a god of soldiers, generals, and “orderly” warfare. He is worshipped mainly by professional soldiers, adventurers, and others who live by arms. (Also known as Mars, Thor, and Indra)
Ishtar: Ishtar is the goddess of love, fertility, and war. She is the goddess of the cultivated field who brings the needed crops to bloom. She guides the hearts of mortals to love…and lust. She is frequently at odds with Ki, as Ishtar holds no regard for social constraints such as marriage. Love knows no boundaries. She also has a war-like aspect, defending loved ones, hearth and home from those who would do ill. She is worshipped by a wide cross-section of society, from farmers to warriors of a more romantic point of view. The Temples of Ishtar are also brothels… (Also known as Aphrodite, Venus, Brigit, Freyja, Isis, Astarte, etc)
Ninhursag/Ninmah: While Ishtar is the goddess of cultivated fields and livestock, Ninhursag is the fertility of the wilds. Thus she is the goddess of the wilderness, who sees over wild-growing plants and untamed animals. She is also associated with hunting and archery. She is the goddess of midwives, and it is said that with Enki she created mortal mankind. She is worshipped by a wide variety of people, particularly those who travel or work in the wilderness, as well as midwives, wetnurses, and such. (Also known as Belet-Ili, Artemis, Diana, Anat, Skathi, possibly Demeter, Ceres)
The Intermediate Gods
Marduk: Marduk is the “son” of Enki and Ishtar, and occupies a curious place in the cosmology. He is a figure of great wisdom, a master of magic, and consummate warrior. Though only a deity of intermediate raw power, he has the respect of the elder gods, and acts far above his station. He is a symbol of order, and defender against monsters. He is worshipped by rulers, judges, wizards, and many who consider themselves adventurers. Some later mythologies misunderstood the level of respect and responsibility he wielded among the elders and portrayed him as a usurper to took control of the pantheon. (Also known as Bel, Baal, Mithras, possibly Zues and Horus)
Nergal: Nergal is the “son” of Enlil, and a deity of war, pestilence, fire, and death. He rules over the netherworld Irkalla, where souls of those unworthy of passing on are “cleansed”. He is rarely worshipped (by the sane), but often propitiated and sacrificed to by those who wish to avoid war or plague. He is not considered an “evil” god, but is dark humored and somewhat callous with regard to mortals. (Also known as Seth, Pluto, Hades, Mictlantecuhtli, Arawn, etc)
Dagon: The patron of agriculture, particularly plants that grow on vines, theater, and wine. He is popular with farmers of vine-grown vegetables, winemakers, and entertainers. He is a promoter of peace (through drinking, entertainment, and good humor) and festivals are raucous affairs involving lots and lots of wine. He is a son of Enki and Ninhursag, having been given the name of Abu upon birth. He started as a minor god of plants, and his cult grew until he had to be acknowledged as an intermediate power. (Also known as Bacchus, Dionysus, perhaps Osiris)
Ereshkigal: The daughter of Sin and Ningal, she was long the sole ruler of the underworld. She was the opposite and rival to Ishtar, representing death while the other represents life. However, when the god Nergal descended into the Underworld, he took control of it and forced her to become his wife, and now she serves him. She is the judge of the dead, deciding the punishments to shrive sinful souls of their impurities before they can pass on. Also known as BeletSeri, Persephone, Nephthys, Hela)
Sin: A son of Enlil, he is the god of the moon and of prophecy through astrology. He is not worshipped particularly often, save by astrologers, navigators, and those who lead nocturnal lifestyles for whatever reason. He is sometimes revered by nomadic cultures as well.
Nanshe: One of the eight daughters of Enki and Ninhursag, she is a wide ranging goddess, presiding over social justice, widows, orphans, the poor, prophecy (through visions), the water, and fishing. Although of humble power, she has considerable worship among those she champions and those seeking social equality. Her consort is Nindara who seems to have no worship outside of his wife’s.
Ningishzida: Despite being the son of the minor deity Ninazu, he had gained a large number of followers and built up enough influence to be considered an intermediate power. He is a god of medicine, travelers, merchants, thieves, and gambling…and as such has followers in a wide cross-section of society. He also has powers over sleep and dreams. (Also known as Thoth, Mercury, Hermes)
Ninurta: A son of Enlil and Ninhursag, he is a god of the rain, and patron of farmers. He is also the god of storm and as such, war. He is more a god of the militia and the hero of necessity than the soldier, less disciplined. He is the slayer of monsters, protecting others from the most unnatural and dangerous beasts. He is popular with settlements in the country and borders, where life is rougher and the danger of monsters is more common.
Shamash: A son of Sin and Ningal, the god of the sun and archery. He is sometimes consulted for prophesy, as it is said he sees all from his lofty perch. For this reason, he is also sometimes connected with divine justice, meting out with arrows from the heavens.
Amathaunta: Goddess of the deep oceans, appointed by Enki
Asaluha: A god of messengers, a son and servant of Enki
Asaruludu: The enforcer of Anu, this deity is sent to punish those who displease him. He is described as a brilliant, angel-like being with a flaming sword.
Ashnan: A goddess of grains and daughter of Enlil. Well-disposed to mankind and known to answer prayers directly when she can.
Bau: Sometimes lover of Ninurta, She is the goddess of wolves.
Dazimua: A daughter of Enki and Ninhursag, and wife of Ningishzida. She has some association with healing and alchemy, but has little worship…mostly serving as an assistant to her husband.
Dumuzi: The son of Ishkur and Shala, he is a god of herdsmen. Once the lover of Ishtar, he displeased her with his lack of concern for her while she was trapped in the underworld (and for a brief time…dead). He must spend six months of the year (The warm months) in the underworld, during which time domestic animals do not give birth. His sister takes his place the other six months. (Also known as Tammuz, Adonis, possibly Osiris)
Emesh: A son of Enlil, he is the patron of farmers and summer.
Enbillulu: The god of Rivers, a son and servant of Enlil.
Endursaga: The god of heralds and messengers, son and servant of Enlil.
Enmesarra: A minor god of the underworld, a judge of the dead who hold the divine laws.
Ennugi: The attendant, throne servant, and cupbearer of Enlil
Enshag: A son of Enki and Ninhursag, he is entrusted with the guardianship of Dilmun, a purgatory-like place where the souls of those not sworn to a deity go. Considered a guide for the dead, he acts like Anubis or Charon.
Enten: Son of Enlil and patron of herdsmen and winter.
Erra The most powerful of the minor deities, he is almost an intermediate. Erra is the god of war, slaughter, and chaos. He is destruction personified, a patron of berserkers and senseless violence. He wields the “Seven” which are sentient weapons capable of fighting on their own, each the personification of a destructive force (Plague, Fire, Famine, etc). He is worshipped by some mercenaries, bandits, and sociopaths.
Geshtianna: The daughter of Ishkur and Shala, she is a goddess of vegetation and the harvest. She spends half the year in the underworld, during which crops do not grow, opposite her brother.
Geshtu: A minor god of intelligence, logic, and learning.
Gibil / Nushku: A son of Ishkur and Shala, he is the god of light and (beneficent) fire. He is rather powerful for a minor deity, and is seen as a protector who drives away both the physical darkness, but dark magics as well. He is also associated with the forge, and thus metalworking and weaponsmithing.
Hendursaga: A minor god of law, particularly mortal law.
Ilabrat: Attendant and minister of state for An.
Inanna: While many myths incorrectly identify her as Ishtar, Inanna is actually a servant of the goddess, presiding over raw lust. She is a vain goddess, and known to frequent the mortal realm and seek lovers to satiate her desires. She is the goddess of prostitutes and also of tavern keepers (which often were inextricably linked).
Ishara: A goddess of oaths, and minor love goddess. Originally serving Ereshkigal in the underworld, she befriended Ishtar who expanded her influence.
Isimud: A two-faced (literally) god who served as the vizier to Enki.
Lilith: This minor goddess is the daughter of Nergal and Ereshkigal, a bringer of plague and of vengeance for wronged women. She is not worshipped, but sometimes prayed to for protection against disease, or by jilted women who want revenges on the man that wronged them.
Kabta / Kulla: A god of craftsmen, particularly dealing with stone and brick. A son of Enki and Ninhursag.
Kittu: A son of Utu and Sherida, he is the god of truth. He is only very rarely worshipped, and only by those who search for the truth (Detectives, Journalists, Scholars). Most of his time is spent in seeking the truth for the gods or punishing those who pervert the truth.
Lahar: Brother of Ashnan and god of cattle.
Lulal: The youngest son of Ishtar, he is the god who instills love in others…basically he is Cupid.
Mamitu: Often described as a demoness and mistress of Nergal, she is the goddess of destiny who decrees the fates of newborns.
Misharu: A son of Utu and Sherida, he is the god of mortal justice. He often works in concert with his brother Kittu.
Mushdamma: A god of foundations, carpentry, and building. A son of Enki and Ninhursag.
Nabak (Nisaba) and Nebo: Twin daughter and son of Marduk, they are the goddess of reading and listening, and the god of writing and speaking. They are the patrons of scribes and linguists.
Namtar: Messenger of Ereshkigal, the “Grim Reaper”.
Nanaja: A minor fertility & war servant of Ishtar
Neti: Servant of Nergal and Ereshkigal, the gatekeeper to the underworld.
Ninazu: The son of Ereskigal, he is the god of healing, alchemy, and apothecaries. He is a patron of protective and preventative charms and magic, though magical healing is done mostly through potions.
Ninegal: The god of the smithy
Ningal: Despite being the consort of the moon god Sin, she is a relatively minor goddess who married far above her station. She is a goddess of reeds and marshes, as well as paper-making and weaving. She is a daughter of Enki
Ningirama: Son of Enki and minor spirit of magic, particularly of a protective nature.
Nin-Ildu: God of Carpenters and woodcrafters.
Nin-Imma: Daughter of Enki and Ninhursag, the goddess of the female sexual organs.
Ninisina: Goddess of cattle and milk.
Ninkarnunan: Servant of Ninurta, the god of Barbers. (I am not making this up)
Ninkasi: The ever-popular goddess of beer and other spirirts. One of the many daughters of Enki and Ninhursag.
Ninkilim: A god of craftsmen and artists.
Ninkurra: The daughter of Enki and Ninsar (and thus Enki’s granddaughter as well), She is a goddess of motherhood and childbirth. She serves the goddess Ki in this capacity and had little worship of her own.
Ninlil: Like Ningal, she is a minor goddess who married well, in this case to Enlil. Enlil was overcome with lust and raped her, for which he was banished to the underworld…but Ninlil followed him there and gave birth to Nergal and Sin. He married her and she forgave him. She is the goddess of open plains and grasslands, and gentle wind. She has little worship save through some herdsmen and nomads, though Enlil has granted her authority over the deities of vegetation. Which some of whom are not pleased about)
Ninmena: Goddess of motherhood, servant of Ninhursag
Ninsar: A daughter of Enki and Ninhursag, she is a minor goddess of plants, notably Greenery. She mostly serves her mother in this regard and has little worship, save the occasional forester or gardener.
Ninsikil: Wife of Enshag, guardian of Dilmun.
Ninshabur: The “Lady of Evening”, a winged sevant of Ishtar, she is a messenger and fierce fighter. She has loyally served Ishtar as her second in command. Also served as a messenger for the other gods.
Ninsutu/Ninkautu: Daughter of Enki and Ninhursag, she is the consort of Ninazu. She is a goddess of nurses, midwives, and others who care for others. She is the embodiment of compassion.
Nintulla: Son of Enki and Ninhursag, he is the god of mining, smelting, and metalwork. He largely serves his father, attaining ores for his works and assisting him in their construction.
Nunbarsegunu: A minor goddess of barley and grain, her main claim to fame is being the mother of Ninlil and coaxing her to win the Enlil affections. Typically depicted as an old woman bearing a basket.
Sarpanit: A minor motherhood and marriage goddess, wife to Marduk. Unlike most minor goddesses, she does not serve an elder goddess. Like her husband, she seeks worshippers of her own, in competition with Ki. While she obviously cannot compete with the elder goddess in most cases, she does gather followers from smaller towns and from the wives of adherents to her husband. She is usually depicted as being pregnant.
Shala: A minor goddess of the harvest, particularly corn. An older goddess, she has never enjoyed the popularity of other fertility goddesses. She was involved in a protracted dispute with Ishtar, which she came up on the losing end of and has never recovered that prestige. She has since become the wife of Ninurta.
Shara: A deity that can appear as male or female, a minor war deity under Ishtar.
Sherida: The wife of Shamash and goddess of the dawn, she has almost no worship of her own.
Shu-pa-e: A god of youth, virility, and male beauty. Also the god of the male sexual organ, a son of Enki and Ninhursag.
Shullat: A servant of the sun god Shamash
Shulsaga: A goddess of the Aether, a patron of witchcraft and female practitioners of magic.
Siduri: A goddess of happiness (and alcohol), a servant of Ishtar
Silili: The goddess of horses.
Sirara: Daughter of Enki and goddess of the shallow seas and ocean shelves.
Siris: A goddess of alcohols, of the Enlil court.
Sirtir: The goddess of sheep and shepherds.
Sumugan: son of Enki and god of fertile river valleys and cattle.
Uttu: A very minor goddess of the loom, weaving, seamstresses, and spiders. Daughter of Enki and Ninkurra.
Zaqar: Son and messenger of Sin, he has powers over dreams and nightmares.
Yeah…there’s a lot of minor deities…even more than this, but it hits the highlights.