Babylonian Pantheon

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In the lands of the merciless sun, baked soil, and cool mountains and forests, in the places of strife and early learning, the Babylonian powers hold sway. These are truly ancient powers, forgotten by most, yet they still have a certain influence among young cultures on prime-material worlds. The Babylonian pantheon is the most popular among folk who live in emerging cultures and those in fertile river valleys.

The powers are harsh with their priests and their people, demanding unswerving obedience under threat of punishment. But of late, they've fallen out of mortal favor. 'Course, part of the reason could be because they're so strict, but it's doubtful the Babylonian gods would admit it, much less change their ways. But that's the strength of the Babylonian powers, too: They taught order to their followers. By demanding rigid obedience to a set of strictures and harshly punishing those who turned stag or fell by the wayside, the new gods succeeded in their revolt against their forefathers.

They created a code by which the cities under the Babylonian Empire would have to live, imposing law across the expanses of land owned by the king. Once the Babylonian powers'd fortified themselves against any possible revenge from their Sumerian forebears, they tried to usurp (and, in some cases, crush) the old pantheon. The lawful good Babylonian gods objected, but they didn't do anything about it.

For the most part, the Babylonians have failed. Perhaps the lawful good powers are working behind the scenes after all to head off the revolution. However, two evil Babylonian deities got away with murdering the Sumerian god Enki, whose body now lies mouldering in the Astral. Graybeards note that Anu and his bunch are much like the Olympian gods, in that they seek to overthrow their ancestors and probably won't rest until the task is done.

The Babylonian Powers

Anshar Darkness, night
Anu Sky
Druaga Baatezu summoning
Girru Fire
Ishtar Love, war
Marduk Cities, weather
Nergal Underworld, dead
Ramman Storms, thunder