Religion and deities of Daisokoku
There is no luck, good or bad; only the whims of the spirits on the road of destiny. Within each aspect of nature there resides a spirit or soul. Whether that spirit is inherent or whether it was placed there by a god is irrelevant. Everything has a spirit, and the spirits must be propitiated. Some of these aspects are physical, tangible things: waterfalls, mighty rivers, towering cliffs, magnificent trees. Others might be less tangible, such as the wind, sunset, or the smell of growing things. Still others have no physical basis but are instead qualities: growth, industry, and right-mindedness, for example.
When these spirits form physical bodies, they are known as kami, yet this ability does not make them anything less than spirits. These spirits make themselves felt in ways both subtle and broad. They may cause bad luck or intercede with the gods for deserving mortals. They may warn of coming wars or illnesses, or may deliver these things themselves.
To propitiate the spirits, the adherents of Tamashigo build personal shrines at home or ad-hoc shrines in places of great natural beauty, offering small gifts both for the sacred nature of the place and the spirits not acknowledged in other places. When given their proper fealty, these spirits help smooth one’s daily life, and may even become valuable allies in the natural world. When ignored, nature itself is thought to rise against the
Just as in the lands of the Inner Sea, religion and faith play a vital role in the daily lives of the people of Daisokoku. And while there are deities and powerful extraplanar beings beyond count in search of followers, the faiths of these gods are particularly strong upon the islands.
- Abadaru, God of walls and ditches;
- Daikitsu, Lady of foxes;
- Desuna, Goddess of the North Star;
- Farasama, Mother of All Souls;
- Fumeiyoshi, Lord of Envy;
- Hei Feng, Duke of thunder;
- Irori, the Enlightened One;
- Kofusachi, the Laughing God;
- Lamashtu, Grandmother Nightmare;
- Lao Shu Po, Old Mother Rat;
- Nanbyo, the Widow of Suffering;
- Qi Zhong, Master of Medicine;
- Shi-Ling, Lady of the Chrysanthemus;
- Empress Shizeru, the Lady of Heaven;
- General Susumu, the Black Daimyo;
- Son Wukong, the Monkey King;
- Tiger, Manifestation of the Hunt;
- Torag, the Dwarven All-Father;
- Tsukiyo, Prince of the Pale Moon;
- Yaezhing, Minister of Blood;
- Yamato no Tsumi, the Mountain Lord.