Diosmaden Lore

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Work in progress

A lot of the art is temporary or unfinished, and many entries still need writing. However, I wanted to have an up-to-date lore page on here and this is taking a long time to put together, so I am posting it now.

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Inhabitants of Diosmaden

Cambion

Lifespan
120 years
Native Realm
Patron
Lume

Cambion

Ever since the Gods were sealed in the Other Realm, the passage between Our Realm and the Other Realm has become rather one sided. Even so, there are ways to make the journey and demons live in Our Realm as much as theirs.

Should one of a child's parents be a demon, then they themselves will be born a cambion—or, a half-demon, as too likely shall be their children.

Due to their demonic ancestry, cambions often have an inherent connection to the Other Realm allowing them to easily use wild magic, but not all possess this connection and many are either—or also—talented runecrafters.

Their appearances are varied due to not only the great variance in their demonic heritage, but also in that they take traits from their non-demonic parents. Regardless, their brightly coloured skin, horns, and sweeping tails make them easily identifiable, and their lack of wings distinguishes them from true demons—though, not all are aware of this.

Elysian

Lifespan
???
Native Realm
Patron
???

Elysian

To be an elysian is more a status than it is an individual species—an elysian can be born of any mortal parents, no matter their species.

For most beings, passage between the veil from Our Realm to the Other is a one way trip—one can enter the Other Realm, but leaving it is more difficult. In fact, it is impossible for the Gods, who reside there forevermore after their war wreaked havoc on Our Realm.

But there is one exception—spirits can freely pass between the veil. When a mortal dies, its spirit is guided beneath the waves by Lume's light through the moonlit corridor and across the veil. However, should a spirit choose it, they may return to Our Realm and be reborn anew.

While there are ways for demons to make their way into Our Realm, it is much easier for an angel to work with a mortal spirit to perform their God's will.

As such, an elysian is a mortal whose spirit agreed to work with an angel before they were born.

Demons

Lifespan
???
Native Realm
Patron
Lume

Demons

"Demon" is a catch-all term for all beings native to the Other Realm.

The Other Realm is the origin of all magic, the essence of creation and destruction, and its air thrums with life. It is where the Gods were born, who created Our Realm and much of the life that lives within it.

But the latent magical energy of the realm still periodically creates its own new life, and these beings of magic are what we call demons.

We do, of course, have more specific terms for certain kinds of demons. The broadest categories of all are "angels" and "devils"—or, demons who work for the Gods, and demons who work for nobody but themselves.

Undine

Lifespan
???
Native Realm
Patron
Rhodesma

Undine

During powerful storms at sea, sometimes a spark of the Goddess Rhodesma is formed, and from this are born her children.

Rhodesma is a Goddess of a few things. Chiefly storms, the sea, life... but also of drama. In no small part due to her penchant for stirring it up. There is plenty of beef between her and the other Gods, including Avicia, the Goddess of love.

For spurning she who is most beloved, Rhodesma's children are born cursed to never to set foot on land, bound forever to the sea—unless they can learn to love, and be truly loved in turn. Their curse can only be broken by a true union of land & sea.

Merfolk

Lifespan
???
Native Realm
Patron
Aivicia

Merfolk

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Moths

Lifespan
???
Native Realm
Patron
Lume

Moths

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Dragons

Lifespan
???
Native Realm
Patron
???

Dragons

Technically once demons themselves, dragons originated from the Other Realm eons ago. Powerfully magical beings, dragons are capable of shapeshifting at will and can be rather difficult to find.

Should a dragon reveal itself to you, one should be just as concerned about its teeth, its claws, its tail, and its immense size just as much as you are its proficiency for wild magic.

As is the case with most creatures from beyond the veil who now live amongst our kind, when the Gods were sealed beyond their ancestors found themselves trapped on this side of the veil. In the millenia since, they have naturalised and become a part of our world.

In fact, there exists individuals who have formed partnerships with dragons as rider and mount, much like one might with a chickén—if your chickén could turn into anything it wants and backtalk you, that is.

Dragonlings

Lifespan
???
Native Realm
Patron
???

Dragonlings

Long thought to be but a childish figment of the imagination, dragonlings are the much smaller cousins of dragons.

Incredibly shy and capricious, the only way to see a dragonling is to hatch one, for without a bond to hold them they'll disappear as soon as they sense you.

Not much is known about their abilities, but the few people lucky enough to possess such a creature speak of the vivid imagery and emotions these creatures use to communicate. It is thought that dragonlings exist for every colour that there are of dragons, but only a few have been discovered.

Draconoids

Lifespan
???
Native Realm
Patron
???

Draconoids

Distant cousins of the ancient dragons, their origins are unclear and thought perhaps to be not unlike that of cambions.

Unlike their draconic relatives, they do not have the ability to shapeshift—though, one might be surprised to discover that someone you thought was a draconoid was in fact a dragon in disguise all along..!

Like their draconic cousins and cambions, they are often naturally adept at using wild magic, and their appearances mirror that of their larger relatives.

There are 6 known distinct types of draconics, distinguished primarily by their colour.

Gold

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Gold

They possess a striking golden plumage, an almost beak-like snout, and a long body adorned with 4 wings.

Golden dragons are typically most active at sunrise, where their shimmering golden feathers make them surprisingly difficult to make out in the warm golden light.

Black

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Though not related to dragons, leviathans are often grouped together with them due to their superficially similar appearances.

Leviathans are powerful elemental beings willed into existance by the Goddess of storm and sea, Rhodesma.

During the War of the Gods, the first leviathan rose from the depths of the ocean as her champion, an embodiment of her rage and power. The people called it many things—the final judgement, Rhodesma's fury, the Tempest... And from its powerful storms was born the first undine—Ondine, for whom all undines share a namesake.

On occasion, leviathans still rise from the ocean's depths today, spelling surest destruction to any ships and causing powerful floodings to all unfortunate enough to be caught in its wake.

Chickéns

Lifespan
???
Native Realm

Chickéns

Everyone's favourite birds :)

Chickéns are the demonic relatives of your standard chicken, having made their way over from beyond the veil a long time ago and being domesticated alongside our native fowl. They come in all sorts of different forms, and their giant cousins have been ridden as mounts for centuries.

Giant Fowl

Lifespan
???
Native Realm

Giant Fowl

They're really big chickens and they're ridden as mounts.

Nightmare

Lifespan
???
Native Realm

Nightmare

A strange many kneed hoofed beast with piercing eyes, a mane of cold fire, and sharp teeth. Unlike any creature that naturally walks the earth of Diosmaden, it's thought that this strange demonic creature is the inspiration behind the mythical "horse".