Hello, I'm here to ask the community an interesting question: How do you handle religion/faith in your games, if you have any? How many do you have? What are some traditions? Do you take the time to change your game to suit these religions/faiths? They can be either mirrors of RL religions or completely made-up.
In most of my games, there are a mix of religions and mythologies that are familiar in the real world, but they are actually intertwined and interconnected to a chiefly primary religious order called the Order of Zenith, where there are hundreds, maybe even thousands of entities represented but are chiefly presided over by 14 Divines (13 depending on who you ask) that form the majority of the spheres of influence represented on the world. Each of the Divines has at least one holiday dedicated to them and that's where I use the holiday system to showcase the religious traditions usually associated with each.
Zenith - God of Creation, Time and Space, Fire and Water, the Moon, and Just rule
AKA Chaos, The Watcher, and many other names; Zenith is everything and nothing all at once. There is nothing higher above it.The Elders: The first primordial beings of creation, borne out of Chaos itself
Aatar - Elder God of Light, Absolution, Order, Defender of good, patron god of Elves
AKA the Light of Zenith; Aatar is the personification of all Light. It also administers all the affairs in Heaven and is Zenith's right-hand.
Gwynn - Elder Goddess of Balance, crystals, mysteries, fertility
Gwynn is the personification of all Matter and Energy; she is also considered the 'First Mother' excepting Zenith, and the only Elder with an established gender. Considered Zenith's left-hand, and is also a patron goddess among Witches.
Alithia - Goddess of Mercy, Light, Healing, patron goddess of the Order of Zenith
Technically a Sub-Elder, created only partially from Chaos; while the other Elders can be considered 'children' of Zenith indirectly, Alithia is the first true 'child' directly created by Zenith itself. A long time ago, she was known as the Dark Goddess after The Fallen One had corrupted her pure nature and waged war on Heaven; after thousands of years, she had returned, was re-purified of the dark influence, and returned to being what could arguably be Zenith's 'favorite child'.The Divines: These are the gods that cover most of the other major spheres of influence; most of them are 'children of Zenith'
Hannai - Goddess of Wisdom, courage, knowledge, patron goddess of magi
Verloren - God of Death, Justice, Reaper of souls, the Life cycle, patron god of Reapers
Only a grandchild of Zenith; the fourth child of Zenith's son Masayoshi, the first god of death. First wrongly cast out by his father after a grievous mistake in Heaven, Masayoshi eventually turned evil and corrupted himself, to which Zenith had no choice but to dispose of his own son. Verloren was pardoned immediately and eventually found his way back up to Heaven, but going the long way round. All soul reapers work under him; Grimmy is just one of many other Reapers.
Arashi - God of Storms, nature, life, patron god of hunters
Anankos - God of elemental mastery, Pure willpower, Serenity, Peace
Only a grandchild of Zenith; the first child of Zenith's son Drakon, who was unfortunately captured outside of Heaven and devoured by The Fallen One. After experiencing struggles of his own, he was redeemed and became Drakon's natural replacement, living the life of a divine monk.
Rhiannon - Goddess of the Family, the hearth, guidance, flight, guardian of the tree of Alcaire (The World Tree)
Aesir - God of New beginnings, rebirth, freewill, Time (present)
Also a general mischief-maker and trickster, but only means well.
Jubilea - Goddess of the Arcane, summoning, sorcery, humanity, Darkness, and Celestial record keeper
Depending on who you ask, she can be considered a Divine or not whether they go by the old pantheon or the new one; that would bring it down to 13 (or 12) Divines instead.
Abraxas - God of the Sun, crafting and enchanting, god of Labour
Lydia - Goddess of Love, the arts, the Oceans, and the MoonControversial:
Fenghuang - God of Heroes, justified war, patron god of Imperanese (a special race I developed)
Fenghuang is controversial as a Divine in the fact that his story pertains to that of a mortal king who ascended to the role of a Divine, and many doubt the veracity that a mortal being could ascend into Heaven and become a Divine, let alone even a deity of any kind. Secondly, because he's considered partial only to a specific race of people and not to all of mortalkind.The Fallen One:
Zarthon - Elder God of Corruption, Shadow, controller of the Old Ones
AKA the Shadow of Zenith; Zarthon is the personification of all Shadow. It became the Fallen One after Zenith cast Zarthon out of Heaven after favouring Aatar, since they are 'twins' of each other and despise each other to boot. Zarthon has felt jaded and has made its mission to ruin Zenith's creations ever since.