Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Babylon and on RQ



As i had some nice feedback from my assyrian/akkadian/sumerian god blog here is a few more bits.

Last party i ran was in Humarabi Babylon
Earlier i did Akkad
before that it was mythic Sumeria post Gilgamesh

First Dynasty Babylon Start

Lord Mardukbanipal, Champion of Babylon, Landed Warrior, Aged? 47
Owns:    
Townhouse with warehouse and garden on Nisaba Canal
 Farmhouse on river with orchards, barley feild and swine
 500 head cattle with pastoral rights
 300 head sheep with pastoral rights

The Family
Mishangal, 1st wife, Cursed invalid, fevered, posessed, aged 44
-Mushudad, 1st son, Noble and heir of clan, honourable, loves king, aged 28*
-Ibsima, 1st daughter, Married to priestly clan, wise and responsible, aged 26*
-Yesmina, 2nd daughter, Married to Malgelab merchant clan, aged 25
Matnashali, 2nd wife, Loves intrigue, superstitious, vindictive, aged 39
-Shamashbar, 2nd son, Honest, pious, friendly, unimaginative, aged 23*
-Ninsalmis, 3rd daughter, Flirt, daddies favorite, dangerous, aged 22*
-Nergalmar, 3rd son, Violent, vindictive, worldly, rude, charismatic, aged 21
Enlilabdar, Uncle, vetran, loyal caretaker of estates, dwells on riverside estate, aged 47
- married (twice), six children (mmffmf), thinks too many wives are trouble
Sinmat, Aunt, ex-Ishtar acolyte, now household scribe, , aged 44
-adopted 2 daughters, trained as scribes, Ishtar initiates, unwilling for them tgo marry
Marsaddru, Uncle, vetran, dock foreman, treasurer, warehouse master, aged 43
-divorced three times, now married to marshgirl slave with two young daughters
Sidaru, Aunt, widowed, runs sly grog shop and flophouse on the docks,  aged 41
-2 sons in the court of the king who occasionaly visit, prefers clan house to palace life

Concubines and their children (Players are the concubine kids)
Galtarri of Mari, Purchased from merchant father, civilized, weaver, worldly, fatalistic, aged 47
-(Dennis), Student of assasin/sorcery sect, lives on Nergal street, does odd jobs, aged 26*
Yatsama of Ururatu, War booty, barbarian, senior house keeper, pleasant, energetic, aged 40
-(JB), Soldier and Enki Initiate, accompanies 1st son as bodyguard, aged 24*
Karaswan the Gutian, Impulse buy of  mountain maid, primitive, house-slave, savage, aged 39
-(Kieth) Soldier and Marduk Initiate, accompanies Dad  as bodyguard, aged 24*
Kumatswari of Sudan, Valued exotic slave, nomad, diviner, mysterious, spooky, aged 37*
- Ku-Baba (JG) Assistant diviner and Enki initiate, lives in shrine with mother, aged 20*
Dilmanna of the Marshfolk, Purchased from ailing clan, nomad, house-slave, wise, aged 34
-(Dianna) Maiden and student of entertainer/sorcery sect, lives with 3rd daughter, aged 20*

Other Slaves
The clan own more than fifty slaves on its land and has thirty to forty plebeian tenants and contract laboureres. Guests visit frequently, from nobility to traveling sailors and merchants. The professional soldiers of the family  are absent 75% of the year. When present they enjoy the wild life and help with sewing and irrigation projects. The family head plans to retire next year........

RQ3 Pantheon Description
Not 100% finished but enough for players needs

The Gods of Babylon - The Children of Anu

Preserve Our City! : What the Priest King Says

Where did the world come from?
Tiamat and the Apsu came from primal chaos. They were the primal waters who bore the spirits of heaven and earth, then finally Anu. Anu fathered the gods, spirits and demons which populate the cosmos. When Apsu complained of their descendants noise, his minister and son Mummu encouraged him to slay the gods.  Tiamat objected but Enki made Apsu and Mummu sleep with a spell. He slew Apsu, took his power and captured Mummu the guardian of cosmic law. Tiamat grew enraged and spawned an army of monsters to kill the wayward gods. Anu asked Enki to repeat his magical feat but he could not. The gods sent Anu to speak with Tiamat but he grew afraid on his journey and turned back. Tiamat birthed Kingu to be her new consort and lead her armies. She pinned the tablets of law to his breast as armour andto  signify his authority to the rebel Gods.

Murduk son of Enki, agreed to face Tiamat and her armies if the gods would make him king forever. The drunken and terrified gods agreed and he went to battle. Tiamat and Murduk met with their armies who were demoralized at the sight of the two mighty champions. Murduk cast his winds into her open mouth, swelling up her body. His arrow then pierced her belly, bursting her open and running through her heart. He then created the world from the sundered body of the Dragon and finished her armies.

Where did we come from?
At the sugestion of Enki to his son, Murduk created mankind to labour for the Gods after the earth gods revolt. These spirits could no longer bear the toil and had revolted against the Gods and burned their tools. The villainous Kingu, the captured son and consort of Tiamat who led her armies and bore the tablets of destiny, was tried and executed by Murduk. Aruru combined his blood with clay and created humanity to serve the gods by sacrifice and worship. Enki priests say Enki made men with clay in moulds.

Why do we die?

Many things kill us. Disease, starvation, poison, war, flood, storms, beasts, earthquakes, blight and more. Enlil grew mad at the noises made by humanity and sent many forms of destruction to make us less. While other Gods like Ishtar protested, only sly Enki saved us from the great flood Enlil sent to wipe out humanity. Enlil punishes us for sin with his disasters and many demons. These keep our numbers down and prevent us from overpeopling the world.

Many illnesses and weaknesses were made when Enki bet Ninhursag he could make defective humans without function such as a senile crippled idiot.

Adapa was a mighty mortal who was called by Anu to heaven to explain why he had broken the wings of the south wind. His patron Enki advised him not to accept food or drink from the gods, only body oil and clothes. He did so and thus humanity was denied the food and drink of eternal life. Thus Enki maintained the status quo of humanities subservience to the gods.

What happens after we die?
As Gilgamesh and Adapa discovered, the gods keep eternal life to themselves and so when we die we go to Arallu the underworld. There rule Nergal and Ereshkigal, defended by seven walls with seven gates. Those who dwell there live in eternal gloom an dispair. It is the house of dust and darkness, the land of no return, the hollow mountain where the subteranean waters of the Apsu flows.

Why am I here?
You are here to labour for the Gods, providing them with food and wealth. Life is a constant struggle against death and evil. you should try to prosper despite the hardships the Gods send against us. Enjoy the company of your friends, family and children and lovers while you still live. If you act well and please the Gods you shall surely grow rich and powerful. By honouring your ancestors with sacrifice, you make their afterlife more tolerable. Your own children must do the same for you.

How do I do magic?
If you obay the gods well and show aptitude you may be granted power from the gods. As a priest of Marduk, I command many terrible powers and secrets. Obay me and I may teach you how to make the correct sacrifices and gain your own magic. Divinations, blessings, exorcisms and curses to smite your foes can be made available to the righteous initiate.

What about other powers I have heard of?

...Shamen?
Shamen are folk magicians who deal with minor spirits. While they can be useful and even serve the gods, they do not command the power of temples and cities, thus they are poor and are not as mighty as priests. Some work as exorcist priests in temples.

...Sorcerers?
Sorcerers are wicked people whose magic is used to curse and cripple others. Sometimes they may find favour to a lord or a temple but mostly they should be killed or reported to your temple.

...Other Gods?
Many barbarians and foreign peoples know other gods but as we are the oldest people in the world they are obviously mistaken as to how powerful and significant they are. They may still have some powers however.

...Dragons?
Dragons are the spawn of Tiamat and served in her armies. Their are many dragons, some which even threaten or serve the gods. Enlil has sent Dragons to smite mankind. Babylons coat of arms is the scorpion dragon of Marduk.

...Demons?
Demons abound everywhere and cause every nuisance and problem imaginable. They are however inferior to the Gods. They are the offspring of Anu and Enlil rules many of them.  They are the bitter venom of the gods. Many demons punish the wicked for the gods but others are independant.

...Ancestors?
Our forebears in the underworld may be contacted in dreams and may even aid us. Sometimes they act as intermediaries between us and the Gods. Every household has a shrine to the ancestors so we can thank them.

...Ghosts?
If ancestors they are not honoured with burial, sacrifices, food and prayers they become angry and hungry, returning to the world to wreak vengeance. Ruins and forgotten graves often have ghosts attached to them.

...Genii?
They are powerful and benevolent beings such as shedu and lamussu, annunaki, cherrabim and seraphim, helping the worthy and punishing the wicked. They act as messengers and servants for the Gods. Many natural holy places have their own local genii like oasis and rocks. They make up the bulk of minor gods.

...Other Spirits?
Many other spirits exist such as the the spirits of heaven, the earth or underworld. Many bad spirits can possess people who defile themselves and a priest must be called in to exorcize the entity.

Gods of The Pantheon
Name Status Dominion 
Adad Major God Lower Heavens, Storm, Divination, War 
Anu Greater God Upper Heavens, Sky, Rulership, Father of Gods  Enki Greater God Waters, Wisdom, Life, Fertility, Civilization   Enkindu Minor God Wilderness, Beasts, Hunt 
Enlil Greater God Middle Heavens, Force, Authority, Air, Mists  Ereshkigal Major Goddess Underworld, Death, 
Geshtinana Major Goddess Wine, Poetry, Underworld Scribe, Dreams  Gilgamesh Minor God Heroes, Kingship, Ancestors, Wrestling   Gizzida Major God Prophecy, Trees, Healer, Wisdom, Underworld  Gula Major Goddess Night, Healing, Dogs, Harvest, Abundance  Ishtar Greater Goddess Sexual Love, War, Power, Heaven, Luck  Marduk Greater God Rulership, War, Farming, Storm, Sun, Magic  Nabu Major God Magic, Wisdom, Fate, Scribe, Messenger 
Nergal Major God War, Death, Underworld, Hunt, Pestilence  Ninhursag Greater Goddess Earth, Mother of Gods, Nature, Life 
Ninurta Major God War, Hunt, Farming, Heroes, Destruction  Nisaba Major Goddess Scribe, Vegetation, Canals, Reeds, Craft  Nusku Major God Fire, Purity, Craft, War, Guardian, Hearth  Shamash Major God Sun, Justice, Law, Truth, Order, Light  Sin Major God Moon, Trade, Dreams, Judgement, Night 
Tammuz Major God Vegetation, Fertility, Herds, Underworld 

Other Gods and heroes of The Pantheon


Lamashtu   
Pazzuzu - actually healing demon for exorcising evil demons
Bes                       
Adapa A mighty mortal and one of the seven sages before the flood who broke the wind, and lost from Anu eternal life because of his sly master Enki’s advice. Author of works of sorcery and astrology, patron of incantations and ceramonies.
Atrahasis super human sage who survived the flood
Apsu Primal sweet waters. Consort of Tiamat slain by crafty Enki to stop him plotting against the gods.
Alalu the eagle
Shula
Anzu bird man, dragon, storm beast, usurper,
humbaba merciless demon,
anunnaki spirits of heavens who relay prayers to the gods, built babylon for murduk, emphasize prevailing mood of the gods, hungry and burdoned until man created
anshar patron of assyria
seven sages
seven judges
seven fates
seven demons
seven cruel gods
seven gods
Aruru
Asag defeated by ningirsu, turned to stone
Alu wicked ghost
Nammu goddess of primal sea, mother of enki
Damkina was Enki’s consort and mother of their child Murduk,
Euphrates
Tigris
Igigi spirits of the earth who act as patrons of various crafts, each offering Precision (Skill
Hanbi King of Evil Wind Demons
Haia god of stores
kulla brick god
labbu dragon of enlil to kill humanity, killed with seal of life
Lilith Mother of Demons,  seducer of men, mother of demons
Mummu Cosmic Order, Law of Universe, Messenger of Apsu, creative word personified,
Namtaru Demon of Destiny, messenger of the underworld, death, disease
Ninsun sun goddess, anihilating lady
Pazuzu Wind and Plague Demon
Raibisu Demon, The Croucher, Lurker in doorways, spy
guddana bull of heaven, destroyer, brings drought, pulls plow star, brings good or evil
Kulla brick god
Tiamat
Kingu leader of dragons,
ishum messenger of nergal, always advocates mercy
ninbubu patron of sailors
nindubara patron of ship builders


Adad   
Major God of War  and Tempest, The Storm Bull
Adad is the lord of violence, war, lightning and thunder. As the storm bull, he is a destroyer of monsters and a defender of the stead. He herds the black clouds and makes them rain which can fertilize the earth or destroy the wicked. He breaks the weapons of the enamy and persues them like an evil demon. He is the son of Enlil and lord of the lower air. He often at the command of his father a bringer of destructive storms to punish sinners and the wicked. He is a favorite god of divination and omens, particularly for weather. He wields the  thunderbolt in his right hand and the hammer in his right. His beast is the bull, his favored city is Habab and his number is 6. He is very popular and is sometimes the local Baal or lord of the land. In Canaan he is Hadad. In Egyptian Canaan he is Rimmon. To the Hurrians he is Teshub. The older and less popular rain god Iskur of Akkad and Sumer may also be the same.

Worshippers: Farmers, Herders, Warriors, Mercenaries, Barbarians, Diviners
Skills: Jump, Primary Weapon Attack, Primary Missile Attack, World Lore
Duties: Destroying enamies, Protecting home, Tending the feilds and herds.
Divine Magic: Berserk, Cloud Call/Clear, Command (Bull, Knowledge Spirit, Law Spirit, Sylph) Increase/Decrease Wind, Lightning, Rain, Thunderbolt, Warp Wind
Spirit Magic: Cast Fates, Disruption, Fanatacism, Jumping, Speedart, Strength
Associated Cults: Anu his grandfather (Wind Words); Enlil his father (Fly); Shula his wife,a weather goddess (Predict Weather); The Bull of Heaven (Become Bull).

Anu   
Greater God of  Order, Heavens and Rulership, The Father of the Gods
Anu the Brilliant God is Lord of  the upper air, who dwells behind the sky and rules the universe. He is the first God, a bringer of order who invented political institutions such as royalty and Kingship. He carried the Tablets of  Destiny and the Food and Water of Life. With these he decrees the fate of all things and allots life and death. His word becomes reality. He wears the horned crown of kings, his symbol as is the crown of a date palm. He wields the sceptre or the shepherds staff. The bright one brings judgement, he knows all and makes justice. The dome of the sky is his domain and the stars are his army. He is the Pole star of the equator and his shooting stars are his supreme weapon. He commands manny minor gods, spirits, djinn and demons who are his children.

Usually he is distant and defers his powers to other gods, but he always appears first on any list of gods. He sometimes is called to judge a dispute between gods. The executor of his divine will is Enlil his son but his supreme power he gave to Murduk for defeating Tiamat. Anu laughed at human folly when Adapa the super sage mistakenly refused the food and water of eternal life. In Uruk his favorite city he is second to his consort Ishtar. Here she is known as Eanna and is the shining ones wife, the queen of heaven. In Sumer he is just An with Ki as his consort. His sacred number is 60.

Worshippers: Kings, rulers, law speakers, elders, shepherds, officials, warriors, judges, generals, sages
Skills: Orate, Speak Own Language, Evaluate, Human Lore
Duties: Leading, officiating, hunting and punishing the wicked, judging, herding cattle and commoners
Divine Magic:  Bless Worshipers, Call Followers, Charisma, Command (Bull, Demon, Human, Sylph, Spirit of Law, Various Spirits), Detect Truth, Morale, Sheild, Shooting Star, Sunbright, True (Mace or Staff), Vision, Wind Words
Spirit Magic: Cast Fate, Detect (Enamy, Magic, Species or Substance), Disrupt, Farsee, Glamour, Heal, Light, Lightwall, Mindspeech, Protection, Second Sight, Shimmer
Associated Cults: Antu his consort (Magnify Command); The Bull of heaven (Become Bull); Ishtar in her form as his consort Eanna the queen of heaven (Reproduce); Tammuz & Gizzida his gatekeepers (Bear Fruit & Knowledge); Ki the ancient Earth Goddess and a form of Ninhursag (Ressurect); Enki his son (Exorcism); Enlil his son (Fly); Adad a grandson (Cloud Call/Clear); Murduk a Grandson  (Thunderbolt); Ereshkigal once a consort who bore many demons and rules the underworld (Spirit Sever); and their daughter the goddess Nungal, who imprisons the wicked (Wound)

Enki
Greater God of Water, Widom and Life, Bringer of Culture
Enki is the power of fertilizing and creative wisdom which comes from water. He is a master of cunning, and technical skill. He is a counciler and helper of humankind and the gods. He is the father of civilization and culture. Enki defends life and is both a healer, a purifier and an exorcist. He is lord of the deep and the subteranean waters of the abyss. He is the bolt which bars the sea and controls it’s many spirits and monsters, as well as being the father of fish. He fertilizes the earth with his power and fathered the first plants. He knows everything and is a master of deception and magic although he always denies it. His sly mechanations help those in need, wether man or god. Water bodies in all forms are his gift, springs and rivers are his children.

He made Apsu and Mummu sleep, then slew Apsu and enslaved Mummu. He took their power and took Apsu’s house of water for himself. He fathered Murduk who defeated Tiamat in the god war which followed. His mother recomended the creation of mankind to allieviate the work of the proletariate gods the Igigi who had revolted. He made them on a potters wheel with clay from the body of Ninhursag who helped him. Later he used simply moulds. When he and Ninhursag were drunk he bet her could find uses for the defective ones she made in the moulds, which he did. When it was her turn Enki made an old and senile person which she could find no use for and in anger she cursed his intelectual arrogance and slew him. By denying him her eye of life, Ninhursag banished him to the abyssal waters beneath the Earth.

Later on the island paradise of Dilman he seduced Ninhursag when she was his brother Enlil’s consort. They fathered generations of plants goddesses who Enki also mated with. When Enki assigned the last generations magic powers and then ate them, Ninhursag cursed him with afflictions and sundered his body. Later she bore eight healing plant s to heal his eight afflictions as the world needed him.

Enki sent his the seven fish men sages the apkallu who taught all the arts of civilization to human kind including philosophy, science, astrology, irrigation, medicine, engineering, building, sailing, metalurgy, writing, geometry, fire, weapons, pottery and every other feild of knowledge and abstract concept. Nothing new has been found since the carp men came to Eridu. These secrets were called the Me, and Ishtar saught them for her city. She got him drunk, stole the me and fled. They spread like fire throughout the world. Despite this Enki battled the underworld to save Ishtar when she was trapped there. Eventualy he freed her by creating sexless beings to distract the underworld queen with flattery and give Ishtar the Bread and Water of life.

When his favorite sage Adapu angered Anu by breaking the south winds wing with a spell, Enki advised him on how to respond to his summons to heaven. Adapu as advised passed the guardians Tammuz and Gizzida with flattery but refused Anu’s offer of the Food and Water of life. Thus humans lost all hope of immortality and Enki maintained the status quo of human servitude. Enki gave peoples their trades and spread the worlds resources through many lands.

When Enlil grew mad at the noisy humans he ordered their destruction by war, plague and other colamities. When he sent a final flood Enki defied him and warned Atraharsis who built the ark and saved man and beast kind. He has helped many gods in trouble and uses subtleness instead of force like his brother enlil. He hid Nergal (unsuccesfuly?) from the minions of the underworld. He advised Ningirsu on how to defeat Anzu. He has helped many with his advice, magic and the Bread and Water of Life.

His symbols include the tortise, a ram headed staff, fish man robes, a ship, vessel overflowing with water and the goat fish. He rules the astrological constelations pices and capricorn, his sacred number is 40. In Akkad he is often called just Ea. Dagon of Canaan may be a form of his.

Worshippers: Farmers, scholars, magicians, healers, exorcists, crafters, city folk, water carriers, scribes
Skills: Fast Talk, First Aid, Swim, World Lore
Duties: Help, heal, protect, advise, craft, irrigate, make wells, use cunning, write, teach, avoid violence
Divine Magic: Bless Water, Breathe Air/Water, Clever Toungue, Command (Fish, Turtle, or other specific water Animal, Bull, Gazzelle, Goat, Intellect Spirit, Healing Spirit, Power Spirit, Ram, Snake, Undine), Exorcism, Knowledge, Mind Blast, Precision (Skill) , Irrigation, Sapience, Sea Strength, Water Walking
Spirit Magic: Beffudle, Comprehension, Coordination, Glamour, Heal, Invisibility, Mindspeech, Mobility, River Eyes, Second Sight,  Sleep, Spirit Screen
Associated Cults: Damkina his wife (Float); Ninsurhag his Lover (Resurection); His sons the Euphrates and Tigris rivers (Truespeak and Drown respectivly); Nanshe his daughter the goddess of canals, springs, irrigation and purity (Purification); Nisaba goddess of scribes and vegetation (Plant Spy), Ninsar his daughter goddess of legumes (Bear Fruit); Ninkur lady of fiberous plants (Accelerate Growth); Uttu spider goddess of weaving (Web); Ninkasi goddess of beer (Bless Brew); Abu father of pastures (Sprout); Nammu his mother the sea goddess (Whirlpool); Murduk his son (Thunderbolt); Ningirsu (Strike); Nergal (Conceal); Anu (Vision); Enlil (Magnify Command); Nebo his grandson (Translate); Tammuz & Gizzida the gatekeepers (Invigorate & Healing Trance); Mummu (Lie); Ishtar (Reproduce), Shamash (Detect Lie), Sin (Reconstruction), Various beast cults, water bodies, craft patrons, plants species and many others.

Enkindu
Hero of the Steppes, The Wild Man
Enkindu is a friend of beasts who was mad by the gods to challenge Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh sent a priestess of Ishtar to civilize him but this seperated him from his animal friends. He joined Gilgamesh on his adventures until the gods slew him to punish the arrogance of his friend. He was one of the first dead to receive worship when he died and his cult are on good terms with his companion Gilgamesh the judge of the dead.
Worshippers: Nomads, Primatives, Hunters, Friends, Herders, Mourners, Ancestor Worshipers, Heroes
Skills: Weapon Attack, Dodge, Scan, Track
Duties: Help or hinder hunters and herders, grow to manhoodand, gain education, kill monsters, help friends, learn from the dead
Divine Magic: Berserk, Draw Beast, Replenish Game, Speak to Animal
Spirit Magic: Call (Beast), Peaceful Cut, Strength, Vigor
Associated Cults: Gilgamesh (True Axe or Maul), Ninhursag (Earth Power), Shamash (Sheild)

Enlil
Greater God of the Air, Authority, Force, Executer of Divine Will, Tempest, war, Lord of the mists, Demon, Hurricanes, Deluge, Nature, Fate, Wisdom, King of the Earth, Disaster, Lord of the World, Lord of the Mountain. Dispencer of Good and Evil. His Wife is ninlil, lady air  She provides him with Bless Crops, Command (Snake, Swine), and Regrow limb. Enlil commands the proletarian gods the Igigi who act as patrons of various crafts, each offering Precision (Skill). Other cult spirits include Sylphs, Gnomes, and Undines which dispence help or harm. He even rules disease spirits which he may drive away or inflict on his enamies. His City is Nippur.
Skills: Orate, Speak Own Language, Evaluate, Human Lore.
Divine Magic: Blast Earth, Cloud Call/Clear, Command (Bull, Disease Spirit, Gnome, Sylph, Demon, Devil, Undine), Earthtouch, Increase/Decrease Wind, Magnify Command, Oath, Rain, Shake Earth, Sheild, True Axe, Warp Wind
Spirit Magic: Coordination, Detect Enamy, Glamour, Demoralize, Fanatacism, Heal, Ironhand, Mindspeech, Protection, Repair, Strength, Vigor

Ereshkigal
Major Goddess of the Underworld, dead, wife of nergal, eye of death, negative of ishtar, carried on throne by 7 vampires
Skills: Conceal, Hide, Listen, Sneak
Divine Magic: Absorbtion, Blast Earth, Command (demon, ghost, ghoul, hyena, jakal, shade), Fear,
Spirit Magic: Darkwall, Second Sight, Demoralize, Silence

Geshtinanna
poetess, singer, interpreter of dreams, herding, healing, wine, scribe of underworld, she who weeps, mourning, lagash

Gilgamesh
Hero, Slayer of Monsters, Patron of Victory, Intermediary with the gods, Protector From Death, Discoverer of the Underworld, Judge of the Underworld, Founder of Ancestor Worship, Great King, Tyrant, 2/3 God, Seeker of Immortality,
Skills: Weapon Attack, Human Lore, Orate, Parry
Divine Magic: Berserk, Contact Dead, ,
Spirit Magic: Fanaticism, Protection, Strength, Vigor

Gizzida
Fertility, harvest, knowledge, Father of Tammuz, guardian of heaven, snake, tree, healing, underworld form of tammuz, underworld wisdom, tree god, hydra, lord of the good tree, draws sustenance from the earth, dwells in a dark pallace, pure prince, long haired, lagash pantheon, horned serpent, official in the underworld
Skills:
Divine Magic:
Spirit Magic:

Gula
Major Goddess of Healing, Evening, Harvest, Abundance, Giver of Strength, Sickness, Great Daughter of Anu, Great Mother of Mankind, Wife of Ningursu, Mother of Lagash. Her Husband provides her with Replenish Game, And Her Dog companion provides Release Dog. Queen of Incantations.
Skills: Animal Lore, First Aid, Plant Law, Refine Medacine or Treat Disease or Treat Poison
Divine Magic: Bless Crops, Comfort Song, Command (Crop Plant Spirit, Disease Spirit, Dog, Healing Spirit), Heal Body, Invigorate, Regrow Limb, Restore Health (All),
Spirit Magic: Beffuddle, Detect (Disease Spirit, Dog), Endurance, False Healing, Heal, Second Sight, Solace, Vigor

Ishtar
Major Goddess of Love and War, The Queen of Heaven
Ishtar is the Daughter of the moon. She is mistress of fate and luck. Ishtar’s star venus rises before her brother Shamash the sun each morning in her more aggresive and martial form. Each night she cools down and is a goddess of sexual love and patron of harlots. She brings joy to all with her honeyed lips and bright eyes. Her local husbands vary from place to place, Tammuz is her favorite, but Ashur is most common in Assyria. Priestess orders consist of virgins, married semi retired senior priestesses or courtesans. Temples also employ Eunuchs which she invented to terrorfy her enamies. She stole the secrrets of culture from Enki making herself Mistress of the Me. She assaulted the underworld. She fueded with Gilgamesh after he called her a fickle lover and in her rage made Anu send down the Bull of Heaven. She wailed when Enlil brought the flood and other disasters. Enki once made an enamy for her the goddess of strife Saltu, who was even worse than Ishtar at her worst to teach her to restrain her battle love. Once she grew the Hatuppu tree to make a bed from but it became infested with a serpent in the roots, Lilith made her home in the boughs and anzu perched in the crown. Gilgamesh drove them away then cut the tree down for wood. She is a patron of Uruk, her symbols are the star venus, the Lion, the Dove, the Eagle, and a special banner.
Worshippers: Farmers, Warriors, Harlots, Hunters, Merchants, Crafters, Mercenaries, Lovers, Virgins, Poets
Skills: Any Weapon Attack, Craft (Ritual, Carnal or Courtesan sex), Fast Talk, Sing
Duties: Wailing and singing, sex rituals, poetry, warfare, blessing animals, crops and worshipers.
Divine Magic: Charisma, Command (Ass, Demon, Disease Spirit, Dove, Eagle, Ghost, Lion, Snake, Salamander), Erotocomatose Lucidity, Heal Body, Reproduce, Sheild, Shooting Star, True (Weapon)
Spirit Magic: Coordination, Demoralize, Fanatacism, Fire Arrow, Fireblade, Glamour, Healing, Strength
Associated Cults: Tammuz, Anu, Enki, Shamash, Sin, Ninhursag,

Murduk
God of Babylon,ruler, magic, wisdom,  war, war, thunder, lord of the universe, demonslayer, Has four dogs Akkula, Ukkumu, Iksuda and Iltehu (Eater, Seizer, Grasper or Holder), Jupiter, spade
Worshippers: Rulers, Spies, Usurpers, Magicians, Farmers, Judges, Soldiers, Scribes, Hunters, Crafters
Skills: Weapon Attack, Human Lore, Orate, Speak Akkadian
Duties: Digging Canals. Uprooting Chaos, Slaying Monsters, Ruling,, Empire Building, Spreading Law
Divine Magic: Thunderbolt, Flame Breathe, Sheild, Bless Crops, Flame Spear, Sureshot, Extra Eyes. Extra Ears, Charisma, Shake Earth, Command  (Dragon, Elemental, Lion, Bull, Eagle, Dog, Intelect Spirit, Power Spirit), Warp Wind
Spirit Magic: Flame Blade, Flame Arrow, Multimissile, Entangle, Glamour, Disrupt, Demoralize, Light, Farsee, Healing, Second Sight, Strength
Associated Cults:  Enki his father (Irrigation), Nabu his son (Translate), Anu (Vision), Enlil (Magnify Command), Ninhursag (Heal Body), Ishtar (Shooting Star), Sin (Trade Spell), Shamash (Oath), his wife (Bless Crops), Ninurta (Tillage), Tammuz (Bear Fuit), Nusku (Accelerate Growth), Nergal (Strike), Ereshkigal (Command Dead), Girra (Bless Torch), Adad (Rain),

Nabu
Scribe, magic, mercury, carries tablets  of fate, messenger, wisdom, books, knowledge
Skills: Fast Talk, Human Lore, Read/Write Summerian, World Lore
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Nergal
God of Destruction, Hunt, War, Gloom, Disease, Death, Pestilence, Sterility, King of the Underworld, Usurper, Lies, Terrible and Murderous Sun, rage, Fire, Mars, Winged Lion, destroyer of mankind, ruler of the house of the dead, lord of the grave, summers heat, winters cold, judge of the dead, anarchy, rebellion,

Worshippers: Farmers, Herders, Hunters, Warriors, Leaders, Assasins, Theives, Undertakers, traitors
Skills: Orate, Weapon Attack, Conceal, Sleght
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Divine Magic: Spirit Sever, Conceal, Strike, Morale, Beserk, Charisma, Command (Ghoast, Corpse, Disease Spirit, Madness Spirit, Passion Spirit, Command Salamander),
Spirit Magic: Fanatacism, Firblade, Fire Arrow, Second Sight, Wall of Darkness, Countermagic, Strength. glamour
Associated Cults: ishum is his messsenger/counciller who recomends mercy and peace and cleans up nergals harm

Nibada
scribe, reeds, vegetation, corn, craft, numbers, sister of of ningirsu, holds lapis lazuli tablet, recorder of enlil, motherhood, married to and overtaken by nabu
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Ninurta
Major God of the Hunt and Agriculture, Smiter of Monsters
Ninurta the son of Enlil and Ninhursag, a popular god who has battled many monsters and beasts including the six headed ram of Elam, various dragons, Asag and his mineral kin, and the bull man of the sea. He helps the crops and domesticated animals with his fertalizing power and mastery over beasts. He built the mountains for his mothers home. When he warred with the rebel minerals he gave them purpose according to if they helped or hindered him. When Anzu stole Enlils Tablets, only Ninurta was brave enough to fight him with Enki’s help. After he slew Anzu he was purified and given many new names. He reveals the sly machinations of Enki to his father and weilds the flood weapon in his name. He defeated Imdugug the lion bird and used him to draw his chariot and even assumes his form in battle. At times his battles and boasting disturb his fathers rest which thankfuly has not resulted in conflict.He usurped the power of many of the beings he conquered. His many weapons provide him terrible powers. His symbols include the star Saturn, the constellation Orion, and an eagle or panther headed club, double headed lion, six headed ram, various sacred stones, and most importantly the lion headed eagle Imdugug. This was the emblem of his favorite city Lagash. His many names vary from place to place such as Ninurta in Akkad, Duku in Sumeria, Hurabtil in Elam, Shushinak  in Susa, Zababa in Kish, Tishpak of Uruk often he is the local Baal.

Worshippers: Hunters, Warriors, Farmers, Herders, Monster Killers
Skills: Animal Lore, Bow Attack or Melee Weapon Attack, Listen, Track
Duties: Hunt the wicked, Slay enamies and monsters, provide food, maintain order, expose deceptions, hunt
Divine Magic: Command (Lion, Eagle, Ram, Panther, Swine, Imdugug, Various Beasts), Draw Beast, Fly, Identify Scent, Replenish Game, Strike, Sure Shot, Tillage
Spirit Magic: Detect (Species, Mineral or Enamies),  Fanatacism, Farsee, Firearrow, Healing, Speedart, Strength
Associated Cults: Enlil his Father (Thunderbolt); Ninhursag his mother (Earth Might); Bau his wife (Heal Body); Enki (Water Walking); Nanshe (Purification); Local subcults are common including beast cults and monster cults of the species he has conquered, as well as many spirits of stones; Imdugug (Become Imdugug); Sharur the mace (Carry Message); Various Weapons (True Weapons spells and others); The Flood Weapon (Command Undine); The Seven of Battle (Command Sylph)

Ninhursag
Great Earth Goddess Ninkhursag  the Great Lady and Mother of the Gods whose sacred milk nourishes kings, lady of the mountain, queen of the land, mother of vegetation, children with enki and enlil, many goddesses are her forms.creatrix, generative process, mourns the capture of wild beasts,

Skills: Climb, Animal Lore, Mineral Lore, Plant Lore
Divine Magic: Absorbtion, Accelerate Growth, Bless Crops, Bless Grave, Command (Plant Spirits, Snake, Bear, Cattle, Swine, Dog), Earth Might, Earth Power, Heal Body, Regrow Limb, Restore Health
Spirit Magic: Detect Enamies, Detect (Specific Plant or Animal Species), Endurance, Foodsong, Healing, Ironhand, Peaceful Cut, Second Sight, Spirit Screen,  Strength, Shimmer, Vigor

Nungal
goddess of imprisonment, detention, rope, underworld, magic, persues the wicked, daughter of Anu and ereshkigal

Nusku
fire, hearth,  sacrifice, hearth, lamp, destoyer of magic, slayer of sorcerors, burner of witches, torch, anger, messenger of enlil, arson, champion of the gods, purity, truth and reichiesness (2 sons kittu and Meshura), a feast celebrates his victory over a witch of elam who caused infertility and famine

Skills: Weapon Attack, Fast Talk, Devise, Sleight
Divine Magic: Bless Hearth, Fire Spear, Enhance/Diminish Flame, Teleport,
Spirit Magic: Disruption, Fireblade, Glamour, Healing, Heat Metal,  Ignite, Mindspeech, Shimmer

Shamash
Major Sun God, Law, Light, Truth, Justice, blaze, lord who sees all, hates the wicked, hunter of evil, measurer of life, the suplicants god, day-light, heat, Lord of Swine, Shinning One, Bright God, helper, warrior
Skills: Evaluate, Human Lore, Search, Scan
Divine Magic: Detect Truth, Comand (Eagle, Hawk, Lion, Snake, Horse, Ass, Donkey, Swine), Oath, Sheild, Sunspear,
Spirit Magic: Glamour, Detect Enamy,  Disrupt, Farsee,

Sin
Major God of The Moon and Mystery, Lord of the Night
Sin was born to Enlil and Ninlil in the underworld and his parents bore other children there so he could leave. He sails the night sky in his moon barge watching the world below. The crecant moon is his weapon which he fights the seven evil gods who seek to eclipse him. As enamy of evil doers who act by night, he is the victim of many of their plots. His light is cool and moist, bringing life and fertility. His silver crecent horns make him lord of cattle. He makes cattle fertile and he makes the pastures rich. He rides at times a winged bull. He is mysterious and very wise, advising the other gods on all matters with his deep knowledge. His predictions are binding and his temples are oracles. He was ordained by Murduk as the monthly time keeper. He helps merchants ships and caravans by protecting them from evil, aiding navigation and his mastery over time. He courted Ningal who became a moon goddess and bore him many children including Ishtar, Shammash and Nusku. He bribed Enlil to spare Ur from the flood while his wife wailed. He irrigates the island paradise of Dilman. He refused to aid Ishtar when she was trapped in the underworld. He sends dreams to mortals through his servent Zaquar. His lapis lazuli bearded  is long, he holds an axe, a sceptre and a staff. Sometimes he wears a turban or a crecent crown or a round diadem. His sacred number is 30. In Sumeria he is Known as Nanna and his holy cities are Ur and Haran.

Worshippers: Kings, herders, farmers, sages, judges, guardians, sailors, merchants, soldiers, watchmen
Skills: Axe or Staff Attack, Any one Lore, Orate, Scan
Duties: Advising, Navigating, Trading, Protecting folk from evil, Record Times, Predictions, Council
Divine Magic: Create Market, Mindblast, Reconstruction, Sheild of Darkness, Shooting Star, Star Ward, Trade Spell, True Axe or Staff,
Spirit Magic: Cast Fate, Detect (Enamies, Magic, Direction, Cattle), Disrupt, Healing, Lantern, Second Sight, Spirit Block, Strength
Associated Cults: Anu (Vision), Enlil (Fly), Ninlil (Bless Crops), Enki (Irrigate), Ningal (Madness), Shamash (Detect Lie), Ishtar (Reproduce), Nusku (Bless Torch), Tammuz (Bear Fruit), Zaquar (Carry Dream)

Tammuz
Major God of Vegetation and Life,  The Dying God
Tammuz is the creative power of spring. He was a sheperd who became a great king before the flood. He became the lover of Ishtar, after overcoming oposition and help from shamash. He seduced her and advised her on how to lie to her mother. She later abandoned him, nominating him to take her place in the underworld when she was stranded their after a misadventure, because he had not shown enough remorse. He refused to die and wandered in dispair. With the aid of his sister and shamash he evaded them until he was captured by demons, tortured and killed. He was eventualy allowed to return from the underworld for part of the year by echanging himself for his sister. Each year he is reborn anew and wild celebrations abound for the return of life. In this form he is celebrated as the spring sun, a god of youth, joy, freedom and pleasure. When he returns to the underworld all mourn for him. He takes  disease and affliction back to the underworld. He watches the gates of heaven with his father Gizzida. Cult rituals include lamentations, lengthly burial rites, combat, wandering wich lasts up to half the year. He is also Known as Dumazi in Akkad and Adonis in Canaan.

Worshippers: Farmers, Herders, Lovers, Dancers, Kings, Hedonists
Skills: Sicle or Shortaword Attack, Plant Lore, Orate, Sword Attack
Duties: Spread agriculture and animal husbandry, nurture the community, celebrate spring, mourn its loss
Divine Magic: Accelerate Growth, Bear Fruit, Charisma, Command (Cockrel, Boar, Goat, Gazelle, Ox, Ram, Snake and Plant Spirits), Invigorate, Madness, Slash, Sprout
Spirit Magic: Beffudle, Bladesharp, Endurance, Foodsong, Glamour, Heal, Vigor
Associated Cults: Ishtar his lover (Reproduce), Various animal cults available localy (Become Cockrel, Boar, Goat, Ox, Ram, Snake or Plant Species), Gizzida his Father (Heal Body), Ninhursag the source of Life (Ressurection), His sister Geshtinanna (Clever Tongue), His brother in law and helper Shamash (Sunripen)

Aruru

Major Goddess, Earth, Fertility, Nature, Creation, Cattle, Motherhood, Brewing, Joy, Music, Childbirth, The Womb, Mother of Mankind and Beasts, Creater of Gilgamesh and Enkindu, Mother of Sumer, Sister of Enlil,
Skills: Animal Lore, Craft (Brew, Cook, Clay, Midwife, Weave), Human Lore, World Lore
Divine Magic: Bless Beast, Command (Cattle, Various other Animals, Gnome), Comunity, Couvade, Earth Power, Induce Offspring, Shape Earth
Spirit Magic: Detect (Species), Heal, Ignite, Glue, Repair, Sleep, Solace, Vigor,

2 comments:

  1. If you can read French, you may like it : http://basicrps.com/uruk/Uruk_V4.0.pdf
    It is pre-babylonian (Akkad and Sumer).

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    1. cheers - my french is terrible but i can get the gist

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