Celestians (Kings of War)
Celestians are the gods of Kings of War existing as 37 different beings who were split into two halves, good and evil. Some are associated with specific factions, while most haven't been introduced at all. Why have 37 then if you don't bother to name them all? Expansion potential, of course.
Way back when before all kinds of bad shit happened in
the Milky Way Galaxy Mantica, there were three great civilizations. These were the Kingdoms of Elves, the Underlands of the Dwarfs, and the Republic of Primovantor. Apparently there weren't any orcs or demons around and things were good. These three kingdoms also worshiped the same pantheon of gods; the Celestians. The Celestians might have been gods or might have been ancient aliens, no one really knows, but regardless they aided the three great races by guiding them and teaching them to build sweet stuff like great cities and stargates.
So everything was great, but then trouble came to Mantica. High honcho elven mage Calisor Fenulian was busy going on adventures (guess they were still having adventures somehow even though there weren't any monsters around) when he met a beautiful human woman named Elinathora. He tried his best charm check, but that failed, so he went to do what any elf would in such a situation, namely mope around feeling sorry for himself.
While he was wandering around feeling sorry for himself, Calisor happened upon a Celestian named Oskan. Oskan suggested he Calisor create this artifact called the Fenulian Mirror made with god tears and other weird shit. He was sure if Elinathora looked into this mirror everything would work out great, for you see this magical mirror would show her the future. I'm sure nothing bad could come from doing something like that. To be fair, Oskan did give one of those vague, half-assed warnings that gods and elves seem to love giving.
So Calisor went on this epic quest outlined in about a paragraph and made this mirror. He had Elianthora look into it. She saw that they would make a great couple, have great sex, and make a bunch of kids. So far so good. However Calisor had ignored those vague warnings and got so caught watching the show that he didn't turn the thing off when Elianthora died. After her death she saw Calisor banging a bunch of other chicks and mucking up the whole world before finally being killed by his own children. This didn't look good, so she smashed the mirror.
As one would expect who plays these sort of games, smashing the Fenulian Mirror caused reality to start shaking up. Most of the Celestians were killed outright while apocalyptic earthquakes and floods covered the world. A total of 37 Celestians survived, but they were torn in two; a good half and an evil half. These became known as the Shining Ones and Wicked Ones, respectively. The history of Mantica was from then on shaped by these two forces and their allies.
Goddess of the Abyssal Dwarfs. She is said to imbue their weapons and armor with the dark fire that protects them and grants their ironcasters their magical prowess. Her Shining One half is Fulgria and is worshiped by their regular dwarf cousins.
Domivar the Unyielding
A young Celestian and the son of Mescator, God of Justice. Domivar appeared before Bolisean, ruler of the twin cities of Primovantor and the Golden Horn, when that human nation was about to fall for good, and created an army of Elohi to save the cities, which in turn lead to the creation of Basilea out of the ruins of Primovantor as unified mankind. Domivar also slew Oskan in the God War and created the Abyss to imprison 27 of the 37 Wicked Ones loyal to him at the cost of his own life.
Durunjak, Dark God of Death
Durunjak is the Wicked One responsible for the creation of necromancy. He aided the Ophidians in their quest for immortality and it is said that every time a soul is forced from heaven into a necrotic shell of a corpse he laughs in the Abyss.
A Celestian who split in two like the others with the shattering of the Fenulian Mirror. Her Shining One half kept the name Eoswain, while her Wicked One half became known as Zbortan. The two fought throughout the God War before coming to the skies above the Ardovikian Plain at the height of the war. They two fought until both were too weak to fly, resulting in them crashing to the ground below. They left a crag where they hit, although it is unknown if they perished. Some in the League of Rhordia believe that the tremors in their country are the result of their continued battle deep below the surface.
A Celestian aligned with Basilea. She was cut in half in battle, half her corpse cradled in the arms of her lover Irdima. Irdima offered a desperate prayer and a miracle took shape. One half became Jullius, Dragon of Heaven, while the other became Samacris, Mother of Phoenixes. Basileans tell this as a parable of love as these newly born Elohi are lovers, but there doesn't seem to be any mention of Irdima after this. Did she become part of Samacris, or did she just get left out in the cold? The world may never know.
Fulgria, Goddess of White Fire
Chief goddess of the dwarfs. Fulgria is said to have blessed dwarfs with the gifts of iron craft and it is she who dwarf warsmiths of the Golloch Empire pray to when imbuing their weapons and armor with runic seals. She is also said to, at times, grant the rare dwarf magic user the ability to wield fire magic. Her Wicked One half is known as Ariagful and is worshiped in turn by the Abyssal Dwarfs.
Garkhan the Black
The Wicked One who created the Orcs. Hilariously his name is misspelled Arkhan the Black in the Orc section of the rule book, but spelled correctly everywhere else he is mentioned. Garkhan was one of the Wicked Ones who served under Oskan, but while his other dark brethren worked at corrupting existing races, Garkhan decided to create his own servant race whole cloth. It only took him 900 days, which seems like pretty good time, to make his own race of orcs. He is also one of the 27 Wicked Ones imprisoned in the Abyss.
Celestian worshiped by the Sylvan Kin. When the Fenulian Mirror was shattered, she actually managed to prevent her being from splitting in two. She found herself unstable though, so she hunted down the nearest Wicked One she could, a goddess named Liliana (no, not that one) and merged her being with her. This keeps her being from seperating, but it also means she has a bad case of split personality disorder. If evil is in dominance near her, she will be in her Shining One aspect. If good is dominance near her, she will be in her Wicked One aspect.
Essentially she is an always adversarial that guy who can't stand to be on the winning side of anything.
A Celestian associated with nature. When the Fenulian Mirror was shattered, Kyron split in two like the other Celestians. His Wicked One and Shining One sides both retained the name Kyron, both seeking to continue to watch over the creatures of nature. The wicked half was known to be cunning and cruel, while the shining half was known for his kindness and bravery. It is said the two halves, instead of engaging in physical combat, argued incessantly with one another about the proper way to guide the natural world.
The Wicked One half worked with Garkhan the Black to create the orcs, while the Shining One half rescued the discarded souls of their experiments and formed them into the Herd and the creatures of the Trident Realms of Neritica. Their rivalry eventually led to the two eternally chasing one another through the skies of Mantica, forever locked in a back and forth combat known as the Great Hunt.
Mescator, God of Justice
Father of Domivar the Unyielding and one of the gods who watch over the Basileans.
Oskan, Father of Lies
Instigator of the God War and the one responsible for inspiring Calisor to create the Fenulian Mirror. It is said when he split in two, the Wicked One half of Oskan consumed the Shining One half immediately to increase his power
(but wouldn't that make him the same power?) and that he had planned for this eventuality all along. After throwing the world into chaos, he organized many of the Wicked Ones under his command and led them in forming a number of slave races to wage war upon the three great nations.
The God War raged for centuries with Celestians on both sides being slain alongside their various allies. Eventually this culminated in a battle between two armies numbering in the hundreds of thousands. During the course of the battle Oskan faced off against Domivar the Unyielding and Laria, High Consul of Primovantor. As Oskan weakened, he fled into the sky, pursued by Domivar. Domivar slew Oskan, seizing from him his Black Axe, and used it to create the Abyss, a hellish dimension most of the Wicked Ones would eventually be imprisoned within.
Thousands of years after the God War, an unnatural winter fell upon the land. Elven seers used their foul arts to deduce that a female Wicked One, aptly named Winter, was behind this. An alliance of elf, dwarfs, and humans marched north to fight her. but the war dragged on for 150 years. Eventually she was struck down by Valendor the Great in a magical duel straight out of Magic: The Gathering. Her death however, caused all the glaciers she had formed to melt, flooding half the world and reshaping the map. This was the last major war in the timeline before core rulebook's time frame, so the various nations are often described in terms of how they have fared since this event.