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The Dark Gods
These are the Gods turned to Darkness, whose worship and powers lie within that realm opposed to Light. Amongst these dread lords we find first of all the Gods whose true nature is Darkness incarnate. Yet we also name, at times, Gods whose past and even present being is not as much opposed to Light itself as their deeds and persons have placed them within the shadow of the night, and foremost of these we should name Morlock, God of Deceit and Trea-son.
Aithane Ankhöne, goddess of murder
The Goddess of Murder and stealthy assassinations, this darkgod finds worshippers primarily amongst the human populaces of the cities. She is known to walk the Earth and bestow the blessing of her province upon the humans she encounters. As her physical form is that of a young and beautiful vampire, this blessing is often very sensual and pleasant, and just as often very fatal.
She harbours a strong and enduring hatred of Morlock and Rhasa.
Murder and assassination by stealth and cunning are the provinces of this goddess. Her sign is that of a stylised vam-pire bowed over its prey, though the sign of the poisoned flame-dagger is not unknown either. She has also been known by the Sign of the Vampiric Bat.
Aithane walks the Earth at will, and then always in the form of a young and lush woman, very beautiful, with dark hair and pale skin. In this form she is also, invariably, a vampire.
The Goddess of Murder is worshipped even within the Southern Eldars, though not openly. But rumours exist of se-cret cultist gatherings of those who follow her ways, where obscene rituals and sacrifices are performed to sate the blood lust of the goddess.
Aithane is rumoured to be one of the “old ones”, a vampire, and turned goddess. It is little known whether the vam-pires themselves revere her too.
Those who would perform a murder sometimes dedicate their planned deed to her honour, and the goddess may bless this enterprising character with cunning and luck. It is also rumoured that sometimes her blessings are a little more direct and personal – though such an intimate meeting with the Goddess, however pleasant be the immediate outcome, invariably meets with one death or the other.
God of Pestilence
This may well be the most feared Darkgod of them all, for its power is profound and its realm not contained by the boundaries of Light and Darkness. Though this be the God of Pestilence, it is not thought to be the originator of dis-ease. Rather this god revel in the hurt and decay brought about by this thing not of the Darkness, and by its followers does it try to spread all sorts of interesting and strange diseases. However, the power of this being is not as great as it could appear, for in its doings it is entirely dependent upon its followers, having no physical manifestation on this plane of existence.
Disease and pestilence. This being has no sign by which it is recognised.
The worship of this Darkgod is rare and intermittent. Larger gatherings of his followers are usually only found in are-as where pestilence is rife and blossoming. There people may turn to it in their folly, hoping for its mercy and pray to escape the sickness and disease throbbing about them. These people are always struck with disease, though the god may toy with them for a while before letting them be contaminated.
Those who follow his way grow infected with one of a variety of diseases, and grow slowly mad. The ultimate out-come of this is always fatal, but meanwhile the worshipper will have sought to spread the diseases of his god as far as possible. The Power of the god is invoked by an obscene pentagram, drawn in decayed and rotted blood in the form of five blobs of darkness.
Fighting the followers of this god may be extremely dangerous, as they often can contaminate by the touch of their blood or spittle alone, and the disease thus transferred may have elements of Darkness within it, thus requiring the co-ordinated effort of a healer and a priest of the Light to survive. Even with this aid, recovering from the disease often takes months.
God-Thing of Slime and Decay
This Darkgod is little known amongst humankin.
Slime and Decay (we think).
Unknown, but probably worshipped by snotlings (wherever they may be found).
I’lliyathar, goddess of Darkness
The Goddess of Darkness is reckoned as possibly the most powerful of all the Darkgods, and she is fully the equal of Ariel in power for she is Darkness incarnate.
The goddess is often known by the sign of a dark splot on a grey field.
I’lliyathar is not worshipped within the Southern Empire.
The Goddess of Darkness is rumoured to grant those with great power and who offer her proper worship and sacrifices, the lore to transform themselves into Darklords and other undeads.
Her stronger worshippers have the power to sow Darkness within their surroundings.
h3. Inchor Mi’Khriys, god of Battle and slaughter
Great God of Battle and Bloody Warfare.
Inchor is here placed amongst the Darkgods, though he is indeed worshipped openly in many societies and is (there) counted as a neutral god of great strength and power.
Prisoners of war may be sacrificed to him in his honour.
Inchor revels in the mindless slaughter of war, and will gladly accept as a “quick and dirty” sacrifice the slaughter of a peasant family and the rape of their daughters.
The Warped One
Also known as “the nameless one” this god is one of the stronger Gods of Darkness. It is also quite mad.
Decay and madness.
There are no records of this god having ever been directly worshipped, though the occasional curse could be consid-ered af prayer, of sorts.
Sometimes bestows great madness upon those deemed worthy of this gift. It may happen to anyone it meets – presumably by the mere sight of the god itself.