Gods of The islands

Island Gods

(God relationship chart)

Pa’a (NG) And Pe’e (CN)

The twin mother goddesses of earth and lava. Pa’a holds dominion over earth rock and soil, while Pe’e oversees over lava,magma, and all forms of volcanic activity. The twin goddesses were born at the bottom of the ocean, where they then proceeded to clamber over top of one another until they finally breached the surface and drew breath. 

(Worship of Pa’a)

(Worship of Pe’e)

Lalui (LG)

Lalui, husband of of Pa’a is worshipped as the sun god, if not the sun himself, who sails his radiant boat across the sky each day. 

(Worship of Lalui)

Luhina (NG)

Luhina, goddess of the moon, is the sister of Lalui, and sails the moon across the sky. Unlike the harsh light of her brothers boat, the gentle glow of her boat does not scare away the skittish stars

(Worship of Luhina)

Mau (N)

First son of Pa’a and Lalui, Mau is the patron god of fishermen. Everything from the craft of weaving nets and carving fish hooks to the physical act of fishing is his domain. 

(Worship of Mau)

Pulu (LG)

Wise and patient, second son or Pa’a and Lalui, and father of the Menehune dwarves, Pulu is god of boatcraft and seafaring. 

(Worship of Pulu)

Koa (LN)

First Son of Pe’e, Koa is a warrior god who has adopted the human race as his primary worshippers, and has played no small role in humans becoming the most common race in the scattered sea. Koa is god of not only warriors, but also trees, growing from the scorched ground left behind by the fires of his mother, from which his worshippers carve weapons and helmets.

(Worship of Koa)

Aku’Lehu (NE)

Second son of Pe’e, Aku’Lehu is the god of Ash, Sulfur, and Smoke. Aku’Lehu will often bestow black magic to his devoted followers who enact his will upon the islands. Aku’Lehu is often depicted as a young handsome man coated from head to toe in ash streaked by sweat.

(Worship of Aku’Lehu)

Pua (CG)

Goddess of flowers, dance, and hand to hand combat, pua is a deadly beauty. While Pua is mother of the Menehune Race and wife of Pulu she is rarely depicted as a menehune herself, rather as a tall and strong human woman adorned in floral tattoos. Martial artists who worship Pua wear flowers and receive floral tattoos to honor their goddess

(Worship of Pua)

Mahikai (NG)

Son of Pa’a and born in a womb of earth, Mahikai is the god of agriculture, peace, and family, Festivals are held in the name of Mahikai each harvest and to celebrate extended periods of time without warfare or peace treaties between villages.

Kua?Eho (CE)

From birth, the god Mahikai possessed a small growth on his abdomen. As he grew into a young man as did the growth, soon the size of a plump coconut. As his growth swelled, Mahikai grew sickly and frail, unable to hold down most food or perform much physical activity. MahiKai’s cousin, Koa, one day took his young cousin and held him down, drawing a stone knife and cutting away the vile tumor. In the days of his recovery Mahikai’s cheeks grew flush in good health, he ate full meals with little issue and went for long walks with his family as he grew in strength. The growth, tossed aside by Koa, grew in the brush. Grew in size. Grew in jealousy. And grew in hate. The Growth became Kua’Eho, brother of Mahikai, and god of malice, hate, jealousy, and violence. Kua’Eho would forever vow his enmity against all other gods, especially his most hated foes, Koa and Mahikai.

Makemoe (LE)

Makemoe, Goddess of death and dreams, daughter of Pa’a, like her brother Mahikai was born in a womb of earth. However she never emerged from the earth womb. Deep below the earth she slumbers and dreams. Makemoe holds dominion over a network subterranean caves called the Hiamoe; the realm of dreams and the dead.

Heana (LN)

Heana is a god of heavily debated origin amongst the Kahuna. He is described as the son of Makemoe, but how a slumbering, isolated goddess would conceive a child is unknown. The most common justification is that Makemoe dreamed Heana into life.

Heana guides souls to their deserved afterlife. He can be found by lost travelers wandering the Hiamoe, where he will ask them to play a game with them. If they win Heana leads the lost soul to the surface, if he wins he leads them deeper into the land of dreams. Heana is often described as a sleepy eyed smiling man, somewhat lazy and walking always at a leisurely pace. There are many stories of fallen adventurers challenging Heana to a game in exchange for a second chance. In these stories if the fallen adventurer wins Heana may double down; Offering the adventurer some sort of boon or special item if they can win a second time.

(Worship of Heana)

Mukiki (CN)

Mukiki, Dragon god of song, storytelling, and drinking. It is said in legend that Mukiki will take the form of a young man beating a drum and walking from home to home asking for food and drink in exchange for his songs. Generous households are said to receive good luck, while households who turn Mukiki away will suffer a year of bad luck.

(Worship of Mukiki)

Palili (NG) Po’ouli (NG) Apapane (NG)

The three dragon Deities of starlight and Celestia navigation. Stories involving the trio almost always include Luhina due to their deep connection and friendship .

Pailua’Nui (CE)

Pailua’Nui, the great old thing that lives in the depths was born in the darkness and has never known light. Father of sea monsters and all evil things that crawl scuttle and swim from the depths are said to be kin to him. Worship of Pailua’Nui is forbidden by all four of the common races, punishable by banishment or death.

Nanaue (LN)

Nanaue is the god of sea life, king of sharks. and patron god of merfolk. He represents the natural order of the food chain, an indiscriminate natural law that is true to all living things.

Linupa (LN)

King of wild dogs and master hunter, it is said by some Linupa was born a human Maka’ainana, who trained dogs to help him in his hunt, killed His Ali’i king and ate his heart claiming the strong deserved to rule. Others say he is a primal spirit of the canine and embodies the law of the pack. Linupa teaches that dominance is earned through strength, intellect and cunning and any who rule must be capable of proving their right to govern with force and guile. He is the father of both Canine Lycantropes known as Kaupe and hideous savage bipedal dog men known as Fulububuta(Gnolls). 

Kumakaa (NE)

Lord of vermin and plague, Kumakaa is worshiped by traitors and liars. Kumakaa was once known as Kua’Eho’s only friend in the world,but it is said the Lord of vermin betrayed the god of hate, leaving him the loneliest and angriest god once again.

Kuapuea (CE)

Kuapuea is the berserker king of wild boars. He represents acting on impulse free of inhibition, gluttonous and destructive indulgence. In a human form he is depicted as a man built like the trunk of the tree; Broad and wide, Wild of hair and beard and krooked of teeth. In his true form he appears as a massive spinned boar the size of a mountain that breathes fire from his snout.

Arohahi (CG)

Known as the god of love and perseverance Arohahi was one of the first 12 children of Pulu and Pua known as the first of the Menehune. In his legend he witnessed a volcanic eruption and saw Pe’e rise from the lava flow. Stricken with love he would spend years following volcanic activity to see her again. Amongst his siblings he soon became known as the burned brother as his hands and feet became disfigured with burn scars. Pe’e once again showed herself to him, having watched his journey of infatuation from afar. She asked if he thought he could cool the fire within her, and Arohahi told her he could never, for she was the fire, and he would be consumed by it just to look at her. Pleased with his answer she blessed him with immunity to fire, and took him as a lover for a time. The children they would bare would inherit their affinity for fire, becoming a rare subrace of dwarves known as the Ahihune.

Gods, Spirits, Or Monsters?

The lines between these three things can be very blurry.

Statistically speaking their classifications would normally break down as such:

Gods= Celestials, fiends

Spirits= Fey, Undead, Elementals

monsters= Everything else

However, gods often have children who would be considered spirits and monsters, Spirits and monsters can become gods, and depending on who you ask the same entity may be called a god, monster, and spirit by different people. While the Sisters Pa’a and Pe’e are closer to elementals than celestials they are still widely considered gods.

Lizardfolk do not normally worship gods, but elemental spirits. If asked why they would tell you that gods are self motivated individuals, and prone to foolishness, while spirits are embodiments of the natural order, hence more trustworthy. (Lizardfolk often refer to Pa’a and Pe’e as “Very powerful spirits”)

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