The New Divine Order
“I stand defiant,” Corax, Bane of the Vile Sol
In a reversal of the norm more is known of Corax’s early years than is known of his later activities. Corax is routinely referenced in surviving texts that describe Ragnarok, often fighting alongside Lux, Bagheera, Lilac, Anzo, and lost gods like Radagast and Hermes. Scholars of 1st Earth divinities claim that he is from the secondary Europan Pantheon, a grand or great grandchild of mighty Jupiter. It is known that he followed Lux to the Titan Lights, that he slew the seventh soul of Cronus, and that he hid the head Juno so that the Titanspawn could not place it on a pike. After Ragnarok was done, the Titans slain or imprisoned, things become murkier. Most sources on Corax during the Long Night are Luxian and must be regarded as slightly biased. Lux and Corax were married and formed a dualistic pantheon (The Heliopause) that spread across much of the Highlands, Kesh, and even Western Levia. Over time other deities were added to the pantheon, Erebus, Filth, Elizabet, Irma, Cassandra, Carson, and others.
“I vowed to avenge them all, and that oath I’ll carry to my death.”
The Heliopause was an early entry into the Teotl War and was, more or less, absorbed by the New Order at the end. Since his induction into the New Order Corax has become even more withdrawn and distant, and trustworthy accounts of him have become even scarcer.
“Invisibility is patience and precise violence.”
Corax is a god of small stature and a somewhat shy disposition. Often described as murky, or slightly blurred by those who see him. Lester Matteson, the great chronicler of the New Order merely wrote “There is a reason he is called the Unseen God.” According to Matteson Corax was one of the 2 greater gods that he did not meet over the course of the fifty years he was compiling his tome.
Corax and the Races of Second Earth:
Coraxian worship is fairly constant across all races and cultures with three distinct exceptions.
Highlanders: Highlanders are a subgroup of Humanity that (depending who you ask) may be in the process of splintering off into a new race entirely. The descendants of the followers of the now defunct Heliopause hold Corax dear to their heart, lost as they are in exile from their homelands.
Serpentfolk: Serpentfolk despise disorder and chaos, and further despise any concept of isolation or doing it yourself. Not to mention their addiction to Astronomical phenomena and the very nature of the Unseen Moon.
Orcs: In the beginning of the Orc Crusades and Migrations, Corax was a dread patron of the humans and dwarves they warred with. Corax went so far as to break heavenly laws in his efforts to strike against the Orc throngs. After his (supposed) assassination of the Demi-God Warmaster Corax even faced divine censor, crippling fines, and the full weight of the Heavenly Legal system crashed on his head. Only the efforts of other deities like Anzo and Lux spared him worse fates. Centuries later Corax has become one of the most important Orc deities. Aquila may be beloved, Bethany and Filth intriguingly eccentric, but Corax is respected, even feared.
Corax and the New Order:
Corax only holds a minor position in the Bureau of Humanity (Office of Roads and Paths), but his position as God of the Unseen Moon places him in high standing in the Bureau of Seasons. Still, by all accounts Corax is a largely absentee member of the Celestial Bureaucracy, tending to only make appearances on the Solstices.
Corax God of the Lost:
The cult of Corax has always been numerous… but wide spread. Diluted across the wilds and forgotten places. Corax has always been a popular god, but a fleeting one. While almost everyone prays to him for safety on journeys or when lost, relatively few claim him as their patron god.
Corax God of War
“The most expensive piece of real estate on any battlefield is within arm’s reach of Corax.” – Bagheera
Corax is a patron of lone warriors. Wandering blademasters, hunters, even some mercenaries find themselves following the ways of the shadowy god of the lost. It is something of a fact that Coraxian fighters tend to be very, very good… or die relatively early into their sojourns.
Artifacts of Legend
Huntress – “A blade that’s never been seen.”
POTENTIAL REPLACEMENT: Astra – Corax’s short sword, a weapon so quick no one has ever truly seen the blade, despite Corax’s continued use of it. Many believe it was a gift given to Corax by his first wife Lux to celebrate their pregnancy and that Corax keeps it to remember what he has lost.
Divine Rank: 18
Strength 8XXXXXXXX, Dexterity Ultimate, Stamina 6XXXXXX
Charisma 6XXXXXX, Manipulation 5XXXX, Negative Appearance 4XXX
Perception 10XXXXXXXXXX, Intelligence 5XXXX, Wits 5XXXX
Skills: Academics 1, Animal Ken 1, Art (Architecture, Culinary 1, Engineering, Metalsmithing, Modern, Performance Art 1, Stonework, Textiles 1, Visual Art, Woodwork 1), Athletics 5, Awareness 5, Brawl 1, Command 1, Control 1, Empathy 1, Fortitude 1, Integrity 1, Investigation 1, Larceny 1, Marksmanship 5, Medicine 1, Melee 6, Occult 1, Politics 1, Presence 1, Stealth 8, Survival 5, Thrown 1
Boons: Animal 2, Darkness Avatar, Death 4, Moon 10, Psychopomp 6