The New Divine Order
“Where others offer kindness, I offer mystery. Where they offer sympathy, I offer intrigue. Take a single step into the shadows and I promise you I will conjure up enough innuendos, half-truths and bold-faced lies that when you have sifted through them will offer the one thing you are seeking: the real, unadulterated, truth.” – excerpt from the Book of Shadows, the unpublished writings of the Lord of Lies
Nicholas, formerly known as Miklos, is the god of politics and lies. Fourth son of Thoth and Rook, and once a member of the Thutmose pantheon, Nicholas betrayed his family and joined the New Order. An important god within the bureaucracy of heaven due to his skilled tongue and his natural talent with political maneuvering, he has become a constant thorn in the side of gods who oppose, threaten or abuse the divine system.
“Lying is a skill like any other, and if you want to maintain a level of excellence, you have to practice constantly.” – excerpt from the Book of Shadows, the unpublished writings of the Lord of Lies
Miklos is the fourth son, and sixth and final child overall, of Thoth and Rook – the founders of the Thutmose pantheon. It is said that within that pantheon, he was bitter and was unable to find contentment due to own loneliness. Due to the isolated nature of the Thutmose, two of his brothers had married his sisters and while his remaining brother was content being alone, Miklos was always jealous of his brothers’ marriages. He seduced Valeska, the Thutmosin goddess of health and the wife of his brother Tuzel, and even fathered a child, Madu, with her, but when she refused to leave her husband for Miklos, the rage of the black bird was legendary.
At the height of the Teotl War, as Thutmosin territories were being assaulted on all side by the Teotl forces, Valeska disappeared. At the time, the Thutmose blamed El Tio, but in retrospect, most theologians believe Miklos was at least partially to blame. In addition, when his eldest brother, Sarkan, was creating his dragons to defend the Thutmose people, Miklos tricked him into creating far more than he was capable of doing causing himself to significantly decrease his own divine ichor. These two actions caused the Thutmose to lose the Teotl War, their once great nations reduced to only a dozen or so mountain cities.
Shortly afterwards, Miklos defected to the New Order and was granted clemency for his crimes by Kumo (though only after Lux insisted that his wings were clipped as punishment). He changed his name to Nicholas and took his new post as the Divine Minister in the Bureaucracy of Heaven.
Appearance: Though he frequently appears as the more traditionally New Order races, especially when dealing with recently deceased spirits, Nicholas normally appears in his original form when dealing with the gods of the New Order. He is a large black bird, resembling a magpie, though with a basically humanoid frame. His feathers are black as night and he has deep, dark orange eyes. His voice is a deep raucous caw, said to be able to panic even the most hardened spirit.
Nicholas and the New Order: Go for it, Travis. This is all you.
Nicholas and the Thutmose: Nicholas is reviled in Thutmosin culture as the betrayer. He is often seen as a destroyer or ravager type figure, who betrayed and destroyed the Thutmose when they needed him the most. Due to the Thutmose’s penchant for graven images, Nicholas appears in many Thutmosin cities and temples and he was become a cautionary tale to love your family, while always remaining vigilant. As part of Lux’s demands when he joined the New Order, Nicholas gave up any rights to any and all ambrosia claimed from Thutmosin worshippers and so, he does receive any benefit from this negative worship.
Nicholas and the Races of Second Earth: Within the New Order races, Nicholas is rarely spoken of. He is unimportant to daily life and is oft forgotten by the populous, though theologians obviously know about him and he does have a few dedicated cults that are naturally shrouded in secrecy and deception. However, his position within the heavenly bureaucracy is an essential one and his influence is heaven is great. His wealth of ambrosia comes not from worship, but some kickbacks from the feared department and the bribes of those trying to slip something by his watch.
Nicholas, Lord of Lies:
“Never forget that you are living in a world built on the promises of liars.”
Nicholas comes across a genial, well-mannered man, but he is known to be a pathological and chronic liar and many spirits have heard all heard slightly different tales of his exploits. Almost no being in creation is able to see through his falsehoods, although Lux notably can. Due to this peerless ability, Nicholas has an almost perfect ability to detect when other people are lying which he uses to great effect in his role in the Divine Bureaucracy. On his earthly cults, to honor their patron’s art of lying, no-one is aware of the cult’s membership or motivations other than the cult itself. Scholars are unsure of just how many cults he has or how many devotees worship him regularly.