Hey Game Fans, we’re taking a look at some world building ideas and concepts for the home setting i run. If you’ve checked out my other world building articles, this is the setting that focuses on Lakeport and the larger world around it. Today i’m going to take a look at one of the oldest gods for the setting, The Black Oceab. Before i get started on him, let me give you a little background for the gods of this world.
Broadly speaking, the gods divide themselves into a variety of groupings and factions, but the grouping i am concerned about today is the old gods and the new gods. The Old gods predate one of the most important conflicts of the setting, the Fey War. These are the gods that originally found this world and shaped it to their designs and interests. They shaped the great forests and mountains, and populated the world with creatures in their own image. The first Gods to walk the world were the gods of Giantkind, the Fey themselves, and the three Elder Wyrms. A few other gods would appear after this first establishment, most notably Ahrimaius, the God of Creation. These are the Gods of antiquity, and they made the world the way it was, for good or for ill.
The Fey War began as internal issue between a small fey enclave and their neighbors. It spiraled out of control to a level of violence and bloodshed that would haunt the old places of the world forever. At the darkest point of the war, when the Me’Ah’Chin hordes looked ready to take the fight to the Gods themselves, the eldest of the Fey Gods, Grandfather Oak, cast the most powerful magic anyone had ever seen. He summoned heroes and champions from across time and space to the Garden where Oak had planted his first seeds. He made them a simple offer. If they would turn back the tide of darkness and save the world, he would bestow upon the seeds of godhood, and make them the new gods of the world.
Heroes to the end, most of these people died during the war to liberate the world. Heroes from thousands of worlds and cultures fought, bled, and died in a distant land to save it from the most terrible monsters they had ever encountered. When the last battle had been fought, and the dead tallied, less than fifty of the thousands of heroes and champions were still standing. A few would succumb to lingering injuries sustained in the war, and their number would be diminished even further by a tragic incident.
The survivors returned to the Garden, and Grandfather Oak kept his word. Each hero or champion became the living embodiment of an idea or a race. One by one, the new Gods and Goddesses organized themselves, and set about the work of trying to heal the lingering damage the war had caused. Some places were never completely healed, and there are distant parts of the world that still think that ancient war rages….but that’s a story for another time.
The Black Ocean, The Ceaseless Hunger
Before the War, there were many children of Oak and Lion. Most took after one of their two parents, and were either elemental concepts, like the winds or storms, or were great predator beasts that stalked the land. These were the first of the Archfey and with time, they built a great kingdom of honor, nobility, and grandeur. They worshipped their parents as gods, and built a great civilization. The Black Ocean was the first of Grandmother lion’s disciples, and hunted the darkness around the world as a monstrous void that consumed the light of the stars.
During the War, The Black Ocean was ceaseless in his efforts to isolate and destroy the Me’Ah’Chin where he found them. His armored hide was thick enough to stave off their weapons, but he was always a step behind their plans. After Lion was taken, his rage was terrible and he destroyed an entire continent trying to find her. When he finally freed her from her captivity he was confronted by his kin for the damage he’d caused during his rage. Rather than deal with his kin, he left the world, brooding among the stars while the war raged below.
After the War, The Black Ocean rampaged across the stars, destroying things that offended him. Only the intercession of Grandmother Lion stayed his rage and brought him back to the world. He hated what he’d seen, and swore terrible oaths to bring the resurgence of the Fey. He’s spent every waking moment since trying to reset the world.
Relations with Others
The Black Ocean is a murderous god of wrath and destruction. He counts no allies among the court, and in fact has several enemies within it. The only god he maintains a close relationship to is Grandmother Lion.
Relations with Servants
The Black Ocean has few servants, but he uses them to recruit followers and minions among the mortal races. They promise power and wealth to any who follow his dictates and have in the past accumulated armies to serve him.
Relations with Mortals
The Black Ocean actively recruits minions and mortal worshippers. He is the most likely Archfey to serve as a patron for a warlock, and he uses his mortal minions to advance whatever plot or scheme he’s working on at the time. He’s a cruel and capricious god, but can provide wonders beyond imagination to those consistently produce results for him.
“The emptiness in your soul is a hunger for that you can not, nor should you have. I will fill that void in you” The Black Ocean offers great rewards to those who serve him loyally, but terrible retribution to those that fail him. Few get the opportunity to make that mistake twice.