The Gods

In the beginning, there were the First Gods, omniscient and all-powerful. Theologists will forever argue just which of these gods came into being first, but none will deny that it's the First Gods who established the world as it is known, created the natural order that the world followed, and filled the world with men and Pokémon alike. All people who worship the gods worship the First Gods. Belief in them is universal, and even in these trying times, these gods - Arceus especially - are revered above all others. For the world owes their existence to them, and should their will change, this world could be undone just as easily.

Arceus, the All-Father: The great creator, the All-Father created the race of man to fill the world and make it in his vision. He is also widely considered the father of the gods besides the First Gods, and some believe he even created his fellow First Gods as Mew created the Pokémon species. Though highly revered, the All-Father has recently pulled away from humanity, deeming them unworthy and corrupt, after failing to create a world in his vision after so many millennium. Now only the Knights Templar still have his blessing, and they use it to bring an end to those who Arceus deems unworthy, as the All-Father watches the world tear itself apart from the heavens.
Mew, the All-Mother: The Mother of Mercy, Mew is the mother of the Pokémon species that inhabit the world, creating the first of each and every one to give Arceus' creation of man companions. Her love and empathy are eternal, and she beseeches the people of the world to be kind and caring and loving, and to be good stewards of the world that Arceus has granted them. Though specifically the goddess of mothers, she's revered as empowering all women in a world largely dominated by men, and is widely known as the most responsive of the First Gods to the plights of man.
Giratina, the End-Father: The shadow of the All-Father, the crawling darkness, the end of the beginning… Giratina is the god of death, the philosophical opposite of the All-Father and All-Mother. Despite his sinister guise, Giratina remains as highly revered as both gods; death is no more than the natural end of life, and its presence is all too well-known in this world. People rarely use his actual name, for fear of drawing his attention, and often refer to one of many pseudonyms the god is known to respond to. Every life is a promise to Giratina, that their soul will return to him in death… though Giratina is also a swindler of sorts, willing to barter souls for the right kinds of favors. Many great and terrible events in history have Giratina hiding in the shadows.
Palkia, the Beginning: Before the world was, there was nothing. Palkia raised his eyes, and wherever they rested, existence happened. Arceus and Mew were responsible for creating men and Pokémon, but Palkia created the world in which they dwell. Though many learned men, be they explorers or philosophers, have searched far and wide, none have seen evidence of another world created by Palkia… but the theologists claim Palkia's forever gazing, his eyes falling on new worlds, or new worlds springing forth wherever his gaze falls. Palkia is one of the most elusive gods, never heeding the calls of man, and is an eternal mystery to common folk and religious scholars alike.
Dialga, the Ending: Even after Palkia created the world, Arceus and Mew populated the world and Giratina created an orderly end to those in the world, it still was not as we know it now. The world and the beings within existed, and had purpose, but they did not live, thrive, be young and grow old. Dialga stepped in, bringing the world a blessing and a curse: Time. Under her beckoning, time moved forward. Creatures grew big and grew old, kingdoms were born, thrived and died. No matter what great joys and deep sorrows begat the world, it continued to move on to some great end that only she has seen - even Arceus does not know the ending of the world as she does. Though some envision her as a mistress of Giratina, beckoning the living to their timely death, most do not ascribe such human emotions to the First Gods. She is not a being, but Time itself, always watching, waiting and moving forward.[/spoiler]

The Greater Gods

As both man and Pokémon grew in number, the gods watched their creation led astray. There was war, there was pillaging and plundering, and there were many terrible things done in the First Gods' names. The gods pondered ending their creation in disappointment, but Mew, in her infinite wisdom and understanding, convinced them to help man instead of punishing them. They were no more than children, and like children, they needed teachers and mentors, guides to keep them from going astray. And so the Greater Gods were born; some say Arceus created them to protect his other creations, others say Mew created them as she did all Pokémon species, but most believe they are the sons and daughters of a union of Arceus and Mew, who know each other as husband and wife before god and goddess.

Of their many children, the Greater Gods are those gods closest to man. Though the First Gods are most highly revered, the Greater Gods brought civilization to men, teaching them of philosophy, of art and of civilized war. Though all gods can take on mortal forms, either man or Pokémon, the Greater Gods are known to do so often, feeling at one with their peoples and wanting to understand their plights and concerns. Many fables and fairy tales exist about their hypothetical adventures, and while many are just morality tales to teach children the ways of the world (or young adults coming of age, in the case of The Lovers), there is truth to some of these old stories. The First Gods are omniscient and all-powerful, but the Greater Gods are depicted as more human, having weaknesses and faults with their strengths and valor.

Victini, the Warrior: The greatest celestial warrior comes in the smallest package. When the titans roamed the earth in the early days of man, Arceus feared for his creation, and created the God of Victory to protect them. Blessed to never lose a battle, the Crimson Knight dispatched the titans in glorious battle, and became a trainer of champions, both divine and mortal. It was he who first trained the Swords of Justice in battle, and many famous knights and kings claim to have been trained by the god, some truthfully. Often sought for his power, he hides away in the mortal world, but true knights with pure hearts who can find him are deemed worthy of his legacy.
Meloetta, the Muse: The beautiful Meloetta was revered for bringing the arts, in all their forms, to the hands of man. She taught them of song and dance and paint, and to strive to bring beauty into this world instead of chaos and pain. Though revered among all the kingdoms, she was most loved by those in the land now known as the Forgotten Kingdom, and when her father laid waste she went into mourning. She has yet to bless any mortal ever since, and the Forgotten spread art and beauty throughout the kingdoms in her name, in hopes that someday she will see fit to return her grace and glory to the land.
Shaymin, the Trickster: Not all benevolent gods must be kind as well. A good-hearted god, Shaymin is a nature deity, and closely aligned with the Forces of Nature. He protects the natural world, watching over it and allowing it to flourish, and therefore resides deep within the Emerald Wildlands, the largely untouched region of the world. Though not a malicious god, he is not kind to those who wish to destroy the world in its natural glory, and will play increasingly rude and troublesome pranks on those who do so until they leave the world as it is. Despite his tricky nature, he's fond of mankind, if only to continue to have people to play his pranks upon.
Latios and Latias, the Lovers: Love and lust, passion and desire, affection and obsession… Latios and Latias embody love in all its forms, from a parent's love for a child, a man's love for his god, a person's love for their mate, and the raw physical love. Despite reigning over all types of love, The Lovers are most strongly associated with romantic and sexual love, as most people associate familial love with the All-Mother. Most marriages include a blessing by a priest of The Lovers, with some devoted couples (or couples wishing to make amends for a failed marriage) making a pilgrimage to the Temple of Desire in the Forgotten Kingdom, The Lovers' oldest temple. Some philosophers believe that instead of two gods, Latios and Latias are simply one god occupying two bodies.
Darkrai and Cresselia, the Dream Weavers: There are many ways that gods commune with their followers, but the most common - at least if one believes in fables and fairy tales - is by dreams. Though the messages are often hazy and foggy, dreams portray the state of the world and one's fated path, be it in the past, present or future. Darkrai and Cresselia were born to travel on Lugia's moon beams, bringing visions - Cresselia's bright and encouraging dreams and Darkrai's ominous and forewarning omens - to the people of the world. Sadly, Darkrai has become feared and loathed by the people as the cause for such terrible dreams, and he's become a reclusive god, while Cresselia is beloved and accepted throughout the kingdoms. Still, Darkrai has become somewhat loved among other outcasts of the night, thieves and rogues who do not fear the dark.
Reshiram, the Celestial Flame, and Zekrom, the Forward Light: Born two parts of a triplet, Reshiram and Zekrom embody the concept of duality and conflict. Reshiram and Zekrom are truth and ideals, yin and yang, darkness and light, past and future. They are not good and evil, though many choose to believe that of whatever god might represent their side in a duel. These two are drawn to wherever conflict exists, and they battle, a celestial embodiment of the chaos and conflict that humans thrive upon, in hopes their conflict will spare the humans their own. Though they have dueled many times, they always part ways before a winner is apparent; theirs is merely the way of conflict, choosing the path ahead is the job of mortals.
Sadly, celestial balance has been knocked askew by recent events. Zekrom was killed in battle with his sister Reshiram, who seems to be of a conflicted mind. May the gods have mercy on us all.
Kyurem, the White Blight: The younger brother (or perhaps sister, it's hard to say) of Reshiram and Zekrom, Kyurem is an empty being, representing what happens when one lacks either truth or ideals: Perfect balance, and yet a total void. A sad creature, Kyurem desired nothing more than to join with his siblings in perfect balance, but their conflicting nature would not allow them to settle for such peace. Frustrated, Kyurem exiled himself to the furthest corner of the world, and there he still resides, freezing and brooding in the perfectly static and unchanging arctic. He has his peace, though he forever resents his siblings for not choosing it with him.
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