Gods (神, deva) are one of the three races in the Kubera universe. After the N0 Cataclysm, most of them were confined to the god realm and since then required a live summoner to remain in the human realm. If the summoner dies, the god return to the god realm.
Gods do not grow or age, but as with the suras, they can change their apparent age or appearance at will. They have human forms that are slightly altered when they release their power, but are still human-like. Gods can have children like humans and suras; but they are not gods, a jurisdiction must be available for a new god to come into being. As such, their population grows at a slower rate than those of the other races. Gods can have children with humans, though the resulting offspring won't be immortal.
Primeval gods have two source attributes that are related to their jurisdictions. All other gods have only one source attribute which is related to their jurisdiction.
Depending on their jurisdiction, they are classified as primeval gods (始初神), natural gods (自然神) or created (generational) gods (生成神). Natural gods and created gods were born as 'astikas' by primeval gods. Astikas are weaker than nastikas, but are able to regenerate indefinitely as long as their jurisdictions exist, which could be a planet, a star, or a whole universe.
There are four primeval gods: Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and Kali. Each of them controls two jurisdictions that are independent of the universe, which makes them outright immortal. They are able to regenerate indefinitely regardless of the existence of universes. In some universes however, the physical body of a primeval god had been lost, causing them to wait for the end of the current universe to create a new one and get his or her body back.
Primeval gods are in charge of creating universes and maintaining balance in them. They also control the power of names and are usually neutral when it comes to the wars and struggles between astikas and nastikas. Primeval gods help other gods manage their duties and have authority over them.
All four are above 5th-zen level gods and, among humans, are known for their main attribute. Their influence is so great that Shiva's and Vishnu's disappearance in the year N0 was considered to be the actual Cataclysm. Currently only Brahma seems to remain. Also, it has been said that Vishnu and Shiva were the most powerful mediators in the universe which implies that they are the most powerful among the four.
Natural gods were originally known as Astikas. There are seven known natural gods: Agni, Varuna, Vayu, Indra, Kubera, Surya, and Chandra. All seven are 5th-Zen level, and all other natural gods are 4th-Zen and below.
They were created by the primeval gods at the beginning of the universe along with nastikas. They are also bound by the power of their name and share between them a general hate towards the sura. Natural gods can be destroyed, but only at the price of extinguishing every source of their jurisdictions in the whole universe; for instance, as long as fire exists, Agni cannot be killed. Despite that, their jurisdictions are bound to the universe directly and natural gods will die at the end of their universe.
They are on friendly terms with created gods, but aren't very close to primeval gods who are considered outsiders by both.
Not much is known about the total number of these gods other than they are numerous; so far, we know of only three of them: Yama, Asvins, and Marut. They came into being after the beginning of the universe when there was a suitable jurisdiction they could fill. Each jurisdiction is very defined and limited, making it possible for it to be extinguished by changing circumstances, and the disappearance of the god with it.
Asvins and Marut, who control the Recovery and the Decay domains respectively, cover the vacuum left by Vishnu's and Shiva's disappearances and have become the new gods of those months. For now, only Yama is known to belong to the 5th Zen. Both Asvins and Marut are 4th-Zen level, their powers only a pale shadow of Vishnu's and Shiva's abilities; magicians who have those attributes are now much less powerful.
Before the beginning of the universe, there were the primeval gods, who created the new universe and the creatures that were to inhabit it; the nastikas (stronger but mortal) and the astikas (weaker but immortal and able to resurrect infinitely). Each of these creatures received a special name from Vishnu, and those names were embedded with power. Unlike Visnu, Kali did not like the idea that the newly-created beings may become more powerful than her, so she took the remaining names. This gave her the power of both gods and nastikas, but were dangerous and faulty. Using those names, she created her own clan. Astikas and nastikas were natural enemies and began a war between each other. Only the primeval gods stood impartial between the factions.
In return for their Breath, dragons were not capable of reproducing. Vishnu prophesied that if things remained unchanged, the Vritra clan would be the first sura clan to die out. In order to avoid such an outcome, he convinced Brahma to help. Brahma's spell enhanced the race's characteristics (numbed feelings), in return for dragon halfs to become the equivalent of a 5th-stage rakshasa after a century.
As time went by, some gods and suras were able to develop a friendship with each other: Visnu became friends with Taksaka, Garuda, Gandharva, and Shuri; and Agni was able to befriend Gandharva thanks to Shakuntala's intervention, although Gandharva himself doesn't trust the Fire god.
Kali tried to kill Shiva using a special sword. The Sword of Return, which she created, is able to inhibit the regenerative skills. She was, however, unable to kill her fellow primeval god and threw the sword away. The Chaos Temple in Willarv was built around it. Later on, Kali had a child with Garuda for reasons known only to her and went missing afterwards. She created a being called Taraka to act as a mother to Yuta and rule the chaos sura.
Humans could borrow the power of gods through divine magic, or of suras through fiendish magic depending on their properties or descent. However, Suras were often unpredictable and harmed the humans as well. Realizing divine magic was safer for them, humans sided with the gods. In order to protect the human cities, Vishnu had Brahma create barriers. Because she was neutral, the barriers weren't perfect and human vigor wasn't strong enough to fend off against superior suras. Natural and created gods powered the system so that not even a nastika would be able to enter the cities.
During the N0 Cataclysm, Visnu and Shiva disappeared. Asvins and Marut took their place respectively. Before leaving, Visnu separated the races into three different dimensional realms and promised to have an ocean built for the Gandharva clan in the sura realm. As a result of this separation, gods had to be summoned to be able to exist in the human realm at the cost of the summoner's lifespan. Since N0, three gods have been summoned: Chandra, Vayu, and Agni.
Their main power is to regenerate themselves every time they "die". It can be instant or take decades in some occasions, and when regenerating, a god is placed in a sort of limbo. Their regeneration takes place faster in their own realm, which has kept them safe from suras attacks there.
Gods also possess insight, which can be used on any being except nastikas. Only the primeval gods can have insight on every living being. It's necessary to make eye contact with the target to be able to use insight.
They can also create items to be used as mediums. These god-level items are near indestructible and enhance human characteristics thanks to their high divine affinity due to the fact that they are part of the god who created it, and as long as the god exists so will the god-level item.
The world of the gods consists of a number of dimensions. The higher the dimension, the higher the mental level necessary to enter it. Usually these mental levels are directly related to the strength of the god. There are 5 levels (1st Zen through 5th Zen). The primeval gods are beyond 5th-Zen classification.
The distinction between primeval gods, natural gods, and created gods is not directly related to their power levels, so their relationship is somewhat different from a vertical hierarchy. Even though the highest-ranking 5th-Zen natural gods seem stronger than created gods, among the 4th Zen there are many natural gods weaker than created gods, so discussing the strength purely in terms of jurisdiction is a problem. In any case, the reason immortal gods need to discuss the issue of strength is because of their concept of "death." Despite their ability to resurrect, there is an issue: there is a considerable delay before they can return from the dead.
The primeval gods and the highest-ranking natural gods belong to this Zen. Among the generational gods, only Yama is considered to be of 5th-Zen rank.
Aside from their innate abilities of regeneration and insight, the 5th-Zen gods are able to freely move around the dimensions in the god realm. However, despite their freedom of movement, even the 5th-Zen gods cannot break the barrier that separates the god realm from the human realm. The only way to do it is to be summoned by a magician, or by using brute force - but so far only Kubera has been shown to be capable of this feat.
Indra's and Yama's residences are placed in the highest dimensions, thus making them unreachable for the lower ranked gods.
These gods are of lower status than the primeval and 5th-Zen gods. Lower Zen gods have certain restrictions as to which god realm dimension they can visit, and apparently have less strength and fewer powers they can share with magicians.
- Indra is considered the King of the Astikas, a job given to him by the primeval gods.
- There are only 12 primary gods, one for each month, the 4 primeval Gods who are beyond 5th zen in mental level, 7 Natural Gods and Yama who are 5th-Zen. They are the patrons of each of the twelve months in Willarv's calendar system, and also determine the birth attributes of humans and quarters. Three of the primeval gods have vanished and two 4th-Zen gods are filling in for those months; Kali's month remains vacant.
- Although 5th-zen Gods are male except for Varuna, altogether there are more female gods. As a result, male gods are practically born to be popular.
- A primeval god isn't an astika. This term is used only for natural gods who were created after the universe. Astikas are the enemies of the suras.