The Hidari Wars
Usable Pantheon For Clerics
Before I begin, all information posted below was taken from Wikipedia, and Paizo’s Pathfinder: Dragon Empires Gazetteer book, and Pathfinder: Core Rulebook. I didn’t make any of this information I simply copied, and pasted. Note that since I’m not gaining money from this page that even without citation I cannot be persecuted so this is just a common cutesy note.
For my players I hate to say it, but this is going to be the one page where I won’t change out the word Japan so this is an out of story page. When you see Japan just imagine it saying “The Mizari Islands”. I know it’s silly, but to be honest it adds integrity to what I’m writing since people actually did worship some of these gods in real life. Note: some gods are just out of Pathfinder.
Amaterasu (天照?), Amaterasu-ōmikami (天照大神／天照大御神?) or Ōhirume-no-muchi-no-kami (大日孁貴神?) is a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru meaning “shining in heaven.” The meaning of her whole name, Amaterasu-ōmikami, is “the great august kami (Gama or God) who shines in the heaven”.1 The Emperor of Japan is said to be a direct descendant of Amaterasu.
Goddess of the sun, redemption, honesty, healing.
Fire, Glory, Good, Healing, Sun.
Favored Weapon: Katana
Inari Ōkami (稲荷大神?, also Oinari) is the Japanese kami of fertility, rice, agriculture, foxes, industry, and worldly success and one of the principal kami of Shinto. Represented as male, female, or androgynous, Inari is sometimes seen as a collective of three or five individual kami.
Domains Animal, Artifice, Community,
Subdomains Construct, Family, Fur, Growth, Home, Seasons
Favored Weapon flail
Fūjin (風神?) is the Japanese god of the wind and one of the eldest Shinto gods.
He is portrayed as a terrifying dark demon, resembling a red headed black humanoid wearing a leopard skin, carrying a large bag of winds on his shoulders.
Domains Air, Chaos, Destruction, Water,
Subdomains Catastrophe, Cloud, Oceans, Protean, Storms, Wind
Favored Weapon Whip
In Japanese mythology, Hachiman (八幡神 Hachiman-jin/Yahata no kami?) is the Japanese syncretic god of archery and war,123 incorporating elements from both Shinto and Buddhism.4 Although often called the god of war, he is more correctly defined as the tutelary god of warriors.45 He is also divine protector of Japan and the Japanese people. The name means God of Eight Banners, referring to the eight heavenly banners that signaled the birth of the divine Emperor Ōjin. His symbolic animal and messenger is the dove. Since ancient times Hachiman was worshiped by peasants as the god of agriculture and by fishermen who hoped he would fill their nets with much fish. In the Shinto religion, he became identified by legend as the Emperor Ōjin, son of Empress Consort Jingū, from the 3rd – 4th century AD.
Domains Glory, Law, Nobility, War
Subdomains Blood, Heroism,
Honor, Leadership, Tactics
Favored Weapon longbow
Raijin (Also Known as Raiden)
Raijin is a god of lightning, thunder1 and storms in the Shinto religion and in Japanese mythology. His name is derived from the Japanese words rai (雷, meaning ‘thunder’) and shin (神, ‘god’ or ‘kami’). He is typically depicted as a demon beating drums to create thunder, usually with the symbol tomoe drawn on the drums.
Domains Evil, Chaos, Weather, Earth, Destruction
Subdomains Cloud, Archon, Ferocity
Favored Weapon Quarterstaff
Sun Wukong, the Monkey King (Also Known as Goku)
Sun Wukong (simplified Chinese: 孙悟空; traditional Chinese: 孫悟空; pinyin: Sūn Wùkōng), also known as the Monkey King, is a main character in the classical Chinese epic novel Journey to the West (Chinese: 西遊記; pinyin: Xīyóujì) written by Wu Cheng’en. In the novel, he is a monkey born from a stone who acquires supernatural powers through Taoist practices. After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain by the Buddha, he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from India. Sun Wukong possesses an immense amount of strength; he is able to lift his 13,500 jīn (8,100 kg or 17,881 lbs) staff with ease. He is also superbly fast, able to travel 108,000 li (54,000 kilometers or 33,554 mi) in one somersault. Sun knows 72 transformations, which allows him to transform into various animals and objects; he has trouble, however, transforming into other people, because he is unable to complete the transformation of his tail. He is a skilled fighter, capable of holding his own against the best generals of heaven. Each of his hairs possesses magical properties, and is capable of transforming either into a clone of the Monkey King himself, or various weapons, animals, and other objects. He also knows spells that can command wind, part water, conjure protective circles against demons, and freeze humans, demons, and gods alike.1 One of the most enduring Chinese literary characters, Sun Wukong has a varied background and colorful cultural history. For example, Sun Wukong’s is considered by some American, Chinese, and Indian scholars to be influenced by both the Hindu deity Hanuman from the Ramayana and elements of Chinese folklore.234
Domains Animal, Chaos, Liberation,
Subdomains Deception, Exploration,
Freedom, Protean, Revolution, Thievery
Favored Weapon quarterstaff
Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto angered Amaterasu Omikami when he killed Uke Mochi, the goddess of food. Amaterasu Omikami once sent Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto to represent her at a feast presented by Uke Mochi. The goddess made the food by turning to the ocean and spitting out a fish, then facing the forest and game came out of her mouth, and finally turned to a rice paddy and coughed up a bowl of rice. Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto was utterly disgusted by the fact that, although it looked exquisite, the meal was made in a disgusting manner, and so he killed her.1 Soon, Amaterasu Omikami learned what happened and she was so angry that she refused to ever look at Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto again, forever moving to another part of the sky. This is the reason that day and night are never together. In later versions of this myth, Uke Mochi is killed by Susanoo-no-Mikoto.
Domains Artifice, Death, Evil, Law,
Subdomains Construct, Deception,
Devil, Murder, Toil, Undead
Favored Weapon shuriken
In Japanese mythology, Susanoo, the powerful storm of Summer, is the brother of Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun, and of Tsukuyomi, the god of the moon. All three were born from Izanagi, when he washed his face clean of the pollutants of Yomi, the underworld. Amaterasu was born when Izanagi washed out his left eye, Tsukuyomi was born from the washing of the right eye, and Susanoo from the washing of the nose.
Domains Glory, Good, Law,
Subdomains Ancestors, Archon,
Day, Heroism, Honor, Light
Favored Weapon katana
Lady Nanbyo, the Widow of Suffering
Lady Nanbyo is the goddess of plague, fire, earthquakes,
and other calamities. Even tsunamis and volcanic eruptions
(usually the work of Hei Feng and Yamatsumi, respectively)
are typically blamed on Lady Nanbyo, for she eagerly adds
her own torments to such catastrophes and delights in
the pain and suffering that follow in their wake. At the
same time, however, people pray to Lady Nanbyo to spare
them during such times of upheaval. Called the Widow of
Suffering, Lady Nanbyo has been married many times, but
all of her husbands have met terrible and tragic ends. While
Lady Nanbyo can appear as a seductive woman when she
wishes, her true form is said to be that of a ravenous, firebreathing
dragon with a dozen legs.
Domains Chaos, Destruction, Evil, Fire, Plant
Subdomains Ash, Catastrophe, Decay,
Demon, Rage, Smoke
Favored Weapon warhammer
Fumeiyoshi, Lord of Envy
Fumeiyoshi is the Lord of Envy, the god of dishonor, envy,
and graves. Originally the god of night and brother of the
moon god Tsukiyo, Fumeiyoshi grew jealous of Shizuru’s
love for Tsukiyo and slew his brother in a fit of rage. When
Shizuru returned Tsukiyo to life, she stripped Fumeiyoshi
of his position and banished him to her brother’s grave,
decreeing that he would always envy his betters, as the
restless dead do the living. Fumeiyoshi is considered the
patron of oni and the undead, and of those paladins and
samurai who have been dishonored or have fallen from
grace. In lands where the dead are buried, people often
make sacrifices to Fumeiyoshi as the god of graves to placate
him into leaving deceased loved ones where they are laid to
rest, lest they rise again as undead horrors. Fumeiyoshi has
many forms, but most often manifests as a nearly skeletal
humanoid with three eyes, jagged tusks, and twisted claws.
Domains Death, Destruction, Evil,
Subdomains Blood, Daemon, Souls, Rage, Tactics, Undead
Favored Weapon naginata
I’ll allow a few other gods, but for the most part this is all that I really want to see in the game. You need to give me the name of the god, the origin, and why someone in the Mizari Islands would be worshiping that god. I’ll make a few exceptions, but for the most part I would prefer if all players simply keep to these gods.
Also as a side note some of these gods aren’t 100% correct for their stat blocks. If you really want to do the research on it I’ll gladly change it, but for now I feel that these stat blocks are good enough. I’m just doing this so that someone doesn’t come up to me later stating that I got a little bit of information on their favored weapon, or some of their domains wrong. I mainly applied what I did so that their was a decent selection of various deities to worship that are good, neutral, evil, chaotic, and lawful.