The Kingdom of Catreath is a mesh of different cultures, and many of these cultures have brought their Gods to the kingdom. The concept of atheism is not one that exists; whether or not an individual chooses to worship a specific God or Pantheon, there is little doubt that the Gods are real. There are different pantheons of Gods, for different races and different places, and though worshippers may fight for dominance and oppress each other, no church teaches that its pantheon is the only one to exist.
Most religions are led by their priests, the wise and learned men who communicate to their flock the wishes of their God and who lead their flock in living as their God dictates. The majority of the worshippers are lay followers, men who pay respect and a tithe to the church, who are led by the priests in the way of their deity. Beside these, there are monks and holy sisters, who dedicate their lives to the worship of their God within closed orders, abbeys and monasteries.
The Human Pantheon is made up of married pairs of Gods and Goddess, each pair representing the elements of Air, Water, Earth and Fire. There is also a single genderless God of Spirit. Within each pair of Gods there is a major and minor deity, with the worship of the major deity being significantly more common.
At the start of everything was Eon, and Eon was called 'The One'. He was spirit, he encompassed every mind and every thought. And Eon looked out upon our world, and he saw it stretched beneath him. Our world was, at that time, made of but four elements, and these were separate. Eon carried with him the element of Spirit, and he saw that there was no place left for it upon the world, so he gave a little spirit into the elements already present, and thus the elements became aware and other Gods were created. Two Gods stepped forth from each of the elements, and they looked upon the world and the heavens, and they saw each other. And with their mind but recently acquired they were curious, and so they each crossed to the other quarters of the world to meet, and so the elements became mixed and our world was formed.
When Eon shared his spirit with the other Gods, he both cursed and blessed them, for though they now could think and perceive, they also were lonely. And so the Gods searched across the world for a mate. Hadan was ever direct in his thoughts, and so he quickly considered each Goddess in turn, and quickly set upon Dia, thinking her most lovely and accomplished. He made gifts to her of the sun and the moon, so that their firelight might illuminate her always, and he vowed his service to protect her forever. She looked upon him, and was pleased, thinking him strong, vigorous and worthy.
A little after, Cor and Amadar happened to meet as they walked upon the earth that was kin to them both, and as they met, they looked inside each other and saw that they were but two parts of one whole, and vowed they would never again be separate. Cor gifted her lover with all manner of plants and trees, and received in return all birds, animals and fish.
All this while, Telialan played freely upon the world, for she alone had no sadness and was not lonely. She was bright and full of cheer, and Sul watched her from afar and he loved her. He did not approach her thinking 'how could one so bright love a creature of shadows?' but she spied him watching and came to him, speaking of love and partnership, and so they became as one. He gifted her with the daytime to enjoy, and she gifted him with the night time to hide away in.
Vistan and Liadrin alone were left unpaired, and so they looked upon each other and saw the sense in their match. There was no great love, for emotion is no part of either of them, but there was satisfaction and balance in their meeting. Together they made the race of men, so that they might together share time concerning themselves with them.
Time passed, and the world was good. And the Godly consorts each began to long for a child. And each of the Goddesses became pregnant, and gave birth. To Haden and Dia was born a daughter and they named her Naraleth. She was a wilful child who defied her mother's care and desired only for her father's weapons which she was not permitted. In rage, she attacked her mother, and her father was only stopped from killing her by Dia's pleas for her daughter's life. Hadan banished her, and so she wandered alone, gaining weapons for herself and naming herself Blood Goddess.
To Cor and Amadar was born a son, and they named him Golkor. He desired only for his parent's love, but seeing that they were so close as to be one, he became angry and fled from them, vowing that he would ruin the happiness they found in each other. He named himself Destruction.
To Telialan and Sul was born a daughter, who was named Crein. She despised her mother for her gentleness, wanting only her father's company in the dark places. But Sul wished only to stay near Telialan and had no desire to join her in the shadows. She left, taking with her some of her father's darkness and naming herself Cruelty.
To Vistan and Liadrin was born a son, and they named him Lorcan. To him his parents were cold and unfeeling, knowing no other way to be, and so he pleased himself, following every whim and placing his trust in change. He soon could not bear to be near his parents, so he departed, and though he did not name himself anything, he was soon known as Chaos.
Elves do not view those they worship as Gods, so much as Ancestors of their race. They still attribute Godlike power to their deities, they simply view themselves as a Godly creation. The Elves have no story of creation, as they believe that they have always existed. High Elves rarely worship Gods outside the Elvish Pantheon, but Wood Elves often worship the Human Gods.
The Dwarvish Pantheon has only two deities and a variety of associated characters. All followers of the Dwarvish Pantheon worship all of the Pantheon rather than one specific deity.
In the beginning there was Father Rock and Mother Flame. They lived under the mountains and possessed all that is good in the world. They had two daughters, the Princesses Gold and Silver, and they were as beautiful as anyone has ever been. They were so beautiful that the Underdweller came out of the depths and asked Father Rock for their hands in marriage. Father Rock grew angry at his insolence and threw him out of his hall, vowing that no such lowly creature would wed his daughters. The Underdweller in turn grew angry, and vowed that if he could not have the Princesses then no other would. He met with the Overdweller and with that deceptive creature he formed a plan. The Overdweller attended Father Rock to ask for the Princesses hands in marriage, and whilst he busied himself throwing the Overdweller out of his hall, the Underdweller stole the Princesses away into the deep and he hid them there. As the Princesses were pulled away, they dropped their jewels into the earth, all manner of rubies, emeralds, diamonds and other gems. Father Rock and Mother Flame were distraught, so they created the race of Dwarves to tunnel into the ground searching for the Princesses. They produced two more children, the Prince of Mining to guide the dwarves to his sisters and the Prince of Smithing to help comfort the Princesses when they were found. Father Rock also gave the Dwarvish Race the gift of Beer to fortify them during their task.
Although halflings to some extent share a Pantheon with the humans, the worship of any God bar Dia is almost unheard of, and most halflings only gave a vague grasp of the rest of the Gods. Halflings also have a special relationship with Dia.
In the beginning, all the Gods came together and made the world. And when the world was made, the Gods saw it and were happy. And so, as is natural in such times, the Gods sought out their own happiness through marriage and child-rearing. And so the Gods were married, all except Eon who is older and not of this world, and of whom such things are no part. And each Goddess bore a child, and was happy. But as these children grew, they were no credit to their parents, they eschewed their duty to those who made them and turned to their own path. This brought pain to their mothers, and to none more than Dia, the eternal mother. Her child, Naraleth, was wilful and disobedient. She wished only to play with her father's swords, and would take no heed of her parent's bidding, that such was no path for a Goddess. In anger, Naraleth attacked her mother, and Hadan, who had vowed to protect his wife, would have killed her were it not for his wife's pleading to save her life. So instead Naraleth was sent away from her parents. And Dia mourned for her daughter, and wished for another child. And so she made herself a race to tend and care for as children, whom would live to her principles of peace and love and caring for those around, and of whom her daughter's violence would be no part.