The Pantheon (always capitalized) is the group of Deities that preside over the D-Verse.
Origin and purpose Edit
When the Source first created the D-Verse, it created the Deities as well, instantly and completely. They were derivatives of it, gifted with power but on a much lesser scale. The reason for the Deities' existence is as a vehicle for the Source to be able to interact with the D-Verse - albeit by proxy - without tearing it apart in the process. The purpose for the Pantheon as a whole, then, is to provide a sense of companionship and belonging to the most powerful entities in the D-Verse apart from the Source.
'Domain' in this case does not refer to an absolute territory, but rather a customary courtesy given to a particular Deity. Dio, for example, holds himself responsible for all temporal disturbances and their eventual disposition; however, he does not forbid any other Deity from adjustments they deem necessary, at least up to a certain point - beyond which the rest of the Pantheon yields to his superior experience in dealing with temporal matters.
The Pantheon began with nine members, was reduced to eight for a time, and then returned to nine.
The youngest of all the Deities was Parvait, Goddess of Destruction. Though as full of promise and potential as the rest, she took to her domain a little too closely and vigorously, and began unmaking all creation at an unacceptable pace. She would alternate between destruction and slumber in roughly equal amounts, as if sating her appetite for one brought on the other. At first she was advised, then strongly recommended, and at last directly told to cease, but she continued her cycles, each longer than the last.
At last Parvait took to her couch for an extended rest and did not wake, and so the rest of the Pantheon argued over what to do with her. But as they argued, the whole of creation started turning on itself in a devastating storm of self-destruction, and the Goddess of Destruction smiled in her sleep.
The Pantheon stood, the remaining eight Deities unified in purpose, and moved to strike Parvait down before she could wake. But the goddess had been expecting this; and opening her eyes, she whispered a final goodbye and dispersed herself into the very fabric of creation, introducing both entropy and Void magic into the D-Verse.
The Deities began the long and arduous battle against the Devourer, as they now called her - no longer even acknowledging her name. But Eris was particularly distraught, for though Parvait had ruined much, her departure had left the Goddess of Chaos without the comfort and support of a partner - her most closely guarded secret.
Eris pursued her own designs, observing and testing humanity, and over time came to the conclusion that its current incarnation could never produce someone who could grow to satisfy her. So she interfered with the natural course of events, as covertly as possible, and engineered the creation of the Second Humanity: splitting the human race into angels and demons, and then recombining them to produce the magically-inclined Hybrids for more tests and evaluation.
Only three hundred solar years after the first Hybrid came to be, Eris's future consort Rosewood was born; and after a period of testing, she ascended to Eris's side as Goddess of Design, returning the Pantheon to its original count of nine.
Rosewood was at first under outright suspicion due to her origins, but when the Source confirmed her as a true Deity, the rest of the Pantheon accepted her, albeit with concern for her mental state; never having forgotten the actions of the youngest Deity, they were now charged with guiding another, younger still.
The new goddess took to her position well, joining the struggle against the Devourer; but even now she remains ignorant of the history of Parvait, knowing neither the secret relationship that once existed between her and Eris, nor even her name, as the other Deities still refuse to acknowledge her existence and Eris never mentions the matter.
The curious almost-familial organization of the Pantheon lends itself to an equally curious set of relationships, though some are fairly traditional.
The God of Time, eldest of the Pantheon, relates to the rest of the Deities as an older brother. Serious almost to a fault, he is the voice of reason and a level-headed source of advice in any situation, even if he disapproves of Eris's tendency to go off on her own - or with Rosewood - and meddle with things.
The Goddess of Desire flirts almost non-stop at times, when the mood takes her, but spends most of her time with the Deities who lack a consort: Dio, Tieria, Bethany, and Siguna. Her main desire is to keep the Pantheon as happy and content as she can, and she will go to great lengths with that as her goal.
The God of Knowledge mainly concerns himself with the collection and organization of all the data in the D-Verse, and tends to be a little aloof at times. Though willing to help at any time if need be, his attention is almost exclusively devoted to the maintenance and expansion of the Divine Archive; only Miranda seems to be able to draw him away, and even then not for very long.
The Goddess of Death is something of a loner by nature, rarely bothering to speak unless something is weighing heavily on her mind, and generally maintains a somber disposition that somewhat isolates her. Miranda's flirting often brings a smile to her face, but more than anything else, she loves to sit and listen to Siguna.
The God of Sound has a tendency to hum or sing aloud at all times, which some find vexing but others appreciate, particularly Bethany. He is very much a showman, and as such he spends most of his time composing and performing, whether in person for the Deities (occasionally on request) or through his various Avatars for lesser beings.
Freyja and Hekel Edit
Battle and Deception make something of an amusing pair to watch. Where Freyja is straightforward and direct, Hekel is anything but; his various shenanigans cause no end of distraction and irritation for her. And yet, whenever she's right on the edge of rebuking him - whether by word or fist - he seems to know just what to say to defuse her and, more often than not, make her blush.
Eris and Rosewood Edit
The pairing of Chaos and Design is unreservedly and unashamedly affectionate to the point of being almost disgustingly saccharine. Eris's previously erratic nature was corrected both by Rosewood's ascension and her own reabsorption of her Avatar, the Master Key, and now the two are rarely far apart, whether in affection or mischief or grand schemes.