The Hands that Move the World
“The lot of mortals is reverence, obedience, acceptance, and fear.”
– first line of the Book of the Dark Star, primary holy text of the Dark Six
A sort of “counter-pantheon” to the Sovereign Host, the Dark Six were once among the Sovereigns but were cast out. They are primitive, bloody, and cruel, associated (and rightly so) with evil. Still, they are no less essential to Eberron than the Host.
The history of Dark Six worship is parallel to that of the Sovereign Host. Most of the practices are similar as well, though larger gatherings must be held in secret to avoid scrutiny. Sacrifices are often made at such gatherings, though usually not human. One unusual addition to the duties of Dark Six priests includes settling disputes between Vassals, because unlike worshipers of the Sovereign Host, they cannot involve official authorities.
Likewise, most beliefs are similar to the Vassals of the Host. One particular exception is the belief that death is not necessarily terminal — though nearly all Vassals of the Sovereign Host believe that the soul loses its divinity on death and wastes away in Dolurrh, Vassals of the Dark Six believe that a select few mortals are chosen by their gods to live on in a paradise beyond the Sea of Siberys.
Most temples to the Dark Six are completely independent and overseen by their own particular clergies. Small variations in practices can exist between different temples. Liturgical councils are rare, but may be found in places where worship is legal and open, like in Darguun.
The gods of the Dark Six include:
- The Devourer, god of storms, flood, famine, and the sea
- The Fury, god of wrath, passion, and vengeance
- The Keeper, god of gluttony, greed, and necromancy
- The Mockery, god of violence, betrayal, carnage and war (particularly unjust war)
- The Shadow, god of ambition, dark magic, and corruption
- The Traveler, god of change, cunning, innovation, and deception