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Divine Spirit (神霊, Shinrei?) is the classification for the highest rank of Nature Spirit, and is the name for the remnants of gods after the deterioration of the Age of Gods.

NatureEdit

Gods were beings formed by the thoughts of humans and born into the world without being influenced by the will of the people. They grow stronger the more people worship them, but have been reduced to normal Divine Spirits since the end of the Age of Gods. There also exist cases like gods becoming infamous as icons of terror, distorting their appearances through the human thoughts and ideals that formed them.

Gods are split into two categories, those things that were already there that became gods after becoming objects of worship and those that were reborn as gods. Those that were already there include heavenly bodies like the sun and moon, natural phenomena like storms, earthquakes, thunder, and wind, or others like the "power of the planet that stabilized the surface of the earth." Those that were reborn as gods were close to human originally, but deviated from humanity through various factors to become objects of worship. Beings like heroes and messiahs that are "systems necessary to thrive" fall under that category.[1]

The gods of ancient Mesopotamia, the gods of antiquity, were part of the first category, natural phenomena possessing intentions and personalities. Ea was one such god that performed the act of building the planet, and many others began to build nations after the primordial earth was stabilized in myth. They reigned as the laws of heaven, controlling humans through methods like the birth of Gilgamesh, though that worked against them to end their age.[1] The second category, the gods of modernity, came to the forefront after their passing.

HistoryEdit

The gods of Mesopotamia found themselves lacking viability towards the end of their age and the start of the human age. Living things normally have the instinct to adapt their surroundings to something better suited for the habitat, but gods merely "existed" no matter their power. The viability of humanity was exceptional at the time, as though it was slight counting singular humans, their force in sheer numbers was high. They did not have any transcendent beings commanding the vast majority, but they had a higher level of intelligence than all other living beings that was distributed across all of them. This differed from the gods, no matter how powerful, whose acquired personalities were not much different from humans in their inventiveness and cognizance.

Though the gods were omniscient, each could only come to one conclusion and acquire one personality, differing from the threat of the vast number of humans with their large amount of cognizance, their capacity for change. Their desires were boundless, relentless, and unrestrained, causing the world to evolve in accordance. The gods feared that the rules of the planet would change as they continued to breed, bringing about a time where it was no longer necessary for natural phenomena to have wills. They brought about Gilgamesh for that reason, believing that a sovereign belonging to the human side and championing their cause would allow them to keep humanity in check.

He was to be a keystone hammered into the earth by the heavens to delay the complete fracturing between themselves and humanity, but he rejected their ways and brought an end to their age.[2]

The Age of Gods in Scandinavia ended with Ragnarok, after Surtr burned away the Texture with Laevatein.

The Twelve Olympians originally ruled over Atlantis over 14,000 years before modern day. In 12,000 BC, Sefar arrived on earth, the Olympians being destroyed at that time. Their remnants eventually drifted to Greece, forming Grecian mythology. Within the alternate history of the Atlantic Lostbelt, they avoided that destruction and survived to modern day.[3] The existence of Sefar is a trauma for the Olympians and the Roman Gods.[4]

AttributesEdit

Gods have Authority (権能, Kennō?) over the world, allowing for world construction, event shifting, time-flow manipulation, kingdom-building, and other such powers of that level. Authorities are special abilities that fall into a different category than Codecasts, Skills, and Noble Phantasms. While normal skills "accomplish a certain task by following a corresponding principle”, Authority works “simply by making things happen because one has that right.” Authority is also limited to certain domains for a god. Though such powers existed six thousand years ago, in the Age of Gods before the modern era, the advent of the AD calendar relieved the gods of their duty of the advance of human civilization and retired them to the past.[5] High-level gods like Amaterasu are powerful enough that even the time axis has almost no bearing on them.[6] Some such as the gods of Olympus age over time, having to eat golden apples to keep from aging, while others like Stheno and Euryale are born as immortal idols.[7] Due to being a high class form of Nature Spirit, they should be capable of Marble Phantasm.

Gods were able to mate with humans, bringing about demi-gods of various strengths like Heracles and Cú Chulainn. Demi-gods and those who lose their divinity like Medusa and Chiron are applicable to be summoned as servants. Gods that have died before reduction into Divine Spirits could presumably be recorded into the Throne of Heroes. It is also possible for demi-gods to ascend to full godhood like Heracles, who can be summoned from the Throne of Heroes with his complete Divinity. Heroic Spirits like Alexander the Great can obtain some Divinity through the addition of their legends to their power, even if they may not actually be true. While Divine Spirit servants have the ability to use the Authority of the past, utilizing it in the modern age requires a penalty of self-ruin. However in Fate/Grand Order, Ishtar appears as a pseudo-Servant condition in which a human that has a wavelength close to her own was made into a vessel. In Fate/EXTRA CCC the one who swallowed up the Moon Cell has reached a level of power that is Authority-class.[5]

VariationsEdit

BodhisattvaEdit

Bodhisattva are gods of cosmic proportions, easily capable of governing the solar system and are not owned by Gaia. Saver is one such being, and he is around the level of beings like Kiara Sessyoin and True Daemons, capable of affecting the entirety of a planet. Boddhisattva are people who devote themselves to bring salvation to sattva and also those who have attained moksha. The vastness of the world view of Buddhism is much greater than other religions, encompassing the universe as the kingdom of the Buddha. It uses numerical concepts like Nayuta(10^60) and Muryoutaisuu (10^68) to display their magnitude, and the size of the universe is the great trichiliocosm, composed of one thousand medium trichiliocosm, which are composed of one thousand galaxies, small trichiliocosm each made up of three thousand worlds. It is on the scale of galaxies, galaxy clusters, and superclusters known in the modern era, interpreted over two thousand years ago.[8]

Earth Mother GoddessEdit

Earth Mother Goddess (大地母神?) are goddesses that possess the power of creation which originated from a forgotten goddess from approximately 8000 years ago (the goddess of Catalhoyuk). The goddess was the equivalent of the mother of the earth mother goddesses that created the land, or in other words the “Root” that created all creation.[9] Her powers eventually branched out to other goddesses such as TiamatCybele, Ishtar/Inanna, Anat, Astarte, Gaia (not the same as the planet), Hera, Artemis, Aphrodite, Demeter, and Athena. The earth mother goddesses were often imaged with mural crowns because many of the goddesses were also the guardian deities of cities.

The earth mother is a protector guardian deity revered by the people, and she is the sacrifice that feeds them with the crops born from her body and the beasts of the fields and the forests. Her true nature is the cycle of life and death, the circle of the food chain where she feeds man with her blood and flesh, kills man over time and absorbs him as nutrition, and once again feeds man with her replenished blood and flesh. She represents the system of life itself, so those born of the earth cannot deny her authority. Only when they have fulfilled the wish of the Çatalhöyük, leaving the planet for space and ending the infantile stage of intelligent lifeforms, will they no longer be bound to it.

This authority over the power of bringing death and giving life, symbolized by holes opening in the earth and the sky, caves and the moon, the whirlpools and typhoons of the sea, the craters of volcanoes, and such, first births evils that bring forth all manners of death. Once the evils are finished spreading death, they leave the promise of good harvest and fertility. The goddesses that followed inherited this authority, and many were imaged with mural crowns because many were also the guardian deities of cities. Most used the authority to give birth to countless monsters and giants and posed a threat to the gods and man, or give birth to heroes and became protectors of man. Tiamat and Gaia are examples of those who became threats, and Hera is an example of a mother of heroes.[9] BB used Earth Mother data and Kingprotea came to existence as a High-Servant.[10]

ListEdit

Gods that are prominent within the Nasuverse, whether they have been referenced or directly appeared.

Name Mythology Series Notes
AmaterasuShinto mythologyFate/Extra CCCDeification of the sun
Tamamo-no-Mae is a divided spirit of Amaterasu.[11]
ApolloGreek mythologyFate/Grand OrderGreek God of the Sun, the Arts, father of Asclepius.
ApolloAtlantean mythologyFate/Grand Order
AresGreek mythologyFate/Grand OrderGreek God of War
Father of Hippolyta, Penthesilea and Romulus.
AresAtlantean mythologyFate/Grand Order
AphroditeGreek mythologyFate/Grand OrderGreek Goddess of Beauty, Love and Sex
AphroditeAtlantean mythologyFate/Grand Order
ArtemisGreek mythologyFate/Grand OrderGreek Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt.

One of Meltlilith's goddess components.

ArtemisAtlantean mythologyFate/Grand Order
AsclepiusGreek mythologyFate/Grand OrderGreek God of Medicine
AstraeaGreek mythologyFate/Grand OrderGreek Goddess of Innocence and Justice
AthenaGreek mythologyFate/Grand OrderGreek Goddess of Wisdom and War
AthenaAtlantean mythologyFate/Grand Order
Titan AtlasGreek mythologyFate/Grand OrderTitan who was condemned to hold up the Sky.

Japanese Ainu/Buddhist/Shinto MythologyEdit

  • Bishamonten, a God of War and who Nagao Kagetora claims to be an incarnation of.
  • Gozu Tennou, incarnation or identity of Indra and father of Minamoto no Raikou.
  • Hachiman, a God of Archery.
  • Izanami, the Shinto Goddess of Creation and Death. She is the mother of Amaterasu and many other Japanese Deities. In Fate/Requiem, she is a Servant and the mother of Erice Utsumi.
  • Izanagi, the Shinto God of Creation and Life. He is father of Amaterasu and many other Japanese Deities.
  • Kuzuryū, a Japanese Dragon God and possibly the father of Shuten-douji.
  • Raijin, a God of Lightning, Thunder, and Storms, and the father of Sakata Kintoki.
  • Sitonai, a Kamuy, a god from Ainu Mythology. Her Skill Kamuy Yukar is the divine hymn of he who claimed himself a Kamuy. As an Alter Ego, uttering the Kamuy Yukar allows Sitonai to borrow the power of various Kamuys in Ainu lore. It is possible for her to even use the power of the Pase Kamuys (the superior Kamuys) related to mountains, villages, and the sea.
  • Yamata no Orochi, a Japanese Dragon God and possibly the father of Shuten-douji.

Mesoamerican MythologyEdit

Abrahamic religionEdit

  • Leviathan, a Divine Spirit and an Unclassified Phantasmal Species from the Old Testament. Also known as Lotan from Ugaritic myths. Moses' staff shares the same origin with the cruciform snake staff linked to Lotan. It is said that Tarasque is the offspring of Leviathan. One of Meltlilith's goddess components.

French Folklores and MythologyEdit

  • Melusine, a female spirit of fresh water in a sacred spring or river. One of Violet's goddess components.

Finnish MythologyEdit

  • Louhi, a witch who is also a Divine Spirit, summoned into the body of Sitonai.

Greco/Roman MythologyEdit

They are briefly seen in Pandora's flashback as her creator and then bestow the Pandora's box to her. They appear as robotic beings with a pair of glowing round orbs for eyes. It is eventually revealed that the Titans and the 12 Olympians are machine gods that split off from the original Chaos.

  • Chiron is a former God who gave up his divinity to spare himself the agony of pain from being poisoned and died. He was recorded into the Throne of Heroes as Heroic Spirit due to this, and he wishes to restore his divinity.
  • Chaos, the Primordial God of Emptiness from which the Titans and Greek Gods originated from.
  • Deimos, the Greek God of Terror and son of Ares and Aphrodite.
  • Demeter, the Greek Goddess of Agriculture and Harvest and mother of Persephone.
  • Eris, the Greek Goddess of Chaos and Discord.
  • Euryale, Stheno, and Medusa, the Gorgon sisters who were born from the wishes of mankind for ideal goddesses. Medusa was originally an earth goddess before losing her divinity and becoming the Gorgon, an existence that might already be called the Queen of Magical Beasts. Medusa is one of Violet's goddess components.
  • Hades, the Greek God of the Underworld. He possesses the Cloth of Concealment.
  • Hecate, the Greek Goddess of Magic, who taught Circe and Medea Magecraft.
  • Hephaestus, the Greek God of Fire and Blacksmith of Olympus. He is the creator of Akhilleus Kosmos. He is also the husband of Aphrodite.
  • Hera, Queen of the Gods and Goddess of Marriage.
  • Heracles, demi-god turned full Divine Spirit and the Greek God of Strength.
  • Hermes, the Greek God of Trickery and the Messenger of the Gods, is said to be the one who gave Perseus his five Noble Phantasms. He is also said to be the ancestor of Odysseus.
  • Hestia, the Greek Goddess of the Hearth, Home, Domesticity, Family, the State, and Fire.
  • Nemesis, Greek Goddess of Retribution.
  • Perse, an Oceanid Nymph and daughter of Tethys.
  • Persephone, the Greek Goddess of Springtime and Vegetation.
  • Poseidon, the Greek God of the Seas and Earthquakes. He is the father of Orion and Triton. He is also possibly the father of Chrysaor.
  • Romulus-Quirinus, the deified form of Romulus post-mortem as Quirinus.
  • Prometheus, the Titan who gave Fire to mankind.
  • Tethys, one of the original Titans and wife of Oceanus.
  • Thanatos, the Greek God of Death.
  • Thetis, a sea nymph, the mother of Achilles.
  • Astraeus, the Greek Titan God of the Dusk. He is the husband of Eos and the father of Astraea.
  • Eos, the Greek Titaness Goddess of the Dawn. She is the wife of Astraeus and the mother of Astraea. She is also the sister of Helios.
  • Dike, the Greek Goddess of Justice. She is the daughter of Zeus and Themis. She is closely associated Astraea.
  • Helios, the Greek Titan God and Personification of the Sun. He is the father of King Aeëtes, Circe, and Pasiphaë. He is also the grandfather of Medea and Apsyrtus through his son King Aeëtes, as well as Ariadne and Asterios through his daughter Pasiphaë. He is also the brother of Eos.
  • Zeus, the King of the Gods and God of the Sky and Lightning, is the father of Heracles, and although there is no proof, Alexander the Great was also called his son in some stories and gained Divinity as a Heroic Spirit. The Divine Bulls that pull Gordius Wheel, which were an offering to him stolen by Alexander, are called the "Children of Zeus" and generate lightning that is said to be a manifestation of Zeus.
  • Caeneus or Caenis who inherited Poseidon's authority to become a divine spirit, died in her legend. 
  • The Dioscuri, originally ancient Divine Spirits who embodied the Gemini Constellation.
  • Diana, the counterpart of Artemis of the Olympian Gods. She fell in love with the Roman Emperor Caligula and caused him to fall into madness
  • Mars, the counterpart of Ares of the Olympian Gods. Mars is the father of Romulus.
  • Venus, the Roman Counterpart to Aphrodite and ancestor of Gaius Julius Caesar.
  • Sol, the Roman Counterpart of Helios.

Hinduism and Indian BuddhismEdit

  • Indra, the Hindu Thunder God and father of Arjuna. He wields Vajra. He gave the Vasavi Shakti to Karna as recompense for taking his armor.
  • Surya, the Hindu Sun God and father of Karna.
  • Vishnu, is a Hindu God. His avatars (incarnations) most notably include Krishna and Rama.
  • Parvati, the Hindu Goddess of Love. One of Passionlip's goddess components.
  • Durga, the Hindu Goddess of War and Victory. One of Parvati's facets and Passionlip's goddess components.
  • Kali, the Hindu Goddess of War and Destruction. One of Parvati's facets.
  • Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth. Sita is one of her reincarnations.
  • Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of Wisdom. One of Meltlilith's goddess components.
  • Kama, the Hindu God of Love. His counterpart is Mara.
  • Shiva, the Hindu God of Time and Destruction. He is the husband of Parvati and the father of Ganesha. He gave Arjuna one of his weapons. One of his avatars is Ashwatthama.
  • Ganesha, the Hindu God of Beginnings, Success and Wisdom. The son of Shiva and Parvati.
  • Alakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Misfortune. She possesses Lakshmibai.
  • Agni, the Hindu God of Fire. He gave Arjuna his bow.
  • Apsara, an Indian Goddess of the Clouds and Waters. One of Violet's goddess components.
  • Airavata, an Earth Mother. One of Kingprotea's goddess components.
  • Buddha, a man who ascended to the level of a Bodhisattva after death, existing beyond Gaia's control.
  • Nalakūbara, a lower tier deity of Hindu mythology as well as the guardian god of Buddhism, he was eventually conveyed to China and became accepted into Taoism as the God of Young Boys: Prince Nezha.
  • Arjuna Alter, an amalgamation of nearly the entire Hindu Pantheon in the Hindu Lostbelt.

Irish MythologyEdit

Mesopotamian MythologyEdit

  • Anu, the King of the Gods. He is the father of many Gods including Ishtar. He is also the father of Enkidu.
  • Aruru, also known as Damkina, Goddess of Creation and mother of Enkidu.
  • Dumuzid, God of Shepards. He is also a consort of the goddess Ishtar.
  • Ereshkigal, the Queen of the Underworld. She is the older sister of Ishtar.
  • Ishtar, the Goddess of Fertility, Love, War, Sex and Power. She is one of the goddesses who branches off the original Earth Mother. 
  • Enki, also known as Ea, is the God of Creation, as well as the Great God of Earth and Water, he is believed to be the quasi-deification of the power of the planet which turned, smashed, and stabilized the surface of the earth when it was still covered in gas and seas of magma, during the primordial stage of the earth. He is also tasked with managing the Abyss, the primordial sea of nothingness. The Sword of Rupture, Ea is named after him in his Akkadian and Babylonian name, while the Sword of the End, Enki is named after his older name.
  • Nergal, the God of the Sun and War, he once borrowed Ea's Authority over disease to invade the Underworld after he provoked Ereshkigal but he was defeated and surrendered half his Authority to her and was forced to spend half the year in the underworld to repent.
  • Ninsun, the mother of Gilgamesh and "Lady of the Wild Cows". Indirectly mentioned in episode 8 of Carnival Phantasm.
  • Tiamat, an Earth Mother and Goddess of Sea Salt. She is a Goddess that predates humanity, being older than all other Divine Spirits excluding two certain gods. She is also known as the Goddess of Beginnings, Nammu. She is also the mother of 11 Magical Beasts from Mesopotamian Mythology/Sumerian Mythology, which include Ugallu, Uridimmu, Bašmu, and Ušumgallu. One of Kingprotea's goddess components.
  • Abzu, the Primordial God of Freshwater and the husband of Tiamat.
  • Marduk, the God of Storms who led the Gods of Mesopotamia against Tiamat and her children. In the myths he is said to have slain Tiamat with his axe and bow and turned her corpse into the land. Gilgamesh has a weapon named after him.
  • Enurta, the God of Agriculture, Hunting, and War.
  • Kishar, Goddess of the Earth.
  • Utu, God of the Sun, Justice, Morality, and Truth. He is a son of Anu, twin brother of Ishtar and younger brother of Ereshkigal, and the father of Hubaba.

Norse MythologyEdit

  • Odin, the All Father. God of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Magic. Father of Brynhildr and Thor; also the forefather of Sigurd.
  • Brynhildr, the eldest of the Valkyries. In life, she was stripped of most of her divinity, died, and become a Heroic Spirit. One of Passionlip's goddess components.
  • Freyja, the Norse Goddess of Love, summoned into the body of Sitonai.
  • Thor, the Norse Thunder God and protector of Midgard. He wields Mjölnir.
  • Magni, One of the two Sons of the Thunder God Thor to survive Ragnarok and inherit his Hammer Mjölnir. Magni being the Half-God/Half-Giant son of the Thunder God and the Giantess Járnsaxa.
  • Skadi, the Goddess and Jotunn of Ice and bride of the Gods. In the Norse Lostbelt Odin merged Skadi with Scathach in the final moments of Ragnarok and she eventually became the Lostbelt King.
  • Loki, God of Trickery and Mischief. Father of Fenrir and Jörmungandr.   

ZoroastrianismEdit

  • Avenger (Angra Mainyu), the Persian god of darkness. The Avenger-Class Servant was summoned under the true name of Angra Mainyu, but he is no more than an ordinary villager; A human that was freed from the confines of Order by having his name expelled from the Avenger.
  • Avenger, mentioned by Arash before using Stella.

Balto-SlavicEdit

  • Perkunas, God of the Sky, Thunder, and Lightning.

Egyptian MythologyEdit

  • Anat, Goddess of War.
  • Anubis, God of the Underworld and Embalment/Mummification.
  • Ra, God of the Sun and father of Ozymandias.
  • Hathor, Goddess of the Sky and Love.
  • Set, God of Chaos.
  • Horus, God of the Sky and father of Nitocris.
  • Osiris, God of the Dead and Afterlife.

PolynesianEdit

  • Pele, Goddess of Volcanoes. One of BB Pele’s components.  

OtherEdit

  • Seated Woman of Çatalhöyük, the original Earth Mother Goddess who all other Earth Mothers branch off from (including Ishtar, Artemis, and Tiamat) and the goddess of Çatalhöyük. BB utilizes the Seated Woman's data that she absorbed while she was on the Far Side of the Moon.
  • Astarte, also known as Ashtoret and Astoreth, Goddess of Fertility, Sex, Love, War, Harvest, the Moon, and the Planet Venus, as well as an Earth Mother from Egyptian, Ancient Mesopotamia, Ugarit, Phoenician, Levantine, West Semitic, and Canaanite mythologies. She is the "Old Goddess of Fertility and War", with many goddesses similiar to Ishtar....Ishtar, Astarte, Anat...inheriting her original core. It is believed that Astarte was the goddess that Ishtar and Ereshkigal were originally when they were one. She’s also mentioned in the Old Testament, being called the "Queen of Heaven". The Great Duke of Hell Astaroth is the demonization of Astarte, with the Demon God Pillar Astaroth being named it. Ashtoret Origin is the Servant Universe counterpart of her.
  • Goddess Rhongomyniad, Artoria Pendragon from an alternate history that held on to Rhongomyniad and became a Divine Spirit due to Bedivere failing to return Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake.
  • Titania (Titan), an Earth Mother. One of Kingprotea's goddess components.
  • Nzambi, the High Goddess of the Vili people of the Congo, once a great empress and the mother of all life.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1
  2. Gilgamesh Secret Garden conversations: 1, 2, 3, and 4
  3. Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Ancient Titans' Ocean Atlantis: The Day God Is Shot Down, Chapter 10
  4. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 03: The Intel Flauros
  5. 5.0 5.1
  6. Fate/hollow ataraxia - Gorgon's Cellar
  7. 9.0 9.1
  8. 12.0 12.1 Fate/Grand Order - Profile of Diarmuid Ua Duibhne (Saber)

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