Hey guys! Sorry I've been so scarce lately. Life is hectic.
I'm working on a world concept that I thought you guys might be willing to help me with. It's for a story right now, but I'd like to make it a campaign sometime in the future. The idea is that this world is lead by 6 or 8 deities who, according to mortal beliefs, are very fickle. Every couple of generations, a god will undergo a change, swinging from good to evil or back again. For the most part, they are all lawful or chaotic or neutral, but their good-evil alignment changes.
One example of this is the Shadowlord. The Shadowlord is, obviously, the god of shadows. When he's evil, he stands for thieves, murderers and the shadowy side of the law. When he is good, he is the protector of orphans, outcasts and misfits, the underprivaledged. Both ways he is chaotic and he's always the Shadowlord, but his portfolio shifts with his alignment. The other deity I have is the Dreamlord. One one side he oversease goals, hopes and day dreams. On the other, he is the god of nightmares and our deepest fears. The third one is the Sunlord, who is the lawful god of the royalty and nobility. He swings between honor and court intrigue.
The world is made up of humans and 6 or 8 other races - one child race for each deity. For the shadowlord, it is the werewolves, for the dreamlord, unicorns. And for the sunlord, avians. With the exception of humans, every race can shapeshift at will. The races life to persue their lord's goals and most have two sides of their society that flip when their deity changes alignments every few generations.
The secret that mortals don't know is that the lords aren't deities at all. They are very VERY powerful dragon races that are each lead by a single lord. The shadowdragons are led by the Shadowlord, etc. And when the Shadowlord dies, his successor takes over and, according to tradition, will have a political agenda far different from his predesessor. Down on the mortal plane, the only dragons are small green wild dragonet creatures, so the idea of these giant powerful dragon cultures is something no mortal, human or otherwise, has ever dreamed of.
What do you guys think? Right now, my stumbling block is that I can't think of any more good deities. I have the Shadowlord, the Dreamlord and the Sunlord. Any advice would be awesome!!
(X-posted to dnd_women