Gods are comparable to entire worlds in and of themselves. From their own existence springs forth the defining properties of their expressions and the concepts within their portfolios.
The deities presiding over Kafaz’Dha can be divided into two groups:
The sheer mass of a god can be more effectively understood as a sum of its separate parts, mostly its Intermediaries and its Aspects.
A god’s Intermediaries are any number of seemingly separate faces or personas of the greater entity. Certain gods who hold sovereignty over a vast body of portfolios require that their singularity be divided into smaller governing bodies. For example, Moradin, the Greater God of Dwarves, has an Intermediary known as Abbathor that governs the smaller spheres of chaos, trickery, and greed within the greater sphere of dwarvenkind.
Many creation myths suggest that Intermediaries can be separated from the greater entity, resulting in a lesser deity. Gruumsh, the Greater God of Orcs, is known to purposefully shed his own characteristics in order to attain a stronger, purer grasp on his dominion of war. This shedding is said to have resulted in the lesser gods Maglubiyet and Hruggek, among others, who have since developed their own identities as lesser deities. On the other hand, Erythnul, the Lesser God of Slaughter, is said to have forcibly separated itself from the Three after developing a sense of individuality.
Not all gods utilize Intermediaires. Boccob and Asmodeus both exist as singular entities, each for their own reasons.
A god’s Aspects are akin to avatars that the god uses in order to interact with entities outside of itself. Any given Aspect only contains a modicum of the greater entity’s knowledge, power, or will; however, such a miniscule percentage of a god’s entirety is still among the greatest forces within the Omniverse.
The Prime Aspect is the avatar that a god uses to interact with other gods, and functions as the archetype from which religious art and mythic depictions of a god are construed.
Other Aspects of a god can represent either the greater entity or one of its Intermediaries. These lesser Aspects are used primarily to interact with the god’s followers. Due to the technicalities of the Oath of Noninterference, a deity is prohibited from making active contact with a mortal soul; however, the Aspects of the god are allowed to interact with the rare mortal souls that are able to contact beings in other realms. Great sages and prophets who claim to commune with the divine are in fact communicating with Aspects of the greater deity.