- "No Man can be judged until he stands alone before his god."
- —Alaric, High Theogonist of Sigmar.[2a]
The Gods of Chaos
- Main article: Chaos Gods.
The many followers of Chaos devote themselves to one of the daemonic entities of the Realm of Chaos. Some worship the force of Chaos Undivided itself. There are many minor Chaos Gods, most of which are not named, but the four main Ruinous Powers are known across the world:
- Khorne - God of hate, rage and bloodshed.
- Nurgle - God of plague, despair and inevitable decay.
- Slaanesh - God of self-indulgence and lust.
- Tzeentch - God of change, sorcery, ambition, hope and scheming.
There are a great many gods worshipped by humans, and which ones are known and worshipped differs depending on the society and local custom.
Gods of the Old World
- Main article: Old World Pantheon
Of the Gods and Goddesses worshiped in the Old World, perhaps the most important are Sigmar, patron of the Empire, the Lady of the Lake, patron of Bretonnia, and Ursun, patron of Kislev. Other important deities are Morr, Shallya, Taal, Rhya, Ulric, Verena, Ranald, Manann and Myrmidia.
- Main article: Nehekharan Pantheon
The ancient human kingdom of Nehekhara had their own pantheon of Gods.
- The people of Ind are said to worship "a thousand Gods". One of these is called Gilgadresh, while another is the eight-armed She’ar Khawn.
- The people of Albion are known to worship seven "Gods of Light". Some of the Pantheon of the Old World are known, although they are regarded more like guardian spirits than divine beings.
- Around -1200 IC, the worship of Chi'an Chi (Tzeentch) became popular among the aristocracy of Beichei in Cathay. However, it is unclear whether Cathayan Tzeentch worship is common or even legal, it may well be illegal or frowned upon, like in the Old World.
- The people of Araby are primarily known to worship a single creator god, who is manifested on the world by his chosen prophets. The Golden Magus, a seafaring Sorcerer from Araby, is a worshipper of Tzeentch. However, it is unclear whether Arabyan Tzeentch worship is common practice.
- The Amazons worship the goddess Rigg, the outcast Old One. It is also hinted that they worship the serpent-god, Sotek.
- Little is known about the religions of Nippon or Khuresh but many Orientals, worship a common god called the Orange Simca, whose monks wear orange robes and spend most of their time in contemplation. Vim-to is the martial version of Simcism.[3a]
Dwarf Ancestor Gods
- Main article: Ancestor Gods.
The Dwarfs practice a form of ancestor worship, where they believe that certain famous Dwarfs from early in their history have ascended to become Ancestor Gods. The most well-known Ancestor Gods are Grimnir, Grungni and Valaya, but several others have been mentioned in various materials.
This is similar to how humans of The Empire consider Sigmar (a real historical figure who was the founder and first ruler of The Empire) to have ascended to godhood.
The polytheistic Elven Pantheon is divided into two main groups: the Cadai (Gods of the Heavens) and Cytharai (Gods of the Underworld). Depending on the source, Morai-heg may be listed as a member of the Cadai, Cytharai or in a unique position between the two groups.
The various kindreds of Elves place a different emphasis on the worship of different deities. The Dark Elves give greatest glory to Khaine, the High Elves place Asuryan the highest, while the Wood Elves place the greatest importance on Kurnous and Isha.
The Old Ones
- Main article: Old Ones.
Sotek the Serpent is technically not an Old One, but has risen to become the most important God of the Lizardmen.
- Main article: Nehekharan Pantheon.
The people of the ancient empire of Nehekhara worshipped a polytheistic pantheon of deities. In modern times, many of the Tomb Kings still hold to these ancient beliefs. Some of the most well-known Nehekharan deities are Ptra the creator god of the sun, and Asaph the asp goddess of purity and vengeance. Other important deities were Tahoth, Basth, Usirian, Geheb, Djaf and Khsar.
The Gods of the Greenskins:
- Gork and Mork - The twin Gods of the Orcs & Goblins. One cunningly brutal, the other brutally cunning. Orcs can never quite agree which god is which, and many battles have been fought as a result.
- Spider-God - A third deity next to Gork and Mork, worshipped only by the Spider Kult of Forest Goblins.
- Hashut- The Chaos Dwarf God, he represents dark industry, smouldering hatred, fire and is associated with bulls.
- The Priests of Hashut are the Sorcerer-Prophets, who are also the political leaders of the Chaos Dwarfs.
- The Horned Rat - God of the Skaven, he represents the ruthlessness, hunger and viciousness of the Skaven.
- Clan Pestilens is a breakaway sect who worship the Horned Rat in his aspect as the bringer of plagues/disease.
- The Great Maw - The most important God of the Ogres, it is a cruel god which represents endless hunger, and may in fact be a huge magical warpstone meteorite crater lined with teeth.
- Fire Mouth - A sentient volcano worshipped as a secondary God by many Ogres, whose chosen followers are the Firebellies.
- The Orange Simca deity worshipped by Orientals was a reference to Richard Halliwell's car. The Orange Simca himself was mostly likely based on Gautama Buddha.
- 1: Liber Chaotica (Background Book)
- 1a: pg. 22
- 2 The Book of Battalions (1st Edition)
- 2a pp. 18-19
- 3 Warhammer Armies: Battle Bestiary (2nd Edition)
- 3a pg. 22
- 3a pg. 22