The Four Gods on whom the fidelity of the Black Sun hinges. Crafted by Tezcatlipoca’s Magic and governed by the laws set forth by Quetzalcoatl. The Tzolk’in, the prison’s lock, perpetuated by the continuity of the seasons made manifest in the Flayed Lord, Xipe Totec and guarded by the Sun, the axis on which the whole thing turns.
TezcatlipocaThe Smoking Mirror
The Nameless One, The god of rulers, warriors and of Magic; night, death, discord, conflict, temptation and change are under his purview. Tezcatlipoca is said to be the cruelest and most capricious of the gods but even he, at his core, wishes to ensure the stability of the Tzolk’in. It is, after all, his first and greatest work.
QuetzalcoatlThe Feathered Serpent
The Morning Star, the god of light and day and wisdom. Quetzalcoatl is Tezcatlipoca’s opposite in all ways, having been created with him, or just after. The Lawgiver was the second sun and it was by his words, and Tezcatlipoca’s magic, that the Black Sun was transformed from the Womb of the Gods to their Tomb.
Things have gone sour between him and his darker half and the two gods, each a trickster in their own right, have been subverting each other ever since.
Xipe TotecThe Flayed Lord
The Flayed Lord, the god of the Harvest and of rebirth and renewal. Xipe Totec is ancient, even by the standards of the gods. It’s unknown where, exactly he came from but he is one of the most powerful and vital of the Teotl, as without him the continuity of the seasons would wither, and with them, the power of the Tzolk’in.
HuitzilopochtliThe Hummingbird of the Left
The God of the Fifth Sun, the embodiment of War, the blue Tezcatlipoca, the youngest of not only the Tezcatlipocas but of the Teotl as well. Huitzilopochtli’s reign has been bloody and full of fighting, for he has taken the fight to the Primordials each time the Nemontemi comes again. Though it was not by his hand that the Tzolk’in was formed, it relies on him, is the same way that a wheel needs an axel.
The many gods of the Aztec, each of them are a personification of one of the fundamental forces of creation, though only a handful still possess the capability of manifesting the full power of their Purviews.
TlalocThe Bringer of Lightning
The Eldest of the Teotl by dint of having once been an aspect of the Primordial Waters who sided with the Mirrors when they began to construct the Mortal Realm. Tlaloc was once the Primordial Waters of Life, and as such was instrumental in bringing rain inland, he is chief among the many Teteoh of Fertility.
TlazolteoltThe Filth Eater
The Goddess of sex, lies and corruption as well as night and the fertile earth but also the goddess of vindication and absolution. Some say that Tlazolteotl was once the Heart of the Mountain, an aspect of the Primordial Earth, but, along with Tlaloc, she turned on the Primordials and joined the Gods in the Realm of Men, where she became fascinated with all the things they thought were secret. Not to mention all the things they did to one another when the lights were out.
MictlantecuhtliThe Lord of Mictlan
The mysterious god of the Underworld who appeared only after it came into existence with the coming of the First Sun, some believe that he is a manifestation of Mictlan itself, while others fear that perhaps he escaped some aspect of Primordial Entropy… or is, perhaps, its agent.
ChalchiuhtlicueThe Calming Waters
The Goddess of water who was once counted as one of the Primordials, the wife of Huehueteotl is the kind-hearted guardian of children and works to atone for destroying the last world during the last Nemontemi. Her current status as one of the so-called “Lesser” Teteoh, is a sort of self-exile as she believes that the kind of power she could bring to bear could only be used to harm.
CoyolxauhquiThe Moon that would Kill the Sun
The Moon Goddess was once the Lord General of the vanguard of Coatlicue, the Primordial Mother, but when it was prophesied that during the last Nemontemi she would give birth to the New Sun, so she attempted to kill the Mother of the Gods, but before she could she commit her coup the bastard was born whole and in full battle regalia.
He slaughtered her brothers and sister, and spread the survivors across the sky, before tearing her apart and shattering her power. Now, trapped in the night sky, Coyolxauhqui is as bound by fate as any of the Teotl, but she waits for the stars to align and the Tzolk’in to open and for her father, the Primordial Star, to return her to her full power.
MayahuelThe Goddess of Maguey
A child of the eighth Nemontemi of the Fifth Sun, Mayahuel was once one of the most powerful of the Tzitzimemeh, until she made the mistake of falling in love with the god Quetzalcoatl whilst he clothed himself in human form. For her crime she was slaughtered by her sisters, but because of her attachment to the god of dawn, and by extension to the Teteoh she was transformed in death, becoming the goddess of Maguey, which grew from her remains.
Together, with her fickle husband, Xochipilli she has numerous children, Centzon Totochtin.
HuehuecoyotlThe Faceless God
The god of capriciousness, music, art, luck and chaos, has no form of its own, but often steals the shapes of those around it. It is said that the Old Coyote was once, during the Ninth Age of Nemontemi, a champion of Tezcatlipoca, but achieved divinity through his antics.
Now, the Teotl spends its existence turning the plans of the other Teteoh on their heads, usually in ways that lead to a good laugh, or a horrible war.
MictecacihuatlShe who watches over the sacred Dead
Like so many of the Teteoh, Mictecacihuatl was once a Champion, though in her time she was only a child. The Lady of Mictlan did her part to end the Nemontemi by choosing to allow herself to be sacrifice for her patron, Mictlantecuhtli. Her act of selflessness was so moving, so Legendary that it transfigured her spirit into divine flesh as the goddess of Sacrifice and giving her a place at her Patron’s side as his wife, where she continues to watch over the spirits of those who gave their lives for other.
XochipilliThe Flower Prince
Though the others have been calling him the Prince of Flowers for a very long time (since the Second Sun to be exact… a very, very long time) Xochipilli is fond of re referring to himself as “The God of Free Love” since the sixties. And the name fits; the Prince of Flowers is the god of uninhibited sex of all types. To him, if its willing its able, and when the god of Good Times is around, everyone is willing.
XochiquetzalThe Eternal Lover
Where her twin, Xochipilli, is the god of the physical act of sex, Xochiquetzal is the goddess of “young love” the love of newly-weds and intimate sex. As well as spring and young mothers. That’s not to say she’s not up for a good time it’s just that she’s unlikely to have a one night stand.
Xochiquetzal was once married to Tlaloc, during his tenure as the Third Sun, but was kidnapped by Tezcatlipoca. Though they have since made their peace with what happened, they went their separate ways, which, in the end was probably for the best.
XolotlThe Evening Star
The Evening star, the Psychopomp, the God of Dogs; these are all epithets for the so-called twin of Quetzalcoatl. The truth is that they are not, in fact, siblings. They are in fact, father and son.
Xolotl remembers the Fourth Sun’s drowning in the Primordial Sea. He remembers whole civilizations being engulfed in the great serpents maw. He was new to all of this then, having been a Scion of Quetzalcoatl, and when the Tzolk’in was repaired he helped the Four Mirrors and the other gods rebuild the world. He ascended to true godhood after Mictecacihuatl killed him while securing the bones of those who died in the deluge. They’ve been seeing each other on the side ever since.