The Amatsukami is the Japanese pantheon. Proud of Japan, close to the land, the Japanese Gods are all quite protective to the World. Indeed, most of them were once powerful mythborn known as kami and have been imbued with ichor later in their life. As such, even though they are technically quite old, their raw power as Gods is limited.
Most of pantheon was spawned out of Izanagi. Long ago, him and his wife Izanami forged a Naginata decorated with jewels, named Ame-no-nuboko ("Heavenly Jeweled Spear"). The two deities then went to the bridge between heaven and earth, the Axis Mundi of the Japanese called Amenoukihashi ("Floating Bridge of Heaven") and created Japan with the mighty relic.
The deities ascended from the Bridge of Heaven and made their home in their Godrealm, the Heavenly Plains (Takamagahara), over the island they had created. Eventually, they fell in love and wished to mate. So they built a pillar called Amenomihashira around which they built a palace called Yashirodono ("the hall whose area is 8 arms' length squared").
Izanagi and Izanami circled the pillar in opposite directions, and when they met on the other side, Izanami spoke first in greeting. Izanagi didn't think that this was proper, but they mated anyway. They had two children, Hiruko ("leech child") and Awashima ("pale island"). But, to the horror of the mighty couple, the two children were ugly and weak titanspawns. The parents sent them directly to Tartarus to save their honor, and then petitioned the other Gods for an answer about what they had done wrong. The masters of Wyrdseeing (Odin in particular) were baffled but had an answer : Izanami's lack of manners was the reason for the defective births, such a ceremony had to be initiated by Izanagi. So Izanagi and Izanami went around the pillar again, and this time, when they met, Izanagi spoke first. However, despite respecting custom, Fate had already taken its toll. Izanami died giving birth to Kagutsuchi (incarnation of fire). In anger, Izanagi cut his son in pieces and casted him into the depth of the highest volcano of Muspelheim… However, Kagutsuchi survived by becoming a full-fledged Titan Avatar.
Izanagi lamented the death of Izanami and undertook a journey to Yomi, the shadowy Japanese Underworld. He finally found a dark palace, home of the Soul of his deceased wife. While Izanami was sleeping, he took the comb that bound his long hair and set it alight as a torch. Under the sudden burst of light, he saw the horrid form of the once beautiful and graceful Izanami, courtesy of the evil being Mikaboshi. The flesh of her ravaged body was rotting and was overrun with maggots and foul creatures. The servants of Mikaboshi and Izanami attacked the God, wounding him. Izanagi flew away and bursted through the entrance of the Underworld, quickly pushing a boulder to block the passage to Yomi. Izanami screamed from behind this barricade and told Izanagi that, if he left her, she would destroy 1,000 living people every day. He furiously replied that he would give life to 1,500.
Izanagi, dripping of ichor, went on to clean himself from the dark energies of Yomi by using a powerful ritual of Misogi ("full body washing meditation") in the purifying waters of the source of the Styx river. He undressed and removed the adornments of his body : due to the desire of the powerful nymph to bond with him, each item that he dropped or body part that he washed formed a deity out of his ichor. The most important ones were created once he washed his face: Amaterasu (incarnation of the Sun) from his left eye, Tsuki-Yomi (incarnation of the Moon) from his right eye, and Susano-o (incarnation of Storms) from his nose. However, lifting the curse of Sheol and spawning such powerful children turned the Styx into the Titan Avatar of Death as Journey and changed the personality of Izanagi forever.
The once mighty, noble and honorable god felt a spleen, an anguish that nothing could lift. He went on to divide the World between his children with Amaterasu inheriting the leadership of the Pantheon, Tsuki-Yomi taking control of the night and moon and the storm god Susano-o owning the seas and shores. Later, Amaterasu decreed her own grandson, the Godborn Ninigi, to rule over the terrestrial world, but the Kami that were inhabiting Japan at the time were not altogether willing to hand it over. A war broke, but the Kamis were no match for the Gods, who installed the imperial family and established their dominion over the land of the rising sun.
The Amatsukami are proud traditionalists. They have their own way of working with the World. They are rarely fans of direct action. They emphasize on the big picture, using the butterfly effect to maintain harmony, beauty and permanent change in the World. Everything is intertwined in the eyes of Fate and therefore, all consequences must be considered before taking actions. Instead of relying on Wyrdseeing (like the Aesir) and its dangerous Fatebindings, the Amatsukami are experts in ritualistic Augury, mostly thanks to their ancient kami forms. Some other pantheons often mock the Amatsukami, saying that they are more glorified Mythborns than full-fledged Gods. While partially true, none can deny that, despite their lack of raw power, their wisdom and their ways has brought a lot to the cause of the Gods. Though they may seems sometimes overly attached to decorum, manners and rituals, their ability to combine seeing the big picture with true care for the World, as well as having great ties with mythborns, makes them quite influential.
More recently, the Amatsukami have used the cultural influence of Japan to spread to other countries. Their Godborns are no longer exclusively Japanese and their impact has been rising. They have gotten close to the newly formed Council of Babylon and are wishing the expand their influence while remaining true to Japan.
Members of the Amatsukami
First Generation (~2000 BC to ~1500 BC)
Second Generation (~1500 BC to 3rd Century AD)
- Amaterasu: Goddess of the Sun
- Ryujin: Dragon God of the Ocean Depths
- Sarutahiko: God of Strength and Guidance
- Susano-o: Lord of Sea and Storms
- Tsuki-Yomi: God of the Moon
Third Generation (3rd Century AD - Today)
- Ame no Uzume: Goddess of Dawn, Mirth and Revelry
- Hachiman: God of Swordfighting, Archery and Change
- Inari: Androgynous God/Goddess of Foxes and Prosperity
- Raiden: Lord of Thunder and Lightning
- Izanagi and Izanami create the land of Japan and try to mate for the first time. Birth of Hiruko and Awashima
3rd Century AD
- Emperor Ojin ascends to Godhood under the name of Hachiman
- Erizawa Daisuke, Godborn of Izanami
- Nagao Harukage, Godborn of Hachiman
- Hidan Takamado, Godborn of Amaterasu