The Order of Four
The First was the only being to ever emerge from the Epoch unassisted, referenced in his alternate name, The Unmade (used mainly by the Dark Brotherhood). He was the creator of the first nine Gods. During the Cataclysm, he sacrificed himself to protect the lives of his children from the wrath of Caynn Juddica. It has been postulated that his body became the entity known as The Source.
The Eldest was the first of the Greater Deities to be created by the First. In the time before the Cataclysm, he acted as a leader over his brothers and sisters; settling disputes and helping each of them with their respective efforts. Due to this, he seemed a natural choice to lead them after the death of the First. He now acts as a God over the Gods, exercising the same authority over them as they do over the Material Plain. In order to protect the Eldest from harm, a decision was made to sequester Him in a well-defended plain of his own, accessible only by Primes. This decision is, of course, an unpopular one among Lesser Deities and especially with Belial, who still claimed the title of Greater Deity until the time of his death. Some consider the Eldest to be a ninth Prime, though in reality he is separate and above them.
The Eight Primes
The Council of Primes was originally made up of eight of the nine Greater Deities, who were created by the First himself. After the Cataclysm, they were organized by the Eldest into a kind of legislative body for the new Lesser Deities. Despite the rumors of Arkhanis’ death, no Prime has ever died, though the protocol for replacing a dead Prime does exist. A Lesser Deity would have to gain the votes of five Primes in order to be elevated to Prime status. In the event of more than one death, only a majority is necessary. The organized meetings of the Primes are known as Conclaves, and have been known to last hundreds of years in some cases. Perhaps the longest occurring immediately following the banishment of Bel, which resulted in the decision to raise Siegfried to Prime status. The Prime Deities (including Belial) are as follows:
Analee – The Goddess of Creation
Arkhanis – The God of Magic
Belial(Deceased) – The God of Destruction, The Fallen Prime
Canulus – The God of War
“Jack” – The God of Death
Siegfried – The God of Adventurers
Somnus – The Goddess of Dreams
Xelus – The God of Trickery
Xevios – The Goddess of Nature
The Lesser Deities
The Lesser Deities are made up of two groups: those created by the Eldest following the death of the First (such as Bane) and those who were originally mortals, but were raised due to some great deed (such as Hidrari Sourcefury). The Lesser Deities number in the dozens and are both less powerful and less influential than their Greater counterparts. Despite these facts, some Lesser Deities have gained a significant amount of influence due to the numbers of their followers. Bane is an excellent example of this phenomenon, due to his involvement with the Dark Brotherhood.