The Deadlands Chronicle
Aeons are mythological beings that have been worshiped by various cultures since before recorded history. The forms and personalities of the various Aeons vary according to each account, some being roughly human in shape, others being monstrous or indescribably beautiful, and still others are reportedly able to alter their forms at will. The origins of Aeon worship are unknown, though many folktales recount the arrival of the Aeon from another realm, the demonstration of miracles or other supernatural powers, and the Aeon’s subsequent departure.
During the Age of Magic, the worship of Aeons was repressed by the ruling class of Mage Lords who deified themselves and the Magic Emperor. However, even the influence and power of the rulers of Kalesh-Tar could not eradicate all vestiges of Aeonic beliefs, and many cults still survive to this day. Eventually, the Mage Lords began to subsume Aeonic folklore into their own religion, including the belief that through magic, a mortal could ascend to become one of the Aeons and gain the power to visit other worlds. Eventually, the Magic Emperor himself was described as being an ascendant Aeon, who claimed the world as his own realm to rule for all eternity.
Since the fall of the Magic Empire, many cultures have reverted back to Aeon worship, believing that the Profound Disjunction was a punishment from the Aeons for the Mage Lords’ false claims to divinity. Augustus Tessius attributes much of his success to the influence of the Aeons, causing tension between the Imperial Legion and the Church of the Holy Seraph, who condemn Aeons as demonic beings that seek to blind humanity toward the glory of the one true God.