Trying to structure the lore in a way that it would feed a world I could then build a story off of, I kept coming back to the 'Summons', and the dilemma of how I would adapt them into my story. It only felt natural to make them the gods of this world. It was both challenging and fun to not only build a pantheon of Final Fantasy Gods, but develop lore that would make them work in the traditional sense.
In the beginning, there was only Bahamut. Guardian of the cosmos and creator of worlds.
Bahamut created ten Greater Gods that would help shape the features and physics of our game world.
Wise, powerful sage and Lord of Time.
Brave, exalted paladin and Lord of Light.
Shadowy, fiendish sorcerer and Lord of Darkness.
Vicious, mounted general and Lord of War.
Wild, ferocious bird of prey and Lord of Thunder.
Furious, smoldering demon and Lord of Fire.
Towering, mighty cyclops and Lord of Earth.
Stern, malevolent huntress and Goddess of Ice.
Beautiful, deadly mermaid and Goddess of Water.
Nimble, furtive nymph and Goddess of Wind.
Each Greater God created one or more Lesser Gods.
Bahamut created Neo Bahamut from the core of a young star.
Bahamut created Bahamut ZERO from a ferocious black hole.
Ramuh created Shoat from a ripple in the Time Stream.
Alexander created Crusader from a shard of his sword.
Hades created Diablos from the darkness of the underworld.
Hades created Doomtrain from the restless souls of the dead.
Odin created Gilgamesh from the fiery soul of his horse, Sleipnir, and the essence of the warrior from Gungnir, his sword.
Palidor created Quezicotl from a collision of lighting bolts.
Ifrit created Phoenix from a breath of fire.
Titan created Golem from a chunk of rock from the earth.
Shiva created Icen from a lock of her hair.
Siren created Leviathan from a stampeding river.
Sylph created Typhoon from a raging tornado.
Children of The Gods
Five species of humanoids were created to populate and cultivate the planet.
First, Bahamut created a special race of warriors. Their vast empire maintained peace and stability for centuries in the First Era.
Odin set forth, creating masses of stock humans all across the world. They were primitive, and drawn to war by their very nature.
Ramuh took his time before creating another special race of humans. The Time Mages are powerful and reclusive. They have watched over the world for centuries from the peaks of Mount Ramuh.
Alexander took pride and care to create the denizens of Whiteguard. Skillful, intelligent healers, oracles and paladins.
Ever the astute, cunning God, Hades created Black Mages last. He carefully studied the creation of each species and crafted a blunt force tool he perceived to be superior to the rest. Taller, stronger, and capable of tapping into each of the elements in addition to the forces of the Underworld.
Palidor, Ifrit, Shiva, Titan, Siren, and Sylph created the elemental magics and forces, and the vast array of creatures upon the earth.