Although there are certainly different religious groups in Meliora, the most widely accepted religion pertains to the existence of the eight deities. Even those who choose not to align themselves with a deity or live their lives according to the laws and philosophies of those deities rarely deny their power. It is commonly accepted that there is a higher power beyond the deities of Meliora and that they are responsible for the magic in the country.History
Few choose to attempt to understand the Spirits of Nature from which it is believed all magic originated, but it is said that Meliora began with them. For the sake of understanding their history will be explained as fact, but the truth remains unknown.
Meliora was created by the Spirits, shaped by the eight elements and occupied by creation. From there the Spirits cared for the land, protecting it and shaping it to their will until it was decided that mages should walk amongst the people. These mages were gifted with the ability to control various magics, various elements and abilities, and they were highly respected. Magic existed in this way, a gift by birth to the most dedicated of students, until Leviathon, the enemy of the Spirits, threatened the land of Meliora. The greatest mages assembled to defeat the shadow-beast, and in their attempt to seal away Leviathon for eternity, magic was lost to the land.
However, the Spirits eventually saw fit to give magic to Meliora once again- this time in the form of deities, their chosen representatives and guides to the people. Soon deities of all elements ascended, and the people of Meliora turned to them for protection and guidance as was the will of the Spirits. The deities, all-powerful in their elements, spread their magic across Meliora, placing it in the hands of trusted students who would help them to lead the land into lasting prosperity once again.
It was then that Meliora was truly reborn into a land where magic could be seen in all things, respected mages walked amongst the people, and messengers of the Spirits bridged the gap between the helpless and their omniscient leaders.
Of course, some deities have come and gone, leaving when they have outlived their purpose and making room for those who will serve the changing Meliora as needed. Some deities serve for many years, and others for only a short time, but all are respected and honored as the chosen representatives of the Spirits.