The Scavenger Gods
Next came one who mourned in earnest,
When the captive ark maimed his brute image,
Head and hands lopt off,
In his own temple, on the grunsel-edge,
Where he fell flat and shamed his worshipers:
Dagon his name, sea-monster, upward man
And downward fish; yet had his temple high
Reared in Azotus, dreaded through the coast.
Dgn (alternately pronounced as Dagn, Dāgôn, Dīgan, Dagnu, Dagana, Daguna, or Dagan) is the quiet and enigmatic god of the sea. He is credited as the creator of the first sentient beings in the world and is worshiped by many as a bringer of bountiful harvests. Dgn is mostly commonly depicted as a giant half-man, half-fish, with a fish’s tail and the head and torso of a bearded human male. In some cultures he is shown as a man with the head of a fish and a fish in place of (or biting onto) his cock.
Dgn is one of the least active gods in the world. He never speaks to mortals and refuses all forms of magical contact (such as augury or contact other plane). He never sends heralds to the material world, nor does he send visions or omens to his oracles (though this does not stop his worshipers from interpreting all sorts of piscine activity as signs from him). Dgn has more worshipers than any other god in the world, though his lack of direct communication with those worshipers has resulted in numerous very fragmented cults in his name. His cultists generally see his non-communicativeness as a sign of his power, claiming that Dgn is so supremely powerful that mortal concerns are simply beneath his notice.
Numerous, often conflicting, stories are told about Dgn and his exploits. The most common speak of his primordial war with the god of the sky, and his creation of man (or whatever race the speaker happens to be) as soldiers in that ancient war. In some cases the story tells of Dgn’s victory and his subsequent freeing of men to multiply upon the earth and pursue their purposes. The worshipers of the sky god, insist that such stories are not only false, but direct inversions of the truth, claiming that the sky god created the world and all that live in it and that Dgn sought to destroy the sky god’s creation.
The Cosmogonists support the later version of the story, claiming that Dgn equates to the primordial “water dragon” and that his enemy represents the creative “supreme sky god” common throughout the ancient religions they have studied. Both the Cosmogonists and the sky worshipers, as well as certain more violent of his own cultists, speak of Dgn as a great serpentine sea-monster or kraken. By such he is spoken of as the “father of monsters”, creating not men but various destructive beasts. Creatures such as the sphinx, chimera, manticore, hydra, and the dreaded leviathan are spoken of as the “Children of Dgn”.
See Fish Cults for details on Dgn’s priests.
Dgn’s realm is the Sea. He makes his home in the great oceans of the material plane. Some claim that he rules from a castle on an island far beyond sight of any other land. Others insist that his palace floats upon the waves, as does a ship, and goes wherever Dgn commands it. Most believe that Dgn’s palace instead rests beneath the waves, nestled in the dark, deep recesses of an ocean trench.
Scholars of planar cosmologies claim that Dgn is the ruler of the Elemental Plane of Water, and that any palace he may have on the material plane is simply a gate to his true fortress in the Plane of Water. From the Elemental Plane, so the scholar’s say, Dgn is not limited to the oceans of the physical world, but rather rules all oceans in all realities throughout the cosmos.