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The Gods of the Malazan Empire were mostly Ascendants who had gained control of a Warren, accessed its power through a Throne, and were worshiped by mortals. While the gods were described as "immortal", immortality did not in fact last forever. According to the Elder God K'rul, "Every god falls at a mortal's hands. Such is the only end to immortality."[1] Gods who lost their worshippers remained Ascendants, but were emasculated in power unless worship was somehow renewed.[2] Once their names were no longer remembered, they vanished and died.[3] If a God was annihilated, nothing could bring them back.[2]

While worship gave a god power, it was a double edged sword. If the will of the god's worshipers was strong enough, the god could be forced to submit to their followers' desires unless they chose to make war upon their own worshipers.[4] If acts committed in the god's name were sufficiently antithetical to the god's ethos, they could cause harm or even death to the god.[5] Altars acted as a tool for attempts to chain their chosen gods.[6]

The gods were sometimes called new gods to distinguish them from the Elder Gods. They were also collectively referred to as the pantheon.[7]

Apart from the pantheon worshiped by members of the Empire, there were others. The Barghast for example, had their own pantheon who were ascended spirits which had emerged from the Hold of the Beast and who were said to be primordial in their aspect.[8] The Dal Honese had a bizarre menagerie of disgusting deities.[9] Sailors of Lether were known to pray and make propitiations to the Sea spirits particular to the dangers of their profession.[10] Spirits who had been forgotten and lost their power could sometimes be renewed in strength simply by recalling or rediscovering their names.[2]

Ganoes Paran thought that uncertainty was one of the few things the Gods feared.[11]

Some of the Gods were associated with Houses in the Deck of Dragons. See the individual houses for further details.

Gods (new) mentioned in the books[]

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