The deities of the Blackengorge world are powerful but not omnipotent, knowledgable but not omniscient, widely travelled but not omnipresent. They alone of all the creatures in the universe consist of only astral essence. The gods are creatures of thought and ideal, not bound by the same limitations as beings of flesh.
Dreams and Visions
The gods appear in dreams and visions to their followers and wear countless different faces, and artwork depicting them shows them in a variety of forms. Their true nature is beyond any physical form. Bahamut is often depicted as a platinum dragon, but he is no more a dragon than he is a white warhorse — he is a god, and he transcends the physical laws that bind even angels to their concrete forms. This transcendence allows the gods to perform deeds that physical creatures cannot. They can appear in the minds of other creatures, speaking to them in dreams or visions, without being present in physical form. They can appear in multiple places at once. They can listen to the prayers of their faithful (but they don’t always).
Good and Evil
Some deities are good or lawful good, some are evil or chaotic evil, and many are unaligned. Each deity has a vision of how the world should be, and the agents of the deities seek to bring that vision to life in the world. Even the agents and worshippers of deities who share an alignment can come into conflict.
Except for the chaotic evil gods, however, all deities are the enemies of the demons, which would rather destroy the world than govern it.
Servants of the Gods
The most powerful servants of the gods are their exarchs. Some exarchs are angels whose faithful service has earned them this exalted status. Others were once mortal servants who won their station through their mighty deeds. Devils may be exarchs to those of evil persuasion, and both Bahamut and Tiamat have granted that status to powerful dragons. Each exarch is a unique example of its kind, empowered with capabilities far beyond those of other angels, mortals, or monsters.