Dogar and Kazon
Dogar and Kazon are the twin gods of death and destruction worshipped by the Ilwrath race. They represent everything that is "evil" (that is, that opposes harmony and order) in the universe. They represent a new development in Ilwrath theology, existing in direct opposition to the pantheon of gods representing virtue and social order that existed in ancient Ilwrath civilizations, whom the Ilwrath now believe Dogar and Kazon to have destroyed. As the Pkunk insinuate, the Dogar and Kazon religion may exist as a cultural reaction against the enforced order and empathy mandated by the old, strict Ilwrath religion, against which the Ilwrath have swung to the other pole.
Specifics about the two gods' nature is nebulous, and they have many appellations:
- "The Killer in a Black Cloak"
- "The Great Destroyer"
- "The Bloody-Clawed Murderer"
- "The Dark Beast With a Thousand Young"
- "The Great Deceiver"
- "The Malevolent Evil in the Darkness"
- "The Unstoppable Monster Who Has No Pity"
- "The Hungry Lurker in the Night".
It is not clear whether Dogar and Kazon actually exist; they are certainly not in the class of supernatural beings the Pkunk define as gods, since the Pkunk have never detected them in any capacity in their psychic explorations of the Fourth Astral Plane, where, according to them, divine beings are most likely to be found. Though the Ilwrath once communicated with the two entities through an elite class of priests, they later rebelled against these priests, whom they felt had grown corrupt and insufficiently dedicated to the cause of evil, on the orders of new entities claiming to be Dogar and Kazon and communicating over audio on a well-known Hyperwave channel. It is now known that these communications were falsified, first by the Umgah and later by the Human Captain Zelnick of the New Alliance of Free Stars, using a specially built Umgah Hyperwave Broadcaster.
Dogar and Kazon are portrayed physically as huge, voracious beings that consume the victims of Ilwrath ritual sacrifice. Dogar is known for having a single green eye, often identified with the sun of the Ilwrath home planet (known to Humans as Alpha Tauri). Kazon, on the other hand, appears to be some sort of gigantic representation of a protozoan-like organism, described as having huge writhing cilia that allow it to swallow its food.