The Guardian of the Gateway to the Underworld
Demi-Power of a parallel Prime Material Plane
Symbol: A mummified centaur
Home Plane: a parallel Prime Material Plane
Alignment: Lawful evil
Portfolio: Centaurs, Guarding the Underworld, the Dead
Core Worshipers: Olman
Domains: Evil, Law, Pestilence* (CD), Protection, Repose* (Ss).
Favored Weapon: (+1 ghost touch spear)
Chitza-Atlan himself has not been described, although his “sacred offspring,” which is encountered in The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, is a mummified centaur.
Relationships: Nothing official has been said of Chitza-Atlan’s relationships with other deities. As the guardian of the underworld, presumedly he has some kind of arrangement with Mictlantecuhtli.
Realm: According to Legends & Lore, the Aztecs, whose gods are often also Olman gods, believe in a “world above” and a “world below.” The world below is the home of the dead. All of the Central American gods dwell on a parallel Prime Material Plane. The Scarlet Brotherhood says that the Olman gods were originally worshipped on a parallel plane and are said to still dwell there.
Worshippers: Chitza-Atlan, a god of Olman origins, is worshipped by both Olman humans and by centaurs.
Clergy: Olman priests, if they are like the Central American priests described in Deities & Demigods (1980), are the elite of their people, and even the lowliest priest has absolute authority over any peasants. must choose a direction to pray to at the beginning of their careers. Clerics of the east wear red, clerics of the south wear yellow, clerics of the west wear black, and clerics of the north wear white.
Temples: Olman temples are usually step pyramids with entrances at the bottom corresponding to the four points of a compass. In The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, the chamber dedicated to Chitza-Atlan is filled with treasures and guarded by a mummified centaur tasked both to prevent any but the dead from entering the other chambers of the temple and to prevent any of the creatures from within the temple from getting out.
Rituals and holy days: Rituals to the Olman deities are typically performed every 20 days, corresponding to the various “signs” of the divinatory calendar. Each sign was ruled by a different deity. Sacrifices may take many forms, depending on the god. The public is required to attend every ritual, held at the temple of the appropriate god.