gods of Chaos
The Chaos gods, also called the Dark gods or the Ruinous Powers by the Inquisition, are powerful beings of the psychic universe known as the Warp, created and sustained by the emotions and souls of every living being of the material universe. Although they are god-like beings, they are by their nature monomaniacal and completely single-minded (formed completely of a single emotion or concept) as well as being completely dependent on the emotions of mortal creatures for their power and continued existence.
They are able to devote a fraction of their power to create Demons, whose appearance and character reflect the god’s own nature. These daemons may be reabsorbed into the god at whim. Though it is unconfirmed what exactly they look like, The greatest and mightiest of Daemons, The Daemon Princes are said to be the closest thing that resemble their image.
In the early history of the galaxy, the powers of the Warp had yet to form into distinct entities. At this time, the emotions of mortals flowed and ebbed as water does in a stream. As the mortal races grew and prospered, so did the strength of their emotions. Eventually, the gods grew to such a point where they could act independently of the general flow of emotions and thus became the gods of Chaos. They reached into the dreams of mortals and demanded praise and servitude in order to increase their own power, as the of more one emotion is exhibited (in both thought and action) the stronger that god becomes.
Each of the entities are supported by great hosts of daemons in their realm of the warp where the constantly fight one god or another for supremacy, and are powered by legions of hidden worshipers and cultists in realspace who offer them their souls and whatever else the Ruinous Powers may desire. Most cultists and demons only worship one entity although several groups have come to worship all of them as a pantheon and have been known to receive blessings from all of them, Those that do bear the symbol of a great circle with jagged points in every direction of the compass.
The four main and identifiable gods of Chaos are
Khorne – The Blood god, lord of war, carnage, hate and slaughter
Tzeentch – The Changer of the Ways, fate, and knowledge
Nurgle – The Great Lord of Decay, corruption and disease
Slaanesh – The Prince of Excess, indulgence and pleasure