|Tenets||Disguise, Guile, Freedom and Mischief|
Gethsemane is an ambiguous deity, considered to be something of an enigma. The one defining attribute to Gethsemane is his devotion to the concept of freedom. Freedom governs all that he does and is the driving force of his religious dogma. To achieve total freedom, Gethsemane will frequently reinvent himself in different forms and guises, for He feels that one is most free when wearing a mask, figuratively or otherwise.
Conformity is a crippling, inhibitive force, Gethsemane believes, and so He is most especially fond of mischief. A dabble of mischief here and there serves to amuse and delight the masses, promoting within them free will and a reminder of the superficiality of rules. Gethsemane loves to undermine the order of hierarchies through the use of comedy, using it as a means to do away with social tension.
Gethsemane has a great love of drama and the stage, for He finds the process of acting to be connected with the finer points of deception. On stage, He feels, one is free to assume any conceivable role as desired. This allows the actors to cast aside their bounds and limitations as they step into the role of another, all the while honoring the Player himself with the use of elaborate costumes and the creation of the most ideal facades. Furthermore, the skills of an actor are extremely valuable because they liberate the individual to freely express himself. Understanding this potential of art, worshippers of Gethsemane are often in possession of artistic flair and poignancy.
Gethsemane is known for His incredible intelligence and consequently, He is known to become bored very quickly. Because of this, he deeply admires change, and even believes that nothing should be allowed to grow stagnant. He postulates that it is only when one is free that the ability to evolve and bring change can flourish. Gethsemane considers inaction to be deplorable, and at times has been known to meddle in the affairs of mortals when life seemed very peaceful. To Gethsemane, the natural state of the universe is chaos, so therefore, He concludes that the concept of balance is nothing more than a foolish illusion.
One of the hallmarks of Gethsemane's intellect is His pervasive sense of guile. He refuses to have His free will bound by others, having no qualms with being manipulative and plotting in response. In fact, he expects no less from His followers. Where beings of lesser mental capacity might rely on sheer brute force to gain their way, Gethsemane's ruthlessly quick and brilliant mind lends him a fundamental understanding of how humanoids work. As a result, He is a true king of deception and the ultimate artist of artifice.
Gethsemane delights in the advantage of the brilliant over the dimwitted. Many deities find this behaviour unfeeling, but to Gethsemane, it is the natural state of those who are faster and stronger to seek dominion and profit from those who are inferior. As such, He finds Himself a close ally to Set and the darkness, for he has little patience when followers lack the attention or the foresight to carefully plot their actions. He does not tolerate such an idle approach to life, especially not in his followers.
Tempest and Gethsemane have always shared a mutual dislike of each other due to their opposing paradigms. Gethsemane's dedication to freedom often thwarts the tight and restrictive constructs of loyalty and honor. As Gethsemane delights in shattering mortal bonds, Tempest despises the relative ease with which He is able to do so. In the past, it has been alleged that followers of Gethsemane are thusly incapable of loyalty, honesty or trustworthiness. Gethsemane finds this interpretation of His tenets to be shallow and utterly amusing; He delights in the knowledge that only those who subscribe to a deeper intellect can delve into the depths of His enigmatic domain.