This is the last milestone of the deity-tour which we designated for you to get to know the Maya gods in Ahau better. By the end of this short article, you will be familiar with all the gods and their powers whom you can choose from to support your claim as a Ruler in the board game. But before you’d make up your mind and decide who is your favourite, be sure to take a closer look at Chaac, the god of Rain!
Considering the long drought that played an important part in the decline of the ancient Maya, you can imagine how important rain was to them. It is no surprise that rain was such a blessing that it even had its own god figure. If it is possible, it was even more crucial to the Rulers of that time; since each king or queen claimed that their power is based on their divine link to the gods, if they “failed” to summon rain, people started to doubt that divine relationship more and more.
The exact power of Chac is different in almost every source, but generally, Chac was considered to be the god of rain, thunder, wind, and storm. He was thought to have control over fertility, and luck as well – Chaac was closely associated with the number 13, which meant pure luck, according to the ancient Maya. Chac is maybe the most often depicted god in Maya mythology, although it can be tricky to keep track of since his appearance changed a lot from time to time. Chaac was not just one, single entity, but he had four different aspects as well. Each of these aspects was connected to the four main directions: North, West, East, and South.
In Ahau, the board game, you will have tons of advantages if you summon Chaac for bonus actions. First of all, you can move workers from a city next to your ruler to a region adjacent to the city, where each such worker will immediately produce a resource of that region, essentially farm that region. As long as another ruler steps into that region, it will keep producing resources at the end of each round. By boosting the production of resources with the sacred rain, Chac will give his blessing to your rulership and your people will never starve thanks to the fertile lands.