Issa is the god of the Nyissans who live in land that is hot, humid and full of many, many poisonous things that can kill you. His totem animal is the serpent and Nyissans often have pet snakes that give them status as well as, in some cases, act as weapons of assassination. Nyissans revere snakes and employ poisons as lot.
When the gods left the world Issa left his beloved High Priestess Salmissra to rule in his stead, but, being human, she aged and eventually died. Subsequent rulers have all been chosen because they look like her and take various potions and drafts to stay young as long as possible.
Issa can be awakened and summoned by Salmissra to inhabit his grand statue that sits behind her throne. It is Polgara who reveals to him the truth about his beloved and I found it so sad. He departs allowing Polgara to retrieve the kidnapped Belgarion, asking only that she does not kill the current Salmissra because of her resemblance to the one he loved. Polgara turns her into a snake and she finally has what she wants: immortality.
Sources: Wikipedia | The books of the Belgariad
Now on to Blind Io who is the chief of all the gods on the Discworld. He maintains this position simply by having the most followers at all times and he is sneaky about it.
While different parts of the Discworld have various gods for the same thing, like one set might have a certain goddess for the messy job of childbirth a different set will have a different goddess. Blind Io is the god of Thunder and it his alone. Various societies think they have different Thunder gods, but they are all Io in disguise, but with different hammers and such.
He looks like a well muscled old man with longish grey hair and he has no eyes in his head, just a scrap of cloth to cover them. However, he is not technically blind at all because he has lots of eyeballs that float around his head.
He is, of course, a play in Odin from Norse Mythology and, as with all of Sir Terry's adaptations, he's hilarious.
Sources: Discworld & Terry Pratchett Wiki | Wikipedia
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