I understand homonym policing gets tiresome, particularly for the one getting the ticket. However, do you mean principals or principles? If the pal principal you are talking about a person. If the ple principle you intend underlying theories or reasons. So are you hiding persons (or gods) or the rules your universe runs by?
Sorry for that confusion. Typically, when I'm on the forums, I write first without self-editing, and thus I'll often make fairly simply typos which sometimes affect my meaning.
I was referring to princiles which the story reflects and emphasizes.
Are you aware of the Disney film 'Inside Out'? It seems to me that you could produce a very entertaining story by converting those emotions, or something similar, into Gods. (yes, I know @samuelmichaels has already suggested something along those lines.)
Rather than going that route, I'd instead point you to the differing forms of religions in different cultures. Dieties/Gods only reigned supreme in a few, very specific cultures.
The breakdown between cultures seems to be along the lines of:
1) Gods and Goddesses which reflect the fickle personalities of nature,
2) Spirits, which reflects on the personal intervention of one's ancestors in one's daily trevails (this includes not just the American Indians and many primitive tribes, but certain aspects of Japanese culture as well), and
3) Forces of Nature (i.e. "Good vs. Evil", or "Nature vs. Man"), reflecting on the diametrically opposing forces casting everything into a fight over larger principles.
If you take another look at ancestor worshipping cultures, you'll have a very different story, especially if your story has two warring cultures, one worshiping gods, and one honoring their ancestors--with each better able to handle specific types of conflicts, while failing at others.
So imagine he [the God of Procrastination] is busy creating an ever growing to-do list.
That creates a wonderful mental image, a God so preoccupied with compiling a never ending list, that he never finishes either the list, or begins the future actions which first inspired the list.
It's akin to pushing a boulder to the top of a mountain, only to have it roll back down again when gravity overwhelms it.
By the way, don't take any of these opinions (of mine) too seriously, as I realize I'm the odd-ball exception here, arguing against creating a new generation of 21st Century Gods to reflect science (The God of Atheism, anyone?).
I was trying to interject an alternative perspective, rather than sidetrack the original story. I don't think you could write your story given my original position (that science has become the new pantheon of the post-Industrial Age of Enlightenment).