Local Gods' Council

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This is all speculations, because the gods don't talk openly about this. However, we at the archives have collected witness' statements from all the top politicians and high priests of the country, and we've concluded that it's very likely our major patrons gods form a kind of unofficial council. This would allow them to avoid any big disagreement that would result in open warfare and the more than probable destruction of the continent.   Thus, all those major gods would meet together, probably somewhere in the gods' realm, and talk about current matters and big decisions that need to be made, as well as have debates. Since, upon their coronation, our kings choose one of them as our main patron god, that god is likely to have a kind of leadership role in the council. Again, we're speculating, but they're likely to be the one setting the agenda and having a tie-breaking vote⁠—if they even vote at all.   Actually, the way they take decisions is still a mystery for us. How could all the votes be equal when the gods and their Churches clearly are not? So meetings are likely to be more of an opportunity for them all to present their opinions and objections and to come to compromises.

Gods fighting by Thommas68 on Pixabay

 

Members

 
The gods we know to be part of the council are:  
  • The water god Lydien. Our Lord, the main founder of the city-state. Through His age, power, and influence over our heart, He is always in a place of prominence in the council, no matter who leads it.
  • The forging god. Our Lord's main rival and one of the historical patron of the city-state. He was powerful at the time he taught our ancestors how to forge metal, and he still is now when he leads the industrial revolution in our country.
  • The war god . Always a popular one. She didn't found the city-state, but once we conquered his own city, she was quick to accept our invitation to join the winners' side.
  • The architecture god. She is a bit less important than the other, but is one of the historical patrons of the city-state. Thanks to her, we always end up with the most amazing buildings of the whole continent, and foreign dignitaries are blown away by our magnificence.
  • The trade god. Not so liked by our nobility, who has long fought against his influence, he is nonetheless becoming more and more popular, especially with the rise of the bourgeoisie class.
  • The main sun god Q. Actually, our ancestors were not big fan of him, what with living in the middle of deserting lands, but he has gained a lot of popularity as our city-state became an empire and absorbed other cultures.
  • Probably a few more gods, but we're not sure about their identity.
   

Opinion from the archives

 
Globally, this little council is probably the only thing that prevents all those gods from battling over the country and tearing it apart like a fought-over toy. But it's still enraging to think that they are our actual leaders and that our king and politicians are nothing more than their puppets.   The existence of the council has also not completely averted all conflicts, with the recent Pollution War as an example. Instead, they have been moved to us, mortals, and our politics, especially with each new selection of a royal heir and the patron god that supports their candidacy. That does not make quarrels any less bloody, but now some of us have an actual chance of surviving them...




Cover image: The major gods' council by AmélieIS with an image from orlaimagen on DepositPhotos

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