The gods

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Warning: gory images
  Gods are all-powerful entities that constantly quarrel with each other and involve poor mortals in their deadly conflicts.  
Your only hope is to pray enough that they are satisfied but not enough that you catch their attention as a devotee: nothing good can come out of that, take my word for it and not that of those idiot priests! Yes, they're all wearing pretty robes and jewellery, but I ask you, do they talk about how short their lifespan is?
 

The gods

 
Gods have enormous magical reserves as it is what makes them gods in the first place. The skills that go with the power only develop over centuries of experience and at different speeds depending on the personality and assiduity of each god.   The highly advanced form of mind magic they practise also allows them to gather magic from the prayers of their mortal—or even immortal—followers who sacrifice a small amount of their own energy each time.   Gods have a natural corporal body in their own plane of existence, but they can turn bodiless or take whatever appearance they wish at will, provided that they have enough magical energy for it. While in the mortal realm, they often stay bodiless, as seeing their real appearance could damage mortals' mind.
Prayers and sacrifices by NickyPe on Pixabay
 
His blinding gloriousness, the all-powerful sun god Q, inhabits the heavenly body of the sun when he visits the mortal realm. All can then feel his glorious eyes watching over us. Our lord Q sees everything. Our lord Q knows everything. Our lord Q stands in judgement of our sins!   Our most glorious lord Q is ancient, one of the very first gods to walk the earth, which is why he has such a powerful platform as the primary sun god overseeing all the other weaker and lesser sun gods. The godly name of our lord is not for our ears to hear. Instead, the letter Q has been chosen to represent him among us, as it is a circle representing the body of the sun with an arm to represent a ray descending towards earth. His simple name also reflects this ancient status as one who had no need to differentiate themselves from other gods.   Our lord is above the petty squabbles of the other gods and is often called to arbitrate over their quarrels. Our lord is, however, not above scorching his mortals when they fail in their daily devotions, so you better join our most glorious church, pay your tithes and make your devotions!
 

The god realm

 



Gods live in another plane of existence parallel to the world in which mortals live. In that plane, gods have a common gathering place, an immense palace complex where they have parties or debate complex topics together.   Otherwise, the gods each have their own small territory they can control and transform at will, and this is their main home. The appearance of each territory is deeply personal and can reveal a lot about their owner. The gods all go through phases, often redecorating every few centuries.
The bedroom of his blinding gloriousness, our lord the sun god Q by AmélieIS
 
Our most holy prophets have reported visions of his blinding gloriousness, our lord Q, in his own palace build entirely out of gold to better reflect his magnificent rays. Our lord was lying in a bed made of still live and growing laburnum—the tree of the golden rain—with the eternally fresh golden poisonous flowers of the tree serving as decoration. And most thoughtful of our lord, the softest and shiniest silk bedsheets and bed curtains imaginable were veiling his blinding glory to preserve his visitors' mind.
 

Hierarchy

 



There is a strict hierarchy between gods, and it is important for them to follow rules of etiquette and show proper deference and respect to their superiors if they do not wish to be smitten into the ground. The hierarchy is based on pure power level, skills, past accomplishments during divine conflicts, and winning specific games going on in the mortal realms, such as establishing an important church or gaining the allegiance of an influential kingdom.   Beyond receiving deference, being at the top of the hierarchy means for a god that they get included in all big decision making, that other gods do not mess with their mortal toys, and that they get weaker gods to serve them either directly in their divine palace or as emissaries in the mortal realm.
Hierarchy by AmélieIS with images from Pixabay and Vecteezy
 
His blinding gloriousness, our lord Q, has hundreds of lesser gods bowing to his most divine person and carrying out his will in the god realm as the mortal realm! Choose our lord as your main patron and you cannot go wrong! What use is sacrificing your time and magic to someone weak who could never fulfil your wildest dreams even if they wanted to do so!
 

Sustenance and death

 





Gods are immortal. They do not age and can heal from almost anything given enough time. However, it is possible to injure them with enough magic, and if the injury is bad enough they could take centuries or even millennia to fully heal. While fighting and injuring each other is seen as all fun and games, that type of grievous injury is only reserved for the most severe of enemies, and it shows both a deep enmity and deep respect or fear for an enemy's power.   In those cases, the agreed-on procedure is to decapitate the enemy and to consume their heart fresh and raw on the battlefield so as to absorb part of their power, and to burn the rest of their body. Those gods are then considered "dead" until their "resurrection" into a fully corporal entity.   Because of their immortality, gods do not truly need sustenance. However, eating can bring them more magical energy and empower them. It is also highly enjoyable for them to do so. For these reasons, powerful gods regularly have big banquets together where the weakest of the gods are used as waiters.
A divine heart by ksyfffka07 on Pixabay
 
Surely you must have heard the multiple legends concerning our most glorious and blinding lord Q! Over the long history of the world, our lord has fought many battles and consumed many enemies with his might! Do you really want to put all of your efforts into someone else when they might get devoured by the sun at any time?
 

Relationships with mortals

 


Mortals worship gods, as is proper. Depending on the mortals, this worship is either done in glory of their patron gods or out of a desire to appease them because of fear that they'll destroy mortals' life otherwise—a very valid concern. The main goal of any interactions between a god and mortals is for the god to gain more power from his mortals, which is accomplished by spreading their church influence to gain more devotees, or the mortals doing more prayers or powerful sacrifice.   The gods just asking for more prayers is not enough, unfortunately for them. This will indeed be seen as too demanding by the mortals, and they are likely to, on the contrary, reduce their devotions and look for the protection of a new patron god. This is a great offence, of course, but if done slowly and sneakily enough, the gods are unlikely to take note of the loss of one measly mortal. By the time they realise something is up, it is already too late and their church is significantly weakened.   A common divine reaction in such a case is to desire to smite the entire country to the ground. However, despite being all-powerful, there are some limitations on what the gods can and cannot do in the mortal realm—at least in theory.   Indeed, gods influence mortals by sending them signs or divine visions, but will rarely appear and interact in person with them. While they can easily elevate or destroy mortals' lives on a small level, grand gestures such as destroying a whole kingdom are more controversial and is likely to have other gods intervene, either because their own toys are endangered by the action, or simply out of spite. Destroying a kingdom should be done properly, through manipulating its inhabitants or enemy kingdoms, not by simply scorching the whole place.   Despite what some of the gods might pretend, all of them love their games with the mortals. It is their most engaging pastime, and it is simply unimaginable for any of them not to keep up to date with what is going on in the mortal kingdoms and which god is winning what game when a king makes a sudden decision. The only reason not all gods have their own church is that weak gods are seen by the rest of the gods as not powerful enough to deserve that honour.

Come join our most glorious church! The veneration of his blinding gloriousness, our lord Q, must spread all over the world! Come donate your gold for a good cause, and you will see your own small lump get added to a magnificent church elevated to the exultation of our of lord!
Church dedicated to his blinding gloriousness, our lord the sun god Q by AmélieIS
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Author's Notes

Surprising no one, the cannibalism has been added in honour of Qurilion XD   Written for the anti-god league!


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22 Dec, 2021 18:57

All hail me! :D


Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
23 Dec, 2021 11:40

All hail the glorious sun!

To see what I am up to, my latest article is a choose-your-own-adventure story featuring a job interview to become one of the Dark Lord's evil minions :D
23 Dec, 2021 02:11

Gotta love a good gods fight :P Looking forward to more gods articles ;)

Check out my bard article:
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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
23 Dec, 2021 11:40

Thanks :D I'll have to make up some more gods next!

To see what I am up to, my latest article is a choose-your-own-adventure story featuring a job interview to become one of the Dark Lord's evil minions :D
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