The Fourth Wave of Divines
After The Third Wave of Divines came into being, the most philosophical and intellectual among the mortal races began to create gods in their own image, gods which they could petition for favor, gods which would grant them comfort in dark times, gods which would represent them among the greater pantheon. Todra and Nifra were both entertained and intrigued by this, amazed that the creatures that had been created by the gods had, themselves, created gods of their own. It appeared that these mortals, truly, had the spark of divinity in their hearts and minds. In their own way, these gods, despite their limited forms, were like gods in their own right. And so, enamored by the similarities between themselves and these mortals, Todra and Nifra decided to breathe life into these gods of mortals, known hereafter as the Fourth Wave of Divines. Each race had a divine of its own, some spawning two or more gods, but all of these gods were given consciousness by Todra and Nifra. Yet, despite being conscious and having a will of their own, these gods did not have physical manifestations. They would never walk among the mortals, nor could they directly interfere with the world of Periva. These gods were limited to more subtle means, such as influencing the emotions or thoughts of mortal beings, or granting visions in dreams, or giving strength in times of difficulty. The mortals often prayed to the gods for better crops or fair weather, and while the gods could not impact such things, they could influence the mortals to plant crops at more opportune times, or to recognize incoming storms sooner. These gods loved their mortals, and the mortals loved their gods.