The Third Wave of Divines
When the universe first came to be, it was as a result of the efforts of Todra and Nifra, the "first wave" of gods. After the universe came into being, it was governed by the "second wave" of gods, which controlled the various physical forces that kept the universe in check. These were the gods of heat and cold, attraction and repulsion, momentum and friction, and other such things. The gods of the second wave were neutral, doing their part in the universe perfectly and without pause. After the The Dawn of Mortality, these second-wave gods did not concern themselves with the affairs of the mortals, were not swayed by emotions or prayers. They were the laws of physics and nature itself, impartial and uncaring. However, as the mortals grew more and more complex and intelligent, they began to recognize patterns in their own lives and minds. These patterns became especially prominent after the Twin Gods granted certain species greater cognitive and emotional depth. The mortals began to recognize the patterns that permeated all of mortal life, and these patterns became gods of their own, seemingly natural forces which existed among all mortals, much like the second-wave gods existed throughout the universe. These gods of the mortals, gods of hunger and fullness, joy and sorrow, love and hate, became known as the Third Wave of the Divines. The gods in the third wave were not impartial like their second-wave cousins. These were the gods of the mortals, and as such, they played an intimate role in the lives of the mortals, guiding their actions and decisions, and impacting their lives in very real ways. These gods, much like the second-wave gods, often came in polar pairs, such as fear and comfort, love and hate, hunger and fullness. But there were other gods that came into being as well, gods which seemed to embody the varied and dynamic nature of the mortals who worshipped them. These became known as The Fourth Wave of Divines.