Hey guys! Thanks for bearing with me!
I'm so freaking happy to see you guys interested in this!
What you would need to know to play..
There are two ways we can start this off. I was planning on starting from the very first days of the Universe. There is Deiu, his Torch, You Guys, and a small sphere that can't even be called a planet, floating in an inky void where there aren't even any stars shining. Deiu will imbue you with some energy, and tell you to have at it! In this mode, there won't be things such as nightmares, knowledge, and so forth to preside over until one of you creates them. So, instead of being the God of XYZ, your character has the opportunity to literally invent XYZ, and preside over it from there. This mode is pure sandbox: I will be handling some of the things that Deiu creates, such as systems of life and death, and the rest goes from there.
In the second plan, we can fast forward to when the world is effectively created, just brand new. Deiu will have installed such things as dreams, death, weather, and he'll be looking for candidates to preside over these aspects of nature. Rather than having traveled with Deiu when he left Oblivion, he would have summoned you five to take over aspects of creation. In this mode, it's a more structured sandbox. You will get to work miracles and preside over anything Dieu let's you have, working as the first gods of a new world. But certain things will already be resolved, such as the nature of death, various systems of nature, and so forth. In this mode, gods that want to rule over something get to. In the other, it has to be made first.
I would rather go with the first, and some of the tedious things (do animals eat?) might be taken care of as they happen. But I'm open to review.
To help you think, here is the nature of the universe.
The First Moments:
The Last Universe ended some time ago. Our story begins in Oblivion. It may be trite to call them souls, but literally, every essence of every being that has ever existed or will ever exist is floating here, in peaceful and total stasis. There is no thought, no motion, no sound, and no sight. Merely half aware points of perception, able to perceive nothing. And that was when the Torch appeared.
To describe Light coming into Oblivion is like describing how vivid color suddenly appeared to the blind. This was earth shattering. The idle souls began to turn to it, to question what it was. But it was Deiu that reached for it. Some would call him Chosen. But in truth, he was simply a random soul floating in the abyss. Now, he is God.
Deiu will take himself and first adjacent souls with him out of Oblivion, which is physically connected at this time to the rest of the empty void of reality. The newborn gods will take their rest on a moon of their own creation. A creation provided by the Torch.
Generation refers to when your souls were brought from Oblivion. If all five of you want to play, then you five will be considered the five souls adjacent to Deiu when the Torch Appeared. That means you are Generation 1: literally the Oldest. Fucking. Things. That have ever existed in this universe.
Units refer to the amount of Divine Light you currently have in your bodies. Everyone starts with 10.
(By virtue of his Torch, Deiu appears to have infinite amounts.)
Unit Capacity refers to how much Divine Light you can hold: something Deiu can change for you.
Mantles represent the Purviews of the Gods. If one of you would preside over Dreams, the Mantle is the tool by which you exert your control. By touching you on the shoulder with the Torch of Divine Light, Deiu gives you access to the well of power that is The Divine Light, from which you may manifest your own tool of office. Once done, this item will never need Units of Light to operate.
Personality may just be the most mysterious thing of all. ;P
The Torch of Divine Light:
Not one of the gods, even Deiu, knows the exact nature of the Torch. It simply appeared, and had never added any clues to its own existence. In truth, the Torch part is unnecessary: it is only the sphere, which radiates the raw stuff of creation, that matters. A silent, omnipotent tool of creation.
A single unit of Divine Light can produce...
...A single object up to 200 lb
...A single action with up to 270 Joules of Force
...A single thought, up to 2 minutes in length
...A single change in energy, up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in either direction.
...A single alteration of self, to any form.
...Enough life energy to live for 200 years.
...In fact, so long as you have a full unit of Divine Light, you cannot be slain. We think..
...A single soul to be manifested from Oblivion, assuming it has a shape to wear. This is the only way to create life. We think..
...And more to figure out.
In fact, the one thing Divine Light doesn't seem to be able to do is travel through time. There's a reason for that, but for now, that's about the only limit.
The God of the Dead World - One of the most important roles I have in my story is that of the Ruler of the Afterlife. He doesn't exist yet, but for the morbid minded, keep it in your thoughts!
The Goddess of Trickery - The very most important role in the story, after Deiu himself, is this Goddess. I won't tell why, though.
The Omniscient One - There is a single being, perhaps in the future, who simply knows everything there is to know. ..Or does he?
Getting more Divine Light is pretty easy. All you have to do is let it shine on you. Deiu is always hanging around, and basically lets anyone drink from the well. However, your bodies can only absorb it so fast: 1 point per in-game hour. There is, however, a way to power up faster. Several, perhaps.
The reason you have a Unit Capacity is to denote that you can only spend so much at once.
If the Gods are in conflict, well, those Units are your bullets, and functionally your life bar. You don't die if you run out of Units. But, once they are depleted, you no longer have the ability to defend yourself against those who do, or heal yourself if wounded.
Hour Replenishing Rules don't apply in combat. No, you cannot get your would be killer to monologue for another four minutes so you can get your god juice back. The good news is, if Deiu just happens to be standing there watching you think about getting your would be killer to monologue for another four minutes so you can get your god juice back, he'll probably at least do something. Fair? Gooood...
Level ups are provided my Deiu. As you contribute to Creation, Deiu will amp your power threshold and your status, adding a sense of rivalry to the mix.
Of course, if one of you managed to take the Torch for yourself, you could do whatever you wanted! But first, you'll have to figure out how to rob a guy who is currently omnipotent, and who, by this point, may be strong enough without it to make you regret the attempt.