No, I'm not telling you who I am. If they know I'm here, talking to you, now? Oh, wow, they'd kill me. Horrible. And for a long time. And gods are immortal, so you can see how long that might actually be. Like, forever. They'd kill me forever. Shut up, I know it doesn't make sense.
Look, I don't have a lot of time, can we get to the point?
The lore in old theology textbooks are, at best, a laughable guess made by a tiny creature as to what the larger ones are thinking. May as well be a centipede trying to figure out the thoughts of an extra-terrestrial creature. Yes, that's it, a centipede. Imagine the humans are centipedes. Human centipedes. No, wait. That's horrible, forget I said that. Ants are too cliche. Caterpillars?
They're bugs, is the point. Very much bugs. They can't even think in the right ways to ensure they have any understanding of Divine intent whatsoever.
The truth is, the Divine always knew. They always knew that one day, expanding borders would see them pitted one against another. And they've had to decide. Is it worth condemning a whole race of people to die in order to secure their future? Of course it is. They're centipedes.
Each pantheon has its own idea of an apocalypse, an event that would raze the earth, bring devastation and ruin to humanity, but what if humanity were never the target? What if the target had been other pantheons all along? In engaging in battle, the survivors gain strength at a surprisingly uniform pace. However, they manage to take contenders out of the running. In the end, they're left with adversaries just as powerful as they are. It'd have to be some hell of a red button to see a winner come out on top. That's where the soul harvest comes in.
If they can manage to create what we like to call -... well, look, in English, you might say a... a singularity, sure. It's a singularity. But a lot of stuff has to go into getting it set up so the world is in tune with the spirit energy of particular pantheons. That's why most pantheons have one dude who's kind of in charge of all the rest, cause none of us would choose to do this unless it was necessary. Enough energy to be channeled into the end, whatever that might be. Whether it's setting fire to everything like Jehovah wants to do - I'm not sure who got him on that whole dragon thing, but hey, kudos, the imagery is nice - or having everything float off into space cause a giant turtle gives up or maybe wolves eating everyone? Whatever the case, if they can eliminate some contenders, gather some strength and get everything in place, they can use their apocalypse to blast away any challengers that are left.
And sure, humanity is part of this, though they're not the target like they like to think. No, they're the battery. The power source. Reaping humanity is what this has always been about.
Reaping, not ra- They're NOT centipedes!
The general challenge is to reap, store and ration enough souls to maintain the upper hand in the struggle, eliminating gods and goddesses while they are still vulnerable. Once the pantheons are pared down to those last few contenders, it's a race to engage their very own apocalypse. The Apocalypse! The best way to kill your rivals and ensure a never-ending influx of soul power for your own people. Alright, that's poor taste, but you get where I'm going with that. Whoever's left after the apocalypse has no choice but to believe in and follow the gods they have actual proof exist, now. And that becomes an even stronger, more reliable source or energy... it's a feedback loop, pumping them up.
This isn't the first time it's happened, either. Ever heard of the Fomorians? Or the Titans, for that matter? Hell, Jehova almost had them with that flood. If it wasn't for his bleeding heart and his favourite dolls, that collection would have completely gone under, too. Trouble is, they get complacent when they feel like their job is done, and start feasting on soul energy like there's always going to be a steady supply. Well, you and I, we know that's not necessarily true, don't we? They forget, though, every damned time, and then we have to go through this whole apocalypse thing.
Me? I hope you survive. I kinda like you. But just in case you don't, I'm sure they'll find someplace pretty to stick you. I'd choose your favourite and reserve your space now, if you can. Other options aren't so wonderful, in the end. On the bright side, won't be long till they eat you.
Come play in a semi-sandbox game that takes place in the shadows of our day-to-day lives, all over the world. Play a god, a mortal, some mythical creature or rebel deities (One each to begin, expanding as we play), embroiled in a battle for the power of the earth, a race against the clock and in deadly competition with the strings of destiny. Any pantheon will do, so long as it exists in our world and has lore to support.... something.
Sorry, but at this time, not allowing any newly-created gods, newly-created realms, DnD gods, White Wolf spirits, nothing that doesn't exist in the cultural heritage of our real world, please. Because of the nature of the gods, there's an enthusiastic welcome for LGBTQ+ characters and players, but know that we will be setting the game in Extreme groups.
If there are any questions or concerns, feel free to contact myself or DartimusRae
, who has kindly agreed to be the Co-GM.
More in-depth information can be found here
, which will serve as the informational thread for the game. The OOC thread can be found here
When you've a completed character sheet approved, put 'er here
Want to read what we have so far, before you decide? Check it
Look forward to writing with you!
Edit: For the moment, there are no particular roles we're looking to have filled, but that might change with a little time.