Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Important Fact #3 - At War With the Gods

This setting has a very strong link to the Far Realm, as I have discussed in previous posts; this link is so strong that it is throwing the planes into alarm. As the link between the Far Realm and the material plane is growing stronger, the planes are becoming restless and many have adopted a strong distaste for the material world.

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Important Fact #3 - At War With the Gods
The influence of the Far Realm on the material plane has reached the point at which many of the good aligned deities in the Universe can no longer sit idly by and watch as it the world falls apart and deteriorates; it has become very obvious that the races that belong to the material world have been corrupted and defiled, almost in their entirety. For this reason, the gods have become greatly displeased and have declared war on the peoples of the material world. Missionary movements have been abandoned in favor of crusades. Temples no longer pass out blessings, but instead pass out plagues. The gods are very, very angry. Rather than abandon the world and its peoples, they have banded together and decided that the world must be purged of all taint before the power of the Far Realm that is multiplying their can have a chance to spread into other worlds.
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The war of the divinity has caused a huge split between the faithful worshippers of the gods and the people. The people of the material world no longer pray to the gods. They pray to man that they may be crushed. The power of the gods is also waning. They no longer possess much of the magnificent glory that they once did, as their followers are withering into extinction.

Because the good deities have all but been abandoned in the world, many evil deities have gained a huge foothold in the material plane. The temptation they bring to the mortal races is far too great a power for people to ignore. Many nations have fallen to these dark powers and massive cults.

This is, however, not to say that divine characters do not exist. Characters with a link to the divine, i.e. possessing the divine power source, are considered to be the protected few. These individuals are considered by the gods, not to be of the material world, but belonging to them, existing in the material plane to serve their will.

What this means for most of the good deities is that most of them now do almost the opposite of what their original purpose. Deities who were revered, at one time, for things like bringing fertility to the earth, are now, more concerned with blighting it. However, because the gods power is waning in this realm, they have not been able to simply blink the material world out of existence. Their are forces protecting this world and those forces do not have good intentions.

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