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November 24, 2005, 5:32 pm

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God of The People


In this world, each race had its own Spirit, or Diety it revered. It personified the race.  The Mythic people (Elves, Dwarves, Goblins, et al) had worshiped their spirits since before time began, long before Humans crawled out of their caves and became a speaking race.

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In this world, each race had its own Spirit, or Diety it revered. It personified the race.  The Mythic people (Elves, Dwarves, Goblins, et al) had worshiped their spirits since before time began, long before Humans crawled out of their caves and became a speaking race.

Humans had been helped by the Mythic people, much like one would help a child; yet also treated them like a vermin, removing them when they were too much trouble.  The Human tribes became semi-nomadic, moving along to avoid the ire (anger/ annoyance) of the Mythics. It is during this time that Humans connected with their Spirit.  The Spirit of Humanity took to sheparding its people.  In addition, the spirit adopted the Human Companions… the Wolf/Dog, the Horse, and to a lesser extent Buffalo (the only herd beasts of the land).  The Mythics had never domesticated companions, they simply created what they needed.

When a genocidal war broke out between the Goblins and The Forest Folk (fur covered humanoids, gentle giants (well bigger than humans) of the forest), Humans took in the few surviving Forest Folk. The Goblins had destroyed the Spirit of the Forest Folk. It was then that the God of Humanity became the God of The People, for it was the first time The Spirit of one talking people had “adopted” another peoples.  It was no longer a matter of blood, it was a matter of helping those who needed help and sheparding The People. The blood of the forest folk has limitedly been mixed with that of Humanity.

Eventually Humanity became strong and developed enough to become less nomadic.  They developed town and ceremonial sites in territories just outside the populuated Mythic’s lands. Eventually exiles and free spirits from the Mythics found their way to the Human sites. Humanity and their God usually embraced any soul that joined them. Human nomadic tribes and those that groups that had never touched The Spirit, slowly learned of the God of the People. Speakers taught them the ways, helping them in any way they could.  Humanity prospered and grew under the grace of the God of The People.

The Mythics’ spirits slowly began to weaken. The Mythics, who counted upon their Dieties for empowerment, also slowly weakened. Reluctantly they began to trade and interact with the Humans they had previously scorned.  After a while, they treated the Humans as equals (though they were often lesser equals… “sniff”). Humanity developed cities and encrouched on more and more of the Mythic’s lands. Small pockets of Mythics lived among The People.

The independent Mythics have nearly faded away. Their Spirits’ can barely support them, if they have not faded away completely.  There is only one God, The God of The People. The Speakers acted as Shepards and Helpers for The People.

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November 24, 2005, 17:32
Updated: Updated for punctuation.
Voted KendraHeart
December 5, 2005, 1:29
I really like this one. It defines the entire setting it is in. Your "mythics" (Love that) are dying off. Your Humans are your main society and peoples. You have a single church, with or without a dark ages. Lots of potential drama.
Voted Cheka Man
February 27, 2006, 20:28
Gods and Goddesses seem to be cannibalistic-the big ones swallow the small ones.
April 16, 2006, 14:31
Actually not. In most cases, Deities would simply "kill off" the other Deity - either directly (thus the race would die off) or indirectly (kill off the race and the Deity dies). The God of the People is a more gentle deity. "He" adopted these other races and people, bringing them into this fold.

This act of mercy and adoption has become "his" strength. He has more than one source of worship, a blending... and like steel or an alloy, it is stronger than simple iron or a single substance.

And since he adopted members of other flocks, rejected by their Gods (and peoples), he has greater strength and the other Spirit is weakened.
Voted axlerowes
March 30, 2013, 10:25
It doesn't really get into why the world is the way it is, maybe I missed it but if the gods had behaved differently how would the world be different?
Voted valadaar
April 22, 2013, 14:25
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Voted B9anders
November 6, 2014, 15:39
This is a lovely example of emergent monotheism in a polytheistic world. Also fits neatly into the classical "the world of men is ascending as the elves, et al retreat" trope.

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