The Great One
There used to be many Gods. They were petty, cruel, and plagued Humanity almost as badly as the Demons of Sogoth. They bore more Gods. They fought with each other. They were unworthy of the divine mantle. Then came Argon.
There used to be many Gods. They were petty, cruel, and plagued Humanity almost as badly as the Demons of Sogoth. They bore more Gods. They fought with each other. They were unworthy of the divine mantle.
One of the Godlings of this time was called Argon. Argon's parent, one Tibrius, Diety of Widsom and Wise Warfare, gave his son up for a time, so he could be raised as a mortal. It was only upon the youth's 21st birthday that his divine herritage was revealed. Argon was to be The Diety of Humanity (not the species, but the quality). Argon learned The Great Wisdom from his father, tempered it with the wisdom of his mortal life, and took on his destiny's mantle. To forward the cause of Humanity, things would have to change.
Slowly and carefully, Argon killed several dieties. He arranged each death's blame to fall upon another deity. This created a spiral of vengence killing after vengence killing. While this dance of divine death occured, he kept arranging things to distract and divert the attentions of other deities. A crisis here, a disaster there, a few whispers to create jelousy, a few more to create longing, and so on. During this time he visited the the Priests of the time. He converted over several of the priesthoods who had lost their diety to the divine war. He taught them the new way. He and his then converted those of other Gods (since they were ignoring their worshipers, this became easier and easier to do). This weakened the remaining Gods who could not divert their attention from their conflicts and affairs. Soon it came down to divine family vs family. Then as divine powers were destroyed again and again, their powers began to dry up. Still they warred. The final battle occured as the Dieties fought over the last font of divine power. Argon used his powers to keep the God's Battle from spilling over into the mortal world. When the dust cleared, there was only one diety left upon the great field... Sogoth the Demon Lord. Both were tired and wounded, but Sogoth had his bleeding wounds (the ones he has to this day) . Sogoth asked for mercy, claiming only to have fought to prevent any of the others from claiming this ultimate power. He asked to go back to his Hell and rule over his Demons and Lost Souls. (He also said he admired Argon for arranging all this). Argon showed him mercy and let him live.
Now Argon was the only diety left. He granted the priestly powers to any who would embrace his new way. To this day, the priests follow his directives about "right living" and proper deviotion. They teach those same ideals to us, the flock.
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I like this one. Not a huge amount, but it is a good solid explanation for a single deity church, its enemy demon, and left overs from other elder cults.
Updated for content and small rewrite.
I do like monotheistic fantasy systems. This one is interseting.
A solid way to trim down your pantheon. :)
I'm find it amusing that "The Diety of Humanity (not the species, but the quality)" is a devious, backstabbing bastard. :)
Yet at the same time, he is benevolent and helpful. It depends if you are a deity or a mortal.
He could just be logical and inventive (finding a way to solve the unsolvable problem). He needed to support humanity (the society/ the doing what is right, even if it is logically or morally wrong/ the balance of all things), yet the gods were getting in the way of that. He supported his domain, and all the mortals (most of which had some degree of humanity). The other Gods did not, and were petty, cruel, and indifferent to the people.
Of course, as with all 'great things', there is no simple answer. He did what needed to be done for the benefit of 'humanity', even though it was not 'the best of things'.
(Also, was this the plan of his father who realized The Gods were getting in the way of great wisdom and created a weapon (his son) to solve the issue.)
Which is the god that humans deserve.