Immortals & Gods
and their impact on the world.
The current definition of immortal is the inability for a mortal to kill them. Immortals have been known to kill other immortals. Bill has stated that there is another requirement but has not said what. This requirement apparently excludes the few mortals that have transcended to immortal, but apparently they can eventually become true immortals.
Immortals are ranked in three different categories; lesser, standard, and greater. It is generally considered impossible for a mortal to determine which of these three an immortal falls into. Thus, they are classified by their interactions with other immortals, or if a trusted (generally Bill) immortal confirms their general power. Some academics consider gods to be the highest level of classification, the Council objects to this, but Bill hasn’t said one way or the other. The exact number of immortals in unknown, but it is theorized to be less than thirty thousand. Bill has stated that this is in the right ballpark.
Immortals can also be classified by their actions. The immortals that are classified as dragons, are classified as such because of their habit of collecting things. Much like the now extinct dragons of the elf world. A dragon’s collection can be anything, something very mundane like pebbles, others occasionally collect people. Muses are immortals that choose a single mortal and inspire them to greatness, along with clearing their path. They are most famous for the high profile spiral incidents they tend to cause. Classifying an immortal by actions does prove problematic, however, because their behavior can randomly shift at times. Bill has stated this is because of the inherent instability of an immortals existence, he has also been quoted saying “they get bored”.
The most famous of the immortals, and the ones that have caused the largest impact on the world are easily the false gods. These are generally very powerful immortals, some of them even capable of granting holy magic to their followers. They are usually marked by their inability to create sustained religions, or the magic they give their followers is notably weaker than that of a true god. Generally false gods disappear shortly after declaring themselves. Sometimes they are visually smacked down by true gods, or immortals that think they are getting uppity. It is not unheard of for heretics (followers of a false god) to continue fighting even after their false god has died/been silent for generations.
It is theorized that all true gods have declared themselves, due to the fact that no true gods have appeared in generations. Bill has stated that there might be one or two thrones still up for grabs. It is unknown what exactly he means by this because the term ‘throne’ does not appear in relation to true divinity in any scripture. All current true gods appear to have declared themselves within a few hundred years of each other, throwing out their false predecessors. Archeological evidence suggests that the Dwarven god predates all others by several centuries. While how strong he is compared to the other gods in unknown, his followers are clearly the strongest in terms of holy magic.
Evolution of the current religious system happened different for the dwarven world, then it did for the human and elf worlds. While they both suffered massive holy wars and various crusades, how they were brought to an end was fundamentally different. The dwarven god chose to empower his followers until they could crush the followers of all the false gods. The true gods of the humans and elves, knowing they couldn’t destroy other true gods banded together against the blight and their followers formed the Council. When the dwarven god first opened the gate between the dwarf world and the elf world, there were initial clashes between his followers and those belonging to the Council. However, in their wisdom these clashed never escalated to a full war and the followers of the dwarf god were accepted into the Council with open arms.
The amount of influence the Council exerts over the world governments has changed over time. There are certain parts of history were certain major powers’ government were nothing more than puppets to the Council. In the Council’s wisdom these times never lasted long and were generally instituted in order to protect the stability of the world. Currently only a few very unstable governments are under the direct control of the Council. With those few exceptions the Council has limited itself to very few major actions on the international stage in recent history. Their most memorable major recent action was the banning of nuclear weapons approximately two years after they were first used.
Currently the Council is engaged in no military actions. This changed with the death of the heretic, guerrilla fighter, drug lord, and war criminal Atreus. While the body of Atreus was never found he has remained inactive long enough for authorities to believe him dead. Atreus was considered the last major heretic threat since the formation of the Council. While there have been other heretics in recent history they all belonged to cults that were easily put down with no civilian casualties. Atreus on the other hand managed to fund his guerrilla tactics through drugs for twenty years. With his death funding to the largely unsuccessful drug war has been massively cut since it no longer has Council backing. Oddly enough this has actually lead to an overall decrease in drug usage worldwide.
Since it’s formation onwards the Council has been the single most influential entity on two world. With the appearance of the dwarf world and the dwarven priests joining the Council their influence has only grown. Especially since the dwarven world is ruled by a single theocracy. Since the Council gets its influence directly from its member gods, the only check on its power is opposing members. It has been theorized that the Council would be far more influential if it had fewer members. Since however its number of members is denoted by the number of true gods it has only ever changed in size once.