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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

This is probably the first magic question I’ve asked so sorry if I get anything wrong this time. In this world, there is a goddess, and she is very, very real. She’s functionally omniscient: whenever ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

I've made a fantasy world with its own nations, a magic system, and in-world politics. Leading this world is a benevolent god that has been nurturing humanity for roughly a thousand years. Long enough ...
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An avatar from birth

In my 'world', there is the three-dimensional 'real world', and the four-dimensional 'realm of the gods'. The 'real world' is much like a magical version of our own world, while the realm of the gods ...
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what deal would a ruler strike with a god of another nation? [closed]

I have a story, where a monarchy of elves fights against an empire of humans because the humans are logging their holy forest. Inside the empire there is a region populated by a tribe that is fighting ...
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Could these technologies be fabricated and utilised by this semi-industrialised society?

I have this society that has enjoyed some rather fantastical circumstances resulting in a unique path of technological advancement, and I need help figuring out what kind of technologies they would be ...
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What are some evolutionary bugs in the human genome that could be ironed out by a god that is essentially intelligent evolution? [closed]

In my setting, humanity's gods are real and benevolent, but not omnipotent. They did not create the human species, but rather showed up early in its evolutionary history (equivalent of 300 kya in our ...
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How to appease the Goddess of Traffic Lights

Disclaimer: The following question is an in-Universe question for a wip project called "The gods of ordinariness" My friends, I am in a spot of trouble. On my daily drive to work, I have to ...
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How to serve the gods

TL;DR: How can a mortal become worthy of being listened to by the gods? I'm seeking a logical framework to establish a specific relationship between gods and mortals. The Relationship: Mortals can ...
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Coexistence of ultimate AI and God

Let's imagine the world where they developed an AI entity that enables following stuff to exist: Omniscience as having unlimited access to all data and perfect predictive modeling beyond any AI's ...
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Would it be at all possible for a civilization to not have a concept of a god real or fake?

Now I know the cheeky answer would be "of course it's possible, it's your world, you decide what happens in it" but I'm asking this from a general point of view. Is it really inevitable that ...
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Why would a god stop using an avatar's body?

I'm relatively new to worldbuilding, and even more to this website. Context In my world, gods are known to arpent the world. Concerning magic and spiritual world, these usages are really common but ...
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Good reasons the powerful good guys don't fight the powerful bad guys

It's a typical trope in stories, but why don't the powerful good guys fight the powerful bad guys? Usually a group of nobodies need to grow in power to the point that they're able to face the powerful ...
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Spiritual beings think and feel, but don't have a nervous system? [closed]

So it turns out the dualists are right. There is a material world of atoms, rocks, gravity and photons....but there exists an immaterial spiritual realm of information, gods, and cognition. But here's ...
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Conditions to help Paganism survive until a Revival Movement

In my world, the Northern Kingdoms are the equivalent to Europe. Like Europe, in the Middle Ages, their version of Christianity began replacing old Pagan religions and gods. However, in my world, ...
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What conditions could help the Roman Catholic Papacy revive Paganism successfully to reduce Protestantism?

In this alternate history, the Papacy becomes worried when those such as Martin Luther began complaining about the Church's practices. At this point, Luther breaks away, beginning Lutheranism. Fear of ...
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Why would people want a benevolent AI-controlled society? [closed]

Inspired by the Orion’s Arm worldbuilding project, I am imagining a science-fiction scenario where humans are ruled over by entities known as GODS, or Geocomputing Directories. These are computer ...
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Why do my fox people believe in their gods at all?

The gods of my fictional world are Uri, Tempest, Selenite, Iris, and Aylin. Another thing- they're all foxes. (The world is set in an exclusively-fox island, where foxes live on the island and develop ...
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How could a misotheistic society kill belief in powered gods?

In my setting there is a religion of giants (gaians) who believe magic/the supernatural are an affront to nature and must be exterminated by any means necessary. For magic users this isn't to much of ...
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Could utility fog be used to build a planet? [closed]

I am considering the plausibility of creating a Project involving “Gods”. These are super intelligent beings composed entirely of utility fog; clouds of nanotechnological components capable of ...
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Can I have non-evil blood mages? [closed]

I'm creating a world in which an entire continent is constructed from a monster. Drawing from Aztec mythos, I have named this creature Cipactli, and though it was slain, it's still, to an extent, ...
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How should a deity protect children in a world of magic and war and death? [closed]

A god is building a world where war, sieges, violence, destruction and such are routine. However, they also don't want children (everyone aged 0-14, they are fine with a gradual drop off near the end) ...
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How could peasants protest against superhuman kings?

In history, there were multiple theories like the Divine Right of Kings or Mandate of Heaven that stated that royalty weren't normal human beings but blessed by the Almighty himself. In my fantasy ...
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What would be a good animal to represent chaos? [closed]

I have a world of six gods currently: Chaos, Tranquility, Love, Hate, Regrowth, Rot Each of these gods has a corresponding animal I’m basing their design on, and every god has been relatively pain ...
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How would a planet having a high concentration of metals like an asteroid affect it's ecosystems?

I am working on a Sci-Fi/ Fantasy world called Atterra which is an very alternate version of earth that has been artificially injected with metals and materials from the asteroid belt. Long story ...
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A race created by a goddess of war

First things first: english is my second language, so I apologize in advance for every mistake. In a game of mine (D&D 5e) I've created a world, Eos, with a sentient race for each god. There are N ...
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Why would people worship a specific god when given choices? [closed]

So, I'm working on a story where there are 7 gods, one high god and 6 low gods, and the high god dies leading the 6 others ones to squabble on who'll be in charge. Each god represents a concept and ...
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Theoretically, can a real religion exist in a high fantasy world? [closed]

In my world, there are multiple religions, and one of them is Christianity. While it exists in our world, there are some differences, including: Changing of locations and places A few characters are ...
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Is it "Force Majeure" if I invited the god of storm and he kills people? [closed]

Suppose I'm in charge of the opening of a new safari somewhere in the United States. The particular venue is chosen because it is not near to any known epicenter, fault line, volcano and the last ...
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How would you make a culture that discouraged polyamory even among elites?

I've read a lot of harem stories, and they often have things set up to make harems even more likely, such as skewed gender ratios, eliminating jealousy, religious support and such. I am writing a ...
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How can a hypostatic union be the preferred fusion between gods and mortals?

The Great Wheel is a planar cosmology which defines how the planes, worlds, and realms of the multiverse are connected to one another. Throughout this multiverse, there are various gods that exist ...
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Can demigod city be spared from divine judgement by staying neutral?

Lately more and more worshippers are becoming materialistic and are abandoning their faith emass, this has been brought up to the attention of the Olympian god who suspect it was the doing of the ...
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How can demigods living among us in the 21st century prevent losing powers?

Generations of demigod and semi-demigod have been hiding and living among us to this present day, they made a pact with the god to never reveal the existence of God or themselves in public unless they ...
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How does a demigod city enjoy freedom while also pretending it is not?

Spill over is never a good thing in nature, from the tragedy befalling Hercules in mythology to the current pandemic are some of the side effects reminding us never to underestimate the power of ...
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How can the blood of gods be harvested if it doesn't spill naturally?

The Greek Gods were a large group of powerful humans with access to advanced technology, which put them on a level far surpassing ordinary human beings. One of their incredible attributes was their ...
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Need help figuring out gods with a theme of hammers or foxes [closed]

So, I'm writing a story about a group of superheroes, and all of the heroes have codenames based on different mythical gods and goddesses (ex., the stealth-based one is Nyx, the flying one is Horus, ...
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How do I create a religion unlike greek pantheon?

Most of the religions I see GMs make (& even myself) are basically just rehashed Greek pantheon-esque religions. Several gods, each one governing a specific thing, sometimes different regions have ...
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How can a deity's karma be corrupted by the reincarnation cycle?

Reincarnation is the cycle of birth and death that all human souls traverse in their journey to a higher state, in which they permanently leave that cycle. When the body dies, its soul ascends to a ...
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What's in it for the most detested and lonely god to perform his duty diligently?

In my story there is a god of misfortune that always brings bad luck to every living thing, including other gods, that get in the way. The bad luck worsens the longer or closer the individual is ...
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How can the number of inconsistencies within a universe increase with successive patches?

Gods are all powerful beings who are eternal and have existed within the past, present, and future of a universe's timeline. However, every god also had a beginning. These beings were once mortals who ...
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How could a real life apocalypse game draw in most people?

A supreme being has finished their renovations of modern day Earth, and has now decided what is needed is monsters, epic quests, magical powers, danger, excitement, and all. However, they also don't ...
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How can a deity make his desires known to his followers without communicating with them directly?

The time-stream is the normal passage or flow of time and its historical developments, within a given dimension of reality. Elder gods are all-powerful beings that exist outside this reality within ...
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How could a supreme god give patch notes to reality?

A supreme god has decided that reality has some serious faults. Supply lines are moving too slowly, technology has stagnated, and disasters threaten the planet's future structure. As such, they intend ...
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How can siphoning power from a god fail to increase Mana reserves?

Through magical rituals, entities can be summoned into our worlds and placed into avatars, humanoid shells serving as a container for their souls. A corporation has used this method to summon a god in ...
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How can a hive mind be prevented from learning new information? [closed]

Entities from the spiritual realm must incarnate into the mortal world in order to communicate with humanity. This is done through the use of avatars, which are humanoid shells containing the soul of ...
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How can the storage space of an avatar be restricted to a standard size?

An avatar is a mortal shell constructed to hold a godlike entity from a higher realm. Gods cannot pass into the human realm due to a mystical barrier that separates both realms. These avatars function ...
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What kind of planet would the materials of a decomposing god's body lead to if it were made up similarly to a human's body?

I'm envisioning a universe where the dead gods are what make up the galaxy's stars and planets and even the black hole at the center would be a particularly huge one that managed to get itself killed ...
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How to make an evil looking moon that runs naturally?

An omnipotent but not omniscient or omnibenevolent deity has decided that creating an evil looking moon that works according to natural law would be a great addition to their world's mythology. They ...
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How can a government with gods remain stable for at least 500 years? [closed]

You and some friends got together, messed around, destroyed the world, became gods, and made a new one, in about that order. Your goal is to create a government for this new world with the following ...
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How can a religion rationalize worshipping deities it has enslaved?

Daemons are malevolent spirits that inhabit the astral plane. This religion views these spirits as divine beings and worship them as gods. They are heavily revered in the faith, and are considered ...
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How could a time paradox caused by a manufactured deity fail to produce a full retcon of history?

The Leviathan https://villains.fandom.com/wiki/Scarlet_King is an entity formed as the manifestation of the tension between the modern world and the pre-modern world and the rage it creates. ...
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