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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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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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How can controlling the flow of time prevent you from altering history?

The Leviathan is an ancient deity that exists outside the mortal plane. It seeks to enter the human world, which is separated from him by an all-enclosing barrier protecting it. However, the ...
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How can a transitory deity be put on equal footing with other members of a pantheon?

The deity Ashura seeks to enter the mortal realm using an avatar. This is meant to fulfill a prophecy, in which he does battle with an ancient demon seeking to conquer earth. However, avatars are only ...
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How can a messiah be forced to incarnate pieces of itself thousands of years apart?

The ancient deity known as Shiva exists on the astral plane and intends to cross over into the mortal world to subjugated it to its rule. However, gods are far too powerful to exist on the mortal ...
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What motives would an omnipotent being have for ruining a universe it created? [closed]

Background In a fantasy world I am working on, the universe was created by an omnipotent (but not omnipresent or omniscient) entity known as the Storyteller. Inside this new universe the Storyteller ...
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What magic system would empower peace? (Retaining free will) [closed]

Imagine you're an all powerful god and you want to reduce the likelihood for unsavory behavior like crime, war, and disaster capitalism. Without taking away free will, or micro managing all actions - ...
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Why does a divine judgement system not strike down evildoers?

Introduction: In certain genres (cultivation), people regularly undergo judgements as a way of getting stronger. Once they reach a certain break point, they are struck by lightning, and if they ...
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How big would the brain of an omnipresent being be?

There is a being who has been alive for as long as there has been life on earth. It has the ability to anomalously produce matter from its body out of nothing. Through the production of microfine ...
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How can an avatar be prevented from containing a deity's full power?

Avatars are artificial constructs created by gods to interface with humans. Gods exist in the spiritual realm, a dimension separated from the mortal realm by a barrier. These avatars are built with ...
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Why can gods only incarnate into atrocities? [closed]

When the gods join our presence they are shaped in terrifying ways, the first thing they mention uppon meeting a human are "fear not..." Or "close your eyes,mortals are not strong ...
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What are the flaws of a divinely managed high-fantasy society with the following factors?

In an Empire-sized kingdom with gods actively in society, what could go wrong? The society I have designed is in a high-Fantasy setting with more or less direct maintenance by the Pantheon of Gods. ...
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How can gods defend from other offensive gods

In my worlds various gods embody elements and concepts. There are many ways they can reach godhod. Inheriting dead gods powers, mortals collective belief birthing gods etc. Gods power effect ...
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How can the survival of mortal vessels decline with an increase in quality of life?

Every 1000 years, a total solar eclipse covers the entire disk of the sun and covers the earth in its shadow. During this event, the barrier that separates the mortal world from the spiritual world ...
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What benefit would a god who feeds on belief gain from diversifying worship?

This settings' world is united by a world religion that all countries pay homage to. It is controlled by a priesthood who, as well as fulfilling traditional religious roles, keeps the peace between ...
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Could Traditions Such as Human Sacrifice or Gladiatorial Combat Survive in a Modernizing World?

My science-fantasy series is set in a rapidly industrializing galaxy where a group called the Ishgas are dominating militarily, culturally, scientifically, and economically (overall, it's a similar ...
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How to Make Sapients Non-Homophobic from the Start?

For my World, Damarian (Link to its introduction here), I want to ensure that all of the species (except possibly the Aeritheans) are accepting of the entire queer community, through the influencing ...
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Why can dieties see "Star Souls" but humans cannot? [closed]

Star Souls This is an idea I have been bouncing off in my head, and I want some feedback. The idea is that the beauty in this universe are determinded by "star souls". They are created from ...
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Why would gods and goddess need help from otherworldy beings? [closed]

Whenever there's a problem in the gods and goddess worlds like some extinction level threat that would destroy their world or when their races want to genocide other races or when they don't like how ...
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How can kingdoms of the ancient world be left in the hands of lesser mortals while demigods exist?

A messiah was sent with the specific purpose of saving humanity from their sins, but unfortunately failed to overcome his human weaknesses. He was said to have an " impatient eye " with the ...
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What percentage of NPCs does a god need in order to remain benevolent?

A god (G) of an Earth-like world is benevolent. At the same time G allows free will. The problem is of course that some people will choose to harm others. This presents the god with a problem; how ...
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how can angelic mercenaries protect themselves from their clients while fighting for every side?

When the council of angels threw Lucifer out of heaven after rebelling against him, God assigned a group of angels the task of watching over humanity to guide it along the righteous path. This group, ...
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Stigma of virginity and chastity loophole

In my world there is a theocratic empire where all the citizens of the empire, when born, have stigma of virginity and chastity engraved on their bodies by the goddess of love. There are only two ...
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Why do demons need to wear clothes when they detest everything about us?

Humanity have been fighting the outcasts since ancient time, their ancestors whom had betrayed the gods and angels now dwells in the mortal realms feasting upon our flesh and blood turning the surface ...
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How could humans wage a war with Olympus? [closed]

So if all the mythical things, creatures, and gods in the roman Olympus myths spawned on mount Olympus in our world and the military decided to wage a war against the gods how would they do that?
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How could the God of Love turn the tide of war against rival gods?

With the 11 Olympian gods along with many of the demigods annihilated and Olympus set on fire, Aphrodite and her worshippers quickly retreated into hiding. There is a prophecy that only love can save ...
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