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Questions tagged [gods]

For questions about gods, the creation of gods, their characteristics, and the effects they have on worlds.

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Would showing that your magic greatly differs from mortal prove that you're a god? [closed]

In the book I'm writing, one of the subplots is the protagonists, that happens to be gods, claimed their divine ascendency in front of the whole world and made the supernaturals come out. Now, some ...
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Why would greek gods allow other religions to take over? [closed]

I am planning to write a story where greek gods exist. But I can't figure out a reason why they would allow other religions to take over and people to stop worshiping them. And I need this for my ...
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Would the disappearance of gods, make an apocalypse?

We have a world in the first age (think Atlantis without tech but with magic, a civilization with wealth, overflow of resources, no sickness, no pain, a civilization with more power than everyone else,...
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How do the Gods cause madness in those they wish to destroy? [closed]

τὸ κακὸν δοκεῖν ποτ᾽ ἐσθλὸν τῷδ᾽ ἔμμεν' ὅτῳ φρένας θεὸς ἄγει πρὸς ἄταν evil seems good, soon or late, to him whose mind the god draws to mischief Antigone, Sophocles When the Gods set their ...
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How much energy did it take for God to part the Red Sea?

EDIT Why this is a world-building query. If I had framed this as, "In my world where magic requires the expenditure of energy, a powerful wizard decides to open a path through a large lake,etc. The ...
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How could an all-powerful god oppose an all-powerful god? [closed]

In Zoroastrianism, the precursor to modern Christianity and Judaism, there were two all-powerful gods, one good and one evil. Neither could defeat the either. In a setting like this, what are some ...
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Jobs in an AI controlled world [closed]

In a world fully controlled by an AI, humans have every basic need they may want. This includes housing and food, and also health related needs. Also humans do not give birth anymore, the process is ...
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Why would god-like aliens experience boredom? [closed]

On planet Methuselah, the oldest planet in existence, there exists a race of beings that seem to be, in most definitions of the word, gods. They can form objects out of pure energy, have strength ...
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People's God and Real God [closed]

Let's imagine a world where all people prayers and beliefs create some paranormal entities - just the way people imagine them in some paranormal realm. So people believe in God and through thousands ...
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Gods are dogs, but why? [closed]

It’s obvious, really: “God” and “dog” are just two sides of the same coin. Literally any pantheon, deity, or divine force that’s ever existed - yep, they’re all dogs somewhere. But why? What reason ...
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In a universe created by and controlled by malevolent or passive non-humanoid beings, what would cause the creation of humanoid gods? [closed]

Forgive me if a question like this is too general and isn't accepted here. I'm currently working on creating a new universe to possibly be used in a D&D or RPG setting. I've been working on the ...
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How would a deity best reform his Church peacefully? [closed]

The Beginning A deity of good aspects (Justice, Light, etc.) has guided mankind since the dawn of Creation, helping them develop and prosper. He was always a powerhouse in terms of raw divine power, ...
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Plausible reason why the astronauts wouldn’t get involved in the aliens war? [closed]

So, two astronauts, Gregory and Jessica, just got marooned on an alien planet. They went down into a Canyon, were they discovered some tiny, and sized beings, who had developed into a Bronze Age. They ...
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How different human society and behaviour would be if the talion law was imposed by a benevolent goddess since the creation of mankind? [closed]

In another universe and another dimension, humanity is created by an omnipotent and benevolent goddess. The planet in which these humans inhabit is a perfect clone of the earth and the goddess is ...
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Why might a person go into a seizure after being given the essence of God? [closed]

So, my character, Logan, is looking for answers. He stuck out in the great galactic void, far away form his home in the Milky Way. He wants to know more about the Universe, all of it, but it’s ...
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What would happen if there was only a gentle breeze blowing constantly?

Let's say the classical element of Air is controlled by three deities. One creates the air itself, just being present for the second one to move it at a steady pace, a gentle breeze that blows over ...
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How would the existence of multiple mythological and religious pantheons be justified?

It's common trend for many stories within the Urban Fantasy genre to feature various mythological pantheons co-existing with one another. For example, High School DxD has a universe where Judeo-...
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Souls That Don't Prove That A God Exists? [duplicate]

Assuming that souls exist within the realm of physics, how could they or some similar continuation of consciousness continue to exist after death, especially without the afterlife being awful, in a ...
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Why would a god create demons that try to destroy everything he created? [closed]

There is a entity, name him God, that created the universe. God created humans, minor gods (Zeus, Odin, Loki, Et cetera). And demons. Each of these things live in their own world. However Demons and ...
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How to make people spread over the earth?

I created human beings and placed them on a planet full of landmasses, oceans, rivers, forests, desserts, swaps, snow, mountains, hills, animals, insects, plants, fish you name it. But I have a ...
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What would convince rational people that a given book has been written by the Devil? [closed]

A central part of my story involves a certain book that was allegedly written by the Devil himself. However, my protagonists are rational and skeptic people, they do not believe such outrageous claims ...
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When worldbuilding, which aspect do you start with? [closed]

I personally started with the Pantheon of the Gods and Goddesses. That way, I can explain my world.
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How recently could a god be born? [closed]

Supposing you were creating religions in your world, and your world has advanced along a technological spectrum similar to Earth's. What is the latest point in history that a new god could be ...
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Is my imaginary world into astrology or monotheism? [closed]

In my imaginary world, the main country worships one god, who has no name. He created everything, maintains everything, and is in control of everything. He can only be seen through the sun at certain ...
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Religious practices for society that worships a god of death [closed]

I am working on world in which its humans worship the god of death as it gave them mortality, which is considered to be the greatest gift of all. Other aspects of the god are not as important as it ...
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How can humans seal gods away [closed]

Let me first explain the gyst of my work in process. It's set in a medieval world where Magic comes in the form of earths natural energy. God-like entities overlook regions around the world and and ...
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What would be the possible source of a drug that creates a shared mass hallucination ending up in creating a new god?

I've been thinking about structuring a cult that brews or harvest a liquid drug. That drug is then sealed in jugs and shipped to cities. The drug gives a sense of complete relaxation but also leads ...
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Name for God-Type Creature [closed]

I don't know if you are allowed to ask names here but whatever. In my world, this god awakens and is now unleashing its wrath upon humanity for seeming no reason. This creature/god has massive effects ...
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How would a fantasy civilization with Napoleonic technology, survive against an uprising of gods such as H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu? [closed]

During an uprising known as "The Awakening" gods begin to appear seemingly out of nowhere all along an empire with a whole continent under its power. They are not gods, per say, but rather immortal ...
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Can you kill an idea? [closed]

In a world where a "god" constitutes nothing more nor less than a critical mass of belief in a particular concept or ideal with a name plastered onto it. The gods are magical in nature being created ...
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Why does a god/godlike being care about mortal? [closed]

Jimmy the Magician has killed God, razed Mount Olympus, and cut down Yggdrasil. He can create and destroy planets at will, reverse time, and rewrite the laws of physics as he sees fit. But for some ...
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How can gods say that something goes wrong? [closed]

Some time ago, I asked two questions about teaching people to not rely on gods (Teaching people not to ask gods for help and Why would gods decide to teach people to not rely on gods?). And mostly ...
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Of gods and men, distinctions en route to divinity [closed]

In Dune Messiah Frank Herbert states that "there exists no separation between gods and men: one blends softly and casually into the other" yet in Science Fiction and in Fantasy there exist a number of ...
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What may bring god to help atheist? [closed]

As I made gods of my world a bit crazy, at least in comparison with most expected behaviour of gods (because normal gods would not teach people to not rely upon them - or not?), there are some open ...
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How could there be religious diversity in a world where gods communicate with their followers?

In this world there is only one pantheon of gods. They are human in form, and exist in another dimension connected to the material plane. One god sits at the top and rules over all creation, with the ...
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How long can a typical god last on Earth without using power? [closed]

A god is being voluntarily banished to the mortal realm a.k.a the miserable world of the living, location of your choice. Supernatural powers are forbidden, meaning to say the statistics or luck as ...
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How can humans be important enough to be the deciding factor in the war between gods?

Imagine a world with many gods that have been in constant battle with each other. However, the gods are exactly equal in strength, the very nature of godhood enforces a sort of balance in their ...
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Useful, dead-end scientific advancements for ancient civilizations [closed]

In my world, the gods great and small play an active role in the lives of mortals. Some would say too active. They are, for the most part, extremely self-interested, and provide magical aid to mortals ...
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Is it possible to have several omnipotent gods?

I've been considering a universe with 3 omnipotent gods, who have created together an earth-like world (for example one god created the planet covered with only oceans, another god raised the ...
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How a hero can detect or test his own immortality? [closed]

The hero is born into universe populated by similarly looking to him people. But he suspects he could be immortal and possess some (maybe, passive) special powers. The facts known to him: He ages ...
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How great can gods have sense for humor? [closed]

As I mentioned in some previous questions or answers on them, I read not only books of Discworld series. And if there is something why I like it, it is Death's sense for humor and interest in people. ...
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To whom should god pray? [closed]

Once I heared somewhere (I am not sure where, may be it was on Christmas Midnight Mass - but it does not matter) one very strange short tale - that man entered to church, that was empty excepting god ...
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Existence of clerics when god walks on earth

When people believe in the same god, it is possible that they found church*. And most churches have some clerics of various degree. But most religions have some clerics, even if they are not organised ...
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How to know if its really god? [duplicate]

Imagine a world has got one god. (This is just for my own Curiosity, not any specific idea intended, and couldn't find better place to ask) One day he decides to show himself in a form(any) into ...
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Magic of the Three Gods (Fire, Lightning, Ice)

Triangle of 10 Elements (magic system) In my fantasy world, Takeover Creania, I have three gods that control the elements and thus its lush magical power: Seraphina - elder sister, goddess of the ...
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How would Zeus throw thunderbolts if Zeus were actually using technology?

A fellow from the near future is sent on a mission to ancient Greece where he needs to impersonate Zeus. What kind of device would best approximate the mythical bucket of thunderbolts? Also, style ...
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What is exclusive property of god? [closed]

Questions Gods of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens and What can gods be afraid of? together with Robert Merle's book Le propre de l'homme (I beg your pardon, I did not find English name) brought me to ...
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What can god(s) be afraid of? [closed]

People are afraid of (probably) everything you can think (animals, open spaces, closed spaces, death, and so on). Of course that not everyone is afraid of everything, but generally it is. But is ...
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What may people do for gods? [closed]

Belief is one-sided affair. People believe and gods may decide if request will be fulfilled or not. But what if people and gods could regularly cooperate? What if gods would ask people for help? ...
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What makes a god a god? [closed]

In my world there are a race of god-like beings (don't age but can be killed, very powerful mages) but they are not intended to actually be gods. Despite this they are worshipped as gods by many of ...