Gods Fall or Deity’s Doom or A Title that Doesn’t Suck

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If anyone was paying attention yesterday, they might have noticed I came up with an idea in mid-skit.  I was as surprised as the characters on that one.  I’ve had Solar the All God in mind and notes for years, but he lost his original place.  This was going to be the grand finale of ‘The Elysium Saga’ where he awakens and the heroes have to put him back to sleep.  Well, I stopped that because there’s no way the heroes would win.

Now I have the idea that there’s a legend among the gods that Solar will awaken to restart the world some day.  This means all of the gods’ work will be wiped out.  They might even be erased, which wouldn’t sit well with the group.  This is a big deal.  Of course, I have to play it out and see if it can be avoided.  Well, it probably will, but there’s going to be a sacrifice.  The problem is that this idea has a few obstacles.

Do I create a hero, group of heroes, or use the gods as the heroes?  A solitary hero would be interesting since I don’t do those very often.  Having the sacrifice known from the beginning makes this guy a lamb to the slaughter, which is a mentality that I love playing with in characters.  How do you live your life when you’re on a suicidal quest?  Same would go for the group of heroes.  As for the gods, they wouldn’t be stuck under their ‘Law of Influence’ because that only pertains to getting involved in mortal affairs.  Yet, would it be interesting to have all-powerful beings as the heroes?  Unless a handful of them take mortal form to stop this and sacrifice a bunch of gods for this story.  It’s eerily close to a big series of the Forgotten Realms with gods walking the Earth.

There are other options too:

  1. Have Sin do it since he always manages to get into messes like this.  Though I already have 9 stories for him and it’s been a strain on the sin theme for that much.  Then again, one story isn’t really sticking in my mind too much.  I should probably jot all of his stuff down soon.
  2. Toss it into Project Phoenix and act like it’s no big deal.
  3. Make this one of the history stories like the ones about Gabriel’s origin, the Race War, and crashing of the plane of magic.  I can combine it with another story that explains the origin of the Law of Influence and a few of the gods.  Basically, a mortal learns of this legend and seeks to wake Solar because she despises that the gods manipulate and rule the world.  Once the world is saved, the gods create their one law to avoid pissing off the mortals again.

It’s definitely a fresh work in progress.  Be interesting to see where it goes.

Edit: After jotting Sin’s stuff down, he’s in the running for getting this legend.  Primarily because one of his books is missing a story.  Not sure how else to explain that.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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13 Responses to Gods Fall or Deity’s Doom or A Title that Doesn’t Suck

  1. I have to say Charles, sometimes I am speechless in face of your creativity. I am thinking a lone hero (sacrificial lamb or not) would be more gripping than a bunch of gods. The classic Greek and Roman man vs. gods thing has held up very well. Anyway my head hurts with all this I think I need to mow the lawn.

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    • Thanks. I’ve played around with it since scheduling the post. It could clear up a flimsy plot that I have for a future series. Though, it might also ring in the return of someone from Legends of Windemere if I continue going this route. Not sure what to do if that character comes back.

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  2. TamrahJo says:

    “How do you live your life when you’re on a suicidal quest? ”
    Wow – what an intriguing line – first thought in my mind when I read this was, “As usual, because though the quest may be deemed as a ‘suicidal one’ by many of the characters, either the hero is so confident he’ll win, or so sure it must be done, the suicide part doesn’t even enter into his equation –
    Hmmm – very interesting -thank you for the mind meal this am!

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    • You’re welcome. There probably would have to be some level of confidence. Yet, I do wonder what characters would do without a ‘future’ to think about. Do they make any connections during their quest or do they simply avoid getting close? It’s a mentality that tends to be ignored.

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      • TamrahJo says:

        I think you’re right, in fiction works – the subject is greatly discussed and debated/examined in non-fiction works for caretakers of the terminally ill –

        I think it would be a grand experiment to explore in the fiction world – and this convo reminded me of something that occurred shortly after my oldest son died – he had graduated a week before he got sick, and passed away very quickly from bacterial meningitis – a few of his friends and the children of my friends who were close to his age said some version of the following:
        “What’s the point of working hard to get good grades – obeying your curfew to not have fun, etc., etc., when you graduate to freedom and a week later, you’re dead?”
        They all struggled with their own dark projections of the futility, as so much of what they are asked to do by society all leads up to ‘future reward’ for towing the mark now –

        But what if doing the right thing means you absolutely won’t get the future reward, because you won’t survive doing right?

        Very interesting question and I think one of the ones that humanity has struggled with since the dawn of time – will be interesting how each of your characters deals with it.

        🙂
        What a wonderful thought provoking convo – Thanks again!

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      • I’ve been in that mindset to some extent. A lot of younger generations look at sudden events and wonder what the point of certain things are. It seems like a natural reaction because you put yourself in the shoes of the other person. It isn’t fun thinking that life is not entirely in your control, but you’re always being ordered to do certain things because of the ‘rewards’. That’s one of the reasons I couldn’t take office work. I saw so many people bust their butts, get sick, lose time with family, and sacrifice only to be let go due to a situation beyond their control. Though that’s not the same level as to what you said.

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      • TamrahJo says:

        In a way I think its much the same. How often we are in circumstances that indicate self sacrifice now,rewards later and how often the sacrifice is not rewarded now or later. The human condition and power of choice.

        Much cooler to say ” I’m going to save the world” than ” I’m staying in a dead-end job to keep my 401 K”. 🙂

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      • Especially when the 401K disappears. :p at least saving the world tends to end with riches or comfort if you survive.

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  3. Am I right in thinking that the hero (whether divine or mortal) is the one who ultimately must sacrifice his/her life? There’s great drama in that, no matter which way you go. Having deities as your “heroes” also is part of a long tradition. I’m thinking Hannuman (a.k.a. Monkey), the legend of Seth vs. Osiris, Teshub battling Illuyanka, and many others.

    Still, I think having deities as your “heroes” only works if all sides in the quest are divine. The power balance is so extreme between mortal and divine that there’s no way it would be a fair contest for mortals to try to silence a deity. On the other hand, you could do some interesting, even profound, writing around how the gods view the tiny, fragile creatures that teem through the mortal world.

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    • Honestly, I’m not 100% certain where I’m going with this any more. If I move it into the series that would utilize it the best then I can’t sacrifice the hero because he has more to do. I can possibly give him an ally who becomes the sacrificial hero, but I need to flush out the idea a bit more for this scenario.

      Funny thing with having the gods as the protagonists is that they might have more trouble than mortals. Windemere gods have one law and that’s they get sealed if they physically interfere with mortal affairs. There’s some leeway for certain gods and they can petition for permission, but if they aren’t allowed then they have to restrain their powers. Maybe even take mortal form too. So one would have gods that are trying to stop the apocalypse and get used to being tiny, fragile creatures.

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