What is the Law of Influence?

Kratos and Ares from God of War

Kratos and Ares from God of War

The Law of Influence is mentioned several times in the blog and the books.  This is the one rule of the gods and it was created when a mortal nearly destroyed them.  Prior to this event, the gods toyed with mortals and got involved in events much like those of Greek Mythology.  When Zaria ascended and saved the gods, she helped create the Law of Influence.

The law is simple: “Gods and goddesses are not to get directly involved in mortal affairs beyond visions and casual visits with important followers”.  For example, Cessia can meet with Sari to check in on her and fish for something while accidentally finding the gypsy’s missing footlocker.  Cessia cannot appear, grab the footlocker, and tell Sari all about her destiny and exactly what she must do.  As you can see there is some flexibility in terms of minor meetings.  Also, Gabriel as the God of Destiny and a few other gods have more leeway because there role requires mortal manipulation to some extent.

What’s the punishment for breaking the laws?  The god or goddess will be put on trial and sealed if found guilty.  The severity of the actions determines the length of the punishment.  So it can range from a few years to eternity.  The latter is hanging over Yola Biggs’s head, which is why she’s on the run and hiding under the power of Baron Kernaghan.  Now sealing involves being placed in a pocket dimension where nothing happens.  Their senses are still active, so they are aware of time passing.  This is why the gods obey the law.  They enjoy living life and watching mortals, so the idea of existing without stimulation is terrifying.

There are other loopholes in the Law of Influence that have come to pass.  One is that the gods can step into events if another god has gone mad and threatens everyone.  They can only battle that deity and must return to their distance once the battle is done.  Another is that a powerful chosen that grows too strong and threatens Windemere can be removed by the follower’s god or Gabriel.  This has only happened once and it is a major plot point of the Mylrixian stories.

Well, that’s the last of the Windemere questions.  I had fun explaining this stuff and hope people got more of an insight into the world.  Now you can go back to reading The Compass Key and enjoying the adventures.

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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4 Responses to What is the Law of Influence?

  1. Very interesting. Thanks

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  2. It’s good that you’ve thought about this topic, because gods and Deus ex Machina can be a real story-breaker. Why would anybody struggle or work toward goals if they had gods who would rush in and take care of problems for them? And what kind of world would it be if gods could appear and just change things on a whim? They’re kind of like parents in children’s stories — you have to keep them at a distance so the mortal characters can make important decisions and take dramatic action.

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    • That’s what I was aiming for. It’s really hard writing stories with highly active gods. I’m really hoping that I hit a balance that makes the gods influential without being the deciding factors. At the very least those that operate as deciding factors are deemed a problem.

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