NATURE OF THE GODS - Midkemia Online Online Help
11.2 NATURE OF THE GODS
The Greater Gods care little for the worship and postulation of mortal beings. Their existence is one of sacrifice, building and controlling the universe around them. They balance the forces which threaten to destroy existence while working to keep the different levels of reality separate. Their connection is to the fabric of reality and the basic primordial essence of Midkemia. Of the Lesser God, they are forces of nature, mind and spirit. They are beings which are linked directly to the worship and growth of the beings of the world of Midkemia. The Lesser Gods have a personality which helps govern their nature. Although each Lesser God has many names and is worshipped in many ways, the essence of each is still the same. Whenever there is a large enough group of mortals or creatures willing to perceive the nature of the God in a certain way, a personification of the God materializes within the God to meet that nature. So it is that one God can be seen in many lights and can carry many different Names. For example, Banath is known as the Trickster, God of Thieves, the Artful Dodger, the Prankster, the Night Walker, the Deceiver, Lawbreaker, the Silent Thief of Precious Commodities -- all are the diverse aspects of one God. As long as there are enough mortals worshipping an aspect of a God, that God's essence can change to suit the aspect. The Midkemian Universe, to keep balance, has its own restrictions on the nature of the Gods. A God cannot change their nature: that being a God controls an aspect of reality in the Midkemian Universe and cannot change that aspect or interact with other universes where other Gods hold sway. Lims-Kragma cannot suddenly become a Goddess of Fire, as this realm is controlled by Prandur. In the process of trying to worship Lims-Kragma as a Goddess of nature, mortals inexplicitly begin worshiping a different existing divine, even if they do not realize it. This is the nature of the Gods of Midkemia.