No one is sure who created who first: the gods created man in all their various myths and legends or that the myths and legends were created by man. But ever since there has been men there have been gods to rule above while man ruled below. Man gave power to the gods through believe, sacrifice, and subservice. This power was called “aethera” and was the manifestation of faith itself. It was gave the gods their power. It was what fueled their immortality and invincibility. This lead to a seemingly endless war as the pantheons vied for control of the very minds of humanity. This produced all number of negative outcomes. Eventually, the various warring pantheons came together and put their differences aside as they realized if they continued it might result in total destruction of the planet. Thus the Compact was created: ascended beings would stay in their respective planes of existence and only visit the mortal plane when specifically called by their followers and even then had to wear mortal flesh. The Compact also codified the making of new gods through a Rite of Ascension: demigods, mortals, and godlings would have to fight and kill one another and take the aethera of their fellows to become gods or start a cult to ascend.
At first, this was a free for all, but eventually the Compact was modified so that only every hundred years (or so) the semi-divine could ascend and only a limited number of spots were available. The survivors of the Rite of Ascension typically became mortal as their aethera was torn from them, cursed to mortality by their brethren. Moreover, every thousand years the Compact allowed the gods to come to earth to help, manipulate, cajole, etc. their offspring without being summoned. It is during this “grand” Rite that the gods themselves could be challenged and they could challenge others. For a while, all was well with the pantheons abiding the compact, but this didn’t last. Their worshippers found new gods to worship (science and monotheism to name a few). Humanity became rational and less reliant on faith and so the gods hid themselves behind the curtains of the new world they found themselves in. They subsisted on the few true believers that remained and reinvented themselves dozens of times to cull the energy from disparate places and belief. But every 100 years the Rite took place and others joined their ranks already hungry for the scraps of faith that were too few to be shared around.
But the gods (that could) eventually adapted to the new age. They took new things like cars, computers, electricity, social media, and even the Internet into their portfolios and became trendsetters, rock stars, and celebrities. The sheer power of faith that others had in their “new gods” sometimes accidently ascended them without them ever knowing what they could be. (Elvis Presley is one such example, as he became the god of Rock and Roll.) More strangely, sometimes new deities would just appear from nothing because of the belief others had in them.
With everything that’s happening along with the Grand Rite of Ascension taking place there are more new gods than ever and soon they might change the face of the Earth with the power they are able to wield in this new era.
Session 1 (5/17/21) (Season 1 Premiere) (Bonus Report!)
Session 2 (5/24/21) (Bonus Report!)
Session 3 (5/31/21)
Session 1 (5/23/21) (Season 1 Premiere)
Session 2 (5/30/21)
Session 3 (6/6/21)