The God Wars Picture

This took longer than I thought and there are probably some typos I haven't caught. But still... Here's a pretty serious and wartorn world. Especially to those who can notice it, on the verge of a massive tipping point. This goes out to you RvBOMally!

The return of the gods...


Certain fringe groups within the Maya and beyond believed that the Gods would return on the Winter Solstice of 2012... As the final moments of that baktun ran out... the air became thick. A heavy and powerful presence was felt all over the world. When midnight struck... many people collasped and found their minds overwhelmed. When they woke up, they saw powerful figures. They heard booming commands in their native tongue... words of encouragement and might. All over the world, the pagan gods returned. The Age of Man... the Age of the Gods began anew. They overwhelmed the people with their words and their power. For the first time, people were filled with a sense of unearthly awe. The Gods came to rule over them, but then... they saw how big the world was...

How different it was...

And they saw the other gods. Most of the groups came to see one another as a threat to their power. So, the ultimate war was unleashed... the God Wars. Minor deities of minor cultures found themselves consumed by the stronger gods to gain power and thus inspire more faith and loyalty to them. With the multitude of advancements in technology combined with the might of the gods, the world howled like a rabid beast as people were encouraged to bring out the ways of the past to realize their long-hidden ambitions. Most modern nations that could adopt found themselves unable to handle the power and collasped. The natives that were long oppressed were granted the power from their beliefs striked back with an intense fury.

The knowledge and gifts of the gods allowed humanity to create all sorts of wonderweapons that were used around one another. Grand temples were rebuilt in their honor as they used their might to shake the world. All sorts of supernatural horrors returned and the people got their hands on the forgotten arts allowing them to go further than they ever thought possible. Future science and ancient magic fused to create new miracles. The war lasted for a century before the world began to shake and eventually, it simmered down into a cold war.

The world is a radically different and wilder place in the year 2238.

Standing out among these figures was the United States. While the spirits and deities of the various Native American tribes reappeared, their strength was laughable in the face of the deities worshipped for centuries and at centerpieces of ancient empires. Quickly realizing the grave danger of the gods, the U.S. forged a powerful pact with its neighbors. It stands out for being a primarily humanist country. What they lacked in god-power, they made up for with their own secrets. With the return of the Gods and magic, certain fringe sciences returned. The President began a massive project to reverse-engineer all of the wreckage from UFOs, especially Roswell as well as the rebirth of the psychic programs during the Cold War. In addition, with the massive baby boom amongst the tribes and revival of their culture, the United States forged a unity between the deities of each tribe. This includes the Inuit, who were invited when even they saw the power of the other gods, leading to the United States annexing Canada. This gambit has paid off immensely. The U.S. is guarded by powerful force-fields and live in luxirous greenlands of abundance and ingenuity. Anti-gravity technology has allowed for the use of easier transporation. Power supplies have become sufficient enough to ensure a hearty lifestyle. The U.S. has moved away from consumerism and spend their time delving into the esoteric arts or living off the lands with some remaining with the same relative jobs as before. However, the greatest works came in the military. Supersolider and ESPer programs allowed for powerful soliders to defend the land from the malevolent deities. With the DNA of legendary creatures grafted onto them along with augmenting armor, they were able to keep at bay many of the newly unleashed monsters in the wilds of the states while psychics grow stronger. Other fields like alchemy are becoming popular as immigrants who escape their lands come here, with welcoming arms and ears listening for secrets of the other pantheons. However, they have strict laws and rabblerousers from the US and Canada are shipped over to Mexico for sinister purposes. Furthermore, sinister figures of magic exist around and they often keep the new police busy. Living in the wilds has become more dangerous and only the hardier folk can survive without making a pact. Despite this, the land of the free continues to remain free, fighting alongside gods instead of under them.

Atzlan has become a bloody and complicated place. Queztacoatl's returned was a great sign of hope for them all. He turned to anger when he saw the poverty of his people and the degenerate state caused by drug lords. He along with others such as Tezcatlipoca went over to remind them of their wrath. With Mexico cleansed of it, the gods went to work to built the Aztecs as they were meant to be. The return of Atzlan was a joyous experience for some, but the road was blood-filled as the gods demanded blood sacrifice. The opposing people were offered as sacrifice which pleased them. However, learning of the other great empire, the Inca, the people striked an alliance with the reborn Maya. Sacrifice and struggle was a daily part of life in Mexico add it was embraced. Plentiful harvests were brought by the right sacrifices and they were grateful when they would recieve inmates from their northern neighbors and along with the captured warriors from the Inca, they were guranteed prosperity. The slums turned into either rich fields for shamans or tall stone buildings. The warriors relied on the power of the gods to drive them forward along with the smuggled technology from the U.S., which they modifed to allow to perform extraordinary feats for the price of blood. To the normal person, they would be horrified, but the people have accepted it as a way of life. They often play the old and new sports while seeing strange visions through the use of peyote, mushrooms and cannabis, while chocolate has become a good commodity. A beautiful place filled with warm-hearted people. However, just be wary of the monsters that live in the wild and some of the maltampered deities like Tezcatlipoca. A lovely place when you go past the ritualistic sacrifice, usually drugged food and the casual manner of death.

Their main competitors are the Incan Empire and their allies, the Guarani and Mapuche. With the return of the Incan gods, the Andean people quickly rose and began uniting people. Not comfortable with merely the mountains, they began to expand and country after country fell to them. The Incans called on the belief of the Guarani and Mapuche and in exchange for their loyalties, they were granted their lands back as the old order was thrown off. By using the power of the apu, the spirits of the mountains, resistance was crushed. Human sacrifice was also the norm for the gods. Sun worship returned and was probably only matched by those of the Egyptians. Much of the land is powered by solar farms all over the sides, also functioning as huacas to the god Inti. Furthermore, fire and light based weapons were commonly seen here and implemented against their enemies. However, the Guarani mythology's Seven Legendary Monsters is causing problems for them and the Inca, resulting in finding ways to premanently end them. Much like the US, Brazil did not have much help from the heavens and suffered many losses of landand people. However, they too turned to UFO craftery. Recalling the Varginha UFO incident of 1996, they unfroze the corpses of the aliens and animals found and began reverse-engineering the technology. Eventually, there were able to fight back to a standstill. However, the country continously searchesfor something strong enough for a better chance. Meanwhile, they remain under problems such as the Encantado. Terrifying and unknown monsters lurk in the Amazon and the government has been getting their new divistion to be captured and see if their DNA can be grafted onto those of people to create supersoliders.

Despite this, it is even crazier on the other side of the world. With the return of the most famous gods, the Greek/Roman gods, it was the reborn of the Roman Empire. The Greeks embraced the gods and rose back to their legendary status. The Catholic Church fell in Rome when it was destroyed by Zeus/Jupiter himself. Returning to their seat of power on Mt Olympus, it was a return of the old ways. The people provided consistent respect toward the Olympians. The constant philandering of Zeus as well as some of the other gods meant that new demigods were being born and were being trained. Along with the knowledge from the Enlightmentment, advancements in alchemy allowed for the better transfusions of elements and a better understanding of the world, resulting in enchanted melee weapons. Most of all, the constant battle that the gods have under been going not just against monsters, but also other gods meant there was a rich supply of ichor, blood of the gods. By transfusing it with worthy warriors, a new breed of demigods were born who were more loyal to humanity. The ichor of Hecate became especially available as it granted the chosen the ability to perform superior magic. The Neo Imperium Romanum spread far and wide, only countered by several other deities of other lands. Technology has not advanced since modern times, but the panacea is almost here and at the least, the culture grows ever greater with the muses back. By modern standards, still not a good place as the Olympians were not the nicest bunch, barring a few, like Hercules.

The greatest rival of the Roman Empire has aso returned, the Persian Empire. Having re-embraced Zoroastrian beliefs, they are aided by the powers of the Amesha Spenta, led by Ahura Mazda. By using their newly developed nuclear faciilities and combining them with their fire cleansing rituals in order to create blessed people of fire, granting them control over flames. Furthermore, the most powerful preists have begun to tame the almighty giant flying creatures, the simurgh. The Persian Empire views many of the surrounding nations as having succumbed to daevas, and wishes to purge them of this. As such, they began combining their fire temples and their nuclear power plants in order to achieve some form of powerful state. In fact, by modifying their tiruals, they were able to call the guardian spirits of people, their fravashi and use it to help boost the power of the warriors. Yazatas often lead the warriors into battle and unleash their array of powers against their enemies. They primarily rely on enchanted nuclear weaponry because of their belif in the purification through fire and through water. Life in the Persian Empire is not terrible, but it is often filled with battle and the best positions were the classic farmers, shepards or warriors. However, the sciences have been steadily growing in respect and so have their strength.

Their biggest opposition is New Babylonia. Drawing on the power of the oldest known gods of human history, they have regrown and plan to establish Mesopotamia as the heart of the world. They began rebuilding a tower of Babylon. Rather than use humans though, the New Babylonians enslaved many of the demon race known as asakku in order to build the tower. Furthermore, they would capture the corpses of the enemy's fallen and wait for the edimmui to come out when they failed to bury the dead properly. The edimmui are captured into bombs and launched in order to cause corruption and disease on the opposition. Most of all though, came the discovery of two important beings. First was the almighty hero known as Gilgamesh. The second was the snake who ate the legendary "Plant of Heartbeat." By synthasizing both, they were able to reactivate the cells within the bones of Gilgamesh and able to inject them into their warriors, granting the strength of the mightiest man of their land along with the power of regeneration.

Both regions are trouble to the Abrahamic alliance. With the rise of the pagan gods, the Muslims and the Jews found themselves in an awkward position. As the lands around them fell, they turned to one another. What started as a desperate and teeth-clenched alliance ended up becoming a close and powerful union between the two. The Federation of Judah and the New Caliphate stand as the last vanguards of Abrahamic religion and have never surrendered their faith in the one god that will one day come. Taking advantage of their modern technologies, they fought back bravely against the Kemet threat as well as the Babylonians and Persians.. However, with modern technology only able to do so much, both of them turned to their scriptures and aprocrypha for anything that may help as well as ask for help from the U.S. The U.S. maintained its isolation, but donated several new pieces of technologies for them as a sign of respect as well for maintaining belief in God. Eventually, each one of them managed to provide secret weapons. The Judites rediscovered their secret to making golems and modified them, making golems out of not just clay, but of molteed and cooled stone, steel and even out of nuclear wastes. The Muslims rediscovered the djinn, ifrit and the marid. While the djinn were accepted into the soceities of both and even served as special services, the ifrit and especially the marids displayed less interest. The ifrit were eventually convinced and became powerful allies. The marid were defiant, but the Jews had a surprise for them. As the ultimate sign of friendship, the Federation of Judah presented the Caliphate with the rediscovered Ring of Solomon. The leaders used it to enslave the marid and use their magic to help rebuild the defenses of both of them and to help fend off the forsaken people. Most interestingly, the pagan gods of ancient Canaan returned. Out of pragmatic reasons, the Alliance granted them asylum in exchange for help. It's an awkward position, but they all eagerly wait for the return of the savior.

Then there is Bharata. The Indians embraced the return of their old gods and many of their practioners found themselves filled with power. Seeing that the current incarnation was Shiva, this made the land realized that they needed to prepare themselves for the end and they needed to fight. Fighting against the Huxains and the Persians, the Bharatans fought alongside their gods. The gods united with the greatest scientific and technological minds to help create almighty technology such as thunderbolt cannons and for worthy warriors, they were granted unique weapons on their own. Every warrior was also a monk and spirituality was a greater part of life. Most of the early years were spent cleaning up the lean until it was pristine and worthy of the Devas present. Furthermore, the situation has escalated to where the Asuras and the Devas have settled a truce in order to deal with the other gods. The Vidyadharas perform their powerful magic on those in their way and are willing to teach humanity their secrets. Beyond them, the naga have also appeared with their underground cities and the yakshas protect the country sides. The Rishis remain on guard as the use their seer abilities to remain vigilant of not only the danger, but also the destruction. While all the traditional ceremonies are present, prisoners are often used for the darker ceremonies. Spirituality is a powerful high here and more than almost anywhere else. Despite this, Bharata is the third most technologically advanced nation, behind Wakoku and the US.

The return of the Norse Gods and Celtic deities were also a great change. Establishing their realm of Midgard, the deity race of warriors were eager to challenge their might against these foreigners. The Germanic lands were granted the power of their runes and returned to their warrior ways against this new onslaught. Research in the runes allowed for weapons to be enchanted in wild new ways, drawing on the realm of fire or ice. Speaking of realms, the return of the Asgardians meant the return of the other races like the Light Elves, Dark Elves, and Dwarves. They aided mankind in forging new weapons against these otherwordly deities as well as their old enemies, the Frost Giants and other malevolent presences. German engineering ensured top notch quality as new advances in technologies such as wonderarmor were being developed. Life in the Thule Lands is not unpleasant. The people lived by a bit more old-styled laws and the warrior way is encouraged. Other fields like engineering were also held in high value. It's a rough and tumble society. The cold is annoying and Loki often goes around to cause mischeif wherever he pleases. Other places like Avalon and Ireland remain in somewhat the same as the fae folk have to reclaim their lands and fights between them and the people have been steadily decreasing since then. Sorcery is practiced in its different forms and some of the other races adapted well to modern life, even unions between humans and elves or dwarves becoming more accepted. However, recently, there has been talk of Ragnarok. They have called the Cold War a modern interpretation of Fimbulwinter and that Ragnarok of a grand and unpredictable scale was coming.

Speaking of cold, the Slavic gods returning were an unusual, but welcomed surprise. They as well as some of the lesser known gods worked hard at ensuring a bigger and more famous domain in Earth. Believing in a world tree like the Norse, there are many powerful and strange figures here. The legendary Baba Yaga is often seen around and considered a general nuisance, but also a reliable ally. Many of the gods follow the same sort of pattern as the others, but certain members stick out. One is Zinitra, the dragon god of sorcery. Furthermore, many rituals have become instutionalized, such as the acquiration of the cikavacs. Spirits and demons are viewed as pests here in Slavic life. Rules similar to the soviet union were instituted and research into the sciences accelerated. Combining their old research from the Soviet years, they instituted a super-solider program to militarize and weaponize vampir and vucari. These monsterous warriors helped fend off attacks and weapons carrying mischievous spirits were delivered to foreign lands to cause trouble and most dangerously was the Dragon Man program, producing the almighty zduhać. Living here is like living in the Soviet Union, but the restrictions are more justified and its a tad less miserable than it was those years ago.

Kalevala, formerly Finland has managed to remain strong and independent because of its distinct deities and its power. Bears are held in high esteem and the people live out their lives comfortably. The luonto of their soliders are increased to superhuman levels through the use of rituals and magic. Above all else though, the land was protected by its mightiest artifact, crafted by the gods themselves, the Sampo. This mill of fortune is the primary reason why these people have not been taken over. Furthermore, the noaidi of the Sami tribes help maintain the balance between life and death. With the Sampo, they are able to do many miraculous things, including replicating the technologies of the Slavs for their own use. The only others that use it are the mysterious people of New Siberia. Few tread in these icy lands and it is unknown what exactly goes on there. Outside of shared mythology, no one knows what goes on there, but it's rumored it may have something to do with the radioactive 'metal cauldrons' there...

South of these frigid lands lies the bitter rivalry between the Toruk Empire and Middle Kingdom. The various Alatic peoples united under the return of their gods and decided it was time to take back what was theirs. After a long war, they united Mongolia and the rest of the lands and established a powerful domain and an eternal war against the Huaxian. The mother of their land, the holy Grey Wolf Asena. The people's belief has made her grow strong and mighty and she protects the legendary Tree of Life over. The people here have embraced their nomadic sides and wander from place to place. The power of their gods have only advanced the powers of their archery and they are not above stealing the secrets of Chinese alchemy for their purposes. The elite usually partner with the Evren, better known as the dragons. Armies of the undead orek are called by many groups uylak and cadi. However, their most terrifying weapons lie in the Gobi Desert. In the barren and unexplored reaches, a strange surge of electromagentic energy has keep the area hidden from the satellies for years, but the Mongolians found what laid there, tamed them and have unleashed them onto the Huaxian, the Mongolian Death Worms. They monsterosites can be as tall as a man and are a terrifying sight as they devour soliders, unleash deveasting toxins and even emit bursts of elecricity to slay people from afar.

The Middle Kingdom remains as arrogant and tall as it ever has. The return of the gods has led to an embracement fo the traditonal while combining with the new. Qi has become studied extensively alongside chinese alchemy and the result were powerful weapons and machinery run by qi. In addition, martial arts became even more dangerous with the application of this lifeforce technique. Taoism has also become strong and powerful and research has been done in order to modify the pills of longetivity. The results have led to super soliders capable of supernatural strength and techinques while regenerating from wounds. Despite these and other many advancements through the help of their research, they are often plagued with demons and some of the most talented Taoists and spiritualists find themselves unable to contribute to this global holy war so they go into hiding and practice their crafts in peace. The Middle Kingdom has several large pockets of natural areas, closed off for meditation and hospitality, but the research in the usage of qi and Chinese alchemy has led to several dangerous experiments, such as augmenting soldiers with the power of the Four Beasts from the Heavenly Constellations. The Middle Kingdom attempts to remain closed off and isolated, but exploits of the holy war are always written down to be read and serve as propaganda for the Middle Kingdom of Huaxia to try and reclaim the lands they have lost as well watch over their new territories.

East of them lies Wakoku. Much like the Middle Kingdom, Wakoku recieved many rewards for the return of its yokai. Traditions have been followed more strictly than ever and the yokai are embraced into modern society with some heading to war to assist. Beyond that, the art of onmyodo has returned, allowing for the rise of the onmyoji in the war against the Middle Kingdom. Furthermore, they too have delved into qi and have discovered that yokai also possess it. As such, many troublesome yokai are sentenced to have their qi squeezed out of them. Advancing on the work the Huaxians have done and combining them with the research their Western allies have shared, advanced machines running on qi have been made. From powered armor allowing one to wield a myraid of abilities to the plans for building giant robots in the events of great disaster, such as the attack by the monsterous daidarabotchi. Onmyoji often cast powerful spells, enhanced by using the qi of yokai that have been concentrated into bottles and capsules. Culturally, Wakoku remains unchanged and perhaps not for the better. The background culture battles continue and it still refuses The importance of honor has not been stressed out more and several issues have arisen to the extent of how yokai should be treated and overall having installed a modern shogunate system. Nonetheless, the U.S. remains a close ally and some of the more intelligent yokai often head over to the country to escape the chaos.

Of the coast lies the Pearl Archipelago. While the United States remains as the safest haven around, the Pearl Archipelago would probably come in at a decent second. The merging of the former Philippines and Indonesian islands formed this new place. Protected by the mighty Bathala and his fellow tribesman, the Pearl Archipelago was safe. Furthermore, the only threat to them, the Huaxians, are too busy dealing with their other rivals to pay attention to them. Despite this, there are still dangers that can be preventable here. Agimats are vastly produced in order for the people to remain safe against the supernatrual creatures. Furthermore, the people have made alliances with the diwata and enkanto of the islands. However, the malevolent enkanto, the Dalaketnons, were believed to be widespread and some elite beautiful people may in fact be these mysterious beings. The magical arts of the kulam also serve to protect, but also as trouble for the people here, especially by the mambabarang. Technology has advanced a bit more as the local merfolk would occasionally be tasked to scavange technology from their Hawaiian neighbors. Nevertheless, it was sufficient to end the poverty of the lands.

Then there is the supposed dark continent, Africa. The rise of the Kemet Empire came as a surprise to no one. The revival of Heka gave the people here powerful advantages as all the hexes, curses and jinxes were at their finger tips once more. Magical amulets protected the soliders from most harm as they began conquering the deserts and using their newfound magic to create diamonds out of the rough. Furthermore, they took inspiration from many of the movies derived from their culture. The fallen peasantry and enemies were turned into mummies to fight on behalf of the pharaoh. With special masks, preists could channel the power of their gods to commit terrifying acts of magic such as raising the dead, unleashing plagues or storms of fire upon the enemy. The Pharoah himself would use light to destroy his enemies from afar. Furthermore, they decided to take the conspiracy of alien tech being responsible and run with it. Pyramids functioned as holy burial sites as well as power plants. The almight Thoth granted the preists wisdom and knowledge to create new technoliges to make building pyramids and weapons easier. The Kemet Empire was the shining jewel of Africa as life revolved around their god-king.

However, they were far from being the only players. Yorubaland has risen from its humble roots to become a powerful nation in its own right. They draw their power from the gods of Yoruba or as some know it by its related name, Vodou. By channeling the powers of the Orisha, they have risen to form a powerful nation in their own right to stop the expasion of the Kemetians. The powerful god of trickery and protector of travelers, he helped the people seek deeper into the arts needed to protect themselves from the desert folk and the other invaders. Grand ceremonies are provided and fortune is provided by these mysterious magical warriors. Very secretive of their trade, the arts they perform are kept mainly to themselves. Babalawo under go intense and secret training to recieve the magical arts. Their closest ally against the Kemetians are the Igbo people and their kingdom. Following the Odinani, these people are just as mysterious if not more so than the Yoruba. Following the Alusi, they provide reinforcements to their allies, but seem content in avoiding as much trouble with the Kemetians as possible. However, with the painful memories of coloinzation, the people could not help but grow their domain and ensure its protection from outsiders. The deities of these people often do a great deal of battling while life is a matter of survival. However, the enrichment of spirituality has given them inspiration. However, they are a mainly defensive people and prefer letting their Yoruba allies handle the fighting. South Africa embraced its Zulu heritage and welcomed the almighty Unkulunkulu. While not a warmonger, they do have an active military and have been keeping an eye out on the Kemetians. Beyond the escalations in technology, the people rely on their new magicians. Great and powerful man are wished the best of luck as they seek out the Tikodoshe. This repulsive dwarf would challenge anyone to a fight and loss usually meant death. However, victory against one-sided monsterosity resulted in great magical powers to help protect the people. This left the PweNet Kingdom. The only people willing to trade with the Kemetians, they were given support in their fight against the Calpihate. Despite the massive bloodshed and exodus of monotheists, the region has stablized long ago and are locked in a stalement with the Caliphate. Despite being one of the first to embrace the Muslims very long ago, paranoia and the troubles of war have caused those feelings to break down.

Despite the official war ending near a century ago, the chances of God's Cold War turning hot again increase gradually every year. To many however, there is one hope though. Among the monotheists, they see a clock and it is ticking. The Jews are aware of the year and that by next year... it will be the year 6000 of the Hebrew Calendar. The beginning of the Messianic Age. However, to some, this meant that a great and terrible battle will follow. The weapons are being forged, the bunkers have been prepared and the wind blows toward Megiddo. The Holy Selpulchure has been glowing brighter each passing day. Will Ragnarok come? Will the Messiah come? Or will something new arrive... the same unspeakable horrors that were the inspiration of those of Lovecraft or even the alien beliefs of Hubbard? All the people can do now is prepare, pray and hope.
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