The Shattered Lands
Temple of the Living God
Even gods can die – or so say the mystics who have meditated upon the mysteries of divinity. While the average believer might scoff at such a notion, the mystics may be correct. Deities clearly possess powers and abilities far beyond those of mere mortals. They wield magic the likes of which are not seen on the Material Plane. Gods are great forces of history, inspiring lesser beings to acts of heroism or depravity. Their worship forms the basis of entire cultures and civilizations, for good and for ill. Many would call the contemplation of their deaths blasphemy of the highest order.
And yet there is truth in the notion. Students of history recognize that some gods were once more influential and that their cults have since fallen from the heights of power. Some scholars even dare to suggest that the gods need mortals to maintain their divine essence, somehow drawing power from the collective devotion of those who believe in them. Because no mortal can truly comprehend the nature of deific existence, scholars and pedants, priests and theologians continue to debate the matter, each offering theories rather than definitive statements. Without firsthand knowledge of the situation, that is the best they can offer.
From time to time, however, events conspire to provide details that mere theory cannot. Such is the case of the Temple Viraxis, popularly known as “The Temple of the Living God.” Previously known only to a core of devoted followers, the Temple is slowly gaining in power and influence, the result (some say) of the direct involvement of Viraxis himself. His worshippers claim that Viraxis has come to the Material Plane to lead his people and regain the power lost to him long ago. If true, mortals may soon understand far more about the true nature of godhood than any thought possible.