Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.
This week we look at DEAD GODS
Fantasyland had gods, right? And now they are dead. Dead Gods are not forgotten though, often they are still just influential to the land as they were when living.
I was told weasels turned out harder than people thought. Maybe this week was easier?
The Godless by Ben Peek– Ger is almost dead (Mostly dead?). Not quite dead yet. As in, dead, but his power is still pulsing. A giant whose fallen body shapes the landscape is Ger, and his death has been a slow one. Mortals are born with just a hint of his power years after his fall.
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett– The seat of the world was once the center of power. Six gods ruled the land but they were forced to share Bulikov. Until the Kaj discovered how to take them down. Suddenly a land who ruled the known world on the strength of their very active gods collapsed on itself. The death of gods causes a few issues; magical architecture falls apart, a city once near tropical faces the reality of its climate, and suddenly a lack of built up immunities comes into play.
So why is it that some minor miracles still work in Bulikov?
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone- Lets throw the whole craft sequence in this post. Because if there is any theme to these connected yet standalone novels it involves gods dying. Full Fathom Five is all about someone who won’t accept her own charge’s death.
But in Three Parts Dead it is a more powerful god who goes down, not some constructed idol. Kos is a fire god that a city requires for survival. His flame powers the city and yet somehow he gave too much. It is up to neophyte necromancer Tara to resurrect him before the city is done for.
Is the Craft Sequence the most impossible to describe fantasy around? I think it may be.
Broken Kingdoms by NK Jemisin- I will be honest, I don’t even remember the name of the Godling found dead in the alley. But poor Oree finds herself caught up in a very convoluted conspiracy because of her habit of collecting various deities in her life. Godlings being killed is not something other Godlings are fond of.
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett – The Great God Om is not dead! So I shouldn’t include him. But he is as close to dead as a good can be, with no belief left and all the power in the world to turn into…a tortoise. He has all of one believer in the world and poor Brutha has already crossed paths with the most dangerous man around- the leader of the Church of Om.
Grim Company by Luke Scull – The in this world were cast down by a group of powerful magicians. Their bodies now pulse with power that can be mined. They don’t play much a part in the series so far but the basics of their down fall were just too cool not to mention.
Join us next week as we look at HEISTS/CONS
Smash and grabs are not always the best way to illicitly acquire objects in fantasy land. Sometimes these things take planning, a loyal crew, and a little bit of luck. But a good crew can always get the job done.
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