Monday, April 9, 2012

April A-Z: The Gods of Nood

Two a day until I catch up!
The Gods of Nood

“The Gods Did Look Upon All that They Hath Created, and They Saweth that It was, Adequate.”
From the Book of Ogg.

There is always that unfinished project lurking in the back of your closet somewhere, started with the best intentions that never quite seemed to flourish into enough enthusiasm to see it through to completion. So it sits, tucked away in some dark little corner until accidentally stumbled across one rainy afternoon. Out of nostalgia you might tinker with it for a while, but soon enough it finds its way back to the bottom of the box underneath that Charlie Brown shirt you thought was so cool back in highschool. Even the gods have projects like these, and one such project was Nood.

It started as The Grand Ideal, a haven for all the grandeur and romance of the old tales, without all the grime, syphilis and general nastiness that tend to muck up real history. But the grand ideal faded during the constant squabbles over who didn’t put the top back on the stellar sparkles and the constant irritation because the tabs on the continental shelves never matched up properly. Finally, through the cosmic equivalent of copious use of a glue gun and a lot of cover paint, the gods managed to patch something together, but it never does ends up looking as good as it does on the box does it?

Last Gaffe of the Gods

As the ages wore on, the gods became debauched and cruel, treating their subjects as mere pawns and slaves and slowly a rebellion began to grow. The legends say that the final straw occurred when Izz, Father of the Gods, ordered a last minute, major change of choreography for his entrance parade and the backup dancers revolted; all ten thousand of them, starting a protest that flamed into open rebellion.

Lead by the Thakko, the First Hero, the Army of a Thousand Banners pushed the gods from their palaces, their nymthariums and their casinos and banished them to their Castles on the Moons where they dwell to this day. Forbidden by the One Thousand Contract to directly interfere in the affairs of Nood, they may only act indirectly through the tools of prophesy, their churches, vigorous door to door pamphlet campaigns and the prayers of their supplicants.

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