Sunday, April 05, 2009

Walking Gods: Who Are You?, pt. 2, 326 words

Not everyone takes such a self-important, animistic view of their extra-normal abilities, though. In fact, those who talk using phrases like "godwalker" and "the God Within" are in the minority. Some think of their powers as psychic phenomena, while others believe it arises from a special relationship with God. (Which god? Ask them, and they'll be able to tell you for a certainty.) Some cast themselves as modern-day Fausts, seeing their struggle to command the God Within as the battle to bend a demon to their will, one only they can see and hear but who gets miraculous results nonetheless. Yet others, especially those who follow the example set by such figures as Aleister Crowley, talk of having mastered the "magical will" and using it to effect change in reality. The end result is much the same no matter which belief you marry it to, but it does help to have a belief structure of some kind backing it up.

Alongside the ranks of the godwalkers are the Manifest Heavens. Where godwalkers are mortals with immense power, the Manifest Heavens are a body of immortals. Their power is unknown and unknowable – they may wield such magical might as to make the continents shake, or they may have none to speak of whatsoever. Their greatest strength lies in their immortality, for it is perfect: nothing can slay a member of the Manifest Heavens, not age or disease or weapon or magic. They cannot even harm one another.

Where the godwalkers shape the general flow of history, the Manifest Heavens work schemes to control the details. Most of what they do, however, is get in one another's way. The Manifest Heavens are by no means unified, and spend much of their time at each other's throats. Nobody even knows where the name comes from, as they refuse to reveal its origin and meaning. Any other evidence for the name has either been lost to history or intentionally eradicated.

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