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19th Sep '17 9:45:31 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Likewise, the Greek gods have a habit of giving mortal heroes their divine favors but not actually doing much fighting themselves---Ares and Heracles seem to be the main exceptions, but even they're prone to refuse for childish reasons. Athena, being more GenreSavvy than the rest, tries to convince them to get out and actually ''fight'' the god-killing abomination out to destroy them.

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** Likewise, the Greek gods have a habit of giving mortal heroes their divine favors but not actually doing much fighting themselves---Ares and Heracles seem to be the main exceptions, but even they're prone to refuse for childish reasons. Athena, being more GenreSavvy than the rest, Athena tries to convince them to get out and actually ''fight'' the god-killing abomination out to destroy them.
8th Sep '17 6:22:02 AM CloudCuckooClock
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** An example from TapletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil: Hedrack, the high priest of Iuz, will summon his deity if the fight with the players starts to go badly. St. Cuthbert will then teleport in and take Iuz away so they can fight somewhere private.

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** An example from TapletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil: TabletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil: Hedrack, the high priest of Iuz, will summon his deity if the fight with the players starts to go badly. St. Cuthbert will then teleport in and take Iuz away so they can fight somewhere private.
17th Aug '17 4:52:23 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' reveals there's a case of this halfway through [[spoiler: [[PureMagicBeing Lorelei]] wants to end the [[BecauseDestinySaidSo Score]] but since he's bound up in a pact by Yulia to sustain it he can't do it himself. It also technically [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this as Luke is the [[GodInHumanForm Other Lorelei]] and thus fully capable of doing what he wants in that regard. That said, he's hampered by a mortal form and not ''knowing'' he's Lorelei.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' reveals there's a case of this halfway through [[spoiler: [[PureMagicBeing Lorelei]] wants to end the [[BecauseDestinySaidSo [[BecauseDestinySaysSo Score]] but since he's bound up in a pact by Yulia to sustain it he can't do it himself. It also technically [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this as Luke is the [[GodInHumanForm Other Lorelei]] and thus fully capable of doing what he wants in that regard. That said, he's hampered by a mortal form and not ''knowing'' he's Lorelei.]]
17th Aug '17 4:51:37 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* Exactly how much is going on isn't clear but in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' Maxwell [[spoiler: creates a Great Spirit to guard the schism and a human who ''thinks'' she's Maxwell to deal with Exodus and the Spirix instead of, say, raining divine judgement from above.]] The spoilers suggest there is some limitations involved.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' reveals there's a case of this halfway through [[spoiler: [[PureMagicBeing Lorelei]] wants to end the [[BecauseDestinySaidSo Score]] but since he's bound up in a pact by Yulia to sustain it he can't do it himself. It also technically [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this as Luke is the [[GodInHumanForm Other Lorelei]] and thus fully capable of doing what he wants in that regard. That said, he's hampered by a mortal form and not ''knowing'' he's Lorelei.]]
18th Jul '17 2:06:34 PM Necrodomo
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* Deciding the outcome of the eponymous war in ''VideoGame/NexusWar'' games is up to player characters because the PowersThatBe can't intervene directly without provoking a proportionate response from their rivals. Some of them figured out a way around this using [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith avatars]], but the benefits of this became slim once they ''all'' had one.
9th Jul '17 9:59:17 PM Orbiting
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* In TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}, when the Primordials created the world, they created the Gods to maintain it, so that the creators could enjoy playing Games of Divinity. The Gods resented their position as slaves, but were created so that they could not strike at their creators. So they gave powers to humanity and raised a number of Exalted to do the dirty work for them. The Primordials didn't see that coming...
** The Primordials made everything with built-in restrictions so it couldn't harm them. Except for humans who were deemed too unimportant to bother. {{Exalted}} prehistory is similar to Ancient Greek creation-myths.
*** On a sillier note, the major gods in Exalted (the equivalent of the Olympians) don't interfere in Creation much anymore because they're all distracted by the Games of Divinity. These games are so addicting that not even gods can keep their attention away from them. {{Fanon}} consensus settled on calling them ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}''.

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* In TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}, when ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
** When
the Primordials created the world, they created the Gods to maintain it, so that the creators could enjoy playing Games of Divinity. The Gods resented their position as slaves, but were created so that they could not strike at their creators. So they gave powers to humanity and raised a number of Exalted to do the dirty work for them. The Primordials didn't see that coming...
** The Primordials made everything with built-in restrictions so it couldn't harm them. Except for humans who were deemed too unimportant to bother. {{Exalted}} prehistory is similar to Ancient Greek creation-myths.
***
On a sillier note, the major gods in Exalted ''Exalted'' (the equivalent of the Olympians) don't interfere in Creation much anymore because they're all distracted by the Games of Divinity. These games are so addicting that not even gods can keep their attention away from them. {{Fanon}} consensus settled on calling them ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}''.
19th Jun '17 6:30:52 PM Sharysa
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* In ''{{Literature/Moonflowers}}'', the Irish gods are trying to help Alima Song break the curse that TheWildHunt put on her and her family. As much as they detest how a family is marked for slaughter, they're at their wits' end because [[MortonsFork too much interference would anger him into killing more people,]] and trying to make him stop hunting the Song family would only mean [[EquivalentExchange replacing them with OTHER victims,]] so Alima's father Ned Song has to make a BloodOath to kill their leader the Hunter. It's eventually revealed that his full title is the ''Horned Hunter,'' and that he's ''[[AnthropomorphicPersonification a force of nature.]]''

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* In ''{{Literature/Moonflowers}}'', the Irish gods are trying to help Alima Song break the curse that TheWildHunt put on her and her family. As much as they detest how a family is marked for slaughter, they're at their wits' end trying to stop their leader the Hunter, because [[MortonsFork too much interference would anger him into killing more people,]] and trying to make him stop hunting the Song family would only mean means [[EquivalentExchange replacing them with OTHER victims,]] so Alima's father Ned Song has to make a BloodOath to kill their leader the Hunter. him. It's eventually revealed that his full title is the ''Horned Hunter,'' "the Horned Hunter," and that he's ''[[AnthropomorphicPersonification a force of nature.]]''
19th Jun '17 6:29:02 PM Sharysa
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* In ''{{Literature/Moonflowers}}'', the Irish gods are trying to help Alima Song break the curse that TheWildHunt put on her and her family. As much as they detest how a family is marked for slaughter, they're at their wits' end due to how airtight the curse is, and Alima's father Ned has to make a BloodOath to kill their leader the Hunter. It's eventually revealed that he's the ''Horned Hunter'' of CelticMythology, and that makes him ''[[AnthropomorphicPersonification a force of nature.]]''

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* In ''{{Literature/Moonflowers}}'', the Irish gods are trying to help Alima Song break the curse that TheWildHunt put on her and her family. As much as they detest how a family is marked for slaughter, they're at their wits' end due because [[MortonsFork too much interference would anger him into killing more people,]] and trying to how airtight make him stop hunting the curse is, and Song family would only mean [[EquivalentExchange replacing them with OTHER victims,]] so Alima's father Ned Song has to make a BloodOath to kill their leader the Hunter. It's eventually revealed that he's his full title is the ''Horned Hunter'' of CelticMythology, Hunter,'' and that makes him he's ''[[AnthropomorphicPersonification a force of nature.]]'' ]]''
28th May '17 3:24:32 PM nombretomado
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** This also applies to ''WarhammerFantasy'', where all gods seem pretty much like the Chaos Gods in that they can influence the mortal world, but can't directly enter it.

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** This also applies to ''WarhammerFantasy'', ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'', where all gods seem pretty much like the Chaos Gods in that they can influence the mortal world, but can't directly enter it.
20th May '17 5:25:18 PM nombretomado
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* In David Weber's ''[[TheWarGods Oath of Swords]],'' Bahzell takes the War God to task for his failure to prevent the disaster that shook up the world and decimated Bahzell's people. Tomanak goes on for pages outlining a scenario where the Light and Dark gods are at constant war all over the universe, and cannot meet directly in any given encounter for fear that the overflow of power would grind the world to dust.

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* In David Weber's ''[[TheWarGods ''[[Literature/TheWarGods Oath of Swords]],'' Bahzell takes the War God to task for his failure to prevent the disaster that shook up the world and decimated Bahzell's people. Tomanak goes on for pages outlining a scenario where the Light and Dark gods are at constant war all over the universe, and cannot meet directly in any given encounter for fear that the overflow of power would grind the world to dust.
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