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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.
1st Apr '17 7:48:24 PM ElectroKraken
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* The Chaos Gods in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' seem unwilling or unable to directly enter or affect the Materium (unless, possibly, there is a severe instability of the Warp, or a large concentration of Chaos worshipers). They are said to have directly infused Horus with their power, and when he was destroyed by the Emperor, they fled in fear of being harmed. The Emperor himself is worshiped enough to likely be a god within the Warhammer cosmology, but he is limited by the fact that his body is still (barely) alive and confined to an incredibly complex and immobile life support machine, though its implied he is occasionally able to directly help his followers. The Eldar gods were an aversion, as they apparently took part in the war against the Necrons and C'tan. However, after most of them were eaten by Slannesh, of the three who survived, one spends most of his time in an impenetrable Warp matrix, where he advises one of the most enigmatic Eldar factions, the second was broken into pieces (though those pieces are still able to occasionally manifest to provide military aid to the Eldar) and the third is held prisoner by one of the other Chaos Gods as a testing ground for his newest diseases.

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* The Chaos Gods in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' seem unwilling or unable to directly enter or affect the Materium (unless, possibly, there is a severe instability of the Warp, or a large concentration of Chaos worshipers). They are said to have directly infused Horus with their power, and when he was destroyed by the Emperor, they fled in fear of being harmed. The Emperor himself is worshiped enough to likely be a god within the Warhammer cosmology, but he is limited by the fact that his body is still (barely) alive and confined to an incredibly complex and immobile life support machine, though its it's implied he is occasionally able to directly help his followers. The Eldar gods were an aversion, as they apparently took part in the war against the Necrons and C'tan. However, after most of them were eaten by Slannesh, of the three who survived, one spends most of his time in an impenetrable Warp matrix, where he advises one of the most enigmatic Eldar factions, the second was broken into pieces (though those pieces are still able to occasionally manifest to provide military aid to the Eldar) and the third is held prisoner by one of the other Chaos Gods as a testing ground for his newest diseases.
29th Mar '17 5:19:59 PM SullenFrog
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* [[spoiler:Claude Trilleo]] of ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'' is practically omnipotent and could end the central conflict with a snap of her fingers, but doesn't because using too much of her power will create [[RealityBreakingParadox reality-destroying paradoxes]]. She thus has to carefully plan out how and when to use her powers, and will only do so in [[GodWasMyCopilot subtle ways]].
26th Mar '17 2:35:44 PM Fireblood
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* ''WebVideo/DarkMatter2525'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1BzP1wr234 God cites free will]] (among other things) as a reason why he can't stop evil to Jeffrey, who points out the inconsistency regarding this.

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* ''WebVideo/DarkMatter2525'': ''WebAnimation/DarkMatter2525'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1BzP1wr234 God cites free will]] (among other things) as a reason why he can't stop evil to Jeffrey, who points out the inconsistency regarding this.
26th Mar '17 2:18:06 PM Fireblood
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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.]]'' [[/folder]]

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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.]]'' ]]''
* ''WebVideo/DarkMatter2525'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1BzP1wr234 God cites free will]] (among other things) as a reason why he can't stop evil to Jeffrey, who points out the inconsistency regarding this.
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* Fiction authors in general may be essentially considered omnipotent gods of their fictional universes, since they are completely in control of what happens and what the characters do. However, they are bound by the ObstructiveCodeOfConduct of "make the work enjoyable", which mean no {{Deus Ex Machina}}s, no {{Out Of Character Moment}}s, no letting the characters defuse the situation with five minutes of honest discussion, etc. Furthermore, if one believes IJustWriteTheThing to be true, the author's control is even more limited.

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* Fiction authors in general may be essentially considered omnipotent gods of their fictional universes, since they are completely in control of what happens and what the characters do. However, they are bound by the ObstructiveCodeOfConduct of "make the work enjoyable", which mean no {{Deus Ex Machina}}s, {{deus ex machina}}s, no {{Out {{out Of Character Moment}}s, character moment}}s, no letting the characters defuse the situation with five minutes of honest discussion, etc. Furthermore, if one believes IJustWriteTheThing to be true, the author's control is even more limited.
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