Three-Planes-Aligned: A deity must have worshippers, for it is the faith of such subjects which gives them power. As converts are made and more come to believe in a god, the more power that god receives.
Conversely, when no one believes in a deity, it withers and dies, joining the corpses of other gods that float on the Astral Plane. It is thus possible to slay a deity by simply forgetting about them.
"When belief in a God dies, the God dies."
is all-powerful, why does He care whether we worship Him or not? Ak just saying..."
The spirits who had once been mere humans were now elevated to the status of godhood. They fed on the offerings and prayers of not just a small number of close relatives, but instead upon those of an entire nation of people. The stronger these spirits became, the more they demanded of their families to maintain that level of power. Some may perhaps see this as greed, but I have to disagree. It's a simple technicality that a God is going to need a lot more nourishment than a familiar spirit.
— Aaron Leitch, The Ancient Gods and Neo-Paganism
"A gods power comes directly from belief in it... Religion sounds a lot like politics."
"Have you thought about what it means to be a god? It means you give up your mortal existence to become a meme: something that lives forever in people's minds, like the tune of a nursery rhyme. It means that everyone gets to re-create you in their own minds. You barely have your own identity any more. Instead, you're a thousand different aspects of what people need you to be. And everyone wants something different from you. Nothing is fixed, nothing is stable."
, "deleted scene" from American Gods
, included in the 10th Anniversary Edition.
The idea of Gods empowered (and possibly created) by worship naturally has a strong attraction for modern fantasy fans: It takes the prevailing social order of democracy and projects it into the plane of divine metaphysics. Instead of Homeric warrior-aristocrats, Middle Eastern despots or Chinese courtier-bureaucrats, Gods become politicians in the sky, dependent on their base, hustling for support. This premise is appropriate and meaningful for modern fantasy. It just doesn't happen to be the premise of Scion
"Belief is when mortals know we exist, in these specific identities. Worship is active praise and supplication and all that good stuff. Dedication is a big burst that's released when a mortal dies and they're sent off to their god. And Souls just sort of slowly power the Outer Planes and the Afterlives over time. In order to keep healthy, we need a specific balance of all four ... We used to have a pyramid diagram that explained this better..."
"But where did they come from? All those gods? All those legends? I mean, maybe we paid a lot of visits to those ancient tribes. It's possible. I don't remember, but my memory's rubbish these days. Ask anyone. So maybe that's it. Or maybe..."
"Maybe some stories are so good
... so powerful
... so wanted
... ...that the universe believes them. So good they're magic. So good they come alive."
The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history. Many generations ago, Monsters were born of the Human mind. Their fear of us gave rise to our reality! We are no longer myths! But we only live as long as humans BELIEVE IN US!
—The Pool of Elders
explaining to Ickis the origins of Monsterkind, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
, "Where Have all the Monsters Gone?"