Before the beginning of recorded history, divine beings were formed in the midst of the primordial chaos of the universe. These were the first Gods. As the deities gained power, some began to create and form worlds and even beget other sentient beings. However, some beings reveled in the chaos of the primordial world, and sought to destroy these newly created worlds at any cost. As new planes and planets formed, these beings began a struggle on a massive scale. The battles between Gods was too much for the world to take, and the multiverse tore at the seams and threatened to collapse into nothingness. Some of the first Gods formed perished in the conflict, while a string of new gods sprang forth from the remains.
Recognizing the destructive nature of the conflicts, the Gods reached a mutual agreement. Rather than simply fight one on one with their staggering power, they decided instead to wage a war on a smaller scale. Their conflicts would be played out in the manner of a chess game. Thus, the worlds and various planes became their battlefield, and the races and monsters populating those planes became the pieces. Congratulations – you are a cosmic chess piece.
To be developed; the layout of the planes is at least similar to the one depicted in the DM’s Guide.
In the Valendia campaign, deities can be divided into three main classes: Lesser Gods, Greater Gods, and Elder Gods. Their strength is based on their number of worshipers across the multiverse. In addition, deities gain power with age. In game terms, these powers are expressed through Divine Ranks, Divine abilities, and class levels. Through gaining worshipers, deities can accumulate power, and in this way, a Lesser God can become a Greater God. However, Elder Gods are of the class of divinities that emerged from the primordial chaos of the universe. They thus hold certain powers unique to them, and in this way enforce their delicate game.
Becoming a Deity in Valendia
Though most deities are born, some are made. Killing a deity entitles the killer to that deities divine power, but also imbues that being with the responsibility of that deity’s portfolio. In addition, a deity can bestow a hero who they find exceptionally worthy (in that deity’s eyes) with divine ranks. Further, deities can produce offspring, though this is time-consuming and takes many resources.