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Old November 18th, 2020, 11:42 PM
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I am working on a background for a new game for a new group. Creating a sector rimward of the Sol Sector.
Here is the background.
The original denizens were uplifts by one of Grandfather's sons based of homosapiens, but on a larger scale with higher Psi abilities to construct his cities. These homosuperior were sent to different places around Grandfathers domain. During Grandfatherís war, most of their colonies were destroyed completely. They settled in an area a few sectors rimward of Sol Sector, near a Blue Giant star that would go nova as it became a black hole called the Eye of Loss. The nova destroyed their tech, cities, and more than a few of their home planets. They were able to rebuild and reclaim some tech until they regained jump travel. They travelled to the ancestral home, known as Terra Alpha. There, they found a bunch of TL0 homosapiens living a hunter gatherer life.
These travellers started using animal husbandry to ranch the people, to improve the species uplifting them until they were usable intelligent slaves. These people became their ruling gods. These benevolent gods were 50% larger, 10 times stronger and smarter than their large flocks. It was easy to control them by telepathy and their higher technology. Those that displeased them to didnít measure up were culled as human sacrifices to their gods. They were taught a variety of skills to be able to work for them better.
These superior beings lived very long lives with access to high tech autodocs and healing skills. For fun they used their flocks of humans for war games. When they discovered a superior human, they graced that human by breeding with them usually using their telepathy to modify their experience.
They grouped into different territories such as the Nile valley, the peninsula of Greece, The area of Rome, the islands of Britain, Scandinavia, China, South and Central America, Central Africa, and India. They split off as couples to small families to live better than their neighbors. Everything was going wonderfully for them until one was killed by another causing his wife to angrily create a virus targeting her fellow gods. Those who saw it coming loaded back on their ships with some select followers and went to their old home worlds.
The travellers who were the decedents of the original travellers returned to the home worlds hoping for a welcome home, but instead received scorn, hatred, and violence. The people of the old worlds had stagnated, not advancing as they had no need to. The ones returning with their chosen servants had exercised their skills and abilities, becoming better at everything than those they found existing on the old worlds near the Eye of Loss. The travellers found the old ones almost as easy to subjugate as the humans. They had reason to work on advancing their society and guard their peace. This peace lasted for a few generations, but the game of war called to their need to be stronger than their neighbor. The weak joined together to attack the strong. The strong attacked who they thought of as weak. Humans began to realize that their gods did not care for their welfare, but saw them as sheep to be slaughtered. The humans found that they could eliminate their gods easily instead of going to their deaths. The Homosuperior are now loading up to leave before their own followers kill them. They hope to find security beyond the Eye of Loss as they head out to colonize new worlds.
The players will find this sector near a hungry black hole where vulnerable gods are a recent memory and the slaves of the gods are reaching out on their own as they find new ways to self-govern. It is nowhere near a perfect world with perfect people and the masters of old may return to gather new servants at any time.
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Old November 19th, 2020, 12:06 AM
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Some of the intelligent creatures found here will be:
Centaurs and K’Kree
Harpies
Dolphins
Odd sea creatures
Vargr and Anubis hyena hybrids
Modified Aslan
Humans with random Psi skills
Deformed and oversized humans
Satyrs
Nymphs
Animal hybrids
Droyne and Chirpers
And a few slightly confused Hivers.

Governments of different worlds will be sending out diplomats to gain allies and scout as many worlds as they can. Some small empires will exist, and some rulers will be lusting after the resources and people of nearby worlds. There is no over arcing imperium government to keep a lid on things out here beyond the frontier. Any world using too much violence during an attack on another world will draw the ire of many neighboring worlds who will join forces to eliminate the overzealous government.

There is room for Scouts, Merchants, Mercenaries, Rouges and brave diplomats from any world.

Always remember, the ever hungry Eye of Loss is always watching.
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So which old gods live in the old gods sector, can you name some of them?
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So which old gods live in the old gods sector, can you name some of them?
Based on the mythological creatures listed by vegascat, I'd think compatible mythoi would be Egyptian, Greek, maybe Norse.

Behavior points to the Greek deities--spoiled-brat-type overpowered and high charisma humans. Second choice would be the Norse, more war-oriented.

Names? Zeus, Poseidon, Dis/Pluto, Hera, Apollo, Hermes, Ares, Artemis, Hecate . . .
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Basically somewhat similar to the Apollo episode in the original Star Trek series. I am looking to do something similar in my Piper-Norton Out Rim Sector, but with more of the Finnish, Celtic/Irish, some Egyptian, and Hyperborean Gods. For background, look at A. Bertram Chandler's The Rim Gods about Kinsolving's Planet. That sounds like it would be close to what you are looking for.
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Seems like you could use T20 and crack open Deities & Demigods 3.5.
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Seems like you could use T20 and crack open Deities & Demigods 3.5.
Hmmm, you could also try getting the original version of Gods, Demi-Gods, and Heroes which includes R.E. Howard's Hyborean mythos, or Deities and Demigods for the first version of Advanced D&D, which includes the Nehwon mythos of Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser. Ningauble of the Seven Eyes and Sheelba of the Eyeless Face would be fun to include. The cleaned up versions of Gods, Demi-Gods, and Heroes and Deities and Demigods can be found on DriveThru.

The first edition of Deities and Demigods included the Cthuhlu mythos, which would also fit in, but copies of that are more than a little rare and expensive. Those are what I will be working off of for my sector. There might be a "few" changes.
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What I am looking to do is explain all the god myths worldwide. Beings gene engineered by a son of Grandfather that got out of control. I did think of three Star Trek episodes; The Squire of Gothos, Plato's Stepchildren and Who Mourns for Adonais? All were based on the Enterprise crew encountering god like beings who had left Earth.
These god-like beings have common failings.
Any not a pureblood of their race is not worthy of respect. those with dirty impure blood are thought of as farm animals, to be used as their desires dictate.
Victories are to be claimed, defeats and mistakes are not. Errors are to be blamed on others. If the situation is out of control, leave it behind. Destroy the evidence of mistakes when possible.
When their followers they engineered are in a position to threaten them, they run. They will take the best of their followers with them even though these are the ones most capable of destroying them.
Flashes of insight and logic allow them to make grand plans and challenges for their followers. If the situations change interfering with their grand designs, their ability to adjust to changes is impaired by their confidence that the plan is flawless.
Megalomania is their base mental attitude. They know they are better than everyone else and must be obeyed. Think of the worst qualities of a James Bond villain crossed with a Nazi general.
How individuals handle their challenges. These old gods have their weaknesses, some try to rise above those limits.
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I didnít consider using the Cthuhlu mythos. Those old ones would be NASTY!!! That would open up Ripleyís aliens from Geiger. Think of the fun of your players finding a derelict fat trader transporting a bunch of leathery eggs and a oversized sea-land container. The sealed container might contain an alien mother, or a snoozing old-one that wakes up hungry. Tentacles, acid blood, Teeth, claws. In space, no one can hear you scream!

Thanks for the suggestions.
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What I am looking to do is explain all the god myths worldwide. Beings gene engineered by a son of Grandfather that got out of control. I did think of three Star Trek episodes; The Squire of Gothos, Plato's Stepchildren and Who Mourns for Adonais? All were based on the Enterprise crew encountering god like beings who had left Earth.
These god-like beings have common failings.
Any not a pureblood of their race is not worthy of respect. those with dirty impure blood are thought of as farm animals, to be used as their desires dictate.
Victories are to be claimed, defeats and mistakes are not. Errors are to be blamed on others. If the situation is out of control, leave it behind. Destroy the evidence of mistakes when possible.
When their followers they engineered are in a position to threaten them, they run. They will take the best of their followers with them even though these are the ones most capable of destroying them.
Flashes of insight and logic allow them to make grand plans and challenges for their followers. If the situations change interfering with their grand designs, their ability to adjust to changes is impaired by their confidence that the plan is flawless.
Megalomania is their base mental attitude. They know they are better than everyone else and must be obeyed. Think of the worst qualities of a James Bond villain crossed with a Nazi general.
How individuals handle their challenges. These old gods have their weaknesses, some try to rise above those limits.
I think a science fiction "god" would be more machine than biological. I would not make them all villains either. Just think of advanced AI programs that have gotten out of control, and they adopt aspects of Greek gods such that they were worshipped as those gods by ancient peoples. Most pantheon are a mixed bag, you have some good beings and some bad ones, and it is the conflicts between those that create stories for mere mortals to participate in.

I think Star Trek unfairly vilified the God Apollo, he is the God of music, the Sun, and prophesy, and he has a twin sister named Artemis, there are some evil gods as well such as Ares and Hades.

Why do you suppose that Star Trek episode used Apollo and not Ares, was there a reason for picking that particular god? There are 12 main gods in Greek mythology and I think they are:
Zeus,
Hera,
Apollo,
Artemis,
Ares,
Athena,
Aphrodite,
Hermes,
Gaia,
Poseidon,
Hades,
Chronos.
They have different specializations and powers. Some of these deities are more dangerous to be around than others.

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