The Land of Eden is a perfect world.|
Not merely a ‘green and pleasant land’, but a lush countryside blanketed in outstanding features of natural beauty. In comparison, the perfect rose garden blooming in a rainbow of colour would seem like… Well, like black and white, really.
Perhaps because their world is an idyllic land of harmony, the inhabitants of Eden are a contented bunch. Villages dotted about the landscape are populated with tribes of people happily going about their daily chores. Curiously, many of these tribes actually parallel some we may already be familiar with: Aztecs, Japanese, Tibetan, Egyptian, Greek –these are just some of the civilisations to be found in Eden. And each inhabitant treats his fellow Edean with decency, honour and respect. Inter-tribal disputes are unknown. Everything is just perfect. Until a monumental event occurs which changes everything.
Of course, gods (of which you are one) can’t really be blamed for their attitude towards mortals. Just as a human child will look down on a bustling colony of ants with fascination, so gods regard mere mortals with simple curiosity.
Say, for instance, a child spies a group of ants struggling to carry a section of fruit back to their nest. He might pluck up the fruit and deliver it to their door, saving hours of toil for the workers. Shortly afterwards, and for no reason in particular, he brings his foot down squarely on a cluster of the same ants, deliberately causing dozens of deaths. To the child’s mind, the concepts of kindness and cruelty, good and evil do not even enter his reasoning. He has simply been playing with pets.
In a similar way, any god who arrives in Eden will be fascinated by its inhabitants. One god may be kindly towards the villagers, providing miracles to protect children and heal the sick. Another god may amuse himself by wreaking havoc amongst the villagers, sending lightning storms and marauding creatures to decimate their numbers.
However, there is one thing any god needs from his subjects. A god’s power is fuelled entirely by his followers’ worship their strength of belief. When villagers worship, a god’s strength grows. If they do not, he becomes powerless. Worship provides the cosmic energy necessary for gods’ own miracles.
In the beginning, the gods who arrived in Eden believed they were alone. They were masters of all they surveyed. It was something of a rude awakening to discover that this was far from the truth. Being a proud and arrogant elite, the resulting squabbles were inevitable. These soon escalated into heated conflicts. As a result, the hapless villagers who had once lived perfect lives in peace and harmony found they had become pawns as the gods settled their differences. Whenever trouble flared up, they were summoned and required to perform elaborate rituals of worship. These rituals provided the prayer power needed to fuel the miracles which the gods would use to establish their dominance over all rivals.
If the gods regarded the human population as our earth-child regarded a colony of ants, the creatures were the equivalent of a child’s faithful dog. Created from the beasts of Eden, and under the influence of their god’s miracles, a cow, a lion or perhaps an ape would undergo awesome changes. They kept on growing. Until they were of a size which was truly gargantuan. These magnificent creatures towered over the landscape…
The gods fed and trained their creatures with tender loving care, teaching them how to behave according to their own inclinations. Some of these Titans would wreak almighty havoc as they stomped across the countryside, feasting on local populace. Others would come to the aid of Edeans, helping with constructions, seeing off marauding creatures and generally guarding over them.
Inevitably these Titans were drawn into the struggles between gods, as a loyal dog might protect its own master. A curious phenomenon emerged. These huge creatures did not rely on worship to provide power for their miracles. The energy needed was produced internally.
These creatures would become the most powerful weapons in the gods’ own personal conflicts. It was clear that these creatures would hold the key to success.