Titration Theory

From the logs of Gavin [surname smudged], xenoanthropologist, Sigma Team.

"Not at all similar are the race of the immortal gods and the race of men who walk upon the Earth." or so claims Homer. Religious texts of his time and accounts of the very ancient, such as those of Mr. Of-Macedonia paint them as greedy, lustful, narcissistic, wasteful, vengeful and drunk with power thus the question begs, what makes them so different? Several of the main groups of polythesitic gods such as Greek/Roman, Babylonian and Norse describe gods to be appearing much as humans, whereas those from ancient Egyptian and the old Hindu faith take odd, yet quasi-human shapes often crossed with significant animals, beasts and concepts.

Evidence suggests that these 'gods' held no inherent divinity or wisdom, but were in fact superhuman xenoforms. These would often have several incredible innate, inherited or derived superhuman skills or massive power. These would often be used to 'prove' to the ignorant humans of the past that they were worthy of their worship and would go on to exploit them for their own ends. For unknown reasons, these gods left this world grouped by culture they ruled for little to no reason. The only evidence of post-disappearence gods are that of Tor and Loken who both appear to be lying low.

So what makes these gods different from other xenoforms?

  • Long Life Span. All gods without exception are clinically immortal. All accounts record possible god ages at being reliably over 10, 000 or more.
  • Low Population. Numbering in dozens or less rather than thousands. Probably an evolutionary response. More on that in a bit.
  • Exponential [magick, supernatural, psychic, scientific] power capacity. I and mean mega-massive.

Now, compare those to humans and races comparable to humans. Throw in data for shrekes, sererinth and juuvani:

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There seems to be an inverse correlation between overall population and life expectancy; the longer lived a race, the lower its total population. Furthermore, the longer lived the race is, the more sophisticated and powerful the individuals are. This divides most known xenoform races into four tiers: Savage, Civilised, Sophisticated and Immortal (or Ascendant, or God). The categories are should be self-explanatory.

The subject of tier mobility is one thing to consider. If such a thing is possible it would have to be as part of continued evolution over dozens of millions of years or by radical intervention from another race. The first event is no matter to worry about, but the other is a terrifying prospect. Just how many charismatic god races are there out in the multiverse prying to take over a savage race as fierce as the An'Taks or a civilised race as ruthless as the Phantoms and conquer all who stand before them? What if the Shreke ascended to godhood and began to use our world as a slave farm? I fear that these are bridges that would have to be crossed when we come to them.