The Rock IV
The Nature of Divinity
Most of this tome concerns itself with how Divinity relates to mortals, and what they should do to align themselves with the divine as laid down by various Gods, both Good and Evil. The text is riddled with esoteric religious terminology, requiring more time than usual to translate for a text of its size.
Several passages jump out at you on your first perusal:
What is Divinity?
Divinity is a central building block of reality. It permeates all known planes and is present in all things; though few have the capability of measuring or even recognizing it’s presence. The stronger the concentration of Divine energy in some thing, the more powerful it becomes. Presumably some application of this principle can be and is used in ascension, but the details of the process are not and shouldn’t be known.
Divinity itself obviously has no moral aspect, it transcends such ideas yet is intrinsically linked to morality in all its structures. There are some clues that there may be a sort of intelligence or purpose to Divinity, but what that purpose is not known, even to the Gods it would seem, who themselves are still shackled to aspects of Morality that Divinity itself is not.
This leads some theologians to deduce that there is a force or power that is above Gods as Goods themselves are above Mortals. This theory is not widely accepted outside of a few obscure cults and strangely enough in the dogma of the god Ptah, whose disciples claim that he is of or knows about this higher force.
The three facets of Divinity: Gods, Hosts and Mortals.
Gods are the apexes of divinity, beings that are inundated or, in some cases, possibly even created from the Divine itself. They are able to manipulate the force that permeates all existence, yet strangely enough they cannot create the raw stuff itself. They are able to pass this power on to others, or create from the divine places, things, and other beings, even worlds.
They are usually the ultimate manifestation of an ideal or ethos, but for all that seemed to be flawed in strange ways. They can be as capricious or petty as any mortal, and seem to be ruled by the same emotions that sway lesser beings. This is not to say that they don’t posses a level of maturity beyond what Mortals can even conceive of, presumably an effect of their direct connection to the Divine. But in every instance of mythos there are numerous examples of Gods choosing favorites, seemingly for no other reason then their like or dislike of individuals. To some extent even the granting of power to followers that prove particularly worthy, or punishing one who is unworthy can be seen as an extension of this phenomenon.
Hosts are beings on a level somewhere between Gods and Mortals. These are the Devils, Demons, Daemons, Angels, Archons, Guardinals, Eladrin, and Inevitables. They are the concentration of an ideal, presumably created by the Gods they serve. They also are made of the Divine but unlike the Gods they are less likely to be swayed by emotion. They seemed to be locked into whatever niche they fall into, not able to stray from it in spite of emotions they may feel about an individual.
Some Hosts are able to grant spells to followers they deem worthy. Most are also able to manipulate the Divine directly in many ways, usually as spells or similar powers. Another interesting aspect of Hosts is their ability to enter into the consciousness of a mortal. This is known as Possession or Channeling depending whether the being entering is malevolent or benign. In either case, they are able to impart some aspect of their power to the Mortal, and usually even completely control the subject as well if desired.
Mortals are the most interesting case. Although not able to manipulate the Divine on their own, they are the only type of being known to be able to manufacture Divine energy through their own devotion to a God, Host or even pure ideal. This makes them invaluable assets to both Gods and Hosts. Many battles in the heavens and Hells have been and are being fought through both servants and direct confrontations for control of worlds teeming with mortals filled with potential divine energy.
This ability has been the subject of many inquiries into Mortals exact relationship to the Divine by theologians of the first race. Several sub schools of Arcane magic are devoted to studying this connection in many of the larger Elven home-world Universities, and most major Libraries hold several volumes of the original studies of this branch of study. There have been a few Elven scholars who have put forth theories of somehow separating mortals from their Divine abilities, but the few experiments into this area of study proved so disastrous that all experimentations of this type have been universally banned by the High Council, Order of Mages and the Faith.