Demigods & Godhood

Below the rank of true deities are demigods. There are many important differences to delineate the two, the most important of which is that demigods can be slain. Unlike a deity, who can only be permanently be destroyed on their own home plane, demigods can be defeated and destroyed. Nonetheless, there is massive variance between demigods. Some, the half-children of the gods, are scarcely more than human. Others are a hair's breadth away from true gods.

Divine Powers

Whether they were born with their power, stole it from another, or obtained it through a powerful artifact, all demigods function in basically the same way. They are ordinary creatures - humans, elves, ogres or anything else - that have been empowered beyond their usual limits through their divine spark. A weak demigod may have only a single such power, such as a single stat raised above to a score above that which is normally possible. More powerful ones may have a whole range of abilities.

The nature of a demigod's divine powers can be literally anything. A dragon who became a demigod might find that, in addition to his other abilities, his breath weapon becomes akin to a Sphere of Annihilation. A human might become stronger, smarter, endowed with unusual abilities. The power to teleport at will, to paralyze by touch, to channel spell-like abilities with a mere thought - all are within the purview of a demigod.

The Portfolio

A demigod is not merely a larger-than-life mortal. They have access to a divine spark within them: something that makes them an immortal spiritual being. Depending on the nature of your divine spark, you may have what is called a portfolio. Not every demigod has a portfolio: it requires attunement to certain themes and concepts. The child of Ravi, for example, will have a portfolio related to sunlight and destruction of the undead. A demigod made by the destruction of a powerful artifact, however, may find that they have no portfolio at all.

There are some advantages to not having one. A demigod without one is not burdened with any attachments; your portfolio is part of your very nature, and cannot be easily discarded. A demigod of the domain of undeath may find that natural death or the restoration of life is anathema to his very nature. They will find it dififcult to progress towards godhood without embracing their nature, and changing your portfolio is almost as difficult as becoming a demigod in the first place. If they strain against their true nature for too long, they may even find their demigod powers diminishing entirely.

However, a portfolio comes with benefits. Demigods with a portfolio have a limited power of divination related to it that extends to within 5 miles. A demigod of magic would be able to sense any time a powerful spell was activated in that radius, for example. They would know what had happened and where it had happened. This divinatory power can extend further than 5 miles for events of great magnitude, and it also grants a degree of innate intuition related to your portfolio. The demigod of magic, for example, would likely be able to sense the general effects of any magic item or effect they come into contact with.

The portfolio also grants a path to godhood. Without one, it is as difficult for a demigod to ascend to full godhood as it would be for any mortal. It is not until a demigod aquires a portfolio that their divine spark takes on the qualities that will allow them to attain true godhood through the worship of mortals.

Miracles

Even though a demigod is not a true deity, their divine spark gives them the power to manifest miraculous events. This effectively allows any demigod to cast a Wish spell whenever they please. However, there is an important caveat: it drains their divine spark. Even true gods are sparing with powerful miracles, and demigods do not have the endless font of their mortal servants' belief to sustain them.

Each time a miracle is performed by a demigod, they lose one of the divine powers that make them what they are. These are lost in order of power: the abilities with the greatest magnitude are lost first. These are lost permanently and irrevocably, and are very difficult to restore. A demigod with a portfolio can only cast miracles that are somehow related to that portfolio; a demigod of fire cannot create a wall of water to drown his enemies.

Gaining Power

Whether they have lost their strength through the performing of miracles or whether they simply wish to come closer to godhood, most demigods will eventually wish to increase the power of their divine spark. There are a number of ways to do this:

As noted above, a demigod with mortal worshipers can increase their own power and come closer to true godhood. However, you must have a portfolio to do so. To tap into the power of belief, it must be chanelled through some aspect of the collective unconsciousness. You cannot simply be worshiped as Maui; you must be Maui, protector of mankind or Maui, patron of the line of kings.

In order to receive any benefits, you must have at least 50 worshipers. If you are on the Outer Planes, these worshipers can be anywhere. However, if you are in the Inner Planes, only worshipers in the world you currently inhabit count. This is the bare minimum required for the power of their belief to sustain you. It is only a trickle of faith, but it is enough to get by. Depending on how many worshipers you have, your divine rank will vary:

Divine Rank Worshipers Title
0 Less than 50 Demigod
1 50+ Demigod
2 200+ Demigod
3 500+ Demigod
4 1000+ Demigod
5 2000+ Demigod
6 3000+ Demigod
7 5000+ Lesser Deity
8 10000+ Lesser Deity
9 15000+ Lesser Deity
10 20000+ Lesser Deity
11 30000+ Lesser Deity
12 50000+ Intermediate Deity
13 70000+ Intermediate Deity
14 100000+ Intermediate Deity
15 150000+ Intermediate Deity
16 200000+ Intermediate Deity
17 500000+ Greater Deity
18 1000000+ Greater Deity
19 2000000+ Greater Deity
20 3000000+ Greater Deity
20 5000000+ Greater Deity

Rank 1

At Rank 1, a demigod is just able to sustain themselves above normal limits. They may expend their power, but must be very careful how they do so - for it returns only very slowly. Granting miracles will still drain their abilities, but they will slowly return. Each month, there is a 1 in 20 chance that a divine ability lost through the expenditure of power will return to them. For every month this roll fails, the chance increases by 1 in 20 until a power is restored. In all other ways, however, they are ordinary demigods.

Rank 2

A Rank 2 demigod can perform one miracle each month without taxing their divine spark. Beyond this, they will lose powers as normal. At the beginning of each month, one lost power is automatically restored; however, this uses up their "free" miracle for the month.

Rank 3

A Rank 3 demigod can perform one miracle every 3 weeks without taxing their divine spark. Beyond this, they will lose powers as normal. At the beginning of each period, one lost power is automatically restored; however, this uses up their "free" miracle.

If they have a patron deity, they may claim a small realm (less than a mile) within their patron's home. Any petitioners who die in their service will go to the patron's realm, and they are not powerful enough to create angels or similar beings. However, if the demigod dies they will shed their mortal flesh and return to their realm, where it will take 100 years to regenerate. However, if they lose their rank before this 100 years is up, they will either permanently die or lose some or all of their powers in order to finish regenerating.

If they do not have a patron, but have claimed some small realm in the Outer Planes, the same considerations apply. If their servants die in their service, they will come to their realm - but if it is too small, they may spill out into the surrounding plane. With little protection, they are likely to be much more vulnerable in their realm that they would be in a patron's demesne.

Any demigod of Rank 3 who has a realm of their own is able to exert some control over their divine realm while they are in it: they may control minor details such as temperature and environment. They may transport themselves and up to 50 pounds per rank to their divine realm at will, though they must get back under their own power.

Rank 4

A Rank 4 demigod can perform one miracle every 2 weeks without taxing their divine spark. Beyond this, they will lose powers as normal. At the beginning of each period, one lost power is automatically restored; however, this uses up their "free" miracle. It only takes them 10 years to regenerate from death.

Demigods of Rank 4 may choose to bestow powers to their most faithful followers. This uses up their "free" miracle, but allows worshipers to gain clerical spells by praying to them. These spells are very strictly limited to their portfolio: a demigod of fire and life could only grant spells that are explicitly related to healing or heat/cold. They cannot grant spells above level 2.

The realm of a Rank 4 demigod can be up to 5 miles in radius, and they are able to observe it at any time as if using Clairvoyance and Clairaudience. They can create sounds, smells and illusions or minor environmental effects in their realm, at will or on an ongoing basis. For example, they could fill the air with shining mist and a sound of distant ringing bells.

Rank 5

A Rank 5 demigod can perform one miracle every week without taxing their divine spark. Beyond this, they will lose powers as normal. At the beginning of each period, one lost power is automatically restored; however, this uses up their "free" miracle. It only takes them 1 year to regenerate from death.

Demigods of Rank 5 may choose to bestow powers to their most faithful followers. This uses up their "free" miracle, but allows worshipers to gain clerical spells by praying to them. These spells are somewhat strictly limited to their portfolio: a demigod of fire and life could grant spells that have anything to do with warmth, restoration, sunlight, life, et cetera. They cannot grant spells above level 3.

The realm of a Rank 5 demigod can be up to 10 miles in radius, and they are able to observe it at any time as if using Clairvoyance and Clairaudience. They can create sounds, smells and illusions or minor environmental effects in their realm, at will or on an ongoing basis. For example, they could fill the air with shining mist and a sound of distant ringing bells. They can also reshape their realm geographically, changing the land to suit their liking. Any constructions must be built by other means, however.

Rank 6

This is the highest rank at which one can be considered a demigod. They can perform one miracle every day without taxing their divine spark. Beyond this, they will lose powers as normal. At the beginning of each period, one lost power is automatically restored; however, this uses up their "free" miracle. It only takes them 6 months to regenerate from death.

Demigods of Rank 6 may choose to bestow powers to their most faithful followers. This uses up their "free" miracle, but allows worshipers to gain clerical spells by praying to them. These spells are no more limited to their portfolio than they are for any other deity. They cannot grant spells above level 4.

The realm of a Rank 6 demigod can be up to 50 miles in radius, and they are able to observe it at any time as if using Clairvoyance and Clairaudience. They can create sounds, smells and illusions or minor environmental effects in their realm, at will or on an ongoing basis. For example, they could fill the air with shining mist and a sound of distant ringing bells. They can also reshape their realm geographically, changing the land to suit their liking. Any constructions must be built by other means, however.