What Are The Gods?
Submitter: Matt Quirk
Description: It started with a discovery - something wonderful. Someone, somewhere had found something that would change life forever, and for the better. A chemical procedure which would enhance a person's mind, allowing them to touch the divine.
Things didn't work out quite as well as they had hoped.
As it turned out, there isn't just "the divine". There's lots of different divinities, and they don't all get along. Some are benign. Some are insane. All of them are extremely powerful, and now they have actual physical representatives in the world.
Society driven by the ongoing interactions of innumerable overlapping factions and cultural powerbases. "I am a Gay Communist Gun Nut"
The society is in the midst of a complete overthrow of existing structures. Ex.: French Revolution, Chinese Cultural Revolution
Gunpowder, printing press, fully-rigged ships, hot air balloons, black-powder musket, cannon, sailing warship
Renaissance/Colonial (TL 4)
Antimatter power, artificial gravity, slow FTL radio, nerve pistol, superheavy combat armor, disruption beam, genericillin, genetic engineering of complex mental traits, creation of new species from scratch
With one specific
technology at: Interstellar (TL 10)
Travel, Do-gooding, searching for wealth and excitement
Exotic locations, foreign peoples, strange creatures, unknown histories
Heroic characters in a high-action world
There are many gods
Physical embodiments of "the gods" walk the mortal world