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Story Once, long ago, a legendary Golden Age ruled the skies. Mighty were the Titans, led valorously by Cronus, and those who threatened their reign proved fated to fall before them. But the winds would alter directions, the children of Cronus—Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Hera, Demeter and Hestia—overthrowing him and his people, leading to the rise and reign of Zeus and his storied Olympians. “The dice of Zeus always fall luckily,” said legend and the pantheon seemed plated by gold, much like their predecessors, but the Titans would return. As written in destiny, the Titans crawled from the infernal chambers and— as aided by Hades— gained entry to their once controlled land of Olympus. The promise? If they, the Titans, were to rule once more, Hades would be granted greater influence over earth and the skies. Following the return of the Titans and the subsequent demolition of Mount Olympus, there settled an uncanny presence over the dimension. The Olympians were defeated, Zeus was, after a thousand lifetimes of feats, finally overpowered— but something remained. Brewing in the bellies of thirteen women scattered across Earth was a celestial presence, each bearing a distinctive powerful energy in its own right. These omnipresent entities and their comrades would be born into the world as a reincarnation of their former selves, fated to discover their true identities and return to Olympus. All unless something or someone stood in their way.

Seemingly upon providence, the city of Olympia, California was built and established over centuries, located in place of what would be known to another universe as Los Angeles. And, with the passage of time, it proved to be the true city of dreams; the city not of angels, but of new gods. Now, as carved into stone, all paths of our fallen would lead here. The new millennium. January 2000.


New Gods is an original role-play with a throwback twist, bringing elements from Greek Mythology into the contemporary world of Y2K. Set in a city/county based on Los Angeles, California (here known as Olympia, California), New Gods combines a world of seedy, heavy, fast-paced West coast life and core Greek mythological credo to create a surreal, dream-like story. Inspired by dark, subversive cult classics of the late 90s/early 00s (Fight Club, Donnie Darko, Mulholland Drive, Eyes Wide Shut, Lost Highway, Dark City and The Matrix), the 90s/early 00s trend of taking classic, romantic literature and adapting it for the cynical, disaffected “MTV Generation” (Romeo + Juliet, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless, She's All That and Cruel Intentions), modern science fiction and fantasy series (American Gods, Lucifer, The Leftovers, Sense8, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed), the work of Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) and general millennial nostalgia.

Our community is for adult writers looking to foster long-term character development through leisurely paced storytelling. As the mythology is rife with controversial, taboo and dark themes/subject matter, we will allow them to be utilized tastefully for the sake of depth and realism, and we expect all members to be mature enough to discuss and handle these themes without misusing them for shock value.
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Character Types There are three tiers of characters currently available, each with a set of unique abilities. The higher the tier, the more integral you are to the main story arc. You are not allowed to apply as gods or goddesses outside of these existing tiers and each have different application requirements.

Tier One: Children of Cronus (Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia) - These are the most integral to the main story arc, further detailed below. Following Zeus’ cast spell, all of Cronus’ children were reincarnated into homosapiens. Due to the destined hierarchy, they wound up being influential and powerful upon rebirth, assuming major roles within the city. While their awareness over their prior existence isn’t immediate, they will be the quickest to realize their potential and powers. Such powers include Immortality, Precognition, Clairvoyance, Psychometry, Telepathy and Heightened Physical Abilities; unique powers to be announced and implemented later.

Tier Two: Olympians (Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Hermes, and Dionysus.) - with the children of Cronus, the offspring of god Zeus make up the Olympians. They were also subject to Zeus’ reincarnation spell in order to ensure their protection, though the effects took greater toll on them, leaving them far less likely to realize their power and fate. Such powers, however, include Invincibility, Heightened Senses/Thoughts and Heightened Physical Abilities; unique powers to be announced and implemented later.

Tier Three: Non-Olympian Gods and Demigods - other gods protected by Zeus by way of reincarnation, though their powers were seemingly lost forever and their fates left to be unknown. Includes recognizable names like Persephone, Achilles, Heracles, Harmonia, Hippolyta, Orpheus, Perseus, etc. They appear the most as everyday civilians. More information to be announced later.

Humans/Mortals: This category is for those who decide to move to Olympia, California, not as a reincarnation, but as a mere mortal; the world they are entering unbeknownst to them.

To be introduced later are the following two tiers.

Tier Four: Monsters and Heroes (Not available to be claimed and to be announced at a later date)

Titans/Titan Deities: (Not available to be claimed and to be announced at a later date)
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Canon Characters Canon characters are plot-important people available with a stricter application process/audition. While they do not have a history following their reincarnation, they do have specific motivations, alignments or traits assigned to them. Canons are adapted by admin and have roles, big and small, in the overarching plot of the site. Due to their importance, these characters have stricter activity requirements, and while we're not strict on a face claim, we've posted some suggestions we want to see, to help steer you. Keep that in mind before auditioning for one!

The gods and goddesses are all archetypal because of their exaggerated personalities, and each is plagued with personal flaws and negative emotions despite their power and status, causing harm and destruction to those around them, be it another immortal or a mortal.

Zeus: Known as the Father, or king of gods, Zeus has ruled over Mount Olympus since the fall of Cronus. After defying fate and taking the crown of Olympus for himself and his children, Zeus has been recognized as the God-head, most powerful of all Cronus’ children. As a leader, he was regarded as wise, fair, just, merciful, imposing and prudent. But still yet, he wasn't without flaw; a short temper and volatile nature spelled disastrous results for many who he thought to cross him, turning the calm skies into a storm of thunder and lightning. His biggest fault? Putting the utmost trust in his brother Hades, only to be ruthlessly betrayed. Perhaps knowing no mortal or God is truly good forced him to always show empathy for his sibling; he himself was an adulterer, a murderer and a torturer. But it seemed as centuries passed, there was no love lost emanating from the caverns of the Underworld.

For all his foresight and sagacity, the return of his father and the rest of the Titans was covered in a thick blanket of haze.There was no preparation; no time. And for this reason, the war was lost for he and his Olympians. But Zeus had one final effort in his consciousness, as the bodies of his kingdom clutched upon their last moments, drenched in bloodshed not expected of an immortal. With clenched eyes and a loud roar, he beckoned the Moirai into the shadows of Olympus, away from the chaos. And with their arrival, he demanded a spell to protect he and his Gods. They were uncertain over what could be done; the immortal don't have to contend with the concept of life and death. Still, after careful calculation, they'd comply, forging the only spell they knew would work: rebirth. (SUGGESTED FACE CLAIMS: Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, George Clooney, Keanu Reeves, Matthew McConaughey)

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Hades: For thousands of years, Hades has resided in the Underworld, bestowed upon him by his father and the over-ruler of worlds, Cronus. Throughout these years, Hades has been subjected to countless run-ins with demigods, eternal enemies, and myriad other intruders, thus overtime making his stay less appealing. Eventually, Hades became jaded with his experience within the Underworld, having received the impression he was unrightfully sentenced to a lifetime of seclusion whilst his siblings and their children walked harmoniously in Mount Olympus. One fiery night when the three-headed hound cried its last howl in a rasping cacophony, a mastermind plan dawned upon him. He mounted the beast and took to Tartarus, an entire city within the Underworld serving as an impregnable prison, harboring the strongest of beings, mortal and immortal. Upon reaching Tartarus, he proposed his plan to the Titans, and in turn, they orchestrated a deal that would question the very sense of good and evil…
 
To reach destiny…

Everything appeared to be moving according to plan. He and his army of Titans infiltrated Mount Olympus, destroying everything in their path, re-claiming ownership over their domain. When all seemed aligned, visions of mortals bowing before him, calling upon him as the one true God, everything stopped. It was like an energy never before, something unprecedented, something daunting. A whiteness obscured his vision and a high-pitched tinnitus ringing in his ears. He couldn’t see, he couldn’t feel, he couldn’t even think. His entire scheme was crumbling before him, destiny rewriting itself as it had when he freed the Titans of their imprisonment. Had he been betrayed by the Titans— bested at his own game? And then there was silence. (CLAIMED)

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Poseidon: Second to Zeus, Poseidon was one of the most highly respected and revered gods within the pantheon, valiantly ruling over earth’s seas following the fall of the Titans, by the hand of his then brother. His power and influence were intoxicating to him—though simply toxic to everyone else—Poseidon often exerting it to control those around him, especially women. He was nicknamed the “earth-shaker”, and with his trident in tow, he rattled those on earth and deep in the depths of the vast oceans to their core. Temperament wise, he was often seen as unstable, prone to fluctuating emotions, leading way to violent rampages. But when it came time for battle upon the return of the fallen, he stood strong by Zeus’ side, poised in the face of doom. His final act was that of an anti-hero, though his pride was undoubtedly shattered in his final moments before the white light. For once, he felt powerless. For once, he saw fear. The “earth-shaker” was shaken into dust. (CLAIMED)

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Hera: The queen of the Olympian gods, Hera had vicious practices for those under her rule and reign. Extremely vengeful and jealous—especially to the women her husband Zeus laid with, as well as his offspring—it was ironic, then, that she were dubbed the protector of women, marriage and birth. But it was not just opposing women and bastards who would face her fury; offending men, men who were adulterous themselves, were often subject to cruel, vicious punishment as well. Her vindictive nature was so potent, even Zeus feared her wrath. A fear which caused immense strain on their relationship, left un-repaired leading into war against the Titans. It was with resentment and hatred, and without closure, that she would leave her existing immortal life for the next. (CLAIMED)

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Demeter: The cycle of life and death was Demeter’s domain, mainly concerning plant life. She was earth’s fertility, like it were her own child to bear. But when her actual child, Persephone, was taken from her by Hades, she allowed earth to decay, for her love for her daughter was greater than that for anything or anyone else. Endlessly and tirelessly she searched, allowing her grief to project itself through what would later be known as the seasons, as well as a world famine. The extremity of her neglect led way to the intervention of Zeus, who sent for Persephone to bring her back to Mount Olympus. But their reunion was not eternal, the pair being separated once again when the Titans returned to slay the Olympians. Her final moments were spent heartbroken once again, before the white light... (SUGGESTED FACE CLAIMS: Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayek)

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Hestia: Goddess Hestia became both the eldest and youngest of Cronus’ children by virtue of being the first born, but the last to be yielded up again when her father devoured his children, fearful of his fate of being overthrown. Gentle and mild, she’s oft overlooked within the pantheon, notably sacrificing her seat among the twelve Olympians for the more forceful and aggressive Dionysus; an illustration of her passive nature. The hearth of her fire, however, still burned eternally, the goddess proving to be unwavering in her values by rejecting the advances of Poseidon and Apollo, and choosing to remain virginal for all of perpetuity—a stark contrast to many of her cohorts, notably Aphrodite. Though disassociated with the antics of the Olympians, she still found herself caught in the throws of the avenging Titans, and too was swept beneath Zeus’ spell. Her eyes were glossy as the whiteness, then nothingness took hold, and where she’d be re-awakened was anyone’s postulation. (CLAIMED)

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The Olympians: Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Hermes, and Dionysus complete the hall of Olympians, ruling over Mount Olympus for centuries, each unique and integral to the council. Athena and Ares both presided over war, symbolizing the duality and serving as each other’s antithesis. Athena represented the machinations, strategy and art, while Ares stood as a symbol of the violence and monstrosities. He was wild, dangerous and untamed; she was intelligent and courageous. She was compassionate and generous; he was insatiable. She was Zeus’ favorite, while he, Ares, was detested by the King of Mount Olympus. But there was someone who did love him. She was Aphrodite, goddess of beauty, love, passion, pleasure and procreation. She, Aphrodite, reveled in her sexuality, and her flame for Ares burned bright and hot, this in spite of her union with Hephaestus, the only ugly god among them. Her list of lovers extended to the cunning and clever Hermes, the herald of Gods. It was he who had access to Hades’ domain, the Underworld, getting first word regarding the unleashing of the Titans. He’d try to warn his fellow Olympians, but it was already too late…

Twins Artemis and Apollo were two of the most important and respected Gods within the pantheon, a huntress and an artist, respectively. As it were, Artemis—alongside her cohorts, namely Athena and Ares—would attempt to protect Olympus and her domain of wildlife against the war raging onward, while the beautiful and youthful Apollo attempted to heal his companions. But it was all in vain. Dionysus wound up being one of the last standing Gods among them after the Titans made their way through the kingdom, enraptured in an ecstasy to numb the pain, until it all suddenly went away. (CLAIMED: Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite and Hermes)
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