Legends of the Gods tell of eternal life, but true immortality lies within the Gods, to the core of their essence. These are the pieces that survive the ages. Through warfare and jealous brawls, to human revolt and sibling rivalries, Death has found the Gods time and again, yet their energy—referred to as Bia in ancient times—lives on. These energies pass from host to host, giving their possessor the very essence of the God they serve. Mythical creatures, demigods, and monsters all have an energy that exists beyond their flesh and bone. As belief and worship of these Gods has faded over the centuries, so, too, does the strength of their energies. Where once possessors of Bia felt the profound presence in their bodies when they were only children, modern inhabitants of energies may live their entire lives unaware of what lies beneath their conscious mind.
It is written that the godly energies moved from person to person in deliberate patterns, a design of Fate. Fate has never confirmed nor denied this belief.
In modern days, energies within new bodies typically present themselves in times of extreme emotional turmoil or physical pain. Often, these incidents occur during childhood, dismissed as fantasy or misremembered encounters. During traumatic experiences, glimpses of energies may also be ignored as dreams, or forgotten completely, along with the painful memories. On the rare occasion energies are observed and recognized, it is absolutely imperative the individual be controlled.
Power of the Gods is not to be taken lightly. Though the Gods were sometimes seen as protectors of Man, they were also vengeful, philanderers, violent, and emotionally tumultuous. The Gods often betrayed each other and men in order to fuel their own fires. The Gods were imperfect, for this is what made them who they are in myth and legend—a reflection of mankind’s own deepest desires. Being a carrier of Bia, especially one of the twelve Olympians, could easily devour human hosts, with catastrophic consequences.
Those possessing and aware of Bia are controlled and monitored by one individual—Zeus. The King of the Gods has an energy unable to be contained, even from birth. While all Olympians have energies that burn brighter than others, Zeus in particular reveals himself to his inhabitants with a force unmatched, even in today’s world. It is with this possessed individual that the responsibility of containment and control lies.
There are many servants of the Gods. According to legend and provided births line up appropriately, Hermes, the godly messenger, is often the guardian of Zeus when his energy presents. There are other servants—Dike, Ganymedes, Iris, Themis, and many more—whom rise to the occasion when called for. These servants’ energies can be triggered when their duties arise, and they are compelled to answer the call. It is with them that the ancient legends and fates are carried, ready to be passed to the next Zeus.
Godly energies that have been recognized by their possessors can recognize other energies around them. However, it is rare for more than one Bia to be in the presence of another. Typically, the energies are spread further out and avoid each other, thought to also be a design of Fate. In rare cases, possessed humans will recognize each other’s potential or existing energy and in even rarer cases, will actually acknowledge these energies and discuss them. Most often, the only spoken words about the energies are traded with Zeus and his related guardian, or between Zeus and another aware, possessed human.
A gathering of the godly energies is said to be disastrous. The Gods of Old were constantly at war with each other, from their split of sides in the Trojan War to many battles fueled by jealousy and rage. The Bia that now roam the earth are always vibrating with the urge to find their partners and enemies, to renew bonds and further divide among their enemies. It is because of this that the one tasked with Zeus’s formidable energy must keep tabs on the revealed Gods, in order to prevent disaster.
As far as Zeus’s energy knows and based on what has been written, there is no hard evidence of an incident caused by a gathering of the godly energies ever happening before. However, there is some suspicion among the Gods that Hermes and the other guardians have knowledge of events sparked by these gatherings—wars, natural disasters, mass genocides, formations of cults, increased crime rates—but no tangible evidence exists to support those theories.
Our story begins with two possessed humans, unable to ignore the Gods within their souls, and undeterred by Fate’s design.