being is something that springs to mind as a divine
characteristic. In modern monotheism
, "dead god" seems like an oxymoron
. We have to turn to pagan
myths, such as Greek and Roman Mythology
, to find "dead gods".
There is no "definitive version" of Greco-Roman
mythology to draw on; the best sources are sketchy on the details of the eventual fate
of deposed god
. I contend that they became "dead gods": their worship was so inappropriate as to need no forbidding. These were Big Loser
gods; no one would want them for patrons. Regardess of whether they are supposed to be hanging around in exile in Tarterus
, or completely dead, they have no impact on the lives of the people who believe they did, or do, exist.
This is what it means, to mortal
s, for a god to be "dead": removed eternally from intervention
in mortal affairs
, or even the affairs of other gods.
mythology and metaphysics
, pretty much anything can be permanently destroyed if it is lost in the Void
that is Primal Chaos
. This includes gods: when The Unholy Trio
cracked the Universe and let Chaos
was overcome by Chaos, and became Glorantha's first Dead God. The illusion of death
, such as Yelm
's murder and subsequent rescue from Hell
, does not compare. A Quest
may restore what has succumbed to the mere sting of Death, but no power can recall what is consumed by Chaos.