Gods of Dirt

Jim Stitzel

I dabble a little in a lot of things — writing, webcomics, gaming, photography, web design, music, and more. I write code full-time and words in the gaps in between.


There were things we worshiped before the new gods. Things of the dirt. Things of the dark. Things that moved and swarmed and crawled in the spaces beneath our feet. We feared them, even as they ignored us. To them, we were the worms. And less than worms. We were the creatures that merited none of their attention. And if one of them did happen to notice one of us, it was as a god taking notice of a flake of its own skin as it fell away into the void.

It mattered not at all. For they were gods in their own right, beings far older than we, far more ancient, far more unknowable and strange. They were the true rulers of our world, the true power. And for that we feared them.

So we overthrew them. They had done us no harm, cast no evil over us. But so great was our fear of them, of what they could do, of what they might do, that we deposed them, cast down these benign gods and disrupted the circle of life.

We replaced them, of course, but gods made by human hands are no true gods at all, are they?


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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

This is a nice backstory, a history, and I love the reference to worms. Now, to create from this a world.. do the gods come back? Of course they do. Poor pitiful humans.

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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Exactly. This was basically a little worldbuilding exercise. It could be an interesting sandbox to play in, once I figure out the rules.

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Storykeeper

Storykeeper

The first paragraph, with its varying cadence of sentence lengths, is so deliciously rhythmic! I see this being intoned over darkness at the beginning of an epic tale. Chills.

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HS Wift

HS Wift

ooh, this was exceptional. I love this sort of worldbuilding, that simultaneously creates a distinct image of the setting, whilst also leaving room for a world of imagination and invention.

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