Underneath an Orange Sky
According to the oldest legends, at the dawn of the world the gods lived on the surface of the planet. They worked together to shape the world into a glorious paradise that would nurture, strengthen, and exalt life and creation in all their forms. It was they, the tales tell, that either created the mortal races or delivered them into the world. Every culture’s stories differ on the nature of the gods and their number. The one element common to nearly every story, myth, and legend is the notion of a war fought by the gods against a force intent on destroying the world.
Whether the gods truly existed is a hotly debated issue with both sides able to point to evidence to support their theory. Most supporters point to the power of Clerics and Paladins as proof that the gods not only existed but still turn their eyes to the world. Since before the Conflux the vast majority of people across the races believed that some or all of the gods existed could use their power to reward those who followed their ideals and punish those that did not. Even the most radical thinkers of the the spiritual revival during the second century believed not in the absence of gods but rather that all the gods were in fact a single being.
It is not until the early part of the eighth century that philosophers began to espouse the idea that the gods did not, and never did, exist and that all the divine power that could be felt in the world came from the collective will of the people living on it. This idea caught on quickly and by 850 AC the members of the Church of the Unified Animus outnumbered the worshipers of any of the individual gods. Today the Church of the Unified Animus is the largest religion in terms of followers. The Animai, or Animaniacs to their detractors, can be found all over Novus though they are concentrated mostly in the city of Etymopolis where the religion was founded.