I believe this whole debate has taken an interesting shape.
We are constantly reminded the the Gods exist despite us, and yes, that is
very true. I don't believe any of us feel that the Gods \"owe\" us anything, and
woe be to the poor soul that would ever approach a deity in that mindset! My
feelings are that while I am growing more and more fond of Avalon all the time
in its current state, a little more God/Player interaction would make things
more interesting, and I personally don't see how this point can be debated. The
Gods don't HAVE to speak to us, or even LOOK at us if they don't want to, but it
would make things more interesting if they would. For those of you with religious
beliefs outside of Avalon, was it within the characteristics of a deity for God to
cause a bush to burn yet not be consumed in front of Moses? Was it within the
mindset of those who believe that deities do not need to interact with us that
God caused a small amount of lamp oil to provide eight days of light? I seriously
hope that there was no offense taken by my earlier examples, but I hope my point
is clear: when dealing with Deities, NOTHING is impossible, even a Deity
manifesting itself to you in full glory just to say \"Hi, how's it going? \" and
then departing just as quickly as it manifested.
Then we come to the realism debate. Exactly how realistic is it for a Deity to do
this sort of thing? Well, let me ask you this: Exactly who comes to Avalon--or to
any MUD, in fact--to enjoy its realism? I come to Avalon because I can be a Mage,
wield powerful magics, rise in rank among my peers, my city, and Avalon in general,
and test my mettle against some of the most strategically brilliant minds I'll
ever come across. Others come to Avalon because they can wield a sword, or sneak
in the shadows, or conjure demons, or can become Princes, or can burn someone alive
within the comfort of their own seeing room, and many other reasons... but I doubt
any of them are for its realism.
I'll be honest with you: If I want a realistic game where I just toil on the face
of this earth with no special skills, no companionable infrastructure, and very
little true intellectual stimulation, I wouldn't need this game, because I do have
my real life.
In a world where commoners can become princes, mere mortals can wield mighty magics,
and ordinary people can ascend to the Heavens in all Godly glory, how impossible is
it for a Deity to shoot you a smile, give you a thumbs up, and ask if all is well?
Just my opinion,
--Sorianon of the Mages
Written by my hand on the 27th of Cloudburst, in the year 1033.