It has been over a year since the last Ordination and though the gem quests have gotten underway, we remain at least six months from another. Divine appointment in the past was, like many things Avalon, a matter of whimsy and luck of the draw. Times change and a succession of troubled appointments has brought in a new system for testing and gauging those mortals wishing to become deities. Five names were put forward just after Elmaethor's ordination and two remain under consideration. The first of these - Alarius - has faced the "final judgment" after a year long succession of trials and a stint training himself and demonstrating to the world his ability to cope with the demands of divinity. He has been judged successful, the criteria of appointment fulfilled after just short of thirteen months. Indeed the contrast with Sylvanus, whose costume was worn for the trial and brought the Earth realm to life at last, was marked.
Ordination by combative competition will always be Avalon's absolute proof of greatness and an achievement of historical significance. Appointment by meeting the diverse and demanding criteria of actual in-game play quality both mortal and divine: this as a complete achievement earning the right to be an Avalon god/goddess can no longer be perceived as the easy or arbitrary or lucky-timing way into the pantheon. Appointment and Ordination can stand together as different but equal and this is reflected in the apotheosis atop the Rock Pinnacle. Where once the appointed god/goddess began a level below the ordained, now both begin with full high-godly rank and the complete repertoire of powers.
The god of light's revival in active divinity marks the first appointment by right of apotheosis, earned and attained.
Look out oft-times for Sylvanus, god of the earth and Astrea, the first goddess, for these deities play a role in testing the potential of would-be divinities; major factors in the final judgment and precursors of the apotheosis and the spirits deemed worthy of the sceptre of the divinities by right full earned.