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By nombuleloPublished 5 months ago 2 min read

Are you tired of the mundane constraints of mortal existence, shackled by the limitations of time and space? Do you find yourself yearning for supernatural powers, a devoted following, or even a divine title? Well, fear not, for I have the perfect solution – why not become a god?

Okay, I'll admit, it's not as simple as it sounds. Transforming into a deity is no walk in the celestial park. But hey, humans have concocted some fascinating ideas about godhood in their fictional tales, and if you've been paying attention, there might just be a divine vacancy waiting for you. So, let's explore the intriguing world of becoming a god – where do you start? How does one ascend to godhood?

Now, the most popular image of a god is the capital G God – the supreme being, the creator of the universe, omniscient, omnipotent, and immortal. You know the drill. The catch? Well, to be this kind of god, you've got to create your own cosmos. Yeah, not exactly a piece of cake. But fear not, because there are stories that bend the rules. In Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials," the Authority, worshipped as the creator, turns out to be a lying angel, opening the door for a different celestial takeover.

But what if you're not aiming for the top-tier godhood? What if you're content with being a lowercase G god – a being with control over some aspect of the universe, a little more fallible, and, dare I say, interesting? Take the world of "Homestuck," where internet friends play a video game to create their own universes. Or venture into the realms of Dungeons & Dragons, where mortals sponsored by existing gods can ascend to divinity.

Now, if you're eyeing a god promotion but lack a sponsor, fret not. Many universes offer a DIY approach. In Brandon Sanderson's "Mistborn," mortals can ascend by seizing power from the mythical Well of Ascension. Even in "Baldur's Gate 3," characters like Bane and Myrkul once walked as mortals before ascending to godhood, courtesy of the lord of the end of everything, Jural. It seems gods are just former mortals with a really good resume.

But what if you're not into the whole divine bureaucracy? What if you prefer a shortcut to godhood? Well, consider the power angle. In "Death Note," Light Yagami declares himself a god, not because he's immortal, but because he holds the power to choose who lives and dies. It's all about the perks, right?

And let's not forget the knowledge card. In "Bloodborne," eyes are the key to ascending to great old one status. It's like a slimy baby Cthulhu, but with a dash of omniscience. Knowledge is power, after all.

But wait, there's more! Look at the deification route. In "Star Trek," the crew encounters Apollo, an alien being who was once worshipped by ancient Greeks. Turns out, gods can be made with a dash of charisma and some flashy tricks.

In conclusion, the path to godhood is as diverse as the pantheon itself. So, whether you're aiming for a capital G or a lowercase G, DIY or sponsored, just remember – sometimes, all it takes to become a god is for someone to believe in you. So, go forth, mortal. Your divine destiny awaits.

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