The Third Sundering

So, the third and final act of the Era of Upheaval begins. The next Sundering, the Third Sundering, Our Sundering. So, is it possible for the Over-god to change his mind? Perhaps Ao has relented, realizing letting the child gods has done more harm than good to his creation? Or, perhaps he has decided he made his point sufficiently clear and finally the dense, thick-headed Gods would get it? Maybe he planned all along to end the Era of Upheaval at this specific moment in history? In either case, the Gods have realized that Ao plans to recreate the Tablets of Fate. They know the plan but they have no idea what it really means for them. They know that things will be different when he’s done — but different Gods have different ideas of what that might mean. Some of them suspect that Ao’s going to establish a hierarchy of power based on how many worshipers each has when the Tablets are complete — ‘cause at the end of the Avatar Crisis he told them that’s what they needed, is to build up worshipers. So they used their mortal agents, their Chosen, to help them gain as many followers as possible in the last remaining sliver of time they have left. Others suspect or fear that Ao will be reassigning portfolios to get them clearly delineated on the Tablets again. So, they imbue their Chosen with the power to exert the God’s influence over his or her portfolio over the World, to kind-of stake that claim. Some think it’s pretty much the end of the world, so they’re sending their Chosens to make sure their followers end up in the right heaven when it’s all over. By in large, the Gods feel like they have to do “something” before the end comes, before this Sundering is complete and the Tablets of Fate are re-written. So, by the time that end comes, the Tablets will be recreated, the Worlds of Abeir and Toril will be separated once more and Toril restored to something a-kin to its former self. The Pantheon will be reshaped and enriched once more and the political landscape of Faerûn will change significantly. Once it is over, the Word of Ao declares, “The Era of Upheavalhas Ended.” Great stories remain to be told in this new Era — but they are not the stories of Gods and God-like beings, they are the tales of mortal heroes, taking a stand to preserve the World they love. They are your stories. So, there is no single story of the Sundering. Countless stories emerged during this course of dramatic event. Stories of mighty heroes and ordinary folks who are struggling to stay alive and defend what they hold dear

The Third Sundering

The Hero is Dead Xanthym