The Idea Seed

02 Apr

“Prior to the Godkilling, man and animal were left helpless in the face of a petty deity that wielded tools of making and unmaking on whim alone. His anger brought flood and famine and his favor gave tremendous power to those corrupt ecclesiastic orders that rose up to worship him. His power was the power to supersede the will of man.”
An excerpt from The Godkilling by Yrdwar Senelane, Collegium Historian.

This is the flavor text that opens the first chapter of my fantasy manuscript. The entirety of the story began with one idea: What if people could kill their God when they got tired of everything attributed to him. Believing that hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes are ‘acts of God’ or that one sports team wins by the grace of God and the other loses, presumably, because they’ve curried less favor with God is the sort of logic that allows a person to run the course of their life without taking much responsibility for anything. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma believes that climate change is false because the bible states that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night’. Blind faith in the face of science. So what if people could kill their God to end not only the natural events attributed to him, but also the fervor that his followers use to do damage to the society?

When I started writing Blood of a Godkiller, I wanted to create a society that existed not just godlessly, but in spite of God. Random and occasional attempts within the population to recreate a deity-based belief system are met with the harshest of punishments: death. Speaking of the dead has finite social acceptability to avoid reconnecting with the antiquated notion of an afterlife. Cursing revolves around creative use of the dead God’s anatomy and reinforces irreverence as a means of social control.

Oddly, though I expected to find this mythical place exciting and liberating, it evolved quite a bit differently. With no preternatural being to dictate the laws of society to them, the people within my fictional society took his place and were no better off for it. A vacuum of power was created in his displacement and, as might be expected, various human entities fought to take over. Despite my inclinations and as imaginary friends tend to do, the people of the realm developed almost independently of me. Because their God had been a physical manifestation that existed on the same plane as them, they were not only able to kill him, but they were also able to witness his manipulation of the world in real and actual terms. Unfortunately, despite their abhorrence for their God, they fell easily into replicating his manipulative form of governance once he was gone.

Nevertheless, this was the idea that gave birth to my first completed manuscript and the evolution of it gave me pause to consider our own reality quite a bit.


Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Uncategorized


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5 responses to “The Idea Seed

  1. tamarahickman

    April 2, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Wow, you really have a heavy and absolutely fascinating topic going on here! I have to admit that when I first started reading this post, I frowned a bit at the idea of being able to kill my God, but the evolution of the consequences that you outline are superb! So when you go from “God works in mysterious ways” to “Bill works in mysterious ways”, I can see where the enmity and deevolution into social decay would take place. Human beings are by far the most diverse species on the planet, capable of the full spectrum of good and evil, and usually its the later parts of our race that work the hardest to achieve Power. I think I’d take my chances with a God that I know, instead of with Bill, who might just be working to become the next Hitler.

    • tobiaswrites

      April 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      *quickly editing manuscript to incorporate a character named Bill*

      • tamarahickman

        April 3, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        Total Win! I approve. =)

  2. Charles Smead

    April 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    This post ALMOST made me wonder if perhaps mr T. is wavering on his stance on GOD?????
    In my intro to philosophy class we talked about the fact that every civilization inevitably came up with a creation theory attributed to one or more deity, and the reason, we decided, was that in the end each and every one of them found that it was better to have something greater than mankind to attribute things to whcih were beyond their understanding. But then these were primitive times, and I wonder if perhaps at some point mans presumed “advancement” made him feel that he had surpassed even the gods that he had created? There was a great performance I saw by Laurie Anderson that dealt with mans “progression” technologically versus his progress spiritually it was pretty fantastic. It was aptly titled “Traveling At The Speed Of Darkness”.

    • tobiaswrites

      April 3, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      It was more than a little disturbing that an internalized me finds people just as reprehensible as a vengeful God, but I’m coming to terms with it because, deep down, I probably always knew people were dangerous too.


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