Sir Jolt wrote:
This all seems to completely neuter the gods. What would the point of becoming a god even be if you can't take action even within your own spheres of influence without a bunch of other gods smacking you around for it. It seems like the gods just sit back and do nothing which seems counter to the relevance of having gods in the first place.
You can and in fact ARE an influence, but you have to be SUBTLE about it. You don't go down to the material plane, and throw your divine weight around. You send dreams and portents to those mortals who might be your potential agents, and have them do the dirty work FOR you, just like you did when you were one of them.
Becoming a god is something that many heroes in literature refuse to accept for very good reason. It's the same thing as a starship captain becoming an Admiral... it means trading a ship's bridge for a desk chair.
When Kelemvor and Midnight took on divine mantles, it ultimately cost them everything that made them human, including their love for each other.
I have trouble believing that Norborger (or any god) sits around wistfully looking back on the good ol' days when they were a mythic mortal and could interfere more directly.