Even with the advent of technology and
other innovations, the inherent value of the gods never truly
diminished, and they played a pivotal role in societal development over
the eons. However, in the short span of two hundred years, the Godtypes
started to disappear en masse, leaving humanity bewildered and helpless
to compensate for the loss. A number of luminaries in the scientific
community, gods and humans alike, theorized how such longevity could be
replicated using parts from the deceased gods.
successful trial was headed by Godtype Ark Townsend, aided by a small
number of unknowns who, judging by the intricacy of the methods
employed, likely consisted of talented Thaumaturges seeking new
heights. Their endeavors met mostly with failure, oftentimes at the
expense of their human test subjects. Following years of trial and
error, they made the greatest possible breakthrough, succeeding in
granting the powers of the gods to a mortal. Although this did involve
liquefying living specimens as an injection, Ark Townsend announced to
the public that the gods chose to sacrifice themselves for posterity,
and this new Godtype-human, the Remnants of a dying race, would ensure
their memory lived on.
Previously unthinkable due to its sheer morbidity,
the steps towards processing a Godtype into a workable form had to be
performed at a rapid pace so that the god’s “body” did not vanish and
reform elsewhere. Since each Remnant required eight gods to
successfully function, the specimens would often be prepared
The first step called for the god to be
cleansed by fire, after which it was bathed in sulfuric acid and then
dismembered using a god’s ether weapon. Time became most essential at
this stage, and the parts of the eight gods were placed into a specially
made “press”, using heat and pressure to simulate the depths of the
Earth’s mantle. In under a minute a rough crystal form would take
form–pivotal to the procedure due to its geometries, entrapping the gods
while causing them to believe they would soon return to Earth.
removal, the crystalline substance was allowed to rest, during which
the gods attempted to regenerate their bodies, but to no avail. It
gradually blackened with ether and leaked a milky white solution,
considered to be the collective “consciousness” or “souls” of the eight
gods. At this point the blackened ether crystal had to be boiled down,
condensing the liquefied gods into an injection meant for a single
Even upon entering the human bloodstream the
eight gods from the beginning were still technically alive and somewhat
conscious, able to communicate with one another and form partly coherent
thoughts. Try as they did, there was no way out of this prison, and
even wishing for death was not enough in a place without form.
Utilizing the powers imbued in the gods becomes second
nature for the Remnant, but doing so essentially caused the souls inside
their bodies to break down, and slowly each individual god loses its
sanity, melding with the others into a singular hive mind fueled only by
pain, a spirit of vengeance driven to complete madness.
was gradual and almost imperceptible. Once the Remnant could no longer
sustain the raging gods, he or she would experience a violent death of
personality, their reasoning replaced with nothing but a thirst for
destruction. Horrifically enough, this caused a loss lost took on a
monstrous form, comprised largely of viscous black ether and resembling
more a mass of sludge than a human being.
cognitive function, the corrupted Remnants laid waste to their
surroundings and killed anyone who approached through a messy
assimilation. Those who managed to retain their human appearance termed
the failures as Remnants, believing what remained of the souls of the
gods inside them had led to their downfall. It was only a matter of
time before nearly all of the Remnants were reduced to mindless killing
machines, formally termed as Degenerated Remnants, or D-Gens for short.
the failing Remnants posed even more of a threat than the impending
Godtype extinction. As a human, the Remnant was unable to summon an
ether weapon or otherwise harm the Godtypes, but the monstrous form, did
just the opposite. Despite losing any semblance of Thaumaturgy, the
weapons of the sacrificial gods never left them, and the D-Gens could
summon all eight weapons at once, intent on wiping out the gods for
allowing this to happen, along with anyone else who got in the way.
realized what was done, the remaining Godtypes grew distrustful of
humanity, and even of each other. Many went into hiding and abandoned
their pledge to protect the Earth. Those who allied with the humans,
largely outnumbered, entered into a bloody struggle called the Theomachy,
during which each side endeavored to eliminate the other.In the end,
the opposing Remnants were all but eliminated, though at the cost of
entire countries and countless human lives.
Aftermath and Consequence
Ironically, following the conflict,
numerous Godtypes emerged from concealment to aid in reconstruction
efforts, and remained with the humans without ever disappearing as
It seemed none of the Remnants had
survived through the war, although there was a possibility, however
slim, that some Remnants never surrendered control and maintained human
form throughout the conflict. Nonetheless, no one ever reported a
persisting Remnant, and the people considered the war officially over.
time, however, the Remnants managed to reform themselves, tethered to
existence by their enduring grudge, and launched isolated attacks on the
human populace, leading to further concern over national safety,
especially in areas bordering former war zones.
A few decades following what historians dubbed the “Fall of the Gods” the Hybrids may never have existed at all, but the fear of Remnant counter-strike became very real. Not long after, the Nascent Empyrean Union, abbreviated to NEU,
was established by a coalition of gods to serve as a bastion of society
guarded by the gods themselves, where people could go about their lives
without fear of Remnant attack.