Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Top 5 fantasy gods I wouldn't want to worship

List compiled by Danielle

'He is called The Nameless one because even to imagine his name is to become his creature.'
Retrieved from http://midkemia.wikia.com/wiki/Nameless_One
(Mythology of Raymond E. Feist's world, Midkemia)

Another list that has had to be culled due to over-abundance of choices! Thanks to all those who 'guest-posted' to this list, your (evil) chocolate fish are in the mail!

Kal Torak, The Belgariad / David Eddings

"Demands a lot of human sacrifice from all his peoples (good old fashioned spread-eagling over bloody filthy altars, heart cut out still beating and then burned in front of the victim’s dying eyes), and so naturally A) he has a fanatical dedicated priesthood who are a bunch of sickos, and B) his people spend as much time as possible thinking of ways to avoid being sacrificed. Thus women aim to be perpetually pregnant, as pregnant women can’t be sacrificed. Yucky!"
~ Kylie, librarian (Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind)

The Nameless One (Nalar), various sagas by Raymond E. Feist

"The God of Evil – as the name suggests, he is not the god to invite to your tea party (unless the tea party’s purpose was to get everyone killed in the most gruesome manner possible). The agent of chaos in the Midkemian Universe, every destructive and evil event usually falls at his doorstop, many of which are so convoluted and confusing that those who work for the God of Evil are not even aware as to the true intent, which is the destruction of all. I would only recommend worshipping this god if you were the type to pull wings off butterflies or jumble the keys of someone’s keyboard. Yes, truly evil indeed!"
~ Clint, Manukau Libraries (Digital Services)

Ulcis - Hoarder of Souls, the Deepgate Codex / Alan Campbell

"I've only read the first book of this trilogy so far, but one of the neatest tricks it played was to take the characters' deepest and most heartfelt beliefs about the noble goals of their god, Ulcis, and twist them into something pretty nasty when everyone finally cottoned onto Ulcis' true purpose. They've been dropping their dead into the Abyss (and into Ulcis' ghostly army) for centuries before they realise that it's not exactly the most benevolent and altruistic use he has for an undead army..."
~ Danielle, Manukau Libraries (Digital Services)

Tash, the Chronicles of Narnia / C. S. Lewis

"They say he has four arms and the head of a vulture. They kill men on his altar." ~ A lamb describing Tash. "
Tash's appearance in the final book in the Narnia chronicles, bringing cold and the sickening stench of death, is a terrifying moment, leaving the reader to wonder how Narnia can possibly survive the last battle. Even his own devout worshippers are appalled by his arrival. A dwarf, Poggin, makes the remark: "People shouldn't call for demons unless they really mean what they say."
~ Natalie, Manukau Libraries (Digital Services)

Daeva, The redemption of Althalus / David and Leigh Eddings

"Brother of Deiwos and Dweia. Not noted for loving side, he tends to treat his followers badly. While others may inspire with love, he inspires with fear. This tends to attract a certain type of personality into his sphere of influence. Mostly those people can be described as greedy, mean, annoying and all told pretty unpleasant to be around. He fills the void left by his siblings. Where Deiwos creates and Dweia maintains, Daeva unmakes what is no longer needed by the other two. Basically he's a janitor. Or maybe a dustman. And really, who wants to admit that they worship a janitor!"
~ Jero, software developer (Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions)

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