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 For those who do meet their fate, death is not the end. They travel to the <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​underworld">​Underworld</​apdx>,​ the domain of <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​hades">​Hades</​apdx>,​ to be judged on their worth. Great people who fought hard and achieved all they could are granted a pleasant afterlife of indulgences and easy living. The ones who lead blameless, simple or boring lives can expect nothing but toil and drudgery. Those who offend the gods or are judged as evil are plunged into Tartarus for an eternity of torment. Tartarus is nigh-inescapable but not the rest of the Underworld. Legends talk of people escaping or being freed to rejoin the living, and some speak of reincarnation. ​ For those who do meet their fate, death is not the end. They travel to the <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​underworld">​Underworld</​apdx>,​ the domain of <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​hades">​Hades</​apdx>,​ to be judged on their worth. Great people who fought hard and achieved all they could are granted a pleasant afterlife of indulgences and easy living. The ones who lead blameless, simple or boring lives can expect nothing but toil and drudgery. Those who offend the gods or are judged as evil are plunged into Tartarus for an eternity of torment. Tartarus is nigh-inescapable but not the rest of the Underworld. Legends talk of people escaping or being freed to rejoin the living, and some speak of reincarnation. ​
  
-The new heroes not only live at the whim of the gods but also of prophecy. It is a mysterious force which even the gods are subject to. Prophecies tell of  things that are true or will be true. It was a prophecy that convinced Cronus to eat his children to protect his power, which drove the Olympians to usurp him. Destiny cannot be dodged but may be manipulated if its subject can decipher the prophecy before it is too late.+The new heroes not only live at the whim of the gods but also of prophecy. It is a mysterious force which even the gods are subject to. Prophecies tell of things that are true or will be true. It was a prophecy that convinced Cronus to eat his children to protect his power, which drove the Olympians to usurp him. Destiny cannot be dodged but may be manipulated if its subject can decipher the prophecy before it is too late.
    
 The gods on Olympus have a great many uses for their champions. These range from defending the whole of Greece, to satisfying divine vanity or being mere playthings. Heroes set out on quests to seek out artefacts to gain their power and keep them from enemies. Foreigners are pressing in on Greece from all sides creating many wars to join. Meanwhile agents of the Titans are at work and the heroes must foil their schemes. These tasks will take them all over Greece and beyond, into the mystery-riddled deserts of <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​egypt">​Egypt</​apdx>​ and the dark forests of the barbarians lands to the north. They will meet fantastic creatures like proud centaurs, clever little nymphs or devious <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​djinn">​djinn</​apdx>​. The gods on Olympus have a great many uses for their champions. These range from defending the whole of Greece, to satisfying divine vanity or being mere playthings. Heroes set out on quests to seek out artefacts to gain their power and keep them from enemies. Foreigners are pressing in on Greece from all sides creating many wars to join. Meanwhile agents of the Titans are at work and the heroes must foil their schemes. These tasks will take them all over Greece and beyond, into the mystery-riddled deserts of <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​egypt">​Egypt</​apdx>​ and the dark forests of the barbarians lands to the north. They will meet fantastic creatures like proud centaurs, clever little nymphs or devious <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​djinn">​djinn</​apdx>​.
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 === The Heroic Life === === The Heroic Life ===
  
-Greek champions lead unique lives as they go about Greece undoing the machinations of the Titans. The less power-hungry gods also set their champions to work as protectors of other mortals against the monsters that roam the land.  Sometimes a champion is picked for a single task though it is rare for a god to withdraw their patronage on completion of the labour. They may have reason to call on an experienced and successful champion in the future.+Greek champions lead unique lives as they go about Greece undoing the machinations of the Titans. The less power-hungry gods also set their champions to work as protectors of other mortals against the monsters that roam the land. Sometimes a champion is picked for a single task though it is rare for a god to withdraw their patronage on completion of the labour. They may have reason to call on an experienced and successful champion in the future.
    
-The gods are not serene beings. They are fickle, subject to the failings and faults of mortals but with far greater power. Some use their champions to settle old scores with enemies both mortal and divine. Others gods send champions out with the goal of increasing how much mortals worship them.  Champions may be called upon to commit unpleasant acts in the name of their patron and a champion may be used simply for entertainment.+The gods are not serene beings. They are fickle, subject to the failings and faults of mortals but with far greater power. Some use their champions to settle old scores with enemies both mortal and divine. Others gods send champions out with the goal of increasing how much mortals worship them. Champions may be called upon to commit unpleasant acts in the name of their patron and a champion may be used simply for entertainment.
  
    
 ==Being Selected== ==Being Selected==
    
-Champions come from all parts of Greek society, rich and poor, powerful and weak, urban and rural. The only prerequisite for selection is that the person embodies some trait associated with the god in question. ​ A typical hero will receive the knowledge that they have been chosen in a wild and vivid vision. No two champions tell of experiencing the same vision as everyone interprets the power of the gods in their own way.+Champions come from all parts of Greek society, rich and poor, powerful and weak, urban and rural. The only prerequisite for selection is that the person embodies some trait associated with the god in question. A typical hero will receive the knowledge that they have been chosen in a wild and vivid vision. No two champions tell of experiencing the same vision as everyone interprets the power of the gods in their own way.
  
-Between them, the Olympians have perhaps a few dozen champions at a time.  The first in this new age was picked five years ago and news of real divine champions is widespread as tales of their deeds have reached throughout the islands. The life of each champion is unique. Some are constantly called upon and wander Greece in pursuit of one labour after another. Others are lucky enough to be only used occasionally and have time to settle down, becoming famous warriors, athletes or rulers.+Between them, the Olympians have perhaps a few dozen champions at a time. The first in this new age was picked five years ago and news of real divine champions is widespread as tales of their deeds have reached throughout the islands. The life of each champion is unique. Some are constantly called upon and wander Greece in pursuit of one labour after another. Others are lucky enough to be only used occasionally and have time to settle down, becoming famous warriors, athletes or rulers.
  
 ==Power and Rewards== ==Power and Rewards==
  
-The gods do not send their champions against the world unaided, instead they grant them some influence over their realms and the power of their symbols. ​ For instance, Zeus is the god of Law and Order, so his champions have uncanny wisdom when judging a crime. His symbols are the Oak and the Eagle, so his champion could draw on the strength of an oak or the keen eyes of the eagle. A champion who serves their god well could be rewarded with wondrous gifts from the god themselves. ​+The gods do not send their champions against the world unaided, instead they grant them some influence over their realms and the power of their symbols. For instance, Zeus is the god of Law and Order, so his champions have uncanny wisdom when judging a crime. His symbols are the Oak and the Eagle, so his champion could draw on the strength of an oak or the keen eyes of the eagle. A champion who serves their god well could be rewarded with wondrous gifts from the god themselves. ​
  
-Mortal heroes who want to maintain divine favour should pay attention to the politics on Olympus. The gods are not unified, and pleasing one god will annoy another. For example, <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​athena">​Athena</​apdx>​ hates <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​ares">​Ares</​apdx>​ and takes every opportunity to undermine his interests, sending her champions to kill his children and mortal allies. ​ The Olympian web of alliances and hatreds is so complex that it is almost impossible to avoid annoying somebody. But heroes should have heart while they have the support of a god. After all, Athena guided Odysseus through many of the traps set by <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​poseidon">​Poseidon</​apdx>​ and Ares and personally defended his supporters against <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​herakles">​Herakles</​apdx>,​ her own hero. +Mortal heroes who want to maintain divine favour should pay attention to the politics on Olympus. The gods are not unified, and pleasing one god will annoy another. For example, <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​athena">​Athena</​apdx>​ hates <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​ares">​Ares</​apdx>​ and takes every opportunity to undermine his interests, sending her champions to kill his children and mortal allies. The Olympian web of alliances and hatreds is so complex that it is almost impossible to avoid annoying somebody. But heroes should have heart while they have the support of a god. After all, Athena guided Odysseus through many of the traps set by <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​poseidon">​Poseidon</​apdx>​ and Ares and personally defended his supporters against <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​herakles">​Herakles</​apdx>,​ her own hero. 
    
 ==Divination and Prayer== ==Divination and Prayer==
  
-The heroes'​ communication with the gods is subtle. The gods talk as they please through omens, sometimes as quietly as an encounter with an owl or as loudly as an earthquake. ​ Mortals may ask the gods questions, divining answers by examining the organs of a sacrifice or by visiting an <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​oracle_of_delphi">​oracle</​apdx>,​ though rarely will the gods give a clear answer. It amuses them to see mortals attempt to understand the divine.+The heroes'​ communication with the gods is subtle. The gods talk as they please through omens, sometimes as quietly as an encounter with an owl or as loudly as an earthquake. Mortals may ask the gods questions, divining answers by examining the organs of a sacrifice or by visiting an <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​oracle_of_delphi">​oracle</​apdx>,​ though rarely will the gods give a clear answer. It amuses them to see mortals attempt to understand the divine.
  
 Thus many heroes rely on oracles for guidance. There are oracles across Greece, with their accuracy and usefulness increased greatly with the return of the gods' attention to the mortal world. Oracles are blessed with a better understanding of the ways of the gods and sometimes will even deliver direct messages from god to champion. Thus many heroes rely on oracles for guidance. There are oracles across Greece, with their accuracy and usefulness increased greatly with the return of the gods' attention to the mortal world. Oracles are blessed with a better understanding of the ways of the gods and sometimes will even deliver direct messages from god to champion.
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