Council of Gods

 Alfonso Cuellar, Crisis Director

Alfonso Cuellar, Crisis Director

 Erika Vasant, Chair

Erika Vasant, Chair

Committee Introduction

Inspired by, but not based on, Rick Riordan's “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” book series, this committee will tackle the concept that the gods of ancient Greece are still alive and ruling. They have modernized themselves, leading (and occasionally following) human societal changes while remaining true to themselves. Crucially, they have all continued their daily tasks despite the modern world no longer believing in them.

The gods have been busy. Most went by different names in the Roman Empire (A weird time, as Poseidon admits) when the gods first moved, but they have since returned to their original names. They have jumped to the greatest civilizations of each era, from the city-destroying Mongols to the 18th century British Empire, from the powerful Inca to Tang Dynasty China. For the past century, they have called the United States of America home.

There is one other way the gods have remained “busy”, with the number of half god, half human children (called demigods) at an all-time high. While a majority of this demigods don’t develop any godly abilities (and as such never discover their true patronage), those who do tend to cause a lot of trouble in their quests to become heroes.

With rumors that ancient threats are returning and prophecies of doom showing up around the world, the Council of the Gods has been convened. In addition to the immediate risks, there are a number of issues that still need to be discussed. Should the gods reveal themselves to humans once again? Should there be a new power structure in Olympus? Will new rules be established that put a limit on demigods and their actions? Is it time to leave the US for a new civilization, and if so for where?

Glasses full of the god-healing Ambrosia await in the palace of Olympus. Considering the moral code of the Greek Pantheon, Zeus knows they’ll need it.

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