A Word on the Divine
| The deities do not meddle in mortal affairs. For centuries this has been understood as reality; they can grant their power to mortals through worship, but they never take direct action in the world. For the most part mortals have appreciated this distance, since it meant they weren’t subject to divine mercy. They were happy to exchange their worship for the promise of safety and good will. This all changed when Vecna attacked. Seeing the catastrophic power a deity could wield over the lives of mortals instantly crushed people’s will to resist, and the devout were happy to wait until their own gods came to save them. But time passed, and no gods appeared.
Now only the most devout waste time praying. Those who wield divine power are usually inspired by their ideals — righteous or otherwise; a vengeful sword is no less deadly than a benevolent one. Many people don’t even believe that the gods exist, and those who still chant their names are looked on with pity or scorn.