The Mythology of Forged by Fate
My Fate of the Gods series takes place in a world where all mythology is true, but most of the gods are immigrants from other worlds and planes, searching for worshippers, and weak gods they might be able to overthrow in the process.
When Thor and Odin arrive around 1400 BC and build Asgard, they’re already late to the party. If they want to stay, they have to find a way to live with the gods who are already there – Zeus and his Olympians, Ra and his Egyptians, the gods of Assyria, and the many, many aspects of Bhagavan in India, to name a few of the most influential. And then, of course, there’s the god who created the world they’ve invaded: Elohim, the God of Adam and Eve.
One of the challenges of Forged by Fate was to find a way in which all the gods and goddesses, all these warring pantheons, would be able to coexist with one another without tearing the world apart at the first excuse for a fight. Because if Odin and Thor have no problem starting trouble with Frost Giants over the mead of poetry, I don’t think they’d hesitate to try to steal Fragarach from the Tuatha Dé Danann, if the mood struck.
There are few gods in western mythology, who aren’t interested in *taking* when they see something they like, be it a magical weapon, a woman (the Olympians are especially fond of stealing women!), or an entire land mass. If they’re fighting amongst themselves, maybe that’s one thing, but lock an entire world of gods together in a finite space, and it seems to me that finite space would come out a lot worse for the wear.
Anyone who has read any Norse mythology knows, the Norse gods love a good fight. My Thor isn’t the bully that some other books make him out to be, but he’s still powerful enough to tip the balance of power. Especially if he sides with Eve, Adam, and Elohim.
For Thor and Odin, this isn’t the first world in which other gods have lived. But it’s the first world in which they let them continue living, after they arrived. Why? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out!
After Adam fell, God made Eve to protect the world. — Adam has pursued Eve since the dawn of creation, intent on using her power to create a new world and make himself its God. Throughout history, Eve has thwarted him, determined to protect the world and all of creation. Unknown to her, the Norse god Thor has been sent by the Council of Gods to keep her from Adam's influence, and more, to protect the interests of the gods themselves. But this time, Adam is after something more than just Eve's power — he desires her too, body and soul, even if it means the destruction of the world. Eve cannot allow it, but as one generation melds into the next, she begins to wonder if Adam might be a man she could love.
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Amalia Dillin began as a Biology major before taking Latin and falling in love with old heroes and older gods. After that, she couldn't stop writing about them, with the occasional break for more contemporary subjects. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, and dreams of the day when she will own goats--to pull her chariot through the sky, of course.
More of her work can be found on her website, www.amaliadillin.com, where she also keeps a blog on Norse and Classical mythology.