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By active I mean anything from working with the lives of their followers to any act that has an effect on the warhammer world. Also who would be the least active?
Examples of what I mean by active:
Khaine choosing assassins via the cauldron of blood
Chaos making champions/ war
I am not sure if I am willing to include the use of holy artifacts as they may have been made/blessed by a god, but unless the god lead the person to the weapon then it is just being reused.
I am very interested in minor gods as well as the big ones,
Thank you for your help,
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I would have to say the Chaos Gods by far. From there, I would have to say that you'd be going with Khorne, as he is the "king" of the realm of Chaos, or Tzeentch. I included Tzeentch because he is always at work behind the scenes. Every day the his Changeling is running amok through time and space on special missions and errands. The Chaos Gods are responsible for everything that goes on the world, almost. Tzeentch manipulates Fate, and all famines and plagues are the work of Nurgle. Khorne has a hand in every war, revolt, mutiny, bar fight, and beating. Slaanesh is usually playing an active role every time there is a strong upwelling of emotion or sense.
Sigmar should certainly not make the list, as chances are good that he was only a mortal, he may not be playing an active role any more at all. The Old Ones have left for the most part, but might run a close second as they communicate through the Slaan. Of course, the Slaan do almost nothing except for once in a blue moon, so they're active but not influential.
The Skaven believe in a great horned rat, and the Chaos Dwarves have Hashut. We almost never hear anything about those gods. The Elves have Isha and Khaine, in various forms. Again, they may be active, but the elves are too reclusive to make them influential. The elf fluff places little influence on their gods. The Bretons might also be running in 3rd, as their "Lady of the Lake" takes an active role in their knights, creating grail-knight champions and leading damsals. However, again, she might not be a 'god' so much as a fey creature. Debate rages that she and the wood elf queen are one and the same.
This leaves nobody as active as the Chaos gods. So, in order:
1-2) Khorne and Tzeentch
2) the Old Ones
3) elven pantheon, Khaine foremost
4) the Lady of the Lake
6) the other 'minor' gods
I would say definitely the Chaos gods. As far as influence on their followers, all the fluff suggests Nurgle actually cares about his mortal servants, and takes a great interest in the diseases they develope. Plague and famine are big problems in societies like those in the Old World, so I would say Nurgle is a major player, but not as much as Khorne or Tzeentch. Not consistently anyway.
It all depends on what you think of as a God as well. And what you are looking for as a manifestation - Every female High Elf must go to the Gaen Vale to receive teh blessings of Isha, every member of teh Phenix Guard that joins up is magically prevented from speaking by Asuryan after they are recruited, every Phenix King must withstand the flames of Asuryan, every time a prayer of a Sigmarite or Ulrican or Tallist priest is answered, surely that is a manifestation of tehr gods?
i think that the assessment that the Chaos Gods are the most active is true. I disgaree with the Old Ones - tyhey left a set of instructions still being followed, but don't intervene per se. Isha and Asuryan certainly play a part in the High Elf daily rituals, much as Khaine does for Dark Elves, and Kournos is embodied in Orien (as is Isha in Ariel) and as these two are awake most of teh year (barring winter) then they have to be considered pretty active. How do the blind priests of Vaul work if not guided by the hand of their patron deity?
Some consider Nagash a god, he is certainly powerful in his own right, though arguably only on par with the greatest demons.
The Horned Rat himself may be regarded as active in that the VerminLords are embodiments of his will, and who is to say how teh Chaos Dwarves work theri demon forges - perhaps through the will of Hashut?
In terms of activity, as I stated, the Chaos Gods are certainly the most direct, issuing boons, gifts, mutations, curses and damnation to their followers in a rather pernicious and random fashion.
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I would say Nurgle because you could argue that every time someone dies of an infection of any sort, it was proabably nurgle (remember back then infection killed more men in an army then swords)
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I would say Malal is most active. He is a chaos god that is not written in GW stuff anymore but I love him and have read a lot of his old fluff.
He is constantly giving hints to other chaos locations to the empire, he has councils with his high ranking exalteds, and he manifests on the battlefield much more than any of the other chaos gods. Hes pretty active.
I think that you are over looking the Ancestor gods, especially Valaya and Grungi. While they have retreated into the mountain whence they came, they have shaped the entire Dwarf culture - how everything is run etc. and the Temple Preists are said to be "lead" by the Ancestor gods, while I saw somewhere that all Rune Lore is controlled by Grungi (I think).
I think they should be placed above Sigmar for he was merely a mortal!
Part of me wants to question nurgle as I wonder how much he has to do with every infection. He may have made the original, may be behind some, but is he really causing every single one?
What of Gork and Mork as the orks have a spell that calls their gods foot to the battle right?
Random question, but with all of the known gods against humans how do we stand a chance against the wrath of the other races gods?
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