Fear and Loathing in Athas
Deva (The Fallen)
The Gods have left Athas. Either they chose to leave, or were destroyed, none can say for sure. They left behind legions of their most loyal followers, the angels. Some angels fought to the bitter end, and were obliterated. Without the Gods’ power to protect them, they were defeated easily. The scattered remnants were left to their own devices. In the absence of any guidance, many bargained with the primal spirits of Athas to hide them from utter destruction. In exchange, these newly established Deva, also called The Fallen, swore to protect Athas from defiling magic.
These Deva are plagued by sadness. The patterns of their skin often convey feelings of deep sorrow for the loss of their masters. Many still pray, more out of a sense of duty than anything else, knowing their prayers will never be answered. Even they don’t truly know what happened to the Gods, because during their transformation, their memories warped. As a result, no two Deva share a common story of the true fate of the Gods.
When a Deva reincarnates, instead of reappearing in a place full of life’s splendor, they appear in ruined places, foundations of civilizations long dead. It is tasked to them to find the living places of Athas, all the way being shown what defiling magic has inflicted upon the world.