Category Archives: ReDeus

Phil Giunta Talks Going Beyond Borders

Redefining the Gods in a New Age

Phil Giunta 

Phil GiuntaThe year is 2022 and the gods of the once-great Gaul Empire have spent the last ten years hiding in a castle in Luxembourg, forgotten by humanity and overshadowed by the more powerful pantheons. Meanwhile, the relentless Roman army, led my Mars himself, has been slashing and burning its way through France.

Taranis, the Gaulish god of thunder, wants nothing more than to cast out the Romans and rule France with a benevolent hand along with Segomo, the surly god of war, Grannus, the gentle god of thermal springs and Abellio, the teenage god of apple trees who happens to wear jeans and loves comic books.  Oh, and then there’s Vasio, the silent god of…well…no one really remembers so they leave him alone.

Yeah, ain’t much to work with there, eh?  Our divine heroes have no army, no worshippers and thus, no real power.  For how mighty are gods in whom no one believes?

So how do these demoralized, depressed, dispirited deities deal with their dilemma? They call superstar motivational speaker, Orlando Start!  However, in a society where people are struggling to survive, who cares about a motivational speaker?   Ten years since the Return, Orlando’s business has dried up and his personal life is in shambles. Everyone has abandoned him, including his wife.   Hours away from living on the streets and on the verge of suicide, Orlando receives a surprising job offer that he simply can’t refuse. Continue reading

ReDeus: Beyond Borders Takes Readers Around the World

beyondboarders_lorraineSchleterWhen Aaron Rosenberg, Paul Kupperberg, and I conceived ReDeus–our world if all of the gods from all of the pantheons suddenly returned and demanded worship once more–some years back, we initially thought it would be a fun playground for the three of us to explore, telling stories that we’d hope would find an audience. Last year, we decided to invite our friends to come play with us, resulting in ReDeus: Divine Tales, an anthology of eleven stories that debuted at Shore Leave, marking Crazy 8 Press’ first anniversary.

We had so much fun with that, and got such excellent response from readers in person and online, we decided to do more. In fact, coming this year there will be two more collections. First up is ReDeus: Beyond Borders, a collection of tales exploring how the gods settle back in around the world.. We’ll see some returning characters from the first book and some very familiar gods, but our writers have also chosen to explore some nooks and crannies about life within the first two decades after the gods of myth have all returned. Everything has not necessarily turned out for the best, especially in some lands, nor is it all bad as we will discover. And with so many gods vying for worship, there’s some interesting jockeying going on, for lands and for people. It’s a vastly different world the gods have discovered and while some embrace the new technologies, others find it abhorrent. That in itself makes life among the mortals complicated, an ever-changing struggle to live and provide for the families. Continue reading