That is, if you're interested, a modified drawing of a methane sea on Titan. I'm fond of using interesting natural/extraterrestrial shapes as map outlines.
First things first. As we were supposed to be gods creating this world in our respective images, we thought we'd go a little bit beyond the scope of the rules and give ourselves some spheres of influence. How we came to these spheres was created and decided by the lot of us, and quite neat in my opinion.
Dawn of Worlds divides the timeline into three ages. The First Age is largely land form creation and tends to be very long, with each turn being approximately 500 years. The Second Age is the big time civilization period, with each turn being approximately 100 years. The Third Age is the recent timeline, each turn being anywhere from 1 to 25 years.
We decided that, for the First Age, we would each randomly roll for two spheres of influence. We decided on eight spheres that we thought of as universal enough to be the basis for budding, prehistoric gods.
The combinations were . . . interesting. These were:
Light and Water
Nature and Darkness
Earth and Wind
Death and Fire
I rather liked how this turned out. These are not typical combinations for most gods you find out there. They do, however, set the imagination a'going as to what kind of world this is gonna be. Nature and Darkness? Man. That right there told me that the natural world is probably going to be at least slightly hostile and twisted. Earth and Sky gives me the image of an Earth Mother sorta goddess. Light and Water? Would not have seen that coming, either. And, of course, Death and Fire (which was rolled up by none other than lil' ole' me). That...that's just awesome. Oh, the mind churns all sorts of wonders that could arise from that!
We would each bear these two spheres for the first age, keeping in "character" with our decisions as we forged the earth. More on that later.
At the turn of the Second Age, we decided each god would, in turn, decide upon a new sphere to give to him/herself. We appraised our actions of the First Age, the results being:
Light and Water and Change
Nature and Darkness and Conquest
Earth and Wind and Strength/Endurance
Death and Fire and Conflict
...it was a mean First Age.
The (highly tumultuous) Second Age came to end, and we decided to add a final sphere to our portfolios. This time, however, the other three gods would decide amongst themselves as to what would be an appropriate sphere.
Light and Water and Change and Pride
Nature and Darkness and Conquest and Corruption
Earth and Wind and Strength/Endurance and Vengeance
Death and Fire and Conflict and Fertility
...yeah, the rest of the game wasn't much nicer, actually.
Stay tuned for an abridged version of the actual game play, and how we each earned these appellation. Feel free to guess in the meantime.