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    What happened to the gods of The Banner Saga?

    Coming to the community I've decided to replay the saga from the beginning and i'm afraid i'm a little rusty. so far in my new play through they've referenced the death of the gods a few times and was just wondering if there was a definitive answer to how the gods died or if its something that will be explained as i play?

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    I didn see any answers on this question in TBS1&2. Hope 3rd part put everything in its place

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    Juno, in Chapter 7 (at Stravhs' godstone), provides the nearest thing we have to the "true story". If I'm not mistaken, she says that they supposedly killed each other with weapons made of some special material (magic silver?) that the god Stravhs procured.
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    Welcome to the community, Spat, that's an excellent question! Now I want to replay both games. Again.

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    Forgive me if i am incorrect but i believe at some point in the first game Juno hints or or implies that the gods may not be as dead as everyone thinks..hmm wonder if in the third game they will touch on this?

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    It will surely attempt to "wrap up" some open issues, but I don't think it will provide straight-out answers to everything. It's better to keep some mysteries unopened, as fodder for next games in the franchise
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    My current theory is that the gods did all kill each other with Stravhs' silver weapons (though I suppose Stravhs could have survived), and that Juno/Eyvind broke the world by trying to become gods themselves.

    Although, some of the gods' magic does seem to be floating around in the godstone scenes.
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    hi hi

    I get the feeling that Juno's explanation at the Stravh's godstone is only a small part of the story. I'm honestly a little fuzzy on the nature of death in general in the Banner Saga universe. There do seem to be some implications that some sort of afterlife might be a thing, so the followup question is, if there is some kind of an afterlife are the gods chilling there too?

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    Good question, icekatze (and welcome! ). Things _are_ quite fuzzy about death & afterlife. But, there's surely an anti-nihilist/positive tone, i.e. that it's not necessarily over when you bite the dust! I suppose Juno has her reasons to hide stuff from Rook, but she doesn't expose much more to the Serpent in the "interludes" (in Saga1 and Saga2) either. Stoic _are_ adamant that the gods are indeed dead, but they're not clear what "dead" means As I read in someone else's theory-crafting, Eyvind+Juno's acts definitely messed up with the concept of "death" somehow; we're sure to find out more in Saga3!
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    Maybe the Gods decided the world of the living was a mistake and decided to move on to the next one? Maybe it's worlds all the way down. :P

    Seriously though, even if they are out of the picture, it seems like they've still left plenty of things behind. Not least of which are the people they created. One wonders what other, less obvious creations are still lying around.

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    I wonder if the mystery of the dead gods is tied too closely to the plot/story of The Banner Saga. I suppose it is, else they would throw in more details to make the world & its lore even more elaborate, and tragic...
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    Either that, or the developers simply overlooked it and left it to everyone's imagination as to what happened next. Similar to literature and how we try to read 10 layers beneath the surface when Shakespeare may have been simply trying to write a damn story but was probably dyslexic, resulting in such complex sentences to appear. Then here we all are analysing each sentence and trying to tie parts of the story back to his life as representative metaphors.

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