[image description: A stylized 50’s style illustration of a black cat with huge golden eyes sitting atop the world in a bubble-helmet. Teeny flying saucers float in the starry purple space background. Text reads, “133, Nightfall ~ The Small God of World Domination”]
We’re not sure what the cats were thinking when they domesticated humans. Oh, sure, primates are useful, with their clever little primate hands that can do useful primate things, like building warm houses to keep the rain out, and making factories to produce cat toys, and opening cans of tuna. Tuna. That alone justifies keeping at least half the species around.
The other half, though…cat-kickers. Dog-lovers. All-around bastards who don’t think anything of tying their own children in a sack and throwing them in the river, much less ours. So why do we have them? Couldn’t our ancestors have done a better job of cultivating their servant species? You’d think they would have tried harder to make a better future for us. You’d think they would have cared.
At least our gods are amazing. Perfect in every conceivable way, really. Sleek of fur and swift of claw and sharp and bright of eye. They’ll stalk and kill the gods of the lesser, until the heavens belong entirely to them. The hells, too. Anything you can imagine, they’ll have it for their own, and they’ll share it with us, for we have been faithful, for we are forever beloved.
And the greatest of them all is Nightfall, in whose shining green eyes is reflected the future, in whose sleek black sides we can see our absolute dominion over all. She will guide us to the promised land of catnip and chicken, where every lap is open and every hand is kind.
Oh, oh, you dear sweet kitten. We told you she was the small god of world domination.
We never said that it was going to be this one.
Let the poor, half-domesticated humans keep the world they’ve spoilt. We’ll have a better one for our own, and we’ll never look back again.
Artist Lee Moyer (13th Age, Cursed Court) and author Seanan McGuire (Middlegame, Every Heart a Doorway) have joined forces to bring you icons and stories of the small deities who manage our modern world, from the God of Social Distancing to the God of Finding a Parking Space.
Join in each week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a guide to the many tiny divinities: