I knew I wanted my characters to have skills that reflected the God to which they belonged, however it wasn’t until I got feedback from some training I’d been on that I found an idea I liked for what those skills could be. In short, I was given feedback that went something along the lines of “you have a great deal of energy”.
This struck me as a little odd, as I’ve always considered myself to be relatively lazy. However, after thinking about it, I realized that although physically I’m not the kind of person that always needs to be doing something, mentally, I’m that annoying person who wants to keep going on a problem when everyone else wants a break. This made me consider the different types of energy people have and I decided energy can be split into three broad categories:
Physical – those who are obviously energetic, they just can’t sit still and always need to be doing something.
Mental – those who love cryptic crosswords and chess, debate and challenge – the mentally ferocious.
Spiritual – those preoccupied with the large philosophical, religious and ethical issues we face, the visionary spirituals.
Moreover, three seemed the right number…I studied John’s Gospel as part of A-Level Religious Studies (bear with me) and I think there is something oddly alluring about a trinity. I feel an abstract kind of mysterious excitement every time someone brings up the Logos – I know, I’m a loser and you have no idea what I’m talking about!
So anyway, from there, it was a simple hop, skip and a jump to: 3 Gods, 3 different kinds of energy (Mind, Body and Spirit), 3 temples and 3 shadowy ruling families with all the power.