In divine lore, an Ascendant is someone with enough divine energy to become a Higher Power. Beginning in the aptly named God Era, devotion to a particular being creates divine energy. After a certain amount of divine energy, one feels a pull from a faraway place. If they accept the pull, they are taken to the Temple of Ascension where they are made a Cult Power; the lowest rank of the divine powers.
By the Lith-Crillion Era, ascension had got more difficult. It led to the need for sponsors, those already a Higher Power. With the help of sponsors, one could successfully walk the halls of the Temple of Ascension, joining the realm's pantheon.
As time went on, and more Higher Powers came into existence, it has become much harder for new Ascendants. This is when pacts began to form, like The Balance, pooling their members divine energy into making one a Higher Power.
This does not mean they ascend someone on a whim, for it is a tiresome, a draining undertaking that makes those performing the Ascendant Ritual very vulnerable. For after the ritual is done, they find themselves at half strength, half resistances, and even their mental faculties less than what they were.
It is during this time when they are weak from making new lackeys. That is when we strike.
- Lolth, from a personal journal - "Dangers of the Ascendant Ritual"
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