So I'm trying to collect my thoughts regarding the gods of my setting. I specifically want them to be of the very physically present type: You can actually meet them and talk to them in person. They don't do that Mount Olympus thing, either, where they keep themselves distant and only reveal themselves in special situations. One of them runs a tavern, as sort of as a hobby. They're immortal, have been around for all of recorded history, and while they are weaker than they used to be they are still considerably more powerful than most mortals. They are also on average very intelligent and enlightened by human standards, extremely patient, and inclined towards philosophical pursuits. Though, they tend to get very fixated on subjects they find especially stimulating. Due to their different perspectives and priorities, they can sometimes come across as slightly alien to mortals. But still, they're essentially people. They have no particular desire or need to be worshiped, but have historically acted as a de facto ruling class. In the current era of the setting they much more humble and mostly either act as advisors to the mortal folks or have "retired" to pursue personal interests. For the most part they don't particularly align themselves with mortal nations or factions and are in practice considered sovereign entities who don't answer to anyone but themselves. (They have an internal hierarchy of sorts, but it tends to be fairly casual and informal. Sort of like a large family.) While generally benevolent, they are very hesitant to directly interfere in mortal affairs since things turned out very badly last time they called the shots. However, if they do decide to put their feet down they still command enough respect to strongly influence the decisions of mortal rulers and dictate the terms of whatever matter they feel concerns them. Basically, mortal authorities try to stay on good terms with the gods as much as possible. Anyway, I'm trying to think of ways the presence of these gods could affect the world. Like, atheism basically isn't a thing, for obvious reasons - that would be like someone in our world deciding they don't believe in elephants. Could happen, but would be sort of silly. Religious conflict is pretty much unheard of since the gods tend to handle disagreements among themselves in a more personal way, and can just tell their followers to chill out if the theological debates get too heated. I also don't think there is much in the way of serious racism, sexism, homophobia and so on, since the gods would have put a stop to that pretty early on. (That isn't even them being all enlightened and rational: They can't even really grasp the concept of people hating and oppressing each other over such superficial differences - it's completely alien to the way they view things.) Same goes for slavery and such. So, yeah. I'm just wondering if there may be any other potential consequences I have overlooked or failed to consider. Let me know what you guys think.