In quick reply and semi-agreement with the post above me about the deities losing their luster after we beat them. It was probably the most obvious/easy path when PoP was being developed so I can't fault the choices that were made. It was fun getting to see them in their glory but I always loved the idea that I was a mere peasant in comparison to the gods. I enjoyed the idea of praying to a deity, working hard to earn their favor, and maybe finding some relic of their power that amplified my own abilities. Hell, just look at the Paw of Opolla item, a severed hand from a gnoll shaman. If an old and severed gnoll hand could help me get stronger just imagine what a scrap of hidden information, sacrificial ritual, or long lost item related to a deity could do for me. Exciting to think about all over again.