I would REALLY love it, if we could find a way to make it possible to create a story that ends with the Divine working together to change the cities (the ones who choose to cooperate) into cities that are similar to Eleusis, in that they work around and with the forest/earth, rather than standing atop and ruining it.
The RP behind this story, would be that in order for that to happen, the citizens of Eleusis must step up and try to convince those cities that they need to and CAN change. Right now, there is war brewing, because Eleusis wants the cities to stop ruining the earth. Well, that's just going to go on and on and on forever and ever, and it (unlike in other cities) is creating a huge divide right down the middle of the village because so many of the citizens support violence, and so many of them don't. It doesn't make sense for there to not be a real solution to the problem that the non-violent people can root for, without betraying their beliefs. It might take a million bajillion years, but knowing that it can and will eventually happen by Divine will, I know my character, for one, would no doubt and without hesitation, be willing to back that movement.
The violent and the peaceful people would then be able to agree that the cities who refuse to cooperate, even with a palpable solution before them, should be destroyed. Then we'd be left with an RP story thing that can go forever and ever that actually makes sense.
I feel this is a great way to get Eleusis back from it's weird stagnancy, and to soothe the discontent that is causing the actual players a lot of frustration, that will otherwise never go away.
I'm sure plenty of you are saying "Well duh, that's been the RP all along" but I'm not talking about only the RP right now, I'm suggesting and asking for a real solution, something that would have to be done by the men (and women!!!) behind the curtains.
The whole "Eleusis hates cities and wants them destroyed" doesn't work for everyone who lives there right now. Sure, people want the problem that cities create to go away, but just mindlessly killing the people who live there isn't what they're interested in, and right now, because of Gaia, people are being forced to either
1. "well we tried asking them to change and they won't so let's kill em" or
2. "I want to keep trying (to absolutely no end) to get them to change, and in doing so, betray my goddess and my own beliefs knowing that they probably won't."
This idea brings those two options together in the end.