The gods have been asleep for a long, long time. Their age has come and gone. Their disappearance has always been a mystery – was it war? Were they tired of their mortal followers? Or is it something else?
With their disappearance the age of Man came to rise. History is riddled with accounts of Man rising up in power and destroying their neighboring races. Some neighbors harbor more hate than others, some have merely given up, but humans universally look down on all races.
The gods were not looking down on the mortal realms, that was universally agreed. That is, until they started coming back.