One thing to remember is that we're talking about a god, not your average Admeth from Whogivesa****ford, Nowherewood. The Godhammer, a purpose-built god-killing bomb failed to kill him, so I doubt a straight-up fight is in the cards.
If you're saying that there likely won't and shouldn't be a simple linear progression where you just make your way through the game, leveling up along the way until you're a bad enough dude to carve up Eothas with awesome loot you're decked out in, then I agree. But if you're saying that, as a god, Eothas should be beyond any meaningful confrontation with mortals or risk of permanent harm through such confrontations regardless of the resources the player gathers, the factions they rally, the favor they curry with other gods, etc., then I think you've mistaken this for a setting where the gods actually are untouchable as opposed to fallible constructs.
There are a few things to consider here:
- We do not know the full extent of Eothas' recovery from his previous defeat: even with the souls he's drained, he could be severely weakened from his previous brush with death and perhaps even undergoing steady decline within the game itself.
- The implications of Eothas' choice of destination: the Deadfire's attracted as much attention as it has through luminous adra - if Eothas is trying to tap into that as well then that not only potentially sets him at odds with other factions, one of which (Rauatai) assisted in the construction of the Godhammer if memory serves, but it also relates back to potential vulnerability to backlash from the destruction of luminous adra he has attuned himself to (and the beta demonstrates that the Watcher can destroy luminous adra under the right conditions).
- The feelings of the other gods about Eothas' return: Woedica and Magran probably aren't happy about it, Rymrgand might have an interest in the annihilation of other gods in general (and perhaps especially the annihilation of the god of rebirth), Skaen might be game (I've mentioned in other threads the possibility of becoming the Effigy in an attempt to bring Eothas low as one example, but more generally, his relationship with Woedica along with the fact that Eothas is both a strictly authoritarian god and the foundation by which all power in the nation of Readceras is organized might provide further incentive for him to plot Eothas' return to death), Berath is said to play an important part in this (perhaps specifically as the Pale Knight, given that they refer to Berath with a feminine pronoun in an earlier update, and this manifestation confronts those who have "escaped or cheated death", which may not bode too well for the Watcher or Eothas).
- The stability/integrity of Eothas' form: the Engwithan statue that he's walking around in, while obviously at least partially restored by Eothas in some way, is something that the adra dragon had latched on to and fed off of for centuries. It might inherently have weaknesses as a result of such continual depletion, to say nothing of any potential damage to it from the strain of housing the soul of a god.
- The Watcher's connection to Eothas: the Watcher must seek out Eothas to obtain knowledge on how to preserve the remnants of their soul, according to the fig page, and this knowledge is apparently capable of "throw[ing] mortals and the gods themselves into chaos".
At the end of the day, though, I'm not blind to the possibility that the return of Eothas may indicate the developers' intentions to reintroduce him to the setting as an active character who can become involved in future games/developments. Even so, this isn't necessarily incompatible with killing Eothas: for example, if the Dawnstars function similarly to the Eyeless, they might have some existence independent of Eothas himself, allowing them to take on his name/mantle if he is slain/destroyed. Perhaps even more audaciously, a facsimile of Eothas might be constructed from luminous adra throughout the Deadfire through a feat similar to the one by which the Engwithans forged the gods (likely causing massive upheaval and untold loss of life throughout the region in the process) in order to "balance out" the pantheon in the wake of the original's death.
To be honest, though, I'd personally be satisfied with only "sort of" killing Eothas again so long as it scars him and his faith in some lasting way despite his possibly inevitable return.
Edited by blotter, 12 December 2017 - 12:53 PM.