These cellphone derivatives were developed almost a hundred years ago by a scientist from Palatine, and quickly enjoyed widespread use. Useful as a phone, they are primarily a tool for those who form contracts with a god. Since the gods contacted mankind centuries ago, it took until a hundred years ago for us to be able to talk back. Now, life is made simpler by making small sacrifices to earn the gods’ favours and use their powers through the Charmphones. Communicating with the gods is done through a short-messaging service known as CMS: Celestial Message System.
In recent years, newer Charmphones have been equipped with the RCS: Ritual Call Service, which allows contractors to quickly perform an expensive communication ritual to directly contact their god for favours – the gods do not like to be called on at short notice, and so will tend to ask for ‘unspecified future sacrifices’, which tend to turn out far more expensive than preparing in advance. When a Ritual Call is active, the earpiece of the phone is said to thrum with a rhythm associated with the god being contacted, similar to a God of War’s song.