You are The Watcher, a powerful God, a figure of worship for a primitive civilisation. You’ve always favoured a hands-off approach, accepting the love of your people, and they were happy with that, for a time. Then they got complacent and stupid as their civilisation evolved. Greed, violence, disease and famine have washed over the land, leaving them in turmoil.
Unable to interfere directly on such a large scale, in your Godly wisdom, you figure that your best shot is to create some heroes that you can gently guide, ones that will inspire your people to sort themselves out and lead them on to happier lives.