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3/02/2014 10:13 am  #1


[Barbarians of Xoth] Priests

Here is the big secret: True deities do not exist. Most of the “gods” are simply monstrous or alien creatures of flesh and blood; others don’t even exist except as an invention of the cult, a ruse by the priests to gain power and influence over the worshippers.

and

The following types of creatures are often labelled “gods” and worshipped or placated by humans:
* “Demons”
* Creatures from other planets and stars
* Monstrous and prehistoric animals
* Undead and spirits

So if that is the case I see the Priest career as having no special abilities, not even those detailed in BoL. For a Priest to have any 'special powers' he would have to also take the Sorcerer/Magician career.

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3/03/2014 9:01 am  #2


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A priest in this setting would be more akin to a cultist, no?

I could see keeping (or tweaking a bit) Priests as-written as gifts from worship and placating these monstrous beings. Gifts in this case a broad term from the "fate points" as-written or even monstrous mutations and the like.


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3/04/2014 2:09 pm  #3


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So for those religious cults that are a pure fabrication, where does their 'mysterious powers' come from?

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3/05/2014 2:27 am  #4


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Murgh Bpurn wrote:

For a Priest to have any 'special powers' he would have to also take the Sorcerer/Magician career.

Thoughts?

Take the rules for priests from H+I.


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3/05/2014 1:05 pm  #5


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I guess it depends on how the campaign is being run. Whether a priest actually has special powers or not, he will still be able to exert a large amount of influence and power on those who fear and worship the "gods". Further, it is possible that special powers (Devotions & Fate Points) actually come from the demons and other monstrous creatures - a feeling of Lovecraftian terror starting to creep inhttp://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/devious.png
- the priest's soul may be in serious jeopardy. The suggestion of using the rules from H+I is also worth considering; I think MarCazm is specifically referencing the rules on pg 179 of H+I (Careers and the Supernatural).
 


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3/09/2014 2:35 pm  #6


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I want to take as a starting point the relgions that exist as an "invention of the cult". I agree that the priest will exert a large amount of influence over his 'flock', however with just a Priest career he would have no supernatural / mystical powers, as where would these powers come from, the whole religion is built on a lie?

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3/09/2014 2:50 pm  #7


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It seems fair to say that a Priest of an "invented" cult would not have any powers unless he also uses magick. That said, depending on just how big the cult is, it might be reasonable to say that his power comes from the collective energies of the devout.


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3/10/2014 4:21 am  #8


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I like the cult relying in sorcery and alchemy to support its facade as a godly one. Sounds evil and twisted enough to me "yes my dear followers, i need some blood samples of yours to commune with our beloved god. Some nubile wenches would be good as sacrifices form time to time as well. It is all for your good".

 

3/10/2014 2:55 pm  #9


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Xavi wrote:

I like the cult relying in sorcery and alchemy to support its facade as a godly one. Sounds evil and twisted enough to me "yes my dear followers, i need some blood samples of yours to commune with our beloved god. Some nubile wenches would be good as sacrifices form time to time as well. It is all for your good".

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3/10/2014 3:13 pm  #10


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Murgh Bpurn wrote:

So if that is the case I see the Priest career as having no special abilities, not even those detailed in BoL. For a Priest to have any 'special powers' he would have to also take the Sorcerer/Magician career.

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Xavi wrote:

I like the cult relying in sorcery and alchemy to support its facade as a godly one. Sounds evil and twisted enough to me "yes my dear followers, i need some blood samples of yours to commune with our beloved god. Some nubile wenches would be good as sacrifices form time to time as well. It is all for your good".

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So we're in agreement then!!

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