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14th Jan '18 2:52:30 PM Saber15
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* [=ComStar=] in ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', who maintain humanity's SubspaceAnsible network, act as neutral mediators, and maintain a quasi-religious presentation. [=ComStar=] also spent some 200 odd years actively sabotaging efforts to recover LostTechnology, assassinated scientists, blew up factories, engaged in countless {{False Flag Operation}}s, and horded every piece of tech they could find to fulfill some prophecy. When ComStar became secular - following a coup after the ruler tried to take over all of known space - the more radical elements broke off and formed the Word of Blake, which didn't try to hide its intentions at all.

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* [=ComStar=] in ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', who maintain humanity's SubspaceAnsible network, act as neutral mediators, and maintain a quasi-religious presentation. [=ComStar=] also spent some 200 odd years actively sabotaging efforts to recover LostTechnology, assassinated scientists, blew up factories, engaged in countless {{False Flag Operation}}s, and horded every piece of tech they could find to fulfill some prophecy. When ComStar [=ComStar=] became secular - following a coup after the ruler tried to take over all of known space - the more radical elements broke off and formed the Word of Blake, which didn't try to hide its intentions at all.
14th Jan '18 2:41:30 PM Saber15
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* [=ComStar=] in ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', who maintain humanity's SubspaceAnsible network, act as neutral mediators, and maintain a quasi-religious presentation. [=ComStar=] also spent some 200 odd years actively sabotaging efforts to recover LostTechnology, assassinated scientists, blew up factories, engaged in countless {{False Flag Operation}}s, and horded every piece of tech they could find to fulfill some prophecy. When ComStar became secular - following a coup after the ruler tried to take over all of known space - the more radical elements broke off and formed the Word of Blake, which didn't try to hide its intentions at all.
11th Jan '18 5:18:03 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/{{Runaways 2017}}'': The Church of Gibborum is a ChurchOfHappyology that appears to be a friendly charity organization that worships a cosmic "Spectrum" of color and light. The current leader, Leslie, is using it to sacrifice runaways to [[spoiler:revitalize the immortal Jonah]]. Leslie's daughter, Karolina, is a main character and portrays the religion positively despite the dangers of the church itself. It's repeatedly implied that Leslie's father founded the entire church to worship Jonah in the first place, though he's normally spoken of in metaphor, so most people don't know the real purpose.

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* ''Series/{{Runaways 2017}}'': The Church of Gibborum is a ChurchOfHappyology that appears to be a friendly charity organization that worships a cosmic "Spectrum" of color and light. The current leader, Leslie, is using it to sacrifice runaways to [[spoiler:revitalize the immortal Jonah]]. Jonah.]] Leslie's daughter, Karolina, is a main character and portrays the religion positively despite the dangers of the church itself. It's repeatedly implied that Leslie's father founded the entire church to worship Jonah in the first place, though he's normally spoken of in metaphor, so most people don't know the real purpose.
9th Jan '18 10:31:26 PM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Runaways 2017}}'': The Church of Gibborum is a ChurchOfHappyology that appears to be a friendly charity organization that worships a cosmic "Spectrum" of color and light. The current leader, Leslie, is using it to sacrifice runaways to [[spoiler:revitalize the immortal Jonah]]. Leslie's daughter, Karolina, is a main character and portrays the religion positively despite the dangers of the church itself. It's repeatedly implied that Leslie's father founded the entire church to worship Jonah in the first place, though he's normally spoken of in metaphor, so most people don't know the real purpose.
-->'''Leslie:''' It's my church!\\
'''Jonah:''' And it's my religion.
1st Dec '17 10:07:04 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the Mythic Dawn started off this way. Much like real world cults, they attracted members from the fringes of society with promises of answers and paradise. Come ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', they reveal their true intentions and enter full blown ReligionOfEvil territory, worshiping Mehrunes Dagon, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]], and kick off the plot of the game by [[TheKingSlayer assassinating the Emperor of Tamriel]].

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the Mythic Dawn started off this way. ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': The series provides a number of examples. Much like real world cults, they attracted each attracts members from the fringes of society with promises of answers purpose and paradise. Come To note a few specific examples:
** The Dark Brotherhood is an illegal [[MurderInc assassin's guild]] which doubles as a [[ReligionOfEvil cult of Sithis]] throughout the series. They tend to recruit individuals who have already shown a willingness to murder and adeptness in doing so, making them very much a PsychoForHire group overall. When members die, they hope to serve their "Dread Father" Sithis [[ThePowerOfTheVoid in the void]] for eternity.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has the Sixth House Cult, a group which worships the BigBad PhysicalGod Dagoth Ur, who formerly led House Dagoth, the "sixth" [[TheClan Great House]] of the Dunmer (Dark Elves) in ancient times. Dagoth Ur communicates with members through their dreams, promising them great power through the [[TheCorruption Corprus Disease]]. The progression of Corprus is controlled for members, granting them immense power while tying their will to that of Dagoth Ur. (Infected non-members instead become {{Technically Living Zombie}}s with a nasty case of BodyHorror.) Naturally, they stand as an obstacle in the main quest.
** The Mythic Dawn in
''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', they Oblivion]]'' started off as an ApocalypseCult. They then reveal their true intentions and enter full blown ReligionOfEvil territory, worshiping Mehrunes Dagon, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]], and kick off the plot of the game by [[TheKingSlayer assassinating the Emperor of Tamriel]].
18th Nov '17 11:58:02 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Franchise/StarWars has the Potentium Heresy. It says that dividing the Force into good and evil is too simplistic, and that as long as you listen to the Force, everything will work out for the best. It was a Sith lie. It actually catches Han and Leia's son, though he, somewhat GenreSavvy, doesn't teach Luke's son about it. This leads to a huge WhatAnIdiot moment.

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* Franchise/StarWars has the Potentium Heresy. It says that dividing the Force into good and evil is too simplistic, and that as long as you listen to the Force, everything will work out for the best. It was a Sith lie. It actually catches Han and Leia's son, though he, somewhat GenreSavvy, he doesn't teach Luke's son about it. This leads to a huge WhatAnIdiot moment.it.
2nd Nov '17 3:29:00 PM elemt
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* In the world of Ravnica in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', the Black/White Orzhov guild are known as the "Church of Deals" and built a religion in order to exploit their faithful and provide a support structure for their inner circle. For example, from the flavor text of [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=97194 Conjurer's Ban]]:
-->''Orzhov faithful file past to have their minds purged of "impure" desires. There, the guiltwardens eliminate any thoughts of hope or self-sufficiency.''
** To be completely fair, the [[JerkassHasAPoint Orzhov do kind of have a point]]. Ravnica exists within a planar bubble that causes departed souls to be unable to depart to any sort of afterlife. Indeed, the Syndicate's core tenet, when stripped of all its pomp and circumstance, is simply to provide a framework through which one can purchase a comfortable and stable eternity as a spirit. [[GoneHorriblyWrong Or at least, that's the idea...]]

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* In the world of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''
** On
Ravnica in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', the Black/White Orzhov guild are known as the "Church of Deals" and built a religion in order to exploit their faithful and provide a support structure for their inner circle. For example, from Ravnica exists within a planar bubble that causes departed souls to be unable to depart to any sort of afterlife, so the flavor text guild's core tenet, when stripped of [[http://ww2.all its pomp and circumstance, is simply to provide a framework through which one can purchase a comfortable and stable eternity as a spirit - for the chosen handful.
-->''[[http://ww2.
wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=97194 Conjurer's Ban]]:
-->''Orzhov
Orzhov faithful file past to have their minds purged of "impure" desires. There, the guiltwardens eliminate any thoughts of hope or self-sufficiency.''
]]''
** To be completely fair, On Amonkhet their entire society is based around self-improvement under the [[JerkassHasAPoint Orzhov do kind gaze of have a point]]. Ravnica exists within a planar bubble their benevolent gods, that causes departed souls to be unable to depart to any sort of afterlife. Indeed, the Syndicate's core tenet, when stripped of all its pomp the God-Pharaoh returns he will judge them worthy and circumstance, usher forth paradise. The God-Pharaoh is simply to provide a framework through which one can purchase a comfortable [[BigBad Nicol]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Bolas]], and stable eternity as a spirit. [[GoneHorriblyWrong Or at least, that's the idea...]]entire point of the exercise is to create an army of elite undead warriors. When the time comes to claim his army every living thing on the plane, including the ensorcelled gods, has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]].
1st Oct '17 9:06:04 AM nombretomado
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Occasionally, this is the form that an AncientConspiracy would take. Distinct from the CorruptChurch, in that instead of being a legitimate religion that went bad, the Path of Inspiration is by design rotten to the core; the ScamReligion, in that the Path's leaders are true believers, not con artists; and the ReligionOfEvil, in that the religion is '''not''' openly evil. The typical high-ranking member is a StrawHypocrite. Usually has a DarkMessiah as the figurehead, whose outright evil is part of TheReveal. May overlap with HollywoodSatanism, especially in ConspiracyTheories.

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Occasionally, this is the form that an AncientConspiracy would take. Distinct from the CorruptChurch, in that instead of being a legitimate religion that went bad, the Path of Inspiration is by design rotten to the core; the ScamReligion, in that the Path's leaders are true believers, not con artists; and the ReligionOfEvil, in that the religion is '''not''' openly evil. The typical high-ranking member is a StrawHypocrite. Usually has a DarkMessiah as the figurehead, whose outright evil is part of TheReveal. May overlap with HollywoodSatanism, especially in ConspiracyTheories.
UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories.
29th Sep '17 7:09:09 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/{{Colony}}'' has the Greatest Day church, a movement which preaches that the alien Hosts are actually benevolent, and that their conquest and occupation of Earth was really for our own good, as it will lead humanity to paradise so long as they do as they're told. Near the end of Season 2, [[TheQuisling Snyder]] flat out admits that it's a sham designed to indoctrinate people into being obedient.
22nd Aug '17 10:59:16 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the Mythic Dawn started off this way. Much like real world cults, they attracted members from the fringes of society with promises of answers and paradise. Come ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', they reveal their true intentions and enter full blown ReligionOfEvil territory, worshiping Mehrunes Dagon, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]], and kick off the plot of the game by [[TheKingSlayer assassinating the Emperor of Tamriel]].
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