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23rd Aug '16 12:40:19 PM shawn_allen
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* In ''Film/FlashGordon'', Ming the Merciless regularly tests other planets by sending unusual storms, floods and other artificial disasters. If the inhabitants think these are natural, he deems them ignorant and spares [what's left of] them. However:
-->'''Ming:''' If the hand of Ming is recognized, then that planet is intelligent and dangerous. I call upon the great god, Dai-zan, and for his greater glory (and our mutual pleasure), I destroy it utterly.
20th Aug '16 5:50:52 PM nombretomado
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* ''TableTopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Most settings have one, if not dozens of these; the followers of Lolth from ''TableTopGames/ForgottenRealms'' and ''TableTopGames/{{Greyhawk}}'' and Takhisis from ''{{Dragonlance}}'' are only the most prominent examples.

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* ''TableTopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Most settings have one, if not dozens of these; the followers of Lolth from ''TableTopGames/ForgottenRealms'' ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' and ''TableTopGames/{{Greyhawk}}'' and Takhisis from ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' are only the most prominent examples.
9th Aug '16 10:49:56 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has an interesting example. While the Covenant's religion didn't start out this way, but thanks to the High Prophets misinterpreting the sayings of the Oracle in their holy city ([[spoiler: actually a fragment of Mendicant Bias, a Forerunner AI who went nuts and joined the Flood for a while]]) and said Prophets' own corruption and thirst for power, a new tenant of the faith is added; KillAllHumans. Making things worse, this tenant was added simply to cover up the fact that [[spoiler:humans are the true Reclaimers and not the Prophets]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has an interesting example. While the The Covenant's religion didn't (completely) start out this way, but thanks to the High Prophets misinterpreting the sayings of the Oracle in their holy city ([[spoiler: actually a fragment of Mendicant Bias, a Forerunner AI who went nuts and joined the Flood for a while]]) and said Prophets' own corruption and thirst for power, a new tenant of the faith is added; KillAllHumans. Making things worse, this tenant was added simply to cover up the fact that [[spoiler:humans are the true Reclaimers and not the Prophets]].
9th Aug '16 10:49:08 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has an interesting example. While the religion of the Covenant didn't start out this way, thanks to the Prophets misinterpreting the sayings of the Oracle in their holy city ([[spoiler: actually a fragment of Mendicant Bias, a Forerunner AI who went nuts and joined the Flood for a while]]) and [[spoiler: their own corruption and thirst for power]], it soon turns the Covenant into an alliance of [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal maniacs]]. Granted, they didn't think ''they'' were going to be killed as well.
** At the same time, their genocidal war against humanity was started by three Prophets who found out that humans are the true Reclaimers and not the Prophets. In order to keep the Covenant from collapsing and eliminating all evidence, they have declared humans evil and ordered their destruction. It was also a political move to put the three in power, and they become the Hierarchs [[SarcasmMode we know and love]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has an interesting example. While the Covenant's religion of the Covenant didn't start out this way, but thanks to the High Prophets misinterpreting the sayings of the Oracle in their holy city ([[spoiler: actually a fragment of Mendicant Bias, a Forerunner AI who went nuts and joined the Flood for a while]]) and [[spoiler: their said Prophets' own corruption and thirst for power]], it soon turns power, a new tenant of the Covenant into an alliance of [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal maniacs]]. Granted, they didn't think ''they'' were going faith is added; KillAllHumans. Making things worse, this tenant was added simply to be killed as well.
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cover up the same time, their genocidal war against humanity was started by three Prophets who found out fact that humans [[spoiler:humans are the true Reclaimers and not the Prophets. In order to keep the Covenant from collapsing and eliminating all evidence, they have declared humans evil and ordered their destruction. It was also a political move to put the three in power, and they become the Hierarchs [[SarcasmMode we know and love]].Prophets]].
9th Aug '16 9:57:12 AM Discar
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*** ... And then played straight with the Blood of Vol. Uncharacteristically, the setting information tries to be fair to those guys, despite their obvious black-hat practices like human sacrifice, necromancy, and immortality experiments. The cult's guiding moral philosophy is explained at great length and often from a sympathetic perspective; the faithful truly believe that this life is a torment and undeath is an acceptable escape. It's almost too bad the cult was founded by a diabolically evil lich who is using it for her own nefarious ends. [[WordOfGod Turns out]] she co-opted a pre-existing faith, and repackaged it into something more organized, and under her control Interestingly, becoming a thinking undead is actually ''discouraged'' for the majority of the the faithful. This is because the Bloods' faith places a lot of importance on the potential divinity inside a mortal -- the undead are seen as having given up their chance for true divinity in order to protect and guide the faithful (also, most Blood-followers don't actually regard ''life'' as a torment, it's the death part that is seen as pointlessly cruel [which makes sense considering what the known afterlife looks like in Eberron]).

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*** ... And then played straight with the Blood of Vol. Uncharacteristically, the setting information tries to be fair to those guys, despite their obvious black-hat practices like human sacrifice, necromancy, and immortality experiments. The cult's guiding moral philosophy is explained at great length and often from a sympathetic perspective; the faithful truly believe that this life (and especially [[TheNothingAfterDeath the afterlife]]) is a torment and undeath is an acceptable escape. It's almost too bad the cult was founded by a diabolically evil lich who is using it for her own nefarious ends. [[WordOfGod Turns out]] she co-opted a pre-existing faith, and repackaged it into something more organized, and under her control control. Interestingly, becoming a thinking undead is actually ''discouraged'' for the majority of the the faithful. This is because the Bloods' faith places a lot of importance on the potential divinity inside a mortal -- the undead are seen as having given up their chance for true divinity in order to protect and guide the faithful (also, most Blood-followers don't actually regard ''life'' as a torment, it's the death part that is seen as pointlessly cruel [which makes sense considering what the known afterlife looks like in Eberron]).faithful.
9th Aug '16 9:54:50 AM Discar
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-->-- '''Prof. Hartridge,''' ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight: Sins of the Fathers.''

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-->-- '''Prof. Hartridge,''' ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight: Sins of the Fathers.''
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7th Aug '16 5:33:44 PM nombretomado
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** The Church of Crime in TheDCU, though at least they do it smart, with four branches that focus on four sins: the Deceit wing gets people to learn the religion by claiming that the whole thing is a hoax that they're seeking to expose, the Lust wing runs brothels and either slowly corrupts or outright blackmails repeat clients into Church membership, the Greed wing plays up just how much money there is to be made in crime, and the Murder wing... well, that's for people who already like killing. Hey, sometimes you gotta preach to the choir.

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** The Church of Crime in TheDCU, Crime, though at least they do it smart, with four branches that focus on four sins: the Deceit wing gets people to learn the religion by claiming that the whole thing is a hoax that they're seeking to expose, the Lust wing runs brothels and either slowly corrupts or outright blackmails repeat clients into Church membership, the Greed wing plays up just how much money there is to be made in crime, and the Murder wing... well, that's for people who already like killing. Hey, sometimes you gotta preach to the choir.
7th Aug '16 5:30:32 PM nombretomado
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* The DCU loves this trope.
** The Church of Crime in TheDCU.
*** At least they do it smart, with four branches that focus on four sins: the Deceit wing gets people to learn the religion by claiming that the whole thing is a hoax that they're seeking to expose, the Lust wing runs brothels and either slowly corrupts or outright blackmails repeat clients into Church membership, the Greed wing plays up just how much money there is to be made in crime, and the Murder wing... well, that's for people who already like killing. Hey, sometimes you gotta preach to the choir.

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* The DCU Franchise/TheDCU loves this trope.
** The Church of Crime in TheDCU.
*** At
TheDCU, though at least they do it smart, with four branches that focus on four sins: the Deceit wing gets people to learn the religion by claiming that the whole thing is a hoax that they're seeking to expose, the Lust wing runs brothels and either slowly corrupts or outright blackmails repeat clients into Church membership, the Greed wing plays up just how much money there is to be made in crime, and the Murder wing... well, that's for people who already like killing. Hey, sometimes you gotta preach to the choir.



** Another DCU example is the unnamed group of evil-worshipping monks that trained Prometheus and gave him the key to enter an alternate dimension.

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** Another DCU example is the The unnamed group of evil-worshipping monks that trained Prometheus and gave him the key to enter an alternate dimension.
1st Aug '16 2:19:15 PM SirPellucidar
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* In Heretic and Hexen, the Serpent Riders seem to enjoy forming religions around themselves, Korax especially, who even has multiple churches and chapels devoted to him, filled with 'Dark Bishops' and led by Heresiarchs.
3rd Jul '16 2:23:49 PM DarkHunter
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** The Cathedral of the Deep, centered around the sadistic cannibal Aldrich, the so-called Saint of the Deep. As he indulged in his appetites to the point of "luxuriating in his victims' screams", he devolved into an EldritchAbomination and had the brilliant idea to ''eat the gods themselves'' as well, successfully consuming Gwyndolin, Gravelord Nito and the Witch of Izalith. His deacons sacrifice Hollows to feed him in the defiled Cathedral of Anor Londo, and his co-deity Rosaria, Mother of Rebirth, leads the current equivalent of the Darkwraith Covenant. Its leader, [[SinisterMinister Pontiff Sulyvahn]], was a nobody who stumbled upon [[{{Hellfire}} the Profaned Flame]] under Irithyll, and used it and Aldrich himself as a prop. He kicks everyone he doesn't like or could threaten his authority into the Outrider Knights, sending them away from Irithyll equipped with [[ArtifactOfDoom rings that madden their users into feral beasts]], he was the one who had Aldrich moved to Anor Londo when he revived, and fed Gwyndolin to the monster.

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** The Cathedral of the Deep, centered around the sadistic cannibal Aldrich, the so-called Saint of the Deep. As he indulged in his appetites to the point of "luxuriating in his victims' screams", he devolved into an EldritchAbomination and had the brilliant idea to ''eat the gods themselves'' as well, successfully consuming Gwyndolin, Gravelord Nito and the Witch of Izalith.Dark Sun Gwyndolin. His deacons sacrifice Hollows to feed him in the defiled Cathedral of Anor Londo, and his co-deity Rosaria, Mother of Rebirth, leads the current equivalent of the Darkwraith Covenant. Its leader, [[SinisterMinister Pontiff Sulyvahn]], was a nobody who stumbled upon [[{{Hellfire}} the Profaned Flame]] under Irithyll, and used it and Aldrich himself as a prop. He kicks everyone he doesn't like or could threaten his authority into the Outrider Knights, sending them away from Irithyll equipped with [[ArtifactOfDoom rings that madden their users into feral beasts]], he was the one who had Aldrich moved to Anor Londo when he revived, and fed Gwyndolin to the monster.
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