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''KULT'' is a Swedish DarkFantasy/Splatterpunk (self-description) RolePlayingGame by authors Gunilla Jonsson and Michael PetersÚn. It takes place here and now, in the reality of today. But reality is not what we think. Around us the world is dark and dangerous and nothing is what it seems to be. Our reality is [[spoiler:an illusion, created to keep us captive. We are imprisoned since the ages past by a dictatorial creator.]] The true world, invisible to us, is ruled by creatures who dominate the false facades, our prison wardens and torturers. And if your characters happen to steep too far into Evil, they might actually [[spoiler:turn into monsters physically]].

''KULT'' can be used for any kind of horror game, from "splatter the attacking zombie hordes" to "solve the occult mysteries of the universe" to more subtle paranoia and conspiracies. Players play characters who somehow came into contact with darkness - whether purely theoretical, like students interested in the occult, {{Mad Scientist}}s or {{Mad Artist}}s; in reality, like [[IntrepidReporter muckrakers]], [[PrivateEye private detectives]] or Series/{{Cops}}; or actively fighting it, like soldiers, gang members or street fighters.

What can you do in ''KULT''? You can fight evil... or become evil yourself... or simply go mad. Or outgrow such childish things as [[spoiler:Good, Evil, Madness and Fourdimensional spacetime]]. But don't expect that to be easy.

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!!Contains examples of:

* AbandonedHospital and AbandonedLaboratory: Urban decay and blight are but one theme of ''Kult''.
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:Every human]] has the potential. And they're ''right''.
* AlienGeometries: Everywhere outside [[spoiler:The Illusion.]]
* AloneWithThePsycho
* ArtifactOfDeath
* AxCrazy: The Angels of Death, who serve a similar function to the Archons, but are much, much more malevolent about it.
* BedlamHouse: Most asylums are like that, and often the doctors and wardens there are at least as mad as the inmates.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Acts of kindness will usually keep everyone mentally balanced - and this is a setting where "mentally balanced" = "to be [[spoiler:blind and trapped in hell forever"]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Luigi Cantorre is an extremely powerful death magician because he's the incarnation of [[spoiler:Death Angel Togarini]]. He's possibly the most powerful incarnate of the [[spoiler:Angels of Death]], and is described as being more of [[spoiler:Togarini's mobile citadel]]. He has to be, for the [[spoiler:real citadel]] disappeared when [[spoiler:Astaroth crushed Togarini]] for the latter's failed rebellion. Without [[spoiler:the citadel]], Cantorre become the sole avatar of [[spoiler:Togarini]], and to kill him is to destroy [[spoiler:Togarini]] for real as well.
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Quite unavoidable for any character who has [[spoiler:high enough mental balance or truly accepts the truth about the world.]]
* BodyHorror: What can happen when your [[spoiler:mental balance plummets low enough.]]
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Possibly the only inversion. It seems every other [[spoiler:eldritch horror broke its arm trapping US in the illusion, and it seems inevitable that we will eventually break out]].
* CannibalClan
* CorruptChurch: Chokmah, The Black Madonna.
* TheCorruption
* CosmicHorrorStory: It's difficult to judge whether this setting or the CthulhuMythos are more horrific. Well, at least here, [[spoiler: there's a chance of escape...]]
* CrapsackWorld: Even most horror settings have at least one faction who are not pure evil, even if it's just the mundane police. Not so in ''Kult''. All the governments, religions, and armies of the world are puppets of the [[spoiler:lictors or the Angels of Death]], who want to keep mankind ignorant.
* TheDarkSide
* DarkWorld: In the forms of [[spoiler:Metropolis and Gaia]], representing [[spoiler:urban and natural landscapes]] respectively.
* DisposableVagrant: In the supplement ''Rumours'' the Caregiver archetype says that monsters feed on vagrants.
* TheDragon: Golab and Hareb-Serap, the two [[spoiler:Angels of Death]] that're most loyal to [[spoiler:Astaroth]]. They hate each other, but will ignore that for time being.
* EldritchAbomination: Almost everything that exists, but most notable are the [[spoiler:Forgotten Gods]], who remain dangerous and beyond our understanding even after we awaken. They're so powerful that the whole power conflicts between [[spoiler:Archons and Inferno]] are no concern of theirs.
* EnemyCivilWar: Since [[spoiler:Demiurge]]'s disappearance...
** First the [[spoiler:Archons]] start fighting each other. [[spoiler:Hod, Yesod, Chesed and Chokmah]] were destroyed. The remaining [[spoiler:Archons]] don't get along too well either, with [[spoiler:Malkuth]] being the enemy of the rest, except [[spoiler:Tiphareth]], who was working on both side.
** In Inferno, [[spoiler:Thaumiel, Togarini and Gamaliel]] rebel against [[spoiler:Astaroth]], with various degree of success. [[spoiler:Chagidiel]] also wants to join them, but doesn't have the courage to oppose [[spoiler:Astaroth]] yet.
* EnemyMine: Notable [[spoiler:Netzach]], who will join forces with [[spoiler:Malkuth]] or even [[spoiler:Angels of Death]] if it will help him defeat [[spoiler:Astaroth]].
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler:Angels of Death to Archons and Astaroth to Demiurge]]. Actually EvilerThanThou Counterpart since [[BlackAndGrayMorality neither of the pairs are truly good]].
* ExtremeDoormat, {{Hikikomori}}: Nahemoth [[spoiler:the Death Angel of apathy.]] Nobody cares about him except [[TheRival Malkuth]], and that means [[spoiler:she wants to kill him.]]
* FightingAShadow: Subversion. [[spoiler:Archons and other superbeings]] can have multiple incarnate avatars and it take less than one day to create a replacement when one is destroyed. However, getting killed ''hurts'' and if several incarnates are killed in short period, the pain can actually kill the being.
* FreakLabAccident: One possible background for player characters.
* FreakOut
* GameFace
* GeniusLoci: The cathedrals of [[spoiler:Archon and Angel of Death]] are the true self of their owner.
* GoAmongMadPeople
* {{God}}: [[spoiler:The Demiurge]]
* GodIsDead: [[spoiler:And the Devil is the only one who wants him back]]. Also, God is dying [[spoiler:retroactively, being dead further and further back in history]].
* GodIsEvil: Humans were [[spoiler:immortal superbeings]] before he [[spoiler:took all our powers away]] and made us what we are.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation
* HappyPlace: One could say, in the world of ''KULT'' most humans are there.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: Even [[spoiler:Astaroth]] is looking for him, since [[spoiler:the Demiurge]] is the only one who gave his existence a meaning.
* {{Hell}}: [[spoiler: Inferno]]. Nowadays most souls end up in [[spoiler:[[IronicHell Purgatory]]]] instead. Catch is, [[spoiler:Astaroth]] no longer gives a damn about the place and lets his subordinates manage [[spoiler:Inferno]] as they please, so you can get punished for sins you never committed. And with less souls coming to [[spoiler:Inferno]], they will give you some extra ForTheLulz.
* HellHotel
* HeroicBSOD: Failing a terror throw.
* HomicideMachines
* HumanoidAbomination: [[spoiler: Lictors and Razids]], and every other monster that can appear human. Also, [[spoiler:humans themselves, when they Awaken]].
* HumansAreBastards: Despite being embodiments of evil, [[spoiler:Angels of Death]] found the darkness in humans' hearts surpasses theirs.
* HumansAreCthulhu: Humans are [[spoiler:immortal superbeings]], they are just [[spoiler:slumbering and are unaware of their power]].
* IndianBurialGround
* InfernalRetaliation
* KnightTemplar: Geburah is embodiment of this trope.
* LightIsNotGood: The [[spoiler:Demiurge]]
* LoveTranscendsSpacetime
* MechanicalLifeforms: The [[spoiler:Techrones]]. Actually every piece of machinery can be one, including the monitor you're looking at.
* MirrorScare
* MoralGuardians: Kult was and is, a very controversial game in Scandinavia thanks to two specific incidents: A teenage murder in the south of Sweden perpetrated by two boys who were alleged to have played KULT, and an incident in Norway where a teenage boy committed suicide mid-game. As a result, some stores removed the game from the shelves, and the Swedish parliament voted to cancel funding for roleplaying youth communities.
* NeurodiversityIsSupernatural: Schizophrenia is actually the ability to [[spoiler:see behind the veil covering mundane reality]]. Mental illness in general is one of two roads to [[spoiler:supernatural mojo]]. [[spoiler:Sainthood]] is the other one, but power-wise they're mutually exclusive.
* OffOnATechnicality: Mentioned in the description of the archetype of the frustrated cop.
* OrificeInvasion
* PoliceBrutality
* PossessionBurnout: There is a kind of [[spoiler:body stealer]] that will indulge in orgies of sex, drugs and violence after possessing a human body, with the result that said body really won't last very long.
* PowerBornOfMadness
* ReligionOfEvil
* ReligiousHorror
* {{Room 101}}: [[spoiler:The Abyss]], the great chasm where [[spoiler:Demiurge's citadel]] once was. Only [[spoiler:Astaroth]] has ever been known to get in there and return, but only barely alive. And he refuses to speak about anything inside that place.
* RoomFullOfCrazy
* SanityMeter: The mental balance meter. However, it differs from traditional sanity meter that the sanest (i.e. closest to normal human) point of the meter is 0, and going either way makes you less sane/human in one way or another: positive number indicates a tendency towards order (and stoicism), while negative number indicates a tendency towards chaos (and emotion and instinct). Going too far in either way makes you no longer recognisable as a human being.
* {{Satan}}: [[spoiler:Astaroth]]
* ScaryScarecrows
* SerialKiller
* SinisterSubway
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The whole game is practically glued to the cynical end.
* SnuffFilm
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: The "Sexually Tantalizing" disadvantage. You're so beautiful that everyone wants a piece of you and nobody can listen to what you're saying.
* SoulsavingCrusader: The player can potentially become one of these, since [[spoiler:driving someone over the DespairEventHorizon can allow them to break free of the illusion.]]
* SplitPersonality
* SpookyPhotographs
* TeensAreMonsters
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
* TomeOfEldritchLore
* TortureCellar
* TortureTechnician: Golab and many others.
* TownWithADarkSecret
* TraumaInducedAmnesia
* UnstoppableRage
* WarIsHell: Hareb-Serap [[spoiler:the Angel of Death and personification of meaningless battle]]. According to ''Metropolis'' sourcebook, [[spoiler:Netzach]] as well.
* WeirdnessCensor: Probably the only reason why ordinary humans can survive in this world without going mad immediately.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Malkuth's servants kidnap humans and perform wild experiments on them. She actually wants to [[spoiler:free all humans from the illusion]].
* WorldHalfEmpty: If you're lucky and it's not full empty for you.

Hell, almost every of the CrimeAndPunishmentTropes, EvilTropes, MadnessTropes or HorrorTropes might find a place in your ''KULT'' sessions.

Typical {{characters}} that may appear in ''KULT'':

* AgentMulder
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer
* AmateurSleuth
* AncientKeeper
* ArtificialHuman: The [[spoiler:Techrones]]
* AxCrazy
* BackAlleyDoctor
* BadassBiker
* {{Bouncer}}
* ConMan
* DefectiveDetective
* TheGrotesque
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* HiredGuns
* {{Housewife}} (a subversion)
* TheHunter
* InspectorJavert
* IntrepidReporter
* TheJailer
* TheLegionsOfHell
* LesbianVampire
* MadOracle
* SadistTeacher
* WeirdnessMagnet

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