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Seadwelling folk are fun, we should have them.
No, I meant as in Angels Demons Squid.
Cthulhu rears its ugly head in our campaign!
Actually I don't mind Abominations, but let's make them less... Eldritch, OK? As in:
edited 5th Jan '12 5:16:23 PM by Sijo
That's less Eldritch Abomination and more Starfish Alien in a fantasy setting!.
edited 5th Jan '12 5:26:44 PM by Vyctorian
Exactly. That's how I'd like any Cthulhian-style creatures we use be. The true Eldritch Abominations would be manifestations of the Gods of Chaos or Insanity.
Have the squids actually be deep sea creatures. They don't understand life and death because their consciousness is not based on corporeal forms, but they are constantly in a state of transformation. Individuality is based not on "selves" but rather on "moments." So a given "creature" might exist in 1000 places one moment but nowhere the next.
Exitus, God of Vengeance
A god of death, his symbol is often a pair of axes facing away from each other with a skull between the blades. Sometimes it is one two headed ax with a skull between the blades or a single axe, one or two headed, always at least with a blade pointing downward as leans over diagonally with a skull under it. In a sub-aspect, he is also a god of fire, so sometimes any of those symbol may also be on fire or just a flaming skull or ax. So fire, axes and skulls and he'll insist he is not a god of heavy metal.
The followers of Exitus are often called Head Hunters. They came to him, swearing themselves to him when they desired vengeance for themselves but afterwards they are eternally bound to find vengeance for all. They are granted powers of necrourgy and in some cases pyrourgy. They wield large two handed axes made for chopping off heads, ornament themselves in iconography of death and sometimes fire, demons too for Exitus takes the form of a demon come to take you to Hell. They carry on them the Book of Evil Deeds, a magic book thats connected to the original copy owned by a physical manifestation of the Celestial god on another plane. A Head Hunter hears of an evil deed and write down all pertinent information which is then inscribed into the original and then sent out to all others. Exitus himself studies these texts and puts cases and bounties upon the heads of evil men to send out to his followers.
They are judge, jury and executioners, brooding vigilantes who think only of the innocents they failed to save and the deeds they must do to repent, serial killers that have been made into apex predators that hunt hunters and killers and powerful men as justified sport and simple mad men who have enough lucidity to know how to focus their madness towards a somewhat beneficial direction. For some or many or all, these neuroses have been stoked by Exitus when they gave themselves to that god.
No no no, a God of Vengeance needs to be undead centric, and have a cold theme because vengeance is a dish best served cold. The idea is patience, not hackery and axery.
Or, alternatively, you could separate the idea into vengeance and rage, dual sides of the same coin.
Heavy Metal? well, axes can be pretty heavy...
Vengeance is just the desire to hurt those who (you feel) have wronged you. It can be passionate or it can be cold; it can be justified or imagined. I'd say that yes, there's either two of them, or at least two servants with different approaches.
edited 6th Jan '12 12:52:39 PM by Sijo
There's a word that's like rage's long-term cousin. I want to say "malice" but I don't think that's right.
Exitus could have another aspect of cold. One represents a hellish punishment, one a dish best served cold. Mainly, he is the executioner for your deeds.
The idea of Exitus has solidified enough that in places where the boundary between the Elemental and the Aether is weak, this Celestial god can manifest. Often, he appears without flesh, a skeleton of a massive demon, a horned feline, dog or dragon skull which may or may not have bony wings, wreathed in fire or frost or nothing. Usually nothing and usually armed with a trio of axes, two single headed axes so large a normal man would have to wield one in both hands but Exitus can do both, a frost axe called The Dish Best Served and a fire axe called Hell Hath None, each blade made to look like dragon heads, and one truly massive two-headed axe with a two-face skull decorating between it that has a number of undefined necrourgic powers, like eating the souls of the slain called Head Taker.
edited 21st Dec '12 3:22:34 PM by God_of_Awesome
LOL at the Sword's name. Also: the god's name reminds me of the way out of a building. Otherwise, great concept.
What would his counterpart be? Mercy? Forgiveness?
edited 6th Jan '12 3:47:06 PM by Sijo
Hmm, you can hate someone who hasn't done anything to you, if you're shallow or mistaken. Also, revenge can be taken in the name of honor etc. and not necessarily for personal hatred.
That isn't it. I'm thinking something like a cold spite- after a while, you stop really feeling anything about the person, and getting them back just becomes a task that needs to be done.
Would "spite", work?
Also I like the hot cold thing, but I think the frost powers should be a bow and arrow. Cold vengeance is a long journey an arc that changes those who travel it, archers shots take skill and planning, they can be used to simply cripple, slowly torture from a distance or kill. And like an arrow there is a chance you may miss your aim and catch others in the cross fire, or possibly break yourself upon hitting the mark.
edited 6th Jan '12 7:19:27 PM by Vyctorian
Come to think of it, wouldn't some form of the Seven Deadly Sins (and their counterparts, the Seven Heavenly Virtues) be among the major Celestials? In fact I think (this might be totally wrong) that the Sins themselves were inspired by Babylonian gods.
I can see them as a Five Bad Band (except, of Seven) working for Evil. (same with the Virtues.)
edited 6th Jan '12 7:21:16 PM by Sijo
Write up that idea and see what happens. I was just giving naught but axes for an executioner feel and giving a unifying element to his followers. Once you make one thing different, perhaps then the fire ax should be a sword.
edited 6th Jan '12 10:27:50 PM by God_of_Awesome
The Traveler's Star, The Travelling Star
Their is a star in the night sky that by some contrivance of unknown phenomenon changes its relative position depending on where in the world you are, thus by it can be used to navigate by no matter what time of year it as long as you're in right half of the world. It hangs in the very center of the sky in the Meikyuu Forest.
Existing with the borders of the Black Empire in its norther edge, Emperor Hrod recognizes it as a sovereign nation. Their is no pressure for him to do so since the inhabitants are so isolationists they barely make any contact with the outside world. Only a few brave hardy souls have a chance of walking in and out of their with any accomplishment, let alone a whole army. The Black Emperor respects the fact he was completely unable to conquer the place.
"-and when I got out, I looked like like a total ass face. By that, I mean my skull and my pelvis were somehow switched around. And that's why I don't go to the Meikyuu Forest anymore." - The Black Emperor
The place resembles Japan and its name is indeed Japanese. The isolation this time is not caused by sea this time but by the guardian entities that dwell within it and keep most everyone out.
For an Evil Overlord, Hrod keeps making me laugh.
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