Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Lords of Realms, Part I

Lords of Realms are supernatural servants of divinities and can be angelic, fey, elemental, demonic, or devilish. They grant different abilities and spells to mortals, though what they are is based on other planes of existence.

Ways of Realms
Realms can be...
* Angelic: peaceful, harmonious, bountiful, but restricted to the goodly
* Fey: wondrous, enchanting, sentient, but tricky
* Elemental: fiery, frosty, airy, watery, or earthy
* Demonic: bizarre, mutagenic, wanton, and possessing
* Devilish: empowering, dominating, punishing, and entrapping

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Lords of Puppets, Part III

Puppets can serve many masters. Supernatural lords serve divinities and cults, and the mortals who follow both can serve as vessels for such power. And though they are called angelic, fey, demonic, or devilish, they aren't necessarily innately lawful, good, chaotic, or evil. Any divinity or cult can have such servants, though the more likely ones are noted below.

Puppet Divinities & Cults

Greek & Roman
Apanchomene (Artemis/ Diana): Espousing childlike innocence, she is served by angelic and fey lords.
Dionysus/ Bacchus: As used in his theatres,  fey and demonic lords abound.
Hecate/ Trivia: Demanding justice via magic poppets, she is served by angelic and devilish lords.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Lords of Puppets, Part II

As servants of divinities, supernatural lords understand that the former can test their faithful. Still, lords grant powers and spells themselves too, and those who fail to abide can be punished in much the same manner. Whether such is done in an angelic, fey, demonic, or devilish way, those who deal with puppets shouldn't be fooled by their toylike appearance.

Puppet Tests
1-7. Who's pulling the strings? The puppeteer loses access to all his granted powers and spells (not just the puppet lord's ones). See what must be done to get them back. 
    Angelic: Give their puppet to a good person. It is then entirely up to the latter when they give it back to the puppeteer, if at all.
   Fey: Win an argument with the puppet. An Intelligence check with a -5 penalty may be required (DC 20). Failed debates can be retried 1d6 hours later, though they'd likely be very trying.
   Demonic: Engage in a horrific act of anarchic aggression, having the puppet seem to assist. It might even smile on its own.
   Devilish: Promise one's soul, or trick another into doing so, using the puppet to seal the deal. Hopefully a kiss won't be required.

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Volume V Coming Soon

Volume V: Beast Spirits & Folk

The next tome in the Divinities & Cults series explores various beast spirits and mythic folk, including new rules to use in your old-school game. Along with additional guidelines, magical side-effects, tests, and spell lists, assorted bestial and folk abilities are also available. These animalistic and kindred endowments allow for even greater customization of barbarian characters that follow beast spirits or of others whose race is from myth or folklore. What is more, these abilities are sorted by various divinities and cults, expanding upon the information presented in previous volumes.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Lords of Puppets, Part I

Lords are supernatural servants of divinities that can be angelic, fey, demonic, or devilish. They grant different abilities and spells to mortals who follow their ways, though it might be unclear just who the servant and who the lord is.

Our first example begins with Lords of Puppets. Each kind has their own general guidelines that are followed.

Ways of Puppets
* Angelic Lords: Use puppets to promote what is orderly and good.
* Fey Lords: Puppets help with enjoying and celebrating life!
* Demonic Lords: Puppets help with enjoying great mayhem and slaughter!
* Devilish Lords: Make puppets of others.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Zeus Encounters, Part III

Quests of Zeus
The father above will see who his heroes are. Roll 1d20.

1-2.  Exercise your leadership in the name of Zeus: If not so already, the most patriarchal member of the party feels compelled to be leader. If already leader, then he will work to expand his authority for at least the next 1d3 days. Others might protest, but they do so at the peril of Zeus' ire.

3-4. Usurp those who are unfit: Though technically a king, there is one who no longer protects his subjects nor keeps his house in order. He and his circle of corrupt advisors must be removed before his land is destroyed by the many invaders they are allowing in.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Zeus Encounters, Part II

Temples of Zeus

Style (d8)
1. Aeolic: windy
2-4. Ionic: regal
5. Corinthian: imperial
6-8. Doric: stately

Form (d12)
1-3. Shrine
4. Tholos (Round)
5-12. Rectangular

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Zeus Encounters, Part I

Rulership shines above.

Main Emphasis (d20)
1-2.  Exercise your leadership in the name of Zeus
3-4. Usurp those who are unfit
5-6. Rule justly 
7-8. Sow your royal oats
9. The Greeks Themselves
10. Heroic Adventure
11. Syncretism with another sky and/or storm god
12. Local variation
13. Archaic, Mycenaean 
14. Eagle spirit
15-20. All are emphasized

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Tyr Encounters, Part III

Quests of Tyr
Who has the mettle to do what's right? Roll 1d20.

1-2. Be prepared to give whatever is necessary in the name of the Law: One party member's father (who happens to be a giant) has an enormous keg that is required by the Gods. It must be acquired at any cost, even if one's multi-headed grandmother intervenes (a base 75% chance).

3-4. Keep one’s word, even unto death: The next quest a party member agrees to must be completed, even if they and the rest of the party die trying. To do otherwise would be to provoke a divine test of Tyr.