|Representation of a Templar |
(Duinenabdij, Koksijde, Belgium) **
1. Choose Polytheism or MonotheismThis seems like a simple question at first, most fantasy settings are Polytheistic. There exist great pantheons of gods to be worshiped for all manner of reasons. This is great if you have a character class that supports varying faiths with unique abilities. LotFP has only a single cleric class to cover this option for players.
I'm not saying this is a bad thing about LotFP, I love the fact that the game takes a simplified approach. It does make my life a little bit easier when it comes to making this decision. Even if there are multiple deities, they grant the same abilities to their clerics. So, no need for a huge pantheon, a pantheon of three will suffice (bonus points to readers who guessed the correct number) - a divine trio.
This, and my catholic upbringing, puts the Christian Trinity to mind. This also resonates with Lotfp. While the game does not imply a particular type of religion, much of the artwork associated with the game includes images of crucifix-wearing priests and adventurers. The historical old school prototype for the cleric are the Knights Templar, which is a very cool image for the clerics of Arche
So, for my first step I pick monotheistic religion with different entities that are considered as one.
2. Determine the Nature of the Major GodsHere Ray suggests determining if the gods are personifications or not, use a few adjectives to describe personality and demeanor of each, and define their relationships and interactions with each other. I think in keeping with the divine trio approach, these deities will be personified as follows:
- Father - noble, stern leader; aloof and distant; wise, all seeing, all knowing.
- Son - swift to anger, vengeful; strong and powerful; frightening in visage.
- Mother - inventive and quick witted; practical and pragmatic; caring and kind.
That's all for this time. We'll pick up next time with the remaining steps to fleshing out the faith of Arche.
Follow Your Bliss,
* "Never force yourself to create more than you must."
** By JoJan (Own work - own photo) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons