WORMSKIN

12/08/2014

Religious Temperance as a quantified NPC descriptor



Religious Temperance (RT) measures a character's interest and involvement in a Religious Institution -- be it a small congregation dedicated to a particular deity or set of concepts, a worldwide cult, or a primitive folk-faith.

Measuring RT:

  1. Non-religious and disinterested
  2. Nominal affiliation with a Religious Institution
  3. Regular practitioner w/in a Religious Institution
  4. Avid membership and involvement w/in a Religious Institution
  5. Devoted functionary occupying post w/in a Religious Institution
  6. Zealot; possibly a priest or holy warrior

Each deity has its own requirements of its clerics or priests. For instance -- a jealous god would demand at least avid membership [RT: 4 to 6] from those who pray to it for spells. A more laid back kind of deity would be more liberal with its magic -- maybe even a guy with nominal affiliation could receive a boon now and then.

RT also indicates the likelihood that a character will succumb to certain Social Manias. Check the character's RT score with a d6 roll to determine whether he/she falls under the Mania's sway.

Example Manias:

Witch Hunt: The character's Institution is out for blood and targets its collective hate at a particular person(s), place(s) or thing(s). The character must roll greater than or equal to his/her RT on a d6 or be compelled to participate.

Weird Festival: The character's Institution is observing an important holy day with an ostentatious celebration, typically held outdoors. The character must roll greater than or equal to his/her RT on a d6 or be compelled to participate.

Ritual Sacrifice: The character's Institution is performing a sacrosanct murder and demands that all members attend and bear witness. The character must roll greater than or equal to his/her RT on a d6 or be compelled to participate.

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