6/06/2015

d30 Challenge Day 6

d30 Challenge Day 6
This is my 6th entry in the d30 Challenge, which is a bastardization of an idea I first saw on Mark "CMG" Clover's feed. Now I'm a sucker for these things and I know some folks aren't so while I'm committed to answering one question about my favorite hobby each day, and putting together a d30 table before the end of the month, I know not everyone is so interested. I'll put the question & answer after the break, posting late in the day, and not promoting this on G+ so those who don't like this kind of thing should be exposed only minimally.

I think this is the best I can do....
Day 6's question is "Favorite Deity".

This one is tough for me because I generally don't care. I think instead of a favorite deity I should state my favorite pantheon or game system religion. Usually when I select a deity I do so for some in-game advantage. If I'm playing a cleric where my character concept was "X", then I select the deity that grants me the best abilities to do "X". Case in point, I had a PC named BALADAR (yes, all caps...long story) who I created with two things in mind: able to cast the most spells possible, and destroying undead....in the HackMaster (4th Edition) game. I started out as a "regular" cleric and multi-classed into Chosen One and took talents that cause my blows to inflict extra holy(ish) damage to undead. It was good to be a Lathanderite.

Now in the current version of HackMaster, choosing a deity isn't a trifling matter. You get one selection and then you are pretty much done. The various gods don't take kindly to their supplicants jumping ship and nobody wants a god's hand-me-downs. The thing is you also get the benefit of better spell effects, namely healing, for being an anointed follower of the caster's deity. I see far too many followers of the Caregiver because that is the best healing Cleric in the game, but the Caregiver is a peaceful god and I generally don't go for that. One of my Dwarven Fighters is an anointed follower of the Caregiver, not out of belief, but out of guilt because a Caregiver Cleric died protecting him when he was "knocked out" due to a failed Threshold of Pain check.

I'm also really digging the Petty Gods book that just came out. I'm getting ready to introduce them into my campaign where the gods have just starting to return to the game world. The major gods have major powers and are working to expand themselves, but there is still this void which is going to be filled with superstition and ritual that will allow these petty gods to spring forth. I predict good times....