Re: Heroquests for the Unholy Trio

From: Todd Gardiner <todd.gardiner_at_BTNqdpyj9HtYw22Gr7VI-fuYP5mln89koZ7DAIofy546HPrQLyqH729XL0AUiY>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 14:09:55 -0800

I believe that "magically pointless", as Jeff stated earlier, means that the worshipper cannot gain any specific magical benefits from their worship. There is no entity currently "present" to transfer magical benefits to the worshipper, in the case of Ragnaglar and Wakboth.

There are a lot of common day needs for magic, whether it is hunting, tending crops or raiding your neighbors. Without some magical assistance, you are at a disadvantage to the other cultures and people around you that receive and depend on these magics. If you worship these destroyed sources of chaos, you will potentially find that you are more easily found, pursued and destroyed by the cultures that revile such worship. Certainly you'll be working harder to survive without the magics that other cultures have. Perhaps you suppliment your "magically pointless" worship with worship or practices that do grant some benefits, but there is only so much time on one season that can be spread between survival, worship/practices, and the wasted worship of Wakboth.

The "purpose" of worship, for societies (although not always for each individual) is that the tools for making a working structure for society all come from the Godtime. Those tools are perpetuated by worship (or practice, or veneration), perhaps improved by hero and saints in the historical era, but still depending on the magics delivered to people for survive in the Darkness. The Sacred Time ceremonies strengthen the universe and provide tangible benefits for the groups that engage in them.

Worshippers of "nothing" are not receiving these benefits, which makes such a choice hard to make for someone that needs to survive in such a world. I mentally place this in the same category as the clansman that wastes his days fishing instead of plowing his field. Not only are you going to have trouble come Dark season, your neighbors are sure to notice and react in some manner.

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