CRB is a repository of all the creative things that float through my mind about the RPG Pathfinder. Two major features are random character generation and building characters based on the god they worship. Anything that seems like it adds to the creative aspects of the game will pop up from time to time, including location descriptions, adventure ideas and even short stories. CRB won't just be my own creativity, it will open the floor to anyone who has an idea sparked by what I present to you.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Walking in a Winter Wonderland - Tolc's Frigid Followers

It’s Saturday and thus time to talk about a god. For those of you who haven’t been a part of my explorations into the religions of Golarion, here’s how it works:

Imagine, if you will, you're making a character for a group. Your only instruction is that you must be a worshiper of a specific god. You do not need to be a divine casting class, although you can be, but the party’s purpose is working toward the goals of this specific divine being. I'd like not just a race/class combo, but a little bit about why the character would choose to dedicate themselves to this particular deity. Feel free to make up secret or not-so-secret orders within the church, or even sects outside of the church that you think might be interesting. With only this one piece of information that must be true, let your imagination go wild with the rest.

Today's god

Tolc, Choatic Good Empyreal Lord of cold, frozen wilds, survival
Tolc’s Pathfinder Wiki page
Tolc’s Archives of Nethys Entry

As the autumn fades into winter, the gods of the cold months and climes come into their own. Whether it’s the frigid and deadly cold or the durability of the arctic beasts, the freezing days have much to offer for those who worship the gods of the season. One of the goodly winter gods, respected among the Ulfen and the mysterious Saumen Kar people, is Tolc the Snow-Strider. Today we look at some of the factions among the worshipers of the Empyreal Lord of the cold.

Drift Riders

Although they mostly worship Findeladlara, goddess of art and architecture, a few devout snowcaster elves revere Tolc over their people’s traditional god. Tolc’s faithful make up an elite group of female warriors who ride into battle on Caribou, and their male counterparts who are masters of animal husbandry;  breeding the caribou big enough to be ridden. These caribou riders protect all the tribes of snowcasters and renounce familial ties to become one of the riders or breeders.

The females tend to be rangers, fighters or Cavaliers. On rare occasion a paladin who can see past Tolc’s chaotic nature and focus on his good works joins the cause. The males who spend their days in communion with the mighty caribou come from a druidic tradition, which seems very alien to the more traditional forest druids.

The Tractless Rangers

From the Land of the Linnorm Kings to the Realm of the Mammoth Lords and up through the crown of the world, the snow-covered wastes of the northlands are a dangerous place.  Although these lands are treacherous, many caravans use the crown of the world as a faster route from the westernmost portions of avistan to the easterly portions of Casmaron on their way to the nation of Tian Xia. Making the trek is difficult at best and deadly at worst  so many merchants hire on the services of the Tractless rangers.

The rangers come from many of the snow-born peoples. Ulfen and Kellids, Half-Orcs and Snow Elves, even the occasional frost giant outcast numbers themselves among the group ranks. The only thing the members have in common is their dedication to Tolc. Although they are called rangers, the group is made up of any being that can survive the cold climes and lead others through the frozen wilderness unharmed.

Who is your follower of Tolc? What is your winter warrior like?

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