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 12, 2015

Fire in the Winter - The Supplicants of the Swarm of Kitumu

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

Kitumu, Choatic Evil goddess of fireflies, hibernation and swarms
Kitumu’s Pathfinder Wiki page 
Kitumu’s Archives of Nethys Entry

Unlike most of other divine beings Kitumu does not reside in the outer planes. The firefly goddess resides in a pyramid deep in the jungles of the Mwangi Expanse. She was revered by the lost Kembe people, who were thought to have arrived in a silver craft as giants and shrunk to human size, then halfling size, and then disappeared altogether. Now Kitumu isn’t so much worshipped as feared and placated by the manifold tribes of the Mwangi Expanse.

The Hive

Although worship of Kitumu is forbidden in almost all of the Mwangi tribes, some few have taken to consecrating themselves to the Mother of Fireflies. Oftentimes these supplicants are misanthropes who can find no connection among their own people and long for something deeper. In their search for belonging they come upon The Hive.

Members of this secret society have two things in common: the ability to create, summon, or control swarms of insects, and the ability to connect telepathically with other members of The Hive. Each lost soul connects to one or more others in a sort of telepathic group mind. Many of Kitumu’s chosen feel lost when the buzzing of other thoughts are no longer present within their minds. y don’t have someone else in their head with them.

The Sleepers

Kitumu is almost always at rest in her hidden pyramid sanctuary, and scholars believe that she may be in a state of metamorphosis while she hibernates away the millennia. Some of her followers look to this aspect of her and spend periods of their lives sleeping, hoping they awake as something more powerful. Many of these sleepers are actually powerful dream mages, able to interact with the world on the astral and ethereal planes.

Kitumu uses these dream masters to further her own inscrutable goals, feeding the Sleepers power to help her meet her ends. The gifts of Kitumu come at a price and as the Sleepers cycle into longer and longer cycles of repose, their neglected bodies waste away until they slowly die of malnutrition.

The Endless Battalion

Many forget that Kitumu is a goddess of war. She revels in battle, but will only fight if her numbers overwhelm those of the enemy. The endless battalion is a tribe-less mercenary group in the Mwangi Expanse. They bow to no nation, only Kitumu, and will fight on any side for the right price. They believe, rightfully so, that Kitumu imbues them with the power to defeat all enemies.

Members of the Endless Battalion come from many walks of life: kidnap victims who are then indoctrinated into the Mother of Fireflies’ worship, outcasts who have gone against their own tribe, and often Mwangi whose tribes are nearly extinct except for them. The Endless Battalion is one of the few factions of Kitumu worshipers that have members that are not of the Mwangi people.

Those who have faced the Endless Battalion say that the warriors flow from the jungle in a never ending stream. Each warrior fights with their chosen one-handed weapon and a torch their free hand. Some have claimed that they appear as a swarm of fireflies in the night.

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