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Saturday, July 2, 2016

You Can't Hide From Fate

Disciples of Nivi Rhombodazzle

Gambling for the sake of gambling and not for the sake of winning. The supposed mother of the Svirfneblin, Nivi Rhombodazzle was never one to turn her back on a good wager. One of the few non-human ascended gods, she received her divinity from Torag in exchange for a special gem. So we know some of Nivi’s history and a little bit about who her followers might be, but who are they truly?

As always, let us imagine we are sitting at our theoretical gaming table. Our imaginary GM sets out the rules for the game we will play. In this game, we are to make a follower of Nivi Rhombodazzle. The character does not need to be a divine caster, just a devotee of the Empyreal Lord. What character do you make?

For more information on Nivi Rhombodazzle
Nivi Rhombodazzle Pathfinder Wiki Page 
Nivi Rhombodazzle’ Archives of Nethys Page 

The 7th Pip

Among the small number of above ground worshipers who revere Nivi, many of them specifically look to her for her aspect as a gambler. Cardsharps, bones throwers, and wheel spinners often find themselves under the watchful eye of the Grey Polychrome. The 7th pip is a group that specifically see chance and fate as the only path through life.

Members of the 7th pip have taken a solemn oath to never make a big decision on their own. The world will take them where they need to go. To this end, when faced with a tough choice a member of the 7th pip will flip a coin, roll a die, or draw a card to make the decision for them. Even the founding of the organization came to pass when two friends, a halfling and a gnome, let a coin toss decide if it was meant to be.

The 7th pip isn’t so much a group with a set goal as a group looking to see where fate takes them. Members of the sect record their dilemmas, methods of choice, and fate-directed outcomes as well as all their adventures. These chronicles are kept in the backroom of a gambling house in the city of Kaer Maga. The group even leaves its membership up to chance. Anyone can petition once every five years. They choose the method of chance and hope for the best. The odds are always fifty-fifty.

The Grey Moles

It is said that Nivi was the very first Svirfneblin. Whether or not this is true is matter of debate, but many of the deep gnomes take her as a patron. The Svirfneblin spend much of their time battling against the evil races of the Darklands. Although they rely on the followers of Benorus known as the Cavern Knights to stand toe to toe against the enemy, sometimes the deep gnomes need to take more covert action.

The Grey Moles are an elite group of spies, some of the stealthiest Svirfneblin the race has to offer. The group only ever numbers seven members and each is a devout follower of Nivi Rhombodazzle. Admittance to the group, in gnome fashion, is a giant game of hide and seek. Sadly a spot only opens up when one of the members doesn’t return from a mission. Missions are doled out by the church hierarchy and are mostly aimed at their hated enemies, the dark fey of the Court of Ether.

The Gemstone Society

The Gemstone society is a group of scholars who spend their lives studying the earth and all its riches. Their membership includes some of the best geologists in the world and much of their knowledge will never be known by most surface dwellers. These deep gnomes mix magic and scientific learning to fashion gemstones into devices that can harness and enhance magical abilities. Although they are mostly reclusive, the Gemstone Society has an uneasy connection to the followers of the elven goddess Yuelral, called The Memory Keepers and the Ruby Architects.

Many of the devices that the Gemstone Society makes ends up in the hands of the Grey Moles for use in their espionage. Among the tricks the society has learned to empower through gems; the ability to bend light, disperse heat, and focus fire have been handiest. Like all good scientists, once a breakthrough has been mastered it is time to move on to the next experiment.

The fickle hand of fate influences everything we do. So who is your fate-born follower of Nivi? Why have they chosen to dedicate themselves to the Grey Polychrome? Where does their devotion come from? Let me know in the comments.

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