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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Give Her Followers, Liches Love Followers

Damned of Arazni

This week’s divine being is an oddity as she was once a demigod but was killed. She has arisen as a lich, a demigod lich that still retains some of her godlike powers and can even grant spells to clerics. She was once the herald of the lost god Aroden but now she rules an entire kingdom in Garund. Of course we are talking about Arazni, the minor deity of the command of undeath and lichdom. Within are three possible sects to the living – or unliving in this case – goddess, for possible use in your campaigns.

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

For more information on Arazni
Arazni’s Pathfinder Wiki Page 
Arazni’s Archives of Nethys Page

The Knights of the Scarab

Gods love worship, especially evil gods; they revel in it. Arazni once had an entire legion of paladins who dedicated their lives to her service. She once had the Knight of Ozem, a sect of knights dedicated to doing good deeds in her name. Now all that remain are a tainted few of these former paragons of justice, risen as graveknights to serve as her personal guard. She relishes the adulation of an entire sect of followers and to that end the Knights of the Scarab have been formed.

The Knights are mostly antipaladins, although other martially minded folk will join the ranks of the sect. Aspirants must undergo a strict test to join, a trial that pushes their physical limits but also seeks to prod the devotion to Arazni. Those who pass the physical test, but are not truly faithful to the lich goddess are tortured until they are either truly devout or else they are dead.

The Fallen Host

Although much of the center of Arazni worship is in Geb, where she is the ruler, there remain small cults to her elsewhere. In many locations around Ustalav resonance of her death has left haunts that appear randomly and project the trauma of her death. Many psychics, spiritualists, and occultists are touched by these phenomena, and not all in a positive way.

The Fallen Host is a small sect whose minds have been broken by the touch of the psychic remnants of her death throes. They look to return the Harlot Queen to her true divinity. They do not seek to bring her back in her aspects as the herald of the god of man. Their hope is that she will return to divinity as broken as they are, to relive her death on the world over and over, sharing the pain all Fallen Hosts already feel.

The Everlasting

Like any god of undeath there are those who believe they can finagle a deal to gain the secrets of lichdom from the divine being if they dedicate themselves enough. The Everlasting are a group of necromancers who wish to become liches themselves and follow the will of the Harlot Queen to do so. Unlike other seekers of lichdom by divine means, The Everlasting have a corporeal being to petition to fulfill their desires.

The Everlasting are made up entirely of necromancers, although those come in many stripes. Divine casters and arcane, those who study to gain power and those to whom it comes naturally all make up the ranks of the group. The only real requirement is that the caster be of some use to their patron or else she will toss them aside like so much garbage. Like most seekers of the power of lichdom competition is fierce. Sect members have more to fear from each other than most outside forces.

Forged in betrayal and tempered with obsessions are those who follow Arazni’s path. Who is your disciple of Arazni? Why have they chosen to dedicate themselves to The Harlot Queen? Where does their devotion to this Lich Goddess come from? Let me know in the comments.

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