Manimati Posted August 22, 2020 Report Share Posted August 22, 2020 I feel that stepping into a foreign temple to regain runepoints should not be as easy as stepping into a Starbucks and ordering a venti chai tea latte, which can be done the same way in Albuquerque, Dubai or Berlin. Temples in different communities should look somewhat different, feel somewhat different and maybe even be named differently. Years ago, while traveling in Northern India, I came across a small shrine (a lone wall with a small niche holding a statue) and its attending brahmin. Judging from the statue, the god was obviously Hanuman, the monkey god who helped Rama on his quest against Ravana. However, the priest insisted that this god was not Hanuman (I have forgotten how he was named), although his myths did indeed include the building of the bridge of Rama, the fight against Ravana and so on. For us occidentals, India is a good example of how polytheist cults work in practice. I concede that the way it was done in “Thunder rebels” was a little overdone, but I prefer it to the present franchise-like temples which by default all look and feel the same. I like the fact that the Runegate Yelmalio temple is actually an Elmal temple, probably with very strong ties to Redalda and pure horse myths. I think that Yelmalions from Vanntar should not feel completely at home there, although they can regain their runepoints there, maybe with an extra challenge like a cult lore check, or a rune affinity check (which are not needed in a completely familiar environment). I remember the first time I have attended a Baptist protestant ceremony with a Baptist friend, having been raised in a Catholic family. Although I could easily see the similarities, I also perceived some oddly different details and I was afraid of behaving improperly in this context. I my RQG games, I have reused the god names for “Thunder rebels” and “Storm Tribe” so that each clan or tribe temple has a different name, sometimes with some unique attributes. This way, stepping into a new foreign Orlanth temple becomes a small adventure in itself. 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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