Isaac Carroll
▶ Godbound
2018-07-10T17:55:52.482Z

I have been playing Cultist Simulator recently and have been pondering the possible intersection between its approach to occult power and Godbound's Theurgy. For example, the Mansus from CS could be somewhere reachable via Night Roads, and the various rites of summoning and transformation could be adapted as Theurgic rituals.

Has anyone else had similar thoughts? Does this sound interesting as a fan supplement sort of thing?

NineHeavensMaster
2018-07-10T17:55:52.482Z

I think it's an awesome idea! I love CS, and the Mansus sounds like an intriguing visit.

Isaac Carroll
2018-07-10T17:55:52.482Z

Thanks! I'm currently wondering whether it should be just an add-on to a standard Godbound game, or whether it should be a different style of play, where you are mortals trying to ascend, and there are Words for each of the occult principles like Edge and Grail that you gain access to as you level up.

NineHeavensMaster
2018-07-10T17:55:52.482Z

Well, you could certainly make it where the characters become Godbound via ascension through the Mansus, that's a way to do it. Heroic mortals might be best for that. Gaining Artifacts with Word links might be better than actual Words in that case however, since Artifacts tend to have... interesting side effects when wielded by mortals, and you can replicate them acquiring them at places like the Auction House.

If you have the new Lexicon of the Throne, certain Words in there have spheres pf influence (like Winter or Murder) that might suit creation of Words like Edge or Winter whole-cloth.

If you don't wish to go that far, perhaps just make the Mansus a multi-Parasite God cult with followers worshiping strange principles somewhere in the world...

Isaac Carroll
2018-07-10T17:55:52.482Z

I would totally love to run a game where the PCs are occultists trying to ascend / become Godbound. I don't think I'll have the opportunity to do that any time soon though. I like the idea of Word-bound Artifacts, and humans being warped by power that mortals weren't meant to wield.

I do have Lexicon of the Throne. I agree that there are some really good candidates in there, and the guidelines for creating new Words will be very helpful.

I've decided that what I'll do is make occultists of the Mansus an adversary in my current Godbound game. My players will start to encounter summoned monstrosities (based on Uncreated, Eldritch, Misbegotten, Relicts, Spirits, Undead, all the fun stuff), and when they track down the source they will find a cult of Theurgists worshipping entities of the Mansus.

I'm thinking the Big Bad will be the Mansus itself as an architectural Made God existing in a broken fragment realm, reaching out through dreams to biddable mortals. Not sure yet what the minibosses will be. The Hours from CS seem to be too distant and numinous to serve as real antagonists. Maybe just powerful beings like King Crucible? I'll have to think on it some more. And of course play lots more CS. :)

NineHeavensMaster
2018-07-10T17:55:52.482Z

Good idea! And yeah, don't use the Hours. Use named summons like King Crucible, Teresa, and so on. Hours are much too powerful, likely on par with high-level Parasite Gods. Names would be equal to Angels, likely.