Before leaving to reality, the players pierced deep into the deeper dream. The Dreaming is finished, perhaps gone for good? The players make their way out of a dream realm and hopefully back into the real world. But, what is real and what’s really going on? Being stuck in The Dream for so long was certainly no accident. And so, ends the first part of my zany adventure (that I originally intended not to last this long!)
One might wonder, what is the power of a spiritualist? It’s very much laid out in their name, someone who works with the spirits of the deceased. Such sorcerers are fabled for calming angry spirits who lacked desire to move on to the after life. In some instances, they have found ways to harness the spirits, whether out of mutual pact or magical extortion.
For most of your life, you have felt a connection with spirits. Over time, you tried to develop talents to reach out to the realms beyond. While not a bloodline in its own right, you have been touched by the nether realms, planar domains where souls travel upon death. Harnessing your talent, you are more than capable of communing with spirits either through seance or through a known spell.
However, conjuring and working with spirits is often taboo, and is such practiced in secret. While some may hear of you and seek you out for counsel when dealing with the dead, others might see you as a second rate necromancer. Some orders have even formed within various religious organizations as exorcists, while others revel in individual freedom when dealing with the shadows beyond our world.
Author’s Notes: I’m back with Blog Carnival content once more! This time, I thought I’d dabble into the Occult theme by making a Spiritualist based circle for the Sorcerer. While other classes also felt like good picks, this felt like the quickest match for me. So, let’s speak with the dearly departed as we explore the Nether World with the Spiritualist. And as a bonus, have a background on exorcism.
You may find more on the May 2017 Blog Carnival here! Alternatively, you may be interested in the Sage Variant: Occultist background that I made last year. This would better fit a medium who contacts spirits through seances and the like, should you favor a more gothic flavor over a high fantasy one!
Also, this is the first pass for this sub-class, it will be due for revision in subsequent weeks. This first draft is experimental and possibly volatile.
“I’ve seen it, a spawn of the Demon Prince of Beasts! It walked like a man, but looked like a goat. The creature carried strange sorceries upon them too, like nothing of this world. Surely, there must be more…” – A traveler’s encounter with a fiendish-goatfolk warlock.
Born from the Planes
Many rumors have spread of a race of beastly creatures born from demons. They have prominent goat features and walk upright, with a strange speech that’s a cross of humanoid and animal. In truth, the origins of these creatures have nothing to do with fiends at all, but the fair folk or the fae. The ever dubious and tricky denizens of the wyld plane are known for creating strange things on a whim, sometimes using outside creatures mutate into new ones. The goatfolk is one such case. During a fight between the unseelie and fiendish powers, warped goat-like creatures known as “hooved horrors” were unleashed as infantry forces for the fiends. For the most part, the creatures were vanquished. Those that were captured were used by the fey for experiments. Most of them had their fiendish corruption purged as they were made into protectors of the Wyld Plane. However, some still had a lingering fiendish essence that festered and manifested in later generations.
Swift and Athletic
The Goatfolk tend to dwell in steep crags, harsh mountaintops and rocky hills. Many are adept at jumping about the otherwise dangerous surfaces. As such, they value dexterity and maneuverability as important skills within their society. Ironically, their strange hoof-like fingers make them less likely to train in ranged weapons. However, those who have had success with such weapons are regarded as near-royalty. For those who aren’t disposed towards weapons, sorcery is more than common upon the goat people. This is likely the result of their distant underworld heritage, though the tampering of the fey could have caused a magical awakening all the same. However, magic users are seen as eccentric and strange within much goatfolk culture. Many see it as an unnecessary oddity, especially when physical prowess is held in such high regards. Some even see it as cheating one’s way to power or improving themselves artificially.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: GOATS! Sure, the connections to devils and the like was a bit easy, but I wanted to roll with it as a player option. I guess it fits under the anti-hero category because of that, but whatever. To be fair, this started as a variant tiefling option… which is also below. Also, I guess I owe a minor apology to the many people who wanted content that could translate into Undertale… especially when I either didn’t deliver or was crabby about it. (In short, I’m not a fan of Undertale. I just couldn’t get into it.) No matter, here’s my early Crimbo present to you! Or should I say, Merry Krampus!
But yes, come for the goat race, stay for the Tiefling options!
Not all who dwell in dark gaslamp lit towns and cities are called by the darkness. Some take more heroic and honorable pursuits. Of course, these people are just as susceptible to the darkness as the more “accursed” among them. Noble deeds can be tainted and benevolent action can devolve into a fanatical crusade. But in proper moderation and reflection, these heroes can be true champions of not only their ideals but for others as well. A harsh society is made all the more overwhelming by the presence of dark forces. In fighting them, even the most pure of hearts can fall to their wickedness. Those who are careful prove to be the truest exemplars of righteousness and courage, but few rise up to the occasion. Like countless others who are forced to take a stand, these mere everyday people must overcome extreme odds for not only victory, but survival as well.
Author’s Note: I tried to write as much as possible for this one! After all, my last background post was a fair bit skimpier. With that, I went a bit more overboard by giving you 4 new backgrounds and 2 variant backgrounds! All of them fit a general 19th century inspired fantasy/horror/adventure theme! Also, be on the look out for my next post! It’s a tie in to a certain blog carnival theme for this month!!