Inspired by this amazing picture by Timofey Stepanov.
Hit Dice: 20
Attack: +10 x 2 attacks
Damage: 1d12 straight
Move: 10 foot in bright light /100 foot in flickering candlelight
The Candlelord is a vicious parasite god with a cult among the well-to-do of the Bright Republic. He lives in the abandoned vaults beneath the republic’s capital city where the wealthy cult members conduct dark rituals by its candle-light near the tombs of the senator-saints. It is said that the candles on his back represent suns he has eaten through long lost power before he came across the Night Roads and was stranded here.
The Candlelord can scry through any candles lit within a mile of his vaults.
The Candlelord’s higher ranked cultists can throw 1d6 damage in fire attacks if their shoulder-candles are lit and they are within a mile of their lord. When the fiery cultists are killed their heart, eyes and genitals burn like candles for 24 hours.
The Candlelord can choose from the Sun and Fire gifts based on which rituals the cult has performed recently and always has Road of Shadows as long as one candle is lit in its vault.
If you snuff out any of the Candlelord’s candles on its back, make a Spirit save as you feel the extinguishing of an ancient sun. Failure = 1d10 damage. Success is just a feeling of intense dread and perhaps a detail from a dead sun ‘s world to put as one of your Facts when you next level up. If you are ever on the Night Roads, you will be able to navigate your way to that cold, dead world without any rolls, as if you’d been there many times before.
The Flickering Suns Cult
Conflict: Performing a dangerous magic rite
- Power Source: Has access to great wealth personally
Keeper of the relics
- Power Source: Controls vital relics of the faith
- Power Source: Recruits the new cultists and finds sacrifices
Consequences of its Destruction: A dangerous cult will fill the void
Temple Defenses: See Candlelord, above
- 2 Temple Spies (from S.R.D. or other law enforcement? Are they turned?)
- Naive monk
- Grubby Cult Serf
That is certainly original. I like the idea of parasitic gods. That picture by Stepanov is fairly nice too.
Thanks but I can’t take credit for that phrase. Parasite gods are from Godbound – a neat game chock-full-of cool ideas.