Path of a Prophet [WIP w/ brief demo]

gender-choice
low-fantasy

#2

I very much enjoyed the writing style. It was very clean and moved the game on without dwelling on things, I always find that that makes the world feel more “real”. I was a little bit surprised at how fast my brother accepted that I’d had a communication with the divine, though. Is that not that surprising in this world or is he particularly open to that kind of thing? He just seemed overly apologetic for waking me up. I feel like he should have almost accused me of being drunk after I told him but then have gotten more serious when he saw that I was serious. But, if this all makes sense in this world then forget I said anything.:yum:

The idea of playing a prophet/ess is a really cool approach that I don’t think I’ve really seen before. Do you have any idea how far you’re going to go with that? Is our God going to give us clear messages or are we going to be in effect “interpreting their intent” (i.e. lying to get our way)? Will we get future prophecies and get to decide whether we let them play out or not? There’s a lot of fun stuff you can do with this idea and I’m excited to see where it goes!

I also found a couple of missing words. I’m not as clever as other people on this forum and can’t work a screenshot for the life of me so I just copied the paragraphs and enclosed the missing words in square brackets:

Missing Words

“When [you?] go to the Grove today, you could ask the Grounds-Marshal about Aelius. If He really is from another province, there’s going to be a decent chance that the Grounds-Marshal has heard of Him. We could also take a look inside the Hieratic Library and see if they have any papyri about Aelius.”

As you enter the Grove, you stop to take in the enormous movement of human beings taking [place?] before you. Not only have most of the residents of Arelone come to the Grove, whether paupers or nobles, but so have throngs of peasants from the surrounding countryside. You have heard that for the furthest of them it is an entire day’s trek!


#3

Found an error. Forgot to screenshot, but it happened when I select my god’s gender as “he.” Custom appearance god. Error message tells something “variable god_form exists, but no value.”


New concept, interesting. Too bad I can’t continue on due to the bug.

A comment from me, especially since I had this discussion about god and deities on other community. Would you consider for our god to be an all-powerful god that has no gender suitable for themselves ('cuz gender is for mortals), and even looking at them is such a great burden that they appear only in the form understandable by their follower?


#4

Um. I get to make my own religion? I am so down for this! Will you be able to use the principles of your religion to shape the empire and/or the provinces? On a different note, I have been enjoying your writing style. I am finding it very clear and easy to follow.


#5

Can we actually choose what the principles of our religion are? Or will we only be able to choose how we wish to spread our religion:aristocracy or peasantry, militaristic or peaceful and so on?


#6

Not an error per say but I find it amusing that should you select the dove as the form of your god, having a winged dove is an option.

I mirror what’s said above. I would be interested in how in-depth we can be about our religion, and how we might be able to go about spreading it.

Excited to see where this goes and yeah, love your style.

Edit: also the ability to use a they/them pronoun for the god seems appropriate


#7

@Revache If you told the average person that you had a vision of a god in this world, they probably wouldn’t believe you, but your spouse/sibling is supposed to be extremely supportive of your efforts in general. (You’re going to have to really screw up to get them on your wrong side.) Considering that this is a world where worship has direct physical consequences, I think their reaction isn’t too extreme.

As for communication with your god, it will depend on which magical path you take later in the game. The first I mentioned in the OP is discovering that your god is a spirit (an immaterial being capable of magic). In that case, you actually get to talk to your god, but their directives probably end up being pretty vague. The second that I mentioned is are a Channeler capable of turning prayers (with enough volume) into reality. That option will be a bit more “realistic” in that you will just have to pray or meditate to figure out what your god wants. Also, thanks for catching the missing words, those should be fixed now.

@Szaal The crash should be fixed now. The custom appearance was the issue. As far as whether your god actually has a gender or a comprehensible form, I’ll leave that up to the reader’s headcanon. If you take a particularly monotheistic path, that might make sense, but if you are polytheistic and accept idol worship that just actually might be the appearance of your god.

@Jeeshadow1 Eventually, yes, once I get past writing exposition! :slight_smile:

@kyros There will be some combination of both. I probably won’t track the principles too closely, but you will get to choose them and have an impact on your stats.

@hachimachi Yeah, the winged dove/eagle was just kind of lazy, that should be fixed now. I hope to give you a reasonable amount of depth about your religion–you’ll be able to at least decide on the key tenets and your organizational structure. Also, I just added the they/them pronoun. I hesitated at first because it would require different tenses than the others, but I found a pretty helpful forum post about how to do it.


#8

CK2 player here. I don’t get it, what are the reasons?

More seriously, how tolerant are the Marantines? Should I expect a new career as bear feed/Colosseum entertainment, or passive-aggressive hostility, or just a shrug and a “you do you” from the government?

Or does that all depends on the kind of religion the player makes?


#9

No Xwedodah in this game, unfortunately.

The Marantines will be as tolerant as you are useful to them. if you play nice and praise their rule they’ll tolerate you and maybe even give your religion official status, but if you rebel against their rule you’ll start getting into the realm of crucifixions and the like.


#10

Our own sibling is an RO?


#11

There have been historical religions which allow or even support incest so, I mean, would it really be that much of a surprise if that was a possible RO?


#12

They’re not a romance.


#13

That post was a joke in response to Malvastor’s joke about Crusader Kings 2. As it and the OP both say, your sibling is definitely not an RO.


#14

Good. I’m very much relieved.


#15

This is fricking sick!!! I can feel a good deal of potential from this WIP. Count me the hell in!!!


#16

I’m hoping that we can have warrior monks that follow if you are polytheistic the god of war


#17

Im not sure if you wanted to refer to female gods as goddesses or not but maybe you should given the fact that you gave us the choice to choose our gods gender. Its pretty neat though, this could be pretty successful.


#18

Short so far, but I like it!

The only thing I would say really is be careful with how many options and variations you give in customizing your god. Depending on how much the options cause the scenes to vary and how often you plan to have us interact with our god, it could be a whole lot of extra work.


#19

Was meant to post this earlier;

Little typo, that’s if you choose your god to be a male human, describing them as a ‘he’

Also, you asked to check the dialogue for both spouses, I personally feel there is no problems with what has been written. Beyond that, keep up the good work.


#20

the Patriarchic bit needs to be rewriten comes across as bit acidic and memey, the Combination of Only mentioning empresses and then mentioning Patriarchy, just comes across as caricature of what you are intending.

In the Marantine Empire, which rules over all of the civilized world, men and women are regarded as equal, and the many Empresses which have reigned over the years–including the current, Filimara IX–have not been shy about enforcing this cultural norm upon the provinces. The patriarchy that previously held sway in the provinces has long been abolished, and at this point even the most traditionalist provincials have little interest in reviving this particular institution, especially since many of them are women!

I think it might be The part of regarded as equal and patriarchy being abolished and then Mentioning That only empresses have ruled without explaining the inconsistency between the society and the Rulership


#21

You’re right, the wording here is not quite getting the point across. I’m changing this to something less extreme-sounding in the next demo update.