Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Do You Use Religious Rituals in Your Campaigns?
This past Sunday, Rach and I went to Jamaica Bay to see the sunrise. The last thing I expected to stumble into was a Hindu religious ceremony as the sun came up.
It was foreign to me, almost mystical. I was in awe. I didn't want to intrude but I couldn't look away.
Afterwards, I started thinking about how something like this, not this ritual, but something else, another ritual, could set a scene in a fantasy campaign. Religion in fantasy RPGs is often hand waved, judged by how it benefits the characters. A cleric is often just an armored spell caster without flavor and any two clerics of any two random religions are pretty much the same.
Could a peek behind the curtain, a small snapshot of the rituals that differentiate such religions add depth? Would it make the cleric more than just a sum of the spells he can cast and the undead he can turn?
I guess I'll find out with my next campaign, as this certainly has me thinking...