God of Murder
-by Wesley Quadros
Ratakar is the son of
JagaNatha, birthed when the High Gods defied her and robbed the
Gods of Old of their sacrifice. After his birth there was strife
within communities across Pelanda. It became so violent that people
killed people whom they knew. This was called murder and it became
more and more common throughout the land. Even after the High Gods
returned that which they had stolen Ratakar stalked the land and
none was safe from him. He prompted husband to kill wife; Father
to kill son; and priest to kill his god.
no favoured weapon and no favoured victim - the very act of murder
is his domain. Ratakar slew NiTuros with a knife of darkest obsidian.
He killed Durbadab with an iron axe. Vesket the Blue Eagle was felled
by a feathered dart while UleArti was strangled in her sleep.
To many, he
is an aspect of JagaNatha, the Avenger. Among her worshippers, he
is the spirit of retribution for disobedience.
of Ratakar is rare; he is an enemy god to every pantheon in Peloria.
Most people propitiate him. Those that do worship him, closely guard
their secrets and brothers. Each shrine has their own subcult and
hero that they worship. Each shrine has a preferred way and reason
to kill. Some see it as their duty to give souls to their dark god;
some exercise their skills; some do it for profit; some for devotion
to a Lord or priest; and some for the pure joy of killing.
sworn oath to guard the existence of the shrine and the identity
of one's brothers. The oath is witness and warded by Ratakar
himself. Prospective members are tested exhaustively in the
years before their admittance into the group.
of Ratakar, Remain Motionless, Control Breathing, Insidious
Strength, Explosive Temper, Sow Discord, Fan Anger)
in Shadows, Death Unseen, No Evidence, Innocent Visage, Scale
bands of assassins and killers across Pelanda. Ratakar is a
popular god among some Dart Competitors, especially those from
secret Cavern of the Lost is somewhere on the flanks of Mt Jernotius
in the Jernotian Realm. From there his worshippers journey through
Pelanda spreading death and distrust or carrying out JagaNatha's
High Holy day is The Day of Murder, 10/day, 7/week, 1/season
(Freezeday/Death/Fire Season), the day that Ratakar slew Bright
Face, the Bad King. Worshippers gather in their temple and make
bloody human sacrifice to their god.
they know of each other, worshippers of Ratakar maintain a professional
courtesy towards Fjordauri for though they give him a different
name, the Lunars still worship the son of Natha.
is a enemy god of every pantheon in Pelanda. His worshippers
are feared and hunted.
and herocults very from place to place. Many revolve around a particular
style of killing, particular reason to kill or a particular victim
to kill. Examples include Ratakar the Garrot, Ratakar the Avenger
and Ratakar the Regicide.
The Knife believe that the short blade is Ratakar's chosen weapon
and the most efficient way of killing. They practice fighting with,
throwing and making knives. Like most followers of Murder, they
will kill with anything that comes to hand but prefer to use a knife.
Knife, Knife Fighting, take two more abilities related to knives.
Strike, Surprising Reach, Adder Strike, Lightning Throw, One-to-Three,
Enchant Silver ritual)
Dance (The worshipper enters a trance-like state where
he becomes one with his blade and attains perfect control of
his body. Can be used to augment any use of Death by Knife)
Strangler -by Kevin McDonald
teaches that killing with bare hands is the most sacred form of
murder. They believe that if a practitioner gazes into the eyes
of a victim during "sacrifice" the soul of the departed
becomes his slave on the Other Side. Because of the similarity in
method of killing, Stranglers are occasionally confused with Thanatari.
Few survive to spread this blasphemous slander.
Hands, Strangulation, Unarmed Combat
in Silence, Steal Breath, Ensnare Limbs, Leap to Throat, Crush,
Life ritual (This secret ritual allows the Strangler
to steal the soul of a victim, who then serves in the Other
Side. He may exchange this life for his own if he is later slain)