Cult of ShidoFuhai (Vormain)

From: Tadaaki Kakegawa / Malion (yelmalio@za2.so-net.or.jp)
Date: Sun 11 Jan 1998 - 04:11:38 EET


Hello Gloranthans,

My friend and I write up Cult of ShidoFuhai, a Vormai Primary War God.
This is work in progress (not mentioned Cruel Side of the god etc) and
very short version. Comments are welcome.

CULT OF SHIDOFUHAI
The Master Samurai

I. MYTHOS AND HISTORY

Death was greatest Taint for people of VanRuKoku in Golden Era. ShidoFuhai
had been fighting against this kind of Taint, but he failed. The Holy
One, VanSeiKiHi the Sun Goddess was killed by HiYami and went to Dead
Land. Dark Era began. He felt guilt for his powerlessness.

One day two gods came to the Islands. KuKenSin, Seeker of Death, and
Wondering One the Trickster. Trickster told ShidoFuhai that it was
KuKenSin who release Death to the world. ShidoFuhai came him at fury.

But he was beaten six times. Among the battle, he learned from KuKenSin
how to purify Death from Taint and eventually he broke the Sword of Death
at the seventh duel. KuKenSin and ShidoFuhai honored each other. Then
KuKenSin left for his quest. ShidoFuhai stayed and continued fighting
against Tainted Gods. He took important part in VanRuZain (i.e. the
Compromise of Eternity) at Return of VanSeiKiHi.

He was the founder of "Shi"(Samurai). "Shi" means Death which was freed
>from Taint. He is worshipped all who want to become samurai.

He has no connection with Theyaran Runes. His Vormai Symbol is "Shi" and
"Misogi". His Star of Fate is TenRouSei, the High Wolf Star.

II. CULT ECOLOGY

This cult highly prize honor and death, and loyalty for their ruler.
Most of lords of Vormain are Rune Lords of ShidoFuhai. They obey
strictly their code, Shido(Way of Shi). They must obey the order of
Priest and Priestess of VanSeiKiHi.

Enemy is Tainted ones, including cult members who are tainted with Shame
etc. They are forced to kill themselves in cult ritual. Pirates of
TouSanKu (Tsanks) is a sworn enemy, because they killed last blood of
OoKimi(GodKing) at capital city EdoMiyo in 1598. HiYami and trolls are
also enemy.

III. CULT IN THE WORLD

(skip)
Shrine teaches Purify Through Death.

IV. SAMURAI (Initiate)

SKILLS: Sword and Spear Attack, Ride Horse, Ceremony.
SPIRIT MAGIC: Bladesharp, Disruption, Fanaticism, Heal, Mindspeach,
Protection, Repair, Strength, Vigor.

V. MASTER SAMURAI (Rune Lord)

A candidate must have been a good initiate at least for one year.
He must be 50% or better in Ceremony and 90% or better in four of
following skills: Sword Attack, Spear Attack, (Weapon) Attack, (Weapon)
Parry, Orate, Ride Horse, Scan, Craft/Katana. He must pass the test of
holiness (POW x 5).
A new Rune Lord is granted iron Katana and Wakizasi. Sometimes they can
obtain an iron spear with them.
Masters can use Divine Spells reusable. They can attempt Divine
Intervention by 1D10.

COMMON DIVINE MAGIC: All.
SPECIAL DIVINE MAGIC: Detect Shido, Enchant Bronze, Enchant Iron, Oath,
Purify Through Death, Shield, True Sword.
STELLAR MAGIC: Evoke Ki.

VI. SHIDOFUHAI SPECIAL DIVINE MAGIC

Detect Shido
1 point, ranged, temporal, stackable, reusable
This spell inform the caster whether target follows the right way of
Shido or not. This spell works as a kind of Divination.

Purify Through Death
3 points, touch, duration special, non-stackable, reusable
This spell is cast on a sword in advance. When user of the sword make
the first attack, the spell starts working (duration temporal). This
spell double the damage done by weapon. In case Tainted existence was
harmed by the weapon spell cast, damage through armor is doubled in
addition. The soul of the ones killed by the weapon is purified of any
kind of Taint (including Taint of Chaos etc). Soul of undead destroyed
by the weapon is freed as well. This spell is also used in Suicide
Ceremony of samurais.

VII. SHIDOFUHAI SPECIAL STELLAR MAGIC

Evoke Ki

VIII. SUBSERVIENT CULTS

Spirit of Reprisal
Ancestral Spirits is spirits of reprisal of the cult.

Schools of Shido
There are many schools of Shido in Vormain. Eight Orthodoxy School founded
by Eight Disciples of ShidoFuhai is dominant, but there are a lot of
minor schools.

Kyoku-Sin
This school is the most Orthodoxy school.

Kyo-Sin
This school lay a stress on wrestling, and teaches Martial Arts skill and
Shining Knuckle.

Shining Knuckle
2 points, ranged, temporal, non-stackable, reusable
This spell double the damage done by a specific natural weapons. In case
used with Martial Arts, the damage is tripled. Location the spell cast
shines out.

Gou-Ha
This school is heresy of the cult. Samurais of this school seek only
power of Death.

Force Attack
2 points, self, temporal, non-stackable, reusable
A caster can let go a shot of force wave from his weapon. This force
wave is handled as missile weapon which cause damage as much as the
weapon, range 10m/15m (effective/max). Caster must success Weapon Attack
roll as usual. Target can't try any Parry. Armor and protection spells
work as usual.

IX. ASOCIATED CULTS

VanSeiKiHi: Empress of Gods provide Sun Lay to her loyal guard.

KuKenSin: This god is also called Fumakutou by western part of Vormain.
He is rarely worshipped. He provide Detect Truth.

ChiYn TaiSin: This god of knowledge teaches Stellar Lore skill.

TeRaShuku(Telask): One of Low Gods of Vormain. He is worshipped in
SiRuri Prefecture as protector of the isle. He provide True Spear.

X. MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Katana and Wakizasi

Katana and Wakizasi are the sword made in Vormain. Katana and Wakizasi must
be made from iron only. They must be maintenance every day by Craft/Katana
skill (not Craft/Weapon skill). Katana can be used either as a cutting /
smashing weapon or as a impaling weapon.

Category Weapon Damage STR/DEX ENC BS% Armor SR Price

Sword,2H Katana 1D10+3 13/11 2.0 05 20 2 5,000
Shortsword Wakizasi 1D6+3 7/ 7 1.0 05 18 3 3,000

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Tadaaki Kakegawa AKA MALION
                                e-mail: yelmalio@za2.so-net.or.jp
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