Hierophant of a Great Old Old *spoilers*


Wrath of the Righteous


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So I've inherited a PbP campaign where the hierophant bound PC is an oracle of Yog-Sothoth. The character is being played as a CN with good tendancies. Basically claiming that the Great Old Ones are misunderstood (or at least so indifferent in general that it doesn't matter what they truely want). The character seems solid and I'm OK with it.

However I'm having a hard time figuring out how to work it into the progression for the campaign trait.... Of course being PbP its months, at least, before it comes up, but I want to be prepared, or have a discussion with the player about a gradual change of power source.

Any thoughts from GMs on how they'd deal with the issue. (I've tried to keep the spoiler out of the OP; respondents need not be so careful. Players you have been warned! Please don't read on!

Grand Lodge

Well, since oracle's are technically not bound to a particular good, it could be another deity that is their divine parent. Or some demi-god spin off of Yog who is much less... a member of the Dark Tapestry?


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While Sprain Ogre is correct about the oracle's powers not coming from a particular god, even in Golarion, I presume you are actually more worried about the campaign trait Touched by Divinity

Spoiler:
Where in Book 3 they discover they are in fact the child of the god chosen for that trait.

This is an interesting thing you'll have to work out since it also means that essentially a temple devoted to Baphomet gets turned into a temple devoted to Yog-Sothoth.

Personally, I would be hard pressed to say Yog-Sothoth would have any actual children since the Great Old Ones are so far removed from everything.

I think in the end, I would maybe work with the player, see what domain he chose for the Touched by Divinity trait (or Domains since you mentioned he will be a Heirophant). After that, I would look at all of the deities that also have the associated domains and change the deity associated with the Touched by Divinity trait.

Note, that this does not necessarily mean the oracle has to stop worshiping Yog-Sothoth. It just changes the aspect of the trait.


It looks like the Great Old Ones aren't happy with the demons barging into their Material Plane.

Grand Lodge

I think I was trying to get at that same fix, Harrowed, just not expressing it nearly as well. :)

Second Seekers (Luwazi Elsbo)

Starfinder Superscriber

There's precedent for some of this, actually.

The Dunwich Horror:
Yog-Sothoth has half-human offspring in this one. They're awful.

Shadow Lodge

Yeah, I was about to say

Spoiler:
if there's ANY of the Great Old Ones who would have hybrid offspring with mortals, it'd be Yog.


Bestiary 4 has a "Spawn of Yog-Sothoth" entry, so it's canon that Yog-sothoth will breed with mortals (mention is also made in the Dark Tapestry Cults entry in Carrion Crown #4 of Shub-Niggurath and Xhamen-Do as actual blood-heritage for Aberrant Sorcerers). It also mentions that some such Spawn don't manifest as Large Aberrations, but as humanoid-sized and roughly shaped (if typically deformed), and that these Spawn are typically blessed with levels in Oracle (Dark Tapestry Mystery) and/or Sorcerer (Aberrant Bloodline) as well, so your character is technically legit.


I'd suggest you introduce one of the large size spawn as the oracle's twin.


Yes! Read Dunwich Horror - if the player hasn't (unlikely, given that they chose Yog-Sothoth) you can just go with that. You could start having deformities grow now, things like odd hair, "skin tags" that will eventually sprout into tentacles, perhaps extra eyes in strange locations, to foreshadow this.

Finally - the "twin" is invisible, and could come looking for its sibling any time - you could start foreshadowing this as well, and either use it as a precursor or reveal to the trait's resolution.

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