Exciting motivation for killing an Adabar highpriest?


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In my plot a major priest of Adabar has to be murdered.

This should be a major plot hook. Adventure location is Osirion. Do you have an exciting idea about a plot scheme?

Who could be the murderer and why is the Adabar priest killed?

E.g. just the successor of the priest, the evil uncle, opposed religion would be boring. Maybe you have some cool ideas.

Thanks.


A priest of one of the Old Gods of Osirion is behind it, wanting to remove all this "foreign, upstart" religions from the ancient kingdom

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Someone needs a dead loved one raised, but the priest is cornering the local diamond market and charging exorbitant prices.

Liberty's Edge

He slept with the wrong person's husband or daughter. Or both.

He was involved in a high stakes financial deal that was either dishonest or went south and was killed in an act of revenge.

He was killed by the family member of someone he sentenced to death or prison while serving as a judge.

He was involved with the government and was killed as part of a conspiracy to overthrow or control all or part of it.

He got involved in a power play between the churches of Abadar and Pharasma that turned deadly.

He was an adventurer in his youth and made enemies and his past finally caught up with him.


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He charged a 0% interest loan and was killed by an Avatar of his God for such heresy?

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Money

Sovereign Court

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RainyDayNinja wrote:
Someone needs a dead loved one raised, but the priest is cornering the local diamond market and charging exorbitant prices.

A real, genuine LN priest of Abadar would not do that. They believe in building a stronger community and currency / market manipulation are their favored enemies. Perhaps the Abadar priest is LE or corrupted...

Sovereign Court

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It's hard to find a plausible reason to kill a priest of Abadar other than:

- the attacker is crazy / chaotic / extremely stupid (or a combination of these)
- the attacker worships Rovagug or Lamashtu
- the priest, while being LN and doing a decent job, has an extremely annoying personality or has an holier than thou / zealot attitude that borders on heresy (if he was judged by other Abadar priests), which results in the local mercantile consortium to band together and arrange for him to disappear (this works best in a place that's obviously CN, like Riddleport or the Shackles)

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Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Someone needs a dead loved one raised, but the priest is cornering the local diamond market and charging exorbitant prices.
A real, genuine LN priest of Abadar would not do that. They believe in building a stronger community and currency / market manipulation are their favored enemies. Perhaps the Abadar priest is LE or corrupted...

A LE priest can as easily be real and genuine as a LG one, though. And LG high level priests of Abadar certainly exist.

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Deadmanwalking wrote:
Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Someone needs a dead loved one raised, but the priest is cornering the local diamond market and charging exorbitant prices.
A real, genuine LN priest of Abadar would not do that. They believe in building a stronger community and currency / market manipulation are their favored enemies. Perhaps the Abadar priest is LE or corrupted...
A LE priest can as easily be real and genuine as a LG one, though. And LG high level priests of Abadar certainly exist.

LE's love to exploit loopholes to become more powerful / rich. It's in their nature. He would make sure that all the necessary laws and amendments were signed by the local lord, of course, but it's almost impossible to have a LE character without a personal agenda or angle, even if the tenets of Abadar would discourage one priest's advancement over the prosperity of the community... (a LE character could, for example, be a shining beacon of financial ethics virtue in his home town, but perhaps have stakes in several consortium that profit with piracy or hostile mergers in far away lands...)

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a LE Abadar priest could also rationalize a lot of "damage" he does to a local economy by evoking that his policies are better in the "long run" and that they are merely "accelerating the stabilization of the economy to its proper steady state, i.e. the most optimized for profitability" (i.e. shutting down business in Andoran and opening them in Cheliax with slave labor)

such a priest would downplay the fact that Abadar wants all cities to prosper, not some at the expense of others

Liberty's Edge

I wasn't arguing they were nice, I was arguing they were real priests of Abadar, and as likely to reach high office as the LG version.

Scarab Sages

He stole my money... or at least I think he did.


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I can think of a few...

* Jealousy of the priest's financial success.

* Anger over the priest's insistance of receiving fees to do something requested (e.g. Healing), or at the size of the fees.

* Murderer coveted the priest's spouse, and thinks s/he has a chance with the priest out of the picture.

* The priest had been replaced by a double (doppelganger, succubus, etc) and the murderer thought he was doing good.

* The priest had been possessed by a demon, and the murderer thought it was a doppelganger, and killed a good guy.

* Refusal to pay extortion.

* Failure to pay off a loan shark-- Priest had made some bad investments, and turned to criminals to keep up appearances, but couldn't pay them in time.

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Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Someone needs a dead loved one raised, but the priest is cornering the local diamond market and charging exorbitant prices.
A real, genuine LN priest of Abadar would not do that. They believe in building a stronger community and currency / market manipulation are their favored enemies. Perhaps the Abadar priest is LE or corrupted...

Actually, how about a noble or merchant house that is manipulating the market for an important commodity?

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Scenario:

The high priest of Abadar, a venerable LG fair-dealing priest who does his best to advance his community and responsible for the commission of many great public works is murdered, and the death is made to look like natural causes, i.e. a heart attack or stroke. His death is mourned by most of the city. Only further investigation by the PCs reveals foul play.

The reason the priest was killed was not for what he had done, but because of what he knew.

The priest was the friend of a wealthy family of land-owning merchants who were all killed in a terrible accident, and whose lands would escheat to the city after a certain period of time (say, five years) if no heirs could be found, and would then be put up for public auction. No heir is known of...except to the priest. The priest knew that the grandson/granddaughter was alive, and his/her location.

His killer was a Red Mantis Assassin hired by a rival family, who wants to buy the land dirt cheap. The land itself is worthless; it is an alkali flats with no mineral resources to speak of. However, it is the perfect site for a canal between two major cities to increase commercial traffic, with the rival family wants to have total control over this commerce and the profits that it will yield, and will murder anyone who interferes with their plan.

Now the same Red Mantis is after the young heir/heiress, and it's up to the PCs to find him/her and protect her.

Scarab Sages

I would think the high priest of Abadar would have the only key to a vault, or perhaps knew the location of a great treasure vault. Maybe it's apart of a grand heist, or some evil going after an artifact. Given Osirion, maybe he knows the location of a pyramid vault or something of that nature.


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I could see the mercenary and heartless nature a priest of Adabar take on economic issues rubbing somebody the wrong way.

Maybe a close family member or friend of somebody he let die in the street due to lack of funds when he could have very easily have saved him at little expense to himself wants revenge.

Silver Crusade

For some interconfessional tension, perhaps a cleric/druid of the Green Faith or Gozreh has decided that the priest's plans for urban expansion, particularly something that pollutes heavily, would be too harmful to nature, and decides to step in to defend it. The specifics could vary heavily depending on the preferred alignment of both the perpetrator and the victim.


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Years ago the priest refused a couple healing for their only son because they could not pay his fee. The child died ang the husband abandoned his wife joining the Osirian military. The woman left alone turned to the worship of Nargorber searching revenge for the slights she suffered and surprisingly found someone willing to answer her prayers.

Now, years later, she's a changed woman who heads a congregation of fervent followers in her own personal assssin guild, but she has not forgotten the priest of Adabar who set her on her current path.

She would very much like to thank him...

As her god did before her she has to erase all ties to her former life, and in doing so achieving her own revenge. She has already made certain all those who knew her are dead, now she only needs to kill the priest and then she will ascend as Nargorber's right hand and start a reign of terror on Golarion.

When she kills the priest and nothing happens she's baffled. Then she understands her husband is still alive somewhere and puts her considerable resources to the task of slaying him. Finding and protecting the former hausband (who made a new life for himself and is an high ranking officier in Osirion's army) will be the focus of the PCs.
The omicides the servant of Nargorber commits are all ritualistic as she needs to enact a certain ritual in order to ascend. This will give the PCs clues on what's really happening.


LN people have conflicts over the most amazing things. Maybe he believed a saint of Abadar was created, not born?

Scarab Sages

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In my Kingmaker game, there is an Abadaran heresy going on, which is LE and adds the tyranny domain. These heretics believe that the priesthood should be ruling the kingdom of Brevoy, not the nobles. They are hidden amongst the regular clergy and known only to themselves, though some of their higher level members are slightly known as being a bit more ruthless. The heresy has definitely killed off several of the regular "rank and file" Abadaran priests that discovered things they were not supposed to or filled positions the heretics desired for their own members.

If you can come up with a goal that a LE Abadar heresy might find worthy, you would have a good hook in your own game.


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The cake was a lie...

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Business Rival


Vendetta spanning generations.

The priest learnt a secret and was silenced for state reason.

The priest offered his life in exchange for someone else's.

The priest lost a poorly worded gamble, and the other party demanded life.


The killer is a businessman/woman whose rival is applying for a large loan that only the priest can approve. In the event the priest is not available, the bishop/archbishop in the next succeeding level of the church's hierarchy, some weeks away by ground travel, would be required to approve the loan. The killer murders the priest, denying the killer's rival a business opportunity.


He's Father Ted.

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