What if you worship multiple gods?


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As far as I know you can worship as many as you want, but can only be cleric of one at a time. That said, which god would you go to when you die if that's the case? The one you worshipped the most?

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Yqatuba wrote:
As far as I know you can worship as many as you want, but can only be cleric of one at a time. That said, which god would you go to when you die if that's the case? The one you worshipped the most?

The one whose religion and themes your life most followed, which in most cases would be the same as the one you worshiped the most. (Or vice-versa—the one whose religion and themes your life most worked against, in the case of a failed life and an afterlife of punishment rather than reward.)

Regardless, Pharasma's quite good at sorting that all out.


I'm curious about this notion of "punishment". If you're, for example, an avowed and vocal Iomedean who is privately a tremendous hypocrite- someone who uses their pull in the church to privately enrich themselves and engage in various sinful debaucheries and to denounce and destroy those of less status who would call you on your BS, who takes you when you die:

Iomedae, who will spend a while conveying how disappointed she is in you- or someone like Norgorber or Urgothoa whose ideals you lived in accordance with?


PossibleCabbage wrote:

I'm curious about this notion of "punishment". If you're, for example, an avowed and vocal Iomedean who is privately a tremendous hypocrite- someone who uses their pull in the church to privately enrich themselves and engage in various sinful debaucheries and to denounce and destroy those of less status who would call you on your BS, who takes you when you die:

Iomedae, who will spend a while conveying how disappointed she is in you- or someone like Norgorber or Urgothoa whose ideals you lived in accordance with?

From what I've been able to gather it's probably the latter. Like attracts like in Pathfinder's cosmology, like an inverted spiritual magnetism. Unfortunately for our mystery priest, their soul is being attracted to the place that really really really really looooooooooves eatin' 'em.


In another thread James Jacobs have recently said that it is possible for a soul to change their alignment upon being claimed ba a god and becoming a petitioner. So it's possible that a deity claims a soul of a hypocritic worshiper, and still obtains a well-aligned petitioner.

Though in general this seems exactly like a case for the Pharasma's Court. It exists specifically to resolve the cases where opposing claims exist.

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PossibleCabbage wrote:

I'm curious about this notion of "punishment". If you're, for example, an avowed and vocal Iomedean who is privately a tremendous hypocrite- someone who uses their pull in the church to privately enrich themselves and engage in various sinful debaucheries and to denounce and destroy those of less status who would call you on your BS, who takes you when you die:

Iomedae, who will spend a while conveying how disappointed she is in you- or someone like Norgorber or Urgothoa whose ideals you lived in accordance with?

This is why we call Pharasma's judgement judgement; she determines whether you go to a good end or a bad end, depending on all the possible factors of your life.


In Trail of the Hunted the faith at the Riverwood Shrine in the village Phaendar is described as, "The shrine is intended for any worshipers to use, but most people in town venerate Erastil or Desna, and so statues and symbols of these two faiths decorate the walls in the form of homemade amulets, artwork, and offerings. A stone shrine to the Green Faith—far older than the larger temple or anything else in the area—stands beside the temple, accommodating local Green worshipers." Elderly Noelan (LG male human cleric of Erastil 7) is the shrine's caretaker and young Rhyna (N female human adept 2). A retired ranger Aubrin multiclassed to a cleric of Cayden Cailean. That means that though Noelan was a cleric of Erastil, he and his assistant served all the religious needs of the village, because Erastil believes in supporting the village community. Noelan would hold worship services for Erastil, Desna, and the Green Faith, and serve as spiritual comfort for people of other gods.

Thus, we have a cleric who served many gods, too, though he had a primary god. His assistant Rhyna also served many gods, but as a non-cleric she did not have to pick one. When I converted the module to Pathfinder 2nd Edition during the Advanced Player's Guide playtest, I made Rhyna a fire oracle rather than an adept.


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Regardless, Pharasma's quite good at sorting that all out.

"Mmm, difficult, difficult, plenty of lawfulness I see...not a weak soul under there, you had drive, and ever sought to improve your liveliehood, but where to put you?" Pharasma pondered

"Not Asmodeous" the soul whispered

"Not Asmodeous, eh? Are you sure? You were at times very proud, you know, and while you never took on a slave you did love a sneaky contract"

"Not Asmodeus"

"Well, you did follow the rules, and not just because you were afraid of someone more powerful, I want to be sure... better be..." Pharasma announced,"ABADAR'S!"

The soul sighed in relief

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