Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mythologies, Commentary, & Dangers of the 'Star Cults' In The Dark Albion Campaign Setting

Sometimes over a beer there are avenues of unexpected adventure for old school  table top rpging case in point, one of the most dark & dangerous cults in Dark Albion, the Star Cults.

'So just how deeply entrenched are star cults in Dark Albion?' This was the question over a beer last night. 'Deep, very deeply in fact.' was my answer. Going all of the way back to the beginning of civilization of mankind Astrology has played its part in our lives in one facet or another. But in Dark Albion well your looking at the stars affecting the lives of the War of Roses players as a backbone of the movement of the war. I'm speaking of the heavy hitters here; the heads of the houses of Lancester & York were right in back pocket of a few star gazers. But this sort of thing goes deeper still.

Remember Dark Albion is based partially on Roman thinking & religious traits, Rpg Pundit knows this and built it into the back pocket of his Dark Albion setting. We're not light weight stuff here, we're talking about about very foundations of the course of the War of Roses. Every level of society is going to have interaction with those who consult the stars for births, deaths, crops, money matters, etc. Those players are going to be consulting with all kinds of alchemists, seers, etc.

At one time or another there are hints throughout Dark Albion that there will be seers, astrologers, and prophets of the stars from the lowly astrology chart maker to the prophetess who sits over an entrance to the underworld all of these are going to be consulted. And who do you think is going to be behind these? As I've said before chaos in Dark Albion is insidious and very personal.

Those little grey bastards from Dark Albion's Cults of Chaos who have been pulling the strings of the royals of Dark Europe from the foundations of the beginning of history. And they just might be pulling your PC's as well.

"A rare typeset book from 1493 contains what may be the earliest pictorial representation of a UFO. The book Liber Chronicarum (or commonly known as the Nuremberg Chronicle), describes a strange fiery sphere, seen in 1034, soaring through the sky in a straight course from south to east and then veering toward the setting sun. The illustration accompanying the account shows a cigar-shaped form haloed by flames, sailing through a blue sky over a green, rolling countryside. This may be the first work that actually contains actual illustrations of UFO's." 

From the UFO Evidence website

A quest might be to find an oracle who might be able to give advice to one side or another but whose actually pulling the oracle's strings? And who would question the will of the gods? Such an oracle or advisor to kings could be a much sought after and powerful individual. This might even be a quest unto itself within Dark Albion. But given the cybermagical technology of the star cult's benefactor's & the remote locations of temples of oracles they might not be found out for centuries. The elves of Dark Albion could also use this same mode of operation to exact their will on Earth as well.

What are the star cults connections to chaos? Well there are secrets within secrets when your dealing with these types of cults. Evil stars, comets, & other sky phenomenon are the stuff of occult legend & Biblical mythology.
Wormwood (ἀψίνθιον apsinthion or ἄψινθος apsinthos in Greek) is a star or angel from the Book of Revelation. There are some UFO theorists who believe that the Greys of popular culture are the quasi demonic servants of the angel or celestial being. So there could be deep star cults operating behind the scenes of Dark Europe connected to the prophecies of The War of the Roses.  But there's more too it then simply this.

If there is an Albion version of the Bible then it would contain verses based on " the New Testament is in the Book of Revelation: "The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter."" Which is going to be one the dangerous chaos Celestial  objects that the Inquisition is aware of. This makes a Cults of Chaos campaign all that more dangerous.

This is only some of the impact that Star Cults can have on the Dark Albion setting. There is a tremendous impact that their influence has throughout Dark Europe & I'll get into that another time.

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