"I embrace hardship and privation with ecstatic delight; I want everything the world holds; I would go to prison or to the scaffold for the sake of the experience. I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck. I grow delirious to contemplate the delicious horrors that are certain to happen to me. This is the keynote of my life, the untrammeled delight in every possibility of existence, potential or actual."
The Confessions of Aleister Crowley (1929)
This blog entry picks up right where our last blog excusion left off. We go into the bowels of a supernatural & occult thought exercise in a campaign set into a world of mixing both 'Veterans of the Supernatural Wars Rpg' by Jason Vey & Timothy Brannan & "The Invisible College" rpg at the table top.
So what scares some members of "The Invisible College" rpg? The samething that has scared members of every occult & supernatural society from time immorrial. And that is death. Even those whose practices can create bolts of supernatural damnation must & will bow to the blade of the reaper as will we all! Or will we?! In the highest levels of occult sciences & supernatural practices there are literal physical immortals who practice immortality at a very high end of the scale in "The Invisible College" rpg.
So there are literally immortals who might have been around since the forgotten times of mankind. Immortals who are quite literally willing to do anything to secure their own fleeting immortality. Sacrifice an enite people or country?! No problem at all. Genocide an entire civilization? Sure why not to ensure another two thousand years or so. These monsters of the "The Invisible College" rpg are the true manipulators who move entire family lines of minions just get their points made. These immortals are invited onto the path of divinity & then things get weird. Even these monsters pale in comparison to the true manipulators of evil & good. We're speaking here of the B/X immortals those who have the insane desire to walk the next path of immortality.
While it is possible to step from the "The Invisible College" rpg to the Frank Mentzer path of immortality. Its going to be very rate indeed. Because the incredible price that must be paid is very high in both occult power & ingrediants to maintain existence. These immortals sometimes create for themselves cults around them going against many of the principles of magick itself. According to Crowley, " I do not want to father a flock, to be the fetish of fools and fanatics, or the founder of a faith whose followers are content to echo my opinions. I want each man to cut his own way through the jungle." Some of the immortals merely want ot maintain their own grasp on phyical & spiritual power. They use their own wizards as immortals use other adventurers to fufill an agendas of temporal & mercurial power.
Not only are wizards of the "The Invisible College" rpg aware of other worlds such as Greyhawk or Mystara but they absolutely seek these out for the rare ingrediants that such places hold. The cross point is that risk of the immortals or gods of these realms becoming aware of the supernatural tresspassers into their realms! A fact not lost on the demonic & infernal hellspawn of Rafael Chandler 's Demonic Tome 'a pay what you want title' .