Believers of the Source
The Believers of the Source/Godsmen
Ever feel that you’re out of place, or that your life isn’t what it’s supposed to be? Maybe you get a strange feeling like you’ve lived through something before, or that you can picture places vividly that you know you’ve never been? You’re not mad berk, it’s because life is all progressing and this life certainly isn’t your only one.
To these characters, all things are godly. All things can ascend to greater glory – if not in this life, then in the next. Patience and perseverance, that’s all it takes. See, here’s the chant: Everything – primes, planars, petitioners, proxies, the whole lot – is being tested. Survive, succeed, and ascend – that’s the goal of all beings. Fail and get reincarnated to try again. It’s pretty simple and straightforward. This means that although Powers exist, at one time they were just another basher climbing his way up the ladder.
‘Course, it ain’t that easy either. First off, nobody really knows what the tests are. Is a body supposed to be good, evil, or what? Godsmen are trying to figure that out. Second, a fellow might go in reverse – mess up and come back as a prime or something worse in the next life. So you don’t want to just get fat and lazy or you might end up back as a tadpole
This means that there’s a finite number of souls in the multiverse, and once they’ve all climbed to the top of the ladder, everything should end. That’s the goal, reach the top and reunite with The Source from which all life springs. The higher you get on the ladder, the more you can feel the Source in everything, and it’s only natural to want to help others up (or kick them back down if that’s your particular test).
So you see, the Godsmen calculate that’s the whole purpose of multiverse. The Prime Material, the Inner, and the Outer Planes – they exist to test and purge. They are the great forge of existence, and your soul is the material. It’s just a matter of figuring what’s being tested and how. When that happens, the Godsmen can hasten the end of the universe and get on with some new existence.
Seeing as the Godsmen view all life as having potential, they make great diplomats, and are often well received across the multiverse. It’s in their nature to help others reach their full potential, some of the greatest humanists have been Godsmen.
The Godsmen make their Sigil headquarters in The Great Foundry in the lower ward (proximity to the Lower Planes let certain materials burn hotter). You’d be hard pressed to find more exquisite and high quality craftsmanship than a Godsmen artificer. Imagine if you knew the whole point to your life was to make the best doors possible, well come a decade or two and you’d be engineering for the whole cage.
The Athar get along well enough with the Believers of the Source given their outlook on deities, and that they do not sit at the pinnacle of the multiverse. The Doomguard certainly love the idea that the multiverse eventually comes to an end, they just can’t always get their bone box around the idea of “progressing” towards the end rather than “decaying” to it. Don’t get them started on The Dustmen, they’ll go on about a pathetic ignorance of attempting to read the book backwards until you’re covered in gray hair. The Bleak Cabal has it all wrong as well, life does have meaning in it, the entire point is to test you. On that note, the Signers are coming along nicely, they just seem to be a little caught up in their own divinity.
There are none that are not welcome in the Godsmen. Priests of specific deities do suffer a -1 to their spell save DC because they don’t have the utmost faith in their deity.
Benefits of Membership
Everyone likes a Godsmen, and their innate ability to see the good in others give them a +4 to all diplomacy rolls and most individuals will view them in a more positive light (until the basher mucks it up of course).
Restrictions of Membership
There isn’t a Believer alive that believes in +Resurrection_. It’s going against the very nature of their beliefs and spits on the Source itself to return life to the same vessel. As such, no Godsmen can ever be resurrected, they instead begin their new life upon their death.