Thursday, October 20, 2011
Religion and Roleplaying: It's a Mashup
The Vampire and the Cleric are based on Christianity. More specifically the Hammer Horror version of Christianity starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. I can't recall which church Van Helsing attended but I'm pretty sure it's not that important to the story. :)
The Golem is based on Judaism. Ghouls are from Arabian Folklore and there are Jinn found in the Qur'an. The Monk class is a Buddhist. The Modrons are from the Atheist Church. Lovecraftian Horrors from the Agnostic fear about the unknowable.
Many other world religions, past and present, are found in the Deities & Demigods (Legends & Lore) book and/or the Monster Manual.
In the same way that the rules encourage a specific play style, namely treasure recovery, they also suggest an optimal religious philosophy as well. In Deities & Demigods there is % listed for divine intervention if your character beseeches that deity. Clearly it would make the most sense to beseech all of them until you get one that listens. ;)
"Help me Tom Cruise!"