Advancement in the Godsmen: Ideas

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Korimo Taikan
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Advancement in the Godsmen: Ideas

In my campaign I'm having a factotum advance to factor in Ambar's palace

Per page 24 of the Factol's Manifesto, a section pertaining to
advancement through the Godsmen ranks:

"...the candidate undergoes a series of tests: unusual puzzles or challenging tasks, specifically tailored to probe his fears and limitations. 'Course the factors don't measure prospects against perfection. They just try to gauge the malleability of a namer in the multiversal forge. A similar test is administered at Ambar's Palace to factotums chosen to advance to factor rank."

I would love to hear any kinds of special ideas to test this person aside from the clichés like riddles or mini mazes.

My campaign features a lot of psionics so if that is somehow incorporated into your ideas that would be great.

Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

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Who's the PC?

Most important detail missing: who is the player character?

After all, it's supposed to be tailored to their unique fears and limitations.

One thing I did with the Godsmen was have Ombidias summon a past and future version of himself in an effect similar to mirror image, but the selves had their own opinions/perspectives based on his evolution at the time. The past self represented things he had forgotten, lost touch with, a source/origin he needed to return to and honor. The future self represented his destiny, the particular oath to immortality/god hood that he would walk, and guidance from beyond. Imagine that scene from Planescape: Torment where you meet your pragmatic, good, and paranoid incarnations...something like that might be apropos.

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Different Godsman testers may also have different ideas.

About his fears: what is a fear he has faced in the past? Someone advancing to factor probably has quite a history, with people who know the kind of challenges he has faced. How can he demonstrate that he did one fear something, but has since overcome that fear? He must bring proof of his fear, and proof of his triumph.

But there's a second part to the test that you get told about once you're in Ambar's palace. The more you know, the more you know there is to fear. He's going to have to show some maturity: what is something he used to be blithe about, but now understands is something to fear? He must show proof of his ignorance, and proof of his new worries.

Psionic examination of these things -- reliving old memories, being subjected to hallucinations and replays of his life -- would be very appropriate.

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A factor will be expected to lead other members of the faction. A very ritualized test might consist of a ceremonial reenactment of the trial of a faction member from ages past, now kepy secret from lower-level Godsmen. The tested member takes the place of the judge. Two advocates present arguments for and against the guilt (and execution) of a faction member that did something apparently rather disturbing. The tested member has leeway to question them; they have access to a full historical record. He must explain his decision and its justification. It's a fail to be unwilling to render a decision, or to render a poorly justified one. Any decent thought on the matter is acceptable.

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The Godsmen aren't sure whether morality is part of the tests, so if a Godsman is firm about holding on to some moral principle, one factor test might challenge whether they would be willing to give it up should it become clear that the Multiversal tests lean in that direction. The tested member will be presented a fine jewel, and will be asked whether it should go to the archons, the guardinals, the eladrin, the clergy of Ssendam, the Temple of the Abyss, Khin-Oin, Baator, Regulus, or the rilmani. This will be done -- and then a member of the opposing race will come in to the room and give the testee a jewel of the same size. They will attempt to persuade the testee to donate the jewel to the opposite race, out of devotion to the possibility that the testee's own inclinations are wrong. (If the speaker chose the rilmani, this can be any extreme race.)

It's not actually a right response to do so, or to refuse. The testers want to hear how well the testee defends his beliefs and articulates his understanding of Godsman philosophy. It's a fail to flop around and not be able to explain the philosophy of the Believers of the Source on the matter.

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Thanks for the insights, both

Thanks for the insights, both of you. I will let you know how it ends up playing out.