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  • What is Tenjin in the Modern Day?

    Tenjin is the modern Shinto Kami of scholarship and learning. Simple enough except... how he gets there is both fairly complex and fairly completely documented.

    He starts of a real person named Sugawara no Michizane. A fairly well documented scholar, poet and politician who to make a long story short thanks to political shenanigans he dies in exile. Not the most auspicious beginnings for our would be God.

    With him dead he's acredited with causing a plague and drought, Killing the Emperor who banished him's two most direct Heirs, caused Lightning to strike and nearly burn down the Palace twice.. And cause a horrific storm with hail in the capitol until a shrine was put up to appease his angry spirit. This seemed to work and he was worshiped as a god to placate disasters for a time, but as the years past and his poetry and other work was still read he ultimately took on the role of the god of scholarship, eclipsing his previous role.. and thus today is one of the big Kami.

    So assuming the WOD has a Tenjin and a Michizane how does he become the Spirit/God from his humble human origin?

    IF he starts as a Ghost is that perhaps a legitimate form of Transcendence? Or is he just a Ghost sitting around feeding on far too much Memorium today? And there just happens to be an equally active Umbral spirit that was formed from the faith?(This isn't really as satisfying).

    If he starts as KJ it works rather well conceptually but... then we are suddenly proving a Heretical Dharma indepsensibly right.... He also wouldn't be the only one as a the idea of placating and angry ghost by worship and them ultimately becoming a god is a fairly open tradition in Japan with the patron of Tokyo also considered to be such.


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    You could probably just use wraith rules. The spirit in question became a powerful wraith or spectre and created a number of Aconoi Tempers that let them create curses or control the weather.They eventually became a Onceborn with power over storms before the people of japan placated it with worship. Afterwards they learned they could placate the Ghost by pursuing scholarly goals and that the spirit would even Aid these persecutes at time(represented in wraith as said Onceborn having Passions for scholarly things)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Prometheas View Post
      You could probably just use wraith rules. The spirit in question became a powerful wraith or spectre and created a number of Aconoi Tempers that let them create curses or control the weather.They eventually became a Onceborn with power over storms before the people of japan placated it with worship. Afterwards they learned they could placate the Ghost by pursuing scholarly goals and that the spirit would even Aid these persecutes at time(represented in wraith as said Onceborn having Passions for scholarly things)

      I think the "just" a powerful wraith does have some limitations. Tenjin should in part exist in the Umbra.

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      • #4
        Wraiths are already part of a Umbra.. The Low Umbra aka Underworld.. Give him some Arcanoi with some special powers in conjunction with it.


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