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  • CultofJimmy
    replied to Circle of Red
    I want to use the Seventh Generation in my game but with some changes. The original concept is very reflective of the Satanic Panic of the 80s, and nowadays it's too close for comfort to the modern online conspiracy theory of a vast network of Satanic pedophiles running the world. Now granted, one could say that in the World of Darkness, such a conspiracy may actually be real. That's fair, but I do not want to even take the chance of lending credence to such real-world beliefs in my game.
    Also, Seventh Generation as written doesn't really seem to "fit" in my World of Darkness....
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  • CultofJimmy
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    I just figured it wouldn't be too far out of place among the countless post-modern religions that have arisen in the last few decades, many of them based on something in pop culture. I can't really say how it would work in the real world, because it is only the seed of a thought that I threw out for an amusing discussion. I do not actually adhere to such a religion myself. If anything, I've found the myths presented in WtA to be an intro to researching the actual myths and traditions that inspired them....
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  • CultofJimmy
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    Heavy Arms, I think people would be drawn to it if WtA resonates with them on a deep level. I'm guessing that's what motivates people to claim Jedi as their religion, even though Jedi beliefs are more or less a fictional version of Taoism. I suppose the parallel for Werewolf would be a deep dive into the pagan traditions that Werewolf draws from....
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  • CultofJimmy
    replied to Garou religion
    I suppose a better phrasing would be "a religion inspired by WtA," and not the actual Garou faith. One would have be delusional to believe they can actually sprout fur and claws and go fight Wyrm creatures....
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  • CultofJimmy
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    That is correct. I was envisioning the use of the deities and spirits, as well as the cosmology as a guide. I would not think that people following such a philosophy would be compelled to believe that werewolves, fomori, etc. actually literally exist.
    Consider Dudeism, a religion based on The Big Lebowski. They find the Dude to be an inspirational figure and take lessons from the movie. Clearly they know that it's a work of fiction.
    Or hell, I even know Christians who don't believe that the Bible is literally true, or at least not all of it. To them, it doesn't much matter what theological...
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  • That is actually really interesting. I could see it happening, but I wouldn't go that route as a storyteller because it would alter the game way too much. It would turn it into a cross between True Blood and Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter. Take away the Masquerade, and you take away the whole point of roleplaying a vampire....
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  • CultofJimmy
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    Well, in the same way any other religion in the real world works. I don't know many Christians, Muslims or Wiccans who can claim to have seen their gods face to face or had supernatural encounters. Those who do claim such things, well, I'm pretty skeptical about that.
    I suppose the Garou religion in the real world would be a kind of amped up paganism, incorporating various pagan archetypes with a strong emphasis on environmentalism....
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  • CultofJimmy
    started a topic Garou religion

    Garou religion

    As I return to Werewolf: the Apocalypse after about a 20 year hiatus, it seems to me that the belief system outlined therein could easily be adopted as an actual real-world religion. It already comes complete with pagan deities and the bare bones of rituals and prayers.
    Has anyone heard of any person or group using as an actual religion?
    Understand that I mean this to be a fun discussion topic. I'm not actually trying to start a church or anything (well, unless anyone's interested. lol). I am fully aware that Werewolf is mythical symbolism, but in my view, so are all religions, so...
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  • I would think that opinions may vary depending on the sept and the individual Black Furies. I actually think it would be on brand for the Black Furies to be allies to transgender individuals. I also think it could be a really interesting story for a trans man Black Fury character (born female) to try to figure out to deal with his identity and what it means for his tribal affiliation. It is a delicate subject though so I would hesitate to focus much on that as a storyteller.
    As for my own selfish interest, I think the Garou are awesome, so I would rather not see them acting like transphobic...
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  • The government agencies know enough to make the supernatural creatures nervous, but not enough to blow the lid off the whole thing. They know that "something weird is going on over there," but they can't just get on TV and say, "There are vampires among us!"
    At best, they'd be laughed at. At worst, they'd cause public disorder on a massive scale as folks went out to buy garlic and crucifixes....
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