This may sound silly, but are Patrons and Gods the same thing?
At first I wanted to say Yes, they are the same. Then I wondered why none of the Gods on page 32 had entries like the Patrons, except for Azi Dahaka and Bobugbubilz.
I suppose that is because they are not only Gods but can be Patrons to Wizards as well.
So if I create a "God" do I really need to write up an Invoke Patron, Patron Taint, Patron spells & spellburn charts? It seems that none of those charts would matter to a Cleric.
It seems that for example Sezrekan would NOT be a god.
I'm making it merely a matter of perception in my campaign... for example (slight preview of Angels, Daemons and Beings Between):
- Agaderathil, the Black Between the Stars -- started as an obscure patron to a cabal of astrologers, but soon had a cult following and then, a millennium later, was considered a major deity by many. The Great Void, as it was called, soon consumed the world with its thirst for hopelessness -- but the power it derived from this allowed it to seep into other worlds and other dimensions -- where it begins as an obscure patron to various cabals. So, even at the height of its power, it was a deity to a general clergy and a patron to a select cabal that could extract even more power from it -- though at a great price.
- Myrddin -- within the confines of the Pit, a vile bog formed from the effluvia of the great city of Ugama, Myrddin is a god -- worshiped by those on the extreme margins of society. The priests among these downtrodden are called Zombi -- and have all the "trappings" of a cleric. Outside of the Pit, Myrddin's power is tapped by those with the secret signs and names that bind them to the entity. For them, he is a supernatural patron, but a minor one. A hundred miles from the Pit and the River Rgene that flows out of it, neither cleric nor servant wizard can invoke Myrddin.
I am NOT creating full deity write-ups of every patron I develop for my home game -- nor am I doing full patron write-ups for every deity, but I am certainly not putting either into a tight little box. Supernatural entities are defined by the folks that acknowledge (or even refuse to acknowledge) them. To a half-crazed, loner wizard, whatever he can coerce power from is a patron. To the scheming, power-hungry priest, whomever he can convince to worship (and thus add power to) the entity calls the thing god. It's the hazy (and not the clearly defined) that makes it Appendix N.
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