Of Gods and Mortals – A tale in the life of Bobby Wincestre, a soldier in Midkemia Online.
So after working diligently to prove my devotion to Silban, the Earthmother within her Order of the Watchers, I have finally gained enough rank to take a more active role in the promotion and maintenance of the Order. Before I go more into this, I should go into the Gods within MKO a little more and explain how they work.
Midkemia Online has 9 active Gods who can be worshipped through Cults and Sects; each of these Gods currently has 2 distinct Orders associated with them for roleplay purposes. The Gods play a big part in the lore of Midkemia and in the books most people make offerings or devotions to them and as such most players in MKO have chosen to follow one or another. Each God in Midkemia has multiple aspects and people are free to choose which aspects to worship and give praise to and may choose to disregard others. As with religion in the real world it is possible for different groups to interpret the writings of a god differently and that is where the multiple sects come in along with the opportunity for Order based conflict. A Priest of specific orders also get a tertiary skillset based on the divine they choose to follow, with new tertiary skillsets being released periodically thus giving flavor to the different orders and the way they work along with the characters they attract.
Now then, as a Watcher of Silban, we believe that in nature, we must always strive to maintain balance. This could be anything from removing the leader of a pride of lions to slowly thin their numbers to prevent them over hunting an area while the males fight for the now vacant pride leader position within their den or preventing specific plants from being harvested into extinction or thinning the growth of plants that grow too wildly. There is much roleplay to be had in an Order and so many benefits; you would be silly not to take advantage of them.
Some of the benefits afforded to you by being in an order range from Godly favors to Shrine blessings, though all these must be purchased either with personal communion gained by offering corpses of denizens to your chosen god or from the shared essence pool of the order which is raised much the same way. There are 4 different strengths of Favor that can be beseeched from your god which range in benefit from extra health to stronger skills to the removal of tiredness and hunger afflictions and finally an accumulation of all the above plus all stats increased for the duration of the favor. As you can see, these are no small buffs but actually major improvements to what your character can achieve. Though be sure not to piss a divine off, whilst this is rare and the punishments rarer it can result in disfavor which is the negative version of all the above.
Following a deity has its benefits, wouldn't you agree!!
Shrine blessings, though somewhat more expensive are also very good, requiring 2000 essence each to beseech, though a good hunter can easily recoup this loss in a hunt or two. The blessings available range from increased damage to reduced experience loss on death, for more see the image below.
So, now that I am able, it is time to increase the influence of my sect through the raising of shrines to attract new members and increase our influence across the lands, why not come join me in Midkemia Online?