Godbreakers

With its history of malevolent and manipulative deity figures, it’s no surprise that many Almish folk distrust those who would call themselves gods. The Godbreakers are the embodiment of this distrust.

The Godbreakers are a loosely-affiliated collective unified by their belief that mortals should never again bend their knee to a so-called deity. They make it their business to fight back against any outsider who meddles in mortal affairs, divine and infernal alike. Typically this means taking a defensive role, perhaps watching over planar gates or spying on other organisations that encourage deific veneration.

As a rule, Godbreakers recognise that numbers are important when faced with godlike power, so they encourage cooperation and collective mediation even as they eschew conventional leadership. On occasion, a very powerful member—typically an Epic tier character—positions themselves as more of a lone hunter; in this case, they too are often watched closely, lest they begin to think themselves above others.

Although some Godbreakers try to unravel the truth of divinity, most do not care. Whether all divinity is a ruse, or only some is, allowing divine authority necessarily permits abuse; the only ethical choice is to reject it completely. Many extend this principle beyond just deities, seeing all authority or hierarchy as inherently unjust, and preferring cooperative anarchy.

Alignment: Any, but rarely lawful.

Domains: Change, Freedom, Justice, Vengeance

Concepts

Godbreakers don’t have a formal dogma or designated leadership, but their beliefs usually include the following.

  • The world does not need gods. Whether they are real or fraudulent, we are better off without them.
  • Or anything like them. Anyone and anything trying to hold a position of godlike authority needs to be rejected with all the strength we have.
  • Reject fate, defy destiny. We must not passively accept what should be changed, nor defer responsibility for our own actions.
Last updated: June 15, 2021
First added: April 9, 2021