After reading the somewhat recent posts in the pet peeve thread, I've been doing some thinking about Divines.
Severn has been targeted with this whole Sterion deal and His shrines have been dusted. From what I can understand, because He doesn't have an order, no one knows they are dusted unless they actively check, or ask Bamathis for information. This kinda sucks for those who actually follow Him. Severn is a pretty big deal in the game, so it still baffles me that He doesn't have an order at all. I understand it from an ooc pov, since the only one who can actually play Him is a paid coder and focuses on that, but like I said, it baffles me. I think there are plenty of people who would rather have His order and Him being absent a lot, rather than Him not having an order at all. He is a Divine patron for Spinesreach, Syssin and Sciomancers after all.
But enough ranting about that. This is the brain teaser I want to share with you.
Now, I know what you're gonna say. There is no such thing as neutrality in the game, and I agree, there isn't one from a player point of view. But there are ways to make Divines neutral. Let's play with the thought with a few of them. I am not doing it to trample on any toes, these are just examples to show what I mean. Let's start with Dhar. He is the God of Death. Everyone, except the undead and consanguine, die. Everyone does. So why shouldn't a Spirean or Lochian be able to pay their respects to the one in charge of the Halls? And what about Bamathis? He is the God of War. There are combatants in both Spirit and Shadow. Should they not be able to offer to the God of War in order to boost their moral? There are more examples, but I would love to hear suggestions from you before airing more of my own ideas.
Now, how would this work?
This is what I am thinking. These Neutral Divines would not have Their own Congregation or Order. That means They wouldn't need an active volunteer to play Them. They would still have shrines, a set number across Sapience (perhaps one in each city, including Esterport, as well as some of the bigger hunting areas or central spots). Anyone can offer to them, but they cannot be defiled or destroyed. Each Divine would still have a temple of Their own with npc priests and priestesses, which can be rp'd with by people in the Pools if they would like to, just like any other npc. Anyone at Pools can also check who's been offering to them and hand out boons or blessings. And perhaps, to make Them more interesting and make people more inclined to actually offer to Them, a blessing from Them would give a buff of some sort, that is connected to Their area. For example, if you offer to Dhar, when you get a blessing, the time you spend at the Halls is shortened by X%. If you offer to Bamathis, you get a slight buff of protection. Of course this wouldn't be ALL Divines either. There are still a lot of Divines Who are important and very tether-bound, like Damariel and Severn and Haern and Ivoln and probably more, but I feel Some could go neutral better than Others.
I know these are all far-fetched ideas and most likely will not be implemented, but I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. If this actually would happen, which Divines could be neutral and what sort of boost would They offer in Their blessings? Let's play with the idea!