World History - Option C)
When Mathom, the God of Delays,
was cursed by the gods and deposed from his throne, he demanded a fair
trial. Now, several millenia later, the High Court has finally gotten
around to it. By ancient custom all deities must attend a full trial,
so many of them fashioned short-term replacements for themselves to handle their duties while away.
Several centuries later, Mathom's trial is still going, and the Placeholder Gods have grown into their roles. While they started off as little more than automated answering machines or help-desk services, their intelligences and powers have expanded. Some of them have begun to be worshipped in their own right.
See Slys, Die of the Damned for an example.
What will happen if to the Placeholder Gods when Mathom's Trial ends?
If I ever use this, it will probably be as a random encounter. Then, when my players go "wtf??" I can pull out the ready-made backstory to explain the whole thing. Even then, I'd hesitate before springing the monster on them, because I don't really need my players to be questioning my sanity . . . Beautifully written, stunning visuals, but a little too weird for my tastes.
Truly excellent. I've seen something quite like this before in an darker anime called "Speed Grapher". In that, however, it was more of a fetish club, with the victims being subject to anything from having their teeth pulled out by a mad dentist (in the most painful way possible), to having their hands manicured and eventually cut off by a person with a serious hand fetish. Sexual perversity of every kind was common, though torture was certainly possible as well.
I agree with Ria: bringing this to the table would require a very mature group of players, but the payoff could be very good.
Technically, my first character was a bard that I rolled up in middle school using the 3rd edition books that I had checked out from the library. Never got to play him though, because I didn't really have anyone to play with. It wasn't until I was a senior in high school that I found a group that was playing VTM, so I created a dreadlocked, crazy Malkavian vampire named Lia. I believe that she heard voices, but I don't really remember. Only got to play her for a few months before graduating.
Then in college came a string of started-but-not-finished campaigns (mostly due to me moving), with another bard (whose name I don't remember), a druid shifter named Yarrow, another druid named Rown, and finally a kobold monk named Neeko (he was my favorite). "You insulted the ancestors! Meeko doesn't like you no more." *proceeds to use naughty words for which he doesn't understand the meaning*
Deaf or Hearing-Impared
The character has gotten through life up til now by lip reading and body language. Reasons for hiding this range from wanting to appear "normal" to everyone else, and be treated as such, to being in a society that views persons with physical imparements like this as abominations that must be killed to prevent them from breeding. The character would have immunity from sound-based attacks, and would probably gain a small bonus to spot or other awareness checks, but would also fail every listen check.
Wrong Past II
The character has been exiled from his home city or country. Perhaps other members of his race/culture would kill him if they found out his secret, or perhaps the character simply does not choose to talk about it because he misses his home. He could have been exiled for political reasons, for commiting a crime, or after being framed for a crime that he did not commit. Either way, he should either be so well known in his country that attempting to return would be impossible or he will bear some mark that his countrymen will recognize as the sign of an exile.