Inanna's Silver Tongues
Inanna's Silver Tongues are one of the most unpopular of all cults, hated by all other cults and criminal organizations and thought to be somewhat unpleasant even by those in law enforcment who make the most use of them. What they are renowned for, is the art of informing.
There are many who worship the Holy Goddess Inanna, and most do not let their faith play a big part in their lives. Of those that do, most have become priests or priestesses of the mainstream religion, but a few are drawn to the unorthodox cults that have grown up at the fringes. One of the most heartily disliked and despised of these, although tolerated by the government and those that lead the mainstream of Inanna worship because of how useful it can be to them, is the cult known as Inanna's Silver Tongues. These cultists think that it is their holy duty to serve Inanna by rooting out evil and heresy-and then informing on it to the lawful authorities in whatever country they happen to be in. They will infiltrate other cults and forbidden religions, taking a long time, several years if need be, to gain the trust of those who they are infiltrating. If the cult, group, or gang they are infiltrating is the kind that commits crime, they will do so too, even to committing murder/human sacrifice if that is what it takes to blend in and identify as many members of the group as possible.
On occasion members of the cult have risen high in other cults, groups and gangs, even to sub-leadership ranks. When they do finally strike, the information they provide to law enforcement/ the Inquisition is often devastating. Small cults, groups and gangs have been wiped out by them, vanishing into prison, or ending up on the executioner's block or burned at the stake in an auto-da-fe. Even larger ones have been badly hit, losing many of their members because of this cult of informers.Â Â The Silver Tongues do not seem to care who they harm-in some cases it could be argued that they have genuinely helped society by helping to take apart genuinely dangerous threats. But they will just as happily inform upon a cult or underground political party that does no harm to anyone but just happens to be banned. Certain members have ties with certain police officers which they will feed information to. About the only ones they will not inform on to outsiders are their own members. Once a week, the cells of this cult will meet secretly to confess to each other their own sins and pray to their Goddess.
Unlike many cults, they have no tattoos or other identifying marks, as to be identified by their targets would in many cases mean a death sentence or at least a severe beating. When meeting in their well hidden formal sessions, one of them will have a law book of the country that they are in, which is their symbol and *bible*. It is thought that they recruit members by letting someone know of a middle-ranking or small crime that somebody who is outside the cult has committed, and send someone to secretly follow the person for a day. If in this time the person informs the police/Inquisition/whoever enforces the laws of the crime, they will send someone to suggest to the informer that he or she joins them. Members of the cult help each other in hard times with food, money or a place to stay. Some have become police officers or jailors, others counter-espionage agents. When not undercover in other organizations they are normally very law abiding, as they beleave that they are serving their Goddess by obeying the laws of the land. Â
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An interesting idea, but I don't know how useful they would be in a campaign. Nothing fun in having a faction that sabotages your well laid evil plans, unless it's for bailing out the PCs I suppose. Could do with some proof reading as well.
What do you mean, they're not useful? I can think of a hundred ways to use this cult -- the party could be invited to join, or already be members; they could even be working with someone in law enforcement who has contacts in this cult. The party could be infiltrating a group, only to find a Silver Tongue already on the inside, getting ready to blow the whistle. They could even be hired by the Silver Tongues to rescue several of their members who were caught. The possibilities are nearly limitless.
Sure, this works. A cult of rabid do-gooders.This could use a bit of flair though and...something.
You know what? This would fit in very well with the truth-seeking religion that Pieh and I developed for the Light Quest awhile back:
Since that is a dual religion, I'd probably develop a second competing cult around the same theme (rooting out lies and heresy), but have them act more like paper vigilantes. Instead of merely informing law enforcement, they would spread the sinner's name around town -- putting up fliers that list their name, address, close family and a full list of their crimes. Kinda like a form of reputation assassination.
This is spawning lots of cool ideas. Thanks for writing this!
This is pretty cool, Cheka. I can see them being useful in many ways. Characters could be part of the religion, or they could require information and hire them out. Additionally, they could be ransacking a cult hideout and one of the cultists starts screaming 'no! Don't kill me, im not one of them!'
My only question is, 'Why?'
Most people do things for selfish reasons (if only to feel good about themselves) but this goes way above and beyond your normal do-gooder. I see that each person could have their own reason, but what offer could the cult give them to actually join it?
I love that they are willing to do anything in the cult to gather information. That is awesome. With that, my thought was that violent criminals would be able to join it to do 'good' while still satisfying their own innate evil. The benefit being that the cult status and ends justifying the means would provide them immunity to the law for their deeds in the name of the cult.
This is based on a real life South African prison gang known as the Big Fives who inform oin others to the warders.
very interesting. Lots of ways this can be customized. Members might be deliberately misinformed, rival cults could find them and trash each other, the local authorities might change and feel a need to eliminate them...
Not bad, though you did not answer Strolen's question. Their motivation is important, and since they are not prisoners, the reference to the South African prison gang does not really work.
It seems they have a nearly Mad rigidity to Law that needs some explanation.