Friday, August 16, 2013

Arae: Infernal Powers (Old Scratch)

Old Scratch
Alias: The Stranger, Old Nick, The Black Woodsman
Feast: October 30 (Devils Night)
Symbols: Horned Devil, Golden Fiddle
Patronage: Evil lawyers, corrupt judges, politicians, wicked bards, philanderers
Cleric Alignments: Any Evil
Power: Clerics dedicated to Old Scratch are standard "Chaos" clerics as detailed on page 11-13 in the Blood and Treasure Players Handbook, with all of the benefits and restrictions mentioned therein. Also, clerics of Old Scratch have 2x's the standard treasure of normal creatures of their HD, all of which will be in jewelry, gems and magic items.
Favored Weapons: Shillelagh (Cane)

"I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player, too. And if you'd care to take a dare I'll make a bet with you. Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy, but give the Devil his due. I'll bet a fiddle of gold against your soul 'cause I think I'm better than you." -The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Old Scratch is the most widely known and active of the Infernal Powers, and has the most worshipers, though many do not know exactly who it is they serve. Old Scratch appears as a swarthy, handsome male of any race (most often a human or a dwarf), though with some aspect of his demonic nature present, such as small horns, cloven hooves or even a tail. This demon lord maintains a furnace realm which hungers for the souls of mortals, and Old Scratch is always looking for more firewood.
Old Scratch teaches a doctrine of victory through cunning, guile and lies, and a distaste of hard work and integrity. His followers claim The Stranger is a generous and good lord, but the claims of such fallen folk should hardly be trusted. Monsters of all types admire Old Scratch, but he has a particularly large following among Cambion demons, orcs, and evil satyrs.
Clerics
Clerics of Old Scratch are smooth talking hucksters, skilled musicians, false friends and cruel lovers. The kinds of people who slither their way into the confidence of others, seeming to be all that one would want in a friend, lover or companion. Such men and women have entered into a terrible bargain, selling their souls for power, magic and wealth. As clerics they hold off being carried to the furnace by delivering the souls of others to "Old Nick" through the selling of lies, magic and riches.


Please Note: These are meant for use by Game-masters for Non-Player Character Clerics. The Infernal Powers are nasty in the extreme and are the BAD GUYS, with no exception. 
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