Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The World is Four, but I am Five (4DJ class)

In Phlox’s new Gloghack, Four Divine Judgements, the setting and game design enter into a unique harmony. Everything fits together perfectly, and everything is built around the number four. Enter the Pentarch, a class designed to subvert not only the game’s setting, but also it’s design and designer.





Pentarch, a 4DJ class to profane the setting and core game design.

Starts with a weapon bred from two of the sixteen breeds of weapon at random, a pentacle necklace, voluminous robes.

1 (Acolyte) Profanity

2 (Journeyman) Hypocrisy

3 (Parson) Organs, Heart

4 (Heresiarch) Fifth Judgement

5 (Supplicant Complete) No new abilities


If everyone in the party is a Pentarch, it is a Recession. Whenever a player rolls a multiple of 5, add two to the result.


Profanity: when traveling, any party with a Pentarch rolls a d6-1 for each judgement rather than a d4 (giving a result from 0 to 5). Pentarchs are proficient with none of the sixteen breeds of weapon and are not affected by default ideologies, however they are proficient in all new weapon breeds and are affected as normal by newly breed ideologies. You may change which judgement you are resistant to with a one hour ritual.

Hypocrisy: you gain a fifth stat called Hypocrisy, starting at five. You may roll Hypocrisy whenever performing a fateful or treacherous action. Whenever you lie pointlessly to an authority or goad an ally or neutral against you, increase your Hypocrisy by 1. 

At 10 Hypocrisy, grow a second tongue.

At 15, your hands become clawlike and pointed.

At 20, your skin becomes cracked and bright red.

Organs: gain one hit point, lose one inventory slot, and you are nourished by poison. 

Heart: on a successful Hypocrisy roll you may learn the secret heart of anyone who trusts you. On a failure, they learn your secret heart.

Fifth Judgement: whenever you roll a multiple of four, you may spend one Hypocrisy to reroll (spent Hypocrisy returns after a five hour ritual)


Hopefully, by the end of the Pentarch’s journey they will have as few multiples of four on their sheet as possible. They will have caused random chaos and devastation. They will be excellent liars with clear signs that they aren’t to be trusted. They will have seen the order of the world and bent it to their will. And the poet will weep.




2 comments:

  1. Vain the book and vain the pen, they never can any challenge win.

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  2. Yeah, fuckin' poets. They deserve naught but tears, tears to feed the void they run from each day

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The World is Four, but I am Five (4DJ class)

In Phlox’s new Gloghack, Four Divine Judgements, the setting and game design enter into a unique harmony. Everything fits together perfectl...