I am starting from the position that Joshua Bar-Josephus was originally just a (solely human) ambitious religious zealot who wanted to free his people from Roman rule and return them to religious purity once more. And so, as the gospels say, he signals the start of his mission by being baptised by John and then wandering and fasting for 40 days in the desert.
But in his wilderness wanderings he stumbles across a long lost temple to Narly, hidden in a deep desert valley. In exploring it he accidently summons Narly, appearing in the guise of the archangel Gabriel. Narly sees that with just a little manipulation and power expenditure, he can use this man to sow plenty of chaos and carnage in the region. And, contrary to the gospels, Joshua/Jesus succumbs to “Satan’s” (Narly’s) promises of power, authority and miracles and so becomes Narly’s puppet.
Players will be an investigator team(Sadducee, Army Officer leading a few NPC soldiers (bodyguard squad) and Merchant (Local Guide)). sent from Jerusalem to uncover the truth behind the rumours coming from Galilee of a miracle working rebel, there. What they find , though , is that the miracles all turn out to have stings in the tail and what once seemed holy is starting to seem quite horrific!
Using Mark’s gospel as a foundation I have been working at twisting the various events presented there and giving them a Mythos rationale and fall-out. Narly, obviously, is doing his usual “give the hairless mindless apes just enough rope to hang themselves” act, but, also using Joshua/Jesus to promote his own agenda. I would see Joshua as so naïve and wrapped up in his mission that he can’t see the true results of his actions..
I chose Mark’s gospel because it is (believed to be) the earliest and is memorable in that it has no nativity, no (in the earliest copies) resurrection appearances and presents Jesus as an all-round “Man of Action” - leader, healer, exorcist, wise-man, miracle-worker, prophet etc. Jesus here is far more “Man” than in the other three canonical gospels. All of which fits the naturally humanistic version I am aiming for.
It is just early days, but I have started to work on three potential scenario seeds based on events in Mark.
1) The repentant harlot that washes Jesus’s feet in a rich mans house is actually a priestess of Lilith, faking repentance (via Jesus) to establish herself with the powerful host. Within a few months she will ensorcel the rich man and take control of his estate. Then she will hag-ride the men of the town in their dreams and summon Lillim to roam the night time town.
2) The man who has the Legion of demons cast out of him is actually a old Mythos fighter who Bound the “Legion” of non-corporeal entities in his body – sacrificing himself for the greater good. Narly (through Jesus’s “exorcism”) will overcome the Bind and free them to run wild again !!
3) The Rich man who Jesus commands to give away everything, actually (unbeknownst to himself) owns a Mythos artefact. Giving that away will result in it ending up in the hands of a local cult or sorcerer – who will find themselves substantially empowered by it.
As I said early days and just a few ideas. But hopefully it has the gem of something worthwhile.
All comments gladly received.
Edited by ReydeAmarillo, 05 January 2017 - 06:25 PM.