Okay, I know I mentioned yesterday that I’d try making a character, but I realized that it would be best to describe the other set of traits that best define one of the Arisen. Aside from the Guild they work for and the Judge that they’ve sworn themselves to, the Arisen are also defined by their Decree.
These Decrees are core philosophies that the Arisen adhere to. Thematically tied to each of the portions of the five-part soul of Iremite (and Egyptian) belief, these also color the personality and behavior of each of the awakened.
These Decrees are:
- The Decree of Heart – Passionate and emotional
- The Decree of Spirit – Dynamic and brave
- The Decree of Essence – Focused and steadfast
- The Decree of the Name – Inquisitive and studious
- The Decree of Shadow – Mystical and morbid
In the next few articles we’ll be taking a look at each of the Decrees and how they influence the behaviors of the Mummies, their interactions with one another, the nature of their cults and the means by which they can restore their powers.
I’ll be going through them in turn, but at the moment, I have to say that the Decrees are pretty interesting. They humanise the Arisen to an extent, as while the Guilds define what their chosen roles are, the Decrees give insight to how they think, feel and behave. Tomorrow we kick off with the passionate and emotional Lion-Headed, those who cling to powerful emotion as the defining factor that separates the living from the dead.