This week we look at ‘The Chosen’. The Chosen are the main type of characters available for players in Lost Heroes.
The Chosen are humans (or animals) that have been chosen or touched by a God and divinely transformed.
There are five types of Chosen characters: “True Chosen”, “Bloodlines”, “Soulless”, “Fallen” and “Renegades”. Every type of Chosen has a “Patron”, which is normally a God or some other powerful supernatural entity or force. There are a number of groups of Patrons (called “Pantheons”) described within this setting but they are certainly not the only ones. Each Patron offers different types of advantages and disadvantages. A Patron may not be a conscious or intelligent entity, but a powerful mystical force such as the Dreamlands or the randomly forming stuff of the deepest Void. The relationship between the Patron and the Chosen depends on the type of Chosen however there is always a relationship. The Chosen can send mental messages as “Prayers” to their Patron. They can also sense what things or events are important to their Patron and can always sense when one of their Patron’s Avatar is in play.
The Dark Gods: the Mad Ones of the Outer Darkness
The Fair Folk: Fairies, Nightmares, Wardens and other Chosen of the Dreamlands
Tuatha Dé Danann: People of the Goddess
The Fomorii: Servants of the Deep Ones
The Angelic Choirs: Children of Fire
The Legions of Hell: Demons and Devils
The Olympians, the Underworld and other Gods
The Aesir: the Warrior Gods of Asgard
The Patrons of the Chosen are discussed in detail later.
All Chosen undergo a “Transformation” from their mundane Mortal selves to their new Chosen forms. This can also be referred to as the “Change” (the “Soul Rape” is a more derogatory description). The extent of the Transformation depends on the type of Chosen.
After the Transformation the Chosen suffer an emotional drain each day while under the Veil (i.e. in the mundane world). This is called Passion Bleed and it saps at their ability to use their divine powers and abilities. Also, as their divine powers increase over time, so does the Passion Bleed and can get to the point where a Chosen can no longer live permanently under the Veil. The Chosen also do not age normally after the Transformation. Age occurs as a matter of experience, the more they experience (and harder) the more they will age. They could live ten years without any ageing if there is no struggle or worry but could age decades in a matter of a few short years under constant harsh struggle. But Chosen can live much longer than Mortals. Rather than die from old age too, they fall into a deep sleep that they can barely be roused from. Sometimes such aged Chosen are carried from the mundane world into the Dreamlands where they slumber forever in peace. In the case of Bloodlines this slowed ageing only kicks in once they have reached the physical peak of their adulthood, around 25 to 28 years of age.
Chosen can have family like any human. There is a very small chance that the offspring of a Chosen will be a Bloodline, but most of the time the children are completely human. Most Chosen who do have children, do their best to raise the child in a mundane environment, but it is a near-impossible task. The Chosen by their nature cannot prevent the supernatural (such as their Patron) coming into their lives.
The True Chosen
You’ll have to wait till Book of the Gods is available to find out more…