As I related in a separate thread, I quite recently went to check on my Shrines, and was surprised to see several new options for Manifestation of Zeal within each. So it seems that we now have the option to destroy artifacts from rival religions within our shrines. Now the first thing I wanted to was…I absolutely LOVE this idea!! Thanks Funcom, I like the idea of being able to antagonise other gods, and the mechanic itself ensures that these items do not lose their usefulness after being consumed/used the first time in order to learn the religion. Seriously, this is such a darn cool idea! Hey did I mention that I like it…!? However, I do apologise for finding a downside to such an awesome feature, but why was Crom omitted from this new feature?
Ok folks lets start with the elephant in the room here. Almost everyone here on the forum knows what I am an advocate for here, and I am synonymous for it. However, while this overlaps with my core arguments, this is also different. So let us explore, why I believe so shall we. So are we suggesting that Crom worshippers never destroy religious symbolism of the other gods, or for that matter that zealots from other religions do not attempt to destroy the faith or manifestations of the followers of Crom? Because I would beg to differ. Followers of Crom should have a means to destroy other religions artifacts, even if it is not ‘offered’ to Crom, and for that matter, other religions (I cant believe I am going to say this…) should also have the ability to destroy representations of Crom worshippers. Lets for now leave my past arguments for a Crom Forge, Purge, weapons and armor aside for now. Just for the sake of an example, could we not even just have an ordinary wooden chopping block or something with an axe or a a hammer stuck into it, and when we deposit offerings from other gods they are destroyed? Or even a ‘destroy artifacts’ tile in the Handcrafting Menu. It doesnt even bother me if we receive no Manifestation of Zeal. I mean why must the followers of a savage barbarian god pledge allegiance to another god just to be able to destroy the artifacts of a rival god…? Does this sound weird to anyone else here, or am I just crazy?
In addition to this, I wanted to discuss why there is still no way to learn Crom’s religion during the game. We have just added the new Zath religion to the game, which I also think is downright awesome and I love his avatar!! But here is the thing, we just added a whole new NPC (nice!) to the Exiled Lands so that we can learn his faith, ie-this handsome fellow bellow, equipped with dialogue and all.
So couldnt we have considered adding an option for a trainer to teach the Crom religion too while we were ‘under the hood’ proverbially speaking, and working on new religions, their items and mechanics? But who you ask?? Well I nominatate this towering muscular beast of a man below, who just happens to coumt himself among Crom’s faithful
Folks while I love this idea, and I still love this game to death, this omission leaves Crom devotees out in the cold again. It reperesents more fun content we cannot access unless we betray our allegiance to him, and furthers the realisation that he has no role in this game beyond the character creation screen.
I am happy to bounce around some ideas for a Crom followers artifact for others to destroy, or the means by which Crom loyalists could destroy theirs. Or for that matter thoughts on how to learn his faith im game. So fellow Exiles; thoughts, ideas, rants, I would love to hear them. I am just getting us started and throwing open the door for the discord here. And but one more thing…