All Gods, except Pishe, can be worshipped by non-priests. Doing this you will be granted two rituals which you can use if you're within the God's alignment. This page contains everything you need to know (or I can be bothered to write down) about followers' rituals, alignment and faith. For deeper, more extensive info, browse through the other pages on this website!
How to worship a god
In order to worship a god, you'll need to declare your faithfulness to Him/Her. This can be done by "pray"ing to the god of your choice at one of His/Her high altars. To find the closest temple to you, consult one of many great Discworld maps. Their general locations are listed on the "Gods" page.
Choosing a god to follow
Which god you choose to follow defines a number of things - most importantly, the rituals you can learn (see below). The god-related bonuses (see Gods) also apply, which means a follower of Sek receives a bonus when performing in combat, Gufnorkian followers do when carrying fluffy items, and so on. Lastly, performing rituals from faith rods consecrated to the god you follow also uses that god's deity point pool.
Learning rituals and skills
Now that's fairly straightforward: you can learn your rituals from an instructor in the vestry of any temple of your god. You can learn some basic faith levels at your own guild, but to be able to use your rituals reliably, you will need to learn additional levels from a friendly priest. Note that while you can also perform rituals from faith rods consecrated to the god you follow, this will require learning at least some levels of faith.item.rods to be able to hold them, in addition to the skills reqired to perform the ritual itself.
What's in it for me?
You get rituals! Two flashy, funky, sometimes even useful rituals! Worshipper rituals are as follows:
- Gufnork (alignment between quite good and neutral)
- Gapp (alignment between quite good and neutral)
- Sandelfon (alignment between barely good and barely evil)
- Fish (alignment between neutral and evil)
- Hat (alignment between barely evil and quite evil)
- Sek (alignment between barely evil and as evil as you can get):
Your alignment depends on a number of factors. The biggest factor no doubt are the npcs you kill. When you kill an evil npc more evil than you, you'll get more good. When you kill a more good npc, you'll tend towards evil. Note that the act of killing itself is evil, you'll get evil by killing neutral npcs too! (needs confirmation)
Apart from that, other things will influence your alignment: praying moves you closer to your ideal alignment. The higher your fa.ri.sp bonus, the more efficient your praying will be; shattering a relic will change your alignment drastically, depending on which god's relic you shatter you'll heavily shift towards good or evil; and finally, a number of smaller, less known things will influence your alignment as well!
More info on alignment can be found somewhere else, on a certain page, on this website!
It is possible for followers (and only followers) to change gods. To do this, it is necessary to:
- First, "renounce faith" at your old god's high altar. This removes you from their flock, causing you to forget the pray command and any rituals you know.
- Next, go to the high altar of the god whose flock you wish to join and "supplicate <deity>".
- Spend some time (thirty real-world days at minimum) praying to the new god at their high altar (or having others of the faith you're trying to join pray for you) and paying your respects (in the form of cold, hard cash) at their high altar. You need to pray and pay money.
While you're supplicating, you don't seem to be considered a member of the faith yet. Typing "score align" will say you are "not worried about the approval of any deity at all" (as with people who haven't joined a faith). You also don't get access to worshipper-only areas and don't show up in "who <deity>".
It's still unclear:
- How much you must pray before becoming a full member of the faith. Ditto paying respects.
- Whether there's a difference between praying yourself and having others pray for you.
- How much of a difference there is between changing your faith a little and changing it a lot.
- Whether there's still a requirement for frequency of prayer/offerings.
- Whether there's still a requirement for online time.
- Whether praying while supplicating affects your alignment.
Advancing the process
To pray to your new god, you must be at one of their high altars, and you must "pray to <deity>". This uses gp in the usual manner.
It's necessary to be careful with syntax when paying respects. For example:
pay respects to gapp with talent Gapp prefers the local money. pay respects to gapp with 1 talent You pay your respects to Gapp.
Checking your progress
If you go to a high altar of your new god and "supplicate <deity>" after you've started the process, you get a message about how far along you are. From least to most, these are:
- Just started: A hollow voice echoes sadly in your mind: You didn't show a lot of faith yet.
The helpfile for supplication is reproduced here:
Name supplication - a way to change which god you worship. Description Unlike priests, who must cleave to their chosen god for life, a worshipper (follower) of a god can change their mind, renounce their faith, and supplicate another deity. To begin this process, you will need to visit the high altar of your current deity, and renounce your faith. Next, you must visit the high altar of your new deity, and supplicate this deity. Of course the deity wants to be convinced that you are sincere. In order to prove your worthiness you have to pray to your new god at Their high altar or let others of Their flock pray for you. You may also pay your respects to Them. To some extent they accept both interchangeably, however they need to see you do a little bit of both. The minimum time they have to think about you is 30 (rw) days. You can supplicate whenever you want to check your current status within the process. However, you need to be in align in order to do so. Note that the gods need you to show more of your conviction the more you change your faith. Examples > renounce faith > supplicate Gufnork > pray for Turvity > pray to Gufnork > pay respects to Gufnork with 20 dollar