DescriptionThere was a war in heaven. A civil war of lesser gods no longer wishing to be shackled by the moral grandstanding of their more powerful lords and masters. The moral standing of the so-called good gods prevented them from doing what must be done against savage and ruthless beings who would do anything to attain superiority. And so one after another, the gods who would not step to dire action and cruelty died off, drowned in the blood of their kin, slaughtered, butchered, and devoured by those with no such limitations. Life for mortals continued normally, humanity plunging headfirst into an age of industrialization and technological expanse. The dark ages were done and now mankind was finding ways to merge magic and science, craft trains, and massive structures. But soon the debauchery of dark deities made itself known. Cults and armies rose, each vying for power in the name of their gods. The old gods were dead, and humanity struggled to assert which new divinity would take the mantle of leader. A new war in heaven came into being. No god willing to bend his, her, or its knee in fealty to any other. The power struggle, the cruelty inherent in the new paradigm, and the sacrifice of what few good people were left washed the world in blood anew. Technology was lost, progress swallowed by the flames of zealots who put scientists and inventors to the torch. Skyscraping buildings became hollow monoliths dedicated to the likewise hollow promise of power given by gods with no intention of sharing. The trains still run but on misery and magic rather than electricity and power. The world stretched to its breaking point and humanity has been plunged into a new era of war, pain, disease, and famine. To gather worship and strengthen their cause the gods descended to the Earth and began begetting. Demigods rose. Conduits of the gods’ awesome might and power. They made war, weakened their enemies’ power, sought out artifacts of the dead gods adding that power to their own. They stand astride broken humanity with all of mankind’s fate in their hands. They are heroes and villains, angels to some, demons to others, but each is self-serving, a tool and an heir to the gods of numinous brutality.
Numinous Brutality is a TTRPG that embraces both Grimdark and mythic battles and characters. Leveling up and healing involve cannibalism. unlocking new abilities is done through prophecy. Wars can be fought, ruins can be delved, and countries can be conquered, devoured, and added to your own divinity. All things lead back to numinous brutality.