Godlike

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The godlike are children of the kith ("civilized" races) who have been blessed with physical aspects associated with the gods (though some do not consider it a blessing). These aspects may take many forms and often come with mystical powers. Aberrant head shapes are typical, and godlike are unable to wear protective headgear as it is near-impossible to find anything that fits. Because of their unusual nature and their inability to reproduce, godlike are often viewed with fear and wonder.
A godlike

Godlike are a playable race in Pillars of Eternity.

Five variant sub-races of godlikes are confirmed to appear in the game, namely Avian godlike, Nature godlike, Death godlike, Fire godlike, and Moon godlike, but the player can't play an Avian godlike.[1]

As far as anyone can tell, godlike can be born to any race in any part of Eora. They are children of humanoids (most often humans) who have been "blessed"[2] before birth[3] (or cursed, depending on personal or social view) with the physical manifestation of a divine spark granted by the gods. Godlike manifest their divine heritage in a variety of ways: wings, horns, strange birthmarks, talons, odd eyes - but they always manifest it somehow.[2] Though their appearance may vary, there's something unmistakably otherworldly about them.[3] Godlike are viewed differently by the various factions, faiths, and cultures of the world. Sometimes, the reaction they get is overwhelmingly positive. Many times, the reaction is overwhelmingly not.[3]

Godlikes cannot reproduce and that's the reason why marriage is difficult for godlike in many areas because most societies consider marriage to exist for the purpose of raising children. In the Vailian Republics, godlike are legally considered to be without sex or gender regardless of how they appear or self-identify. Legal constructs that explicitly name (favorably or unfavorably) sexes or genders can cause problems for them.[4]

Godlike sub-races[edit | edit source]

There are many different sub-races of Godlikes that were "blessed" before birth by different deities of the world and manifest their divine heritage in a variety of ways.

  • Nature godlike – appear to be a fusion of human and animal features, often covered by plants, moss, or fungi. This has led to the common stigma that they are diseased, and many are killed at birth because of it. Many druidic orders have a keen interest in Nature Godlike because of their general curiosity as to how souls occupy animals, plants, and stones.
  • Death godlike – The most distrusted of their kind. Strange growths cover their eyes - or, in some case, entire face - giving them a sinister appearance. The growths are transparent for the godlike but opaque from the outside, hiding their features. Death Godlike are commonly killed at birth because many cultures consider them harbingers of doom.[5]
  • Avian godlike – Their divine heritage from the goddess Hylea can be seen through their golden bird-like eyes, the presence of fully developed nictitating membranes, and the feathers that grow from their skin.[6]
  • Moon godlike – Moon Godlike are the most tolerated of the godlike. While their skin tone and a large moon-like growth on their foreheads may be strange to some, their appearances are generally considered more palatable by the other kith. Sailors have many beliefs about Moon Godlike and their propensity to bring luck, though there is little agreement as to what kind of luck they tend to bring. They have physical properties associating them with the moon and water, which are both aspects of Ondra.[7][8]
  • Fire godlike – The bodies of Fire Godlike often resemble hot metal, burnt wood, or stone, with harmless flames that erupt from the cracks in their skin. Fire Godlike are objects of both reverence and fear in the Deadfire Archipelago. Many locals believe they have the power to awaken volcanoes - or that killing one will cause a volcano to awaken. In the Dyrwood, Fire Godlike are often seen as a sign of the blessing of Magran, goddess of war and fire.[7]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Godlike are handled differently than the other races in character generation: you choose the type and the parent's race instead of choosing a sub-race. Godlikes of all subtypes get attribute bonuses to their Dexterity and Intellect, but they can't wear any headgear. Each subtype has a different passive bonus that is a little more powerful than passive bonuses from other races.[9][10]

  • Death's Usher (Death Godlike) – increases their damage against enemies with a low percentage of remaining Endurance.[11]
  • Wellspring of Life (Nature Godlike) – The souls of nature godlike respond powerfully to distress and the impending coallpse of their physical body. While a nature godlike is below 50% Endurance, they gain a bonus to Might, Constitution, and Dexterity.
  • Battle-Forged (Fire Godlike) – When reduced below 50% Endurance, Fire godlike glow like metal in a forge and have higher damage Threshold, while doing fire damage on getting hit.
  • Silver Tide (Moon Godlike) – Every Encounter when reduced below 75%, 50%, or 25% Endurance moon Godlike generate waves of healing moonlight that heals Endurance to them and their allies.
  • Elusive Quarry (Avian Godlike) – +10 Deflection against ranged attacks, +10 Defense when Disengaging while Endurance below 50%, +3 Perception while Endurance below 50%.

Notable Godlikes[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Godlike have been compared to aasimar, tieflings, and genasi of the Dungeons and Dragons series.[3]

References[edit source]

  1. Update #72: Death Godlike and Expected Ship Date
  2. 2.0 2.1 2013-02-19, Update #43: Pretty and Technical. Obsidian Entertainment, accessed on 2013-02-20
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 2012-09-26, Update #9 - The power of MODES and Godlike races: Our $2.3M Stretch Goal. Obsidian Entertainment, accessed on 2013-02-20
  4. Forum post by Josh Sawyer
  5. Quick look from Giantbomb
  6. Interview with Josh Sawyer in the PC Gamer UK April 2014 Issue.
  7. 7.0 7.1 NPC Kickstarter backer survey.
  8. Forum post by Josh Sawyer
  9. Forum post by Josh Sawyer
  10. Forum post by Josh Sawyer
  11. Forum post by Josh Sawyer