The Becoming God in Everyday Life
Unlike many of Eberron’s religions, the cult of the Becoming God consumes a worshiper entirely. Discovering the soul is a life-changing event, and it is not undertaken casually.
Most who learn of the Becoming God can no longer continue in their former existence. They depart to join the assemblages working to bring their god into physical existence. A very small number of awakened warforged, however, are still exploring the ramifications of this event. They have not yet broken with mundane life but contemplate the decision in the long hours while the fleshmade sleep. Such individuals are prone to slow and careful examination of issues, and they make the most convincing Architects when they finally join or create their own assemblage. Those who remain undecided serve as conduits of the faith to others, as they discuss the idea and solicit opinions. Thus, word of the cult spreads in a population, despite the isolation of its committed members. One well-known venue for discussion of the Becoming God is The Red Hammer Inn, in the undercity of Sharn.
The Becoming God and Government
The leaders of House Cannith have heard about the Becoming God from their contacts in The Red Hammer, among other places, but do not take them seriously. This is generally the attitude of most in power. Baron Merrix d’Cannith, who maintains secret experiments (and a surviving creation forge) in the undercity of Sharn, is very interested in the future of “his children,” however. He believes the faith can lead them to a new, brighter future—and he is working on the idea of building and improving souls in his latest warforged designs. Still, Merrix’s influence does not extend to the rest of the family’s holdings, and he keeps his interests secret.
The Becoming God and Other Faiths
The cult’s existence is little more than a rumor to most. Those who hear the stories generally scoff at the idea of a construct god—the phrase is an oxymoron to them. However, the clergy of Onatar (especially the Scions of the Forge) have taken a special interest in the Becoming God, seeking out whatever information they can find. They examine the worshipers’ doll sculptures, trying to infer the form of the divine body, and wonder if their god could have made another on his holy forge. Some see the possibility as exciting, proof that Onatar is more powerful than the rest. Others fear that if one god can forge another, there is no limit to potential deities—and challengers to the authority of the established pantheon.
Warforged attitudes toward other faiths are generally nonexistent. At best, they might hold some bemused curiosity about such things. However, the Godforged have strong opinions about other warforged cults and mysteries.
The Lord of Blades: To worship this being as a deity is terribly misguided, bordering on dangerous. The Lord of Blades is the conduit to the god but is not a god himself. Blind devotion to him only detracts from the great task of building the Becoming God’s body. Such delusions must be corrected.
The Reforged: Why should we seek to change our bodies to weak flesh? We were created in the image of our god, and it is our duty to create for him the most perfect body. It is blasphemous to think that the body he gave us is not sufficient.
The Becoming God in the Last War
During the Last War, warforged were the property of the nations for which they fought. Whatever their personal beliefs, they were made to serve in battle. No doubt some began to conceive of their own god during this time, and their own servitude likely intensified the need to ensure the god had a free body of its own. But the cult itself did not exist until after the Treaty of Thronehold gave warforged the freedom to pursue such goals.
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