Crowfall’s Confessors represent the darker side of religion

    
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The team behind Crowfall is hard at work preparing what it’s calling a “core combat test” between three diverse archetypes. One of these, the female Confessor, is the target of a post today that provides some of the background on her narrative and approach.

The Confessors are a branch of the Mother Church that diverged from the Templars when the Hunger started ravaging worlds, claiming that man’s sins were to blame. Disturbed by the events going on, the Confessors turned to fire as both a shield of defense and a sword to punish the wicked.

ArtCraft said that the many archetypes of the game, including the Confessor, were chosen to provide a wide array of cultures with different viewpoints that often examine the same thing. You can check out the Confessor being modeled in 3-D after the jump!

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KalaMona
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Styopa I just want to say to all of you, I am so proud of you that this topic didn’t end up in the crusades+inquisition vs communist atheists flamewar.

Rozyn
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Styopa Rozyn Dude, she’s got a magically floating book and their religion sounds polytheistic, so no, I’m really not connecting it to our real-life religions. Even then, is it wrong to think maybe the Inquisition and Crusades were a little bit negative/dark and to draw inspiration from that in a “Dark Ages” sort of fantasy setting? The ‘terms’ are part of the English language, and this Inquisitor type character is a huge trope that you can probably blame D&D for. There are just as many fantasy games with Shamans and Druids, you going to get bent out of shape about those as well? Sure, maybe you have seen some recent movies/shows that have creepy priests or something, I dunno, but I’m saying you’re really stretching the link here to try to include this is in some “Christians specifically are really having a hard time in popular media.”

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blast tyrant Aglethe Styopa Nearly irrelevant to the OP, but damn I miss that show.  If it had just had another zero on the budget so the sets didn’t seem so astonishingly cheap … and as a ‘sound guy’ the sound was so often atrocious, there was almost no post-edit pass done there at all, probably they just didn’t have the $.  They definitely showed that you could do without multi-million$ ILM-scale budgets and get decent space effects with the bloody ‘Video Toaster’.

Styopa
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Rozyn Styopa Oh I’m not retracting that at all.  My comment was about the vilification of religiosity but indeed the vilification of Christianity specifically is a perfect example generally (and in fact the most common in the Humanist West  -you know, that collective of cultures that was rescued from the Dark Ages largely by organized religion?) and here specifically.

They’re using terms like “Confessor”,  “Mother Church” and “Templar”….their backstory on the Crowfall site says things like “…The Hunger is the embodiment of ordinary sin.
Envy. Hatred. Greed. Lust….” Ever heard those things referred to before in such context? 

Really, you’re still going to assert there’s NO connection to Christianity?  Use of those terms is what, coincidental?

Rozyn
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Styopa I suspect I’m not the only one who read it that way, and the person I replied to, who has now been deleted, exacerbated that point. You may not have intended to, but you linked Christian vilification in popular media to a video game character design, and I stand by my point that there is in fact no actual link there.

Belcross
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Belcross

Rozyn Best girl, I was sad when I could not wooo her as a female toon T_T

FeveredDreamer
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Xomon I actually can’t tell if you’re trolling/joking or not… First of all I wasn’t aware that race/gender locked classes were at all popular/common anymore.  I mean I get that folks don’t like them, and that’s ok but lets not try to pretend this is some sort of MMO norm.  Second your weird characterizations of “male gamers” and “disenfranchised internet feminists” both sound pretty impressively ignorant.  Not everyone is into gender/race locked classes, that’s cool I guess, just not sure where you’re going with any of the rest of that.

MuleSkinnerOkie
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MuleSkinnerOkie

zyrusticae Perhaps the links are fused that way, and there’s a zipper in the back?

Aglethe
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Styopa Aglethe
Fair points, it was something of a rare breed even in its’ time. But it came to mind, and it seemed more productive than just bickering over things.
Also, there are never enough excuses to quote Garibaldi. ;)
And also also…
…why I remember it like it was yesterday…
Ok, I feel old now, I think I’ll just go have a lie down then. ;)

blast tyrant
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blast tyrant

Confessors Represent the Darker Side of Trope Overuse.  Short hair, heavy armor, pyromania, unwavering faith that crosses the line between belief and fanaticism several times and then jumped up and down on it?  Sounds very much like the Adeptus Sororitas.  Honestly, I can’t tell if everyone borrows from the 40k universe indiscriminately or if the 40k universe so indiscriminately borrowed from everything that came before it that you can’t do anything grimdark without butting up against something Games Workshop already did.  I’ll tell you this though, none of these companies better come whining about their IP rights to me when they clearly all crib from each other’s notebooks.  Crowfall is definitely doing some things right with their design but this kind of stuff just leaves me indifferent, and frankly just makes me mad at Games Workshop for criminally misusing their IP year after year.  Just give me one RPG GW, one!