How does a dead god go from dead, to being well - undead? Without the crappy radiant vulnerabilities and sucky explodes in the sun type of mechanical failures?
It's very easy - other then highlandering them, you make a character based around them and go adventuring! The more advantageous is the very little known to almost completely unknown god - the better! (Heck you can call him one and who'll ever know amirite?)
Take for example a character called Brutalis. At one point in time their existed a drow god that had the portfolio's of death, pestilence, and plague (scary stuff I know right?). Take into account that a certain bitch with a lust for power and a proverbial hard on for spiders came along and offed said god, and well you have the end to a small unnoticed or cared for chapter.
But wait, why let some minor, minuscule character go into the void, when you can of course fixt it, good and well - by saying. "Dis here spellplague did come on through, and broughts him backs from the deads!" It wont be your fault, because oops~! Spellplague did it!
Now, this by itself dosent complete the deal, "Spellplague did it" is only half the battle, and we here at G.I. Joe. We dont settle for half of ****. We do it 100% done, ALL THE GOD DARN TIME. OOO RAH!. (Editors note. Wrong game system stupid.) Ahem. Anyway now we need some kind of a convenient background to make this sad heap of malarkey we call a back-story work! (Editors note. It's called an alibi) God, I hate my editor! Moving on!...
So, what do we do now to concievably make this work without the horrible clean up that normally comes with dead bodies, from horrible scripts bad writing and a failed dream to ever become something meaningful? Um... Are we talking about the character or me now? Damnit! Moving on!
For the basic idea's of who, how and what. Take a look at your bussom buddies, yon boon companions. Now imagine murdering them slowly, taking a certain gnome and basting him with his own juic.. Ahem. See how you would react around them, how to engage them with this potential dead god, what would his goals be? (Other then taking "blankets" and and I airquote this no less. To orphanages. We wouldn't the little darlings to get cold now would we?)
Then step back, and withhold the "Omg ur a munster! OMG!" Yes. He's a drow god of death, pestilence, and plagues. Now step back and ask yourself. What kind of people might this monster travel with? Good question, the only reputable sorts to associate with yon visage would of course be "The Herd" -queue pipe organ music.
In the next post, we will get into appearances, as well as habits / things to do to piss off the adventuring party with your dead god, without making him well - dead again.