Campaign of the Month: January 2012
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Cult of the Bloated Lady
The Order of the Bloated Lady is a secret society dedicated to the worship of the obsene diety known by many names but mostly as the Bloated Lady. In the past the order was reputed to have had some form of connection with the infamous Fukien Pirates.
The Order has existed since ancient times though it has always been small and secretive; however, in recent years the membership of cult has grown rapidly – possibly due to the machinations of the current cult leader: Tien Se Hong.
The cult has many vile practices but rarely is one of its members convicted of a crime. One of the cult’s most feared practices involves hacking off the arms of captive enemies with ceremonial sickles and leaving the victim to bleed to death. As a sign of devotion, members tattoo the Chinese characters for the word Bloated Woman on their left armpit. Priests often wear large robes of yellow and black silk representing the garbs worn by their goddess. Since Hong’s rise to power, the cult has forged links with many enemies of the UFP, including dozens of Orion pirating crews. Recently the cult has started using gene splicing to grant its members capabilities from other species. This has brought the cult to the attention of Starfleet Intelligence as well as FIPA. Under current UFP law, genetic modification is illegal but no members of the cult have been arrested.
- The collection of poems by the monk Liu Chan-Fang known as The Goddess of the Black Fan are considered particularly sacred to the cult, since they contain the incantations required to summon the Bloated Lady.
- A lesser-known volume known as The Tale of Priest Kwan is also considered important to cult members.
- Behavior Modification (Brainwashing) 1(2)
- Channeling 1(2)
- Esoteric Medicine 1(2)
- Knowledge: Secret Society 1(2)
- Meditation 2(3)
- Ritualism 1(2)
- Dodge 1(2)
- Intimidation 1(2)
- Sexual Technique 1(2)
- Unarmed Combat, Any 2(3)
- Vehicle Operations: Any 1(2)
- Weapon: Any 2(3)
- Magically Gifted (+3)
- Faith (+1)
- Moralizing Creed (+1)
- Secret Society (+4)