King Gessar is an Buddhist culture hero (much like Arthur is for Christianity) with a living tradition of recitation. Dedicated storytellers, singers, and dancers have been revising and retelling his epics throughout central Asia. The fabled king has been slaying demons and monsters since he was 3 days old and dispatching their souls to the Buddhist spirit realms from which they will eventually be reborn to try and better their state of existence. Continue reading
I have previously suggested that since Malakim are Virtues, anything viewed as virtuous would be a good candidate for a Malakite Word. This is not just limited to western systems of morality.
The Noble Eightfold Path is such a system. It is observed by several Buddhist sects as a guide towards proper living and mindfulness. Because I am not a Buddhist, my treatment of these principles is inherently imprecise and runs the danger of being overly simplistic and appropriative. Unfortunately, I am unaware of any Buddhists who have written on the Malakim of In Nomine, nor do I currently have the reach to enlist one.
As such, I am making my best approximation – but I would encourage anyone thinking of including these Virtues into one of their games to conduct additional research of their own, and if any of you know of a Buddhist gamer with a penchant for Abrahamic RPGs, I would love the chance to defer to their greater experience. Continue reading