5. What sort of abilities would a Bug Knight class give to a character?
“The sun under cosmic impetus rolls in orbit around the great protrusion of the world. So too does a ball of dung circle an ant hill, beneath the impetus of the lowly scarab. Cosmic secrets repeat across nature. Echoing spirals and circular orbits reiterate the grand works of existence.
“In the ignoble beetle is contained all of existence. Study. Understand. Watch. Listen. Comprehend.
“Allow the cosmos into you. The beetle becomes one with your flesh. So does the sun. So too does the impetus of all things.”
- Excerpt from a Heathen Grimoire
“As the holy war against the dry kingdoms was waged, praise God-most-Censorious, an order of fighting friars became entranced with the heretics’ natural philosophy.
“They took the crawling beetle as their symbol. With it, Delanore did fall.
“But so too did the Friars of Coleoptera… heathens now, one and all. Forsworn are they against God. Show these sorcerous filth no mercy.
“This is the duty of all God’s children.”
- From Bishop Tomlin’s “Prescriptive Histories”
Since an inquisitor first scrawled the word “Heathen” in scarlet across a Coleopteric tome, “Heathen” has been writ on the title pages of the Friars. Whether personal or secretly printed upon the Western shore, all texts describing Coleopteric meditations share a single name.
(Occasionally, Heathen will be in an acrostic title, but this is rare.)
“The moon is the sun, the sun is a ball of dung, a ball of dung is the grass. Your corpse will become soil. Soil becomes the grass. You have always been the sun, the moon, the thorn and fruit.”
This is always the first lesson, the necessary lesson. Separation is a lie. (So too then is logic, but that lie is quite useful to the seeming world we see.)
The Scarab Tome requires 60 minus INT hours of intense study to Understand.
As well as 48 minus WIS hours of Watching Scarab Beetles in the wild to Comprehend.
Once one has Comprehended, an Aspirant need only let the Beetle within them.
A female Scarab soon to lay her eggs must be found and coaxed into your palm. Look at Her. Know Her; know Yourself. Submit to Her “Your” right to live. (1% chance the Aspirant irrevocably dies. Few know this.) If she accepts you, she will extend her ovipositor.
Open then your skin for her. She will lay her egg.
Then you will Comprehend, actively.
1d6 Active Comprehensions
One – With intense non-concentration, very literal outward dissolvent meditation really, the aspirant can ignore solid barriers. Requires 1d6 minutes of focus and a successful WIS check to begin. And another WIS check for each additional foot beyond the first. Failure at that point is death. Cosmically irrevocable and all that.