Synnibarr Sunday: I Wanna Be Adored

Once your Synnibarr character gets to be around 45th level, he or she will want to start thinking about becoming an Immortal (page 96).

To become an Immortal, you have to get a God to grant you an Immortal Quest, which is wicked difficult. If the hero completes it, he will be taken to Titan (on the planet Taine), where the Gods live, and face the Fires of Shadarkeem (also his sponsor needs to give him one God point). One he does so, the character is 51st level and an Immortal, which means they get all kinds of bonuses, including +2 to every ability except Strength and +100 to Strength.

When you get tired of being Immortal, you can shoot for Demigodhood. The process is pretty similar, except more God points are needed from the assisting deity. The benefits are also pretty similar, including another +2/+100 on ability scores. Demigods are level 71.

Naturally, being a Demigod is like being an Assistant Manager at Arby’s — why bother unless you’re shooting for the top position? Becoming a full-fledged God requires 100 God Points from another God, and afterwards you’ll be 110th level.

Once you’re a God you get God points of your own! The number you get per day is based on the number of worshippers you have. Find some hobo to light incense to you and you get negligible God points, but once you get a million followers you get ten GPs a day! (Note that “each worshipper must faithfully meditate and pray for at least 15 minutes a day” so I guess you’ll want to keep track.) For some reason, one of the entries on the God Points table shows that with 272,250,000 worshippers you’ll get 165.0 GPs/day, which is the maximum available to a first-level God.

Once you get a nice stash of God Points, you can think about creating your own divine plane!

If you’re thinking of taking a shortcut to Godhood, be warned! If you wish to be an Immortal or God, “your character will blow up.”


Unless specified otherwise, all references are to The World of Synnibarr, second edition, by Raven c.s. McCracken and Bryce Thelin, copyright 1993 and published by Wonderworld Press.

This post is not intended to foster any belief in the occult.

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4 Responses to Synnibarr Sunday: I Wanna Be Adored

  1. David Thiel says:

    I think that it may just be possible that Raven C.S. McCracken hasn’t thought through the math. If a mere 272 million followers gets you 165 God Points/day, and it only costs 100 GP to create another god, Valhalla is going to have an overcrowding problem.

    An example: Jesus (who must at least have cracked third or fourth level by now) has somewhere around 2.1 billion followers on this planet alone, according to Adherents.com. I think that the points are scaling according to square roots, because it goes from 10 GP for a million followers to 165 for 272.25 million (272.25 = 16.5 * 16.5). Someone would have to check my math, but I’m thinking 2.1 billion followers oughta net around 460 GP/day. Which means that Christ could be granting godhood to four and a half adventurers a day.* That’s 1,679 new gods a year, each of which would presumably begin anointing gods of their own.**

    Perhaps gods are like vampires, in that while they appreciate company, they’re selective about who they bring into the ranks so as not to create a scarcity of resources. Sure, some people may follow more than one god, but most of us mortals are going to want to top out at fifty or so. Maybe a god only creates one or two other gods a year.*** What do they do with the rest of their hard-won God Points? God Poker?

    *Five if the fifth one is a halfling.
    **At least the popular ones would.
    ***Still a problem, assuming immortality.

  2. T. Derscheid says:

    I’m guessing they weed out the lower ones – either a la Highlander, or just eat them. It’s the fooooood chain.

  3. Dave says:

    David, you’re forgetting one key requirement: to become an Immortal, Demigod, or God, you have to have played World of Synnibarr enough to make it to level 45.

  4. Pippy says:

    Sometimes when I read these things it makes me want to play world of Synnibar.Then in a sober frame of my mind I realise that if I did my body would blow up.