Check out this great post from Charles Yallowitz via his Legends of Windemere blog with 7 Tips to Using Cults in Fantasy
Originally, I was going to talk about cults and religions in fantasy, but I realized that it could paint the wrong picture. Does Leo Kandrel lead a cult in War of Nytefall: Eradication? Yes. Is the cult connected to Durag the Sun God? Yes. Am I doing this question thing too often? Probably. Anyway, a cult doesn’t always have to be religious, but it tends to be that way in fantasy. Here are some ways to work them into a story and possibly even drift away from the religious side of it.
- It doesn’t have to be magic that makes everyone join the cult. Sure, that can give the followers an easy out if they’re freed and they can go about their lives. Yet, many times, people join a cult because it promises to answer questions and give them comfort in their lives. They’re made to believe that…
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