Darvin wrote:Step 1: Piety farm without leveling up (Binlor or Mysteria)
Step 2: Convert + Petition
A very good approach, but one that requires considerable luck to pull off. Earthmother also works well for this. Worshipping Jehora directly and desecrating an altar (another superb use of the Earthmother) is another approach with similar results. However, this requires a considerable amount of luck both to find a good piety farm very early and to find Jehora early enough for the conversion to still make sense.
The fact of the matter is that Jehora is only worthwhile if you get in the door very early. If you're late in exploration, you can just ignore that altar entirely; he offers no meaningful options for a prospective convert. This is in stark contrast to every other deity in the game which has at least some late-game angle.
Furthermore, the buffs I propose wouldn't actually benefit the approach you describe. Less severe punishments would be meaningless to someone altar-jumping to avoid said punishments, and would mostly help those without easy ways to survive the initial petition charge or even (in the case of a higher-level character) potentially live without it.
Sure, sure. I didn't mean to imply all of the points were less than valid. Just that JJ is plenty workable as-is. (I kind of remember a time not so long ago when JJ was said to be too generous, which I'd imagine is partly responsible for his current high petition threshold. I'm far too lazy to see who was arguing that, though.)
General thoughts: I prep extra altar 99.99% of the time. I use Pactmaster maybe 3% of the time (and always screw up whether I can take the free piety before or after another pact). I don't think I'm normal. I love TT almost as much as Lujo. I will never worship GG unless I see him very very early, and even then, I hate him. I hate him. By far my least worshiped god. My most recent playthrough made me realize just how much I had neglected Taurog. Earthmother, sadly, suffers from being so easily desecrated. The only god that you can be guaranteed that you can desecrate for basically no cost; yet, when I actually use her, she's quite good. Just not as good as TT or Dracul. Binlor is very useful, I have no complaints. Dracul is probably too useful, but you didn't hear it from me. Mysteria... meh. Piety farm while exploring. 1 free point of mana. Probably nothing more.
Largely unrelated: I think it's been commented on before, but it's interesting to me that in the Alpha, blank space was everything. Save as much as you can. But in the Beta, more often than not, I have half the map explored before I've attacked anything.