What’s your take on occult symbols, themes, names, and references in fantasy game or fiction?
Usually when these elements are used, its generally from a Christian perspective. As in keeping to the Christian dichotomy of spiritual good vs evil, with a good god or pantheon of gods of light fighting against an evil god or pantheon of gods of darkness, general imagery of angels fighting demons, good and evil types of magic, emphasis on faith vs sin, and a basic polarizing dark and light, all to fit a fantasy setting. Or the more extreme version with anything to do with magic being purely evil and demonic with some secret sect of religious affiliates fighting against some supernatural horror.
I’m trying to replace the good vs evil dichotomy with chaos (change and individualism) vs order (status quo and collectivism). So things that are dark relate to powers that challenge systems of thought and transform them and light with powers that protect these systems and resist change. Neither inherently good or evil but subjectively capable of falling to either side.
I want to ask what your opinion is on this. For example, can I openly depict a pentagram, or should I use a not so well known symbol? Can I aim for a more occult friendly audience? Is the gamer community too secular to be offended?