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You woke up…different. Someone changed you; on a slab, an operating table, an altar. By luck or by fate, you escaped. Now you’re hunted by the ones who made you, and they hold all the cards but one: they don’t know that a fire burns within you because of what they did. They don’t know that you’re hunting them.


The Divergence stripped you of your humanity, cracked open your soul. Its wounds will never heal. You are Broken — not like a toy lying in a limp pile on the floor but like a glass bottle, all sharp edges and jagged, cutting shards. Anyone who comes close to you bleeds — your enemies, but also your few friends.


Though alienated from humanity, you are not alone. Other Deviants have suffered as you have suffered. They hate the conspiracies that made you as much as you do. Together, you will stand against them. Together, you will make them pay!

This book contains:

  • The complete guide to playing a Deviant in the Chronicles of Darkness — from psychics to cyborgs, from freaks of nature to abominations of science.
  • Customizable powers and drawbacks to accommodate a breathtakingly diverse range of character concepts.
  • Rules for portraying the many faceless conspiracies that make up the Web of Pain.
  • Four example settings across the world, from Ankara to Delaware, each with its own unique conspiracies entangled in the Web of Pain.

Also available now from Onyx Path Publishing:

Dearly BleakDearly Bleak (A Deviant: The Renegades Novella)

Once, there was a boy named Dearly Bleak. That's not his birth name, but that's not the point. Dearly became so deathly ill, his parents allowed a smiling self-help cult to turn their son's body into a home for a cosmic maggot god. 

"Ever the praises to the Conqueror Worm!" 

"Ever the praises to the Crawling Library!" 

"The Knowledge that Eats!" 

"The Broodsac Sultan!" 

Dearly was healed, and then everyone screamed. For a time, Dearly found himself all on his own, though never ever alone. One day, to his delight, he found fellow misfits and deviants like him. 

This is the story of the boy and the Worm and what they are willing to do to the conspiracies that threaten their found family. This is the story of a boy who likes toys, lunchboxes, and catching bullfrogs. But most of all, he likes brains.

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Kerry G January 23, 2022 5:01 pm UTC
V20/etc compatible?
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Matthew S February 08, 2022 2:24 pm UTC
No, it's a Chronicles of Darkness game so is using a variation of the CoD system.
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Javier S January 05, 2022 11:41 pm UTC
I'm pretty new to the whole Chronicles/World of Darkness deal, but do I need Chronicles of Darkness to play Deviant: The Renegades?
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Remy S January 11, 2022 9:09 am UTC
No. Each of the core books includes the full rules. There’s a couple merits and subsystems that are in the CofD book, but it’s not necessary.
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Tal O September 14, 2021 11:37 am UTC
I love it. It's one of the most interesting ones from Onyx Path yet!

Just a few notes about the character sheet, though:

* The character sheet has the standard Attributes on the normal scale of 1-5, but Deviants can have Superhuman Attributes which go well above 5. I feel like there should have been some way of noting the character's base ratings and a second track for any Superhuman ratings, so I can see those at a quick glance without having to flip over to the Variations.
* The fillable PDF sheet has you marking V's in the boxes instead of filling them. It's just a visual, cosmetic thing but it doesn't look right to me and makes it harder on me to tell my ratings at a glance.
* Text font and size is a little inconsistent across multiple fields, and tends to be on the small side where it should be bigger (or at least altering based on how much I type).
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Noah P September 06, 2021 3:39 am UTC
I really like what I've seen so far in the book. I wanted a superhuman RPG with more crunch than all the PBTA options and this fits the bill.
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Phillip H September 05, 2021 12:35 am UTC
It's a really interesting setting, with a major problem. The Autourgics should not be a choice for players. In a game about conspiracy and revenge, but as an RPG it's a collaborative social game, putting a choice in there that instantly makes issues within the group, bad idea.
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Erlan P September 06, 2021 6:18 am UTC
This makes no sense. A character that thought it was doing something good can very well later find out the consequences and decide to join the Renegades.
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Tal O September 14, 2021 11:11 am UTC
You need to read their full page treatment if you think that.
Have a read of the sample Autourgics there (I like the second one).

As for conspiracy and revenge, Autourgics become victims and targets of conspiracies same as other Remade. They may be their own Progenitor, but that doesn't mean they have no one to blame for what they've become or no one to take vengeance upon.
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Craig B September 04, 2021 3:11 am UTC
So Promethean expanded and the themes and background are different?
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Tal O September 14, 2021 11:24 am UTC
They're similar in some sense, but Deviant has different core themes than Promethean.

The differences between Deviants and Prometheans are myriad, and very fundamental.
Prometheans are primarily concerned with the quest to become human - for Deviants, that door is closed (and the bridge is burned, and the river is made of acid). The game is not about a quest for regaining your humanity - it's about vengeance, it's about already having been a person but becoming wrenched from your life and crushed in the grinding gears of a dehumanizing organization that considered you nothing more than expendable, raw materials.

The themes of social isolation in Deviant stem from your character having been Broken and Remade into a monstrosity. Your own "powers" Other you.
Something happened to you and now you can't assume a normal life anymore.

Promethean is about the Tin Man's yearning for a heart.

Deviant is about Dr Jekyll, Elevan, Hulk and Electro's...See more
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Pablo Andres A September 02, 2021 10:42 pm UTC
Sounds like Promethean.
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Andrew R September 03, 2021 7:07 am UTC
It's actually closer to Demon or Changeling with the characters having escaped the monsters who took their humanity (although those 'monsters' are more human than in the other games) and now fighting back against those same monsters while attempting to avoid being recaptured/neutralised by them. Promethean is about claiming a humanity you never had, Deviant is about tearing avenging yourself on the SOBs who took your humanity you can feel yourself losing.

Although there's nothing to say that the 'Progenitor' who 'Created' one couldn't 'Break' the other.
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Rory H September 03, 2021 9:22 am UTC
So, like Deadpool then?
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Kenny A September 03, 2021 3:44 pm UTC
Deadpool, the Hulk, Cyclops.. A lot of superheroes fit. This has a feeling of a dark superhero game.
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Matthew R September 08, 2021 3:43 pm UTC
First example I thought of when I read the product blurb was actually Eleven from Stranger Things.
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Tal O September 15, 2021 1:09 pm UTC
Actually, Deviant's roots can be traced back to a 90s White Wolf product called "Freak Legion", the player's guide to Fomori.
(I seriously *don't* recommend looking the Freak Legion book up if you don't know it - it was written in White Wolf's "Shock-and-BLaAarGH!" days).

Fomori were Werewolf: The Apocalypse antagonists.
In general, they were humans who became possessed by a bane, but more relevantly they were often the symbiotic, mutated super-soldiers for the E-e-e-e-e-evil megacorp Pentex (the "First Team").

Deviant is not "Fomori: Chronicles of Darkness 2021 version", and it's far, far more mature and infinitely better written than that awfulness was - but it definitely has roots in that product.

Also, Deviant is very different to Promethean.
Promethean is about a construct's quest to attain humanity - Deviant is about people-turned-monsters, hunter-hunted and being a person who is dehumanized...See more
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Pablo Andres A September 16, 2021 2:17 am UTC
Ok, now I may need to look at this Fomori book.

Just kidding, I'm tired of bad taste in rpg books.
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Rory H September 02, 2021 4:06 am UTC
I read through the introduction and my immediate thought was that it reminded me a lot of Deadpool. Tell me I am wrong.

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Paul T September 02, 2021 6:07 pm UTC
Read your comment, read the intro.... yeah, I can't disagree with you.
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Michael F September 03, 2021 1:05 pm UTC
Deadpool, wolverine, all those "weapon x" graduates would fit in here I think.
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Kenny A September 03, 2021 3:46 pm UTC
You are not. This has a 'dark superhero' feel. If you ever saw the Dark Angel TV show, that's pretty much EXACTLY what we have going here. Deviant is a dark mirror of Hunter. And I love it.
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Cameren B September 11, 2021 9:51 pm UTC
You're right 100%
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