Religion in Fantasy Worlds
This post was inspired by a post at the KORE rpg blog about the topic.…
The Church of the Mother operates all over the continent, but not all holy places can be as grand as the Grand Basilica. As such, many smaller temples and shrines have been built and maintained throughout cities, towns, and villages across the lands.
In Rivergate, you will find a small Temple of the Mother’s Grace. Though small, every sermon and ceremony is packed wall to wall to hear Abbess Amrin speak the words of the goddess and the Maker. Amrin rules the Temple with an iron fist, but an open heart. She will put up with no foolishness beneath her roof but will move heaven and earth if you earn her trust and love. As old as she is, you’d probably wonder if she *was* the Mother’s sister in her childhood, but her eyes still radiate a warmth and love nobody can deny.
Her sermons draw folks from all walks of life – laborers, merchants, artists, sailors, and anyone else seeking a bit of salvation. Though well schooled in the scriptures, the Abbess often uses humor and local events to drive her points home.
Most nights she can be found giving those who need it a helping hand, a bit of bread, or a sympathetic ear. And those who don’t live up to her expectations are likely to get an earful and forcefully set back on the path.
But if you’re hurt, whether emotionally or physically, you should find your way to the temple. The Abbess and her helpers will do their best to fix you up and set you on your way.
The Temple itself seems simple from the outside, though taller than many other buildings in town. Two giant doors lead into the main hall. To the right of the doors is the bell used to call worshippers to service and sound the alarm when needed. A series of bells are located throughout Rivergate and bell ringers are always nearby to ring messages from the gates to the docks. Two statues – St. Samrak and St. Issal – stand on either side of the door signifying the church philosophies of hope and healing. A series of gargoyles around the domed roof announces to all that no evil is welcome within these walls and that the rules MUST be obeyed.
Inside, the doors open into the main hall with the inside of the dome painted to represent the four phases of the Mother’s life at the cardinal points of the room. East is discovering her faith (with the rising sun). South represents her journey to spread the word. And west represents her final journey to the Maker’s paradise (with the setting sun). Several pews all align towards the east and a raised dais. It is there where the Abbess and her helpers give their sermons.
Through the southern doors is a small area where the sisters sleep and eat. Separated by a cloth divider when needed, half of their living space becomes a hospital with several temporary cots.
If you are seeking shelter or just need to talk, the Temple of the Mother’s Grace is there to help and set you back on your path.