Common Religions in the Known World
Religion in the Known World is characterized by a diversity of religious beliefs and practices, and religion plays a very important role in the lives of most citizens. While worshipers from every racial background are found in nearly every church and shrine, most religions have their origins with one race, which tends to dominate the clergy of that particular faith.
The Dwarven Pantheon
The following deities are worshipped primarily by dwarves.
Belatucadnos – Belatucadnos is the god of war and slaughter. He is depicted with stag-like antlers or horns. His clerics are of non-good alignment, and are permitted to carry swords.
Ocelus – Ocelus is the god of healing. His clerics are of good alignment.
The Elven pantheon
The following deities are worshipped primarily by elves and half-elves.
Andrasta – Andrasta is the goddess of war. Her name means the “Invincible One.” Four times a year, her druids gather to offer human sacrifices (typically using condemned criminals). Hares are sacred to worshipers of Andrasta.
Cocidius – Cocidius is the god of hunting, forests, groves, and wild fields. He is depicted with a shield in the left hand, a sword in the right, and a scabbard hanging from the belt around his tunic. His clerics are permitted to use bows.
Sulis – Sulis is the goddess of healing springs. Her worshippers often petition her to curse their enemies. Specific curses include the denial of sleep, the cesation of normal bodily functions, or death. These afflictions cease only when the perpetrator rights the wrong done to the worshipper. Her clerics are of lawful alignment.
The Halfling Pantheon
The following deities are worshipped primarily by halflings.
Maponus – Maponus is the god of youth, music, poetry, and trickery. He is frequently depicted as a youth, a trickster, and a lover. His clerics may be any non-lawful alignment, and may use thief skills as a 1st level thief.
Nemetona – Nemetona is the goddess of the grove. Her worshippers believe that springs dedicated to Nemetona have supernatural healing powers. Nemetona is usually represented as a queen holding a sceptre. Her clerics must be of good alignment.
The Human pantheon
The following deities are worshipped primarily by humans, half-elves, and half-orcs.
Brigantia – Brigantia is the goddess of war, healing, water, fertility, and prosperity. She is depicted as a woman wearing a crown, with a Gorgon’s head on her breast, holding a spear and a globe of victory. Her clerics may be of any alignment.
Coventina – Coventina is the goddess of rivers, wells, and springs. Her clerics make votive offerings at her wells, usually in the form of money, pins, and pearls thrown into the water. Her druids must be of neutral alignment.
Nodons – Nodons is the god of healing and of the sea. Dogs are sacred to worshippers of Nodons. His clerics must be of good alignment.
The Orc pantheon
The following deities are worshipped primarily by half-orcs and orcs.
Agroná – Agroná is the goddess of battle and carnage. Her clerics must be of evil alignment.
In recent years, a new religion has begun to emerge in the Known World. Known only as “The Way,” it teaches the worship of a nameless deity known as “God.” Unlike other religions who accept the existence (albeit inferiority) of foreign gods, followers of The Way believe that their god is the one true deity, a theological distinction that has earned its followers no small animosity from other religions.
The religious tenants of The Way are summarized in a set of proclamations, or kerygma. These kerygma summarize the teachings of the faith, and are summarized as follows:
◾ There is only one true God.
◾ God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good.
◾ At the fullness of time, He intentionally called forth all creation without aid or assistance.
◾ God desires to share His eternal life with all persons. This is the Promise.
◾ It is impossible to attain the Promise without faith in God. The Promise must be freely accepted through faith.
◾ Faith is a personal adherence of man to God, and a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed.
◾ God has written his moral law in the conscience of all persons (even of those outside The Way); this law manifests itself in acts of love.
◾ Faith demands obedience to conscience. Thus, one’s faith shows itself by deeds of love, charity, generosity, kindness, patience, gentleness, and self-control.
The holy symbol of The Way is a cross. Clerics of The Way must be of lawful-good alignment.
The Way originated in the city of Werskalot. It is said to be a resurgence of a much older religion that was lost to antiquity. Archaeologists, delving into the catacombs beneath the city, discovered within an ancient underground temple a timeworn holy book that contained the sacred texts of The Way. As they studied the tome, they began to believe in the Promise, and determined to reestablish and spread the religion.
Because of its novelty and theological opposition to other polytheistic religions, most adherents of The Way will find themselves ostracized, harassed, or sometimes persecuted for their beliefs. However, converts to The Way are often more dedicated to living out their faith in their daily life than followers of other religions.
Werskalot is the only city where The Way is fully accepted (legally and socially) as a valid religion. As such, Werskalot serves as the headquarters of the faith, from which all missionary activity originates.