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Religion in Nyrond

Nyrondese are largely followers of the Oerdian pantheon. People in the cities follow "major" deities, while the folk in the kingdom's plains and hinterlands supplicate Oeridian weather and agricultural powers. The people of Nyrond tend to supplicate whichever god they think can best address their need at any given time or circumstance.

The kingdom does not have a state proscribed religion and no church or manner of worship is dominant over any other. That being said, they are several powers in Nyrond that are so readily recognized and their names invoked that they may be considered dominant. These more recognizable deities are listed immediately below, followed by the more obscure faiths worshiped in the hinterlands. Players are invited to read the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer for more information on the deities presented below.

Organized Religions in Nyrond
The following religions have formally organized churches revolving around their deities. These churches typically have one form of hierarchy or another. They also likely to have a large temple in one city or another in Nyrond with a headquarters of sorts in the same edifice or nearby. And, they typically have many other smaller chapels throughout the kingdom. Tithes and other offerings usually flow from the hinterlands into the coffers of each church's headquarters, typically in the kingdom's capital city of Rel Mord. Decrees, points of doctrine and other ecclesiastical matters originate in Rel Mord and filter out to the local chapels in the nation's countryside. Trainees in the different churches are usually sent to Rel Mord for religious testing and indoctrination. Church leaders of high standing are rarely seen outside of Rel Mord. In most cases with the following religions, the real power of these churches lies in and flows from the city of Rel Mord.

Church of Boccob
The god of magic, while not largely popular in Nyrond, still has high-level adherents in the kingdom's cities. Nyrond's Sagacious Society is the only group that worships Boccob in any organized fashion. However, the Society's status and connections give Boccob's few followers influence that is disproportionate to their numbers. There are no temples or chapels dedicated to Boccob in Nyrond. However, The University of Rel Mord's library is dedicated to him, as are other repositories of knowledge and shrines of learning. Boccob is unaligned, yet his worshipers come from all over the ideological and morale spectrum.
Holy symbol: an eye resting on a pedestal inside of a pentagram.
Domains: arcana, knowledge and skill.

Church of Heironeous
Also called the Arch-Paladin and the Valorous Knight, Heironeous is the Oeridian god and champion of battle and all that is right and good. He is the major faith among Nyrond's royal courts, nobles and armies. Heironeous's church in Nyrond is served by High Priest Arafeld at a grand temple in Rel Mord. Many lesser chapels and shrines to Heironeous dot the land in the kingdom. Heironeous is, of course, lawful good. His followers espouse the chivalry and honor of his tenets.
Holy symbol: a fist holding a silver bolt of lightning.
Domains: protection, strength and war

Church of Pelor
Called Sol by most Oeridian peoples, the name Pelor was adopted from Flannish to describe the good god of the sun and summer and support for the poor and needy. Pelor is a popular deity in the kingdom's countryside and far-flung hamlets where worship of martial and magic deities is not observed because of a lack of need. While there is no large-scale temple to Pelor in Nyrond, there are many smaller chapels and shrines dedicated to his worship throughout greater Nyrond. Most of his priesthood are small cells of the faithful or lone wanderers doing good in his name.
Holy symbol: a flaming sun, sometimes with a bearded man's face within.
Domains: hope, life and sun.

Church of Pholtus
Pholtus is another Oeridian lawful good god of light, law and justice. However, he does not have wide acceptance or worship in Nyrond. But, some of his faithful do wander from the Pale in the north and carry the message of the Pholtus's Blindling Light with them. One such group is an organization called the Valorous League of Blindness. They are a militant group within the church of Pholtus seeking converts to his church. Grand Templar Temzien, the ambassador from Nyrond's northern neighbor, the Theocracy of the Pale, is a strident Pholtan and advocate of the Valorous League of Blindness. There are no temples or chapels to Pholtus in Nyrond. However, rented meeting houses and private gathering places are common in the kingdom's northern villages and cities.
Holy symbol: a full moon partially eclipsed by a smaller, crescent moon.
Domains: civilization, justice and sun.

Church of Rao
The worship of the Flannish god Rao, who preaches peace, reason and serenity, is an oddity in Nyrond. However, the church has a humble, yet active temple and presence in the kingdom's capital city of Rel Mord. Rao's faithful in Nyrond are led by Canon Durinken where he concentrates the church's efforts on assisting the needy and poor in the city and its environs. Durinken and his clergy also preach peace in the city's streets, royal courts and other gatherings. Rao is a lawful good and his adherents honor and obey the laws of the land and seek to always do good.
Holy symbol: a wood or metal white, heart-shaped object.
Domains: hope, life and protection.

Church of Zilchus
The Oeridian god of money and trade has a strong presence in Nyrond's cities and enjoy a splendid temple in Rel Mord. But, he and his followers are rarely seen in the kingdom's vast rural expanse. Zilchus's clergy, led by High Priest Palindren, works closely with the king and his advisors to regulate trade, mint coinage, and promote merchant activity in Nyrond and with its neighbors. Zilchus is unaligned and many of his followers are neutral, yet fair, in their dealings. They are strict law abiders, but are known to act selfishly on occasion.
Holy symbol: a hand clutching a bag of gold.
Domains: civilization, justice and skill.

Worship in Nyrond's Hinterlands
The following religions are loosely organized, if at all. Many of the churches noted below are constituted by simple shrines in a few small villages with an elder or some other reputable village member serving the community. There is no real source of authority in an organized sense, but people in the countryside that honor these gods see ordinary occurrences as divine events - from simple rain storms, or the lack thereof, to heavenly events like comets or lunar eclipses. Lack of organization does mean lack of power, however. There are channels of power and people of no small ability that wander Nyrond's countryside invoking the names of these gods to great effect. What these churches lack in possessions and influence, they make-up for with devoted believers and real manifestations of divine providence.

Atroa
Also called the Maiden, is the good Oeridian goddess of spring, the east wind and renewal. She is called upon to bless the arrival of spring and the planting of crops. Atroa has very few priests. Mostly, villagers call upon her name to bless the birth of new children, to tame late winter weather, and to warm the hearths of many households.
Holy symbol: a heart with an air glyph inside.
Domains: creation, hope and life.

Celestian
The unaligned Oeridian god of the stars is not widely acknowledged or worshiped in Nyrond. However, wandering priests of the Far Wanderer are occasionally encountered. They are usually scholars and astronomers and may be found in cities as well as the open fields of the kingdom. They are known to possess potent cosmic magic. There is no organized church to Celestian and no temples or chapels to him are known to have been erected. But, there are many shrines dedicated to him on hill tops and in other places where star gazing offers the best views.
Holy symbol: diamond or star shaped objects.
Domains: arcana, darkness and moon.

Corellon
The First of the Seldarine, Corellon is the good god of the elves and he finds ample followers among those folk in the Celadon and Gamboge forests. There are no centers of worship for him in the kingdom's interior, but his name may be heard on occasion outside of elven territory.
Holy symbol: silver crescent moon
Domains: arcana, skill and wilderness

Fharlanghn
The Dweller on the Horizon is the brother of Celestian an the unaligned Oeridian god of travel, distance and horizons. He is the patron of those who travel the roads and trails of Nyrond and abroad. While there is no temple to Fharlanghn in Nyrond, there are countless roadside shrines dedicated to him all over the kingdom. His priests are often encountered tending to these shrines and assisting weary travelers. Many a prayer goes to Fharlanghn on Nyrond's busy roads and city and village streets.
Holy symbol: a disk with a curved line across it representing a horizon.
Domains: freedom, protection and life.

Moradin
The Soulforger is the father of the dwarves. A lawful good deity mostly worshiped by the dwarves of the Flinty hills (and abroad), many humans of the interior pay Moradin homage, too. It is not uncommon to see a chapel or other shrine to Moradin in a village or small town in Nyrond's hinterlands.
Holy symbol: a hammer superimposed vertically over an anvil.
Domains: creation, earth and protection.

Procan
Called the Storm Lord, Procan is the is the unaligned Oeridian god of the seas, storms and waterborne travel. He is the father of the other Oeridian wind gods (Atroa, Sotillion, Telchur, Velnius and Wenta). Typically worshiped for his aquatic influence, temples and chapels to Procan are only seen in the south of Nyrond along Relmor Bay. However, his priests are also seen inland on one of the kingdom's wide rivers.
Holy symbol: a trident, vertical over a cresting wave.
Domains: life, sea and storm.

Sotillion
The good Oeridian goddess of summer, the south wind and comfort is a lesser worshiped deity. But, many prayers of thanks are uttered to Sotillion as Nyrondese seek ease, warm weather and other comforts. Sotillion has few priests, but where they are found, they are often organizing banquets and parties in the summer months. They are called upon to bless marriages, children, and even important crops and farm animals.
Holy symbol: a winged bengal tiger.
Domains: hope, freedom and luck.

Telchur
Also called the Icebrother, Telchur is the unaligned Oeridian god of the winter, the north wind and cold weather. He is respected, if not worshiped in Nyrond. Most farmers, herders and other that make their living outdoors honor Telchur to ask the god for mercy in their outdoor efforts. He has no known clergy, but singular priests and druids exist in a few northern Nyrondese villages where they are asked to help people prepare for and survive winter.
Holy symbol: a leafless tree in a snowy field.
Domains: strife, storm and winter.

Velnius
Called the Rainshroud or the Wind Master, Velnius is the unaligned Oeridian god of the wind, the sky and weather. He has a wide following and many wandering priests in Nyrond's plains, forests and grasslands. Velnius's priesthood is unorganized, but they are often called upon to pray for good weather. They perform rituals to end droughts, dry-up a flooded farmlands, and to bring sunny skies.
Holy symbol: a bird perched on a cloud.
Domains: change, storm and wilderness.

Wenta
The good Oeridian goddess of autumn, the west wind and the harvest is worshiped in the great expanse of Nyrond's open fields and grassy plains. Her name is especially intoned before and during harvest time. While there are no temples or chapels to Wenta, her name is always on the lips of Nyrondese asking for blessings in their agricultural efforts. Her clergy is usually a lone village elder or woman of respect in a small hamlet. Wenta is all but forgotten in Nyrond's cities.
Holy symbol: a large mug of ale.
Domains: creations, earth and life.
Updated by :Don (Greyson) on May 27, 2014 22:07