This is fantastic, I could have drop this into my Traveller Universe without changing a thing. I suggest moving Venator's entry to the start, it has that strong opening quality. really great stuff, Go to Comment
Hoohah, you really fleshed this sucker out, huh! V. Nice work, myriad of uses and easily slotted into any campaign. Now to think up a few colorful insults for trade priests, as i'm sure Nisher will be using them before long. I'm thinking about something along the lines of 'whoring' out prayers; what with it costing them money and all...
Oh, I can also imagine Trade Priests will be very well liked in mid-to-upper class areas, and can easily imagine them being hailed over by a member of the gentry who wants a divine favor of luck for his card game tonight and has several coin for the priest's holy coffer. I wonder though, if the idea of donating money for a blessing (rather than trade) would be an insult to the Trade Priest or not. Go to Comment
Kindred spirits, to a degree. Followers of the Way of Divine Wealth might see the usury Priests of Mammon practice as stifling commerce through excessive debts, though someone would praise the practice. They would also probably suggest charging a fee for usage of the churches, or at least setting up a shop or two within. Go to Comment
This is probably the best described and presented wealth-religion idea I've ever seen. From the Divine Broker to the Ordinance to the High Exchange in Qurai to the Bursar's Houses, and everything in between. Splendid, rich, evocative! Go to Comment
I am an Economics PhD student, and I love this. It is a loving cross between the Ferengi and Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand", and I fully support it. Turning commerce into a religion is just such a brilliant idea, and one that I am surprised doesn't happen more in fantasy settings. Given how important the idea of trade is to human civilization, you would expect to see more gods of trade and commerce floating around. But I digress, and I love this sub. Go to Comment
I wouldn't think it'd be an insult, because it would simply be trading for a favor. If anything, the trade priest would ask for double the price of the favor (perhaps triple?). After all, the more money they make, the better their chances with the Divine Broker. Go to Comment
And if you remove the whole bit about protecting the forest, you have an amazing Holy Mystery here, the sort that is jealously guarded and protected from vulgar eyes. A duty stele could be a conduit of lineage, a token marker of history, I am getting ideas from this, and they are cool! Go to Comment
Excellent! It's like the secretive old master who takes on a single apprentice and teaches them The Ancient Arts over the course of a few months in a brutal training montage, but concentrated into an ancient artifact that slumbers, awaiting the day when a student passes by.
There are a lot of possibilities with these items, though it would need careful control from going overboard. One could create a dynasty of unparalleled warriors simply by chaining the knowledge generation after generation.
1. Forced Mastership - through magical compulsion, threat, hostage, etc, a renown individual is made to pass on his skill to an unworthy, but powerful enemy.
2. Stolen Mastership - The kingship of a certain nation is held by one who has the ability to control the sentient castle that serves as the nations capitol. The Duty shrines are used to pass this knowledge from generation to generation. And now the king is dead, and the shrine stolen...
3. Corrupted Shrine - The ritual to build the shrine was witnessed by a dark power, who managed to edit a few things to make life more ..interesting...