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The Hostel of the Silent Brotherhood

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The Hostel of the Silent Brotherhood is a small hostel in the dock quarters of town. The Hostel is popular among scribes and scholars who value silence. In addition it is valued by those who are on the run, for the brotherhood consists mainly of skilled warriors adept at fighting with staves and maces.

The Silent Brotherhood is a group of monks sworn to the service of the Saint Elyrios, the Raven of Night and Silence. They customarily dress in dark blue velvet robes and black silken cloaks. The monks are sworn to silence and the ritual of initiation requires that they sew their mouths shut, save for a small section where there is room to insert food and drink. Understandably feeding is quite a chore and the monks favour porridge and soup. Many are scared by the silent men with thick black cords sealing their lips, but the townsfolk know their gentle hearts and nature. The brotherhood is not required to be chaste, but they are required to be silent and encouraged to be nocturnal.

The Hostel of the Silent Brotherhood is a small hostel in the dock quarters of town. It occupies a portion of an old wooden building, worn, yet carefully maintained by the diligent hands of the brotherhood. The only notice given of its presence is a painted sign above the doorway, which depicts a dark raven with a nimbus.

The interior is Spartan and modest, but the beds are soft and the location the safest place one can sleep. The monks are kind and serviceable and will go to great length to provide their guests with all manner of comfort. There is only one drawback: No one is allowed to speak and the monks even enter guests’ bedrooms to subdue any snoring. They utilize herbal concoctions called Mathewa to do this, which they drip on their guests’ lips.

Hostels such as this are the brotherhoods sole source of income and they usually maintain small altars in the cellar where they can worship The Raven in silence. This Hostel is no exception.

The Hostel is popular among scribes and scholars who value silence. In addition it is valued by those who are on the run, for the brotherhood consists mainly of skilled warriors adept at fighting with staves and maces. None can violate the sanctity of the Hostel or enter without alerting the monks, who are bonded with the sanctified building.



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Voted manfred
November 10, 2005, 11:04
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How could I forget this?

An ultra-quiet hostel with a macabre touch, simple and colorful. Like it.
Voted Mourngrymn
November 10, 2005, 13:06
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Intersting idea. Any idea why they are like that? I understand it is a portion of their religion, but why? Who is The Raven and why would the monks be the silent warriors they are seen to be?
KendraHeart
November 20, 2005, 10:09
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A little gross, but I understand the reasoning behind it. Religious organizations are often into "extreme" processes. I could see players cringing when they first see these.

So where is the Raven's write up?
So where is the organization write up?
Why are they warrior monks?
(And warrior monks should have communication... otherwise how do they function in a battlefield?)
Ancient Gamer
November 28, 2005, 3:24
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This post has been transferred from the forums and the "Establishments" thread. I will answer these questions when I have had time to fully describe what Mourngrymn and Kendraheart ask about. There are no one-liner answers to the questions you ask ;)
Voted Murometz
October 5, 2006, 20:29
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This has a subtle vibe. I like it.

Worship the Raven in silence -nice line!
Voted Dozus
November 15, 2012, 13:13
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I like the sewn-lips habit and their hostel as a form of income. I quibble at them being warrior monks, as it seems every group of habited men in fantasy worlds are secret Shaolin warriors, but that is but a quibble.
Ancient Gamer
November 19, 2012, 12:42
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I agree, Dozus! I absolutely agree. But I definitely feel they should be among the mystic classes, somehow. Perhaps a Silent Priesthood of some kind? Or just another Cult.

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