When I was making my 'Relic Transport' quest, manfred popped the idea into my head to make a Codex of all things religion-related, and gave me a few submissions of his as well, to start it off.
So, what is holy?
Define - Holy - 'Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power.'
That said, in a fantasy setting, there is some wiggle room. A divine power is usually a good or neutral god, yet within those ranks there's an astonishing variety of deities and systems. Some gods are made of magic, some control magic, some are ascended mortals, some are created by mortals, some are supernatural beings, some have human flaws, and some are the epitome of perfection.
Yet all deities have some things in common - they are worshipped, they have power, and they are certainly NOT mortals.
As a result, we have a plethora of rich campaign material and world detail that has divine roots.
Temples and churches add majesty and grandeur to cities, be they centuries-old stronghold or gleaming towers newly sprung from the town. Shrines and monastaries dot the countryside, offering shelter and prayer for wayfarers.
Ages-old religious orders control kingdoms and fiefs, drowing the populations in dogma and forced worship. Pagan cults rise in secluded flyspeck villages, as scholars discover archaic texts in forgotten tombs telling of long-lost sermons and dead gods.
And clerics take the word and sword of their deity into those tombs, slaying usurpers and fiends with their god's own blessings at their back, as the local friar heals the wounded in the town.
Simply mentioning anything holy gives a feel of authenticity and richness to a world, but following through and developing a religion, a church, even a clerical character is even better. That all being said, anything dealing with churches, temples, clerics, priests, sermons, teachings, and just holiness in general would find good company here.
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The entire city is in an uproar. Two factions proudly identify themselves to each other by wearing red or white scarves or handkerchiefs on their bodies in plain site, or hanging them from their place of business identifying themselves and their belief. Apparently a very respected high priest of the local religion has recently disappeared and so has the entire church coffers leaving it penniless. A city divided on the possible guilt of the missing.
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I like this thread.
Are you going to include links to the various 'These Are Our Gods' and 'And These Are Our Churches threads'?
I did a search, but couldn't find any by those titles...
Could you give a link?
The search function pulled them right up for me, but no problem. I added them on for you.
This is what a Codex was meant for! All feel free to add to it.
(Hmmm... now why can't I vote on this? Is it because of the Suggested submissions?)
I must admit this is a great idea. The reason wh yI am voting so low on this is for the fact that the beginning of the codec has no real meaning it just has two very short paraghraphs about what should be added. So I voted low, but it is a good idea as is a 3.5/5. Sweet idea. I wil lvote on the added material individually and probably find some rather good jewels in there.
Updated: Edited - thanks to Mourn's comment!
Now I can vote.
Now I can BUMP!
And I can BUMP again. I'm sure there are some more religious submissions around...
Good idea for a Codex and good lead-in for the topic of divinity and related concepts.