Tales of The Summerset Isles
Gods - Religion
Gods are given power by their followers, many were great people or creatures who ascended to godhood after achieving such great power that they could transcend.
They are known to give out blessings which can be either be good or bad, depending on your perspective.
Dragon worship and Paganism
Before the development of established organised religion in the Summerset Isles there were various forms of paganism, primarily revolving around worship of nature, ancestors, or dragons. While such worship is largely outlawed as a form of heresy now, it still occurs, sometimes under the guise of other forms of worship or cultural rituals.
The Seven are the pantheon of gods that is widely followed throughout the Summerset Isles. They are officially sanctioned by the crown and by the church of Reed, which sits at the head of the pantheon. People typically follow a specific god but will interact with the other churches in order to receive blessings in times of need. While it is very common to have a patron god, with only the apathetic deciding all of them, It is considered heresy and a crime against the crown to denounce the Seven.
Reed, The King of the Sun
The god of kings, law and the sun, lawful neutral with domain over light.
The king of the gods, and god of kings. Reed is the head of the seven gods, and by his divine power are kings chosen. He is not widely worshipped amongst the common folk, but is revered amongst the nobility of the Isles.
Reed was the first human king, his birth was marked by O’Dath’s final storm and the death of the Dragon Reed for which he was named. Many believed that the dragon’s soul past to the child, imbuing him with divine power and a destiny to lead the unify the Summerset Isles. His reign saw the dawn of human civilisation with codified system of laws, the divine appointment of kings and lords, and a record of history of the human race. He ruled the city of Reme, which he named after himself, where he reigned as a god-king.
His teachings largely centre on the fulfilment of pre-ordained fate, duty, and birth rites.
He is often depicted as a crowned father, or the Sun. His priests serve as judges and lawyers. Those who break the laws of the land will find themselves answering to the priests of Reed. He typically has temples in every major cities, with the two cathedrals in Reme and Highgard. It is considered a symbol of status for a lord to have a temple dedicated to Reed in their domain. His rituals are very formal to show reverence of him and the laws he represents. His holy symbol is the sun as an illuminator of truth and bringer of justice.
Palis, The Second Son
The god of war, lawful evil with domain over war.
Palis is widely worshipped by many humans in the Summerset Isles, as the patron of soldiers, craftsmen, and cadet lines of lords. He was the second son of King Titus, the first born son of King Reme. Renowned for his skills in combat and smithery, saw him gather a following of soldiers that would follow him into battle. Palis capitalised on the social strain following the change from Gavelkind to Primogeniture form of inheritance, seeing many members of cadet family lines without prospect of inheriting. Working with his sister Toni, they rallied thousands of people with tales of a legendary crusade of human conquest of the various tribes of the Midlands. Together they forged a new human kingdom of The Crownlands, and built the city of Highgard.
He has major temples in Highgard and Black Harbour which serve as military academies for the training of professional soldiers. His rituals are performed to bless soldiers, crafted items and bring victory in battle.
Samantha, The Earth Mother
The god of fertility, neutral good with domain over nature.
Perhaps the most widely worshipped god on the Summerset Isles. Samantha is the patron god of farmers, are supposedly brings good harvests. She has been worshipped aslong as their as their has been farming and agriculture making her older even then Reed, and only surpassed by O’dath in age, although it would be impossible to tell. She is often depicted as A pregnant or heavy set women.
She is also considered the god of the household, and most prayers to her ask for a bountiful harvest, a happy family, and healthy children. Her priests are known to bless crops, care for domestic animals, and deliver newborn babies.
She has few major temples, but has small churches and priests in most farming villages and communities. The only cathedral to her is in Toft, along the Sobek river, where the priests believe that the first instance of agriculture occured. Her rituals are usually a process of recursion to symbolise the repetition of seasons, harvests and generations. Her holy symbol is Recursive Bread, bread that does not grow mold, and a recipe which requires a smaller piece of Recursive Bread to make.
Rosie, The Healing Flower
The god of healing, lawful good with domain over life.
The newest god within faith of the seven, brought by missionaries from the city of Dreamsfell in 221 AR. With them they brought the teachings of healing magic, to treat wounds and disease. Initially met with hostility, their religion soon spread quickly amongst the common people and nobility alike. Previously fatal injuries and sicknesses were cured, and treated, making the priestesses of Rosie loved throughout the Islands. Priestesses in her service are called the Order of the Petals, and work with the Order of Thorns and the Order of Roots to carry out Rosie’s will. She is depicted as an elderly women dressed in a white gown and apron.
Along with the priestess came the Order of Thorns who aid the priestesses in their quests to heal the sick, acting “give the waters of life freely, defend the innocent, and protect the weak”. Together these two factions proved invaluable in aiding the Gerian family in their involvement of the Dwarfish Civil War. As a reward for the service, the church was given domain over Hilfolk, were it established the Order of the Roots in order to feed the poor and hungry of the world. It was upon this land that the cathedral of The Bulb was built, as a centre for the church of Rosie.
Her rituals are meant to treat disease and bring good health to those who follow her faith. Her symbol is a rose which is used to create potions and healing ointments.
Iko-Uwai, The Wandering Master
The god of knowledge, true neutral with domain over knowledge.
Whose life was chronicled in The Journey of Iko-Uwai. A master of Kenshi, Iko is revered in Kasai, and who’s legacy is respected through out the Summerset Isles.
Many believed that Iko-Uwai managed to obtain enlightenment through understanding the mysteries of dragons and their disappearance from the world. His journey from
the Sunset Monastery through Kasai, the Scaly Isles, Reme, and The Spire was said to be in search of the metaphysical existence of dragons. His impact and teachings were so widespread by appealing to the rationale that dragons must still exist in some form for arcane magic to exist. He eventually disappeared from the Spire, some believing he ascended to godhood, and was granted a place in the pantheon of The Seven. Securing the safe worship of many of the Kasai from being branded heretics.
He is praised for his teachings of peace, and knowledge. He is widely worships throughout Kasai, and parts of the Scaly Isle, and some at The Spire. His priests are usually Kenshi masters, and his temples are dojos for training, but is still revered my many learned scholars.
Toni, The Traveling Minstrel
The god of music, adventurer, and trade, chaotic good with domain over trickery. Granddaughter of King Reed, Toni was renowned for spreading stories of her grandfathers great accomplishments and was instrumental in solidifying Reed’s godly status.
Her legendary auditory skills was used by her brother Palis for rallying a crusade to take and settle the midlands from the gnome, dwarf, elvish and human tribes. Het stories of glory in taming such a wild land was well-received by the recently disenfranchised second and third children of nobility who now standard not to inherit following Reeds decree.
Palis’s crusade strained the two siblings relationships as Toni found the brutal conquest of of the Midlands appaling, eventually leading to a split with Palis. She began to work with the conquered high elves. She lead them to found the city of Davaria, which quickly grew to even rival Highgard, with impressive cultural institutions, with an emphasis on art and trading.
She is worships by many of the Summerset Isles artists, and some of the traders. prayers to her bring inspiration. Her priests work closely with the Bardic guilds of the Islands and are known to have the most elaborate performances. She has two major temples in Davaria and Highgard
O’Dath, The Last Dragon
The god of Storms, chaotic neutral with domain over tempests.
O’Dath was a part of every tribal religion across the Summerset Isles, and remains the parton god for many of the less developed tribes of the Island. The dragon would herald the bringing of great storms, and is believed to control lightning, wind, and rain. O’Dath is never represented in a humanoid form, only ever as depictions of the elements. This has lead some to believe that O’Dath does not belong with in the seven, but was permitted as a way to pacify many barbarian tribes. During O’Dath final storm, O’Dath fought and killed the Dragon Reed, which lead to the rise of the God-King Reed.
Some suspect O’Dath is as old of the world itself, pre-dating any form of records, with some of the earliest cave paintings depicting a dragon flying between lightning strikes. O’dath was the last dragon to ever to have a confirmed sighting. Although many sailors and explorers still claim to see it during intense storms.
O’Dath’s followers consist of many primitive tribes, such as the inhabitants of Kursk and the Scaly Isles, as well as many sailors, and wizards wielding elemental magic. While theyre are very few buildings built to honour O’dath, there are a number of Impressive monuments, notably at Salamander Isle, Storms Hilt, and Cursa. Rituals honouring him, usually request safety and heaven from the fierce storms it brings.
While the Seven comprises most of the popular and powerful gods throughout the isles, there have arisen several notable heresies. With varying levels of organisation, these churches or cults largely practice in secret and are persecuted and harshly punished if caught.
Estehphan, The Survivor
A cult dedicated to the survival, Chaotic Evil with domain over War. There are rumours of this heresy being practiced by the Goblinoids in Gorres Mountain. It has largely arisen to a response to the frustration of the Goblinoid people following the surrender by their ruling hierarchy.
Haezer, The Growth from Decay
A cult dedicated to bringing the dead back to life, Neutral Evil with domain over Death. A cult operating in the ruins of Rotterland by the surviving Goblins. The cult used to be held in high regard in their practice of transforming swampland into arable land.
Illythin, The Secret Shadow
A cult dedicated to knowing what should not be known, Neutral Evil with domain over knowledge and darkness. This cult reveres eldritch gods, and seeks to learn their secrets. It is practiced in the Urglic Mountains by the various groups of Cave People
Aluna, The Holy Light
A cult dedicated to light that surmounts all, Neutral Good with domain over Light. A growing religion in Phobos in opposition to the control exerted by the faith of the Seven. Its believed to originated from either The Shifting Sands or the BloodTide Coast
Volengratto, The Whispering Tree
A cult dedicated to worship the oldest tree in the world, Neutral Good with domain over Nature. A pseudo-religion practiced by wood elves on Ellenmoore, primarily Deepwood where it is believed Volengratto lives.