The Gods of Umid

Religions

I’m going to adjust some of the major religions of this world so that it is easier for me to play them as different organizations with strong differences in their beliefs and more easily enact them. For example each faith will have its own sacred language that is a real world language that if you want you can look up and use. These are not the only religions but these are the primary ones so they are the ones I focused on.

Boccob: The Church of Boccob will be based off of Daoism the idea that all magic we cast is but a pale imitation of the true magic and that only Boccob himself is capable of casting true magic. The Dao that can be Daoed is not the eternal Dao…The magic that can be cast is not the true form of magic. Boccob will fill the role of Lao Tzu teaching of magic but only himself understanding it. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (Bocian) this will be real life (Cantonese).

The Dwarven Pantheon: The dwarven pantheon will be based off of the teachings of Confucianism. It will have a heavy accentunation of ancestor worship and the understanding that your places in society being part of the predetermined order of things. Moradin will still be the head of the pantheon filling the role both of confucius and the emperor in Chinese society. When the wind blows the grass must bend, the emperor is the wind and we are the grass. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (Mordanian) this will be real life (Mandarin).

The Elven Pantheon: Zen Buddhism in order for you to be released from suffering you must lose attachment. The gods of the Pantheon are the bodisafa who will stay until all elves and drow have finally found eternal release from suffering. Loth embraced greed and selfishness and was cursed by Corellon to prevent her from tainting all the elves. This is why elves don’t go anywhere for their first one hundred years because they spend this time learning how to resist the greed of humanity. Even after this time, travel is not encouraged (Queen NAME has actually forbidden her subjects from leaving elven lands or outsiders from entering) but some feel the only way to rid the young for their lust of the outside world is to let them experience it. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (Corellian) this will be real life (Japanese).

The Gnomish Pantheon: Will emulate the Greek pantheon, with the exception of the removal of the Titans; fun loving while also trying, with stories to emulate proper living. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (Glertian) this will be real life (Turkish).

The Halfling Pantheon: The Halfling religion will emulate the practices and faith of the Quakers. They will be peaceful people whose primary goal is to not get involved with the outside world, think the Shire from Lord of the Rings. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (Yondalian) this will be real life (Spanish).

Heironeous: I have decided to base the faith of Heironeous off of the Eastern Orthodox Church; this does not mean that they were once joined with the church of Pelor. The Heironeian faith advocates the training of peasants to defend themselves. This makes the faith very unpopular in some kingdoms. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (Heironian) this will be real life (Greek).

Kord: Originally started out as a cautionary tale for young dwarves who would leave the caves, it soon back fired. The story of Kord is that he was once a dwarf who refused to live by Moradin’s command and fought too much. Moradin declared that if would behave so much like a man then Moradin would cast him out of the caves and make him into a man. The warning was don’t be like Kord or leave the caves or Moradin will curse you to. However this just gave rebellious young dwarves an outlet. He has become very popular amongst rebellious Dwarves and Halflings who seek to live outside their peoples traditions. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (Kordian) this will be real life (German).

The Orcish Pnatheon: The orcish pantheon will mirror the real world Norse pantheon with Corellon filling in much of the role of Loki having defeated Grumsh through cowardice and trickery and being destined to bring about ragnorock. Grumsh will primarily fill in the role of Odin as a wise and cunning leader. Hey it’s their pantheon leave them alone. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (Grumshian) this will be real life (Norse).

Pelor: I am basing the church of Pelor off of two real world faiths. In organization and structure it will be modeled very closely off of the Roman Catholic Church. In regard to practices and rituals it will be based very closely off of the Islamic faith meaning Clerics that means you have to pray five times a day. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (Pelorian) this will be real life (Latin).

Rao: Will be based off of Mahiannah Buddhism. The rituals and temples being modeled after Tibetan Buddhism, this religion came about because of a human adaptation of the religion of the Elves. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (Raoian) this will be real life (Indian).

Saint Cuthbert: Will be based off of the Jewish faith. According to the church of Saint Cuthbert he was once a mortal man who ascended to godhood upon his death. Cuthbert was the first Paladin in the lands of Oerth. He was not a servant of any one god, though he did pay homage to many of them, he was a servant of good directly. According to legend he was once a farmer who led his people from tyranny. Their practices and traditions had been stripped from them as foolish and they were being forced to follow their more “civilized” masters’ traditions. When Cuthbert freed them he reinstated the old ways, thus the church does not worship him or follow his teachings exactly but instead the old ways and traditions. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (St. Cuthbertian) this will be real life (Hebrew).

The Trinity: Because these three make very little since in regards to any real world religion I am making them into a trinity The Mother, Father, and Son. They will be, along with St. Cuthbert and Palor, the primary religion of the peasant class. Most select one of the trinity to serve as their patron, but respect and pay worship to the collective. It is not unusual to start your in young life worshiping Olidammara, as you reach middle age focus on Fharlanghn, and at the end as a grandparent keep the hearth warm from afar as Ehlonna.

Ehlonna: The All Mother who tends to the woods and blesses the farms. She protects the wooded areas and demands small sacrifices for a reminder of piety and the great superiority of nature. She is the wife of Fharlanghn eternally waiting for the wanderer’s return. She is also the Mother of Olidammara sending her son to the cities to teach those who have lost sight of nature. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (Ehlonnian) this will be real life (Navaho).

Fharlanghn: The Distant Father who must travel to see to the needs of his family. He is the patron of travelers, shipwrights and any who must leave their families to provide for them. He is also the patron of absent love being forced to be separated from his wife, Ehlonna, and son, Olidammara. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (Farlanian) this will be real life (Swahili).

Olidammara: The Absent Son seeks to synthesis his mother’s and father’s lessons buy bringing nature into the cities through many varied means including music. He befriends all sorts and is very popular amongst Gnomes and Halflings that have left their traditional worlds. Oldiammara encourages his worshipers to forge their own paths not to fall for the trap of lease resistance. For sacred language of the faith clerics, paladins, priests and all active members of the church will have the Language: Celestial (Olidammarian) this will be real life (Russian).

The Gods of Umid

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