Church of the Seven

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The “new god” represents the official state religion of the Catamarok Empire and the Cat-folk, and has been growing in popularity with the other races of the Empire.

The seven faces of god consist of the Emperor, the Mother, the Warrior, the Sage, the Good Doctor, the Child, and the Stranger. Followers of the Seven normally only pray to six of the faces of god. Few if any ever pray to or sing about the Stranger, for he or she is the face of death. The Faith teaches that the Seven are simply different aspects of one god.

  • The Emperor, also known as the Emperor Above, is depicted as reptilian beast, a brain gripped in one claw, crowned, and seated on pile of “lesser creatures”. He has a judicial role in the pantheon, called upon to aid in judgement. The Emperor is also asked to judge the dead fairly during funeral services.
  • The Mother, who is similarly known as the Mother Above, is a protector of children, mothers, and innocents. She is depicted as a massive snake with the upper torso of a woman with six breasts. She is prayed to when a woman finds herself with child. During wedding ceremonies of the Faith, the septon stands between the depictions of the Mother and the Emperor. The Cult of the Spawning FIsh believe the Mother to simply be modern interpretation of their own faith.
  • The Warrior, patron of battles and soldiers, is portrayed as a short, noseless being wielding a pair of oversized swords. Faithful worshipers of the new god will beseech him for victory in war or courage in battle.
  • The wizened Sage is the face of fate. An emaciated being with a gaping maw and a filth-encrusted bear, he is often depicted carrying a lantern. It is said that he planted the first Chronicler in the world with a seed plucked from the door of death. Worshipers implore him to grant them wisdom.
  • Rendered as black void enveloped by an empty cloak, the Good Doctor is the guardian of hope in the world. He also fixes things that are broken, and as such is considered a god of healing and a protector of the crippled. Prayers to him seek strength for arms and armour, good fortune when launching a new ship, and healing for the sick.
  • The Child is the benefactor of the young. He is depicted as a faceless youth with at least one more arm than is common for the race being shown. He is prayed too when children need looking after. His cunning is often sought as a blessing for young girls to help them navigate the dangers of growing up in the world.
  • The Stranger is the face of duality, seen as both plant and animal or neither. Some depictions show him simply as a cloud of swirling green spores, or the face of one race wearing a mask of another. The Stranger is a wanderer in the far places, seen as the face of death and a bringer of disease. The Stranger is also the dark guide who leads the newly dead to the depths, and judges whether a soul is punished and sent to the seven hells, or rewarded and allowed to join the Drowned.

Prayers to the Seven can also invoke other aspects of the gods, or seek aid from them in unusual quarters. A woman may pray to the Mother in order to protect her children in wartime. A man with a twisted sense of humour may light a candle to the Stranger when he is about to face his own demise.

Priests in the Faith of the Seven are known as the godsworn: septons if male, septas if female. Septons and septas follow a system of vows, and receive clerical training at various institutions of the Faith. They tend to be literate and learned, and are dedicated to all seven aspects of the new gods. Septas may have just as much responsibility or authority as septons, due in part because the popularity of The Mother aspect.

There are other orders of the Faith with less formal training and education. These godsworn are brothers or sisters, often dedicated to a particular aspect of the Seven. For example, a septry dedicated to the Good Doctor would have working brothers who tend farms, make wine and ales, and so forth. Other godsworn choose to wander the land as begging brothers. Clad in undyed brown robes, they beg for alms and grant blessings to the faithful. They roam the roads of the Empire and preach. They are normally uneducated, but may have learned many prayers by rote. Finally there are the silent sisters, an order dedicated to the Stranger. They are sworn to silence and chastity, and prepare men for the grave. They clothe themselves in grey and veil their face but for their eyes — it is ill fortune to look upon the face of death. The Faith has no military arm (yet).

The highest-ranking official in the Church of the Seven is the High Septon, beneath whom are the Most Devout. The title of High Septon is always bestowed upon the Catamarok Emporer by default (though he theoretically has the power to name another High Septon, Emporer Prospero has never done so. The High Septon presides over the faithful from the High Sept in Karna. From the top of the High Sept are seven towers, each of which contains a bell. These bells are rung only on momentous occasions.

Aphorisms:

  • We must all hang together, or we will all hang separately.
  • It is an error to say that when the motion of the heavens comes to a halt, if fire is put next to a piece of straw, it will not combust it.

Symbol: Temples to the new god are referred to as septs, while monasteries are called septries. The most common symbols of the seven faces of the gods are seven-faceted crystals or sevenpointed stars or a silver coin cut to resemble a septagon. In fact, most septs contain a giant crystal prism that splits the light into rainbows, and crystals are left on the graves of the faithful.

Specific Ceremonies:

The Afterlife & Planes: As there is no afterlife save undeath, the church of the Seven follows the traditional practices of the empire with regards to disposal of the dead. Those who are dying are tossed into the nearest body of water and allowed to join the Drowned. Those that die without the timing to be drowned are either buried in the ground or burned after the fashion of the Drowned that cease to function.

Alignments: All alignments are represented within the faith, though, as the official state religion, most Godsworn of the Seven are lawful in alignment.

Domains: None. No divine spellcasters serve the Seven.

Races: All races of the Empire are represented among the faith of the Seven. As the official state religion of the Empire, most high-level positions are held by Cat-folk.

Classes: The faith of the seven is lead by Godsworn (see Game of Thrones d20 RPG). These priests are men of great faith and masters of inspiring those around them, but do not wield any supernatural powers from their god (insisting that the “spells” granted to other faiths are nothing more than base sorcery or a hoax, and not granted by actual deities). No divine spellcasters can be found among the faith of the seven (but see below).

Favored Weapon: In addition to simple weapons, the Godsworn of the Seven may use any variety of sword.

Unique Magic: A few followers of the seven have developed a unique form of arcane magic reflective of the Seven Aspects of God.

Recommended Prestige Classes:

See also: Thirty Pieces of Silver (NSFW)

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