Thursday, April 13, 2017

Scarabae: The Fool, The Magician, & The High Priestess

In this and other Scarabae posts dealing with religion, I decided to take a more 'broad strokes' approach. So these are a few sketches about worship of the 'Powers Unseen' that move through Scarabae.

The Fool
The King in Rags, The Weakest and Strongest, the Discord

-The Followers of the Fool live to mock the pageantry of the other powers. Rather than having a temple, the Foolish meet in small gatherings in private dwellings or public halls.

-The Foolish are known to craft a item of power out of rubbish. Usually of sticks formed into a simple shape. It is believed that some of these blessed objects grant luck, inspiration, or protection from the Undead.

-The Foolish are the weakest, lacking infrastructure of the other Powers, but they have a habit of survival that is second to none. One tries to stamp on them with no results.

-The Foolish are known to use graffiti on other temples when they have a new or clever criticism to level against their fellow gods.

 The Magician
The Master of Wands, The Keeper of Rods, the Patriarch of Magi

-The Magician is the official patron of the Council of Wands. His holy symbol includes either the infinite loop or the sacred wand. Both are in lovingly display at the Council of Wands headquarters and the Libris Rex.

-The Infinite Loop is believed to be the symbol of infinite magic flowing through the realm. The symbol is kept on it's side to represent that magic does have crests and troughs where the power is not as strong, but is always there.

-While several temples have men such as Paladins to serve as templars of the Temple. The Magician sect uses Mageblades or Battlemages when men-at-arms are called for.

The High Priestess

-At it's core the Temple of the High Priestess are known for their beautiful column laden walkways and ceremony involving incense and tea. At times hallucinogenics, such as the mind altering venom of frogs, is ingested when a Priestess wishes to grasp some deeper esoteric truth.

-Temples view on concepts of social justice vary from temple to temple. Most have, even in a passive way, a doctrine of fostering positive social change, even if the more contemplate sects prefer to think out the problem rather than act. There are some sects that take an active role of supporting downtrodden classes and extremists who seek to overthrow what they view as oppressive patriarchy for a wizened matriarchal rule.

-The High Priestess are known to foster both clerics and monks. Clerics tend to be female while monks can be either sex, with a greater population of females. The order lacks Paladin support, instead trusting their monk orders such as 'Order of the Dusk Rose' or 'Order of the Lilly' to guard temples and secrets. Most Monks are taught secrets to stun targets and avoid the darker arts of 'death touches'.

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