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The settlers of Vindulan brought many gods with them, but the dominant religion is represented by those who worship the Three. Many claim to feel the influence of the gods in their lives, but those who worship some aspect of the Three can back their words up with the evidence of the gods' power. The Church of the Three has a strong following both in Vindulan and in the freeholds, and its clergy perform many public ritual functions and ceremonies. They are the chief agent of humanity's salvation, some say, for the Mother, Father, and Child blessed men to heal them and make them whole in their darkest hour, when the Fartheen threatened the very existence of the much smaller and younger settlement.
There is very little hierarchy--administrative offices exist, but there is no formal rank or seniority. Clergyfolk are, instead, called by an aspect of the Three, and upon manifestation of the gods' blessing, a cleric customarily undergoes ordination and takes up a five-year tour of service throughout Vindulan and outside the wall, after which they conduct various services as their calling, situation, and station demand. Clerics know one another by their cloaks of office, and typically regard other as fellow travelers on the path. Not all, however, enter the clergy; those who are called among the freeholds, particularly, have been known to explore their faith in less formal ways. Clerics of the Three do not look down upon them as subordinates strictly speaking, but certainly take a patronizing attitude in practice.
Note: clerics of the Three choose one aspect of the Three, and select their domains from the list provided with that aspect. The gods, and their aspects, are listed below; the list of domains is drawn from the d20 SRD cleric domains.
- The Architect: Law, Creation, Protection, Plant
- The Lover: Good, Charm, Healing, Fire
- The Teacher: Good, Knowledge, Liberation, Sun
- The Builder: Law, Strength, Artifice, Earth
- The Warrior: Strength, Destruction, War, Glory
- The Traveler: Travel, Weather, Animal, Plant
- One Who Plays: Animal, Luck, Healing, Air
- One In Need: Luck, Protection, Healing, Magic*
- One Who Learns: Knowledge, Rune, Magic*, Protection
The Dark One**
- The Thief: Chaos, Scalykind, Trickery, Water
- The Shadow: Death, Evil, Darkness, Destruction
- The Bold: Trickery, Sun, Magic*, Law
* The practice and study of magic is forbidden in Vindulan, and punishable by death.
** Study of the Dark One is considered heresy.