Doom of Irafan
Religions of Irafan
The official faith of the Irafani Empire is based on the worship of a pantheon of twelve deities. These deities are divided into two courts, one composed of seven gods who represent virtues and are thought of as beneficient beings and protectors, the other composed of six gods who represent the darker necessities of life, but are also considered links between the mortal world and eternal wholeness. One god, Daemon, is a memebr of both courts, which is why the membership in the two courts totals more than twelve.
The temple has a central governing organization, called the Temple of the Twelve, which officially oversees all religious functions in the empire, and coordinates the activities of devotees of the individual gods. Additionally, there are semi-independent temple organizations devoted to each of the individual gods. These temples serve functions related to the nature of their deity.
The relationship of the gods to one another and to the world are described according to a pair of interrelated symbols, called the Seal of Being and the Seal of Unbeing. These two seals are derived from a complex symbolic system, called the pentarizek, that is also related by the Irafani to their alphabet, their music, and the progression of the seasons in their empire.
There are nine Anahon recognized as gods by the Fae of Blackthorn Forest. Some count this number as ten, though the worship of the tenth, a being known as Beliar, is forbidden, even by the goblinoid races. These gods are the same as the Anahon recognized as the progenitors of the primary races of the fae. Generally, a fae will worship primarily the deity associated with its own race, but many will pray to others as well when requesting aid regarding something considered resonant with that particular deity.
Religions of Other Common Irafani Races
Halflings – The halflings worship a being that they call Old Marthis, a god of creation, a storyteller, trickster and thief, whom they associate with the human god Hermeos, god of magic and knowledge. They will often go to human temples dedicated to Hermeos to pay their respects (and occasionally help themselves to the contents of the collection plate), though they consider the human depiction of “Marthis” to be rather stodgy. “He thinks the same thing,” they’ve been known to say, “but he puts up with humans because he used to be one too, so he knows how they can be sometimes;” a statement which most temple members consider blasphemous. They say that Marthis “doesn’t really consider himself a god, but all his friends like to put on airs, and so he goes along with it to be nice.”
Shifters – The shifters of Irafan traditionally had a faith that was primal in nature, based not on deities but on the forces of nature. They have integrated the gods of nearby humans and fae into their stories, but generally interpret them as powerful nature spirits rather gods in traditional sense. They do have one hero figure that is common to many of their stories and has taken on an almost godlike stature