Church of the Crownless
The Church of the Crownless is an interfaith house of worship on the shores of Lake Whatever in the Nunyan city of Verona. It was commissioned in 24 CE by a company of religiously diverse refugees who blamed intolerance, ignorance, and bigotry for the demise of their universe and their banishment to the purgatorial paradise of Eden.
The building is a hexagonal tower capped by a magnificent marble dome. Viewed from across the water on a clear day, it appears to rise up from its reflection in the lake below—a sight so beautiful to behold that Lüe the Mapmaker included the church on her list of the Seven Wonders of the Post-Apocalyptic World.
In the Second Age, the building gained a certain measure of infamy for the role its crypts played in the denouement of a local love story gone wrong. And yet, despite the exploits of those two Veronese teenagers and their assorted hangers-on, this house of prayer is still best known for its beauty—and for the fact that it remains a peaceful place where peoples of all faiths can gather to worship their gods, goddesses, and non-binary deities.
Purpose / Function
The church exists as a place for the free and peaceful worship of any and all higher beings. Discrimination of any kind is not tolerated, a rule which is enforced by powerful elven charms. Interpersonal violence is prohibited by spellwork as well, but the inflicting of pain or bodily harm upon one’s self is unrestricted. This is to accommodate cultures such as Mayan Earthlings, for whom bloodletting served an important cultural function.
This loophole was exploited by Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague in their final, confused moments of life. But though the tragedy had some Veronese clamoring for additional security, none was added then and none has been added in the centuries since.