Homrai's temple is by no means the biggest or the most extravagant temple in the world but, to the people in the small town of Homrai and the small settlements surrounding it, it is their pride and joy. The temple is the center of every celebration and festival. The citizens, also go to it daily with prayers and offerings of wine, cheese, or their best crops or trade goods for the gods. On the fifteenth day of every month, the people gather in the temple for their most important practice, their monthly sacrifice of blood to the gods wherein they kill a person who has previously volunteered
or been volunteered by the head priest or priestess to be sacrificed. The massive stone altar the priest preaches from is stained crimson from the blood of the numerous human sacrifices throughout the years.
Purpose / Function
The temple was built for and is used for daily worship by the citizens of Homrai where they bring offerings to their Gods in the hopes of pleasing them. On the fifteenth of every month, the temple is used for the most significant offering the people could give; an offering of blood and human life. When not used for their bloody rituals, the people of Homrai will have festivals and feasts where food and drink are served, and music is played by musicians in and in the immediate area around the temple. In times of crisis and bad weather, the temple with its sturdy stone walls acts as a refuge for the people of the town.
In 264 B.R.C a stone alter that was three feet tall, six feet long and three feet wide, was placed in the central area where the head priest or priestess would give sermons and preach. This altar would forever after be used in the monthly human sacrifice rituals.
The temple is the only building in the town made out of sandstone as the rock due to the high cost of importing the stone from other cities. This sandstone was used to build the walls and floors of the building, with the floors polished and smoothed until it looked like it was covered in a layer of glass or ice. The temple's ceilings are vaulted with wooden support beams holding it up. The roof is made from lead to keep wind and water out and the lead is covered by bright red clay tiles. The windows are slim with some being arched while most are flat and all are made from stained glass. There is also a stone cellar/wine cellar located underneath the temple that is used for storage.
The temple was built in 452 B.R.C. by Chand Ayyar after the The Bloody Scourge claimed the lives of a number of citizens, including the founder Priyanshi Ayyar's grandsons, Dhani and Raghu.
The Temple, Temple of Sacrifice, Blood Temple, Temple of Death, Home of the Gods
Temple / Church
The Bloody Scourge
Condition | Sep 2, 2018
A disease that usually ends with the victim choking on or drowning in their own blood.
Wow wow wow this is brutal! I like your dark sense of humor. Question: How big is the village (and surrounding settlements)? I ask because monthly rituals would probably decimate the population quiet a bit, and you would have to have many people for a "village". Consider the following numbers: In a modern German town of ~50'000 inhabitants, there are about 300-400 children born every year. But a medieval village didn't have 50'000 inhabitants; in fact, that would be a metropolis back then. So, how big is your "village"?
The village has a population of about 5000 because it absorbed a number of hamlets and towns as it grew. The settlements that are still separate range from 500-2000 and sometimes these settlements will offer up criminals as sacrifices.
I see. Dumping criminals is a great use for this. Aren't criminals worth less than innocents in the sacrifice? Or doesn't that matter?
Not really, it's an offering of blood and it keeps them from killing someone they need or like in the village.
Okay! Finally had time to go through it! I like the concept a lot; human sacrifice in small creepy villages is always awesome and there's so much here that can hook into further plot and story. Look forward to seeing what you do with it. :) Here's my notes from doing a reading! A flavor quote in the beginning to set the tone I think would be <3You could probably get away with cutting a few of the commas to make it flow a bit better. The one after but and town of Homrai. Alternatively, cut the sentence in two and get rid of the "surrounding it, it is" which always looks a little funky to me. First bit focusing on what it is, second bit focusing on its cultural importance, if that makes any sense? Also a bit of a long sentence. I would consider cutting out the ", and of course," bit and may end the sentence there, then make the "the citizens go to it" bit its own sentence. Shorter sentences, less chopped up by commas. Definitely a bit of a long sentence here. You could split it after "practice", perhaps? Maybe some mention of what gods those are, and if there's any one in particular. Is their worship (and the practice of sacrifice) a mainstream part of religion in the setting? Particularly that religion (unless it is unique to Homrai, which would be worth pointing out). If it is not a mainstream part of it, that's also worth exploring, how/why it might have degenerated. :) Could potentially split it up after Feasts. But that might just be a personal preference towards shorter, punchier sentences. :) Does the altar have a name? Or is it just known as "the altar"? Is it a special kind of sandstone? Polished sandstone still looks.. Well, pretty much like polished stone from what I could find, though they do get a really nice shine to them. Depending on what the answer is the the "did the religion degenerate", this feels like a piece you could expand on. All the craziness that leads to people murdering 12 people a year for gods. Oh and.. Do the gods (or something else masquerading as one) ever answer the sacrifice and prayers?
Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
Well, I have the 'and surrounding it' because there are smaller settlements nearby that also use the temple for worship. but I could remove a couple commas. I used to write smaller sentences but I was told that read as being choppy as well as emulating Hemmingway is actuallly a bad way to go for writers.. I haven't created their pantheon yet, aside from the god of war and harvest, but its the same gods worshipped by the entire country. The altar is just the altar. Its just regular santstone, this image was the insparating for how I wanted the stone to look. I'm still working on the history for the town in general but there is a decrease and increase in how popular or unpopular the practice was over the years. The Gods have sent a number fo signs trying to tell the priests to stop the practice but the priests hvae become arrogant. As for if the sacrifice actually works? Its a corrilation versus causeation thing becuase the pollen that causes the Bloody Scourge is only released into the air once every ten years but because it happens so infrequently teh people believe it works.