Temple of Perrie
"Kaika has abandoned Nephemir to ruin - she has abandoned me to ruin."- Queen Irihaal of Nephemir
The Mortal Life of KaikaWhen Kaika decided to place her soul in a mortal host, she told only her most favored Acolytes. She feared that if her worshipers knew she was a goddess, she could never truly live as a mortal. However, like many of the inhabitants in the area surrounding Perrie, Kaika was born into a very poor family. The winter of 1621 was even harsher than usual, and the family had reportedly gone without food for weeks. Fearing her mortal demise so early in her journey, Kaika decided to reveal her true identity and was immediately brought to the temple through the snow and ice. Her family was provided for, but the child was taken into the care of the temple priests, where she received medical care and training. Though this was against the goddess' wishes, she agreed, provided the temple not disclose her location. She worked as a healer, but lived in the temple's inner sanctum. A few years later, Kaika saved the life of another young child who later became her Acolyte, Aurae of Kaika.
Most homes in the area are a mixture of stone, wood, and stucco. Wood tends to rot quickly due to the humidity and rainfall, so whenever possible, stone from the rocky coastline is used. Roofs are fairly steep due to the high amount rainfall. Flower boxes are common fixtures on homes and businesses in the village of Perrie to combat the muted colors of the buildings, the haze and clouds, and to honor the goddess that lives in the temple. Nearly every building comes complete with one or more fireplaces and chimneys to combat the cold that the rains bring. The walls of the temple and the temple itself are constructed entirely of stone. The interior of the temple had several intricate stained glass windows, but they were all destroyed by the Fidean forces that conquered the temple. The spaces formerly occupied by these windows have been boarded up with wood, though water now routinely leaks into the temple. The interior of the temple is now a rather unpleasant, cold, damp place to be. It is only thanks to the healers who call the temple home that worshipers do not fall ill after worshiping there.
DemographicsBefore its occupation, Perrie consisted mainly of the temple residents - healers and priests - fishermen, farmers, and craftsmen. The area was never particularly wealthy. Most wealth in the area was directly tied to the temple, as they brought in some money for healing services, though supplies and services were also taken in exchange for healing. After the occupation, the village has been replaced with soldiers. The farmland surrounding the temple is currently maintained by Fidean forces to sustain the military.
"Most days the weather is as bleak as those bastards that live in that damned temple."Rain and clouds are an ever-present force in this region. Most years, the rain actually hampers crop production. Winters are not particularly intense usually, though the weather does usually drop below freezing. The cold is wet and can quickly cause residents to fall ill with respiratory infections.-Fidean soldier
- Military, Camp
- 1,600 (including surrounding farmland)
- Owning Organization
- The Fidean Empire
- Characters in Location
- Related Professions
A Tense ExistenceFidean forces have held the temple under strict rule for more than five years, and tensions have been building since the first attacks on Perrie. Understandably, the conditions imposed on residents cause a great deal of strain. Additionally, most surviving residents have not recovered from the initial attack and slaughter of their compatriots. In the months following the initial occupation, many healers chose to commit traditional suicide to prevent themselves from being forced to aid ailing and injured Fidean soldiers. It was not uncommon to find several healers having ended their lives in a group. This has only added to the tense atmosphere and trauma experienced by surviving residents. Many healers believed the betrayal of Kaika by her acolyte to be a great dishonor and have used her as a scapegoat, while others believe the temple residents should stop fighting among themselves and present a unified front in the face of the Fidean occupation. Kaika has been not only cut off from the outside world, but also the temple around her. She has mostly been kept in the inner sanctum with only Aurae, her Acolyte being allowed to enter the sanctum.
Gods at WarWhile the exact motivations for Kaika's decision to live among mortals is not known, many speculate that Are's betrayal earlier in the Fourth Era had a significant role to play. Scholars believe this caused Kaika to consider some of her previous actions and take into consideration the plight of mortals due to the infighting among the gods.
Home of the CureBefore Fidean occupation, Kaika was confronted with Withering Death. The countryside surrounding Perrie had been plagued with the disease for decades. The situation had grown so dire that, fearing Kaika would contract the plague, the temple priests had ceased all treatment of Withering Death within the temple walls. However, one girl brought to the temple by her uncle caught Kaika's attention, and she demanded the child be brought in for aid. This child was Aurae of Kaika, and later became the Acolyte, and the first person to recover from Withering Death. Unfortunately, the cure was not perfected before Fidean occupation and it was never distributed outside the temple.
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