High Church of Mayim
The High Church of Mayim is governed my Mayim herself, however, she only speaks to a set of four High Sisters. These four sisters set doctrine and give orders to all others in the faith. Upon the death of a Sister, the others will pick a new one to replace her. Lesser priestesses and priests are selected to oversee the day to day operations in cities and provinces. Each major city has a Head Priestess and each Provence has an Archbishop.
The world is controlled by Mayim and she does so in odd ways. When bad things happen they are for Mayim's enjoyment and good things are rewards to us for obeying her. Those who worship other gods are seen as foolish or misguided, for it makes no sense to worship something that is dead.
The church's goal is to help each and every member spend eternity away from Mayim and her horrific host.
The church is quite well off. Charging money for sacrifices to be made on behalf of the faithful and receiving donations from rich and pious individuals. The church has its own military - The League of Storm - and supports many public projects. All churches, shrines, and other religious buildings are owned by the church directly.
Mythology & Lore
Mayim gave birth to Humanity and killed the Gods. Each of the gods fell before Mayim and she absorbed their power.
Tenets of Faith
- There is only one God, Mayim Queen of Hell
- Mayim killed all other gods during the Divine War
- Mayim is cruel but not unforgiving
- The Book of Prophecies shows us what Mayim wants and how to live
- The Book of Records is documentation of our deeds and the numbers within will determine our afterlife
- The faithful will go to the heavens, those who disobey will be sent to the hells, and those who are unknown will be sent back to Lumenos
Don't harm anyone faithful to Mayim. Worship of the slain Gods should be discouraged and pushed out.
Worship to Mayim is very mathematical. When people should attend church, give sacrifices, or see forgiveness by the Priesthood can all be calculated. Each person is expected to give a certain amount of worship to Mayim. Farmers give more sacrifices in the Spring, Summer, and Fall since there time is largely taken up with growing food but in the Winter they will attend church more often. People who fall behind in these worships are seen as unholy or dangerous people and will be ostracized from religious circles until they comply.
Church ServicesMost churches and temples to Mayim are all setup the same way. A large central alter is at the font with two bowls on the left and right side of it for offerings. From this alter the Priest will give lectures and services. The order of events in a normal service is as follows: Announcing of any new prophecies The Priest give their interpterion of the prophecy A song is sung retelling the deeds of Mayim or certain Saints The congregation then read a section of the Book of Prophecies and reflects on it A second song is sung Those offering sacrifices bring them forward The Priest give a lecture on how to be a better person A third song is sung All those present wait in line for the Priest to note there name in the Book of Records Once your name has been noted in the book you are free to leave and go about your business. Services are generally once or twice a week depending on the church. There is no set day that services occur instead it is up to the local church what days to hold them on. In pilgrim churches, such as Mayim's Keep, short services are held every day with full ones being done three times a week.
SacrificesThose who cannot spare time to attend church, or will be away from the city for a long time, will offer sacrifices instead. Sacrifices are generally viewed as ways of 'pre paying' ones debt to the church. While in the early days of the church the sacrificing of animals was the most popular way, in modern times this has seen a small decline. While animal sacrifices are still one of the most popular they are no longer the only way for people to pre pay. The following is a list of acceptable sacrifices in order of most powerful to least: Gold or gems - amounts totaling more than 5,000 golden crowns Bulls, cows, horses, or other 'major' animals Gold or gems - amounts totaling more than 1,000 golden crowns Crafts, works of art, and other created items Gold or gems - amounts totaling more than 150 golden crowns Caves, pigs, goats, and other 'minor' animals Gold or gems - amounts totaling less than 150 golden crowns These sacrifices are then put to use by the church. For example, any animal sacrifices are killed then all parts of them - meat, leather, fats - are used to make materials for the church and needy. The food will feed the priesthood and then the needy, soap will be made and given out, and leather boots or jackets will be given to famers and solders. While sacrifices can be made during a church service it is not required. Some view this as more holy but the church has not yet taken an official position on this. If someone wishes to make a sacrifice outside of a church service they simply need a member of the priesthood to accept it and record the sacrifice in the Book of Records. Many major churches have taken to selling animals, crafts, and other items suitable for sacrificing within their courtyards, as to allow for assurance that the priesthood will accept it.
ForgivenessWhen a member of the church has done actions that are not inline with church teachings they are expected to seek out a member of the priesthood and beg their forgiveness. This form of worship is normally used in connection with a sacrifice or church attendance. It is uncommon for someone to seek out forgiveness and not attend church or give a sacrifice. In seeking forgiveness the sinner must admit all transgressions they wish forgiven and then the priesthood will determine the correct recompense. This can be fasting for a day, a donation to the church, or in some major cases large displays of faith (such as preaching in the town square). After completing recompense the sinner's name will be recorded in the Book of Records and they will be free to go about their lives.
The priesthood if viewed as any and all members of the High Church. While not all of them preach or run churches they are all able to, can accept sacrifices, and can forgive. The Priesthood is divided into different orders.
- The Order of the Bishops is responsible for the running and managing of churches. Lowest rank is a deacon and highest rank is an Arch Bishop
- The Order of the Inquisition is responsible for insuring religious purity within the High Church. Lowest rank is inquisitor and highest rank is High Inquisitor
- The Order of Storm is responsible for all paladins and other holy worriers that protect the church. Lowest rank is paladin and highest rank is Arch Martial
- The Order of Records is responsible for keeping the Book of Records up to date and safe. Lowest rank is scribe and highest rank is Arch Scribe
- The Order of Lost Souls is responsible for insuring all souls meant for Mayim reach her realm. Lowest rank is soul seeker and highest rank is High Hunter
- The Order of Administrators is responsible for the duties given to the church by the Republic. Lowest rank is admin and highest rank is High Admin
- The Order of Keepers is responsible for the protection of artifacts and relics owned by the church. Lowest rank is protector and highest rank is Arch Keeper
Political Influence & Intrigue
The High Church is counted as one of the 4 estates in the Federal Republic. It is allowed to keep its own army, navy, spies, and even levy taxes in some places. The Federal Republic relies on the High Church for much of its domestic administration.
DeathUpon death each member is brought before Mayim and the Priestess of Death. The Priestess of Death was the first High Priestess of the church. If Mayim recognizes the dead then she claims the soul for hell. If the Priestess recognizes the soul then she allowed them to go to heaven. However, if both recognize or if both do not recognize the soul they are sent back to Lumenos in a different body. Mayim only recognizes those who have angered her or done vile acts against the church. The Priestess of Death recognizes those who have been faithful and true to the church. For someone to be recognized by both mean that they were a mediocre person with no clear allegiance, or in the final years of their life they tried to win favor with the church.
Current Date - The Dawn of the Year in the Yet Unnamed Year of 1494 ce
Protection from Hell's Queen
Religious, Organised Religion
The High Church
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