Seven Fortunes Temple

The main temple building is a single story, built on a wooden platform 7 steps high. The entrance to the building is a small torii arch and the main building contains several rooms for worship, the largest of which can hold 100 people. When the temple is occupied for worship, the entire structure creaks softly as people move about. Constructed entirely of wood, fire is a constant threat, so much so that the monks rarely move about the building at night. When they do, it is usually by the barest minimum of candle-light.   The main room also contains statues of the Seven Fortunes. Benten faces the room's entrance, welcoming all with her arms wide. These statues are the focal point of worship at the complex, with offerings being left before them throughout the day. They have reputedly been with the temple since its inception. While this may or may not be true, the statues are certainly very old and yet still show a remarkable amount of detail. Interestingly, the stone the statues are carved from is not native to Naishou ProvinceNaishou ProvinceNaishou Province; the city's more pious citizens insist that they were a gift of the Heavens.   The temple's monks occupy cells in several small buildings on the grounds. These quarters are famous (infamous?) for being suffocatingly hot in the summer and frostbitingly cold in the winter. Even the abbot of the temple sleeps in such a cell.   One small building, also on an elevated platform, holds the temple's library. Collected here are hundreds of stories and legends about Naishou Province and about the Fortunes and Fortunism. As famous as the library is in the province, so too is its disorganization. It is rumored that only the monks of Fukurokujin are truly able to find exactly what they are looking for in its stacks. Access to the library is strictly controlled by the monks of the temple and good character counts for a lot more than status or wealth.

Architecture

The temple has been rebuilt many times over the city's history, always in the same design, which dates to the founding of the Empire.

Type
Temple / Religious complex
Parent Location
Merchant District
Owner
Okimoto