Garb of the Acolytes
"To appreciate the garb as you journey to enlightenment, Fawkes, you must understand where it all began," Thimys Fairchild said to his grandson. Fawkes still scowled at the pile of new clothes that were NOT of the fancy sort he always wore. Why did he need the Appelkamp acolyte clothes anyways? Grandfather was not sending him there to study. "I don't see how I will ever appreciate these. Is there ANYTHING else I can study?" Thimys rapped his staff against the back of Fawkes' leg. "Ow," Fawkes protested in reflex. The blow had been more attention getting than punishment. This time. "Stop your whining and sit down, Fawkes." Thimys ordered the boy. "Now, LISTEN to where it all comes from ... "
Boki is the goddess of secrets. She spread the knowledge of magic, stolen from another god, to those who were not giantkin. This was during the time of the Hrokentorm Empire, an empire of magical giants who once ruled all the world with a ruthless hand and savage magic. It was during their rule that the art of Golem Craft came to be.
The Flying Ship of Boki
Once she completed her ship, she gathered a crew of loyal and devoted humans. She gifted each member of her crew a headband of braided leather blessed by her. These minor blessings granted them courage, insight, and tolerance for all climates. Each colored strand contained one of the blessings. The dark cognac strand, a dark reddish brown, holds the tolerance for climate. The griffin strand, a dark tan, holds courage. The augustine strand, a dark muted purple, holds insight. Only when all three are together, will they work. To this day, such headbands are given to all novitiates who have passed their trials of enlightenment. For three human generations she sailed the world, before taking apart her ship. She scattered the mortal pieces about the world and retreated back to Godsheim.
Battered wrecks and scraps could be found everywhere. From these scraps, Boki crafted herself a golem ship.
Over time, they stopped thinking of themselves as Boki's crew and started to call themselves Acolytes of Boki. The acolytes in Old Fane still wear the original styles used by the crew of the Flying Ship of Boki. They believe that to change the style would be to dishonor the origins of all acolytes.
The headbands of braided leather enriched with the same blessings as those for her crew remain unchanged. Though Boki is no longer upon the world, her shrine within Old Fane grants the blessings to the new headbands. Their clothing is of cotton and wool dyed in augustine and hearthcoal, a muted black. How much of the acolytic dress an acolyte wears is a symbol of their journey to enlightenment. Petitioners are given hearthcoal armbands of cloth and continue to wear their regular clothes. Once a petitioner has completed their primary studies, they are accepted for further training as a novitiate. They are given a one-shoulder top and loose-fitting pants colored with hearthcoal. The pants have a waistband of augustine. Depending on the seasons, these could be wool or cotton. A belt of twisted hearthcoal cloth with a buckle of aged brass and a pair of sandals complete the ensemble. A novitiate who has completed the trials of enlightenment becomes a true acolyte, earning the title of Brother or Sister. They receive their blessed headband and a leather sash dyed augustine and hearthcoal, though these have a sheen as the leather is polished. This sash includes a shoulder pad on the bare shoulder when wearing the one-shoulder top and two buckles of aged brass for adjusting. An acolyte who has passed the greater trials becomes a master of enlightenment, earning the title of Father or Mother. They receive an elaboate epaulette that covers both shoulders and straps that wrap around the torso and arms. This is made of intricately worked leather in the colors of hearthcoal and augustine. Instead of a one-shoulder top, they wear a shirt with three-quarter sleeves to prevent too much material bunched at the wrists. At the base of the throat, a single amethyst is set. This once served as communication between officers but that enchantment was lost when Boki left the world, so now the gems are simply decoration.
They took it upon themselves to ensure those who had magic used it according to Her teachings. Even today, those who go the way of the Hrokentorm, by using their magic in terrible ways, are hunted down.
Boki named her ship "Desh Honka", an Auldwyrm name meaning "Gray Goose", as the ship could sail on water or in the sky. Every voyage meant soaring unnoticed past the cloud cities of the Hrokentorm. Being found by the war golems or Hrokentorm magics would have meant certain destruction. It was this dire need for secrecy and stealth that all metal was aged brass so as not to reflect light and clothing was of muted colors. Old Fane never had a name until Boki left the world and the acolytes decided to call it Old Fane. Built into a mountain top in such a way as to be unseen and under sized for giantkin, Old Fane is as much a fortress as a temple with enough solid mountain around it to withstand an attack. The path up to Old Fane was made too narrow for giantkin, as it was just wide enough for a man to lead a sure-footed donkey along it. The acolytes have since named this path the Long Steep. Their loose-fitting garb is perfect for the Long Steep as it allows the acolytes a full range of motion should they slip on fog dampened rock or need to dodge a loose falling stone. Originally built as a landing on the Darkwater River, the Appelkamp Monastery was built into the stone bluff of the riverbank as Old Fane had been built into a mountain top. A small rock harbor was built to make it easier for river boats to land but it's still not the easiest place to land a river boat. Despite its small outwardly appearance, Appelkamp Monastery is best known for the library in the catacombs beneath it. Many folks often see the garb of an Appelkamp acolyte and mistake them for a sage or scribe.
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