Wave Temples of Alao
Travelling along the road to Welgis, your caravan stops over in a small village along the Arta River. When you arrive, the people of the town are in the streets, cheering and dancing. You've apparently stumbled on a festival of some kind. You wander the large central plaza of the town, surrounding a large stage. It has large blue banners hanging from it and crossing over the plaza. They flutter in the wind, giving the impression of a flowing river travelling in midair from windows of the inn across from the stage. On the stage itself, there are three chairs, each filled by a person in dark-blue robes. After a few moments, one of the people, a man with long brown hair, gets up from his seat and strides across the stage so that he is in full view of the crowd. He taps a finger to his ear, and the crowded people begin to quiet down. "Thank you all for coming tonight." he says with authority. "I would like to say a few words before we really begin the Spring Festival." A few scattered cheers come up from the crowd, but he barely reacts. "The winter has been hard here in our little village. I know this, as me and my acolytes," he gestures to the two other people behind him, "worked hard to deal with the disease that swept through in Sarquil. But we would not have been able to do it without the cooperation of the rest of you. You have truly pleased Alao this year. The Sea-Shaper continues to bless us, regardless of how much we deserve it." He pauses briefly, then continues. "Remember Alao's mantra!" he shouts, and a few scattered cheers come from the crowd. "When the waters rise, don't forget each other!" You hear at least a hundred people repeat it after him, and you catch yourself repeating the words. Then cheers erupt from the crowd as the priest smiles brightly.
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Tenets of the FaithThe Wavepriests and their followers are guided by Alao's main mantra: "When the waves rise, don't forget each other." It means that even when times are prosperous, they must be prepared to help one another. In addition they also preach the following ideals, among others:
- Be kind to strangers, for they will be kind in return;
- Provide help where you can, and do not turn away those seeking help; and
- Absolution can be attained by aiding those in need.
WorshipWave Temples are open every day, as part of their mandate to help anyone needing it. A service is commonly held just before any major festival and every couple of days otherwise, depending on the availability of the Wavepriest. A given service can include a general prayer to those needing help, as well as a discussion about the power of compassion. Everyday worship of Alao usually looks like helping others, as Alao privileges deeds over mere words. Of course, many people go to a Wave Temple to pray for rain, for good crops in the spring and good health for their family and friends.
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