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DAILY RELIGIOUS LIFE
Even now, centuries after The Veiling, the presence of the Gods still permeates all societies to one degree or another. For the most part, the centre of daily religious life for the average citizen of any realm is not a local temple or church, but instead the small family shrine that is found in most homes. Such shrines often contain simple symbolic representations of all the Gods, with prominence given to any that family members deem more important to their daily existence, or one that the family is currently praying to for a specific purpose. Typically as the wealth of the family increases such shrines grow more elaborate, and in noble families individual shrines to each God can sometimes be found in a separate chapel set aside for family worship.
However, on holy days or in times of need, people naturally feel the desire for more direct communication with the divine and seek out a formal representative of the God(s) in question. Most villages will have a small church dedicated to one of two Gods that are important to the region. Communities who suffer from raids due to wild animals or goblins will often have a chapel and priest of Cagailt, a mining village may call more regularly on Carreg, whilst most farming communities pray regularly to Qumeshti. Formal worship of the other Gods is usually dealt with by ‘wandering’ priests who serve the needs of a number of communities periodically. Invested worshippers of Surm in particular are noted for this, with one priest often serving up to ten small communities, arriving at each one for a few days and dealing with the funeral services of any who have died since their last visit.
As the size of the community grows so typically does the number of dedicated religious structures. Small to medium size towns may have three or four formal temples dedicated to one or two Gods, with the rest having public shrines. Most large towns and cities will normally have temples for each God. Indeed it is not uncommon to find some temples dedicated to a pair of deities: for example temples to Cagailt are sometimes dedicated to the worship of Gaoth or Vuur as well; some of the larger temples dedicated to Surm often have an adjoining chapel consecrated to Jedulas.
In addition to the temples and such found in communities, some groups can be found in more isolated settings. Monasteries and Convents dedicated to the more esoteric branches of worship can be found in lonely vales or desolate hillsides, but the majority of the populus has little dealings with such places unless involved in supplying them with goods.
Some cultures view those that have gone before, to one degree or other, as intermediates between the living and the divine. In such cultures family shrines would be dedicated various famous, pious, or important ancestors and the worshipper would appeal to them to intercede with the Gods on their behalf.
The Kytherin Empire
Family is very important to all Kytherin so it is unsurprising that ancestral worship is an important part of their culture. However the citizens of the Empire still worship the Gods directly on holy days or when the situation is considered urgent, so priests and temples are found throughout their land, just not in as great a number.
The Nomadic Tribes
The Human and Sarleth tribes that make their home in the great eastern grasslands also worship their ancestors, particularly the founders or the great heroes of their clans. However, unlike the more organised lands to the south, the nomadic equal worship the great primal spirits of their world who they consider more likely to deal with their requests for aid than the distant gods. Because of this, although the clans show respect for those dedicated to a God, it is rare you will find a native devoted to them, or any kind of shrine set aside. That said on festival days and at clan meets, some shamans to lead either tribes in song and pray to the Gods, in particular Vuur and Jakana
To the S’Cane (or at least to the majority) their Emperor is their God. Although they acknowledge the existence and power of the various dieties that created the universe, it is the Emperor himself who acts as their voice to the people and to whom the people send their prayers and requests via the spirits of their ancestors. Within Arkhosia all temples are dedicated to the Emperor and are tended by Shamans, whilst family shrines show images of important ancestors, or sometimes previous Emperors who are now viewed as saints dedicated to certain causes.