Religion

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"In the Beginning..."

Feanor is a world unlike what we are used to, as the Gods of that world are physical beings, far from omnipotent, and certainly not all-knowing, the Gods are very much like the Greek or Nordic pantheons. Above all of the Gods sleeps The Dragon, whose dreaming created the reality of Feanor, and whose thoughts gave birth to the first Primes. The first Primes created the 'Dreamweave', the fabric of Feanor, and the others added their own touches to it. Long after the first primes created the world, a second generation of Primes were born from the Dreamweave itself, and populated it with the Furre. Untold ages passed, and the Primes and Dark Primes fought a war with each other which ravished the Dreaming, and nearly woke The Dragon herself. In that terrible war, rifts opened in the Dreaming which allowed other Gods to enter, and by permission of the victorious Primes, were allowed to populate Feanor with their own creations.

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Clerics

The clerics are the intercessors between the world of mortals and the Gods. Through faith and devotion to the ideals of their God or Pantheon, the clerics of Feanor are granted powers beyond the mortal ken. Such devotion comes with a price, for if a Cleric slips but a hair out of their faith, all that they have gained is lost until they atone for their sins. Any cleric who deviates from his or her faith loses all bonuses from their Cleric class, including spells, level dependant bonuses, feats and skills.

Atonement

Atonement is a particular ritual performed by the order to which each Cleric belongs. The details are different depending on the order, but the goal is the same - to re-purify the spirit of the errant Cleric, and bring them back into alignment with their church. Typically Atonement is not offered without a serious re-commitment to their clerical vows, and is almost never offered more than once.

Conversion

Within pantheistic religions, a cleric can choose a different patron deity. This is known as a minor conversion. Many Furre clerics go through many minor conversions throughout their lives; as they grow and mature, the teachings of a different Prime may serve as a better guide for that cleric's faith and life. Other pantheons may not be as supportive of the practice.

A major conversion happens when a cleric renounces their faith either publically or privately. When this occurs, the cleric immediately loses any access to their spells and powers granted by their previous deity. Whether they are immediately replaced by the new deity (or permanently lost) depends on the cleric's new faith (or lack thereof). A major conversion cannot be atoned for. and typically leads to excommunication from the rituals of the Church.


Furre Religion

Of all of the races, Furre are the closest to their Gods, known as the Primes. Each and every Furre is born with an innate and inexplicable connection to the Primes. It is impossible to convince a Furre that the Primes do not exist and thus, especially amongst the Furre, nonbelief is unknown. Though some Furres may hate the Primes for whatever reason, even they cannot deny the existance of their creators.

Major Furre Religious Traditions of Calenndor and Western Pirostia

Human Religions

Humans, by and large, are not as strictly observant of their Gods as other races. Part of this stems from the devastation of Sargothas, the Human homeland on Feanor and the diaspora that followed. The largest religious community of Humans on Calenndor are those in the lands of Areah.

Major Human Religious Traditions of Calenndor and Western Pirostia

Elven Religions

Major Elven Religious Traditions of Calenndor and Western Pirostia

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