Monday, May 14, 2018

The People's Covenant

The immigrants and exiles who settled in Umberwell inevitably brought their gods with them. Some deities fell by the wayside, and are now only remembered by obscure sects and dying cults. Other gods thrived in Umberwell's rich tapestry of cultural exchange. Over the generations, a patchwork pantheon emerged; six goddesses of various races, lands, and systems of belief were blended together into a polytheistic, syncretic faith known as the People's Covenant. Over time, the goddesses of the People’s Covenant have come to represent the aspects of life in Umberwell that its citizens find important.

The places of worship devoted to the People's Covenant may focus their reverence on a single goddess, a grouping of goddesses within the Covenant, or the entirety of the pantheon. The various temples of the Covenant do not necessarily agree on the proper way to worship the deities they hold in common. Rites, liturgy, and ceremonies vary wildly from church to church. It is not unusual to see the goddesses of the Covenant depicted in a multitude of forms and as a myriad of races—time has worn away much of their traditional cultural meaning and specificity.

Although the People's Covenant is the most popular faith in Umberwell, the religious atmosphere in Umberwell is inclusive and permissive. Only religions that espouse murder or practice objectionable rites are forbidden by the city's Ministry of Altars. The clergy of less prominent deities maintain shrines and temples throughout the city. There are also dissenters in Umberwell who choose to place their faith in fiends, archfey, Great Old Ones, and other powerful extraplanar beings instead of in divine forces.