Savage Rise of the Runelords
Faiths of Varisia
While worshipers of all Golarion’s varied religions can be found in Varisia, the majority of the region’s civilized populace adhere to one of six major faiths.
|Adabar||Master of the First Vault||Cities, wealth, merchants, law||Judges, merchants, lawyers, aristocrats|
|Gold-fisted Abadar seeks to order the world. Judges, merchants, and aristocrats worship him, praying for his clarity in judgment and business. The poor and wronged also frequently honor him, seeking reversals in their fortunes.|
|Erastil||Old Deadeye||Farming, hunting, trade, family||Farmers, hunters, tradesmen|
|To his followers, Old Deadeye is a stern father, a helpful neighbor, and a watchful hunter.|
|Desna||Song of the Spheres||Dreams, stars, travelers, luck||Travelers, astronomers, gamblers, Varisians, musicians|
|The Varisian deity delights in dreams and mystery, and teaches her people to experience all they can. Mystics, explorers, wanderers, and those in need of a little luck worship Desna.|
|Gozreh||The Wind and the Waves||Nature, weather, the sea||Druids, sailors, woodsmen, farmers|
|The god of nature cares nothing for the ways of men and their irrelevant empires, ever demonstrating that mortals are insignificant and would do best to remember such. All who live at the whim of nature fear and respect Gozreh.|
|Sarenrae||The Dawnflower||Redemption, temperance, patience, honesty, the sun||Healers, farmers, redeemed evil-doers|
|Sarenrae, the Everlight, brings warmth and radiance to all souls who allow her in. Yet there are those who have no interest in redemption and Sarenrae’s doctrines preach swift justice delivered by the scimitar’s edge.|
|Shelyn||The Eternal Rose||Beauty, art, love, music||Artists, poets, lovers|
|Shelyn encourages creativity and inspires the world. She challenges her faithful to test their limits, share what the create, and delight in the gifts of others.|
Easily the largest building in Sandpoint, this impressive cathedral is also the town’s newest structure. Built over the foundations of the previous chapel, Sandpoint Cathedral is not dedicated to the worship of a single deity. Rather, it gathers under its eaves the six most commonly worshiped deities in the region, providing chapels for all of these deities in a communal forum. In a way, Sandpoint Cathedral is six different churches under one impressive roof.
Yet even the previous chapel wasn’t the first holy site in this location. The core of both the original chapel and the new cathedral is an open-air courtyard surrounding a set of seven standing stones themselves surrounding a circular stone altar. These stones served the Varisians for centuries as a place of worship; they generally venerated Desna at these stones and Varisian oral tradition maintains that the seven stones represent the seven towers of Desna’s otherworldly palace.
When the chapel burnt to the ground five years ago, Mayor Deverin set into motion a bold initiative. Not only would the chapel be rebuilt, but it would be done on a grand scale. A cathedral would be built in place of the chapel, and it would be made of stone and glass. Funding for this project came partially from the founding families, partially from Sandpoint businesses eager to earn favor in the eyes of the gods, and partially from the respective churches. It took years to finish the cathedral, but the end result is truly impressive.
The previous chapel hosted less than a dozen acolytes, led by a well-loved cleric named Ezakien Tobyn, who sadly perished with his adopted daughter Nualia in the fire that claimed the church. The new high-priest of Sandpoint is his most accomplished student, a pleasant man named Abstalar Zantus. Himself a worshiper of Desna, Abstalar is very open about matters of faith and has slipped into the role of adviser for worshipers of other gods of Sandpoint with ease.