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The Pavis Temples
The city of New Pavis has always been home to more than its fair share of Vingans. Mainly from the Adventurer subcult,
they have brought a cosmopolitan attitude to the temple there, and a considerably more mixed congregation than would be encountered
at most Vingan temples. Separated from the main stream of Vingan worship, the Temple of Vinga Adventurous has adopted some
unusual practices, and follows a mixed bag of rituals from different areas (mainly Sartar) that would seem at least slightly
odd to most Vingans. It is a small temple and until recently rarely had more than 100 or so regular initiate worshippers.
The history of the temple is discussed by Jane Williams (go here); this write-up details
our campaign version of her write-up, and a recent history of events.
In 1622/3 Serenity Macleod (Kallyr the Dancer/Kallyr TwoSwords) constructed a shrine to
Vinga the Adventurer at the Arm of Pavis (the Hall of the Red Lady). At first simply a home for her small warband, the congregation
grew, until what had started as an expensive and large shrine, became a small temple. Serenity recruited refugees from Sartar,
and the number of worshippers was further boosted when the Lunars temporarily closed the city temple (1623-4). In 1624 the
hero cult of Kallyr the Dancer was established there, followed in 1626 by shrines to Morfanwen Keenspear, Vinga the Avenger,
and Vinga Spearwoman.
Following the fall of Whitewall in 1626, the cult of Vinga in Pavis grew in power. Large numbers of Sartarite refugees arrived in Pavis County (many helped by the efforts
of The Company of the Turquoise Tree), and they provided a rich source of recruits for the Pavis and Rubble temples.
The Hall of the Red Lady priestess, Serenity Macleod, proved an enthusiastic, charismatic,
and generous recruiter. Many flocked to the temple and by the end of the year its congregation had more than doubled. Events later that year provided more recruits, many of whom were enlisted into The
Company of the Turquoise Tree’s warband.
Both temples also benefit from the political and social
connections of The Company of the Turquoise Tree, many of whom are important within their cult in Pavis. Links with the cults
of Chalana Arroy, Humakt, Issaries, Lhankor Mhy, Pavis, Uleria, Urox, Yelmalio, and Zola Fel, have all been strengthened by
these connections. The Rubble temple also has strong links with the Uz of the Rubble, and has become heavily involved with
the Rebellion in Sartar. The latter link resulted in a substantial contingent from Pavis at the Battle of Iceland.
The year 1627 has proved a turning point for the cult in Pavis. A successful rebellion
early in the year freed Pavis of its Lunar occupiers, a rebellion in which The Company paid a prominent part; they were responsible
for much of the planning and organisation of the rebellion, and their actions of The Company contributed greatly to its success
(see the campaign journal for details).
Following the rebellion, The Company’s
warband kept the peace in New Pavis, acting as a guard force until things quietened down. For a while at least, the cult all
but ran the city, but power was soon handed over to the Pavis cult (a political expedient).
The Company and the cult of Vinga are still prominent supporters of the city, and very
influential within it (they and their allies account for more than half of the fighting forces available to the city, between
them they head several temples in the city, they are very wealthy, etc).
The cult has since relinquished most of its connections to the government of Pavis, preferring
instead to provide troops to assist with the protection of the city and Pavis County. It owns much land in Pavis County now,
bringing further wealth to the temple coffers.
The cult has also helped many of the refugees from Sartar, providing food, protection,
shelter, and healing, and much other assistance. In accordance with Vinga’s virtue of Generosity, all of the help has
been provided for free, winning many friends among the new arrivals.
The cult in Pavis arguably benefits the most from its current leadership. Serenity Macleod
is a powerful heroquesting priestess, renowned for her dedication to the goddess and utter ruthlessness when dealing with
her enemies. She has many contacts and alliances, which she has used to improve the cults position in Pavis greatly. A successful
adventurer, Serenity has made a large amount of money, most of which resides in the temple coffers at the Hall of the Red
Lady, and is used to fund temple projects.
The other two senior priestesses in Pavis, Aelflaed and Burrasca the White are also noted
for their ability. Burrasca is a veteran warrior, experienced heroquestor, and leads the Five Winds warband. Aelflaed, a Pavis
County native, has successfully run the temple at New Pavis since 1593, although she is now considering retirement to a stead
in Pavis County in the near future, as she is in her late sixties. Her replacement seems likely to be her assistant, Cerys
Mannorsdottir, another Pavis County native. Serenity is assembling a warband at Pavis, troops
to help with the rebellion, but initially wants simply to protect the people of the Zola Fel Valley; this should provide a
useful base of operations, and The Company has both obligations and investments there (mainly in Pavis County). Much of the
activities at the temples in Pavis are linked to this plan.
Temple of Vinga
temple to Vinga. Located in-between the Orlanth and Ernalda temples. Founded in 1553 by Gwenllian Firehair.
This site is fully detailed in Jane Williams’ write-up (go here). It contains a good
range of facilities and equipment, and is the centre of the cult of Vinga in New Pavis and Pavis County.
The temple is able to teach almost all of the spirit magic available to the Adventurer
and Pathfinder subcults, most of that available to the Spearwoman subcult, and any spells associated with hero cult shrines
located there. The same is true of divine magic; over the years an excellent library of Vingan ritual has been accumulated
here, and the recent increase in the congregation has raised the temple to the equivalent of a major temple.
The following shrines can be found at the temple.
· Vinga the Adventurer
· Vinga the Pathfinder
· Vinga the Spearwoman
· Anratha the Frontierswoman
· Maralda ClearVoice
The Hall of the Red Lady
Temple to Vinga in the Big Rubble. Located at the Arm of Pavis. Founded in 1622/3 by Serenity Macleod (Kallyr the Dancer).
This site will be fully described in a later write-up, only basic details are given here.
The Hall of the Red Lady has an excellent range of training facilities and accommodation.
Worshippers at the temple are also able to use the facilities at the Arm of Pavis. The congregation of this temple consists
mainly of the Dancers of the Laughing Goddess, and Vingans from The Company of the Turquoise Tree’s warband.
The temple is able to teach all of the spirit magic available to the Adventurer and Avenger
subcults, most of that available to the Spearwoman subcult, and any spells associated with hero cult shrines located there.
The same is, to a substantial extent, true of divine magic; over the last few years an
excellent library of Vingan ritual has been accumulated here (Serenity copied the New Pavis temple collection during her brief
tenure as priestess there), and the recent increase in the congregation has raised the temple to the equivalent of a minor
temple. The Enthrall, I'm Hardly Trying Yet, Restore Morale, and Taunt spells cannot be sacrificed for here.
includes the following shrines.
Priestesses in Pavis
currently more Vingan priestesses operating in the Pavis area than at any previous point. Some of the less-transient and more
important are detailed below. In addition to this, there are typically two to six other priestesses in the region, most are
Vinga Spearwoman followers who live with the settlers in Pavis County and are generally only found at the temples on holy
· Serenity Macleod; Storm Lady. Generally known as Kallyr the Dancer, she
is the most powerful priestess of the goddess in the region and an experienced heroquestor. She was Loyal Daughter at the
New Pavis temple briefly, but now acts as senior priestess for the region as a whole (in an paying-for and organisational
capacity only, not as a religious authority per se). Renowned for her deadly sword skills, constant mithering of just about
everyone, and fiery temper. Serenity has matured into her responsibilities but is still a priestess of Vinga the Teenager
at heart. Has an evil sense of humour. Despite this, most of her congregation love her, as her dedication to them and their
welfare is (psychopathically) strong. Very few Vingans in the region have not been helped or trained by her, services she
always provides for free.
the White; Storm Lady. Leads the Five Winds warband and
is Loyal Daughter of The Hall of the Red Lady. Tall and strikingly beautiful
(if aging). Serenity’s much-loved (and much mithered) mentor. A veteran warrior and powerful priestess, she has settled
down somewhat after her near-death experience during the Cradle Affair. Is in charge of the Vingans in The Company’s
· Aelflaed; Loyal Daughter. Head priestess at the temple in New Pavis. Aging priestess
with an interesting background and gentle temperament. She has run the temple for over thirty years now and even kept it open
during most of the Lunar occupation of Pavis. Renowned for her cunning. Aelflaed is now considering retirement and believes
she has found a replacement in Cerys Mannorsdottir, her assistant. Loved by local Vingans for her kindness and ability to
handle Serenity; she treats her like an errant teenage daughter, and has even managed to get her to shut up without using
threats (rumour has it that Fost Longstrider of The Company is thinking of building her a shrine when she goes to the Red-Headed
Lodge, so that succeeding generations can benefit from her remarkable ability).
Mannorsdottir; Daughter of Vinga. Assistant to Aelflaed at the New Pavis temple. Short and buxom with a heart of gold. Industrious,
capable, and reliable Spearwoman priestess from Pavis County. Likely to replace Aelflaed as head priestess soon.
· Flower; Daughter of Vinga. A member of The Company, she has only been a priestess for two years, and currently assists Bjork
OddSong at the Hall of the Red Lady. She is Sartarite and somewhat of a rising star in the Vingan community at Pavis.
OddSong; Loyal Sword Daughter. Head priestess at the
Hall of the Red Lady. She is an experienced adventurer and very knowledgeable, especially in the rituals and mythology of
the goddess. Reliable, if occasionally a touch flamboyant, she is much loved by her fellow Vingans. She is of average height,
pretty, and heavily decorated with Vingan tattoos.
Kallyrsdottir; Sword Daughter. Serenity Macleod’s
adopted daughter, she has only just qualified as a priestess. Tall and lean. Most of her experience so far has been in the
Big Rubble and Prax; she has recently begun duties as guard captain at the Hall of the Red Lady.
Eightknives; Daughter of Vinga. Newly arrived in Pavis.
Vinga Desemborth priestess with a reputation for violence. Has recently joined The Company (who also have a reputation for
violence). Is a temple priestess at The Hall of the Red Lady.
Warnyn; Daughter of Vinga. Windchild. Serenity Macleod’s
favoured apprentice and potential Spearthane. Has only been a priestess for two years but shows great promise. Kind and bouncy,
she loves sweetmeats.
the Tracker; Daughter of Vinga. Kheldon tribe Pathfinder
priestess who arrived at Pavis late 1626. She leads many of the caravans bringing Sartarite refugees to Pavis County and travels
widely. Based in Pavis but rarely there. She is a dedicated, quiet, and experienced priestess. Of average height, she wears
her hair in Praxian knots and always wears the white cloak of the Clear Voice cult.