Fall of the Warlock Kings
History of Religion
In ages before the coming of the races, the first gods arose out of the primal forces and swirling chaos that welled up into the world in the spot that would be Godspire. There were three of them, two brothers who would become the Sea King and the Lord of War, and a woman who would become the Sky Queen, and from them would come all the other gods.
This is one, very simple version of the beginning of one creation myth. There are others, told by every city, every race, every locale. Seldom do the details agree. In some cases, even the relations between the gods differ wildly. What is certain is that from the earliest times, the 18 gods of Afyon have been worshipped by the people of the continent.
In the earliest days, it was common for the small settlements and tribes to each have one or two holy people devoted to all of the gods, but as population grew, each area came to have at least one, and sometimes more than one, religious devoted to each of the gods. Some gods had, and still have, very specific fields and areas in which they are worshipped, but with a few exceptions, there came to be specific priests of each god in any major center.
Temples formed, and then monasteries, where holy men and women could contemplate the hidden mysteries of the gods. In time, these monasteries became havens for the pampered children of the rich, who would live on the givings of those who favored their god, and were often no more informed about the worship of their “chosen” deity than anyone else. The corruption and ignorance of the monasteries became well known, and it was in this period that the Vicars began to appear.
Among the truly holy of the various priesthoods, a movement started to reform the temples and monasteries. There was great resistance, and many of the monasteries remain as they always were, living off of donated lands and bequests, with useless servants of half-believed-in gods dwelling within, but some have truly changed, and become holy places. New temples have been built, as well, where the devout can come, if they can convince themselves to break away from their long accustomed temples.
There is great confusion among the common man in these times, as to whether they should visit their long-used temples, or the new temples which are actually fully holy (though the difference is not always great to the layman), or perhaps should follow the Vicars and their Outer Ones. The land is full of uncertainty. It is a time to win souls away from the fallen, or to make them fall, and both saints and charlatans have fertile fields to plow.