The Church of the Ten Travellers – Code, Uniform & Articles of Faith
Code of the Clergy
The Clergy stands above the individual churches with regards to the following issues:
Ratification of any new Church Policy
Ratification of any change in Church Dogma
Ratification of any policy that crosses the Golden Table
Expenditure of Azure Table Resources
Identification and direction of Divine Law
Interpretation of the words of the Gods at Tharinos
The Clergy Expects
Full respect to all other faiths that stand within the pantheon of Dawn, Day and Dusk
The adherence to both Divine and Mortal Law
To show adequate respect to the laws of the Clergy and the members of the Azure Table that uphold them
Cod of the Church of the Ten Travellers
You will encourage the prosperity of the Royal Basin through active acts of investment and generosities that will lead to the success of any businesses that the Church should have an interest in.
If you are shown a good turn unasked you will remember this turn and return it at the appropriate opportunity.
You should avoid placing yourself in another’s debt at your own volition where possible.
The Church is more than an organisation you are a family, each opportunity to celebrate or commiserate the achievements or failures of yourselves should be taken and remembered.
Deny no Bard, no entertainer, no itinerant musician entrance to the temples nor place at table.
Every path is the doorway to a journey that should be taken, when possible, if for nothing more than the story and the experience that we can trade in tale for bread and beer when coin is scarce.
Mortal made luck should not be overlooked in favour of prayer to the Goddess who may have placed it before us unseen.
Wealth and opulence are marks of your status, the more it is stated the more your flock will have faith and belief that following you will lead them to the same future. Trust is everything.
The Priesthood tend toward multifaceted robes of resplendent colouration, gold and silver adornments and other such displays of wealth. In important ceremony it is traditional for such priests to wear an instrument about their person and a conical hat atop their heads.
Articles of Faith
As a Terrefian there are some clear guidelines that are to be followed; as a Holy Warrior or Versifier you should follow the code below. This code is the guidance by which you set examples to the world that you strive to protect, a Versifier is the shining example of the faith, one who is given great power by the Goddess and to break their tenets would be to break favour with the deity and lose not only the power that he has gifted but more, the very purity of their souls. Following these tenets are a guideline to how piety works and how.
Tenets of The Versifiers
You will preserve the Church of Terref and her tenets, bowing to those Pure of Faith and obeying her enlightened in all things.
All duties undertaken outside of the church shall receive a reasonable and fair price for services rendered. You shall not dishonour the Church by working for free.
You will attempt to master all new songs and verse as they appear before you.
If you are called upon by any member of the Church to entertain, perform or bring joy to a gathering then you are honour bound to accept.
You will seek out all those who are cursed by the lady and bring to them great discomfort and upset through the work of satire and travesty.
When called upon you shall protect any mercantile investment of the Church or those that are allied to it to the best of your ability.
When called upon you shall verify and bless any trade agreement. Those that would dishonour it shall be bought low by blade and word to the letter of the law as far as it will allow.
You will accept any offer to travel as long as it shakes hands with law 2, especially if this travel is to land unknown and untold of.
You will honour the realm of Kethlan and aid and assist any member of that noble court as though they were an ally of the Church.
Each year you will present to your company a splendid and detailed performance of the journeys, travels and adventures that you have entertained that annum.
Day to Day Activities
Many of the duties of the Terrefians is to ensure that festivals are observed, to govern entertainment in major cities and towns and also to perceive the needs of others and fulfil that need; some need intelligent conversation, others to observe games of skill whilst others to indulge in wine and food. They are well loved among the populaces of The Royal Basin as long as they are well treated and respected. They are also employed as advisors to heads of state and to the wealthier business folk that can afford their aid. Wise folk amongst the ruling bodies of mercantile operations and cities give hefty donations to the Church on regular basis and often find their ventures well blessed. The Priests of Terref often do battle with the Church of Notelexus over the reading of wills and collection of land and materials in return for great blessings in the afterlife.
Despite their activity at the font of business activity many of the Terrefians that take to the road, or the adventuring life, They roam the roads of the Royal Basin accompanying bards or minstrels, sponsoring them, joining them and arranging performances for them at taverns and halls that they pass. Often joining adventuring groups they travel the lands seeking out lost lore, composing their own epics about the journeys that they find themselves embarked upon and sharing in the tales of others.
Holy Days and Important Ceremonies
Public Holy festivals of all Gods, bar those of Rayvahn, are attended by members of the orders of Terref. Entertainment, food and drink are all provided by the Church and the ceremonies, whilst overseen by the appropriate deities’ priests, are attended by the Priesthood. On the third Solturdas of each month the church honours the links that the Goddess has to the realm of Kethlan by casting an object of art worth at least 80 shields into a river or the sea and performs the cleansing ritual of Ditaolane.