Laroma Wold Notes
Religion in Laroma
While different cultures and countries have their own individual variances, there are several almost universally accepted ideas concerning religion, the gods, and the creation of the world.
Creation of the World
Laroma was not created by the gods, though it has been shaped by them. All planes of existence are comprised of what are called the Primordial Streams. These streams are made up of pure the pure energy and essence of the nine domains of Death, Darkness, Knowledge, Life, Light, Nature, Tempest, Trickery, and War. These flow through the planes of existence, weaving, and crossing to create life and matter. Together, the Streams form what is called the Primordial Network with the Material Plane being the center where all the Streams cross.
The gods are believed to have been born out of the crossing of the Streams. Each one wields power and influence over two of the Domains that were the most influential in their birth. For example, Melora, the goddess of nature and the seas, holds sway over the dominions of Nature and Tempest. Upon their birth, they began to create and shape the planes further, refining them with their powers and even staking claim over some as their personal domain. However, they all originated from the Material Plane which has made it the site of most of their activity and even conflict between them. It is said in the time before mortals came to the earth, that the gods warred over control of the Material Plane as it housed the Primordial Nexus, the epicenter where all the Streams cross. The Nexus is said to hold an untold power that might grant someone the power of all the Streams.
It's believed that, through theses conflicts, the mortal races were created, originally intended as soldiers and warriors to serve the gods. No victor ever came from these conflicts as the power of all the gods seemed to be matched between them and the balances of alliances often shifted to prevent either side from truly gaining footing. Eventually, the gods were believed to have used all their powers and thus all had to retreat to their home planes, leaving the mortal races alone on the Material Plane. Thus, the Era of Mortals began as the Era of Deities ended.
The Status of the Gods Now
Though withdrawn from the world, the gods still spread and grow their influence through their followers. Through worship, a mortal can gain limited access to the powers of a deity. However, mortals must adhere to the ideologies and tenants of their god to maintain and grow their powers. If their faith waivers or ends, they lose access to those powers.
In this way, the conflicts between the gods still echo through the Material Plane. Yet, the conflicts focus less on actual control and rule of the Material Plane and more on spreading and growing the influence and teachings passed down from the gods. Most believe in the existence of the gods, the Primordial Streams, Network, and Nexus, but there is growing questioning of the true influence of these forces on the world due the lack of direct influence of the gods and that no mortal has ever directly encountered any part of the Primordial Network.
Thus, there are few true atheists within Laroma, but a slowly growing number of agnostic or apathetic mortals within the world.
Worship and Practice
Historically, most of Laroma operates as a polytheistic ideology. The most of the gods are worshipped, albeit some more publicly than others, by all people. A person may pray to Pelor for good crops and then to Avandra for the safe travel of their relatives within the same day. This has been the most common practice of worship as each god has particular control of different parts of the Material Plane.
Therefore, even clergy and the churches of the different gods deny or shun the influence of the other gods within their worship. Those who dedicate themselves to a particular god follow the ideologies and practices set forth by the gods in how they believe the world should be navigated and worshipped. For example, a devout of Erathis would believe in dedicating their life to the progress and growth of civilization, inventing new technologies, and ensuring that the law is always followed to ensure fairness. However, they may offer the occasional prayer to Ioun for guidance in their research.
Additionally, churches encourage followers to pay homage and engage with deities that they believe (or know) to have favorable relationships with each other and discourage engagement with gods that have poor relationships with their deity. Such as, followers of Bahamut commonly engage in the Holy Skirmishes that are held by the church of Kord as both Kord and Bahamut are allies and share similar ideals.
- The Raven Queen