The Whorl of Swords
Religion in The Whorl
The religion of The Whorl is organized along vaguely Catholic lines. The leader of the church is known as the Prolucutor. Priests are known as Augurs, and are called “Patera”. Augurs are always men. There are women who serve the church, they are known as Sybills. Augurs perform sacrifices and read the will of the gods from the entrails. Each god has an associated animal that is their preferred sacrifice. The holy book of The Whorl is The Chrasmologic Writings. The Writings outline the Plan of Pas and tell of the gods. The Writings specify human sacrifice for some of the gods, but no human sacrifice has been performed in many years.
On Urth there was a ruler named Typhon. Typhon created The Whorl and populated it with the peoples of Urth. Typhon renamed himself Pas. He then downloaded himself, his family, and his friends into Mainframe. The gods are able to appear at the Sacred Windows in temples. From the Sacred Windows they can speak with people and even possess people (known as a theophany).
The gods have been silent for roughly 3 generations. People still believe and the church is still powerful, but as times become harder in The Whorl and the gods continue to be absent more and more people perform only the forms of worship if they indeed participate at all. Augurs are frequently referred to as “Butchers” by the common people.
There are 9 major gods (Pas and his family), and 54 minor gods. Every city is dedicated to one of the major gods. There are around 200 cities, so each god has about 22 cities dedicated to their worship.
The major gods are:
Pas – The father of gods and ruler of The Whorl, which he built. The god of sun and rain, of mechanisms and much else, pictured with two heads. He is particularly associated with cattle and birds of prey.
Echidna – Consort of Pas, mother of the gods, and chief goddes of fertility. Particularly associated with snakes, mice, and other crawling creatures. Echidna forbid sex for Augurs and Sybills, and made it so that only virgins can actually see gods in the Sacred Windows.
Scylla – The goddess of lakes and rivers, and the patroness of the first day of the week. Particularly associated with horses, camels, and fish. Pictured with eight, ten, or twelve arms.
Molpe – The goddess of music, dancing, and art, of the winds and all light things, patroness of the second day of the week. She is particularly associated with songbirds and butterflys.
Tartaros – The blind god of night, crime, and commerce, and the patron of the third day of the week. Also god of sleep and dreams. Particularly associated with owls, bats, moles, and black animals of every kind.
Hierax – God of death and patron of the fourth day of the week. Particularly associated with carrion birds, jackals, and black animals of every kind.
Thelxiepeia – The goddess of magic, mysticism, and poisons, and the patroness of the fifth day of the week. She is particularly associated with poultry, deer, apes, and monkeys.
Phaea – The goddess of food and healing and patroness of the sixth day of the week. Particularly associated with swine and black lambs.
Sphigx – The goddess of war and courage, and patroness of the seventh day of the week. She is particularly associated with lions and other felines.
The most popular minor god is Kypris, the mistress of Pas and the goddess of love and lovers. Kypris takes particular interest in prostitutes. She is particularly associated with doves and rabbits. The Chrasmologic Writings make it plain that Echidna (the Puritan) hates Kypris (the Profligate).