Sage of Shadowdale has something to say about pretty much everything.
Despite having pages in Dragon Magazine, Dungeon Adventures, and Polyhedron
Newszine, the Old Mage still has more to speak of the Realms. Not wanting
to anger an archmage, we decided it would be best to give him a weekly
column from which to discuss the finer points.
well, young one...
is a farming community first and foremost; its primary faith is the devotion
of Chauntea. Not far behind in local influence is the faith of Cyric,
which recently supplanted Zhent-encouraged veneration of Bane.
of Chauntea is practiced privately in many farmhouses and fields, as well
as in temple services. The authorities may be outraged by offenses against
the Black Sun, but common Voonlarrans will rise up in murderous wrath
for affronts against the Great Mothersuch as burning crops, wasting
food, poisoning water, and sewing the land with salt or despoiling it
is home to two temples: The Dark God Reformed, a temple of Cyric, is the
one that has more official recognition. It was formerly The Dark Lords
Hand, a House of Bane, though it held a number of similar names under
various high priests. The Bounty of the Goddess, a temple of Chauntea,
is the larger of the two churches.
to Lathander and Tempus stand on the verges of Voonlar, and the older,
northwestward Common Gardens contain a stone-and-shingle pavilion where
travelers of other faiths can pray. The Common Gardens is equipped with
a bare block altar and braziers, but lacking walls or any place to sleep,
camping overnight is expressly forbidden. Locals call this The Holy
House. It has a simple privy, and a deep well that yields cool,
clear drinking water that anyone can draw freely.
House of the Holy Light
to Lathander resembles the Holy House all-faiths pavilion, except that
its ceiling is set with sheets of mica affixed to angled stones, placed
to capture the rosy rays of the rising sun and flash them out in all directions.
It stands on the west side of the Dump Road, just south of the Three Elves
inn. The House of Holy Light is tended by Gentle Father Erngar Narrowlea
(NG hm P3) and several lay followers. Narrowlea is kindly but shrewd,
seeing future implications of the smallest acts. He works covertly to
confound the schemes of the Bron and the Cyricists, lends small amounts
of money to Lathanderites for business ventures, and sells holy water
and potions of healing to anyone to raise funds for the faith.
typically has six healing draughts (potions of extra-healing) in
wax-sealed glass vials available and sells them for 1,100 gold pieces
each. Holy water comes in larger glass jars, at 25 gp each, and the Gentle
Father tries to keep over 20 on hand.
attracts a steady congregation of travelers (except in winter) and more
than 40 Voonlarrans. Narrowlea is visited about once a tenday by higher-ranking
priests of the Morninglord, who bring him fresh supplies of the
coin-earning holies. A tiny bed of herbs and spices, which can be
freely harvested by all, surrounds the shrine. The only rule regarding
taking herbs and spices from the shrine is that no one may take the last
shoot, sprig, berry, or leaf. Its written that anyone who does so
shall incur the wrath of Lathander.