Religion of Anderelle
It is with some preponderance that I find myself having to pen so basic a primer as this, especially as it pertains to the worship of this great land. However, in the name of posterity, I will do so. I am told there are beings savage and foreign, who must come to know the peace of spirit that accompanies a complete religious understanding.
First off, for the sake of completeness, I include the mention of the veneration of The Exalted. It is only for the integrity of the work, and not as any kind of support. It is the opinion of myself, and any other sensible person, that the notion of there being one supreme power is ludicrous. Yet over the centuries, the veneration has become a stable, and now accounts for the beliefs of many agrarian and less advanced collections of villages, towns, and places wherein yokels are predisposed to gather.
The simpletons who exonerate The Exalted, also knowns as The Benevolent, The Shepherd, and the Divine Adjudicator, believe that there is one power for good in the entirety of existence. This power created all things, and looks after its creations, eventually letting its creations return to its side after death. The Exalted has inspired many saints, seers, oracles, and prophets and they are offered prayers for specific wants, almost like demi-gods. These saints are seen as agents of various aspects of the Exalted, and it is hypothesized by the clergy that they grant the followers their magical powers. What is most perplexing is that these saints, although called many things, seem to occur in many different races, and nearly every advanced race has some of their numbers that worship this supreme being in some fashion or another.
But enough of the bumpkins and their practices. The more cosmopolitan and learned of this land know there is no higher power. Instead beings of essence and power permeate everything around us. Ours is a faith of Animistic belief, wherein spirits reside in all things, and fortune or misfortune is garnered by your gifts to those spirits. Benevolence is not a trait of living things, nor would it be of their god. Instead, ours is a world of divine interests. And those interests are met, or not, and the supplicant can expect favor or disfavor, accordingly. Spirits of Commerce, Innovation, and Structure coincide with the ancient spirits of Earth, Wood, and Wolf. Our world in its divinity is a reflection of its inhabitants and the things that make it up. Put simply, everything concrete or conceptual has a spirit. Those spirits may become pleased or displeased with us, and will enact whatever action they see fit, as agents of the thing in which they embody.
There is only empowerment in this belief. I take solace in knowing that my fortunes and misfortunes are my own to control. That by education and offering, I can appease the spirits of the things I desire, or repair any sleights on those spirits that feel they have been wronged. I am not at the whim of some being, who, if truly all powerful, would likely have interceded in any of the horrific instances of persecution its followers endured during the religion’s founding.
There are, of course, cults that spring up occasionally seeming to exonerate or praise either a singular being of darkness, or spirits known for foulness and malevolence. These collections of nere-do-wells use these ideals to justify horrific acts against our land. They are beasts, with no notion of divinity, who twist the beliefs of an otherwise good people towards pursuit of their own selfish ends.
-From An objective Primer of Our Beliefs by Hammish Lazzero