Stahlic Paganism

“Holy places are dark places. It is life and strength, not knowledge and words, that we get in them. Holy wisdom is not clear and thin like water, but thick and dark like blood” – from Our Gods Need No House by Satrap Llewyn

There is no name for the pagan religion/spiritual system of the Stahlic people— at most, practitioners will refer to the firinne nos or ‘truth as such’. Stahlic paganism venerates a huge variety of spiritual and supernatural figures who are supposed to typify or personify certain truths. Thus, the broad collection of these spiritual figures represents a catalog of that which the Stahlic culture believes to be true about the world.

Worship is not conducted in any particular temple or building (the Stahlmen find it odd that Ondarin “requires a house of his own, when he already has so many”). Nonetheless places of particular metaphorical significance are respected. One might perform certain rituals at the fireside in veneration of a hearth-figure, for example, or leave offerings to a trickster-figure under a thatch of briars. These locations are referred to as seamsamh (seh-ahm-saw), or ‘standings’.

It is only recently, in the wake of the Massacre at Old Oak, that Stahlic Paganism has not been considered illegal. Especially in the Greenwold, practitioners of firinne nos are socially ostracized, even if they are no longer hunted, outed, or killed.

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