Although there are cultures in this world on the edge of discovery and innovation, most still see the universe as something created by God-like beings. This section explores some real-world religions and those that feature in the book.
While some readily worships different faiths, there are many who base their beliefs on historic folklore, often building a connection with their natural surroundings.
Although not mandatory, sacrifices are commonplace among the Pagan tribes. Due to the overriding influence of the Gods in cities and towns, most practicing pagans are found in hidden sects or remote rural areas.
Dragon worshipping is one of the world’s paganistic faiths. Whether it be man, elf, dwarf, orc, or other, most races share stories of an ancient land where dragons ruled.
Shamans believe themselves able to cross between the physical and spiritual world, interacting with the souls of all living beings. This process of shifting between planes is often done with the help of mind-altering plants and potuses.
Shamanism is practiced mainly by the Ibta whose society is based around following the guiding hand of their ancestor’s spirits. Some humans practice shamanism and there are sizeable number of woodland elves who partake in the rituals.
Many elves would come to emancipate themselves for their homeland, enticed by the ways and culture of the Marches’ many inhabiting races.
Some, more radical than others, would fall into deep trances, transfixed on the vision of a woman roaming the vast forests. Beautiful and slender, she would lure them closer only to reveal a gruesome visage beneath her veil, indicative of the damage caused to the Marches.
This would inspire the Greenwrath, forcing bands of zealous worshippers to band together and repel any who seek to enter and harm the forestland.
The elves hold no gods. Instead they look to harness their unearthly powers to discover the origins of the world they inhabit.
Their inherent beauty and unnaturally long lifespans mean that elves are both feared, hated, and occasionally worshipped by humans. In place of Gods, they believe that the elven cities themselves are a pantheon.
Their infatuation has caused another rift in elven culture. Although many refuse to accept humans as their thralls, the Scions are happy to think themselves superior. It is not uncommon for Scions to manipulate worshippers to carry out their bidding, whether that be gaining influence or even carrying out assassinations.
The Jotun believe themselves to be children of a cataclysmic event that gave birth the world they now see around them. Long ago, they say, Titans and Dragons warred in the north, bringing about mutual destruction that would form mountains and seas.
Although the Titans would fall eventually, the Jotun would rise millennia later from the ice.