Adventures in Thargothras
The Cloister is a group of historians, lorekeepers, and philosophers dedicated to recording a single concordant set of histories related to the gods. Since most myths are distorted over time, these people have taken upon themselves the task of sorting truth from embellishment and fiction, in order to better understand the politicking that occurs among the gods and their relationship with mortals. The Cloister as an organization has existed for centuries, and despite the time they have had to work out discrepancies, their work is far from finished. The current building is newer, partly to keep up with contemporary comforts and amenities, and also because the last one was split apart by an earthquake. The official story on that is that the building was mistakenly built on a fault line and the earthquake was in no way the product of divine wrath.
Most of the day-to-day activities of the members of the Cloister, who are comprised of representatives of all deities, as well as a few unbiased historians and translators, is to review written records of religious myths and compare them to similar stories and fables, and writing letters to outside sources to determine the origins and chronology of each myth in question. The acquisition of old and new texts and stories (and their translation) is the highest priority, and anyone who can bring new lore to the Cloister is paid well. One cannot simply make up a story and submit it to the cloister, as they have an extensive (and often slow) process of corroborative verification to deter scammers.
The Official Canon History of the Gods is encyclopedic in nature, and can be read by visitors under the supervision of any Cloister member with a rank higher than Initiate. In a separate library, recorded on a different color and texture of paper, is the Heretical Apocrypha, a much larger compilation of distortions, lies, mistranslations, and incorrect interpretations of divine lore. Common distortions include fables relating to other characters but with the names changed, sermons of clergymen with spins or agendas, fictions using the gods as characters, stories told by the gods themselves that include exaggerations or outright lies (the gods, sadly, are not immune to the temptations of making petty insults or self-aggrandizements), and imperfect translations marred by connotations or semantics.
Since there is a high concentration of experienced clerics here (along with others who have extensive knowledge of religion), divine spells of 7th level or lower are available to purchase, as well as divine scrolls or potions. The Cloister also supplements their income with the sale of aligned water and other goods that assist in the creation or destruction of undead.
The official representatives of each religion are listed below:
- Henry Savage, representing the Acorns of Alvac
- Humphrey Curteys, representing the Hearthfires of Alvac
- Jacquette Northwode, representing the Nightcloaks of Felclef
- Katherine Roos, representing the Scarabs of Felclef
- Cecily Coke, representing Ivideme
- Denys Bell, representing Ivideme
- Guy Palmer, representing Ivideme, and one of the in-house alchemists
- Leonard Sadler, representing Nerith
- Lewis Seymour, representing Nerith, also an alchemist
- Florence Downer, representing the Gravetenders of Ortrul
- Isabel Ratclif, representing the Blackspears of Ortrul
- Andrew Hache, representing the Stormcallers of Pawasa, and an old correspondent of Seralyn
- Anne de Grenefield, representing the Sea's Pilgrims of Pawasa
- Matthew Parker, representing the Red Hands of Satcotaar
- Roger Yonge, representing the Shieldbearers of Satcotaar
- Thomasine Marshall, representing the Exemplars of Satcotaar
- Morys de Beauchamp, representing the Joybringers of The Nameless Joy
- Nathaniel Leventhorp. representing a more natural aspect of The Nameless Joy
Other scholars and scribes are present, but hold no office.