Tales of Novostaat
The people of Novostaat follow a few distinct religions. Each religion can imbue its followers with particular powers, though the exact nature of the beings behind the religions are still unknown. Some believe that these beings are truly gods and devils, others believe they are powerful races that are just not fully understood. Others believe magic is just a natural phenomenon.
Humans, elves, halflings, and orcs tend to be religious more often than not, but officially the dwarves tend to be atheists. They don’t like the idea of attributing successes and failures to outside forces. However, no group of people is exactly the same, and dwarves are known to dabble in faith as well.
The Church of the Winged Flame
The oldest and most well-established religion in the Empire. The Church teaches that especially holy and good individuals can be taken up into the Radiant Plane by giant pillars of golden flame. They believe that goodness, equality, justice, kindness, humility, and duty are the most important virtues, and embodying these virtues pleases the Winged Flame, their god. People taken up by the Flame become Saints, and clerics often choose to associate themselves with a particular saint as their primary guide.
Faith of the Deck
Originating among the halflings, the Faith of the Deck has since spread throughout the Empire. Instead of a holy book, this faith teaches that truth and knowledge of the future rests within the predictive powers of Tarot cards. Each card is associated with some aspect of the world as well as an aspect of an individual’s future. Clerics of the Faith of the Deck devote themselves to particular cards and their accompanying meaning.
The elves of the Continent worship a number of individual divine beings, who they see working through the world chiefly in the form of animal avatars. The Elvish deities are more neutral, natural, animalistic forces that can never be fully understood. Most elves believe in all of them, but clerics and priests focus their worship on a particular patron deity or atou, usually a deceased hero-ancestor, symbolized by an animal totem.
Chief among these gods is Tadalosi, the supreme atui (non-human, original deities), responsible for the creation of all life in the world. Tadalosi imbued his creations with vali, an invisible magic that forms sacred bonds between all things; vali is said to connect men to their belongings, children to their parents, and a people to their land. For example, in the gift-giving culture of the indigenous Elves, gifts share vali with their former owners, making their transfer a significant spiritual gesture to the recipient.
The myths surrounding vali differ between indigenous tribes, but many believe Tadalosi painstakingly wove the fabric of the earth with Manatua, a mythical loom no larger than a common warrior’s shield.
The orcs of the Continent worship only one goddess, and that is the moon. What this worship entails remains a secret to all non-orcs.