Religion in Ariadh
Religious belief centers around the Three-fold Mercies and the Nine-fold Blessings. The Mercies are as follows:
Morgha, the Bright-Winged Lady
Mercy of the Nobility, The Mercy of Showing
Morgha grants to the rulers
- A peaceful realm to display their justice
- Times of strife to show their honor
- Death in conflict to preserve their glory
Oghin, He Who Is
Mercy of the Clergy, The Mercy of Being
Oghin grants to the clergy
- A peaceful time to practice their piety
- Evil men to try their wisdom
- Death as a martyr to show their faithfulness
Daana, The Kind Workmistress
Mercy of the Common Folk, the Mercy of Doing
Daana grants to the commoners
- Times of famine to try their resourcefulness
- Times of plenty to show their generosity
- A peaceful death to reward their toil
The Mercies play a part in everyone’s lives, and if for instance a commoner were to die in battle, that would be seen as a Blessing of Morgha laid upon him. Whether that was seen as a good blessing, or a bad one would depend on whether he died earning glory or if he was brutally cut down without achieving much in battle.
Anything that is not directly attributed to the Mercies and the Nine-fold Blessings are assumed to come from the Fey – spirit beings and faeries who were around before the Mercies existed. Love, hate, revenge, betrayal, etc. are all considered to have their roots outside of the realm of the Mercies, and therefore outside of the realm of Man.
This means that frequently, weddings are outside the realm of what the clergy handle. Not entirely though. A dedicant of Morgha might preside at a wedding for two nobles that ends a conflict, or joins two realms, while one of Daana might marry commonfolk trying to join two farms, or a trader marrying to have children to take up his trade. But a young couple in desperate love may flee to the countryside and find a Feyspeaker to marry them in a faerie circle, and a young woman wanting a love potion certainly would seek out someone like that.
There is no animosity from the Clergy of the Mercies to the Feyspeakers, as they consider themselves to deal with different issues. Particularly clever Clergy can argue for quite a wide scope that comes under one or the other of the Nine-fold Blessings. And a knight devoted to Morgha might still offer a quick prayer to the Fey when he accepts a lady’s token for a tournament.
The organized religion and the Fey world exist, not apart from each other, but in symbiosis. Most of the citizens of Ariadh would not even stop to consider that the Mercies are seperate from the Fey world.