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|colspan="5"|'''Abbreviations:''' LN=[[Larra Nielems]] ([[Northern Reformed Church of Sarimie]]); MB=[[Mhaellie Bireon]] ([[Stonecrown Coster]]),([[Source of the Maesil]]), ([[Northlands Exchange]]); SH=[[Storm Holtson]] ([[Stjordvik Traders]]); AD=[[Adaere Doneim]] ([[Northern Imports and Exports]]); EG=[[Entier Gladanil]] ([[Cariele]]); FD=[[Fhiele Dhoesone]] ([[Dhoesone]]); AM=[[Anita Maricoere]] ([[Haelyn's Aegis]]); JA=[[James Ardannt]] ([[Haelyn's Bastion of Truth]]); GB=[[Günther Brandt]] ([[Oaken Grove of Erik]]); EO=[[Eyeless One]]; DD=[[Daeric Dhoesone]]; CD=[[Clumine Dhoesone]]; Be=[[Bervinig of Halskapa]].
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|colspan="5"|'''Abbreviations:''' LN=[[Larra Nielems]] ([[Northern Reformed Church of Sarimie]]); MB=[[Mhaellie Bireon]] ([[Stonecrown Coster]]),([[Source of the Maesil]]), ([[Northlands Exchange]]); SH=[[Storm Holtson]] ([[Stjordvik Traders]]); AD=[[Adaere Doneim]] ([[Northern Imports and Exports]]); EG=[[Entier Gladanil]] ([[Cariele]]); FD=[[Fhiele Dhoesone]] ([[Dhoesone]]); AM=[[Antia Maricoere]] ([[Haelyn's Aegis]]); JA=[[James Ardannt]] ([[Haelyn's Bastion of Truth]]); GB=[[Günther Brandt]] ([[Oaken Grove of Erik]]); EO=[[Eyeless One]]; DD=[[Daeric Dhoesone]]; CD=[[Clumine Dhoesone]]; Be=[[Bervinig of Halskapa]].
 
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Anuire » Northern Marches » Northern Reformed Church of Sarimie

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Northern Reformed Church of Sarimie
Ruler Most Sacred Minister, Larra Nielems
Alignment Neutral Evil
Government Oligarchy
Court Level 4
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Alignment: Neutral Evil.

Status: A villianous domain. Suitable for an evil campaign connected to Cariele. Otherwise, not recommended.

Regent

The Most Sacred Minister, Larra Nielems has carried the Sacred Purse of Golden Reward since being sent by her protege, Temias Coumain to exploit opportunities for Sarimie. She regards the temple as a money-making enterprise.

Doctrine and Faith

  • Hard work deserves reward.
  • The wise man invests in times of plenty to ensure plenty in times of hardship.
  • Success should be flaunted, to show others the path to success marks one as great.
  • To hoard wealth is foolish; wealth unspent wasted for wealth exists to be used.
  • To refuse to risk is to refuse to succeed. If something can be obtained without risk and effort then it is free to all and of no value.
  • To give charity to those unfortunate or who have taken reasoned risk and lost is wise for all who dare will stumble and in time such charity may repay dividends.
  • To give charity to those who have squandered their wealth or refused to provide for themselves is folly for it encourages them to lie in slothfulness.
  • People make their own luck through daring to seize the chances they are given.

With the rise of the guilds over the decades the faith of Sarimie has also grown. Long revered as the goddess of luck guildsmen have taken to Sarimie’s aspect as the god of trade and wealth with enthusiasm for Sera’s edicts give their efforts moral authority denied by the Oaken Grove.

Despite the slurs of its rivals, the Reformed Church of Sarimie does not in general seek temporal power; although the church does seek wealth even this is not its true purpose. What it seeks above all is the spread of Sarimie's doctrine of wealth and prosperity through daring and innovation.

Nevertheless the church is an active investor in many businesses throughout Dhoesone and a number of its priests have become quite wealthy.

History

When an aggressive guilder, Mheallie Bireon, began reforming the Stonecrown Coster in Cariele, Temias Coumain of the Celestial Jewel of Sarimie urged his protege, Larra Nielems to go to Cariele and establish a daughter church of the Celestial Jewel. He promised support until should could get established, as well as an alliance thereafter. In order to conceal their cooperation, Larra formed the Reformed Church of Sarimie, using the appearance of of division between the new Church in Cariele and the Celestial Jewel, since some templars might oppose Larra on the basis of opposing the expansion of the Celestial Jewel. On the other hand, opponents of the Celestial Jewel might welcome a schism. In fact, Larra and Temias Coumain remain close allies.

Major Centers of Worship

The Northern Reformed Temple of Sarimie concentrates its power in larger cities and towns, where the money is. Some smaller shrines and chapels appear throughout the countryside.

Mhelliviene

Nolien

Sonnelind

Important Figures

Plots and rumors

Diamonds are for now

Wealth untapped is wealth wasted, a shiny pebble bartered from a goblin by a follower of the faith turned out to be an unworked gemstone of some value.

The goblin said he found the diamond where the river Skyr (a tributary of the Ruide that comes from the Silverhead mountains) enters the woods of northern Soniele.

Clearly are riches to be had – if the goblins of the woods can be cleared. With wealth would come influence for the church and as a result the NRC is sponsoring skilled warriors to rid the woods of the goblin trouble – though it must do so quietly to avoid angering Daeric who values the current peace between his subjects and the goblins in his County.


A horse! A horse! My county for a horse!

The NRC recently paid a great deal to a merchant to obtain a stallion of exceptional quality to be sent to them. Something happened to the merchant and the stallion was stolen – the NRC aims to find it in order to win the favor of the hippophilic Count of Riveside and avoid a major loss of face for failing to produce the promised beast.

The way to a man’s heart is through his loins

Count Rogr Dhariel has got in the way of the NRC once to often, a vocal Haelynite he derides the church as money grubbers and gamblers and often supports Haelyn's Bastion of Truth against the Northern Reformed Church. Knowing his propensity for attractive women Larra has decided to lure him into a rendezvous he’ll not return from with the aid of an exiled Vos witch – at the very least a half-Vos bastard might shame him into acquiescence.


Noble belief

Young Brandi Bjondrig is considering joining the faith, as a noble she would be a valuable convert - however her parents are adamantly opposed. Larra sees clearing the girl’s path into the faith as both a religious and as a personal duty – she just needs to find a way to persuade / appease the parents.


All the wealth of the world

Druids tend to see forests and the like as valuable in and of themselves. Sera teaches by contrast that the land only has value for what it can provide to those who would make use of it. The strife between the NRC and Dhoesone’s druids is generally non-violent as the NRC prefers to appeal to logger’s greed to overcome the druid’s objections than act directly against the druids.

Some druids however are a little too effective at speaking against logging for the liking of the NRC. Several druids who refused to bow to progress have been assassinated by the more extreme members of the NRC, as have a small number of elves; Larra deplores these people as they upset her more subtle plans and risk rousing military action against her – but that doesn’t stop her hiding any sign of their activity from outsiders or acting to protect her churches ‘good name’ if their acts are discovered.

Larra’s efforts to root out these ‘rogue agents’ amongst her people has led them to use cats-paws and otherwise deniable agents wherever possible, this shift in methodology has appeased Larra to a degree as it reduces the risk to the faith.


Life’s little luxuries make it all worthwhile

While Erik’s druids tend to preach austerity and Haelyn’s faithful believe luxuries should be restricted to the nobility, Sarimie’s faithful encourage all the faithful to indulge in pleasure and hedonism – once the days work is done.

The NRC is frequently accused of subverting the peasantry by nobles who would rather the peasants simply worked harder than indulge in games. The church often has to smuggle its wines, linens, games and the like about the realm to avoid ‘duties’ levied by the nobles or outright confiscation.

The gambling dens run by the NRC are likewise required to be small and mobile for the Haelynites in particular abhor the way that the peasants can become indebted to the church – or worse win enough money to break free from their lowly social status.

Assistance with legal but ‘frowned upon’ activities such as this is always needed by the church and most of the church’s agents started out with tasks of this nature.


A head weighed down by steel gives poor advice

The troubles of the realm give the Haelynites a significant advantage – the warrior priests are ever at the ear of the baroness when goblin, elven, gnoll or Rjurik raiders are about which is much of the time. As such the NRC sees undermining the Haelynites military reputation as key to unseating the church itself.

Larra has begun feeding information on Haelynite activity to some of the more tractable goblin tribes in order to cause the knights of Haelyn to suffer defeats in battle and come to be seen as impotent. This information is provided only by Larra’s most trusted (and deniable) agents, as if revealed it could cripple the church – one of Larra’s agents ensured the Haelynite horses were fed poor oats before the battle at Harper's Point and the entire town was lost – and Sarimie’s faith holds no power over giants or goblins.


Evil grace

While the NRC would dearly value the trade goods of the elves, the priests are bitterly aware of how little the elves value trade. The NRC often seeks to undermine relations between humans and elves in the realm and in particular seeks to disgrace prominent elves and half elves. To many of the NRC priests, elves with their disdain for material wealth and inherent godlessness are evil plain and simple; that the elves tend to be beautiful and skilled is merely proof that Azrai’s seductive wickedry is alive and well now as before thew battle of Mount Deismaar.

On occasion some priests of the NRC has stooped to murdering foresters and framing the Gheallie Sidhe for the crimes; the main church restricts itself to paying a premium for logging trees found in deep in the forests or providing a bounty for the ears of elven criminals to ensure that a continual stream of elvish ‘provocations’ arises.

Domain Holding Table

Province Law Temple Guild Source
Mhelliviene, Cariele (5/2) MB (3) LN (5) MB (5) DD (0)
EG (2) AM (0)
Mountainsedge, Cariele (3/4) MB (2) LN (3) MB (3) EO (0)
EG (1) GB (0)
Riverford, Cariele (5/2) MB (3) LN(5) MB (5) EO (0)
EG (2) GB (0) DD (0)
Sidhuire, Dhoesone(2/5) FD (1) JA (2) AD (2) DD (5)
AD (0) LN (0)
Ruidewash, Dhoesone (2/5) FD (1) JA (1) AD (2) DD (5)
AD (0) LN (1)
Sonnelind, Dhoesone (4/3) FD (3) LN (3) MB (2) DD (3)
MB (1) JA (1) AD (2)
Tradebhein, Dhoesone (2/5) FD (1) LN (2) MB (2) DD (5)
MB (0) JA (0)
Nolien, Dhoesone (3/2) FD (2) LN (3) SH (3) CD (2)
SH (0) JA (0)
Skapa Hjarring, Halskapa (4/3) Be (3) LN (1) Be (3) -
GB (2)
Abbreviations: LN=Larra Nielems (Northern Reformed Church of Sarimie); MB=Mhaellie Bireon (Stonecrown Coster),(Source of the Maesil), (Northlands Exchange); SH=Storm Holtson (Stjordvik Traders); AD=Adaere Doneim (Northern Imports and Exports); EG=Entier Gladanil (Cariele); FD=Fhiele Dhoesone (Dhoesone); AM=Antia Maricoere (Haelyn's Aegis); JA=James Ardannt (Haelyn's Bastion of Truth); GB=Günther Brandt (Oaken Grove of Erik); EO=Eyeless One; DD=Daeric Dhoesone; CD=Clumine Dhoesone; Be=Bervinig of Halskapa.