The Twelve Walls of Agnusse Diah
Religion in Agnusse-Diah
As you may or may not have figured out, religion plays a huge part in the day-to-day lives of the residents of Agnusse-Diah. Everyone in the city, regardless of race or class, worships the Patron.
The Patron is a mysterious and powerful goddess who protects and provides for the citizens of Agnusse-Diah. She was worshipped in the early days of the city, but as time went on and civilization progressed she was slowly forgotten. It is believed that she had a hand in corrupting the minds of the men who caused the nuclear war that wiped out all life except Agnusse-Diah—the Patron was angry at being forgotten by her people and caused the war as a warning to them. The Patron has a name, but will not reveal it to the city until the dawn of the fabled Glorified Days (a period an unspecified amount of time in the future where intelligent life will return outside the city’s walls and the world will enter an era where all things prosper and worship the Patron).
There’s always crazy people on the street corners with signs about how the Glorified Days are near and how we should fear the Patron’s power, but they tend to get taken away by the police for disturbing the peace pretty quickly. It seems like lately there’s more crackpots than usual, but that might just be because a new Speaker was recently chosen.
No one is able to communicate directly with the Patron except for the Five Holy Mothers. Clerics pray to the Mothers for their powers, asking them to ask the Patron to grant them their healing abilities and spells.
The most pious citizens of Agnusse-Diah worship the Patron three times a day. They do this by reciting a short phrase (think “Hail Mary”) and burning a daffodil to symbolize giving everything you have, even that which is the most beautiful and precious, to loving and celebrating the Patron. Most people only do this once a day when they first wake up, however. People tend to do it without even thinking about it; it’s a pretty normal part of the day, like brushing your teeth. Some people don’t worship at all, but everyone in the city believes wholeheartedly in the Patron and her power—after all, she controls the entire city, it’s pretty much impossible not to.