Jeremiah, The Toiler
Domains: Artiface, Good, Healing, Plant
Subdomains: Agathion, Growth, Restoration, Toil
Favored Weapon: Sickle
Holy Symbol: a broken sickle, wrapped in herbs and parchment scrolls, making a charm.
Sacred Animal: Mule, Horse, or Ox (need to figure out one. Likely a farm animal used to work)
Sacred Colors: Dark Blue, Green
“The peasants bring their peasant ways: their tools, their crafts, and their magic. And from them we gain the seeds of all mans greatness.”
“Ain’t nothing better then a solid hoe, steady plow, and fair weather for my work, and good drink and harvest for my trouble. Also yer plow head don’t sit right, here I’ll get that sitting on its arms level right quick”
Jeremian cleric discussing his faith while repairing farming equipment. One of his few leisure moments for interview
The prophet of farming, peasantry (and its magic), and honest human toil Jeremiah and his followers are humble people who look to use the land to sustain themselves and accomplish this through their knowledge of the land, their skill at crafting tools with which to do so, the community they foster amongst themselves, and the honesty with which they put themselves through the toil to accomplish those goals. Through the church the faith of Jeremiah offer a hand to repair your busted plow, a bandage to mend the broken body, the answers to when it will be best to seed this year, and the succor to soldier on when the body is tired and unwilling to stand against the obstacles in front of it.
Clerics: Clerics in the faith of Jeremiah function as general all hands around farming communities using their skills to repair broken equipment, grow better crops, and heal bodies and minds of their congregations. Many a Jerry wears multiple hats throughout the year and seasons, telling farmers when the best time is to plant during planting season, patching plows when they break down, and curing diseases and mending broken limbs during the winter months. That being said they are most active during the planting and harvesting seasons when their powers are the most in demand and the most vital. During the colder months or seasons when agriculture is less viable in other areas they usually act as medicine men and women, mechanics, and silo maintainers for the community.
This being said the clergy of Jeremiah has a strong number of magic users in its ranks who are not just of the clerical tradition and some not of it at all. Many of the clerics in the church are druids, nature focused oracles, and even a sizable number of witches populate their ranks taking up the role of Cunning Men and Women.
Folk Charms & Hebalism: one of the things that this religion is most famous for outside of its knowledge and skill with crops and agriculture is its understanding of herbalism, folk charms, and rituals collectively referred to as peasant magic. This set of arcane study focused on the use of various herbs, incenses, and seasonal events to create various charms, medicines, and specifically timed rituals that were able to not only help bring good harvests but fight off sicknesses and even some say the throws of aging. These practitioners were referred to as Cunning Men and Women who used these powers to help treat the sick and wounded in their communities long before the churches of Sanguine appeared and still especially in areas too far removed from the cities where his faith has taken hold. These Cunning Men & Women were all trained by a master above them and then passed their abilities were passed down through oral tradition, maintaining their unique forms of peasant magic through the centuries.
Unfortunately as time has continued on and with the rise of Sanguine, the suspicions of theurgy being dolled upon witchcraft, and the unfortunate destruction of many Cunning man enclaves in various regions of the world this portion of the faith has been slowly fading. Now the practice is all but unheard of most of the imperial center as Theurge hunting inquisitions and the rise of the Sanguinite church have pushed it to the edges of most societies. But on the fringes and especially in some of its more removed lands like those of the frontier the Cunning man still has a holding, and some even say that those charms and techniques lost to the imperial practitioners still exist amongst the remote towns and villages waiting to be taught. Unfortunately with the Orc Wars decimating large chunks of these frontier villages in the not so recent past and the boom of “Authentic Folk Charms” flooding the imperial markets many believe this to be none but a myth.
Followers: Jeremiahs followers are the farmer, the blacksmith, the local healer, and the common man who pray to his faith for all the various things they could ask for from a solid bout of rain for their crops and a stout horse to pull their plows to the right herbs to treat their child’s sickness and the right iron to fix their scythe head. If their is a common want of the common man it is likely something under Jeremiahs purview and his clerics probably help accomplish it.
Relationship with other races:
Elves: Elves usually find Jeremiah both quaint and odd, his focus on plants, their cultivation, and understanding a commendable and familiar endeavor to their own, but with the lack of “wildness” that permeates the untamed world they are used to.
Relationships with other religions: Below are a few of the most prominent religions that interact with the Jeremians on a regular basis.
Kostchitchie: One of Jeremiahs most dangerous foes, kostchtchie followers hate Jerries with an ardent passion the likes of which few other faiths see. Despised for their lack of warrior ethos, their praise of humility, and most of all their use of witchcraft and women in positions of power many Jerries rightfully fear the followers of the winter warrior more then any other, often fleeing or taking their own lives at the first opportunity rather then suffer under their cold grip. The reality of the situation is not much better with many followers of the winter warrior distrusting and discarding their words at the absolute best or living up to atrocities that even records can not describe at worst. Kostchtchie promises to not suffer a witch to live and to his faiths credit they do not suffer the Jeremians to live much either.
Oberon: The wild king of the fey, Oberon is both a colleague and rival of Jeremiah and his faith. Meant to represent the wild and untamed mystery of nature Oberon is a neighbor to humanity, its resources tempting but often guarded by and shrouded in the wildness of its origins. Followers of Jeremiah often say to, “Respect the gifts that Oberon’s nature grants us, but do not trust them to be any less mercurial then he and his ilk”. In Jeremiah faith Oberon is as much the trickster lord as he is the physical representation of its most primal and untameable aspects, things to be respected but ultimately avoided rather then sought out for the betterment of the community and family as a whole.
Urelia: The Lady of Light is both the best friend and most ardent ally of the faith with Urelia’s followers protecting the Jeremians from outside threats that might seek to harm them while the Jeremians in turn provide food, healing, and repairs to their gear as thanks for their work. It is rare to find one of these faiths without the other and in many instances preachers have intertwined their stories together, painting them as friends, colleagues, and even lovers to show the bond these 2 have to each others affairs. The fact that neither of these individuals lived at the same time as one another has done little to stop this habit and for the most part either church does not mind so long as neither impunes on their goals nor besmirches the truth of their actual history.
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