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Temple District

Teeming with churches, shrines, and the headquarters of various religious orders, the Temple District is a strange hodgepodge of good and evil. The Priory of Introspection and St. Valien’s Cathedral are found here, as is the strange mutation-seeking Temple of the Ebon Hand cult. From large temples to minor shrines, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of places for individuals to worship.

Temple DistrictThe Temple District is a relatively small section of Ptolus centered around worship and religious faith. It is bounded by the King’s River to the south, North Gate Road to the west, Carver Lane to the east, and Golden Elm Way to the north. Some folks claim that it extends all the way to the Necropolis wall in the east—and certainly the area east of Carver Lane focuses on burial needs and other religious-related matters—but officially, that is a part of Midtown.

The Flavor of the Temple District
In many ways, the Temple District is the most exotic of all the districts of Ptolus. The strange music and chants of rites to unknown gods waft through the incense-laden air. Couriers bearing holy writs brush past self-flagellating monks and street preachers hoping to bring salvation to the unconverted. Almost on a daily basis, one religion or another hosts a procession, parade, festival, or other public spectacle.

As its name suggests, the Temple District comprises mostly temples. On the famous Street of a Million Gods that runs through the district, virtually every building is a church of some kind. And other streets hold plenty of temples as well—in fact, some of the largest and most prominent ones, such as St. Valien’s Cathedral and the Priory of Introspection, are situated elsewhere in the district.

While ambling through the streets here, one can’t help wondering what the definition of a temple actually is. Although most people would characterize it as a building dedicated to the worship of a god, some temples do not fit that description. These places, usually monasteries, focus instead on an ideal, belief, or concept. For example, the aforementioned Priory of Introspection is dedicated to the nature and value of the female psyche.

But of course, not every single building in the Temple District is a temple. Some are locations like the Hall of Heroes, where statues of famous adventurers are displayed together. Some are religious support facilities, like priestly dormitories or small markets for temple personnel. There are homes, both for priests or other temple workers and for regular citizens—especially the more religious-minded of them. There are also religious shops
that sell holy symbols, holy water, sacred oil, incense, prayer beads, and so on. Tombstone carvers and makers of crystal vessels set up shop in
the district as well. Finally, one will find the sorts of buildings any district requires: a Watchhouse, Firehouse, and the like.

Locations in the Temple District

Taggert's (143) - The tavern that is a temple, or the temple that is a tavern—either way, Taggert’s serves drinks to patrons and pays homage to Lapuard,  God of the Keg. For some, this a favorite spot in the Temple District: a place to relax and forget about the competing faiths all around, or the stress of attempting to serve one’s god and one’s congregation  t the same time. For others, however, the place is a sacrilege, where even something as simple as drinking a mug of ale becomes a ritual dedicated to a god they do not revere.

Taggert, the follower of Lapuard who built the temple/tavern over one hundred fifty years ago, left the establishment to his daughter who, in turn, left it to her son, the current owner. His name is Pevan Shamus (male human), a tall, good-looking man in his early forties. Like his grandfather and mother, Pevan is a devout follower of Lapuard. He accompanies every round of drinks with a short prayer of thanks to the provider of alcohol, which Lapuard’s followers credit for the dawn of civilization and the difference between intelligent people and beasts.