Return of the Annunaki
Temple of Amaditi-teratsu
See also: Amaditi-teratsu (deity – sky and creator goddess), Rimija (south), Belem (west), Minata (region), Tian Xia (continent), and Minatan Pirates (social influence)
LG Large Town (monastery complex)
Corruption -2; Crime +0; Economy +1; Law -1; Lore -1; Society +5
Qualities academic, holy site, tourist attraction
Population 3,750 (2,200 humans, half-elves, and half-orcs; 400 tengus; 350 halflings; 250 wayangs; 50 samsarans; 500 other)
- Guru Master (LG male elderly tengu cleric 2/monk 5), Uchiko Ikaiyu
- High Priest (NG male middle-age samsaran cleric 6), Nguyen Po Ti Puran
- High Guardsman (LN male half-elf inquisitor 2/monk 4), Ilistaeriel Omoranagi
- Acolyte of the Common Folk (NG female wayang adept 8), Twilaka Duskcaller
- Trade Captain (CG female half-elf expert 4/warrior 3), Aldaisariel Imrikyo
- Master Lorekeeper (N female human cleric 3/monk 2), Omra Tami Liona (Tian-Dtang)
- Master of Spells (N male tengu air elementalist wizard 6), Imisiya Osharo
- Master of War (LG male elf fighter 2/qi gong monk 4), Naiko Elmivarein
Base Value 2,200 gp; Purchase Limit 10,000 gp; Spellcasting 8th
Minor Items 3d4; Medium Items 2d4; Major Items 1d4
This temple monastery complex is a combined martial arts school, temple complex, a small private academy, and dockside trading market, with a small resident population mostly composed of helpers who assist in the day-to-day needs of those in the complex. Some residents of Rimija tend to move to the temple citizenry, and vice versa, during each generation – and aside from the long-term monks and clergy who spend most of their lives inside the walled enclosures of the complex, there is also some emigration from the surrounding region, with many cultural elements coming from far-away Vudra, mostly through Nagajor.
The patron goddess, Amaditi-teratsu, is well known by tengus, and especially tengu monks from Vudra and Minkai (north of Minata in Tian Xia), where lore regarding the goddess is thought to originate. Various lore is taught regarding several air and creator goddesses, some with similar stories, and some with widely varying historical and philosophical doctrine, with the most well-known and widely circulated religious text called the Treatise of the Star Mother. Most scholars agree that Minkai regional myths, along with pantheistic Vudrani lore, are the origin of the goddess, Amaditi-teratsu, and that she is most likely an aspect of Desna. Tengus, the most likely race to worship her besides humans, say that her lore began long before it was brought to Tian Xia from Vudra, where she is worshiped as a potent creator goddess, and deity of the sky and sacred breath (akasha).
Such temples are not simple churches for clergy, but also martial arts training monasteries, as well as a substantial population of help-staff, dockside traders, and a peasant demographic that considers itself at least somewhat protected by living aside a martial arts complex. Because of its increasing numbers over the last few years, and the old wealth of locals who wish their children to have a meaningful education, have paved the way for an academy in the monastery complex, currently in its final stages of completion. While the state of mind in this large town is that of a small village with a bustling temple, its growing population and increased exposure to outsiders due to rising trade is worrisome for some leadership in the temple complex. Its primary leadership (Guru Master, Uchiko Ikaiyu) is not swayed by these fears, and seeks to make the temple complex an oasis of peace in an otherwise incredibly turbulent region, one in which they have the unique opportunity to protect a single small region. With tenuous ties to the local Minatan Pirates (specifically, the most honorable and diligent of the pirate clans, the Clan of the Seven Brazen Suns) for trading needs and intelligence sharing, and with some missionaries taking leave on ships to other Tien lands, and even to far-off Vudra, there is a fair amount of travel to and from the temple complex by a segment of the citizenry.
In addition to the temple, training monastery, small but growing academy, and dockside markets, the temple clergy and monks also protect a sacred relic of the sky goddess, called the Step of Potence. This piece of earth is a crystallized “footprint” which appears to be a flattened space on the surface of an otherwise jagged stone slab, and when viewed from different angles, the strange and colorful reflections inside the flat space appear differently; the footprint of a bird-like creature, and of a beautiful maiden’s slipper, the impression of a single feather, and the image of a luna moth. The relic is housed within the temple, in a much-revered sacred space, only entered by those pure of spirit who are cleansed and purified in a rite which lasts one hundred days, and contained in a protective glass chamber.
Many scholars and theologians believe this relic is evidence that Amaditi-teratsu is the same deity as Desna, while other theologians argue that many philosophies of the goddess and her clergy, especially the lack of traditions related to wanderlust and travel, show evidence that Desna is not the same, and that Amaditi may even share some characteristics with that of Shelyn, and others. Many clerics in Minkai believe their nation is the origin of her lore, while others claim that Vudra is her origin, and devotees of Desna in the Inner Sea claim it impossible for either to be true. What is certain in all of this, is the easy-going and pure-hearted nature of the priests and the goddess’ monk protectorate, and the membership of this temple feel no need for such definitions, representing an amalgamation of a variety of other cultures. The monks train in a spiritual thread of martial arts, blessed by guru-priests several times daily, anointed in an ochre oil each night, and highly specialized in a wide variety of exotic weapons. Similarly, any combat training of the clergy is often conducted by monks and fighters from a wide variety of backgrounds. Along with deep theological and philosophical coursework available for interested students, the academy teaches religious and secular subjects, including primary/secondary schooling on subjects of mathematics, war theory, history, linguistics, markets, and the arts, for students up to a limited age (15 years of schooling, or 25 years of age for humans), at which point collegiate students often seek work in the temple complex, or abroad.