We revere the Sisters, women from the near-mythical Age of Saints whose works are lodestars of goodness and virtue. The Sisters order our lives: we erect churches to honor them, we hold feast days in their name, and we seek their blessings for hearth and home. But how much do we truly know about them, about the women behind the saintly shrouds? There are some historians who suggest the stories we tell of the Sisters are little better than fairytales, that many of these saints have a dark and complicated history that has been whitewashed over the centuries. A few scholars suggest these women never existed at all, that the entities we venerate as saints are, in fact, demons who use the trappings of religion to control us. No matter the truth, we must at least acknowledge that light cannot exist without dark.
@jesseross and I are putting together a standalone book for the Trophy RPG (the game and its many expansions are currently featured in each new issue of Codex). One of the things we’re going to do with this book is include numerous tables that help flesh out the world Trophy takes place in. Keeping with the spirit of Trophy as a community project, we’re going to be crowdsourcing many of the elements that go into these tables. We already have a number of these crowdsourcing threads underway, any of which you can still contribute to. They can be found in this master list:
For this installment, we’re learning about the Sisters, saints whose veneration comprises most of the religion in the world of Trophy. We’re looking for one type of entry here, though each entry needs to have key pieces of information:
- Name of the Sister
- The profession or organization she is the patron saint of
- At least 1 rite that group performs to honor her
- A dark, little-known aspect of the Sister or her history
NOTE: Please avoid anything that feels like sexual predation or that is misogynistic in nature. We won’t print such things.
You can submit as many entries as you wish. By submitting here, you agree to let us use your contribution in the Trophy standalone book and PDF (you will be credited as a contributor). Submissions should be fairly brief (just a few sentences). Here are some examples:
“Evelyn the White, patron saint of doctors and nurses, is routinely honored by the wearing of pristine, white garments. While she is today associated with saving lives, during her time, which was the bleak Era of Occlusion, she was known for the exact opposite: mercy killings to those left desperate by the apocalyptic wars that defined those years.”
“Clarithe, patron saint of glassblowers, is worshipped in only one place: the Cathedral of Light in Ambaret, an artistic marvel of delicate glass sculptures. But few know the true story: long ago, a wealthy man was so distraught by the death of his wife, Clarissa, he had artisans build a glass replica of her body, inside of which were arranged her bones and internal organs, a grotesque that was then displayed for any and all to see. Over the centuries, this tale became warped, until the glass ‘Clarissa’ became the saint ‘Clarithe,’ who so admired the glassblowers, she commissioned them to create a reliquary for her parts after she died.”
“The woodsmen who venerate St. Fyonne hold a feast in her name before felling a particularly old tree. This rite is significantly tamed from Fyonne’s time, when she required that any tree taken from the forest to serve man must be balanced with the sacrifice of an equivalently old person who was given over to be feasted upon by beasts.”