Valdorian Age - Rising Power on the Frontier
The Temple of the Seven
The grandest temple to the The Old Gods stands in [[Gold’s Reside | Gold’s Reside]]. A semi-circular building, it has large shrines to all seven gods leading off from the main hall of worship. In these shrines are statues that have achieved legendary status among the people – the stories of these statues only become more fantastic with each passing year, since so few outside of The Fifty have glimpsed the inside of the temple.
It’s said that the statute of Pythos is made of platinum and silver; the one of Erebos is of gold and diamonds for his eyes; the one of Kypris of gold with rubies for her nipples and fingernails; the one of Anyu of iron but the hilts of his four swords hold one of every gemstone known to man; the one of Enodia of obsidian with platinum wire for her hair and black opals for her eyes; the one of Poteidan of silver with emeralds set in his hair and in tow lashes he holds; and the one of Aides of black gold with a halo of pure gold (no one is certain what black gold is, but everyone is confident it would fetch a high price from the usurers).
Behind the temple is a long low building, 300 feet long and made from dark granite. High-grown trees overshadow this building and each corner is fifteen foot talk statue of Aides. The middle of the building’s roof is open to the sky. This is the Ossuary, which provides a final resting place for the bones of the departed nobility. In the rest of Elweir the bereaved enshroud their dead and deliver them to the rivers for burial (or else the city guard unceremoniously dumps unclaimed bodies in the river). The Fifty, however build a pyre in the middle of the Ossuary, the smoke rising through the hole in the ceiling and then they lay the scorched bones to rest in a small hollow in the Ossuary’s walls. Sometimes they include a piece of jewelry or other small, beloved possession with the bones. Closing this resting places is a stone block engraved with the name of the departed.