Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #136
May 16th, 2023
Name: Monastery of the Passage
Location: In the Ulu Maug roughly halfway between the Citadel of the Five Passages of Night and the Heliostat Citadel
Population (approx.): 180
Brief: Over the course of time on Aenwyld, worship of the Six has ebbed and flowed, the aspects worshipped changing in concept and appearance to their faithful (thus these composite deities are sometimes referred to as “masks”). At the height of the Ta’arnan Empire, as the Six turned on each other, one splinter church arose that adhered to both Light or Day and Darkness or Night as a single circular whole, named the Passage. Their priests and holy warriors raided, with success, both the Citadel of the Five Passages of Night (#34) and the Heliostat Citadel (#69) to show them the errors of their divided worship. “The two must be one,” their battle cry. As the Empire collapsed and Ta’arna became the Wastelands, the two sites declined in power, thus, with their mission complete, the Monastery shrank as well as people passed on or wandered away. A small number of the faithful remain to maintain the Passage and spy upon the remnants at either citadel.
Geography: The Monastery of the Passage is built upon a mesa in the center of the Ulu Maug range, just a bit southwest of the Enshrouding Mists (#32). A curtain wall, built about the edge of the mesa, encloses the entire site which is mostly abandoned. The central temple and adjacent dormitories are still occupied. Brothers and sisters tend small fields and gardens, as well as herd goats and sheep in the hills, and hunt deer and predators in the higher elevations. Travelers of any church (but Light or Dark) or no affiliation are welcome but are rarely encountered.