There are many varied and unique religions in the Great Underground
Empire. Some of these are ancient and obscure, while others are simply
strange and confusing. The following is a description of the known
systems of faith, followed by various rituals of unknown origin. For
the identifiable religions, the reader is directed to their respective
entries: world in The One Eru, Belegur, the Sacred Scrolls of Fizbin,
the Scrolls of Kar'nai, Brogmoidism, Temple of Zork, Four Flies of
Famathria, Oracle of Bargth, The First Inquisition, the Second
Inquisition, Zorkastrianism (Gods of Emotion, Yoruk), Bel Naire Temple,
Shrine of the Six Muses, Demons, Pseudo-Gods, Supernatural and
Fantastic Wayfarers Association, Alchemy, and perhaps even Magic could
be added to that list.
In the tenth century certain temples were used for prayer and certain
other religious ceremonies. All that is known about these temples and
the beliefs of the worshippers within is that those who intruded in a
sacriligious violation of the ceremonies would be killed by priests
bearing dangerous sacred ornaments.
The followers of the evil Krill who assumed control of Largoneth castle
held religious ceremonies in a huge primitive temple in 956 GUE. Krill
was known to use the altar in the temple as a site for human sacrifice
to a hideous statue that represents some unknown demon.
A loyal cult has built up surrounding the ancient legends telling of
the creation of the world by these Implementors, who supposedly created
this world and others like it as a test for others of their kind. The
Implementors, known to reside on the Ethereal Plane of Atrii, do not
discourage these rumors that the world was created by them as a
plaything, but they do not seem to the overly creative types. On the
contrary, these minor deities spend all of their ample free time on
costly luncheons where gossip and sweet nectars flow freely. (For more
information, please see the entry on the Implementors.)
If we look at several seemingly unrelated sites around the world, it
seems that the last few centuries of the Age of Magic might have seen
the development of a monotheistic belief system. The first indication
of the existence of this religion is a fresco found in the Fenshire
summer castle of the Flatheads. This fresco depicts the death of
Duncanthrax in an optimistic light: the first king of the Flathead
Dynasty is shown rising to heaven accompanied by a host of angels. This
theme is repeated in engravings that mark the tomb of the Twelve
Another aspect of this specific religion is that particularly holy men
were elevated to the status of Saint. Known examples are Saints Balhu,
Foobus, Honko, Quakko, Bovus, and Wiskus, all patron saints of various
aspects of daily life (see individual entries). Some of these saints
were greatly admired by the populace. Saint Foobus for instance had a
beautiful shrine in his honor built deep underground. Complete with a
stone statue of the saint, this shrine was probably more than Foobus
Shrines like this were not the only site of worship for the believers
of this faith. At least two churches existed in the last century of the
Age of Magic. However, the church in Festeron, Antharia, did not have
as faithful a congregation as the church in Thriff. For example, when
Thriff was threatened by Christmas Tree Monsters in 966 GUE, the church
was filled day and night by believers engaged in silent prayer to their
god. Services at this church were performed at an altar and led by
Cardinal Toolbox. The nature of the rank Cardinal suggests that this
religion was governed by an extensive hierarchy, with Cardinal being at
or close to the top of a pyramid of people dedicated to serving their
god. It should be noted that the nature of this god is still not
The ruins of an age-old castle in the Eastlands are home to one of the
strangest discoveries of our time. Deep inside this castle lies a
ruined temple to a forgotten god. Black basalt pillars line the way to
a tall basalt idol in the form of a huge rodent. This idol, about
twenty feet tall, has sharp fangs and one staring opalescent eye.
Chroniclers of magic have noted that this crudely carved idol was the
hiding place for one of the Cubes of Foundation. This idol might have
also been the object of animal sacrifices fed to a temple snake. An
interesting facet of this religion is that the temple snake was too
well fed. Its pride grew, and in declaring itself the greatest of
snakes, it was forced to swallow its own tail in mimicry of the true
master of serpents.
There are many random relics and assorted historical notes that hint at
the existence of complete religions that remain unknown to us. What
follows is a list of these fragments:
- The 883 GUE edition of this Encyclopedia, in the entry on the
Four Fantastic Flies of Famathria, mentions a flyswatter as a
ceremonial object from circa 671 GUE.
- Fublio Valley, home to dozens of enchanters, is the site of a
cairn, or rock pile, of mysterious magical or religious significance.
- Lord Nimbus is the unsympathetic Pseudo-God of Rain described in
the platypus Legend of Wishbringer. Legends of many of these so-called
gods are found all over history.
Idolism: The Miznia Jungle in the Westlands is the location of a stone
idol, carved in the likeness of a giant crocodile. This monstrous idol
is approximately the size and shape of a subway train, not counting the
limbs and tail. The maw hangs wide open, its lower jaw touching the
ground to form an inclined walkway lined with rows of stone teeth.
Attempting to traverse this walkway will cause the mouth to close,
leaving the victim inside the idol, without an exit. There are two
possible explanations for the existence of the idol. It could have been
a sacrificial tool to an ancient god, or, according to an old legend,
it could have been built by the evil Y'Syska as a trap to guard the
Crocodile's Tear, which rested on the idol until 966 GUE.
Flatheadia: None of the Flatheads were particularly religious, but that
did not stop Dimwit from building the largest chapel in all of Quendor.
Our researchers have not yet been able to discover exactly what the
faithful at this chapel were supposed to be worshipping.