Fragments of Vessels
Cult of Amina
“It is easy for the outsider to dismiss the priestesses of Amina as heretics and idol worshippers, but the truth of their religion is far more complicated.
Firstly, the hierarchy of the priestess-hood was only composed of women, with no attending men at all. In fact, men were banned from sleeping within the confines of any house of Amina’s clergy, in fear that they would taint the devotion of her followers. It is tempting for many to imagine a group of rebellious, shrill women living by themselves in a commune, helpless and alone, but these caricatures are as false as the rumors of witchcraft that plagued the priestess’ life in their monastery.
The priestess of Amina’s daily life was taken up not only with building, repairing and tending to the actual structure of their church, but also in the tending of gardens, and the recitation of the oaths of Kord. In addition, at the end of every day, the priestesses would hold a ritual sparing match, testing the prowess of their members.
A common thread of confusion among outsiders regarding the clergy of Amina are their sometimes confusing religious perspectives. While they did claim Amina as a figurehead of their church, they did not worship her directly, but rather as a saint portraying the best characteristics of their god, Kord.
Although Kord is widely recognized as a popular deity, the worship of the priestesses in their devotion toward Amina was seen as anathema to the more popular approach to both prayer and gender roles. The sect of worshippers was often run out of whatever town they had taken residence in, and due to this ended up with a structure much like that of a small Vistani church. Several years of wondering found the sect taking refuge in Thornwall, north of the Mithras border. There the clergy took root, and lived in relative secrecy for many years, until tragedy befell their congregation.
It is believed from recorded histories that one of the churches leading officials, Liliana, fell madly in love with a commanding guard of Thornwall named Errolan. The lovers tryst brought unwanted attention to the clergy, and Errolan’s guardship was threatened as a result of the relationship. Both the church and the lovers fled to the neighboring city of Fair Haven.
Much has been mythologized regarding the lover’s of Errolan and Liliana, but history does show that Liliana took up a position in Fair Haven serving under Errolan with the local guard. She remained excommunicated from the priestess-hood for pursuing her forbidden love. ”
-Anton LeVane, Esoteric Religions of Eldon