Grove

Organization

The organizational name for the church and worship of the deities of the Elven/Eladrin pantheon, Sha’murel, Latellian, Korash and Shalonwe. A married pair dedicated to Sha’murel always stands at the head of the Grove and serves as the authoritative voice for the Court of Salves in the Coronal’s council, though they themselves work with their brethren high in standing with the other gods. The chief adherents of Korash often have much to do with the Court of Swords, and those of Shalonwe are found as often in the Court of Scrolls. Latellaeani can and are found almost anywhere.

The worship of the deities is interlinked and managed cooperatively amongst adherents of all the pantheon, for both unspoken and codified standards prohibit the sole worship of a single deity. Even the clerisy who serve one before the others acknowledge that without the balance provided by the wisdom and teachings of all it is impossible to find true grace. Behind the prohibition is a darker past when in the Dawn Age the children and Houses most fiercely committed to but one part of the pantheon brought strife to one another and harmed the fortunes of the race as a whole. Some whispers suggest that those early followers of Korash dedicated to the Wild Hunt were associated with acts of savagery against other sentients…

For these reasons the Grove as a church is distinct from the faiths of other pantheons because the majority of its initiates do not hold one god in reverence above the others. Those that do are bound by careful orthodoxy in their words and deeds to ensure the unity and cohesion of the faith are not threatened. The minority that find themselves drawn to one over the others are usually of a House that traces descent back to that god or have had some other powerful personal experience that brings them to identify with one over the others.

Worship

Established Groves are maintained cooperatively by the clerisy, with a slow sweep of cycles mimicking the seasons and the rise and fall of the Great Houses in prominence determining what stories are told and rites performed. With the recent reconnection with the Feywild the ideology of the Seasons has become more prominent in the services over the past two hundred years, but these are still pale reflections of the more dramatic changes wrought in the practices of their Eladrin kin.

Regular ceremonies are usually simple affairs that consist of short recitation of fables and moral stories of the gods’ and early heroes’ actions with preached interpretation followed by food, drink or other revelry meant to cement communal strength. Personal ceremonies are also frequently observed for changes related to one’s Calling, familial status (birth, death, adoption, reaching adulthood) or personal milestone (completion of a major work, important birthdays, return from long travel and the like) and are observed by the celebrant, cleric and whatever friends and family are invited.

Major Festivals

The seasonal festivals at the eqiunoxes, solstices and change of seasons are lavish and solemn affairs that typically last for several days and re-enact epic tales of the gods, heroes and mystics throughout the ages. Pageants, plays and parades are common and serve to reconnect the entire community with the truths of the world the gods provided. Feasting is common at the seasonal changes, whereas the equinoxes and solstices are observed with more spirituality.

Sites

Buildings are rarely used by the Grove, instead the towering sentinel trees of Elven cities or Feywild forests are grown and cultivated over hundreds of years into pristine places of beauty. The spaces are typically ringed by series of trees and hedges in concentric circles surrounding a carefully tended central lawn with a spring, pool, stone, or other beautiful natural feature at their center.

In the woods or Feywild with less population to maintain it a Grove could be exactly that…or any other clearing or natural site that is pristine and has enough space for at least a few to gather and observe some rites.

Grove

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