Within any civilization there is an element of religion. Belief is at the core of most moral structures as it is in Karn. But to understand the religions of the world you must take a look at the full mythos.
The world was created by three Primes, Sol the Lord of Ignis, Lunara the Lady of Nyxus, and Vorago, the Lord of the Abyss. It is said that these three Primes created the world as a great experiment to see if mortal life could thrive and spiritually grow. This is usually known as the Trial. Each person is responsible for their own part in the Trial knowing that if they fail, they could be responsible for the loss of everything. The Trial makes up the core of the moral compass though each religion after that goes about it in different ways. While the Primes are the greatest of the gods, they are not the only ones. Each created two gods to serve them, after that they sat back and let the world run. Overall the Primes are not worshiped directly, it is generally believed that they do not interfere in the Trial, only their servants are gifted such power. But the core beliefs and precepts are based around the Prime they are associated with.
The Lord of Ignis, is the master of Light, Order, and Creation. He is typically seen as a god of Justice and Beginnings. The Sun, known as Ignis by scholars, is his domain and it is said that he dwells there on a golden throne watching the world with an unblinking eye. A separate myth says that he has a twin sister who he sends to Karn to take care of the sick and help the sick pass on. Sometimes the two switch places and he comes himself to bring Justice to those who have harmed the weak.
The Lady of Nyxus, is the master of Darkness, Chaos, and Life. She is typically seen as a god of Magic and Luck. She is said to be fickle in her affection but devoted to those who are loyal to her. The Moon, known as Nyxus by scholars, is her domain. It is said to be an ever changing magical world where the spirits of all things that have ever been and ever will be dwell. A myth about her is that she has an emissary who speaks to the world on her behalf. A warrior of some kind who is known to bring fear to the unworthy.
The Lord of the Abyss is the master of the Unknown, Decay, and Death. He is typically seen as the god of Lies and Endings. While mostly considered a dark god, he is not considered directly evil, he is just considered the living embodiment of misfortune. Most view him as the dark inevitable end of the Trial. When bad things happen in the world people tend to blame the ‘Winds of Vorago’. The Stars are said to be the many eyes of Vorago who exists in the expanse of nothingness in the heavens. A myth about Vorago is that his chosen people are the Undead, each which hold a piece of his heart.
Most religion is based around three main churches, each which hold two gods for a total of 6 Divines. The 6 Divines are the basis for natural order and most actual worship is either directed at them or at the church as a whole. Within those churches one of the two Divines is usually prayed too as the primary Divine in someone’s life. In general, most people will sometimes pray to other Divines even if they are in a different church.
Usually these are in special circumstances, such as a woman with child praying to Vitalus even though she is in the Church of the Holy Light. While this is not uncommon it is deeply frowned upon for someone to change their primary Divine. Most people of Karn believe that the laws the churches preach are real because there is physical evidence in the blessings. But there is a small minority, who tend to hide their belief that say the blessings are just magical representations of people’s belief and that they come from no divine source. Either way, most people believe in one of three churches.
Church of the Holy Light
The Church of the Light is the main church of the Empire. Its main tenants are based around Order. All things have its place and those who do well in their Trial will be reborn to something greater with a calling of a greater station in life. Those who fail lose their place in this grand hierarchy falling towards the maggots which is viewed as the lowest of the low. Evil is allowing those who are lower than their station to be abused without Justice being merited out, evil is also those of a higher station mistreating those of a lower station. Most view the main flaw with the Church of the Holy Light is that it is unwavering and unmoldable. There is no middle ground for the world is full of black and white, gray is what brings the shadows. The Holy Inquisition of Light is a formidable power in the Empire and many feel repressed by their actions. But the Church also does great things for the poor. The sick are always taken care of and education is paramount. No child of the Empire knows what it’s like to go hungry or to be uneducated in some way. The Church runs all schools and takes care of all the sick.
Divine of Order- All things that have a specific cycle, time being chief among them. This includes laws of the universe but also any law of mortal is considered part of his preview. Justice is part of Order for someone has broken one of his laws. The Holy Inquisition of the Light follow the Laws of Impirius.
Divine of Creation- All non-living and non-elemental things fall within Creation. Any blacksmith, carpenter, poison maker would follow Lumarius. Any nonliving item used to make something, falls within his realm, such as rocks, water, and metal. Lumarius is dedicated to the craft and all those who follow him create in order to praise him. He brings divine inspiration to those who win his favor.
The Church of the Eternal Moon is based around the requirements of life. All life is considered precious. The Church of the Eternal Moon are not pacifists, and they understand that death is part of the cycle, but they believe that life should be preserved at any opportunity. Death can be final, and when it is there is a loss to the world. Intelligent Undead are considered blessed since they are considered an extension of life as long as they do not fall into depravity. Within the Church of the Eternal Moon, honoring ancestors is a key aspect of the religion. Another key aspect is doing better with one’s life each time they lose a Phoenix Stone. It is believed that each time they pass they must become a better person otherwise their Phoenix Stone will become cursed and they will die even if they have the capacity to continue to live. Everyone is part of an ongoing endless journey that changes every day.
Divine of Chaos- The event of Change. Travelers tend to follow Magnis, so do thieves since Chaos represents underlining change in society. Revolts, uprising. Anything that goes against the establishment falls within Magnis’s domain. He is also the choice divine of gamblers, anything with ‘Chance’ falls within Chaos, though he tends only to be invoked when someone has good luck most people consider bad luck to be under Vorago though technically this is probably wrong.
Divine of Life- Anything that is alive, from mortals to animals and plants fall within Life. Vitalus represents the beginning of something. Those that follow her tend to be dedicated to life, many are pacifist but not all and many consider Undead to be holy. Vitalus is widely worshiped by delivering mothers and those who take care of the sick.
Church of the Endless Darkness
The Church of the Endless Darkness worships death. It follows the tenants of Endings; all things are part of a cycle when there is an ending for one a new beginning starts for someone else. Life is considered a story and no one knows the worth of a story till it has ended. How things end is the most important. Each follower of the Endless Darkness follows how their ending will come, a warrior who ends his life in combat had a good ending, a poet who dies after writing his final word of a poem, he had a good ending. But a warrior who dies of sickness in a bed has failed his story and will be forgotten. Undead are considered an affront to this church. Many go out of their way to destroy them, these ‘monsters’ lost their ending. Undeath is not a continuation, their story should be over and instead that end was stolen from them.
Divine of Death- Death is the ending of all things. Where Life represents the beginning, death represents the end. Undead are the antithesis of Death and are considered anathema. Overall Mortese is considered the main Divine of the Church of Endless Darkness, with very few acknowledging Senium, this is mainly because of his acceptance of Undead.
Divine of Decay- When things crumble into nothing they fall into Senium’s path. All the natural destructive forces fall within Decay. As does all ruins and those things that Lumrairus makes, Senium destroys. Undead fall within Decays sphere and are revered as creatures of Decay though most in the Church of Endless Darkness ignore this part. In general, Senium is usually something feared, prayed too so that he will not come.