The Dying Age
Divine Sanctuaries are the vernacular name given to the collective worship of Ingiel Half-Divine and his daughter, Phaethe. Ingiel Half-Divine, called The Shaper by some, is the Heavenly Intermediary; his priesthood offers to broker heavenly intercession for those deemed worthy. Their services are expensive – commoners have been known to derisively call his clergy “Miracle Men” and charlatans – but those who can afford to pay the fees swear by the results. Offerings made to Ingiel in tandem with those made to other gods are commonly believed to be more effective than a prayer to just one or the other.
Phaethe’s priests and priestesses are better-loved in the streets; The Healer’s clergy maintain the best magical and non-magical hospitals in the Dragon Empire. No sick man or woman within their power to heal is ever turned away from a Divine Sanctuary, though all are made to pay for Phaethe’s services with either gold or labor.
Divine Sanctuaries can be found anywhere men and women live together in at least moderate numbers; moreover, Phaethe’s priests are required to spend at least one year of service making pilgrimages throughout the smaller communities of the Dragon Empire. Though many of these wandering priests are rewarded for their service with postings to temples in larger towns that boast nicer amenities, some wanderers request to continue their journeys. These wanderers believe their mission is their calling, and spend their days ensuring all men and women have access to healing, albeit infrequently.