Cult of Handrich

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Statue of Handrich

The Cult of Handrich is the organised worship of the God Handrich across the Old World. [1a]

Haendryk, as the Wastelanders know him, stands second only to the sea god, Manann in its citizens’ regard. [1a]

Followers of Handrich are quick to claim purview over anywhere that commerce thrives, where people clasp hands to seal a deal and wherever coins are minted and counted. Worshippers include merchants, pedlars, financiers, and caravan guards, anyone concerned with making money through honest trade. Doctrine of the cult teaches that the pursuit of wealth is the ultimate good in life as prosperity for one brings prosperity to everyone. [1a]

He also enjoys a strong following in Estalia and Tilea where mercenary armies make a god of coin a popular figure. [1b]

Festivals

Marktag is seen as a sacred day but there are no festival days. [1a]

History

Marienburg became the centre of his cult with his followers bringing his strictures with them as they traded. [1b]

After the Wasteland seceded, Handrich fell out of favour in the Empire with his worship becomming an affront to the Empire’s bruised dignity. Worship of Ranald filled the void left in his guise as the Dealer. Some even speculated that Handrich may simply be the trickster god playing the long con, something hotly denied by his priests! [1b]

More recently the Cult has been gaining support and popularity in the Empire with merchants seeing the success of the cult in Marienburg as something to emulate. His priesthood have become invaluable to anyone conducting matters of business, offering their services as financial advisers and overseers and witnesses. More and more shrines to Handrich, often combined with established guild meeting houses or banks, can be found across the Empire’s bustling trade routes, though only the largest cities boast dedicated temples. [1b]

The teachings of High Priest Simon Goudenkruin revolutionised the cult as he placed particular importance upon the gods tenet that wealth signifies a worthy character and that anyone can improve their station if they put in the effort. He further argues that anyone who lives in poverty is therefore choosing poverty. He also lossened the rites of initiation, allowing in those who can prove they already hold Haendryk’s favour to purchase priesthood. [1c]

Holy Books

  • All Those Which Gleam. [1a]
  • Die Kunst der Gier (The Art of Greed). [1a]

Locations

Notable

Orders

  • Defenders of Capital: Once a Mercenary Company founded by Katja de Teuling. After her death, they were bought out by the high whilst continuing to serve as effective trade guards for hire, they purview has been expanded to bringing any who deal dishonestly to justice, sending investigators to hunt down con-artists, providing their fees are met. [1c]

Relations

His cult is on good terms with most of the others of the Old World pantheon; the exception being the cult of Ranald, which has cost it too many losses and indignities. Some merchants however worship Ranald as well to give them luck in their business dealings. Handrichans often serve as the financier for other cults. [1e]

They have particularly strong ties with the Cult of Manann, especially in Marienburg where priests of both cults bless voyages to ensure the safety of crew and cargo. [1e]

Strictures

To encourage the flexibility of thought one needs to succeed, his worshippers are encouraged to interpret the strictures as they will, working to exploit their loopholes. [1e]

  • Always Get the Best deal. [1e]
  • Deal in Truth. [1d]
  • No Day Without Profit. [1d]

Symbols

  • Clasped hands. [1a]
  • A coin without insignia. [1a]
  • Warehouse with open doors. [1a]

Gallery

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