Cult of Manann

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Priest of Manann

The Cult of Manann is the organised worship of the God Manann.

Overview

Manann is the God of Sea and Rivers, the son of Taal and like his father embodying a powerful force of nature. [1a]

The moon Mannsleib or Beloved of Manann is believed by the cult to influence the tides of the oceans. [1b]

History

Holy days

Holy Books

Locations

Every dock in the Reikland has a shrine to the god. [1a]

  • Marienburg: The city is the seat of the High Priest and the centre of the Cult. [1a] A huge cathedral to the god rises at the south end of Heiligeiland (Holy Isle). Over two thousand years old, its cornerstone is said to have been laid by Marius following his victory over the Fimir. It had to be rebuilt in 1602 IC after being burned down by Bretonnian mercenaries. The new building is faced in bright white limestone with three tall bell towers sheathed in gold in imitation of Manaan's great trident. The great altar is carved from a single stone and according to legend, Marius himself stood atop of when he proclaimed the foundation of the city and its loyalty to Manaan. Behind the altar, rather than a statue of Manaan the curving wall of the apse holds a large glass window that gives a view into a vast aquarium, a gift from the Phoenix King in gratitude for the cult's support of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce. [2a]
  • Salkalten: A great temple to the god, which was spared from the Storm of Chaos when Manann sent a storm to force the hordes of Chaos inland. [3a]

Orders

Priests

Although there is a High or Arch Priest, there are very few Lectors or Arch Lectors, the individual Temples being allowed to govern themselves. Many of the clergy are ex-seamen and marines. Warrior Priests of the cult are often found on board imperial warships or patrolling river boats and also advise Admirals of the Empire. [1a]

  • Wouter Berkhout: Arch-Priest of Manann in Marienburg at the beginning of the 25th century IC, he has not only has tremendous religious authority and a member of the Directorate but he also commands a force of a dozen warships and several companies of fanatically loyal templar-marines. [2a]
  • Egbert Huibers: Master of Novices - responsible for training the templar-marines of the cult in Marienburg. [2a]

Sub Cults

Many smaller cults worship a specific aspect of Manann. [3a]

  • Manhavok: Worshipped in a few villages in Stirland, far from any salt water - they await the time when the sea cleanses all the lands. [3a]
  • Manult: Lord of the Bounty of the Sea who finds worshippers in fishermen all along the coasts of the Empire and up the River Reik all the way to Carroburg. [3a]

Strictures

Many of these are sailors superstitions and individual priests decide which they favour. [1a]

  • Obey your Captain. [1a]
  • Never look back to port when departing. [1a]
  • Never kill an albatross. [1a]
  • Do not embark on a voyage on the thirteenth day. [1a]
  • The first fish of a catch or the first coin of payment must be thrown in the sea. [1a]

Symbols

Priests of the cult wear blue-grey or turquoise robes. [1a]

  • The Albatross
  • A Five pointed star. [1a]
  • The Trident. [1a]

Quotes

Here we stand in the centre of the cult that made Marienburg what it is - all that we are, we owe to the Lord of the Waves and Storms!

~ Priest of Manann.[2a]

Gallery

The gods & goddesses of the Old World
Old Faith - Rhya - Taal - Ulric - Manann - Morr - Verena - Myrmidia - Shallya - Ranald - Handrich - Stromfels - Khaine - Sigmar - Lady of the Lake - Lucan & Luccina - Ursun - Dazh - Tor - Esmeralda

Sources