The Nine-fold Church of Orthodoxy

The Nine-fold Church of Orthodoxy or the Novemites for short are the religious body in charge of the regulation of "official' religious thought on the continent of Aver. This Church is almost exclusively concerned with blasphemy and demon worship and pays little attention to the governing of the people of Aver. Despite its limited scope, the Church holds vast power, as all governments and most individuals pay a tithe.

The church employs vast organizations of inquisitors and clerics who spend most of their time searching for heretical thought or demon worship and stamping it out with impunity. No one is immune to their investigations, from the lowliest peasant to the highest king. That isn't to say that the powerful have no pull. corrupt officials are a reality of any large group, and the Novemites have their fair share.

The rules of the church are relatively simple: an individual must believe in the existence of the Nine gods and accept their orthodox teachings. Likewise the individual cannot worship any entity outside the official Nine and their attendant Saints and Angels. To not believe, or to believe in the wrong gods is a death sentence. The church's only true concern is heresy.They leave the enforcement of any moral codes to the individual governmental systems. However, they do on occasion make suggestions, and at least one representative of the Church sits on any political council. 

The Nine-fold Church of Orthodoxy

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