Name: The Wise Wolf of Starlight Titles/Aliases: The Wise Wolf, The Wolf of Stars, The Moon’s Sister, The All-Knowing Wolf, The Night-Eyed, She Who Walks On Moonlight, Moonwalker Domains/Values: Wisdom, Insight, Protection, Community, Family, Discipline, Honor, Benevolence, Humility Alignment: Neutral Good Appearance: When the Wise Wolf chooses to appear in the world, her presence is accompanied by a number of supernatural phenomena. She always appears at night, during a full moon. When she is about to make her appearance, all the stars in the sky will disappear and a rain of silver will shower down from the moon, and upon this shower will she manifest as she descends to the ground. She is seen as a massive wolf, differing in size depending on the occasion, although she has never been seen standing less than twenty feet tall from front paw to shoulder. Her pelt is described as “being made of starlight” by those who have seen her and her eyes are “a deep and infinite black” like the starless night sky that heralds her coming. SummaryThe Temple of the Wise Wolf was established by Lord Aasa of Cannund after his fateful face-to-face encounter with the divine beast. It is a religious organization dedicated to praising and serving the Wise Wolf of Starlight, who they believe to be a patron deity who favors and blesses the city of Cannund and its people. After the original Temple was established, its missionaries would begin to travel outward into the surrounding regions, spreading the word of their beloved Wise Wolf. The Wise Wolf is a divine creature embodying Honor, Wisdom, Benevolence, Family, and Discipline, and her worshippers seek to emulate those values in their lives and endeavors. She actively finds favor and supports communities where these values are widely practiced, and will offer insightful guidance on practically every trial her worshippers might encounter: how to make the most out of a scarce harvest, survive a harsh winter, fend off a powerful foe, and much more. It is for this divine guidance that she is named the Wise Wolf. History of The TempleIt was on the night of the Festival of Unity in the city of Cannund that the Wise Wolf first made her appearance. As the full moon reached the peak of the night sky, one by one, each glimmering star flickered out into nothingness until all that remained was unfathomable darkness surrounding the pallid majesty of the moon itself. From the great moon there came a shower of silver which graced the city of Cannund and its people, bringing with it a cool breeze like to the gentle gusts which blew through the grassy fields mid-spring. Upon this shower, there shimmered into existence the form of a massive wolf with a pelt made of starlight and eyes as black and infinite as the night sky hovering overhead. The wolf descended into the square of Cannund and sat before the bonfire, staring across the flames at the Councilman known as Aasa Ventris. Then, before all the citizens of Cannund, the wolf spoke to Aasa. From that great maw came a woman’s voice, though every word was heavy with her divine being, so that though she spoke with a calm and soothing canter, her voice had a way of humbling and silencing every man, woman, and child present. The wolf praised Cannund for its strength and integrity, stating that she had followed them since the time that they were but a handful of tribes. However, she expressed her disappointment in their efforts to take control of the surrounding villages, expanding their influence and power through dominance. There was a rebellion forming amongst the villages, and though the Silver Council of Cannund was preparing to crush the rebels, the wolf urged them to abandon the prospect; to release the villages from their control and grant them independence. In return, she would continue to support Cannund and its people, offering her powerful mind and insightful wisdom in all their trials and tribulations. Aasa spoke with the other Councilmen, and it was not long before they decided to follow the wolf’s suggestion. Pleased, the wolf departed back into the night, and as the moment passed and the stars returned to the sky, the people of Cannund found themselves changes forever. From that day, Aasa Ventris was a man changed, praising the “Wise Wolf” and praying to her constantly, sometimes hours a day. After he became Lord of Cannund, he would go on to establish the Temple of the Wise Wolf, which would profess a doctrine to the people of Cannund which emphasized Wisdom, Honor, Benevolence, Family, and Discipline as values to live by. The Temple taught that the strength and integrity of one’s mind and heart was more important than their physical strength or power. As Cannund prospered and the Wise Wolf continued to support them, the Temple would begin sending missionaries out to spread the word of the divine beast, teaching that if one learned to live by their values, then the Wise Wolf would offer her insight and guidance to them as well. Worship of the Wise Wolf spread and the people of Cannund grew to love her, going so far as to adopt her image as the official coat of arms for the city. The Teachings of the TempleIn the Temple of the Wise Wolf, the priests constantly profess a doctrine that puts a great deal of emphasis on the five Chief Values of the Wise Wolf of Starlight, which are as follows: Wisdom, Honor, Benevolence, Family, and Discipline. Teachings within the temple are simple, consisting of stories and lectures containing lessons about one or more of the Chief Values. The temple is run rather loosely, with the only written rules dictating the Temple ways are the Tenants of the Followers and the Tenants of the Teachers, the former acting as a general expansion upon the Chief Values for temple followers and the latter governing how hierarchy within the temple is managed. The Tenants of the Followers A Follower of the Wise Wolf is to seek out Wisdom in all matters; to understand that the power of the mind is stronger than the power of the body. A Follower of the Wise Wolf is to act in Honor at all times; to keep to one’s pledges, to remain loyal to one’s fellows, and to turn away from deceitful ways or acts. A Follower of the Wise Wolf is to treat others with Benevolence at all times; to offer their excess to those less fortunate and to assist those in need when they are capable of helping. A Follower of the Wise Wolf is to protect and serve one’s Family throughout their life; to provide for and see to it that their sons, daughters, spouses, fathers, and mothers are cared-for and safe. A Follower of the Wise Wolf is to maintain Discipline at all times; to finish a job once started, to resist the urge to stray from one’s duties and obligations, and to consistently steer away from things that might stray them from these Tenants. The Tenants of the Teachers There are to be two positions within a Temple to the Wise Wolf, which are as follows. a. The Priests or Priestesses, whose duties include (but are not limited to) maintaining the grounds of the Temple, managing stories and lectures, accounting for the donations and expenses of the Temple, providing missionary work to areas lacking a temple, and seeing that the members of the Temple are fed, clothed, and sheltered. b. The High Priest or Priestess, whose duties include (but are not limited to) providing the Followers of the Temple with stories and lectures at least once a week in the evening in order to teach them the ways of the Chief Values, assign Priests and Priestesses their duties and seeing to it that they are completed, communing with the Wise Wolf in meditation and prayer, and relaying messages from the Wise Wolf to the rest of the Temple and Followers. When one becomes a Priest or Priestess, they are to renounce all material possessions and live in the temple. They no longer can own any material items and are to use robes, tools, and coin that are property of the Temple. There is to be only one High Priest or Priestess in a Temple. The position is for life, so that a High Priest or Priestess will serve the Temple and the Wise Wolf until the day they die. When a High Priest or Priestess reaches a certain age, one of the Priests or Priestesses will be visited in a dream by the Wise Wolf, announcing them as the next High Priest or Priestess. The High Priest or Priestess of the chosen Priest or Priestess’ Temple will also receive this dream, so that one cannot claim a fraudulent dream. This chosen Priest or Priestess will then begin to serve the High Priest or Priestess directly and learn the ways of communing with the Wise Wolf and how to channel the power and guidance of the Wise Wolf. When the High Priest or Priestess dies, the chosen Priest or Priestess that was serving and learning from them will take their place. If any Priest or Priestess fails in their duties, breaks any of the Tenants, or lives in discordance with the Chief Values, the Wise Wolf will visit the High Priest or Priestess in their dreams and decide the fate of the failing Priest or Priestess. If any High Priest or Priestess fails in their duties, breaks any of the Tenants, or lives in discordance with the Chief Values, the Wise Wolf will personally make an appearance to publically strip them of their title and power. The Wise Wolf will typically leave the offending ex-High Priest or Priestess to their peers for them to determine their fate. The Ways of The Temple Garb amongst members of the Temple is typically kept simple. Priests are given a set of robes to wear. They are neither thread-bare, nor luxurious, but comfortable. These robes are typically brown or gray, with a badge on the front of the symbol of the Temple: a silver wolf’s head. In the cold seasons, Priests will wear an extra layer of robes and a wool cloak over their typical garb. High priests are differentiated only in that they wear black robes with silver sashes. Common Sayings and Phrases: “Go with the wolf.” – A common short phrase spoken as part of good-byes; wishing someone protection in their journey. “May the Wise Wolf guide you.” – A typical prayer/phrase of good will, often said in departure or as an ‘amen’. “By the Moonwalker!” – A common phrase of exclamation. “May the Night-Eyed find you.” – A politely spoken curse/phrase of ill will, the Wise Wolf’s title of ‘The Night-Eyed’ speaking of her soul-piercing and humbling black eyes. “O Wise Wolf of Starlight, Praise be your insight, your wisdom, And your divine benevolence. You are the All-Knowing, The Moonwalker, The Night-Eyed, Our divine patron. Guide me to knowledge, Guide me to wisdom, And guide me to prosperity. May the Wise Wolf guide me.” – The most commonly uttered prayer by followers of the Wise Wolf upon every full moon. The PremonitionsIn the Temple of the Wise Wolf, it is believed that during a pivotal time, the Wise Wolf will visit all of her High Priests at once in a dream to warn and/or guide them. These moments are incredibly important to the history of Cannund, its people, and the followers of the Wise Wolf and typically are the beginning of immense changes or grand events. There have, so far, been two Premonitions throughout the history of Cannund. The First Premonition was the dream received by the Shamans of the First Tribes, in which they saw all of their tribes gathered together under a full moon. This was the dream that convinced them that their tribes must meet together in peace and join forces. The Second Premonition was recent, in which the High Priest of the Cannund Temple of the Wise Wolf and the Shamans of the Wildblood tribes received a vision of an immense dark cloud that proceeded to swallow up both the region of Neronyr and the city of Cannund. The Shamans and Priest urged their leaders to meet in peace and discuss a treaty, for fear that the coming darkness may destroy them both in their weakened, war-ravaged state. After peace was reached was when the monsters of Neronyr’s depths began to immerge. These all-important Premonitions are now recorded in the archives of the Temple, and it is taught amongst the followers of the Wise Wolf that such warnings and visions from the Wise Wolf should be heeded without hesitation.