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Asmodeus' unholy symbol.

The Administrative and Civic Center of Ravounel, colloquially called the People's Temple and formerly known as the Temple of Asmodeus and Temple of Aroden, is the largest temple in Kintargo and government capitol of Ravounel. It dominates the Temple Hill district.[1]

History

The People's Temple began life as a cathedral dedicated to the now dead god Aroden.[2] After the Thrune Ascendancy, the newly empowered Thrunes were quick to convert the temple to their deific patron with a diabolic sacrifice of the now half-mad clergy of Aroden. This gave birth to the powerful undead herecites that now guard the belfry.[3]

After Ravounel's independence, the new regime voted to turn the Temple of Asmodeus into the government capitol and officially renamed it the Administrative and Civic Center of Ravounel.[1]

Appearance

The temple's towering dome and belfry rise high atop Temple Hill overlooking the rest of the district. Its once graceful façade has been converted to the new Chelish style, reinforced with brutal iron and magically altered to add images of devils and hellscapes.[2] The temple is a circle 300 feet in diameter[4] and topped by an impressive 200-foot-diameter dome primarily supported by five enormous stone ribs. The centre of the temple beneath this dome descends in pentagonal terraces to the central altar.[5] A blot of permanent darkness enshrouds the southern part of the central nave, and surrounding it are separate areas for living and other mundane temple activities.[4]

The People's Temple is currently undergoing renovation, but progress has been slow due to the lack of agreement between squabbling stakeholders concerning its new architecture.[1]

Clergy, congregation, and inhabitants

Despite its size, the Temple of Asmodeus has never been popular in Kintargo. Designed to seat hundreds for its profane ceremonies, the nave is rarely host to more than a few dozen followers.[6] The temple is led by High Priest Corinstian Grivenner who, rumour has it, is the secret lover of Aluceda Zhol, high priestess of the nearby temple of Zon-Kuthon.[2] The temple's clergy include a variety of powerful priests and associates, including the Varisian harrower Zella Zidlii[7] and the mysterious vishkanya sorcerer known only as The Gardener.[8]

The Temple of Asmodeus also boasts a variety of fiendish defenders, including host devils,[9] hell hounds,[10] barbed devils,[11] and even a powerful ice devil, to name but a few.[12] The Temple also boasts a host of construct defenders, including blood,[13] clay,[10] and rare stained-glass golems.[14]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ron Lundeen and Stephanie Lundeen, et al. (2019). Tomorrow Must Burn, p. 63. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-191-7
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Crystal Frasier. (2015). Kintargo. In Hell's Bright Shadow, p. 68. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-768-0
  3. James Jacobs. (2015). A Song of Silver. A Song of Silver, p. 36. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6
  4. 4.0 4.1 James Jacobs. (2015). A Song of Silver. A Song of Silver, p. 38. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6
  5. James Jacobs. (2015). A Song of Silver. A Song of Silver, p. 37. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6
  6. James Jacobs. (2015). A Song of Silver. A Song of Silver, p. 39. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6
  7. James Jacobs. (2015). A Song of Silver. A Song of Silver, p. 44. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6
  8. James Jacobs. (2015). A Song of Silver. A Song of Silver, p. 50. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6
  9. James Jacobs. (2015). A Song of Silver. A Song of Silver, p. 42. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6
  10. 10.0 10.1 James Jacobs. (2015). A Song of Silver. A Song of Silver, p. 55. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6
  11. James Jacobs. (2015). A Song of Silver. A Song of Silver, p. 43. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6
  12. James Jacobs. (2015). A Song of Silver. A Song of Silver, p. 48. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6
  13. James Jacobs. (2015). A Song of Silver. A Song of Silver, p. 47. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6
  14. James Jacobs. (2015). A Song of Silver. A Song of Silver, p. 51. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6