Church of Chauntea
Chauntea's priests tend to be folk of all races who have a deep love for the land and an appreciation of natural ways and balances, seeing humans and other intelligent life as part of an ongoing series of cycles. They tend to be gardeners or farmers by trade and training and have an increasing appreciation for the beauty of plants that brings them at last to the veneration of She Who Shapes All.
Chauntea is spoken of as "Our Mother" or "the Mother of All" by her clergy. They know that she is very powerful in a quiet way—and like her, they tend to be quiet and patient in their ways. Many members of her clergy are female. In the communities in which they dwell, they are known for their wisdom and appreciated for their willingness to freely (without fee or obligation) tie up their skirts and pitch in when agricultural work must be done, especially where farmers are ill or injured.
Though Chauntea's faith has some large, impressive temples and shrines whose granaries ensure that food for all is abundant in their vicinities, the backbone of the Earthmother's faith is composed of small, local temples. Often these are seed-storage caverns near pure wells. Chauntean services are also held in open fields and druid groves.
Chauntea's church has two wings: standard clerics who minister to the faithful in towns, cities, and civilized areas, and druids who work in more outlying regions. With the success of the town priests, the druids have been moving farther and farther afield. The relationship between the druids, who call themselves "True Clerics of Chauntea," and the more civilized clerics is cordial, but at times strained. The druids have always venerated Chauntea, and consider the more recent city disciples to be upstarts. The more civilized priests, in turn, feel that the druids' day is done, and while druids are still useful in wild lands, the rising nations need and organized, professional faith controlled by a more reasonable and rational clergy. The percentage breakdown of clerics and druids in the clergy is about 40% clerics and 50% druids. Mystics and shamans, who work alone outside of either wing of the church and report only to She Who Shapes All herself, comprise only 5% of the priesthood together, and monks, who are always allied to a particular temple or druidic circle's leader, round out the remaining 5%.
- 1 Clergy Titles
- 2 Dogma
- 3 Day-to-Day Activities
- 4 Holy Days/Important Ceremonies
- 5 Major Centers of Worship
- 6 Affiliated Orders
- 7 Priestly Vestments
- 8 Adventuring Garb
- 9 Economic Ties
- 10 The Church of Chauntea
- 10.1 Depictions of Church of Chauntea
- 10.2 Clergy of Chauntea
- 10.3 Temples to Chauntea
- 10.4 All Worshipers of Chauntea
- 10.5 Campaign Appearances
- 10.6 Membership
- 10.7 Areas of Activity
- 10.8 Organization Relationships
- Rank 1: Close One
- Rank 2: Watchful Brother or Watchful Sister
- Rank 3: Fruitful Bough
- Rank 4 (Level 8-9): Trueseed
- Rank 5 (Level 10-11): High Worshipmistress
- Rank 6 (Level 12-13): Harvestmaster//Harvestmistress
- Rank 7 (Level 14-15): High Harvestmistress
- Rank 8: Onum
Chauntea's faith is one of nurture and growth. Agricultural sayings and farming parables dot her teachings. Growing and reaping, the eternal cycle, is a common thread in Chauntea's faith. Destruction for its own sake, or leveling without rebuilding, is anathema to the church. Chauntean priests are charged to nurture, tend, and plant whenever and wherever possible; protect trees and plants, and save their seeds to that what is destroyed can be replaced; see to the fertility of the earth, but let the human womb see to its own; and to eschew fire.
Priests of Chauntea are charged to learn—and pass on to others, both fellow clergy and laity—all they can of horticulture, herblore, plant types, and plant diseases, and to encourage all civilized folk to enrich the land by replanting, composting, and irrigation, not merely to graze or dig it bare for what it can yield and then pass on. They replant trees wherever they go, root out weeds that strangle and choke crop plants, and till plants back into the soil. They strive to let no day pass in which they have no helped a living thing to flourish.
Clergy of Chauntea are encouraged to work against plant disease wherever they go. They often hire nonbelievers to helf them burn diseased plants or the corpses of plague-ridden livestock to prevent the spread of sickness. They keep careful watch over such blazes. Chauntean clerics do not like handling fire but are not forbidden to use nonmagical fire.
Chauntea encourages her faithful to make offerings of food to strangers and those in need, freely sharing the bounty of the land. It is also said that money given to one of her temples returns to the giver tenfold. Worshipers should plant at least one seed or small plant-cutting a tenday, tend to it faithfully for as long as possible, and see that their own wastes are always tilled back into the soil to feed later life. Any extra seeds yielded by plantlings should be taken to a temple of the goddess for distribution to the less fortunate.
Holy Days/Important Ceremonies
Every day should begin with whispered thanks to Chauntea for continued life and close with a prayer to the setting sun, from whence (Chaunteans believe) the Great Mother sends her power. Prayer to the Great Mother must be made whenever things are planed, but should otherwise occur when worshipers are moved to do so by the beauty of nature around them, which they are always encouraged to notice. Prayer to the Golden Goddess is best made on freshly tilled ground, farmland, or a garden, or failing that, at least at a well or a watering place. Chauntea listens best to those who enrich the ground, so before prayer many priests bury wastes, dispose of the litter of civilization, or plant seeds.
Few ceremonies of worship fall at set times. Passing one's wedding night in a freshly tilled field is held by Chaunteans to ensure fertility in marriage. Greengrass is a fertility festival, wherein uninhibited behavior and consumption of food and drink is encouraged. The much more solemn High Prayers of the Harvest celebrate the bounty Chauntea has given a community and are held at different times in each community to coincide with the actual harvest of crops, rather than precisely on Higharvestide.
Major Centers of Worship
Goldenfields, a vast, walled abbey and farm compound east and north of Waterdeep, is the current pride of Chauntea. The goddess is said to be delighted at the community of more than 5,000 worshipers who till over 20 square miles of contiguous land and outlying buildings on the banks of the Dessarin. The largest and most energetic project undertaken by the faithful of Chauntea, it has become the Granary of the North.
Goldenfields supplanted the older Harvest House in central Amn as the most important center of Chauntean worship, but the ornate formal gardens of the all-female Sisters of the House remain unmatched in the known Realms. However, this smaller temple of Chauntea is being challenged even for its second-place ranking by the smaller but almost perfectly appointed Abbey of the Golden Sheaf in Mistledale, which serves the dale around it with admirable skill and diligence.
While by no means defenseless, the church of Chauntea has no affiliated military or knightly orders. Those who guard its temples and shrines are usually members of the clergy.
Priests of high rank of all types in the service of Chauntea tend to favor white or sun-colored ceremonial robes trimmed in deep forest green and to use staves smoothed by much handling but otherwise natural in appearance. Some such staves are enchanted to purify or promote the growth of what they touch.
Chauntea's clerics, monks, and shamans dress simply and without pretense most of the time. They favor earth tones of green and brown. The druids prefer simple brown robes with high rank denoted only by a belt laced with gold thread or some other similar, precious decoration. The citified clerics, on the other hand, wear and open-fronted brown cloak with more standard garments, like tunic and trousers, underneath. Mystics dress in everyday clothes or robes of more colorful garb in brighter green, yellow, rust, and brown earth tones.
The Church of Chauntea
They can sometimes be found in the temples of Chauntea: Abbey of the Golden Sheaf, Bounty of the Goddess, Bounty of the Goddess (Voonlar), Chaunteas Cradle, Crypt of Chauntea, Elventree Shrine of Chauntea, Felmer's Keep, Glade of Life, Golden Bowl of the Goddess, Goldenfields, Green Lady's Keep, Green Ladys Keep, Harvest Altar, Harvest Hall, Harvest House, Harvest House (Amn), Harvest House (Daggerford), Harvest House (Esmeltaran), Harvest Table, High Harvest Home, House of Bhalla, House of Bountiful Harvest, House of Plenty, Julkoun's Old Mill, Ladys Sheaves, Lastholme, Rose House, Scattered Seeds, Shrine of the Grain Mother, Temple of Chauntea in Hlintar, Temple of the Harvest Moon, Teziir Temple of Chauntea and Tulmon Chapel of Chauntea.
Churches of the Allies of Chauntea: Church of Angharradh, Church of Cyrrollalee, Church of Eldath, Church of Isis, Church of Lathander, Church of Lurue, Church of Mielikki, Church of Selûne, Church of Sharindlar, Church of Sheela Peryroyl, Church of Shiallia, Church of Silvanus
Occupations/Classes/Creatures associated with the Church of Chauntea: Archdruid, Close One, Druid, Farmer, Fruitful Bough, Gardener, Harvestmaster, Harvestmistress, High Harvestmistress, High Worshipmistress, Onum
Depictions of Church of Chauntea
Clergy of Chauntea
Temples to Chauntea
All Worshipers of Chauntea
No Campaign Appearances found for Church of Chauntea
Areas of Activity
Active in: Abbey of the Golden Sheaf, Ammakyl Villa, Anathar's Dell, Anuvien Villa, Archendale, Bounty of the Goddess, Bounty of the Goddess (Voonlar), Chaunteas Cradle, Crypt of Chauntea, Dungar, Elventree Shrine of Chauntea, Esmeltaran, Felmer's Keep, Glade of Life, Golden Bowl of the Goddess, Goldenfields, Green Lady's Keep, Harvest Altar, Harvest Hall, Harvest House, Harvest House (Amn), Harvest House (Daggerford), Harvest House (Esmeltaran), Harvest Table, High Harvest Home, House of Bhalla, House of Bountiful Harvest, House of Plenty, Iriaebor, Julkoun's Old Mill, Kothont Villa, Ladys Sheaves, Lakeside Inn, Lastholme, Old Druids Herbs and Seeds Shoppe, Rose House, Scattered Seeds, Shrine of the Grain Mother, Snobeedle Orchard and Meadery, Tankard and Sheaf, Temple of Chauntea in Hlintar, Temple of the Harvest Moon, Teziir, Teziir Temple of Chauntea, Thesk, Tulmon, Tulmon Chapel of Chauntea, Umbrage Hill and Unicorn Run
Church of Chauntea Events
|Event Type||Venues||Orgs||Event Time||Appearance||Material Component|
|High Prayers of the Harvest||Festival||Church of Chauntea||Annually on Highharvestide||Solemn prayer vigils are held as the harvests are brought in to celebrate the bounty of Chauntea. Though these are held on the last day of the harvest in actual agricultural communities, they are often celebrated in Waterdeep on the day of High Harvesttide proper.|
Church of Chauntea
|Annually on Greengrass||festival of fertility, where uninhibited behavior and consumption of food and drink is encouraged|
|960 DR||the Mageling||Delimbiyr Vale||Church of Malar|
Church of Chauntea
(Waterdeep Presence 4)