Temple of Knowledge

Deity: Quill, Quilian Knowais

The worship of Quill is divided along racial lines into two temples that share doctrine and belief systems but do not share organizational structures. These are the human Temple of Knowledge and the gnomish Temple of Learning. While there are many gnomes within the Temple of Knowledge and more than a few humans that serve the Temple of Learning, the racial-geographics tend strongly towards one favoring their own local version of the temple. In fact, one might even say that the Temple of Knowledge is not so much a human institution as it is a geographically Milean one, as all Quilian temples near the Inner Sea and most of those within the old borders of Miles are from that organization.

The Temple of Knowledge

Alignment: LG

The Temple of Knowledge has no central administration or overarching leader, but rather is governed by counsel of the most important clerics within it. These counsels are called synodam quat’anulis or four-year synods. They are held at a temple of Quill with enough space and wealth to put up all of the delegates; this honor usually rotates amongst the various temples capable of performing it.

The temple itself is not under the regulation of any kingdom, but provides important literary services to those in which it operates. Each of the temple-complexes serve as something akin to a Hierean monastic house; they often hold land and peasants as well as generate a fair income from tax-grants and other tolls. The primary product of these temples is, of course, books and literate clerks to serve in government positions. In this they rival the similar production of Hierean foundations.

Many charters are written as joint efforts between Quilian scribes and Hierean justicars or peacewards. The temple does not generally serve the laity outside of scholars (which it embraces and often allows to live on the premises in order to consulate one of the great Quilian libraries). The inner cult of Quill consists primarily of scribes, secretaries, and scholars. Those who have not been initiatied into the inner cult are not able to walk on the grounds of the inner-compounds where the libraries and writing workshops are kept, thus allowing the temple of Knowledge to act as a gatekeeper to the scribal and scholarly professions.

The new Milean empire in particular houses a large number of Quilian temples, mostly found in or near large cities, though there are a few that have been granted lands in the countryside to establish themselves there. Quilian clerics are known as Loreseekers, while the more important of their ranks are called Lorekeepers. The heads of each semi-independant temple complex (who normally comprise or send the delegates to the synods) are called Loremasters.

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Temple of Knowledge

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