Trumps of Winter
[GM note: Because my world is all-homebrew, this means homebrew pantheons which are likely unfamiliar if you haven’t been playing with me for ages. Therefore I stress that roleplaying religion is highly optional. If you see a god you like and would like to mess with I’ll throw some basics your way. Otherwise, feel free to just invoke the gods in a crowd like any pantheist might.]
Lokvan spirituality is only partly about “faith.” Most Lokvans know there are a multitude of powers at play in the worlds. They may be local presences such as beast-spirits and ancestor-ghosts, or grand figures such as the “astral gods” of higher divinity and the “elemental gods” said to have built the world. Large public temples are frequently crowded with all manner of icons, allowing visitors to venerate whoever they might choose. Lokvans pray, as any practical person might, to whatever god or gods are most likely to oversee their current needs. But people or families or organizations might take a patron deity above all. A mercenary band might venerate the iron discipline of Goryador, the grand temple of Kailir indicates the patron goddess of the city of Vilira, and a wealthy family might keep a shrine to Yalichem.
Religious practices by race vary by culture (the races are not monocultures), but the following stereotypes are generally accurate:
Humans: Usually pray to the Seven-and-Twenty, the astral divinities of often abstract forces.
Halflings: The small ones pray to anyone willing to listen. Halfling religion recognizes a thousand gods: all those known to other faiths, and a great number overlooked by anyone else.
Dwarves: Recognize the elemental gods, whose dwarven aspects are revealed by the names of glyphs.
Elves: Consider themselves descendants of the stars; their astral pantheon is associated with the sun, the moon, the planets, and the fifteen signs of the zodiac.
Holy Ones: Almost always acknowledge whatever faith they are connected to by means of their semi-divine blood.
Tieflings: Prone to adopt whatever faith reflects their individual backgrounds.