Each of the Four Gods has an established church spread across the planet, with differing degrees of organization. There is no central authority for any of the churches, but there is a wide degree of uniformity of ritual and practice. Religious practice is based around supporting and promulgating the values and goals of each god. Followers that are successful in this are reincarnated in higher forms, and those that fail in lower forms. The eventual goal is to be born into a sentient elemental form on the outer planes. It is expected that it takes hundreds of lifetimes to accomplish this. There is no greater terror than the trapping of the soul or the prevention of reincarnation.
Normally each god is worshiped by members of their associated race. This is not always the case, however (see Heterodoxy below). There is no obligation for any individual to follow any god, and many Godborn reject their heritage. There is a formal stance of complete tolerance among all the different churches: there is no attempt to forcibly convert or prevent the worship of another god. This does not prevent old-fashioned prejudice or discrimination, however, and who knows what may happen in less civilized lands.
Aatash, God of the Sun and Stars
Aatash calls his worshipers to bring light, both literal and metaphorical, to the dark places in the world and in the heart. Worshipers seek out, protect, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and learning of all kinds. The light of Aatash enlightens, protects, and heals.
Religous practice is highly ritualized and complex. These rituals have developed over many centuries and take many years of study to master. Ceremonies typically feature reading from ancient texts or complicated mathematical calculations.
Aatashi religious leaders are often those who have built great libraries, conducted important research, or are famous teachers. Less frequently they are great explorers or dedicated healers.
Religious orders: the Chroniclers is an order of monks dedicated to recording the events of each passing day. They are often sought out as scribes for courts.
Domains: Knowledge, Light
Sukun, Goddess of the Sea and TranquilitySukun calls her worshipers to bring peace and calm to individuals and societies alike. Worshipers strive for tranquility within themselves and to extend that tranquility to places of strife. The waters of Sukun soothe, relax, and untangle the knots of conflict.
Religious practice is based around the proposition and then resolution of a conflict. There are a number of traditional dilemmas with similarly traditional solutions. The leading priest offers the problem, and members of the congregation give the proper response.
Sukuni religious leaders are those who have negotiated ends to longstanding feuds or conflicts, or who have brought different groups together to work on a common task.
Religious orders: the Blue Depths are a completely pacifist order that refuse to do lasting harm or kill. The are highly respected.
Domains: Life, Nature
Zamin, God of Earth and Preservation
Zamin calls his worshipers to create, build, and come together. Worshipers strive to create new things, tangible and abstract, and to protect and repair those things that have already been created. The solid ground of Zamin provides an unmoving foundation upon which to build.
Religious practice is communal and typically involves the entire community. The rituals involved are unchanged since the dawn of time.
Zamini religious leaders are those who have built great structures or organized the community for some important task.
Religious orders: the Guardians are an order of highly-sought after bodyguards. They are highly trained to use both martial and divine powers to safeguard their charges.
Domains: Life, War
Tugaya, Goddess of Air and StormsTugaya calls her worshipers to change the current state of things, both inside and outside themselves. Worshipers seek out new experiences and flow with the changing weather. The chaotic winds of Tugaya carry one to fascinating new places, and provide a way to shatter ossified traditions and prejudices.
Religious practice is free form and always different. There is set leader of a service – professional priests serve only to inspire new ideas and prevent the community from becoming attached to particular activities.
Tugayani religious leaders have upset long-held traditions, triggered revolutions, or destroyed great buildings. Some have even made their reputation inventing new fashions or dance crazes.
Religious orders: no permanent ones. Orders come and go with the seasons.
Domains: Tempest, Trickery
Cults: followers of the Paragons are organized in loose groups known as cults. They are dedicated to promoting the values of the chosen paragon. These are widespread, influential and powerful. It is common to worship one of the Four Gods and also be a member of a cult.
Called: some Godborn are called to worship a god other than the one that created their race (for example, a Zamini who is called by Tugaya). These individuals are often personally conflicted and are sometimes social outcasts.
Dragons: the Dragons claim to be gods, and demand worship. Most Dragonborn worship the Dragons as gods. This is one of the greatest heresies among the Godborn.
Druids: the Druids worship the four elements themselves, rather than the gods. They bring together all powers without full devotion to any one deity, and their interests are often less than divine. Most importantly they use their awesome control over the weather to maintain the magically augmented food supplies that sustain civilizations across the World. Their goals are often enigmatic, but they are not above using their leverage for political and economic influence.
Godfearers: some Dragonborn worship the Four Gods rather than the dragons. They are generally not welcome in the formal churches and typically improvise their own rituals and worship practices.
Sajit: an anachronistic order of knights that worship all four gods. Their code is “We honor Aatash; enlighten the ignorant.
We honor Zamin; keep true to the oaths you forge.
We honor Sukun; promote peace.
We honor Tugaya; liberate the oppressed.”
Lunar mythology: some heretical Aatashi claim that Aatash has a double nature – the Sun and the Moon. They explore darker paths to understand this other side.
Zamin’s Shadow: some heretical Zamini claim that Zamin has a double nature, embracing both creation and destruction.