The most impressive of Languard’s landmarks, The Father’s Hall is an immense structure—perhaps the largest in all Ashlar. Standing fully 70-foot tall it dwarfs the finely appointed townhouses of the wealthy and the various other places of worship scattered throughout the city.
Dedicated to Conn (LN god of community, family and rulership) the cathedral serves not only as a place of worship, but also as a law court. Here, the Lawgiver’s priests sit in judgement upon those accused of both major and minor transgressions against the Duchy’s laws.
With an impressive stepped entrance dominated by carved statues of Conn in his various guises, the cathedral comprises four separate law courts arrayed around a central, cavernous hall of worship. It stands in the middle of a walled compound containing an almshouse, a prison for those awaiting trial, housing for its priests, staff and visiting pilgrims and so on. Beneath it, extensive catacombs pierce the earth. Their full extent is unknown to all but the priests who tend them, but is nevertheless a matter of conjecture—not least among Languard’s thieves who idly wonder what burial goods may lie interred within.
Hundreds of folk live, work at and visit The Father’s Hall. Most are nothing more than ordinary folk—cooks, labourers and so on. Scores of minor priestlings also dwell within. Some folk, however, are particularly noteworthy:
- High Priestess Hannele Auvuenen (LN middle-aged female human cleric 9) The ultimate arbitrator of Conn’s wisdom throughout Ashlar, Hannele is arguably the second most powerful individual in the kingdom. She is reputed to be able to recall the worthy from Death’s domain.
- Teuvo Eskola (LN middle-aged male human cleric 6) One of Conn’s Arbiters, Tuevo is a stern, rigid fellow obsessed with the rule of law as written in Law and Duty. A traditionalist, he often clashes with the more liberal Nuluani Sehiater over punishments for wrongdoers.
- Nuluani Sehiateir (LN female half-elf cleric 6) Nuluani has dwelled in the Father’s Hall for almost 40 years. Approaching middle-age she has seen much and has come to believe she would make a fine replacement for Hannele when the time comes. To this end, she has build a network of alliances within the clergy, and is politically influential both in the cathedral and the surrounding city. A skilled communicator and orator she is one of the most well-known of the Hall’s clergy.
Languard is the capital city of Ashlar and closest settlement of note to Gloamhold’s benighted halls. This is a first look at the location, which will appear in its final form in Town Backdrop: Languard which will be published by Raging Swan Press in early 2018.
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