Religion Writing Guide (RP Basics)

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Religion Writing Guide







He believed. No matter what they said. No matter what they did. He alone believed.
They said he was dreaming. They said he was imagining it. They said he was crazy.
But he knew. Oh, he knew the truth.
Then it happened. Another.
He was sceptical at first. But they listened to him so intently. Hung off his every word.
Then another believed. And another.
Before long he had a following.
They stopped saying he was dreaming, imagining it, or that he was crazy. At least when he was around.

Then the miracle happened. Surrounded by his amassed following… It had answered him.



WHERE TO BEGIN…

So you're writing a religion? Maybe a complete culture that includes practices of faith? Where do you start?

Before the Divine can manifest itself, or its followers even consider blessings, a religion must exist. Whether you are writing the next sun cult, blood cult or even bread cult, there are basics that will need to be covered. From who’s who, to ritual structures. No matter how much you may wish to skip them, these steps will vastly improve your own and others' enjoyment of your faith. They may even help your religion stand the test of time.




PUBLIC FORUM DOCUMENT

Your forum post about your religion should give readers an overview of your religion, covering the basics that the average worshipper may know or share with those who ask. It should be kept short and to the point, providing all with enough information to understand what the religion is about. You can save the philosophical debates for another post.

Some aspects this base document should cover:


  • Names: of the religion, of what is being worshipped, of ranks, of notable figures, etc.
  • Descriptions: briefly describe what is named, particularly what is being worshipped. Each deity or concept should have a major theme.
  • The primary goal of the faithful: purge corruption, bring about the apocalypse, combatting greed, living in harmony, etc. Does each deity have separate goals?
  • Laws of the faith: this could come in the form of commandments, fables or secret code.
  • Ceremonial practices: are prayers communal or more solitary, are there sermons or hunting trips, how are ceremonies performed from marriage to ordaining priests, etc.
  • A brief history: how did the faith originate? Did it have roots prior to now, or did a prophet receive divine visions?
  • Iconography: what symbols represent the aspects of your religion, and why? What are the deeper meanings behind these symbols?
  • Dress code: Are priests expected to wear specific clothes, and is this only during ceremonies or at all times? Perhaps there is a tattoo that marks those of the faith.
  • Notable creatures or being identified with or within the faith or culture: perhaps angels and demons are present? Perhaps domestic animals are revered? There may even be myths Or legends of heroes defeating monsters. Or perhaps something completely new.
  • Links to any further works or posts, be they character posts or creature lore submissions, or anything else.

Do not worry if you have not covered every point straight away. You may always come back to this post and update it where and whenever it is necessary.
The forum section for beliefs and cultures can be found
here.

These documents or written works are what will largely be known by characters. While they can be posted to the forums, to better assist immersion, these works can be copied and pasted into Minecraft books. Once the book is written and finished, the book item can then be adjusted via /edit. If you intend to sell the books via FRP's shop plugin, it is suggested that you at least /edit name [insert name] to give your book a unique name that will be visible in the store menu.

This section does not apply to all, however. If your religion focuses on the spoken word, known as oral tradition, there may be very little else to have publicly visible or known.

If however, your religion functions covertly, keeping further details hidden from the public, it may still have some public information in the form of puzzles, codes or riddles.

Otherwise, like most faiths, there will be something written by the faithful. Be it The Holy Word, given unto them by divine revelation, or a collection of fables teaching the faithful right from wrong. This is also the time to add those philosophical works, or some guides on the deities and how ritual practices are performed.



Take a moment. Test drive your religion. Play it. Have some fun sharing it with others. Find where things need improvement.

By this stage you should have the basics of a functioning religion. Before you proceed much further the religion should be up and running. Characters should know of the faith, or maybe even its influence on the world by now.




A FOR EFFORT!

Yes, even if you are making that bread cult for the glory of our Lord and saviour, Yeastus. Put some god damn effort into it! It is worth it. Even comedians do not half arse jokes. Commit to it.

The next post, found here, will detail how followers may go about Manifesting their deity's will within Enarion.



Written by: LeonFrostfire
A big thank you to all of those who assisted in the post!
 
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