(I’m nervous writing such a long worldbuilding passage, but here goes!)
The Paladin Cult is comparatively new religion, and thus lacks the storied cultus of older, established ecclesiarchies. Pontiff Zohran, a former official of the Firewalkers (the Flamekeeper being one of the gods responsible for the Paladin’s ascendancy) and first Pontiff of the Paladin Cult set some ordinances down in his widely copied and distributed work ‘This New Era: The Ascendancy of Man.’ This human-centric interpretation of the Paladin’s godhood and war-ending displays of might was quickly rebutted by dozens of religious figures of the other divines, but the perception of the Paladin as a uniquely human deity has remained in public perception, if not in the Paladin’s actual deeds or words (though at least one human has ascended to godhood before, and the origins of many of the divines are not clear).
Worship this close to the Paladin is very different than might be found in a newly erected shrine to him, being more focused on venerating his deeds and words than sermonizing on what his deeds and words might mean. A number of artifacts from his life are housed in a large, but plainly decorated sanctum. Meditation begins at sunrise, and worshippers begin their journey with a solumn prayer to the divines while gazing upon the standard of the 3rd West Army. It is but a ragged blue cloth, but it symbolizes the thousands of men and women who perished before Chonchubar’s eyes on the day his cry of pain and righteous wroth and sorrow pierced the spirits of the gods.
Oh divines, hear our cry, turn away from our sorrow no more, breathe once more into your servant… The full prayer is about ten minutes long, but is typically repeated five times.
The middle of the day is Lessendrumea, a somewhat more lively ceremony that parallels the Paladin’s victories and especially his stunning defeat of the War Fury Lessendrum, who he put to a deep sleep with a soothing song, and saved many thousands of lives without any violence at all. A small number of sacred hymns are sung, and a short account of the encounter is spoken in a responsive reading. The story encourages his followers to be both brave and gracious, as well as calling upon his power to help them to become so.
Sundown is a time for the ringing of the White Bell, an extremely facinating artifact used in the Paladin’s most powerful cleansing rituals. It does not carry any particular power outside of his hands, but the sound is both painful and beautiful to hear, and many cannot stand to hear it without covering their ears. After it is rung, and the sound finally dies out, some excerpts of the Paladin’s most famous speeches against evil are read. The warning that followers of the good should be always vigilant, is the final word of the night.
Aulexis’ favorite time is the White Bell ceremony. She enjoys the searing pain of the bell, and likes hearing about fighting evil.