Year of the Tiger
Patron deity of Haarlem, the temple in his honor is by far the largest in the city. In general, if another temple expands at all, the clerics of Ioun begin construction on a new wing or a new floor or a new tunnel section. Despite their ironclad dedication to such juvenile oneupmanship, the clerics of Ioun are a good group of people who genuinely care about the city and its citizens.
MembersProminent members of the Church of Ioun include the following: Judge. His responsibilities include: * The building of temple and the consecration of holy ground
- The sending of scribes to other locations in order to gain understanding and knowledge
- The sending of missionaries to build support for the Church of Ioun and convince members to join a caravan and take a pilgrimage to Haarlem.
- The recording of all events in the city, including births, deaths, and marriages.
- The development of required duties for all clerics and other positions within the hierarchy.
- The coronation of King, Judge, and Boss.
- The assignment of the lesser offices, known as Binders. There are typically between 5 and 20 of these officers, with various duties and responsibilites, depending on the needs of the High Binder.
Lady Elantra, the current High Binder, has established 12 binders beneath her to assist her in the tasks her position demands of her, entrusting them with significant power. She manages them well, and the church has grown and developed under her direction. A new temple is even under construction in Breakwall, an impressive development that she has spearheaded.
The temple complex of Ioun is large and complicated, and includes over 25 various parts and wings, including a barracks for Clerics and Paladins, training grounds, a ceremonial chapel, a more austere meditation chapel, a massive library (one of the largest in the world), a cafeteria for the poor, and more.
Ceremonial KiltMany of the popular Local Fashions in Haarlem stem from the clerical orders of Ioun, and are often intertwined in meanings.
- The red kilt, for example, signifies the presence of massive political turmoil in Haarlem, and is often worn during the election of a new Judge. It also indicates the blood sacrifice of the founders of the city and their philosophical descendants. Ceremonies are occasionally performed where the blood of individuals dies the clerical weave a crimson red in commemoration. The dry, bloody cloth is later burned, and black is worn for a few days afterward.
- The white kilt is an indicator of the innocence and purity of unpolluted knowledge.
- The black kilt is worn during times of trial, and indicates pain, sorrow, or ceremonial grief on the part of the bearer.
- The yellow kilt is rare, but is worn by members of the highest offices in the church. It is intended to indicate the glory of the blank page, information stored and storable.
- The green kilt is only allowed to be worn by certain men, including the King, the High Binder and a few others, either of high office or special appointment.