Sacrifices

The Primordials are not often worshiped openly in Calopius, and are broadly considered the enemies of the Trisdekatheon. Nonetheless, they are worshiped in secret or on the edges of the civilized world. There also exist practices to ward off the forces of these wicked deities. Accusations of cannibalism, humanoid sacrifice, and other tainted rites. Those wishing to placate them or earn their favors are forced to do so in secret, save a few brazen gladiator cults. Ladon’s hidden dragon cults rarely make sacrifice, instead espousing a draconic temperament, hoarding wealth, amassing power, and dominating enemies with secret plots and arcane power.

  • Gaia : Humanoid sacrifice, or sentient being.
  • Ladon : Snake (5 gp), Tortoise (3 gp), Horse (200 gp)
  • Proteus : Wolf (300 gp), Owl (10 gp), Stirge (30 gp)

The high-throned Trisdekatheon watches over the world taken from Gaia in the Cosmomachy. It was they who instituted the standard of burned sacrifices, burning the fat and bones on an alter while distributing the roasted meat for consumption by priests and the pious observers. Priests of the Trisdekatheon conduct their sacrifices on consecrated altars near the columned temples of these deities, or more secluded shrines in the wilderness. For those too busy to observe their own sacrifices, an appropriate donation of gold with a 20% convenience tithe can be made to the priests, who will invoke the deities on your behalf in your absence.

  • Xiphios : Hecatombe of Bulls (10,000 gp), White Bull (100 gp), Hawk (18 gp), Spotted Sheep (20 gp), Griffon (8000 gp)
  • Aedai : Red Heifer (75 gp), Thrush (1 sp), Black Rabbit (2 gp)
  • Grandfather Time : Pig (10 gp), Ram (12 gp), Yearling Calf (50 gp)
  • Thalattos : Two Pigs (20 gp), Gray Ox (60 gp), Four Pigeons (8 sp)
  • Thesmaphora : Goat (6 gp), Fattened Sow (14 gp), Dried Grains (5 cp)
  • Parthaenae : Sheep (20 gp), Raven (2 gp), Cow (50 gp)
  • Pallas : Duck (2 gp), Fair-haired Goat (10 gp), Pig (10 gp)
  • Sylvia : White Heifer (70 gp), Black Sheep (10 gp), Nightengale (5 sp)
  • Polumachos : Red Bull (80 gp), Ox (50 gp), Wolf (300 gp)
  • Cytherea : Dozen Fish (2 gp), Octopus (25 gp), Dove (7 sp)
  • Purosphuros : Pig (10 gp), Pigeon (2 sp), Cow (50 gp)
  • Zagrius : Fattened Cow (55 gp), Pig (10 gp), Cup of Wine (2 sp)
  • Haestai : Turtledoves (3 sp), Goat (6 gp), Duck (2 gp)

While lacking thrones in the Palace of Heaven, the Hupotheon are nevertheless powerful gods in their own rights, who were born into their immortal vigor. Their demands and interests vary wildly, from the strict Thantadeus to the meek Hebe and Ganphoros. Sacrifices are conducted in rituals nearly identical to those of the Trisdekatheon.

  • Thantadeus : Raven (2 gp), Black Bull (90 gp), White Ram (15 gp)
  • Eleusinia : Orchids (5 cp), Sheep (6 gp), Songbird (5 sp)
  • Asklepios : Snake (5 gp), Toad (2 cp), Falcon (40 gp)
  • Anxi : Eagle (80 gp), Cup of Wine (2 sp), any sacrifice stolen from another temple
  • Hebe : Lark (6 sp), Grapes (4 cp), Sheep (6 gp)
  • Ganphoros : Rabbit (2 gp), Grains (1 cp), Goat (8 gp)
  • Vikae : Swan (15 gp), Pig (10 gp), Heifer (50 gp)

Once mortals, the members of the Anthrotheon represent a hope in greatness for Calopenes. Each of them through great deeds, whether heroic or villainous, earned a place among the gods in the realm hereafter. Most of the heroes worshiped in this way do not have a large priesthood, though sacrifices can still be made to them on roadside altars and before statues.

  • Aedikles : Ox (50 gp), Goat (8 gp), Crow (1 gp)
  • Basilus : Sheep (6 pg), Chicken (1 gp)
  • Calydonia : Boar (70 gp), Deer (30 gp), Rabbit (2 gp)
  • Belleros : Snake (5 gp), Basil and Thyme (3 cp), Goat (8 gp)
  • Taitalan : Owl (10 gp), Weasel (2 gp), Fox (8 gp)
  • Spartarchos : Boar (70 gp), Ox (50 gp), Sheep (6 gp)
  • Thebarchos : Pig (10 gp), Goat (8 gp), Duck (2 gp)
  • Nethana : Raven (2 gp), Octopus (25 gp), Bat (10 gp)
  • Thenius : Ox (50 gp), Bull (70 gp), Ram (12 gp)
  • Araxnia : Spider (25 gp), Stirge (20 gp), Bat (10 gp)
  • Nosius : Fish (1 sp), Goat (8 gp), Sheep (6 gp)
  • Pius : Sheep (6 gp), Seagull (3 gp), Cow (50 gp)
  • Nestor : Snake (5 gp), Goat (8 gp), Songbird (2 sp)
  • Mikroxenos : Fattened Sow (14 gp), Cow (50 gp),
  • Haemon : Octopus (25 gp), Pig (10 gp), Seabird (5 sp)

Patrons of their cities, the Sophotheon has dedicated priest-statesmen who guide the local politics. Their sacrifices are often conducted at civic centers, for the good of a city rather than the favor of a particular deity.

  • Cleobulus : Pigeon (2 sp), Weasel (2 gp), Sheep (6 gp)
  • Solon : Rabbit (2 gp), Goat (8 gp), Pig (10 gp)
  • Chilon : Rabbit (2 gp), Octopus (25 gp), Pomegranate (3 cp)
  • Bias : Goat (8 gp), Sheep (6 gp), Stag (65 gp)
  • Thales : Cow (50 gp), Sheep (6 gp), Snake (5 gp)
  • Pittacus : Bull (75 gp), Goat (8 gp), Pig (10 gp)
  • Periander : Sheep (6 gp), Raven (2 gp), Cow (50 gp)

The Muses receive offerings from artists hoping to earn their inspiration, or scholars working in their respective fields. They have few real priests or priestesses, necessitating a journey to find one who can oversee the offering. For many, this journey miraculously provides the inspiration they need and sought, and the sacrifice becomes one of thanks instead of request.

  • Calliope : Falcon (40 gp), Sheep (6 gp), Saffron (5 sp)
  • Clio : Goat (8 gp), Rabbit (2 gp), Chicken (1 gp)
  • Euterpe : Songbird (2 sp), Calf (30 gp), Heifer (10 gp)
  • Erato : Pair of Doves (14 sp), Paired Ram and Sheep (14 gp), Paired Bull and Heifer (125 gp)
  • Melpomene : Hare (2 gp), Bull (75 gp), Turtle (3 gp)
  • Polyhymnia : Goat (8 gp), Sheep (6 gp), Pig (10 gp)
  • Terpischore : Deer (30 gp), Fish (1 sp), Seagull (3 gp)
  • Thalia : Raven (2 gp), Ram (12 gp), Pig (10 gp)
  • Urania : Duck (2 gp), Deer (30 gp), Ram (12 gp)

Sacrifices

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