The Mysteria

The Mysteria is the name for the immense temple complex that occupies the northeastern corner of Tanglestone. The name is a plurality; each of the cavernous vaults that contains a statue to one of Tanglestone’s faceless gods is called a “mysterium.” Or perhaps that’s also the term for the small group of Keepers that tend a particular shrine-vault, or for the philosophy that surrounds the worship and understanding of that god. All of the above are likely true. Some guilders simply think of the name as meaning “a place where mysteries are collected,” and that’s true as well.

The buildings that make up the Mysteria are large enough to support the small community of the Spires above, and shelter the sprawling lower vaults of the Shadow Cloisters below. It is possible to walk from one end of the complex to the other, stopping to pay respects to each god along the way, and feel completely alone for almost the entire journey. The Keepers spend much of their time in their own cells, or in the various vestries, rectories, reliquaries and other sub-structures that surround each vault. They certainly come when called, or gather when the obscure texts of a mystery cult call for a rite, but they are quite content to let visitors worship alone in the grand hall of a god.

The statues of the gods themselves stand roughly a hundred feet tall. Each one has its face somehow obscured: most wear veils or full hoods, but the Blade and the Shield wear full helms, for instance. They are said to speak to their chosen not directly, but in the echoes that fill each vault. To hear the will of the gods, the Keepers say, one must be willing to listen.

The Mysteria

Tanglestone Barastrondo