Millenia ago the Old Gods ruled over the world of Alkotas. As the populations of the world began to grow and shape the way the world behaved based on the rules the gods had set forth, the Old Gods began to enact “Guardians” of certain aspects over which they ruled. But as time went on the races of the world began to erect gods of their own, forging them from the divine spark and mortal flesh granted from them by the gods themselves. Such individuals were elevated to no positions, ruling over realms or races. Some of these new Gods arose from the ranks of the Guardians and had the blessings of the Old Gods to take some control of the world while others arose independently despite the objection of the Old Gods.
Today many of the New Gods dominate the faiths of Alkotas in various realms but there are still some of the Old Gods that are still venerated and given tribute, the most universal of which is Kyridwen. Known as the Goddess of Love, the Pleasure Goddess, and the Supreme Companion Kyrdiwen is the wellspring of Love, Affection, Lust, Pleasure, and other earthly Delights. Those belonging to the faith take a positive stance towards most sexual activities and will cater to the proclivities of any worshiper who sets foot in the temple as Sacred Prostitutes and Companions. These can be mild things from massages and tea ceremonies to overt sexual acts and niche fetishes. The priestesses of Kyridwen provide sexual outlets and companionship for whoever may need them, donations are highly encouraged.
Priestesses ranks are determined by the beaded braids they wear in their hair as well as the number of tags attached to their silver chokers. The highest ranking members of the faith are known as Kadeshahs and typically administrate multiple temples within a given region and provide the bulk of the guidance for the rest of the clergy. Kadeshashs possess formidable magic in disciplines such as healing, protection, lust, and fertility. Most Kadeshahs hold equivalent ranks of mastery equal to that of Arch Mages in the Arcane colleges of the Imperium in at least one discipline and the more experienced Kadeshahs will hold two or three. Mastery and specializations are denoted by tassels attached to silver amulets worn around the waist.
All of the Kadeshahs report to a single authority known as the Kadeiah who resides in in the Ivory Temple in WinderLae. When Holy councils are called all Kadeshahs return to WinderLae to join the Kadeiah to discuss matters that concern the whole of the faith. This most often happens when a Kadeiah dies and a new one most be chosen. Typically a Kadeiah can name her successor from those among the Kadeshahs but the appointment must be confirmed by the Kadeshah council. If it is not confirmed or the Kadeiah failed to name a successor than nominations are taken and then voted upon to name the new Kedeiah.
Worshippers of Kyridwen, known as Kyrs, are found in most realms of Alkotas and the clergy itself is usually regarded with respect with a few exceptions in more sexually conservative realms. Kyrs and their clergy have good relationships with many of the followers of other Old Gods as well as New, and currently have no ongoing feuds with any given faith.