The Magus and the Sixth Sword
The Holy Lands
It is said that the sins of the world were cast off and buried in the ice and snow of northern Fortia. Some claim that the imprisonment of sin in this area of the north’s deep ice has allowed the world to blossom into a golden age. The legends are unclear on how this imprisonment was accomplished, although many modern theologians ascribe the feat to the warrior god, Bjurdran. The Temple of Pantheons also marks this event as the act that allowed the peasant god Thorgud to move from a minor deity of farmers into a global force for agricultural development.
Others, namely the cultists of Azadun, claim that this event created an imbalance in the world. Many of these cultists travel on long pilgrimages to the north in an attempt to trade their desires for some of these frozen sins. Legend says that the successful pilgrim can wish for anything in the material world, so long as they can pay the price. It is unclear whether the cultists believe they will be dealing with Azadun directly or if merely the act of sacrificing their happiness and lives in the north will call upon the god’s favor.
No pilgrims have ever returned to verify this exchange, although the Temple of Azadun does list the pilgrimage as a required sacrament for all senior cultists.