Campaign of the Month: January 2013
DANgerous Kalamar 4
The book known as “True Beauty” might be the oldest canon on Tellene, existing in written form for over 3,000 years, according to the elves of Cilorea (who claim to have that very first written copy). Typically, True Beauty is a silver and black book of radiant simplicity, although it appears in scroll format and even as loose pages. When bound, it is bound in ebony and adorned with silver or mithral, and its modest understatement of design outshines far more elaborate works.
The canon consists of three Moons, each named after one of Tellene’s actual Moons. Diadolai, the first, describes the moons, their movement and phases, and their importance to the faith. The detail of astrological information is cumbersome but useful. Pelselond, considered the icon of beauty, attempts to describe beauty, although admits that words alone cannot describe the subject matter. Its primary addition to the faith’s dogma is the description of the Ceremony of the Three Moons and the quests to find the magical charms involved with it. Veshemo, the final chapter, integrates these elements and sets forth clerical matters.
True Beauty does not forbid the destruction of works of art, but such destruction must have a valid reason. For example, an artisan may freely destroy his own works in order to avoid sullying his reputation by offering an inferior work. A beautiful object that is dangerous in some way (such as a golem or evil magical item) should usually be destroyed. On holy nights, followers are required to stay awake until after at the final moon is no longer visible.
Followers and worshipers can find True Beauty in any city or large town for 60 gp. Clerics refuse to sell it to anyone who does not appear willing to keep it clean and well protected.