Majetag, 17th day of Reapember, 432 AC
Seventh Watch rising 15
Believers of the Restoration Named State Religion in Lemish
by Kendermage, Staff Writer
Lemish – Governor Laird Tom Riyan decreed on Bracha that the religious movement known as the Believers of the Restoration would henceforth be the state religion for all Lemish.
On Bracha, Governor Riyan held a brief conference on the steps of Restoration Hall, the central Temple of the Believers of the Restoration where he outlined his plan.
"We've gotta get back to basics," said Riyan. "Many of our best and brightest have been seduced by the pretty words of other religions. I'm here to tell you those words are hollow. They leave a gaping hole where one's spirit should be. Today I'm making the Believers of the Restoration the state religion of Lemish. I'm a fair man though, I'll give the fake churches two sunsets to get out of our country before I make them leave. All churches are now state property and will be reconsecrated by Priests of the Restoration, which will be overseen by Cardinal Thurston."
Riyan introduced Cardinal Thurston then excused himself from the conference claiming "official business". Thurston offered a few words. "Some may see this as curtailing their freedom to believe as they wish. It is these mistaken beliefs that have led so many to stray from the path of goodness and righteousness, such as that group of heathen earth worshippers making its home in the Southern Darkwoods. Those "witches" will be run out just as the followers of the other false gods will be. I urge them to leave willingly before something unfortunate happens."
The group Thurston referred to is called the Circle of the World Mother. According to sources uncovered in back issues of the Herald this group is believed to have once been called the Circle of the Living Krynn. This group called Palanthas home for a number of months until it was nearly destroyed in a failed attempt to cleanse the Shoikan Grove. A single member of that group survived and is believed to have reformed the circle under the new name. A representative of the Circle of the World Mother could not be reached for comment.
The Solamnic Empire has not remained silent in wake of Riyan's obvious power grab. Lord Markham himself told the Herald, "This renegade calling himself Governor of Lemish will relinquish control, or he and those who follow him will be destroyed!".
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