he Waiting, The Temple of Tyr
This is the largest and until recently only temple in operation in Phlan. It is
a beautiful building of white marble, adorned with a repeating balance scales
motif. It is dedicated to Tyr, god of justice. Tyr worship is enjoying a great
surge in popularity, as many see Phlan's rebuilding success as a sign that the
god watches over them. It is run by Holondos Stimpiir and six subpriests. Bishop
Dirten Andorias, who is often here, is responsible for the outlands of Phlan.
The Waiting's exterior is composed of high walls are dotted with arrow slits and
topped with machicolations (additionally they are enchanted with verbal alarms
to alert Tyrian clerics when the temple is under attack) and massive gates of
ornately carved wood over thick plates of forge-hardened steel. Within is a vast
courtyard that surrounds the main temple. The temple itself is a square
utilitarian building of dark stone topped by a single gleaming bronze dome.
The entrance of the temple is comprised of a dozen marble pillars supporting
a fašade carved with friezes of a stern-faced Tyr dispensing either riches or
jagged lightning bolts to petitioners kneeling before him. The main hall itself
is a great round room of gray stone under a gilded bronze dome. The floor is an
intricately crafted mosaic of weight scales resting on a warhammer. Dominating
the room though is the the altar itself, with the holy relic of the Silver
Scales of Tyr resting atop it. Notoriously missing from the altar is the Hammer
of Tyr, which disappeared after the latest razing of the city and is being
sought with relentless zeal by many Tyrrans, both local and arrived from distant
lands. On the floor, near the altar, is a green stone which can be depressed,
causing the great dome above to split into seven sections that recede into the
temple walls, leaving the hall open to the sky. Outside the main hall are stairs
leading to the living quarters, armory, library and kitchens.
Consecrated burial vaults lie underneath the temple. They are available for
the interment of any adventurer who either dies in Tyr's service.
Holondos is an aging man, and he is starting to feel the weight of the years and
what he has witnessed through them. He considers himself responsible for the
loss of the Hammer of Tyr, even though there was nothing he could do to prevent
the destruction of Phlan. This, as well as the enormous task of bringing Justice
back to Phlan's laws and to its citizens' lives have cast a shadow of sadness
over him, which is often apparent to those talking to him. He is above all a
kind and good person, and he will always have a word of encouragement for those
fighting for Justice or suffering from the lack of it.
Recently elected as a Councilwoman, she is a young and brave paladin that is
having a hard time settling into her new position. She is widely regarded as the
heir apparent of Holondos in the hierarchy of the Waiting. She is also widely
rumored to have an affair with Holondos, but this is considered an old wives'
tlale by most serious observers. However, her likable character and beauty, and
the long times she spends with the priest when not in Council do nothing but to
reinforce the rumors.
Bishop Dirten Andorias
The prototype of a warring priest, he is rarely seen without combat gear, and
this is usually for a good reason. He spend most of his time roaming the
surroundings of Phlan with a small band of loyal clerics and adventurers and
spreading the justice of Tyr, more often than not with his sword. He is seen
often in the Waiting, where he is technically second in the hierarchy, but he
seems happy to leave that responsibility to Councilor Summerset. It is said that
despite their religious and political differences he is a good friend of Maxim
Raegar, and they have been seen fighting side by side in more than one occasion.