he Waiting, The Temple of Tyr
This is the largest temple complex in operation in Phlan and is
dedicated to Tyr, the god of justice. Tyr’s worship is enjoying a great
surge in popularity, as many see Phlan's rebuilding success as a sign
that the god watches over them. The priesthood is headed by Father
Dimble, a gnome of recent arrival, taking the position after the
earlier and much beloved High Priest’s (Holondos Stimpiir) retirement.
Bishop-Councilor Dirten Andorias, who is often here, is responsible for
the outlands of Phlan. Three noble houses in Phlan are solidly
supporting the Waiting: Houses Desanea, Summerset and Andorias.
Waiting has been rebuilt in 1380 after a violent raid by the Church of
Bane destroyed most of its ground floor interior. Following what was
called the ‘Temple Wars’ period, the Banites paid heavy fines and
restitution to the Tyrran Church and with that, and generous donations
from the flock and from recently arrived Triadic clergy, the cathedral
looks starker, but almost as strong as before. The Waiting also
operates a semi-secular school in the Western district, out of the
Shrine of Torm.
Hammer of Tyr, its most holy relic, which disappeared after the latest
razing of the city, has recently been found and returned to the Waiting
by a group of adventurers whose identity is widely disputed and
discussed amongst the faithful and through the city. Consecrated
burial vaults along with an underground chapel also lie underneath the
temple. The burial vaults are available for the interment of any
adventurer who dies in Tyr's service.
The Waiting's exterior is composed of high walls, dotted with arrow slits and
topped with machicolations ( they are also enchanted with verbal alarms
to alert Tyrran 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 simpler than it was aftger the
great fire, but the façade carved with friezes of a stern-faced Tyr
dispensing either riches or jagged lightning bolts to petitioners
kneeling before him survived relatively intact. The main hall itself is
a great round room of gray stone under a gilded bronze dome. Dominating
the room is the the altar itself, with the holy relics of the Silver
Scales and the Hammer of Tyr resting atop it. 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.
A gnome from Impiltur, he arrived to Phlan with several others, sent by
the leadership of the Church to strengthen the faithful, reeling after
losses of the Temple Wars. He is an excellent administrator and a
shrewd judge of character, but not a good preacher.
The previous High Priest of Tyr is an aging man, 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. He is now
retured and soending his time in the infirmary, lending his
considerable skills to those who need it.
Bishop Dirten Andorias
The prototype of a warring priest, he spent most of his earlier years
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. While he is seen often in the Waiting, where he is
technically second in the hierarchy, he now mostly is busy with his
duties as a Councillor. 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.