The Valenon

THE VALENON
“In the Light we suffer, in the Light we
strive, in the Light we overcome.
Avalen.”
—common prayer
Location: On the southern banks of the
Dolm River.
Neighborhoods: Middle-class.
Common Businesses: Any (mainly
churches and scholars).
Watch Presence: High (Day); Moderate
(Night). The Valenon maintains its own armed
patrols known as Hiltamen (see pg. 143) that
are not part of the City Watch.
Things to Remember: The Valenon is the
heart of the Church of Law and Order. It is the
center of religious power in Dolmvay as well as
the Duchy of Valnwall. The church considers
itself the voice of the common people and as
such it is fittingly located in the South Ward.
Think robed monks, religious bells, and
pilgrimages from all over the duchy. The
Valenon is detailed further on pg. 132.
Valenon Docks
These private docks are used only for church
business. The docks are named after various
saints (St. Lucilla’s Dock, St. Brandon’s Dock,
St. Kristoff’s Dock, etc.) and bear a statue of
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their respective saints. The docks lie about 10’
to 20’ below street level and are accessed by
stone staircases that hug the river walls.
Gates of St. Poul
These gates provide access to the Valenon
Docks. Only vessels on official church business
are allowed to pass through this gate.
Eastgate and Westgate
These manned gates provide access to and
from the Valenon. The gates are closed at night.
Cathedral of St. Poul of the
Shield
This enormous cathedral is dedicated to St.
Poul of the Shield, who served with honor as
Valen’s right-hand man during the legendary
War of Light and the Ghoul Wars. It is the most
prominent building in the Valenon and
considered one of the three holiest sites of the
Church of Law and Order.
The cathedral consists of a main chapel with
numerous halls, chambers, and smaller chapels
located throughout. The interior is lavishly
decorated with stained glass windows, marble
floors, bas-relief carvings, elaborate sculptures,
and gilded portals.
A famous mural known as the Victorious Son
adorns the ceiling of the main chapel. Painted
by the renowned artist Stevan val Aerdon, this
mural depicts St. Valen leading his host to
victory over the forces of Chaos. The head of
the church, known as the High Lawlord, dwells
in the upper levels of the cathedral, and his
audience chamber balcony overlooks St. Poul’s
Square.
St. Poul’s Square
This wide open square courtyard consists of
a large fountain surrounded by massive
colonnades. A 10’ tall statue atop the fountain
depicts St. Poul holding his namesake shield.
Thousands of dovecrows grace the square.
Perches on seven of the colonnades are
reserved for the Holy Serphala (see pg. 130) to
sit and sing during certain services. St. Poul’s
Square is where the High Lawlord addresses the
faithful on the holiest days and festivals.
Tomb of St. Poul
This sacred underground tomb is located
directly beneath the cathedral’s main chapel
and houses the remains of St. Poul of the
Shield. The tomb consists of a stone
sarcophagus inside a vaulted chamber whose
walls are lined with statues, columns, and
religious inscriptions. The claw-scarred Shield of
St. Poul (see pg. 138) hangs from two golden
chains affixed to the ceiling above the
sarcophagus. Visitors are permitted access to
the tomb only on the holiest of days.
Holy Aerie
This tall domed structure made of stone and
glass houses the church’s flock of Holy
Serphala. The serphala dwell in an open garden
that takes up most of the interior. Arched
windows spaced evenly around the dome may
be opened to allow the serphala to fly in and
out. The aerie is tended by the clergy and is not
open to the public.
Catacombs of the Dead
The ancient tunnels beneath the Valenon are
filled with secret libraries, hidden vaults, and
private tombs and burial chambers.
One of the most famous mass burial
chamber is known as the Catacombs of the
Dead. Here, the remains of the faithful who
choose to be interred by the church are
prepared and their bones mounted in the tunnel
walls. In this way, the deceased becomes a part
of the church and loved ones believe that
prayers made at any shrine puts them in touch
with relatives who have passed.
A number of rumors suggest the catacombs
occasionally succumb to undead outbreaks, but
this talk is fiercely denied by the church.
Hall of Order and the
Gardens of Law
The Hall of Order is an enormous library and
museum filled with religious statues, texts, and
libraries. The hall is an historian’s paradise that
shows a glimpse into Amalor’s tumultuous past,
although some have criticized that these
accounts were written from an entirely religious
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perspective. The Hall of Order is extremely well
organized and is open and free to the public.
The Gardens of Law surround the Hall of
Order. These gardens are a collection of wellmanicured
gardens containing shrines to
various saints. Stone fences and tall hedgerows
separate these gardens into smaller courtyards
that are designed to promote privacy and
reflection. These courtyards are filled with
fountains, ponds, and religious statues.
Hall of Holy Studies
The Hall of Holy Studies is a serene
dormitory, meeting hall, and garden.
Twice per year, a select group of worshipers
come here to pray, discuss church doctrine, and
learn the history of the church. This period of
study lasts for one month, during which time
the church pays all of the person’s normal
expenses (and that of his or her family’s). The
curriculum is specially designed to determine
whether or not any of these handpicked
worshipers have the potential to become one of
the Blessed (see pg. 134).
At the end of the course, a special Son’s Day
ceremony is held and the priests cast a detect
holy spell on all worshipers in attendance.
Those found worthy are inducted into the clergy
and trained to be a spellcasting cleric.

The Valenon

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