Daily D&D Ramble: Some ways to worship Ioun

Another day, and I’ve lost count. I could go look it up, but, meh. This is also going up later than I wanted, but also, Meh. I also also wanted this to  be a report of my brother’s Pathfinder game, but he didn’t have that yet. That’ll come Friday, apparently. The game, not the article. Who knows when I’ll write that. So how about I make something useful to DMs out there?

Ioun, goddess of knowledge, is worshiped in many civilized parts of the world. Her rites and rituals are gentle, rewarding the learned, but not punishing the unlearned. Often, members of the congregation are call on to teach skills freely, giving lessons in craft and trade.

Most of her holy nights take place in the light of the full moon, as it is by the light of Ioun that the darkness is banished and secrets revealed.

The Rite of Questions is held in a larger area and all children are invited to attend. They line up on one side, across from the priestess wearing a Mask of Ioun. (If there is no local priestess, a female believer can stand in, or just the priest sans mask)

The face of Ioun then calls out questions and the children must yell the answer. If they get the answer wrong or if they answer late, taking the answers from others, they must go back to the start. If they choose not to answer, they stay where they are. The rest step forward. When they reach the line where the face of Ioun is, they receive a prize, a small token or some candy or something. Possibly a book if printing is common enough in your setting.

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  1. I very much enjoy that not answering isn’t punished. I don’t know if this is a tradition you made up for the goddess or if it’s in D&D lore, but it’s great that not knowing something isn’t something to be ashamed of, pretending to know something is. That singular fact can tell so much about the philosophy of a deity.

    1. I did in fact make it up, but not intentionally. It just kinda appeared and I like it. Ioun is supposed to be on the side of Good and I picture her as this mothering figure. I wish we’d had more adventures and novelizations that personified the 4e gods a bit more. They were the ones I started with, they’re the ones I default to, and they have almost no lore. It makes me sad.

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