Salsola - The Shrine

» «
General
Information

» Policies
» History
» Culture
» Pack Projects

» Rank Portal
» Ranks
» Factions
» Jobs

Joining Salsola?

» Reading our introductory information is mandatory before attempting to join!

Click here to see our Adoptables!
Territory
The Thistle Kingdom (Territory)

» The Ruins
» Millstone Village
» Amherst
» Communal Storage
» Stables

» Clinic
» Garden
» Library
» Shrine
» War Room

The Portland Outpost

The Fort Preble Outpost at Portland, Maine, is an important off-board trade destination for Salsola. Longterm aNPCs may eventually be moved here.

Membership
IC Exclusives

» Pack NPCs
» Residency

» Hereditary Houses
» Adoptables

OOC Fun

» Anicombs
» Thread Prompts

» Pack Pride
» Pack Game

Quick Maps
Territory Map The Ruins Map


Salsola's Shrine

The main shrine that was built in 2022

On this page... (hide)

  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Small Shrines & Other
  3.   3.  Inventory
    1.   3.1  Ceremonial Items
    2.   3.2  Ingredients
    3.   3.3  Supplies

ADD A SUMMARY HERE

Inspiration Gallery (Hide)
Bouquet of flowers – Dagmara Dombrovska on Unsplash Burning Offering – Luca Volpe on Unsplash Prayer Candles – Zoran Kokanovic on Unsplash Prayer Candle – Tim Umphreys on Unsplash Crystal, Incense, and Tarot Cards – CA Creative on Unsplash Fire – Rob Sheahan on Unsplash Flower Offerings – Guillaume Flandre on Unsplash Food Offering – Benjamin Wong on Unsplash Prayer Beads – Alexey Demidov on Unsplash Prayer Tag – Helena Hertz on Unsplash Ritual – Devin H on Unsplash Rune Stones – Ksenia Yakovleva on Unsplash Ceremonial Tea – Alisher Sharip on Unsplash Ritual or prayer bowl contents of crystals, spices, herbs, wood, etc. – Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash Example of small shrines that might be found in the surrounding area Wooden mini shrines that might be found along the main road Small shrine with a totem or carved statue of a god/patron/etc. within Example of a simple, small shrine made from rocks and with offerings Example of an acceptable, more elaborate shrine that might be found hidden away in the nearby area Another example of an acceptable more elaborate shrine that might be found in the nearby area


1.  Description

The road to the Shrine is a well-trodden trail flagged by sporadic pockets of small shrines, totems, guardian statues, and the like poking out from and decorating the forest foliage just beyond the path’s reach. It is a long walk through the dark and eerie woodlands, but, as one passes beneath a strange, woven-branch doorway along the path, one may find comfort that the Shrine is not far off.

Located in the heart of the Blackwoods, the Shrine sits in a decently-sized, circular clearing. At its center is a large, open firepit that acts as both a beacon of light, as well as a common place for rituals and the like to be performed. Despite its decorative appeal, the large stones that form a circle around the pit — as well as the abundance of small, smooth, grey pebbles spread out within the stone perimeter itself — help prevent the firepit's flame from accidentally spreading to the nearby forest. From the pit, the larger stones mark a wide pathway to the actual shrine that sits towards the back of the clearing.

The Shrine itself is constructed of wood and lumber cut, carved, and custom-built by Salsola's own people in the summer of 2022. Because of the sanctity it holds, an elegant design was chosen, making it stand out compared to buildings found within other populated areas within the Kingdom. The building and its immediate surroundings are decorated with various things crafted by Salsola's people, from hanging trinkets to guardian-like totems to even smaller shrines. A somewhat discreetly hidden storage building is located not far from the Shrine.

To help keep the Shrine clean, one must step up onto a small porch to reach the shrine's doors where a bowl is available for cleaning one’s paws. One will find that, rather than being on a hinge, the Shrine's pair of doors slide open, tucking themselves neatly out of the way while saving space. Beyond these doors, the Shrine within is not overly large, but is enough to fit up to three Luperci comfortably. This private quarter can be used as a place of prayer, for rites and blessings, for small-scale rituals, amongst other things. There is a dedicated space to store small ritual items, incense/burning sticks, as well as commonly-used ingredients. Along the back wall of the enclosed space is a beautifully-carved, wooden statue of a peacock rising between two fanged snakes. Sitting before this altar, there are three long, dished, rectangular offering bowls. Within the shrine as well are plates on varying levels (eg. tables, shelves, floor, etc.) to hold candles for one to burn at their convenience.

Upkeep of the Shrine falls under the duties of the Sanctum.

Usage
  • The Coven and Sanctus Faction may find themselves regularly using the Shrine and/or its surroundings areas. As it is tied to their Faction, Sanctum members may also frequent this area in general to perform their duties and/or responsibilities in maintaining it.
  • Here’s how to make use of this communal feature!
    • Meditate, or, hold spiritual or religious ceremonies, rituals, rites, prayers, etc. here, be it for personal or communal use.
      • However, please refrain from anything overly messy (eg. a blood ritual or sacrifice) that would tarnish, damage, or destroy the inside of the Shrine for usage by others. These types of rituals are best kept outside or for the environment of one’s personal home. Remember that you can also use the Stone Altar as well for these sorts of things!
    • Restock, donate, or replace religious items.
    • Clean, repair, and/or maintain the shrine and/or the surrounding grounds.
      • Eg. remove old/perished offerings, ashes, or spent wax. Clean smaller shrines, or, clean immediate pathways around the main shrine of leaves or debris, sweeping the shrine. General cleaning, repairs, or maintenance, etc.
    • Erect smaller shrines and decorations in the nearby area.
Pathway – Gustavo Correa on Unsplash Woven branch archeway Outside Firepit The main shrine


2.  Small Shrines & Other

While the larger shrine sees the most use, various smaller shrines and other expressions of faith may be found along the main pathway to the Shrine, or, in the surrounding areas. These are intended to be smaller, and are more or less subtle. As a result, they may be easily overlooked and/or end up more readily neglected due to them being much more minor than the main shrine. They may be created to pay homage or respect to many different faiths or beliefs, as well as many different gods. (Hide)

  • Did your character create a small shrine or notable decoration within the area? Add it here!
    • Note: These must be modest and/or small shrines/creations. Larger or displays or shrines of otherwise questionable design/faith should be erected in one’s personal home instead.
      • A questionable design might be a macabre display using another Luperci’s skin. A questionable faith may be a shrine dedicated to gorey blood sacrifices. Use your best judgment. If you’re unsure if something is okay, feel free to ask Salsolan Leadership!
    • Template:
>>lfx25 clear p0<<
(:cellnr align=center valign=center bgcolor=#DEDEDE style='padding:5px;':) ''' Entry Name ''' [[#ENTRY-ANCHOR]]
>>lfx75 p0<<
(:cellnr style='padding:5px 0px; border-top:1px solid #c9cbc0;':)
* '''Built:''' Winter / Spring / Summer / Autumn YYYY
* '''Location:'''
--> Quick and easy description of where someone can find this shrine.  Is it next to the main path or off a lesser used one, is it easy or hard to find or is it practically hidden? Etc.
* '''Description:'''
--> 120-word max summary that explains: what the shrine looks like and who is the shrine dedicated to / for (eg. spirits, a certain god or patron, etc.).  If there is a quirk or trait about the shrine, describe it here as well.
* '''Additional notes:'''
** [- Who created this shrine? -]
Entry Name
  • Built: Winter / Spring / Summer / Autumn YYYY
  • Location:
    Quick and easy description of where someone can find this shrine. Is it next to the main path or off a lesser used one, is it easy or hard to find or is it practically hidden? Etc.
  • Description:
    120-word max summary that explains: what the shrine looks like and who is the shrine dedicated to / for (eg. spirits, a certain god or patron, etc.). If there is a quirk or trait about the shrine, describe it here as well.
  • Additional notes:
    • Who created this shrine?

Note: Items within are alphabetized.

Stick Totems
  • Built: Summer 2023
  • Location:
    Located along the main path, this collection spans several trees but stops well before the proper Shrine.
  • Description:
    Hanging and bound to the old trees, a variety of stick figures (sometimes referred to as "stick men") of similar shape can be found. They are held together by sturdy twine, though each may vary in size. Notably, these are all made from branches found on the forest floor -- none have been cut. Rumors say these totems act as portals, though whether these are to spirits or "Sky Brothers" seems unclear...
  • Additional notes:
    • Nickodemus Sparhawk is responsible for these, and the many others which can be found throughout Salsola's territory.
The Tiny Village
  • Built: Autumn 2022
  • Location:
    Just beyond the branch archway, and located along the main pathway up to the Shrine, these tiny homes are bunched together, and are easily overlooked in the spring and summer months due to the nearby forest foliage.
  • Description:
    A cute, tiny village of five, simply-designed (but expertly made) houses crafted from wood. Moss has already started to grow on the roofs of these shrines, making them look older than they actually are. It’s said that they’re homes for small spirits either lost on their way or weary from travel. A male cardinal notably likes to perch on the largest of the houses where he enjoys singing a happy tune. Is it just a bird being a bird though? Or is he communicating to the little spirits?
  • Additional notes:


3.  Inventory

» See Salsola's Clinic page for stored and dried herbs
» See Salsola's Garden page for fresh herbs and vegetables
» See Salsola's Storage page for additional inventory and stored goods

The Shrine’s inventory can be found within a smaller storage building located nearby. More commonly-used items used for religious or spiritual activities may also be found within the Shrine itself for one’s convenience. The storage building is more of a neatly organized, decent-sized shed. Firewood is neatly stacked against one of its outer walls. Ingredients — stored within various containers from jars to pouches to organizer trays, etc. — are sorted away on and within a good-sized cabinet with drawers. Ceremonial items may be more readily found within a nearby bookcase. General supplies are within their own distinct area, stored atop various shelves on the wall or within containers such as crates. More bountiful, dried herbs are tied in bundles, and are hung from either a herb rack on the wall or from the ceiling. Random trinkets, charms, spells, and/or other creations may be found throughout the she'd as well.

  • Donating items / goods to this page is welcomed and encouraged!
    • You’re free to add new item entries, but, please do not remove any! — This page is intended to require as little maintenance as possible, thus, why most entries work in vague quantities rather than absolute ones. Even so, however, your character should still not be abusing items of limited stock anyways! ;O
      • If an absolute-value item is completely depleted, Salsolan Leadership will remove it at their own discretion.
      • Only Salsolan Leadership can change vague quantity amounts.
    • Uncomfortable with editing the wiki, or, unsure of something? Feel free to make use of our Maintenance Thread!
    • Template for adding new items:
>>lfx25 clear p0<<
(:cellnr align=center valign=center bgcolor=#DEDEDE style='padding:5px;':) ''' ITEM ''' [[#ITEM-ANCHOR]]
>>lfx75 p0<<
(:cellnr style='padding:5px 0px; border-top:1px solid #c9cbc0;':)
* '''Amount:''' x00 Small Medium Large supply
* Brief description of the item or note
ITEM
  • Amount: x00 Small Medium Large supply
  • Brief description of the item or note

Note: Categories, groups, and items within are alphabetized.

3.1  Ceremonial Items

  • Since Salsola’s shrine is intended to accommodate all, many of the religious or spiritual items kept here are quite basic. Characters intending to pay respects to their personal faith or beliefs are expected to bring anything additional that they may require (eg. tarot cards, rune stones, bones, offerings, totems, trinkets, charms, spells, etc.).
  • Note: As these items are intended to remain at and be used by the shrine, they are not available for trade, and, in general, should not be taken away from the area for personal use. (Hide)
Apples
  • Amount: Varies dependent on season
  • For the most part, they are locally harvested from the orchard, and are stowed within a crate or barrel. Because this item is a perishable to some extent, the stock is routinely rotated. They are primarily used for offerings
Bones, mixed small
  • Amount: Small supply
  • An assortment of mixed, small animal bones. They are primarily used for religious/spiritual activities
Crystals
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Opaque and/or colorful stones or minerals. They are primarily used for religious/spiritual activities
Incense Sticks
  • Amount: Large supply
  • Slow-burning sticks that may be imbued with varying scents (storage container will be labeled if so). They are primarily used for religious/spiritual activities
Knives
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Made of either metal, bone, or antler. They are primarily used for cutting materials or for religious/spiritual activities
Obsidian Dagger
  • Amount: x01
  • This item is used for the Cotona ritual of adding the Hand of Eris to the flesh of a member of Salsola. As such, this dagger is not allowed to be used for any purpose other than the Cotona ritual. While Salsolans aren't exactly barred from handling or moving the knife, the Segno should always have priority use of this item.
Paper Envelopes
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Small envelopes of parchment to use for holding powders, prayer slips, spells (tags), etc.
Paper Slips
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Small strips of parchment to use for prayers, spell tags, etc.
Pouches
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Made of cloth material, and typically small in size. Primarily used for holding herbs or powders, and can be easily burnable
Ribbons
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Made from various materials. Primarily used for tying bundles of herbs or otherwise binding items (or hands) together
Twine
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Primarily used for tying bundles of herbs or otherwise binding items together

3.2  Ingredients

  • Many of these ingredients are either found growing locally in the wild, or, are collected from the garden.
  • Ingredients may be used as the user sees fit, be it by burning, drinking / ingesting, smoking, crafting them into something (eg. powder for a spell or home remedy, etc.)., etc.
  • Note: As these ingredients are intended to remain at and be used by the shrine, they are not available for trade. For a more expansive inventory of tradable items, see Salsola's Storage, Clinic, or Garden pages. (Hide)
Bark / Wood Chips
  • Amount: Large supply
  • Bark or wood chippings collected from ash, birch, cedar, hawthorn, juniper, pine, oak, or willow trees.
Cannabis
  • Amount: Small supply
Catnip
  • Amount: Large supply
Chamomile
  • Amount: Medium supply
Coneflower / Echinacea
  • Amount: Large supply
Dandelion
  • Amount: Large supply
Dill
  • Amount: Small supply
Elderberries
  • Amount: Large supply
Fennel Seeds
  • Amount: Large supply
Feverfew
  • Amount: Large supply
Indian Tobacco
  • Amount: Small supply
Juniper berries
  • Amount: Large supply
  • Can cause minor poisoning if ingested.
Lavender
  • Amount: Large supply
Lemon Balm
  • Amount: Large supply
Mint
  • Amount: Large supply
Mugwort
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Poisonous if ingested.
Owl Pellets
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Varying surprises inside! Typically used in witchcraft.
Psilocybin Mushrooms
  • Amount: Small supply
Rosemary
  • Amount: Small supply
Rose Petals
  • Amount: Small supply
Sage
  • Amount: Large supply
  • Poisonous if ingested as an oil.
Salt
  • Amount: Large supply
St. John Wort
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Poisonous if ingested.
Sweetgrass
  • Amount: Large supply
Thyme
  • Amount: Small supply
Valerian Root
  • Amount: Small supply
Witch Hazel
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Poisonous if ingested.
Yarrow
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Poisonous if ingested.

3.3  Supplies

  • Note: As these supplies are intended to remain at and be used by the shrine, they are not available for trade. For a more expansive inventory of tradable items, see Salsola's Storage page. (Hide)
Bowls
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Varying shapes, sizes, and materials. Primarily used for holding offerings, incense, or for religious/spiritual activities
Brooms
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Primarily used for riding cleaning the shrine(s)
Brushes
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Hand-brushes with stiff hairs or fibers. Primarily used for cleaning the shrine(s)
Buckets
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Made of wood. Primarily used for carrying water intended for religious/spiritual activities (to be poured in a bowl/cup), or, for cleaning the shrine(s)
Candles
  • Amount: Large supply
  • Made from wax, scentless, and of varying sizes and lengths. Primarily used for light and religious/spiritual activities
Charcoal
  • Amount: Large supply
  • Primarily used for writing
Cups
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Made of either clay, metal, or wood. Primarily used for holding liquid offerings, ceremonial liquids, or for religious/spiritual activities
Fire Sticks
  • Amount: Large supply
  • Primarily used for lighting multiple candles and lanterns
Firewood
  • Amount: Medium supply
  • Primarily used for creating fire
Flint
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Primarily used for creating fire
Lanterns
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Requires a candle or oil to burn. Primarily used for lighting
Mortar & Pestle
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Made of wood. Primarily used for crushing/grinding herbs, seeds, or bones into a powder or paste
Oil, whale
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Primarily used for fueling the lanterns
Plates
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Varying shapes, sizes, and materials. Primarily used for offerings, incense, or for religious/spiritual activities
Rakes
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Primarily used for cleaning the grounds around the shrine(s)
Vases
  • Amount: Small supply
  • Varying shapes, sizes, and materials. Primarily used for holding religious/spiritual plants, bouquets, or flower offerings


Back to Top of Archive


Category: Salsola