All warhammer fans are expecting the Tome of Salvation (Tos) and have it on their wish list. Everybody also know that it will be, in some way, the equivalent of the Realm of Sorcery, but for priests of the Old World. You might have check the six previews available so far on Black Industries’ website, maybe not. In any case, it is always nice to imagine and to think what we will find within those pages before the actual book comes out, so i decided to write an overview of what will be included in the 10 chapters. Chapters marked with an asterisk (*) have previews.
Chapter 1: A Brief History of the Cults of the Empire
As most of WFRP books, this one will start with a historical chapter on religion in the Empire and will include some adventure seeds for game masters.
Chapter 2: Old World Cults
The Empire worship 9 major gods who will be fully described in this chapter: Manann, Morr, Myrmidia, Ranald, Shallya, Sigmar, Taal and Rhya, Ulric and Verena. Nothing unexpected here.
Chapter 3: Folk Worship *
Religion for the priests is not the same for the normal folk. This part will be about the differences between “holy” and folk worship, about the minor gods, about the many superstitions. I am pretty sure there will be plenty of dark humor in the last part of this chapter.
Chapter 4: Extremes of Faith
This chapter will cover the major fanatical sects and an insight of the priests’ psychology: devotion, penance, sacrifice, etc. Some new careers will also be listed.
Chapter 5: Other Gods *
Many gods described in this chapter are from other parts of the Old World. For example, the Lady of the Lake (Bretonnia), Mercopio the god of merchants (Tilea), Mermedus (Norsca), Tor (Kislev) and O Prospero (Estalia). The non-human gods are also found here for the following races: Elves, Halfings, Orcs, Dwarfs and Chaos Dwarfs. Finally, you can get a better understanding of the bloody god Khaine, of Gunndred and Handrich.
Chapter 6: Festivals, Holy Days and Rites of Passages *
As the title of the chapter clearly states, you will find within those pages a Calendar of the Empire, a description of the many holidays and festivals and the different rites of passage from birth till death including marriage.
Chapter 7: A Holy World
This chapter will be about the holy sites of the Old World, the many shrines, temples and sanctuaries that are situated within its boundaries. There is also a few pages on pilgrimages.
Chapter 8: The Life of a Priest *
In the Realm of Sorcery, they described the life of an apprentice, the way to go up the ladder. In the Tome of Salvation, you will learn about the holy path of priesthood for the major cults. A new basic career, Temple Guardian, can be found in this chapter.
Chapter 9: Holy Warriors
This part seems really interesting as it will talk about the Crusades in Arabia and the Holy Orders: Knights of the White Wolf, of the Blazing Sun, of the Everlasting Life, the Sons of Manann, etc. This is the second chapter of this book with new careers such as Crusader.
Chapter 10: Miracles
If you thought priests lacked spell choices, you will be happy to find here an expended list of divine magic and lores. New rituals and magic items are also part of this last chapter.
Overall, this book looks promising and might be another must have. Who can truly ignore religion in the Warhammer World? If you read the interview with Pat Loboyko on the Black Industries website, you can learn the names of a few new careers and see some drawings of them: the Attendant, the Monk, the Abbot, the Cantor and the Pilgrim (I already mentioned the Temple Gardian and the Crusader before).
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