The Secrets of Kaer Maga
While the Godsmouth Ossuary is the most famous holy site of Pharasma in Kaer Maga, the actual center of the Pharasmin faith in the city is the Godsmouth Cathedral in the Bottoms district. Perched on the cliff’s edge just above the gigantic face that leads into the ossuary, the Godsmouth Cathedral is a huge, gothic edifice dedicated to all three aspects of the Lady of Graves—the midwife, the reaper of the dead, and the mad prophet. In all, more than 300 clerics, midwives, morticians, guards (known as “graveguards”), and lay priests serve at the cathedral under the tripartite leadership of three high priests.
The Godsmouth Cathedral consists of a central nave surrounded by three separate wings, each dedicated to one of Pharasma’s three roles. The cathedral’s walls are of black granite, supported by flying buttresses, and rise 100 feet to the church’s slate-shingled roof. A bell tower above each wing climbs 50 feet higher than the main structure. Each tower’s bells are tuned to different tones, and are rung for different occasions—important births, deaths, and the revelation or fulfillment of prophecies. The cathedral’s bells of prophecy have not rung since Aroden’s death a century ago.