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>But what happened to all the gods/clerics?
"They say the gods have abandoned this forsaken world, that they leave us to the freezing death our hubris has wrought. They say the sun will not shine, the grass will not grow, the fields will not thaw, because we have shown ourselves unworthy. This they say, brother, but I do not believe.
"For Pelor's light has shone down on me, and I feel His grief that this world, so near in His heart, has grown cold. In His name, I light this fire."
The clerical orders, which rely so heavily on the tithes of agricultural society, have withered with the grain. Stories are told of Paladins and Clerics, beset with shining armor and fine armaments, who did the gods' bidding on earth, but such wonders are mere fancy now. Only those who are directly chosen by their gods, the favored souls, yet remain. Still too, there are those shamans who speak to the spirits of the world, who, though grown cold, live on.