Shrine of Sacrifice

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Description[edit]

The Shrine of Sacrifice

The Shrine of Sacrifice is one of the eight holy sites established by the Council of Wizards during the days of Lord British's philosophical renaissance of the early Age of Enlightenment. It lies on a small isle in the midst of Lake Generosity, situated in the Drylands on the eastern half of Britannia's main continent.

Dedicated to the ideals of renunciation and self-abasement for the sake of others, the shrine has long been a pilgrimage site for those seeking better understanding of its virtue. The mantra, "Cah" is used by aspirants wishing to receive visions at its altars, and frequently a corresponding rune must be used to gain entry to the shrine's hallowed grounds.

History[edit]

Age of Enlightenment[edit]

The Shrine of Sacrifice was erected at the opening of the Age of Enlightenment. During their journey toward the Abyss and ultimately, the wisdom of the Codex, the Stranger had need of meditating here, requiring elevation as a partial Avatar of Sacrifice before they completed their trials.

In the years that followed, the formation of the Drylands destroyed the lake surrounding the shrine, leaving it in a lonely waste somewhat conducive to the mood its cardinal virtue evoked. During the Avatar's return and their struggle against the regent Blackthorn, the hero had to take care to guard its mantra from the Dark Lord, lest he use its magic against the holy site to defile it. Meditating again before the sanctuary, the Avatar was sent on a quest to read the codex, gaining further insights as to the nature of sacrifice. The hero could also give tribute to the shrine at such a time, which served to furnish boons to their spiritual well being

During the gargoyle war, the shrine came under siege and was captured by Lord Draxinusom's troops, making it necessary for the Avatar to slay its captors that it might be liberated. Again the hero meditated and again they received a quest, imparting further knowledge of Sacrifice's mysteries to the pious warrior. The champion of virtue was also able to receive miraculous gifts of swiftness and strength from the shrine should they stay to meditate further.

Age of Armageddon[edit]

Two-hundred years later, the passage of time had replenished the waters of Lake Generosity, although the shrine, like many throughout the land had fallen into disuse as the Britannian people had slowly abandoned the "old ways." During the Avatar's travels in the days of Ultima VII, a lich had taken residence at the shrine, perverting its sanctity as it used it for unspeakable rituals.

While the hero could slay such an evil being, the shrine remained polluted, and seemingly continued in its corruption for years to come, eventually falling to the sway of the Guardian's columns in later decades. The people of the nearby settlement of the second Minoc, seduced by the evil power of the column themselves, gave over to the mad plans of Raxos seeking to restore the defiled shrine through oblations of human blood. Eventually, the again returned Avatar cleansed the shrine of its evil influence, loosening the grip of the Guardian on the nearby people's souls and restoring them to virtue.

Alternate Appearance[edit]

A Shrine of Sacrifice

Trivia[edit]


Geography
Britannia
Cities YewMinocSkara BraeBritainNew MaginciaMoonglowJhelomTrinsicMagincia
Castles Castle BritanniaEmpath AbbeyLycaeumSerpent's Hold
BordermarchFarthingWindemereStonegate
Towns BritannysBuccaneer's DenCoveDawnPawsTerfinVesper
Shrines CompassionHonestyHonorHumilityJusticeSacrificeValorSpiritualityShrine of the Codex
Dungeons The AbyssCovetousDeceitDespiseDestardDoomHythlothShameWrong
Lighthouses FogsbaneGreyhavenStormcrowWaveguide
Caves Ant MoundBee CaveBuccaneer's CaveCyclops CaveDesert DungeonHeftimus CaveHeroes' HoleMoonglow CatacombsSpirit TunnelsSpider CaveSwamp CaveVesper Mines
Islands AmbrosiaIsle of the AvatarDagger IsleDeadman's IslandIsle of Deeds
Isle of FireJanus IslandMarsor's IsleSpektranValarian IslandsValorian IslesVerity Isle
Lakes Lake GenerosityLock LakeLost Lake
Major Areas Bloody PlainsBog of DesolationBritanny BayCape of HeroesDeep ForestDrylandsFens of the DeadHigh SteppesLost Hope BayRealm of the GargoylesSerpent's SpineSpiritwoodUnderworld
Serpent Isle
Cities FawnMonitorMoonshade
Settlements Inn of the Sleeping BullIsles of the Mad MageMonk Isle
Dungeons SkullcrusherSpinebreakerFurnaceKnight's TestMountains of Freedom
Ruins Shamino's CastleCastle of the White DragonShrine of BalanceTemple of DisciplineTemple of EmotionTemple of EnthusiasmTemple of EthicalityTemple of LogicTemple of Tolerance
Islands ClawIsle of CryptsGwani Death TempleIce Dragon's Lair
Isles of the Mad MageMonk IslePenguin IslandSunrise Isle
Interesting Areas Gorlab SwampGreat Northern ForestIce PlainsKnight's ForestSerpent Isle Guard TowersWestern Forest
Pagan
Settlements Argentrock IsleDaemon's CragTenebrae
Other Carthax LakeCatacombsCemeteryFishermen's ReefHall of the Mountain KingHerdsman's ValleyPlateauShrine of the Ancient OnesStone CoveTreasure CoveVengeance Bay

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