The Green Faith
Alignment: Any neutral
Associated Religions: druidism, Erastil, Gozreh
The concept of druidism is, many scholars believe, older even than the concept of faith. In the earliest days of the world, before even mortal man could envision such abstract ideas as gods or philosophies, the world in which he lived was a constant. The heat of the sun, the coolness of rain, the violence of the storm, the strength of the beast, and the beauty of the wildf lower were all physical proof of the complexity and power of nature. Certainly, the fact that ancient druidic marks appear in cave paintings or carved in stone so ancient that the markings are little more than shadows testif ies to the faith’s ancient genesis.
So while the philosophy of the Green Faith may be one of Golarion’s oldest, its roots lie far beyond. Legends hold that the Green Faith f irst began in war, as four sects of druids battled for control of a great natural wilderness. One sect held their faith in the storms of the sky, another in the earth that provides a home to all living things, another in the strength and purity of the wild beast, and the fourth in the cleansing quality of f ire. One morning, the leaders of the four gathered in a war-torn vale, intent on f inishing their conf lict once and for all. Before any could strike, a geyser that seemed made of equal parts bubbling water, soil, and snapping f lames spiraled up from the ground. A host of multicolored birds sprung from the geyser and f lew away before the geyser sank back into the ground. The druids realized that, although their methods differed, their philosophies all held root in the same concept, and where they had come to do battle they instead forged a lasting peace.
Dedicated worshipers of the Green Faith spend some time each day in deep meditation, communing with the natural forces. Peasants and farmers show their adherence to “the old ways” by hanging bundles of fresh herbs over their doorways, tending to their regions without disturbing the natural order, and showing respect for nature whenever possible. Not all druids are members of the Green Faith, but only the most bitter and disenfranchised druids scoff and deride the philosophy’s values.