Titles: The Keeper of Secrets, The Old Man, The Trickster, The Wise One, The All-Seeing, The King of Books
Alignment: True Neutral
Domains: Magic, Knowledge, Secrets
Symbols: The locked book and key and the mage’s staff
Holy Color: Brown
Ka is the firstborn son of Etra and the creator of magic in the world. His widespread worship is relatively new, though in other aspects and with other names, he has been worshipped as a god of knowledge, secrets, luck, wisdom, and death. In modern times, Ka is depicted as an old man with a long grey beard whose face is shadowed by a deep hooded cloak. He holds a staff in one hand and a locked book in the other.
Temples to Ka are large and cavernous with many secret passages and hidden rooms. Worshippers meet in small, ten to twelve-person cells and are guided by the clergy, who are known as Keepers. Keepers lead worshippers in long droning chants whose purpose is to bring the worshipper closer to knowledge of the ultimate secrets that Ka protects from the unfaithful.
Afterlife: The faithful of Ka expect to join their god in the Great Library to pore over the ineffable secrets of the universe. The greatest aspiration of a faithful worshipper of Ka is to learn something new and record it. It is prophesied that at the end times, Ka will reveal the greatest secret of all and usher in a new, higher form of existence.
Worship: The faithful join together in small groups led by a Keeper and intone droning chants from the Book of Secrets. The drones are carefully modulated and contain coded messages to their god requesting the pardoning of sins and the granting of blessings. Solitary prayer is accomplished by whispering into a lock and then locking the lock. If the worshipper does not have a lock, then a whispered prayer followed by the sharp intake of breath is customary.
Holidays: The most holy day for Ka is the Fall Equinox when his creation of magic is celebrated by wizards taking on new apprentices and apprentices who have served their tenure graduating as full-fledged wizards. This is a solemn day, but the night is filled with revelry.
Holidays Celebrate: Other holidays in Ka’s name celebrate new moons, prophets, great wizards, past revelations, and magic spells.
Clergy: Male and female, though primarily male.
Function: Scribes, spiritual guides, inquisitors, direct connection to the divine.
Lifestyle: Above average. Keepers are supported by their flocks and live in comfortable homes.
Family: None (chastity required)
Chosen: Keepers study carefully to become clergymen in Ka’s church. The exam to attain the book and key is rigorous, demanding, and extremely competitive.
Distinguished By: Keepers wear dark brown hooded robes with the symbol of Ka displayed prominently on the left breast.
Passed Down: Worship of Ka is passed down in two holy texts: the Book of Secrets and the Book of Lies. The Book of Lies contains apocryphal stories about Ka designed to trick the reader into revelation. The Book of Secrets is written in complex code and is read aloud in droning chants.
Deadly Sins: Foolhardiness, breaking confidence, destroying books, irresponsibility, malice
High Virtues: Education, loyalty, faith, responsibility
Associated Artform: Calligraphy
Coming of Age: 16
Coming of Age Rite: When the youth is on the eve of his or her 16th birthday, they are given a locked journal and pen. They are expected to keep this journal a secret and record what they learn and do throughout their lives.
Marriage: Arranged marriages are most common in the church of Ka.
Marriage Rites: Performed in a temple to Ka. The couple are joined together with a symbolic chain and lock. They give each other a chain with a lock pendant and a chain with a key pendant. They are expected to wear these symbols of marriage prominently.
Death Rites: The faithful deceased are buried in locked caskets with their heads removed. The head is cleaned and the skull bleached. The skull is then given to the family with an engraving of the dearly departed date of birth and date of death. If the head is gone or too damaged, this is done with another bone in the body.
Major Taboo: Telling another’s secrets.