I am posting this a day early because I want to discuss whether to remove the daily prayer limitation, but until people read this they don't actually understand how religion is going to work on this cluster. So read this and discuss on the feedback channel on discord. Note that you won't be able to advance a Stormguard level til September.
Finally, the way to Farmash is open, and finally the Age of Religion begins!
There's only one problem. The Gods can't hear your invocations through the noise of the Storm. None of the Spells work, on any of the islands.
Not to fear though, the Stormguards have designed Temples that amplify the frequencies of divine wavelengths. So long as a certain Temple is built on an island, a certain invocation will be heard there. Translation: Build a Temple of [Spell] on an island to enable that spell for that island.
There are limitations however. Too many of these Temples would cancel each other out, causing the Gods to just hear white noise. So each Island can have a max of five Temples (for now). Oh... and each Spell can be on a max of one Island (yes, even Bless, so Silver and Gold altars may only be on one island for now). Otherwise the Gods get confused about where your invocation is coming from and misdirect the intended effect.
So which Spells will be on which Islands? The Stormguards decide! For your choice this month, you will choose an Island and choose a Spell. Now, I believe the next part is the exciting part but it is also completely optional. If you don't want to do it, simply choose an Island and a Spell.
If you are a creative type, you may also choose part of the specification for the Temple for that spell! Note that this is first come, first serve, so time is of the essence (if you are reading this in September). If you want to make sure you get a certain combination approved, you can advance a Stormguard level now and choose your Spell/Island combination, simply mentioning that you are going to edit it with the specification later when you have decided it.
To ensure a slight degree of consistency, all Temples must be:
A single room with an altar
Between 2 and 4 floors high, but with the intermediate "floors" removed so that there is only one room with a high ceiling
Between 5 and 12 tiles large at each "floor"
Be named "Temple of [Spell name]"
Beyond this, you can add more specifications for the Spell you chose (such as specifying that the Temple of Bless must be built entirely of Marble) or further limit any points of the specification above (such as prescribing an exact shape of the finished building). You can specify certain furniture, or even certain trees planted nearby. If you do not provide any specification, players will simply be restricted to the above points.
Just remember this is more an opportunity for you to be creative than for you to make the task difficult for others. If part of your specification gets too unreasonable, you may be asked to lower or remove parts of it. But in all cases, I will give your specification a chance and see whether anyone can manage it. After all, building a Temple is expected to be (although does not need to be) a group effort as many will benefit from it existing and there is not any reward for having personally built it.
When the Temple is built to your specification, a screenshot should be uploaded to this thread and the Spell will thus be enabled for that Island.
If you choose a Spell for an Island then realise someone posted before you and chose the same Spell, or now there's more than 5 Spells on that Island, just edit your post and choose another combination.
All Spells will still be restricted to whichever Gods they are normally restricted to.
I have made it so that you don't have to wait a full month since you last advanced. You simply get to advance once each real-world month.
The initial 5 Spells per Island limit is just so that we spread the Spells around the 4 Islands to begin with. Once those 20 "spell slots" are used up, there will likely be more opportunity to add more Spells in the future.
Since Spells are limited to certain Islands, it is now fine to have Courier and Dark Messenger. However, remember that you cannot load any of the mailboxes, so mailing would be restricted to that Island.
Lv. 0: 4 x Sleeping Powder
Lv. 1: 2 x Shaker Orb
Lv. 2: Personal Merchant Contract
Lv. 3: Ten 50 QL Sprouts of your choice
Lv. 4: Small Magical Chest, your choice of wood
Lv. 5: 1 Gold Coin
Lv. 6: Large Magical Chest, your choice of wood
The Stormguards use UK time.
Example of a Stormguard advancement this month (please note this is NOT my choice, just an example):
Kiama, Lv. 2 Stormguard, Bless, Whitesand, 4 x Sleep Powder
Additional Specification (this is optional):
Made of Marble
With a gold altar in the center
Shaped as follows: