The Spirits of the Past

Many dwarves of Daear revere their ancestors. This practice stops short of worship, but the spirits of the past represent glorious deeds and the rich history of the dwarven race. Even dwarves who follow other religions often maintain shrines to great ancestors. Dwarves who venerate the Spirits of the Past devote themselves to emulating patron spirits. Such dwarves have a martial bent. Particularly devout warriors sometimes attain the title Keeper of the Past; they are often bards or clerics.

Although each practitioner honours an ancestor in his or her own way, followers of the Spirits of the Past share some common principles: Remember the great deeds and people of the past, and try to emulate and even to surpass them; Look to history and tradition for strength; Nothing is true today that wasn't true in the past - it just wears different trappings.

The ancestors are believed to speak to dwarves predominantly through the outcomes of Proving matches, giving or withholding blessings to combatants in matters of honour, judicial, who fought in the Provings to political debates, or the succession of rulers. Dwarves believe without question that a match cannot be won without the blessing of the Spirits of the Past. In spite of this, matches in the Proving Grounds are sometimes rigged in order to assure favourable outcomes despite this being considered an affront to the ancestors.
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