Religious rituals enable the priest to draw upon divine Power and perform miracles. Each ritual is a prescribed ceremony, consisting of prayer and, sometimes, the use of sacred relics to attract the attention of a deity and ask his or her favor for purposes that correspond with the god's alignment and will. Priests learn the rites of their faith during years of training as supplicants and acolytes, cloistered in monastaries or temples at the feet of higher level priests. Without this training, and the dedication and faith required, the gods will not grant their favor.
Tenets are the combined traditions and requirements of a faith - the commandments, prohibitions and holy observances that are important to the deity. Priests are assumed to be learned in all aspects of their faith, able to perform ceremonies, minister to and advise followers in religious and ethical matters.
Priests are able to sense the presence of magical Power and determine the ethical alignment of the source - good or evil. The source may be an active ritual or spell, an artifact, relic or a magical creature. Basically, any being that actively uses magic in the cause of an ethical alignment, or that is endowed with good or evil Power, can be detected as such. The priest may not be able to sense the ethics of ordinary people, but he or she can sense if a person is using magic for good or evil purposes.
There are Nine Rituals, which all priests - regardless of Power Level or rank - may perform. Each ritual has a specific purpose and effects. As with spells, the effects of rituals conform to the rules of Magic, as detailed in the POWER TABLE.
Most rituals have an inverse, or opposite, version which represents the negative (evil) aspect of divine power. Only evil priests may use an inverse ritual without ill-effects to themselves. Performing a ritual that is antithetical to the priest's faith is a dire sin, resulting in the loss of all priestly powers.
In order to perform a ritual, the priest must be in possession of a sacred symbol of his or her faith, and must be free to pray and gesture. If the priest is interfered with during the process (as in physically or magically attacked), the ritual is interrupted.
THE NINE RITUALS
Sacred relics vary in Power. The priest who possesses one gains bonuses to their personal Power, as well as any other special benefits a relic may have. Individuals of an opposing ethic or alignment suffer ill-effects when they touch a relic or enter its area of effect.