The Temple of
Avá in Milkengrad,
also called the Avaedhra,
is the only human temple that is devoted to
the typically elven High Goddess of
Avá the Beautiful. In this place
Avá and Her Dream and study the past.
Location. The Temple is built at the eastern edge of Milkengrad’s greatest square, the Hypheralean Square (Square of the Singing Heavens).
Function. The Helcrani are the only human race that worships Avá. This worship was introduced by the elves along with their cosmology at early stages of helcran history. However, the Helcrani do not have a religion as an organized system of worship. They believe that approaching divinity is a rather personal matter and confining it into certain patterns is a sacrilege. Nevertheless, the Helcrani respect Avá, the Gods and the Dream as a whole. They have established days of remembrance to express that respect and educate their young. These days are divided in two categories:
Educational: ceremonies that intend to educate the young take place at anniversaries of certain events or days devoted to Gods.
Honoring: Mortal or divine beings are praised for their acts or abilities. This is the helcran way for granting immortality to their heroes. During these days the Helcrani gather mainly at Avá’s Temple or the Valley of the kings, their royal graveyard.
However, the Temple doesn’t only host these mentioned ceremonies. The Temple
also is a haven of knowledge and science. Notorious conversations and speeches
about every matter take place there. In its basement are located the Anactarian
historical archives with valuable documents and evidence covering not only the
whole of helcran history but also
extending far to the past. Furthermore, the Temple is astronomically aligned and
certain constellations appear in places devoted to them during their day of
remembrance. A large part of the Temple’s library besides theological,
philosophical and cosmological editions hosts a significant amount of astronomy
The whole building is taken care of by human, elven, dwarven and Milken hierophants. These hierophants participate in the ceremonies, execute the rituals or are scholars that either pass on their knowledge or advance science. Major scholars and scientists in Centorauria are awarded the title “Hierophant of the Temple” and thus are considered to be under royal protection,
Description. On the outside it seems that the building is alive bending over its own weight, totally lacking straight lines and decorated with columns, statues that depict scenes from nature, wildlife and the Avaesthoría.
Inside the Temple is devoted to the elements that form apart the universe. In special clusters against the walls are statues of the 12 gods according to their dominant element.
As one enters a large white corridor guides him to the centre of the Temple. On both sides of this corridor there are columns which have the form of trees and the floor is made of green marble looking like a forest. Among the trees there are twelve places where various plants are put. After seven rows of "trees" one reaches the Great Circle. At both sides of the circle is the field of fire. The floor consists of black and red basalt resembling molten lava. Seven fireplaces burn at each side and symbolise the seven Helcrani fratrae. Beyond the Circle lies the area devoted to the water. The floor has the bright blue colour of the sea and shines like it when the sunlight falls upon it. Twelve minor fountains surround a greater one just like the gods surround Avá. The Great Circle and the Corridor symbolise sentient life. In the centre is a smaller circular building with columns around it. Inside there is a statue of Avá dreaming, which shelters in its base Curgan’s body. Near the circle's perimeter are statues of every known sentient race. The human, elven and dwarven statues represent Curogane I, Agarann and Tergol the leaders of the three races that formed the Helcrani nation. Over the circle is the Dome symbolising the air and the winds. The Dome is decorated with paintings of the sky. With remarkable craft the dome is supported by statues of the four winds made by so thin and enduring materials that it seems to be hanging in the air.
Information provided by Curgan