Thaumaturgy is an Arcane Art that focus on worship and the magical power of faith. Thaumaturges give worship to individuals, entites, or ideas of great power, known as Patrons. In turn, the Patrons use their considerable power and might to reward their followers’ piety with blessings and gifts. There are restrictions, however, and the vast majority of a given patron’s followers will never feel more than the faintest of these effects. However, for those that are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to further their patron’s interests while abiding by their stringent restrictions, the gifts can be mighty indeed.
Mechanically, Thaumaturges have a list of Patrons to whom they give worship, and from these patrons they receive a list of blessing, orisons, and rituals. Blessings are passive abilities, small statistical adjustments that represent divine favor, and must be selected at the start of each day, requested from their sources in the morning prayers. Orisons, on the other hand, are active abilities, small favors that may be called on as needed. Some may be called freely, others have limited use or an associated cost; these will be listed in the orison’s description. Finally, rituals represent greater powers. They are complicated procedures which pay homage to a patron in return for a specific effect, such as blessing an item or area, or healing an individual of disease.
These powers are not guaranteed, however; each Patron has a list of interests and limitations, and favor is earned by furthering one while abiding the other. Aurora, for example, is a fey spirit with the purviews of Weather and the Harvest. As such, she favors farmers and gardeners of all types, and frowns on guarding one’s self from the elements. (ie interest: growing plants / limitation: no heavy clothing). There are a wide variety of Patrons, each with their own purviews and goals, and each will have a number of interests and restrictions of varying degrees. Typically, greater gifts require greater piety, which requires stricter adherence and greater efforts. In our example, Aurora would be pleased with a Thamauturge tending her flower garden in a sun dress. She would be more pleased, however, were her worshiper tending to a vegetable garden in the nude.