How many members of my cult are there in Sartar?
There are about 170k people in Sartar (including the Far Point but not the Pol-Joni).
Let’s assume a little over half are initiated adults. That gets us 90k cultists. Here are some rough numbers of how that breaks down in Sartar:
Approximate number of dedicated worshipers (late 1625 or 1626)
- Orlanth 39,625
- Ernalda 39,000
- Maran Gor 1,100
- Babeester Gor 1,100
- Chalana Arroy 2,300
- Eurmal 1,150
- Issaries 3,500
- Lhankor Mhy 2,300
- Daka Fal 2,500
- Humakt 4,000
- Storm Bull 2,800
- Seven Mothers 5,500
- Hykim & Mikyh 2,700 (inc Telmor)
- Yelmalio 5,750
- Other Cults (Argan Argar, Asrelia, Eiritha, Engizi, Heler, Kolat, Odayla, Ty Kora Tek, Uleria, Waha, Yinkin, etc.) 7,100 total. Let’s say an average of about 145-500 per minor cult.
What that hopefully makes clear is that there are not going to be great temples of any of the minor cults (or indeed the smaller cults) in Sartar.
Geo? Geo’s cult is never stand-alone.
But that’s the rough numbers with which to work with. What you can see is the overwhelming preponderance of Orlanth and Ernalda. Even if together they are a little less than 70% of the total population, they are the only cults that can have multiple great temples, and many major temples.At the other end of the scale, the smaller cults need to be concentrated in a handful of places to even get minor temples. So Eurmal has a minor temple or two, but otherwise just shrines. Lhankor Mhy has a major temple or two, a few minor temples, then just shrines. Etc.
Seven Mothers in Boldhome? Kallyr didn’t murder the civilians who worship the Seven Mothers when she took Boldhome, did she? The crafters, the tavern owners, the servants, etc. The Seven Mothers cult is the gateway to the Lunar Way.
RGQ page 104 claims, “Barntar, son of Orlanth and Ernalda, is a popular agricultural god.” In Sartar, he is worshiped as a subcult of Orlanth. I am not going to break out sub cults etc.
I’m surprised at how high the Humakt number is. There’s a lot of war going on.
I’m a little surprised to see Eurmal higher than Yinkin or the other hunter gods.
Is most hunting is done as an aside to farming/warrior/noble? Full-time hunting is not nearly as significant as you might think. Most hunting is supplemental for the Sartarites. And yes that does mean that there are more Sartarites in Eurmali clown societies than there are full-time professional hunters.
What about the cult of Sartar? Sartar is part of the Orlanth cult.
Does the ‘etc’ in other cults include the Chaos cults, or are they a separate consideration? No. It also does not include trolls, elves, etc.
And it looks like more than a third of all Chalana Arroy initiates are in Boldhome and Jonstown. If you add in Alda-Chur, Swenstown, Wilmskirk, and the Nunnery we have 850 initiates in all of rural Sartar and the Far Point. That’s not many.