Olidammara teaches his followers to avoid predictability and routine, to delight in wine, to learn music, to seek out happiness, joy, entertainment, and the company of others. Olidammara advises his faithful to appreciate both the jokes they play and the jokes played on them. He also teaches that misery, temperance, and solemnity are the greatest poisons to the soul.
Olidammara’s religion lacks a single holy book, but instead maintains hundreds of mutually contradictory collections of parables and songs. Any attempt to codify or reconcile these texts is anathema to Olidammara’s creed, which teaches that chaos should be embraced and material things have little importance or intrinsic value.
Olidammara is worshiped by rogues, bards, beggars, thieves, and all lovers of life. In this world, Olidammara was introduced to Aerna through the sailors of The Great Ships.
Olidammara’s clerics often have a second occupation, such as vintners and entertainers in urban areas, or as minstrels, messengers, and jacks-of-all-trades in rural areas. They wear comfortable clothes, preferring browns, greens, and blacks. Some wear an actual mask as their holy symbol, while others merely wear a signet or amulet inscribed with a drawing of a mask.
Small shrines to Olidammara are more common than actual temples; these can be found anywhere, in pubs, in dens of thieves, and in the form of piles of stones at roadsides, carved with his symbol. Most faithful drop a small token of their esteem by the shrine: a few coins, a bit of tasty food, or a cup of wine.
Many of Olidammara’s temples are converted inns or taverns, while some are theaters or actual thieves’ guilds. Services typically involve songs, feasts, and a much drinking.
It might seem like a strange addition to a largely lawful political palette, but there are many reasons for Olidammara to be added into The Contract. Mechanically, I want to offer a place for chaotic characters, both PCs and NPCs. Roleplaying, I want to be able to juxtapose law and chaos.
Olidammara was the last to sign The Contract. Their Lawful Neutral leader at the time was the captain of the biggest of The Great Ships. Therefore many of the worshipers tend to be sailors or descendents of sailors.
Lawful followers of Olidammara typically follow the motto as outlined on pg. 15 of Complete Champion: More or less, “If you want something, take it. If someone deserved to keep it, it would have been defended more readily. But be ready to accept the consequences.” Lawful worshipers agree that life is only worth living with song, dance, art, and imagination.
This is not interpreted as a credo for thievery by lawful worshipers. Lawyers and politicians of Olidammara are extremely potent and skilled at their craft. They understand the rules as well as The Order of St. Cuthbert and The Ruby Order, but have more flexibility since they are not tethered to a strong religious doctrine. If a legal route exists, even if it means lying to the populous, they will take it.