The following and worshipping of in-game Gods and Goddesses can be some of the most rewarding roleplaying experiences that a player can have in the MUD of Achaea. Often distinctly different than factional roleplay, serving a divine with other like-minded individuals can take many forms considering there are thirty-three different Gods and Goddesses in Achaea. Whether you follow Ourania, Goddess of the Moon, or Neraeos, God of the Sea, being a part of a religious order can shape and define your character in great ways.
Personally, my character follows the tenets of Babel, God of Oblivion. This experience has defined my character in many ways. For example, my character can worship and pray in the temple of Babel, is closely associated and roleplays with the other followers of Babel, and he defines his ideals based upon the precepts that the Order of Babel adheres to. Since the Order of Babel teaches that the world will face impending ruin and subsequently cease to exist one day, my character doesn't feel any compunction to follow the morality-based ideals that the factions of Good, Evil, and Nature adhere to. My character, a serpent, can steal without feeling empathy, or become drunk with alchohol without feeling weak-natured, etc.
The player behind the God or Goddess can make the order very fun to be in. Babel, as an example, closely interacts with his followers on a consistent basis, making it enjoyable. The other followers of the order also make an order. Other bloggers here on mmorpg.com, such as Lianca and Amunet, also follow Babel and are incredibly skilled at roleplaying. They make being in the order even more enjoyable. That is just one small example of the opportunities that await you in the vast amount of orders and divine that Achaea hosts.
Once you're a follower of an particular divine, you may participate in and defend shrines dedicated to whoever you follow. Shrines are places where people can offer hunted corpses to sanctify or defile (destroy) a shrine dedicated to your divine. Corpses offered for sanctification improve a shrine and give essence to your God or Goddess. Essence is simply spiritual magic that can be used by your divine order for special spells and powers. Corpses offered for defilement destroy the shrine. Many religious wars have been fought by opposing orders over differing ideologies.
The tenets and ideology of an order can have a profound impact on your character and on your particular roleplay. It almost always enhances the character and opportunities that can be found in Achaea. If this is something that interests you, and that you probably haven't found in most games, come create a character in Achaea from Iron Realms and join us!