in most towns, temples were far more than just places of worship: they were also homeless shelters, hospitals, orphanages, libraries, food banks, schools and libraries, among other things
most temples had their ‘temple orphans’: children who’d been orphaned, who’d fled from abusive families, or who otherwise didn’t have a home to return to. these children live\ permanently at the temple; they are cared for and educated by the priests.
the presence of temple orphans has its benefits– priests almost never have to clean
besides the temple orphans, there are usually a number of other permanent residents of temples: mainly pilgrims, beggars + the homeless, and the ill
it’s expected that townsfolk pay weekly tithes to the temple. the precise value of an “acceptable” tithe isn’t outlined anywhere, but is generally agreed to be “the amount that an individual can spare while still leading a comfortable life”
a single dunmer who refrains from donating may receive some very icy stares from the priests; a whole town that refuses to donate, such as those in hlaalu or telvanni territories, might miss out on many of the temple luxuries that those in more devout towns have access to
aside from donations of gold, donations of craft are also customary. a farmer will provide donations of crops, a tailor donations of clothing, an alchemist donations of curative potions, etc. these donations of craft are looked upon more favorably than donations of gold
if a temple is in dire need of something, they will let the community know– it is the duty of every faithful dunmer to meet the demand
the tribunal temple has its own system of law and punishment, but there’s no system to whether a particular crime is dealt with by the great houses or the temple– it depends on a number of things, including the allegiance of the perpetrator, the allegiance of the victim, and the nature of the crime
certain crimes– namely crimes against children, domestic crimes, crimes that threaten the wider public, crimes involving daedric worship, and particularly vitriolic heresy– are almost always dealt with by the temple. others such as theft, murder and corruption outside of the temple are typically left to house law.
unlike other acts associated with the house of troubles, ‘soul-sickness’ or mental illness is treated as physical illnesses are. aside from the services of healers, dunmer may receive counseling and advice at the temples, and reside there permanently if they pose a danger to themselves or others
for every service the temple offers, there is the implicit expectation that those who receive help will pay it back in kind. the teachings of almsivi strongly discourage ‘coddling’.
“Probably,” she agreed. “But next time, okay?” This was good! He was smiling! He liked the idea! “Sooooo what is your favorite dessert, if it’s not pie?”
He shrugged. “I like peanut butter cookies.” He probably liked other stuff, but the chances to get food not meant for nutrition was rare.
“You’re in luck! I baked some for the ball and people were way more interested in the mousse and cheesecake and cream puffs last night, so there’s tons left! Help yourself!” She leaned in close and lowered her voice. “Be sure to fill your pockets,” she added with a wink.
After begging and begging Cosima had finally convinced Delphine to cosplay their favourite Doctors to Comic-Con. Cosima had immediately picked the 4th Doctor because of the “hella awesome scarf” and Delphine had chosen the 11th Doctor, since she was new to the show and hadn’t seen the other Doctors yet. Delphine had left picking the outfits to Cosima, since she seemed so excited about them. But when the day arrived and she saw the sexy 11th Doctor’s outfit Cos had left for her she realised she’d made a huge mistake. She couldn’t go out in these clothes. What would people think if they saw her? That she was some hormonal teenager, dressing like a ho? Merde. Why would Cosima do this to her? Cosima saw the look on Delphine’s face and stepped closer to her “mmmhmmm looking damn fine Doctor Cormier” and kissed her softly on her lips. Delphine had expected Cosima to be all excited and drag her outside as quick as possible, but instead she deepened the kiss. Suddenly Delphine understood that those clothes weren’t meant for the benefit of Comic-Con, but for Cosima’s own benefits