When an Aegic Emperor dies, his worldly remains are carried into the Great Temple in Kreen and interred in a mausoleum beside his predecesors. After a perid of mourning a feast is held in his honor, rituals and traditions from hundreds of years ago are observed, and the soul of the expired Emperor takes his place at the Eternal Round Table in the land of the dead. He joins a gestalt divinity that is dedicated to Imperial and Human supremacy, and assumes a role in it according to his greatest successes in life.
While all 72 previous Emperors (except certain disputed and excommunicated usurpers) are revered, a dozen or so are the main objects of worship in each age, depending on their domains and the needs of the people. The domains of each Emperor are assigned posthumously, and somewhat susceptible to revisionist history, but the combined divinity of the Emperors provides all clerical domains and spells as normal.
Important Emperors and their domains
Romulus. Law, Rulership, Smithing.
Marius. War, the Legions, Travel.
Clavin. Keys and Locks, Death.
Serpio. Birth, Home, Snakes, Poison.
Eksandros. Light, Sailing, Forests.
Priests, Clerics and Paladins
Emperor worship is the official religion of the Aegic Empire, and observing its holidays and ceremonies is enshrined in the law of the Empire. Its priests wield considerable local power, but are sidelined in Imperial matters in favor of the noble families. It is common for clerics and paladins to have the cognomen Imperatorum, “of the Emperors”.
While priests are generalists, Clerics choose one domain to focus on. Paladins almost invariably take the Oath of the Crown.