The Pack Itself
The priest’s bag is a large backpack made of simple leather, uncoloured and relatively unadorned. The backpack has thick, cushioned shoulder straps and a padded belt that sits on the hips and fastens at the front of the waist to aid in weight distribution – a must-have for a travelling priest set on spreading the good word. Straps on the bottom of the backpack give external space to carry a rolled up tent and bedroll.
Inside The Pack
Alongside the day-to-day items of a travelling priest – a blanket, candles, a tinderbox, an alms box, incense, and vestements – the pack also contains the following:
- A leatherbound Book of Common Prayer, containing prayers and rituals common to all of the major faiths in the region.
- A small vial of water from a revered place of pilgrimage. It is not magical Holy Water, but still sacred to you.
- A set of prayer beads carved from dark wood and painted in swirls of red, green, and purple. They are strung on a simple cotton thread with a silver clasp so that they can be worn as a necklace.
- A small journal or diary containing your reflections on bits of scripture, the nature of your faith, and your quest for truth. This may be written in a code known only to you. Reading it would reveal facts about you that you may not wish known.
- A plain wooden box that contains the contents of a simple shrine or altar – a silk sheet, small candles, a statue or idol, and herbs and incense for burning.
- A glass jar containing a thick, clear substance with the consistency of wax or jelly. It smells faintly of incense and spiced oils and is used to anoint the skin during certain rituals and sacraments.
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