The rise of Højplads, broadly recorded in the history of Nova Vaasa, restored the Church of the Lawgiver to a position of power and prominence on Faldverden. It was a position the Church enjoyed for centuries, until the day of the Second Judgment when, according to Church authorities, the Lawgiver wrenched Nova Vaasa from Faldverden and cast it into Falskverden, the False World, better known as Ravenloft. Exactly what crime prompted the Second Judgment has never been determined the Church simply points to a general descent into license and liberality. Why Nova Vaasa, alone of the nations of Faldverden, was chosen to suffer this fate also remains unexplained, but most within the Church believe that Nova Vaasa was the only nation worth saving. The other countries, they believe, were cast into the Hell of Slaves, a netherworld of ceaseless toil for those who flout their rightful position in life. The faithful of the Church live in fear of the Lawgivers next Judgments. According to the Churchs holy texts, there will be a Third and then a Final Judgment, when the world will be destroyed and all unworthy souls will be doomed to an eternity of torture in the Hell of Slaves. Some within the Church believe that the Grand Conjunction was the Third Judgment. For this faction, only the Final Judgment awaits. This is not the official view of the Church, which claims instead that the Lawgiver intervened to save the world from Mytteri’s attempt to destroy it.
Clerics of the Lawgiver pray daily at noon, when the light of day leaves them most fully exposed to the Lawgiver’s scrutiny. Worship services are held every evening at the Lawgiver’s fanes, after the working day is ended. Attendance at least twice a week is mandatory for the faithful. The church observes many holy days. One of the most important is the Day of Penance, held on New Year’s Day, in which the faithful lament their failings of the previous year and resolve to do better the next. The second is the Celebration of the Reemergence, observed on the first full moon in August. This holiday marks the end of the Grand Conjunction in 740 BC and, more importantly, the end of the Lawgiver’s period of silence and withdrawal during that disaster. Official church dogma credits the Lawgiver with the end of the Great Upheaval, and the holiday is one spent in praise, thanks, and feasting.