Saints of Sam Hill
The Saints of Sam Hill are an extremist religious sect which broke away from The Old Faith during Eden’s second Interregnum. Characterized by their belief that the goddess River has given full control of the world to her sister (for whom this land was named), the Saints dominate The Nunyan Wastes with their worship of all things flaming and chaotic.
The Saints see it as their divine mission to save every sapient soul in Eden from the corruption of Verglas the Destroyer—a frost demon who seeks to bury paradise in ice so heavy and thick that it will eventually push creation itself right up against the very Gates of Tarnation. The resulting confrontation, between Verglas and the goddess Eden, will mark—at least according to the Saints—the end of all worlds.
As with the Dhoshmorans from whence they came, Saints believe that the universe was created by the goddesses River and Eden during the latter days of their own collapsing reality. The primary difference between a Dhoshmoran and a Saint is, as mentioned above, the Saint’s belief that River has abandoned her post (so to speak).
Within the sect, the main point of theological debate is whether River will return to the fold during the final confrontation between Eden and Verglas. Those who believe River is gone for good believe that Verglas might actually be River’s child (the connection between ice and water fueling the belief).
But whatever difference the Saints might have amongst themselves, they are united by their belief that the deep volcanic caves which pockmark the icy Nunyan Wastes are evidence that the ultimate battle between good and evil is close at hand.