A congregation can represent almost any structure or location where people could receive spiritual instruction, such as a monastery, a church, a sacred grove, a burial site, or similar structure. It provides the owner with liao and votes to use in the Imperial Synod


A congregation entitles the owner to ten votes and the ability to raise a judgement in the Imperial Synod. In addition, the Imperial civil service will provide the owner with five doses of liao.

The owner can vote on each judgement in every assembly they are a member of. By default every congregation owner is a member of the General Assembly as well as the national assembly for their nation.

If your character is dedicated to a virtue then by default they will be a member of that Virtue Assembly. If they are not dedicated then they will be a member of the Assembly of the Way. This can be changed by preaching.

Demand for Liao

Only two nations - the Empire and the Sumaah Republic - produce liao in any great quantity, and the Sumaah are loathe to allow too much of it to fall into the hands of heathens and heretics. There is a significant demand for the spiritual substance in a number of places, however. The temple of the Seven Virtues in Nemoria means that the novelty-seeking Asaveans are even more interested in acquiring the drug than usual. Several nations make use of the liao in their own spiritual rites - the Faraden and the Axou in particular. Others look to exploit the mild narcotic properties of liao, or to trade on its exotic reputation - merchants from the Sarcophan Delves in particular are keen to buy crates of the purple substance to sell to select markets abroad.

Yet the Empire's stock of liao is carefully regulated, distributed to congregations based on their size. With a few exceptions, the liao that is so much in demand must be purchased directly from Imperial priests. At the moment, any Imperial citizen who leads a congregation can sell their liao for a crown each dose, either to entrepreneurial Imperial traders or directly to foreign merchants. This opportunity, however, remains dependent on the shifting relationships between the Empire and foreign nations.

Downtime Options

It is possible to sell the liao produced by a congregation. You receive one crown for each dose of liao that you sell in this way.

it is also possible to preach in downtime to change which Virtue assembly your character belongs to. You can choose to select a virtue from the preach dropdown menu, which will set your membership of a Virtue assembly for the next event. This setting initially defaults to the virtue the character is dedicated to (if any). If it is changed, that change remains in place unless the option is changed again. The only options available are the seven Imperial virtues and the Way (for preaching that does not focus on a specific virtue), regardless of the character's dedication.

Membership of an assembly is set before the start of the event based on the preceding downtime; membership of an assembly will never change at the summit.

A character who is dedicated to a force other than one of the seven Virtues defaults to membership of the Assembly of the Way. This does not change, but they have the same option to declare themselves a member of a virtue assembly as any other character.


A congregation can be upgraded using white granite obtained from the Bourse. Each time a congregation is upgraded, the owner receives two additional votes in the Synod and one additional dose of liao from then on.

To upgrade a congregation requires Imperial Wains of white granite equal to the level the congregation is being upgraded to. So the first upgrade of a starting level 1 congregation costs 2 Imperial Wains of white granite, from 2 to 3 costs 3 Imperial Wains, etc.


A congregation cannot be diversified.

National Implications

Senators in Highguard are chosen by the Highborn National Assembly on the basis of who gets the least votes against them. This vote is a normal Synod vote - but only Highborn characters with a congregation personal resource can vote.


The table below shows a list of the rituals in both Imperial lore and Urizen lore which can affect the production of a congregation.

Ritual Effect Realm Magnitude
Mantle of the Golden Orator Produces an additional 3 liao and 6 votes in the Synod over the next season Autumn 7
Silver Tongue of Virtue Produces an additional 3 liao and 6 votes in the Synod over the next season Night 8
Net of Gossamer Chains(1) With the aid of Callidus produces 3 warm ashes over the next season Autumn 14
The Certainty of Doubt(1)(2) Reduces production by a half for a year Night 16
A Light That Moves(1) Produces an additional 6 liao and 12 votes in the Synod over the next season Day 18
Like Water Through Your Fingers Reduces production by three quarters for a year Autumn 30

  1. This ritual is in Urizen lore
  2. This ritual is interdicted