Gods, Shrines & Temples
These are general answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions. For more information on the finer points of game play and strategy, please consult the Game Help Forum rather than e-mailing Angels and Cherubs directly for help as they will direct you back to the Forum. Click on a question below to read the answer or return to the Index.
- How do I keep the gods happy?
- How many people can be served by a temple or a shrine?
- Do I need a festival plaza? How do I make one? Does it have to be connected to the city?
- Are festivals necessary?
- What are all those little blue symbols by the god’s names?
- What kind of blessings, or curses, can I get?
- What are the moods of the gods?
How do I keep the gods happy?
When you start a city, check your Overseer of the Temples. Note who is your patron god and plan to have at least one more temple for that god than the others-at all times. The non-patron gods won’t mind having fewer temples than the Big Cheese, but they do get jealous of each other! So, treat them fairly.
Shines do not provide walkers for Religious access to your houses, but do improve your overall Religion rating. They can be set behind architects or fire marshals to save space, as they only need to be within 2 tiles of a road.
Temple Complexes make your Patron god very happy. These structures also send out a priest to walk through the neighborhood and increase the desirability of the area. They are very expensive and require 50 employees. The add-on altars and oracles for the Temple Complexes can increase benefits for your city. The Strategy Section of Pharaoh Heaven is a good place to get familiar with each of the gods, as well as the Religion section of the manual.
The general rules are:
- Keep the total coverage for each god equal to or above your current population.
- Treat the local gods equally. Equal numbers of shrines and temples for each.
- Treat the patron god preferentially. Have more temples and shrines to this god than any of the local gods.
- Throw a common festival every six months dedicated to the god that’s gone the longest without one. Follow these rules and you’ll be continuously showered with divine blessings. It’s really not hard to find room for shrines, they aren’t overly costly, and they don’t require any employees.
How many people can be served by a temple or a shrine?
- 1 Temple to the patron god covers 375 people.
- 1 Shrine to the patron god covers 187 people.
- 1 Temple to a local god covers 750 people.
- 1 Shrine to a local god covers 375 people.
Do I need a festival plaza? How do I make one? Does it have to be connected to the city?
Festival Plazas are 5-tile squares that have to be placed over a crossroad. They do increase desirability, but can wreck havoc with your walkers doing a promenade each time they enter the plaza. You can place it off in the boon-docks if you want, it doesn’t have to be connected to the city. Another possibility is to leave one road tile between the plaza and the rest of the city and use a roadblock to keep the wandering walkers under control.
Are festivals necessary?
Festivals can help appease the gods and increase your chances for blessings. Remember it takes time to plan and throw the festival, so an angry god might be appeased quicker by a temple or couple of shrines.
What are all those little blue symbols by the god’s names?
The Blue Ankhs symbolize how happy a god is with you. Lightening bolts are letting you know something very bad may happen…soon!
What kind of blessings, or curses, can I get?
Osiris can improve the Inundation to boost fertility of your growing crops, and can double your harvests if especially pleased. He can also send stop your crops from growing or with hold the annual flooding.
Ra’s blessing can boost your Kingdom Rating, cause cities to trade more with you and can provide a 12 month bonus of your trading partners paying 1 1/2 times the going rate. If he is not pleased with you, your Kingdom Rating will suffer and he can stop traders from coming to your city.
Ptah can fill a storage yard with goods or raw materials for industry. He can give your weavers, jewelers or shipwrights raw materials to work with. He can destroy storage yards of raw materials or goods if he is ignored.
Seth can protect your soldiers sent to distant battles and smite your enemies at home. Ignore him and he will not be on your side the next time you are attacked.
Bast can fill your bazaar with goods and make your population happy and content. Incur her wrath and she can send plagues and illness to your city.
What are the moods of the gods?
The God moods, from worst to best, are: