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Devotional levels are not static levels. Think of them like a row of bottles which you need to fill. 1 bottle represents 1 level. E.g. there's a full level, a half-full level...etc.
Type [commune] to sense your bond with the gods. The lowest devotion level to the highest are as listed:
In case you're wondering if I copied this: I personally rolled up a character and walked her through it. There appears to be some levels left out with other listed sites. These are as I found them in game.
When performing rituals, it is important to do so before the eyes of the Gods. Consecrated ground or areas, such as altars, or special pool areas, should be where you do your rituals. You cannot simply perform these rituals anywhere. It has to be holy ground. Some altars are not fully functional (i.e. You can do some rituals at these altars, but not all rituals.)
I recommend doing a slew of rituals all at once. Then wait some time before repeating. I like to do ritual runs (a set of rituals done one after another) every now and then, even when I have reached the crystal clear level. (Just because you reach crystal clear does not always mean you have achieved the top.)
My Favorite Rituals
Praising the Gods
This is where you can be at your most creative. Reciting a prayer in praise of the gods can bring their pleasure upon you. (Type [recite] to figure out how to write out a verse)
Your prayer should contain one or more of these key words: The name of a neutral aspect god, praise, love or blessing(s). Kalira listed "unity" as a keyword, but I have yet to have that word trigger devotion. The length of the prayer needed to gain devotion can vary, depending on how well you create your prayer. I usually prefer 6 lines or more for my prayers.
It is possible to write out a prayer without mentioning a neutral aspect deity (see recitation at the beginning of this page). I recommend writing your own prayers. It makes the moment a little more special, in my opinion.
Planting Sirese Seeds
This is one of the most popular high-end rituals. For the most part, areas where you can gather sirese seeds are obvious because you can see signs of sirese in the room description. There are a few places that don't have this. For example, an area in Aesry but it's fairly obvious once you think about what sirese seeds become when planted...and that's your first hint to that area in Aesry!
Hints for new clerics: In Zoluren, I know of two areas. Both are along the Northern Trade Route. I forgot where the Riverhaven sirese seed is. You could try checking out any holy spots. Sorry, novices! As for areas in other provinces, if you're smart enough to leave your starting city, then you're smart enough to figure out the sirese seed gathering areas yourself. ;)
To gather seeds: [Gather seed] to try and get the seed. If it's an area that has gatherable sirese seeds, you will know. It can be hard to gather the seeds at first, but keep at it.
Once you have the seed, make sure you have a vial with holy water in it, and go to a nice wildlife friendly area and plant your seed. Finally, sprinkle the area with holy water. If you did it right, you'll know you pleased the gods.
This ritual often have young clerics confused. A common misconception is that ANY bathing pool will do. This is false. It has to be a pool that is designed for the clerical bathing ritual. So do NOT go to Orem's Bathhouse!
In Zoluren, there are three pools which you can use. One is located in the Crossing Temple's grounds. It's kinda hard to miss and it's outside the actual temple, by the way. This pool is seasonal and has another devotion-giving puzzle (hint: it needs to be filled up occasionally and you should have the Bless spell if you do it alone). The second and easiest to use is located in the secretive Damaris' shrine which is somewhere near Kaerna Village. The third pool is located near Leth Deriel by the moss meys' hunting area. There are no pools that I know of in Riverhaven. Move to Crossing, novices!! ;)
You need two of the 3 different type of herbs sold at Father Durantine's Shop. These can be bought cheaply, or foraged if you know where to look.
Once in the holy pool, rub the herbs on you. My advice: Have faith in your god. You will know when you do it right.
Offering Devotional Beads
This is a ritual that requires skill, thus is not for the young and inexperienced. You need to carve a bead from a stick or a limb. There are clerical NPCs around Dirge, Riverhaven, Shard and other cities (not in Crossing though) who sell primers. These primers can be studied and will tell you how to carve a bead, and what you need to carve a bead.
Once your bead is carved, you should place it on your prayer chain and meditate upon the chain.
You can only offer a bead that you made yourself. This is a devotional ritual that grows with you. The better quality beads you can carve, the more devotion you will gain. Work your mech lore and scholarship skills!
More information on Devotional Bead Carving
This is another popular ritual. I grew to like it late in life as a cleric. :) It is one of those rituals which cap out at odd places; It seems to be right in the middle of the "thee and thy" devotion level.
So sometimes when you tithe, you'll get nothing if you are on the high end of that level. You can get to crystal clear by tithing when you are at thee and thy. If you do not, try casting a low-level commune or two, then tithe again. It stops giving devotion the moment you see the crystal clear vision.
Some believe that below crystal clear, getting devotion for tithing is random. Who knows. I believe what I want to believe.
Look for an almsbox near the Temple in Riverhaven or Crossing. Look or read the almsbox. It will tell you how to donate money. I recommend 5 silver kronars. Some almsboxes, like the one on Ratha, aren't in areas where you'd think to look for a cleric's almsbox, but generally, they DO make sense when you think about the purpose of the box.
Other Common Rituals
The Wolf Den and Kalira's Journals.
This section on devotion rituals does not cover all possible rituals. I only covered the rituals that I feel are enough for you to improve your devotion. There are also a number of rituals that can give decent to immense devotion which are considered in-game secrets and you'll have to find out about them by figuring it out yourself, asking around, or scour websites which spill all.
Thanks must go to the many clerics in-game and clerical websites who taught me about rituals when I first started out.
As I have mentioned earlier, some devotional rituals cease to please the Gods enough to affect your relationship once you reach a certain level of devotion. In other words, when you reach a certain level of devotion, you stop getting devotion from performing it.
At the time of writing this, there is no way of telling which rituals still give you devotion, and which ritual does not. Some rituals, such as tithing, do let you know that you are not getting devotion. But there are many other rituals that do not do the same.
I speculate that simple rituals that require little to no effort, such as kissing the altar and dancing, give no more devotion after you have a high enough devotion level, eventhough you still get the messagings of getting devotion.
However, it is also possible that these low-level rituals do still give devotion. If this is the case, then once you reach the top levels of devotion, the devotion given by these rituals are so little that it is practically impossible to affect your devotion level significantly. (i.e. it is pretty much like you are not getting any devotion from these rituals...)