The Frozen City
Order of Dayra
The Order of Dayra, sometimes called the Sisterhood of Dayra, is an all-female order dedicated to tending the sick, clothing the poor, and generally helping the helpless. They run soup kitchens and charitable services throughout the Empire and in particular manage orphanages— over the years, they have become more and more focused on the well-being of children.
The children in the orphanages of the Sisterhood are not all actual orphans. People—particularly the very poor—sometimes sell one of their children to the Church for about 50 gp (almost a year’s wages for a laborer). These children, called oblates, are raised to become clerics, paladins, or other servants of the Church. A great many people associated with the Church started as oblates, and thus have a special affection for the Order of Dayra, looking upon the sisters as mother figures.
The sisters are celibate clerics or paladins who live in convents, usually attached to an orphanage and oftentimes a school.