I figured that a bit of poetry inspired by the two litanies from the episode could be an interesting way to add some flavor to your world, or the world of Dayeimbe. Rather than saying soemthing like "you see robed cultists chanting around a fire." You could grab one of these, and try to creep your players out. In the same way you could have your players enter a dwarven temple and rather than general chanting being described you could create the litany to Moradin that is said before each battle to read to your players. The two from the episode were written my DM Mitch and I specifically for Nerull, and are here as examples.
DM-Mitch's Nerull litany: God of death God of snow Bury deep Bury low If they die Take them cold Take them frightened Young not old If your will Let them survive To bring more death To help you thrive
DM-Neal aka joatmoniac's Nerull litany: You will know fear Your fear will feed the Reaper Fear is the mind killer Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration I will permit it to pass over you and through you Where the fear has gone there will be nothing Only I will remain
So there those are! Grab a deity from the old faithful DM-Nastics 23: Pantheon Builder or a deity from your own world, or one from a campaign setting. Pretty much any pantheon anywhere is fair game. After you pick the deity try and come up with a litany and where it would be used. Can't wait to see what people dream up!
Maglubiyet Goblin god of war and stuff Not a perfect translation from goblin texts, but I did what I could.
All the goblin raiders (All the goblin raiders) All the goblin raiders (All the goblin raiders) All the goblin raiders (All the goblin raiders) All the goblin raider Now pick you spears up
March on the town, just lit up We're doing our pillaging thing They're gonna get flayed, cause they didn't wanna pay 'Cause Somethin' about tyranny Were up on them, don't let them flee Get maglubiyet's attention 'Cause They didn't yield for three straight years We just wanna get paid
'Cause if we like it, then you should have given it to us If we like it, then you should have given it to us Don't be mad once you bleed you little fungus If we like it, then you should have given it to us Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh
For Nom the great witch, something interesting. Sung cheerfully;
Mon ho Mon ho Mon ho Reaf la fo rothem eth Mon ho Mon ho Mon ho Tayf yim fo reveaw -repeat as needed-
Worshipers of Nom sing this little ditty as they do there terrible work. The words here are phonetically, and when read backwards goes: Oh Mon oh Mon oh Mon, The mother of all fear. Oh Mon oh Mon oh Mon, Weaver of my fate.
- "the DM is a mystical figure from another plane of reality that can only communicate with us through the magical program known as Skype" - Nasim "Knifey" Val
I love this thread! Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote, "A good hymn is the most difficult thing in the world to write." And isn't that what we're doing here? There is a lot of fantastic inspiration for religious chant or song in our world.
I recommend Austin Lovelace's short and inexpensive book The Anatomy of Hymnody for an excellent discussion of rhythm, meter, rhyme, and how each of those contribute to the tone of a hymn.
There are even some hymns that would sound absurd in church but would be great for a fantasy setting. Consider the first half of "God of Concrete, God of Steel" by Richard Granville Jones Frederick R. C. Clarke, published 1971:
God of concrete, God of steel,
God of piston and of wheel,
God of pylon, God of steam,
God of girder and of beam,
God of atom, God of mine,
All the world of pow'r is thine.
Lord of cable, Lord of rail,
Lord of motorway and mail,
Lord of rocket, Lord of flight,
Lord of soaring satellite,
Lord of lightning’s livid line,
All the world of speed is thine.
I can just imagine some clerics of Moradin chanting that in a steampunk or modern setting as they are working a forge. Of course, there are plenty of truly beautiful hymns if you want something for the clerics of your good deity to sing. You will probably want to change the lyrics to suit the fantasy religion. I recommend browsing websites like cyberhymnal for inspiration.