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     The humble villagers of HASHIROI BEACH are very spiritual people. They believe in many deities, most of which are associated with the elements. However, the most important deity in HASHIROI BEACH is the goddess of life, NONA. No temples exist in HASHIROI BEACH, but the villagers do maintain a shrine dedicated to NONA.


     Upon their fifth birthday, the villagers of HASHIROI BEACH are brought to the shrine for what is called the "selection ceremony". During this ceremony, children pray to NONA, asking for the goddess' guidance. Many children return from the shrine with unanswered prayers. A select few are chosen to be PRIESTS or PRIESTESSES, and granted the capacity to learn healing magic. A great number of HASHIROI PRIESTS and PRIESTESSES serve as HEALERS for the CRYSTAL EXPEDITION.

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