The Lunar Convent is one of the major powers in Traverse City.
The nuns have a strong economic powerbase (the Convent owns extensive amounts of property). They also have extensive political influence because they run schools and provide spiritual/financial/medical help to the poor and the outcast.
The Convent is based in an old water-park resort at the edge of Traverse City and is surrounded by well-kept fields and gardens. In summer, a few crop-marks indicate the possible presence of pre-collapse buildings, but the convent structures are all in good repair and there is a general air of peace and tranquility
What everyone knows
The Nuns regard themselves as Roman Catholic and try to follow the teachings of the Church as best they can. However, their rules of celibacy are a little “different”. Nuns wishing to become mothers can be (temporarily) released from their vows and can rejoin the convent once their youngest child reaches the age of 13.
The convent is a sanctuary for abused women (ranging from “battered wives” to prostitutes and escaped slaves).
There are numerous jokes about visitors who mistake the convent for a brothel.
what some people know
They have 3 patron saints
Our Lady of the Lakes
Our Lady of the Night
Sailors (including some Lakers/Shipmen) and fishermen make offerings to Our Lady of the Lakes.
Our Lady of the Night is the protector of those who are in danger during darkness. Candles are lit in her name
What very few people know
The Lunar Convent is a sanctuary for Witches/Warlocks.
Saint Cyprian of Antioch is the patron saint of occultists
What Nobody knows
A few of the Nuns are psionic.
They deliberately select candidates who have psionic ability and encourage these women to have children.
Our Lady of the Night is Santa Muerte, or Saint Death. Yes, the good sisters of Lunar Convent are Inquisitors, but they do not torture. Their “official” theology is that – just as women can’t be catholic priests – they can’t be Inquisitor torturers
The main Inquisitor church has a grudging respect for the Lunar Convent but is unsure of how to deal with these nuns. There will undoubtedly be a problem in the future but – for the moment – the Church hierarchy is unwilling to confront the situation. They want to avoid any risk of schism within the Church.