HA... THIS QUESTION.
Q: Are there cults in your world?
Yes. The Order. It's kinda hard to explain them without going into a massive rant about Valcrest religion and mythology. As with most things in Valcrest really, but I'm gonna try and put this in simple terms...
Basically, The Order believes that humanity was hopelessly warped by the way magic was introduced to the world. So they want to destroy it. All of it. So the world can 'fix' itself.
Fun fact about how magic works in Valcrest; if you destroy it every person born with a magical ability, or just with the smallest bit of magical affinity in their bloodline, is gonna die. That's... A huge part of the population, not only in Valcrest but across the entire continent. And they're super okay with that! The assholes.
Their beliefs are very rooted in some obscure myths and the way they indoctrinate their members is... Welp... Some of the things they do are known to be so painful your brain won't so much repress the memory but just outright refuse it. And if you survive that part, good luck spending months to possibly years having your humanity beaten out of you. And this is what their highest ranking members have to go through. You don't want to imagine what the more expendable members live like.
So yeah. All in all... Major assholes. :|
Q: Is there anything in your world along the lines of crazy superstitions or weird popular beliefs?