St. Teresa's Church

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St. Teresa's Church
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DianneDavis (talk) 14:44, 13 August 2019 (UTC)
St. Teresa's Church

Shore Hills [38,58]

Teek Boulevard Police Department Auston Walk James General Hospital
Bushrod Square St. Teresa's Church wasteland
wasteland Danford Square a cemetery

Basic Info:

  • Churches have no internal descriptions.
  • Church doors do not close but can be barricaded shut.

Description

The aisles of the church have been been decorated with a conceptual painting, three conceptual sculptures and two European paintings.

Barricade Policy

Entry point, keep VSB++.

Current Status

Currently holding several survivors, 8 dead bodies outside, lights on, transmitter working, not ruined, very strongly barricaded. --Adameltablawy October 6 2011

Currently HQ of Shore Hills Militia. Barricade: VSB --Beard Face Chuck 07:33, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

no barricades, overrun by zombies, all ruined and no survivors. twelve zombies and eight dead bodies inside. --Grimbeeper 9 September, 2010

VSB, zombie activity has decreased. - Lebz Aug 27, 2010

extremely heavily barricaded, 5 zombies outside --Miss Hyde 17:25, 17 August 2010 (BST)

VSB++, lights are out, No Gennie, Currently Not Occupied.--Maaaaaaaaaarco 23:22, 5 June 2009 (BST)

VSB, lights on.--AxisKiller 00:10, 1 May 2009 (BST)

History

It would be reasonable to assume St. Teresa's is named for St. Teresa of Avila[1]. However, this is not the case. Originally founded in the early 1950s as part of a budding Unitarian movement spurred on by World War II, the church's namesake was Teresa Altamirano, a libertarian socialist revolutionary from Spain driven out by the Franco dictatorship. Her partner, Madeline Margolius, was a Czech Jew who fled persecution when Germany annexed the Sudetenland. The two founded an interfaith church based on values of acceptance and universal love, and welcomed anyone who wished to worship there.

While the church was originally known as Auston Walk Unitarian Church, or AWUC, the establishment's progressive nature swayed it towards the counterculture movement of the 1960s. As Altamirano and Margolius became less active in the Church's management, it was largely subsumed by a young hippie group calling themselves the Malton Underground. By 1981, the founders had passed away, and the church was fully in the hands of an increasingly radical, commune-style sect calling themselves the Shore Hills Carnations. The Carnations frequently engaged in psychedelic use, claiming they experienced visions of Altamirano as a "holy spirit with serpent tails and, like, half her face was melting off," and as such they renamed the church for her, as well as writing a "New New Testament" with two books, titled Tails of the Serpent Goddess and The Deadtown Prophecies. While the Carnations were generally kept in check (and eventually driven off) by Shore Hills's political elite, they gained a strong local reputation and even a small political foothold.

By 1994, St. Teresa's was once more a Unitarian church, this time under the control of Margolius's grand-niece Rose Barringer. The Carnations had all hit their forties and became less interested in their debaucherous lifestyle or been evicted by Shore Hills' upper class, but Barringer preserved many of their conventions out of respect for the Church's history, storing the New New Testament in the church mausoleum where Altamirano and Margolius were interred. It remained a local gathering spot and an influential locale to campaign at until the Outbreak occurred, leaving it barren and deserted.

Post-outbreak, the Church has served as refuge for all kinds of travelers. Being so close to the dangerous Ridleybank area, it currently operates as a vital entry point to nearby heavily barricaded buildings. The Church also formerly housed the Shore Hills Militia, which has since broken up. Additionally, a small resurgence in Carnation theology has been observed, since some survivors have interpreted the Deadtown Prophecies as correctly predicting the Outbreak and its aftermath, and believe they must follow the rest of its scripture to survive. The mausoleum that once stood on the church grounds has been busted open, and the New New Testament, as well as Altamirano's and Margolies's bodies, are missing.

It's rumored Teresa still looks over the diverse and desperate crowd that seeks shelter at her doors. Whether this is as a serpent goddess or not may never be conclusively proven.

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