Temples are places of worship where heroes can go to pray to their gods. Building a Temple is one of the three goals heroes long to accomplish. Gods must be appeased and they therefore demand that temples be built of gold, which makes the lives of heroes so much tougher. A hero can build a temple for their god by assembling 1,000 gold bricks. A temple's construction progress is measured as a percentage and each gold brick is represented by 0.1%
You would think that all this hard work would end in a great reward for the hero in question, and you'd be right, for there are indeed many benefits associated with being one of the few temple-owners in Godville.
...of a Partially Constructed Temple
- Pantheon of construction - Obtaining one golden brick will place a hero on the pantheon of construction. This pantheon is ranked by temple completeness. Generally, the more bricks a hero obtains, the higher he will ascend [too slowly for you to care about it].
- Charge Admission Fees and Accept Donations - When a hero collects 100 bricks, his temple will begin welcoming visits by pilgrims. These pilgrims pay a fee to enter the temple in addition to donating gold coins. The closer a temple is to completion, the greater the fee and the donations. "Pilgrims paid me 297 gold coins to enter my temple. It seems they don't care about the unfinished construction." -- Unknown Hero
- "Accept" Bank Deposits - Occasionally, a confused citizen will deposit coins at a temple thinking it is a bank. Well, you know, never refuse free money (heroes are not the most morally consistent of people). "A confused citizen deposited 1587 coins at my temple site thinking it was a bank. I hope he never tries to make a withdrawal!" -- Unknown Hero
...of a Fully Constructed Temple
Initially at least, obtaining the 1,000th brick will not automatically complete a hero's temple. They must still complete the current quest, return to Godville, and place the last brick. Luckily, once that last brick is obtained, the hero will focus on the quest with vigor; even an epic quest can complete in a few minutes. It's probably like those stories where mothers suddenly gain superhuman strength to lift cars off their trapped children, or it might not be. It isn't important. Anyway, after the current quest meter hits 100%, the hero will sprint back to Godville then get drunk, lost, handed into 'lost property', collected and finally remember that they have a job to do. All the while, the God is forced to wait [impatiently]. Good news though: according to the principles of science, a lightning bolt or two applied to the rear will cause a temple to be completed at breakneck speed.
Carefully placed the last brick, swept all the rooms, opened all the doors and stately cut the ribbon with my sword. I can’t believe it's finally happened! After these many months of work, the temple in your name is finished, my Lord! I'm feeling crazy with happiness!
|— --Unknown Hero, Hero's Diary|
Benefits of a fully constructed temple include:
- Respect and Adoration – Completed temples earn either respect and adoration or sneers of envy from fellow gods.
- Pantheon of Templehood - Upon completion of a temple, a hero moves from the top of the pantheon of construction to the bottom of the pantheon of templehood. Well that was useful, at least it gives you another excuse to punish your hero (who am I kidding, we don't need excuses!).
- Pantheon of Savings - Heroes can start saving for retirement and will earn a place on the pantheon of savings after saving 1,000 gold coins.
- Free Accumulator Charges - A fully built temple generates several charges per day for its owner. 
- Increased Fees, Donations, and Bank Deposits - Generally, a completed temple collects more fees, donations, and bank deposits than a partially completed temple because as a general rule buildings make better tourist attractions than building sites.
- Temple Medal - The temple medal will appear next to the name of the god. The Chinese character is pronounced as 'miào' and translates as 'temple'. On mouse-over of the medal reveals the time and date of temple completion.
- Coins to Experience Conversion - Heroes can convert 10,000 gold coins into an equal number of experience points upon return to their temple. This action will take priority over other temple abilities which are available upon the hero's return to Godville.
- Inability to Change Gold Coins into a Gold Brick - Encouragements and punishments will no longer change 3,000 gold coins in a hero's possession into a gold brick. This can help a hero gather enough gold coins to heal a knocked-out pet.
- Gold Bricks Become Bold Artifacts - A hero can still obtain gold bricks, but they will become normal bold artifacts in the hero's inventory. Obtain more money.
- Your hero will occasionally find a log for their ark left as a donation inside the temple.
Many gods find themselves wondering what to do now that they've completed the ultimate goal of having their hero complete a temple for them. At first glance it seems that there are now no further challenges but there are in fact many; so then, what now?
- The temple medal is not the only type of medal; a god can now attempt to gain the breeder medal (see here).
- With the new-found miracle skill, a god can now gain town influence for their guild much more quickly, and work on getting their guild up to the top position in the unity pantheon.
- After all this time, heroes are starting to get old so it may be a good time to try getting them to save for retirement.
- With the recent addition of dungeons, your hero(ine) can now be sent by the will of their god or goddess into a dungeon to gather logs for their deity's ark.
- Why are you still not at the top of all the pantheons?
Known Temple Physical Attributes
The following temple attributes are known based upon hero diary entries and Earthly News (now with citations!):
- Requires 1,000 gold bricks.
- Has at least 2 doors.
- Has at least 2 rooms.
- Has at least 2 windows that are possibly made from stained glass or "bleached cleaned" stained glass.
- Has at least 2 corners.
- Follows blueprints.
- Consists of construction materials other than gold bricks.
- Contains more than one wall.
- Uses mortar made from gold dust.
Hypothesized Temple Physical Attributes
The following attributes have been hypothesized, but are neither supported nor refuted (note that some of them conflict):
- Temples are cubes or close to the shape of a cube
- Temples are symmetrical (from an exterior perspective)
- All 1,000 gold bricks are used in the construction of the temple
- Some of the gold bricks are not used in the construction of the temple and are used for adornment
- The roof, ceiling, and floor are not constructed from gold bricks. Generally, brick buildings do not contain brick floors. Brick ceilings and brick roofs are not standard construction practices.
- The doors are not constructed from golden bricks. Installation of brick doors is not a standard construction practice. Imagine trying to open that door then imagine trying to design a hinge.
- The interior walls are not made out of gold bricks. The diary entry that temples have rooms supports the idea that temples have interior walls. Generally, though, brick buildings do not have interior walls made from brick. Additionally, temples can potentially have a basement, which may account for a temple having multiple rooms.
- Temples have a single doorway with two doors. This supports the symmetry theory. Given the size of temples, it probably doesn't make sense for it to have multiple doorways. Additionally, the multiple rooms note may account for the multiple doors note.
- Temples do not have non-gold bricks. It seems the only building materials used are gold bricks, doors, windows, and roofing materials. If heroes could intersperse gold bricks with non-gold bricks, temple size would be limitless.
- Bricks cannot be cut. A completed temple requires 1000 gold bricks, not 900 gold bricks and 200 half gold bricks.
- Bricks are not placed in a standard brick staggered pattern because they cannot be cut.
- Each gold brick measures 230 mm x 76 mm x 110mm. This is the same size as a standard Australian construction brick.
- Each gold brick measures 303 mm x 100 mm x 145mm.
Temple Design Examples
Many configurations of 1,000 gold bricks satisfy the known and hypothesized temple attributes. It would appear that temple construction differ by hero.
Example 1: 972 bricks, no doorway or windows (design is up to you)
There are some concerns on the size of a temple so let's calculate it. We first need to know the dimensions of a gold brick. We are using standard building bricks made of gold, not gold bars since they do not tesselate and so cannot be used (for an image of the brick we will use see here). The dimensions of the standard building brick are as follows:
- Length: 23 cm
- Height: 7.6 cm
- Width: 11 cm
The brick face is a rectangle so the wall will be rectangular too and this means that the ceiling and roof (both equal) will be of different dimensions to the equally sized walls. Therefore we will need to do some calculations if we want to get as close to a cube (with all faces of equal area) as possible.
First of all we need to find the ratio between the brick face length and width which is 23/7.6 = 3 (meaning that the length of the wall will be 3 times larger than its height). Therefore we can say that 3x multiplied by x (where x is the length) is the area of one wall since the area of a rectangle is its length x width. This simplifies to 3x2 and we need four of these walls so it becomes 12x2. Now we need a ceiling area since we won't want to build the floor from bricks. Since this is a cube, we can simply use one more 'wall', adding 3x2.
Now all of these expressions together have to sum to 1000 bricks so 12x2 + 3x2 = 1000 which simplifies to 15x2 = 1000. Solving this gives us x = 8.16 which tells us that the optimum number of bricks to use is 8 (1.84m) for the length of each wall (what x originally represented) and 24 bricks (1.824m) for the height of a wall since you can't use a fraction of a brick. This is if we want a temple as near to a perfect cube as possible. We find the area of a wall surface by multiplying the length and breadth of a wall in metres:
1.84x1.824 = 3.36m2
This is also virtually the area of the floor, which is perhaps just enough if a god is easily satisfied by small things. The height of the wall as we have already calculated is 1.824m and since the average human height is 1.5 - 1.8m this should fit the majority of heroes into the temple comfortably.
960 out of the 1000 bricks have been used and since even more bricks will be left over when some are removed from the walls for windows and a door, the cube design for a temple is inefficient unless a hero wants to use more bricks decorating the temple with spires and what not instead of using them to build a spacious place of worship. However; if the hero doesn't build a gold brick ceiling and uses something like palm leaves instead, with no ceiling the temple becomes larger, with wall length=9 bricks, a floor area of 4.3m2 and a height of 2.07m, using 972 bricks, is possible.
Example 2: 1,000 bricks, with a doorway and windows
One temple plan using exactly 1,000 bricks creates a 11 x 10 golden brick building with a doorway and windows as follows:
- Godville FAQ
- Do I really need a citation for this?
- In September 2012, the hero diary entry from completing a temple stated: "Carefully placed the last brick, swept all the rooms, opened all doors, and cut the ribbon in a stately manner with my sword. I can’t believe it’s finally happened! After all these months of work, the temple in your name is finished, my Lord! I feel crazy with happiness." Use of the plural "doors" demonstrates that there are at least two doors.
- In December 2012, the hero diary entry for completing a temple stated: "Dearest diary, today was the day! I carefully laid the last brick, swept all the rooms, opened all windows to let your glorious light shine in. I can't believe it, your temple is finally finished, my Lord! I feel delirious with happiness." Use of the plural "windows" demonstrates there are at least two windows.
- A hero diary entry states "Found some beautiful stained glass windows for your temple, my Lord! It may take a while to bleach the stains out of them though."
- A hero diary entry states, "My quest to <quest name> was a complete success. Got a slightly scuffed golden brick as a reward. I think I’d rather use this brick in the back corner of my temple." If there were only one corner, the hero would just say "corner," so there must be at least one front (or side) corner and one back corner. This also supports a theory that temples are not spheres or cylinders.
- Earthly News states: "Realizing he had the temple blueprints upside down."
- Earthly News states: "Carefully examining construction materials."
- Earthly News states: "Erasing the graffiti from the temple's walls."
- Earthly News states: "Mixing mortar from gold dust."
- Gold Brick Properties