Along The Desert Path
Along The Desert Path is a story written by Tamari Erin. It originally ran in Issue 2 at http://s2b2.livejournal.com/5925.html, and is mirrored at http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/along-the-desert-path/.
A young priest is sent down the Path of the Gods to investigate an attack on the Holy Temple. On his way there, he meets a charismatic stranger who has his own reasons for going to the Temple.
From http://cheloya.dreamwidth.org/228440.html: "A priest, a plot, and an offering."
From delicious.com: "A bunch of bandits have stolen something and holed themselves up in the Temple, and it's up to a priest and a mysterious man from the city to remove them and recleanse the holy place. Also, the reconsecration ceremony was not quite as I'd expected. This is not a complaint."