L. Scott Johnson
7. Placing Shrines AFTER Searching;
The rules state for initial board setup;
"There must be at least 1 empty space between each Shrine and any other Shrine, Castle, or Heian."
During play heroes or peasants can become adjacent to shrines so when placing shrines AFTER Searching can they be placed adjacent to heroes or peasants?
No. You remove the shrine form the board and hand it to the player on your right. That player places it on any legal space. At this point in the rules, the rules remind you: "(Remember that there must be at least one empty space between a Shrine and any other game piece or Heian.)" (p.11)
And, FWIW, I appreciate your using separate topics for separate questions (topics). It makes looking through the rulings (to find an answer later) much easier.