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Religion Brief

Post by Maeve on Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:09 pm

If you are a veteran character you are allowed to retain your initial faith, but new characters are limited to the faiths described here for reasons of story.

Dominicus.. the One God

The dominant faith in the Western Kingdom and World's Mouth, monotheistic meaning it denies the existance of other Gods, other spirital beings are per definition part of the daemonic Forces of Darkness.
Dominicus does not hold a single aspect, for he and his followers believe that he is everything. He is however considered among other things to be the God of Love, the God of Light, the God of all things good, the God of reason.

There are over forty books detailing how a devout Dominican should live. The Church of the One does follow some similarities with the Roman Catholic church of the middle ages. While these similarities are limited to geographical organizations and title terminology, you can't go wrong using that organization as a standard. While the Inquisition of the Purificatio has its own structure, the diocese itself uses the same titles and organizational concepts: priests and bishops can be either diocesan or lay, determining whether they serve the diocese directly or whether they preside over a congregation (parish).


  • Method of Worship: Kneeling down, head turned to the ground, eyes closed, one hand over the heart and the other forward with the palm to the side and the thumb crossed over the palm. Worshipers must pray in this fashion frequently, reciting standardized texts from prayerbooks. Donations are not mandatory but, well, firmly expected.
  • Marriage: A lavish ceremony where the hands of the couple are bound together in cloth, the couple exchange bracelets, and they release a dove for the grace of the One.
  • Funerals: Sombre occasions where a person's accomplishments are remembered and honored, and after which a short, sober celebration ceremony is given to 'rejoice' in the fact that the deceased's soul is now with Dominicus. Burial must always be in ground that was blessed by a member of the clergy or the monastic order before the funeral.
  • Symbol: A vertical line with an X-like shape in the middle, commonly called an Eye.


For those within the One Church, all other religions seem primitive and unenlightened, and perhaps even dangerous. The heretic still worships the One...all creatures of Tazlure are within the One's domain...but they just don't know it, instead worshipping him through one of his lesser forms or servants (the other gods). Think of this as you would a saint, angel, or ghost of the religion: not quite the God himself, but still divine. The fundamental dangers of these 'unenlightened pagans' lie in their own mortality and ignorance: there's no guarantee they aren't actually serving a demon in their ignorance (evil has power, too), or perhaps even leaving themselves easily corrupted due to their incorrect worship.

The Western Kingdom has suffered from some major setbacks in political and social stability, and in recent times that instability has been cleverly blamed on the lesser-known gods of the other faiths. This even led to a full out crusade, first the invasion of T'aquar to combat the demons and 'free' the pagan adhiel, then the ill advised attack on several isles of the Empire of Seven Isles. The end result was the death of the Avatar Balthasar I and World's Mouth breaking away from the Western Kingdom and the influence of the church for business reasons.

The Pantheon of Seven Isles

The Mother and the Father encompass all the minor gods, and even contain darker aspects. They are balanced by the neutral Illuminatus.

the Mother


Light
Mother Earth
Uphuron
Moonlady
K'tan
Pan

Dark
Anasati

The Mother appears as an old lady tending her garden in her sacred grove in the forest.
The Mother, Mother Earth, Atara Arda. The Wanton Maiden, The Fertile Mother, The Wise Crone

  • maiden: representing youth, vitality, growth / wanton maid: representing unruliness and challenge to authority
  • mother: representing fecundity, fertility and family /whore: representing uncontrolled female sexuality
  • matron: representing wisdom and knowledge / crone: representing dark arts and forbidden lore


General Rituals

  • Food/Fruit - could be placed at cardinal points around prayer circle [and left for scavengers after the rite?]
  • Planting - flowers/trees [with significance for the boon being asked] could be planted during the prayer.
  • Marriage by handfasting
  • Funeral Pyre for the dead.
  • The casting of a circle to protect one during prayer and or meditation is a very important part of the Mother's religion. To do such one needs to first cleanse the area by burning incense then may use charcoal or chalk to make the actual visual circle. Some just give a general outline of where the circle lays with several candles.
  • festivals, usually involving a feast and bonfire, to mark key points of the yahren; these should include the quarter days (Winter Solstice, Summer Solstice, etc), the beginning of ploughing, sheepshearing, harvesting and haymaking. These often take the form of fairs-cum-markets, dances, plays involving figures from folk lore playing tales of the cycle of life-death-rebith, processions, or 'visits' between houses of the community
  • Fire as purification: a bonfire is often raised, and when the flames have died and only the embers and smoke remain, a path is cleared through it and the cattle driven along the path and through the smoke and heat. This method is used to 'hive off' evil spirits infesting the cattle, although the heat and smoke are more likely to kill and drive off parasites.
  • Sacrifice. Mother Earth gives life from the ground, and all things in tun return to the earth to nuture and feed the generation. In times of famine or hardship, it is not unknown for animals to be sacrificed to the Mother; the throat of the animal is slit, and then carried or dragged about the perimeter of a field or a village, in the hope that the sacrifice will encourage fertility in the future. The body is then burnt, and the ashes and bones buried as a 'gift' to the mother. The greater the need, the greater the sacrifice; sometimes prize sheep or cattle are slaughtered in this way. In those places where belief in the Mother is deep, it is not unknown for human sacrifice to occur, although this is rare indeed; the practise takes place, almost certainly guaranteeing the favour of the Mother and fertility in years to come.
  • Lords and other rulers and high placed advisors are know to spend the night with a young woman in the fields each yahren "spilling their seed". This ensures the fertility of the fields for yet another yahren. The ritual is also said to tie the lords to the ground and the community to such an extend that they can feel if something is wrong.



Rules from the Abbey of Dort
1. As often as possible, hold rites in forests, by the seashore, on deserted mountaintops or near tranquil lakes. In doing so you will bring yourself closer to Mother Earth.
2. Seek out wisdom in books, rare manuscripts and cryptic poems if you will, but seek it out also in simple stones and fragile herbs and in the cries of wild birds. Listen to the whisperings of the wind and the roar of water if you would discover the true meaning of Gaia, for it is here that the old secrets are preserved.
3. Books contain words; trees contain energies and wisdom books never dreamt of.
4. Ever remember that the Old Ways are constantly revealing themselves. Therefore be as the river willow that bends and sways with the wind. That which remains changeless shall outlive its spirit, but that which evolves and grows will shine for centuries.
5. There can be no monopoly on wisdom. Therefore share what you will of our ways with others who seek them, but hide mystic lore from the eyes of those who would destroy - for to do otherwise increases their destruction.
6. Mock not the rituals or spells of another, for who can say yours are greater in power or wisdom?
7. Ensure that your actions are honourable, for all that you do shall return to you three-fold, good or bane.
8. Be wary of one who would dominate you, who would control and manipulate your workings and reverences. Be guided by your heart and your faith.
9. Honour all living things, for we are of the bird, the fish, the bee. Destroy not life save it be to preserve your own.

the Father

He is all things masculine. His presence is not strong in this area, Please contact me if you insist on this religion.

Light
Father of the Heavens
Anasis
Ice Queen
Vargaz
Red Warrior

Dark
Molten

Illuminatus

Illuminatus, the God of Light, is known to connect Mother Earth and Father of the Heavens, and as such, is also thought the patron of their union against darkness. He is focused on neutrality and rational thought.  His presence is not strong in this area, Please contact me if you insist on this religion.

Light
Illuminatus
Pecunia
Aurelius
Ithrainne and Krynsathis

Dark
None

Pan - the three aspects of passion

Satyr, Bard, Warrior... appears during feasts among his followers in a variety of guises.
The Horned God, The Mischievous One, The Trickster, The Drunken God, The Threefold God

All sects of Pan are so-called ecstasy religions. Their followers are often filled with a passion in their soul that defies logic or rationality; they are chaotic and somewhat singleminded. As such they frighten those that would seek order and control.
Pan is a very personal god, visiting his followers often, running around amongst them with the flimsiest of disguises. He offers direct aid in confrontations and seeks to actively protect "his own". He is also a mischevious trickster, and likes pulling pranks. He is a meddling god, and is quick to force things upon his followers for their own good, mates most often.
Pan shows his shrewdness in diversifying his aspects, and seeking active conversions. This has made him grow from something akin of a Faelike semi-divinity through all stages of demigod, to now finally to be recognized as one of the smaller gods of the Pantheon. He likes to steal followers from his brethren and is fiercly protective of those he has.

The three aspects are:

  • Pan's Joy - Followers concentrate on the most simple of pleasures, bringing it to exquisite heights: that of an abundance of sex, wine, and hallucinatory drugs; all of which is of course frowned upon by the authorities. Central dogma is that Joy must be shared freely.
    Those panlings that are part of Pan's Joy support marriage as a means for others to share joy, but not for themselves. Though occasionally they do get into relationships this will not stop them from sharing joy with other chance encounters. Symbol: a rose.
  • Pan's Art - The most intellectual of the three. Followers concentrate on the enjoyment of the fine arts, such as song, dance, painting, storytelling etc. Central dogma is that beauty is to be treasured, enjoyed and shared. This sect for a large part is filled with bards, and originates from the fringes of T'aquar. Thought of by some as the oldest, most original part of Pan's religion. Symbol:  a Pan's flute
  • Pan's Blood - The odd one out. This sect is about protecting one's own, about vengeance and that most dark of all lusts: pure rage and bloodlust, celebrating the adreline high one gets in battle. Their symbol is a goblet filled with blood. Followers are known to call upon Pan to cause mindless panick amongst their enemies. Symbol: a goblet filled with blood.

Not following normal rules of Dort (which to some indicates the loosening of the reigns in the Dukedom), the local authorities allow all three aspects to be practised in Shorewich, in refence to their trade aspects which breeds tolerance, as well as deference to the role the deity played in the War of the One. Pan's Blood is a particular sect among some of the Half Giants that choose to live here because their faith is not tolerated elsewhere.
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