The Shattered Isles
Men of God (Tyroshi, Acenadoan)
- Men of God: They worship in buildings called Basilicas. Weekly, they gather for communal worship in the Basilica. A sermon is given by the Curate of that Basilica. Curates are believed to be able to communicate directly with spirits in the service of God. If a Basilica is large enough, cenobites may be employed in the day to day managing of the Basilica. Many cenobites are young men aspiring to curatehood, though few ever make it. cenobites also take care of evangelizing. High Curates oversee multiple curates and usually lead a Basilica of their own. Finally, the Men of God’s head is called The Messenger. He (The Messenger can only be male, though the right to become Messenger was passed down from Elsa.) is believed to be a divine being that can communicate directly with God but is separate in soul and body. The Messenger’s divinity is marked by his immense spiritual (or magical) power and unusually long lifespan (exactly 200 years from being deemed The Messenger). The Messenger holds a council called the Synod. The Synod is comprised of five High curates selected by the Messenger. The consistency in the length of their lives also denotes their divinity) While the physical body is shed, the soul of the Angel is believed to be passed on to another High curate who carries it on for another 200 years.
Duty of Curates: The damning notion of sin within the church necessitated the rectification of the soul in order to dwell with God in the after life. The job of a Curate is to see to the delegation of this salvation. Members of the church must first confess their sins to a Curate who will, depending on the severity of the sins, prescribe a ritual to fulfill in order to exhibit sincerity of guilt. If their sincerity if proven before God, then salvation is achieved and their souls cleansed. If one leaves the earth with a cleansed soul, they are believed to become warriors for God against the forces of Rho. If not, they must wander purgatory or be cast down into the Realms of Rho.
The Righteous Bridge: The name’s origins are found in a transcript describing the first army’s battle with a pagan host. The general leading them referred to his men as “a bridge for God’s holy wrath so it may pass from his world into this one and vanquish his enemies.” An army specifically managed and tailored by the Basilica. It’s divided into two aspects: the larger Holy Militia (more commonly known as just the militia) and the much smaller branch called the Wardens of the Damned (typically just called The Wardens). Charged with protecting Basilicas if the need arises and assisting allies of the Men of God, Lords and the like, The Holy Militia carries out most of the military responsibilities of the Basilica. The Wardens are a small group of soldiers chosen by a council of High curates and Officers of the Army. Typically charged with dire tasks that must remain covert, little is known of the Wardens. Many of their tasks involve the assassination of other “demonic cultists.” In other words, members and leaders of other illegal, and sometimes legal, religions.
The predominant religion through Ferestia (and the world) is the monotheistic “Men of God” where the creator and master of the universe is simply referred to as “God.” The religion was founded about a thousand of years ago when six human magi traveled throughout the world, preaching that they had found the truth of the creation of the world and purpose of life. Their messages were well received. They became known simply as The Messengers. Before each died, they wrote a book. The six books were then compiled into one tome referred to simply as “The Annals of God.” Names and genders of the original six prophets: Thoren(M), Gabriel(M), Joshua(M), Aster(M), Davod(M), and Elsa(F). The death of Elsa marked the turning of an age, so history is now recorded as AE (after Elsa). After Elsa passed, she bequeathed her soul and Divine Right to communicate with God to a High Curate called Liam Oakworth. Charged with leading the Basilica from then till the day he died, thus began the tradition of The Messenger.
o Originally there was only one, God. He grew lonely so he decided to create the world. In order to assist him in this task he created two angels, Rho and Sigma. Together they set out to create a world where a race of supreme beings could live in peace.
o The Well: the original source of magic in the world. Was used to create the world.
o The world had existed long before man was created. It was during this time that God, Rho, and Sigma experimented with different creatures. God began to favor Sigma, for often his creatures were graceful, beautiful and peaceful. Rho, however, God began to disfavor as his creations were often twisted and ugly in the eyes of God. God eventually banished Rho from the upper realm for he saw Rho’s incompetence as recalcitrance. Rho grew resentful, and sometimes would sneak up to upper realms to take steal some magic from the well. Slowly he amassed enough magic to rival even God and Sigma.
o Creation of Man
o Just as God and Sigma finally thought they had perfected their creation, Rho let out a swarm of darkness into the world. This darkness manifested itself in many forms, from plague, to famine, all the way to Ork and other foul beasts. He also allowed the ability to cast magic to no longer be determined by God by letting it flow freely throughout the world. In order to avoid the wrath of God, Rho made himself an army of demons to protect the lower realm. Needing strong warriors to fight Rho’s beasts and claim the under realm, God made it so only a select, righteous, few may enter the upper realms. Weaker, less righteous people are doomed to wander the realms of purgatory. They are, however, often allowed into the lower realms if they promise to fight for Rho and his cause.
• Gabriel, Joshua, Aster
o Various tales (both historical and fabled) explaining the moral tenets of God’s Order
• Davod and Elsa
o Both are long tales prophesying the fate of the world if Rho (Davod) or God (Elsa) is victorious. It is said in Davod if Rho were to defeat God, a great, evil, and deformed beast will bring six thousand years of darkness onto the world before enveloping it and pulling it into the lower realms, where humanity will suffer for all eternity. Elsa states the opposite, saying if God is victorious a great dragon will descend up earth, sending all wicked people’s souls to eternal damnation in the lower realms and liberating all righteous men and women thus allowing the world to become the paradise it was meant to be.
Vassals of the Titans (Jovans)
Horuk (a main servant of a God, like an archangel. The plural is still Horuk)
The Afterlife: There is no afterlife according to the Vassals. Instead, every person is reincarnated and depending on how they acted in their first life, they may be reincarnated as something fortunate (i.e. the son of a king) or unfortunate (i.e. fruit fly, fungus, even a sickness.)
Names of Titans and their titles
Prayer of Huurku (a prayer that is said every time a follower of the Vassals enters a temple) “May Denfer protect me, may Paekos bless me, may Daelo keep me wise, and may Thoros take me, but only when my time has come.”
Thoros the Taker, God of winter, death and darkness
o Thaen, Horuk of Pain
o Olfric, Horuk of Deceit
o Gathrek, Horuk of New Beginnings
Paekos the Giver, Goddess of spring, life, and birth
o Deso, Horuk of Fertility
o Derek, Horuk of Harvest
o Raemon, Horuk of Celebration
Denfer the Warrior, God of Summer, might, war, and justice
o Ilmer, Horuk of Metal
o Rubort, Horuk of Courage
o Aewdard, Horuk of Honor
Daelo the Wise, Goddess of autumn, preparations, mercy, and parenthood
o Quaetlein, Horuk of Keeping
o Daerron, Horuk of Slaughter
o Brendoen, Horuk of Unknowing
The Origin of the World according to the Vassals: This particular plane of existence is referred to as Aerth. Aerth exists in what is believed to be an “ocean of planes” created by the Titans, mysterious beings believed to have created all known planes. The “ocean” is referred to as the Great Blackness or the Great Black Ocean. According to the Vassals’ teachings, each star in the sky signifies another plane of existence, some good and some bad. The Vassals teachings say little of the Titans besides their supreme power over the Gods of each plane.
When the Titans initially created the world, which the Vassals say occurred a million years ago, they put one hundred humans on it so they could test each one and decide which four were most worthy to become elevated to the level of Gods.
Sons of Gaemoa (Tyroshi, Acenadoan)
An immeasurably long time ago, the celestial Goddess Gaemoa created all the stars and planets and the universe. She then gave birth to five sons: Aeolus, Damon, Eros, Kreios, and the youngest son Agamemnon. Gaemoa took her essence and used it to create mankind, leaving her sons to rule the universe. Each brother took up responsibilities for managing the universe. However, the brothers live in constant competition for power. This is believed to be the root of all suffering in the world since one brother may bless a certain person while another curses that very same person.
Aeolus, God of commerce, education, and good fortune. Aeolus decides the flow of wealth in the world and everyone’s social status. Most all Yemish merchants pray to Aeolus for good fortune and profitable trade. He is depicted as a rather fat man with curly hair, usually sitting on a throne with a cup of wine in his right hand and book or bag of gold in his left.
Damon, God of the sea, wind, and seasons. Damon wields complete power over nature and all living beings accept humans. Whenever there is a drought, storm, or other unfavorable event in nature, it is believed to be evidence of Damon’s malcontent. Damon is depicted as an amalgamation of a tree, a shark, and a man. he has clear anthropomorphic features though statues can make him look quite monstrous.
Eros, god of war, discipline, and power. Eros determines the outcome of all wars and on a macroscopic scale what group of people will be most powerful. He is depicted as a helmet-less warrior in ornate armor with a gladius in one hand and an arming sword in the other.
Kreios, god of death, the afterlife, and judgment. Kreios is responsible for choosing when people will die and where they will go after they die: the Underworld, if the person is deemed poor of character by Kreios, the Overworld, if the person is deemed good by Kreios, or if they will be reborn. Kreios is typically depicted as a bald man in plain robes usually deep in thought. Kreios is also the only other brother besides Agamemnon not competing for power since it may taint his judgement. The precise criteria Kreios judges is unknown, though many have speculated about it.
Agamemnon, god of love and compassion, father of the Yemish people. Agamemnon originally judged people in the afterlife. However, after he fell in love with a human woman, he gave up his godhood and became a mortal. He is believed to be the common ancestors of all Yemish people. Even those of the lawless Farlands.
Cleos the Stranger, his origins are mysterious as Gaemoa’s , according to Yemish mythology. In fables, Cleos’s motives are always shrouded in mystery, though his actions are always monstrous and cruel (killing children, spreading diseases, that sort of stuff). Exceptionally odd and awful events (children being born malformed, the Great Falling, ect.) are usually associated with Cleos. He is not considered a God and is not a son of Gaemoa. People live in such fear of him that it’s considered blasphemous to even utter his name. Therefore, when speaking of Cleos people usually refer to him as the Stranger.