Religion

Religion

The Piety

The Piety is the both the name of the southern most continent and the common name of the Reunified Pietic Church of Earth, the primary religion of most humans. The Pious revere Lux, the Sun, scorn Xul, the Eye, and fear Loxi, the Stars. Worship is directed to the Children of Lux, 2000 foot tall deities that Lux created to protect the planets after the Fall of the Immortal Dragons.

Piety is the official religion of Albion and Illyria. Both Albion and Illyria have taken sides at one time or another in internecine conflicts within the church. More than once these conflicts have erupted in war between the kingdoms. Over 500 years ago, the church settled its conflicts by declaring 8 points of contention “mysteries” and giving each of the separatist groups special status as Orders within the church.

The Green Lady

Druids and many humans of the Caliphate worship The Green Lady, an embodiment of Nature that the Pious believe to be a corruption of Kaitiakiahua, Keeper of the Lock. Druids believe that the Green Lady is alive and active in the lives of her followers, while the Piety believe Kaitiakiahua was absorbed by Lux with the rest of the deities. Green Lady Worship is illegal in Albion and Illyria but it is not prosecuted in the colonies unless the worshipper is previously accused of other crimes.

Bahamata

The official religion of Lanadare is Bahamata, the worship of Bahamut and his servant on Earth, The Eternal Emperor. The Piety maintain diplomatic relations with Lanadare, but have undercover priestesses devoted to serve the Pious in Lanadare privately.

Other Religious Practices

Dwarves worship Bor-El, the angel who created them. Elves follow a form of ancestor worship (The playwright Kate Marlowe once quipped “Leave it to the Elves to worship themselves”.) Hobbits practice Bahamata publicly, but also honor the “wee folk” who inhabit the thin places of Earth and the Feywild. High Orcs, Gnolls, and other “monstrous” races worship tribal Gods while paying lip service to Bahamut.

Neshog the Jester

Goblins in the colonies may attend Pietic services in order to appease civic leaders. However most goblins ridicule the idea of religion. The Goblin word for worship is closely linked to the word for slavery. Any scholar of the Kahateni, however, can see traces of religion in the epic poem, Neshog the Jester.

Neshog the Jester served the old Goblin Nature Gods, and delighted in tricking them to serve himself or goblinkind. The epic poem details a golden era of Peleandril, followed by an invasion from the Eye of Xul that slew the Gods, and converted the land into a place of unimaginable horrors. Neshog the Jester became a grim general, taking the power of the slain gods, and distributing it through the land itself. Thus empowered the trees, stones, and rivers drove the invaders out of Peleandril. Neshog sacrificed himself to drive the invaders back through the eye. The poem concludes by prophesying the return of Neshog, summoned by Peleandril’s heroes in their darkest hour, to save Peleandril, Earth, and the cosmos from Chaos.


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