Gods of Lumiene Edit
Religion plays an important role in Lumiene. Centuries ago Lumiene worshiped the Old Gods who were then banished to the mortal realm by the current gods, the New Gods. The gods are thought to reside in the Aether, a realm parallel to ours where we go once we die. Sometimes the gods will appear in the material realm to perform divine acts. There are many gods covering many domains and mortals will often hold strong opinions over their chosen god of worship. However, the only thing we know for sure is that the gods exist. Who and what they truly are is something we may never know.
Order of the One True God Edit
Also known as the Order of Sol (to non-worshippers) or the One True Order (to worshippers), disciples of this order worship Sol, God of the Sky. The disciples of this order often refer to Sol as Omnis and believe that he is unique above all other gods. Sol’s domain is civilization but may also include knowledge and hidden things. His worship includes many important sacrificial rites via offerings.
Sol often takes the form of a blonde man or a golden eyed white hawk in the material realm. White hawks (and birds of prey to an extent), the sun, the moon, lightning bolts, and upright triangles are commonly found symbols for Sol. Followers see the white of the hawk’s body as the clouds or daytime sky, its speckled wings as the night sky, the beating of its wings as the wind, the beak and talons as lightning strikes, and the eyes as the sun and the moon.
Popular religious tokens include prayer ropes with smooth stone beads, rings and boxwood carvings. Clerics and paladins of the order are called the Guardians of Sol and can be identified by their black/blue and white tabards with the symbol of Sol stitched in white or gold. The most frequently used religious texts is the Teachings of Sol and the Records, which contains encounters with Sol.
Temples dedicated to Sol can be distinguished by their open roofs, concentric stone foundations, and rounded archways. In the center of the temple, there is a raised platform with a stone tablet used for sacrificial rites. Rainwater will drip down and often wear out the stone tablet creating a natural bowl for offerings. At the opposite end of the temple from the main entrance is usually a statue of Sol. Around the temple, in the covered areas are smaller altars used for praying and burning incense bundles (usually made of cedar or herbs).
The Order of Sol celebrates Sunnandægr on the hottest day of the year (usually the midsummer) where they offer up and burn sacrifices in the name of Sol. No work is to be done on Sunnandægr. The mornings are usually spent in prayer indoors at either home or temples. Offerings are burnt at dusk which also marks the start of the nighttime celebrations.
In the most traditional Omnists funeral processions, the dead is brought to the highest point and left there for carrion to eat their flesh. This marks the beginning of the mourning period in which the deceased’s loved ones must wear only dark garbs. After a period of time, the remaining bones are collected, cremated and scattered. Once the ashes have been scattered, the mourning period is designated to be officially over. If there’s no highlands, the dead are just cremated and scattered.
Omnists do not typically worship any other gods and do not condone being a part of more than one cult of worship. Over the century, two different sects emerged over differences in the interpretation of divine interventions and scriptures.
Northern Sect Edit
The Northern Sect believe Sol to be the true king of the gods and that one day he will ascend the Heavenly Throne in order to reign over all the realms as God King Omnis.
Religious works often depict Sol sitting on a throne with his left hand pointed upwards at the sky, a hawk perched on his right arm, and a halo behind him. The symbol for the Northern Sect is a hawk atop of a pyramid. Northern Sect members do not typically burn the possessions of their deceased.
Followers can be found all over Forn and the northern parts of Sefir with small pockets in Askand.
Sect of St. Helena Edit
One of the key tenets in the Northern Sect is the belief that "Sol will ascend when all have been enlightened of him." What enlightenment exactly entails has been a topic of hot debate among Northern Sect scholars for centuries. The general consensus is that enlightenment means accepting Sol as the One True God and that he will one day ascend to become the God King.
Some decades ago, a missionary branch in the city of St. Helena began petitioning a different definition of enlightenment: once everyone knows of Sol's inevitable ascension (regardless of whether or not they accept it), Sol will be able to ascend. With this interpretation in mind, the missionaries formed their own sub-sect and has made it their goal to spread the word of Sol's inevitable ascension in Lumiene.
They are not as orthodox or strict with their customs as Northern Sect members. Their membership is almost exclusively in St. Helena with niche groups of believers all over the continent.
Southern Sect Edit
The Southern Sect believe that when Sol came to be he was split into many parts and that he must reconcile these parts if he wants to become Omnis, the One True God. In their view all other gods are just other sides of Sol but not necessarily inferior to him.
Religious works often depict Sol standing with his right hand pointed upwards at the sky, a hawk perched on his left arm, and a halo behind him. The symbol for the Southern Sect is a hawk with its wings spread out in all directions and a disc in its talons. Temples of the Southern Sect are more ornate and sometimes feature wooden statuettes of other gods. Southern Sect members may also burn the deceased’s possessions when they cremate their dead as they believe it’ll be brought with them to the afterlife.
Followers can be found in the southern parts of Sefir.
Cult of Orcus Edit
Followers of this order worship the God of Death, Orcus, and believe him to be an impartial deity whose power is needed to maintain balance between the material world and the Aether. Balance, asceticism and humility are key teachings in the Cult of Orcus. Followers believe that inaction is the best line of action and will only take sides when evil comes knocking at their front doors. Orcus’ domain is the downtrodden and forgotten as well as what lies beneath, knowledge and hidden things. His worship is cultish and insular with a desire for gaining secrets.
Orcus takes many different forms in the human realm including that of a young soldier, a pregnant woman, a child, a beggar or the elderly in the material realm. Turtles, candles, hourglasses, flowers, skulls, and the Sign of Orcus (Φ) are commonly found symbols for Orcus. The phrases “momento mori” and “respice post te. Hominem te memento” are often repeated among worshippers and during prayers and sermons. Praying is considered a very private and personal ritual.
Artwork of Orcus often depict him as a horned androgynous and beastial nude figure standing with a sword drawn at his side and his foot resting on either an hourglass or skull. Black mountains are often depicted behind him or around him. In Braeyan paintings and tapestries of wars, Orcus is depicted riding a horse with his sword drawn.
Popular religious tokens include hourglasses, carved beads in the shape of skulls, necklaces with the Sign of Orcus, and vanitas. Clerics and paladins of the cult are called the Apostles of Orcus and can be identified by their simple brown robes with a pointed hood. Fervent believers often take a vow of silence for years on end. The most frequently cited religious text is the Ars moriendi which offer advice on dealing with mortality salience and having a good death i.e. moral and ethical teachings.
Temples dedicated to Orcus can be distinguished by their minimalist rectangular forms built into mountainsides or hillsides. There are usually stone blocks inside lining the corridors for worshippers to place candles. Different coloured candles represent different types of prayers. At the end of the temple is statue of Orcus. Around the temple, in the enclaves are statues of skeletons and vanitas. Worshippers usually have triptych altarpieces at home with a vanitas on either sides and Orcus in the centre. The phrases "sic transit gloria mundi" is usually written on the left wing and "in ictu oculi" on the right.
The Cult of Orcus celebrates the Day of the Dead when the leaves have fully changed color. Around dusk, followers pay visits to the graves of their dead loved ones as well as dead leaders. Candles are burnt to commune with the dead. The Day of Rest is another holiday that is usually celebrated in the dead of winter. A vow of silence is taken out of respect for the passing of the year.
Orkist funeral processions are quite complex and may seem even convoluted to outsiders. The dead is stripped of their flesh (which is burnt) by a priest and the bones returned to the family. The bones are locked in a box inscribed with runes to prevent tampering. The spouse or direct descendants of the deceased will then carry the box to the burial in a public procession called a wailing. A gravestone is carved out of stone from the birth town of the deceased and placed on top of the spot where the coffin is buried. The spouse (or the eldest descendant if the spouse is also dead) must then take a day of silence for each year the deceased had lived.
Those who are a part of the Cult of Orcus do not typically worship any other gods or condone the worship of any other gods. Over the decades, a radical branch has emerged calling themselves the Harbingers of Orcus.
The Cult of Orcus is the dominant religion in Brae and is rarely seen outside of Brae.
Harbingers of Orcus Edit
A radical branch of the Apostles of Orcus that believes morality is a checkbook that needs to be balanced and that true neutrality is the only key to redemption. In their minds, too much good and too much evil are the same thing. Harbingers have no qualms using violence to restore balance.
Harbinger share many of the same rites as the Orkists. Some key differences is that Harbingers often depict Orcus holding a skull with his fingers through the eye sockets and don maroon robes instead of brown ones. Initiates often get tattooed or branded with the phrase "stipendium peccati mors est" on their chest or back.
Members also practice ritual sensory deprivation or self flagellation to repent for their sins. Some followers go so far as to permanently mutilate themselves to show their desire to repent. This process is called Penance and involves gouging out the eyes, cutting off of the tongue and nose, burning of the skins (using either fire or acid), and deafening of the ears (using chemicals or surgery) to rid the subject of their senses. Those captured by the Harbingers are trialed and if found guilty, which is often more than not, are forced to take Penance.
Harbingers are seen as extremists if not terrorists by Orkists. Worshippers and their practices are banned in many Braeyan cities.
The Sons of Bellum and BelloEdit
-Twins of War -jus ad bellum, jus in bello -both fell in love with Nyx, the goddess of rest and out of envy cleaved her in two creating Orcus, the god of eternal rest, and Epione, the goddess of healing -then they raged an enternal war against each other -domain is bloody conquest -percepts is trial by combat as well as the sanctity of suffering -most in askand, nearly all of moisia, half oswaland, smatterings on the western edge of sefir
Children of RosEdit
The Weeping God. Sol loves Terra. Terra loves Sol. Sol can’t get with Terra. Terra can’t get with Sol. Sol vows to take care of Terra but can’t touch. He covers her under his wings hence night. He would cry often due to missing his love. From his tear forms the Weeping God, Ros.
The Keepers of TerraEdit
Terra, Goddess of the Earth
The Daughters of EpioneEdit
Goddess of Healing and Restoration
Fortuna Lady Luck Goddess of Fortune and Luck Symbol of Wheel Primarily worshipped in Tuoro Sul (but also by merchants found throughout the western continent) Traditionally, gambling (and such other games of luck) in Tuoro Sul were ritualistic rites and practices in honour of their goddess. With the diaspora of the wealthy Shohamites during the Great War, they established their city states in Tuoro Sul and using their vast wealth established a bastardized form of this ritual to create large gambling dens and other forms of entertainment in the hands of Lady Luck
The Old GodsEdit
Worshipped exclusively in Kykvendi and in Vagrand Mysterious oggity boogity
Supreme God-head Three-In-One, worshipped in the Eastern continent Symbol of Triple Hollyhock Symbolic Colours: Red, Yellow, Blue Domain over 3 things I. Creation II. Preservation III. Destruction The Tri-God, when appearing in mortal form, appears as a being with three sided faces. When addressing certain topics, the Tri-God will turn to face the person addressing it with different sides of its face, depending on the god’s temperament. The common ritual practice of worshipping the tri-god includes hitting the gong when entering and leaving a temple Warrior Priests of the Tri God worship the god-head three in one, however they take an aspect that they would focus more of their studies towards, each one granting different boons.
Blessing bells are metal bells with wood blocks attached to the clapper and hung from a leather strap on horses and carts. They are often seen on trade caravans and travelers from the Eastern Lands and are thought to be bring good fortune and protection to those who carry them. Traders and travelers that pass by Sanzaru temples on their travels can donate to the temples in exchange for a blessing bell. Those who have traveled to many temples can have blessing bells made of different parts from different temples. Blessing bells are usually a popular topic of discussion among travelers in the East.
The bells are typically the size of a fist with the wood blocks being typically twice the size. Patterns or religious iconography can be found on the bowls of the bells; expensive blessing bells can feature very intricate or ornate designs. The woodblocks are decorated with hand-painted art, poems, or religious verses on both sides. Special artisans that reside at Sanzaru temples make these blessing bells which are then purified and blessed by a Sanzaru priest or priestess before being given to a traveler.