Religion

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A page to collect religious stuff.

Aera[edit]

Deities[1][edit]

  • Taleyira (the Warrior-Wife)
  • Seyela (the Warrior-Maiden)
  • Edera'yn (a trickster god)

Alliance General[edit]

Fleet[edit]

  • Has a volunteer chaplain corps, which can handle many (but not all) issues.[2]
  • When funerals are performed, if the volunteer chaplain crew is not sufficient, officiating falls to the captain.[2]

Asanii[edit]

  • Oaths and sayings: "Balance,"[3][4], "NiiAna,"[5][4] "Sun's backside,"[6] "Sun and Stars",[4], "Sungods,"[7] "Sun and Moon"[8]
  • Worship Nii and Ana; their religion focuses on the sun and moon, and polarities and moving between them.[9]

Chatcaava[edit]

"We once worshipped gods outside ourselves, but now that we have traded our idols for self-worship, we cannot change."[10]

Living Air[edit]

One of the major religions of the Chatcaava. An ancient worship tradition, newly revived.

Ideals[edit]

Old Chatcaavan religious texts refer to a time when "the Living Air held all the things to come in its invisible, ineffable body. Those things existed in a state of Perfection—holy, pure, and consistent. All things that exist were said to be memories of those Perfections made manifest... imperfect themselves, copies that aspired to their origin. A thing that is close to that Perfect version of itself has Beauty. [...] We do not have many sacred words anymore."[10]

See also Chatcaavan Language.

Members / Clergy[edit]

Ciracaana[edit]

  • There is apparently a "Mother Cult" that makes pottery.[11]

Lifehawk Tribe[edit]

D-Per[edit]

  • The God in the Stream

Eldritch[edit]

See Eldritch Religion

Faulfenza[edit]

See Faulfenzair Religion.

Glaseah[edit]

See Glaseahn Religion.

Harat-Shar[edit]

See Harat-Shariin Religions.

Hinichi[edit]

  • Many Hinichi have adapted Christianity to their needs. There are various Hinichi Christian sects:
    • sathet: a more liberal mountain sect [12]
    • pruscha: a stricter mountain sect [12]

Karaka'A[edit]

  • Oaths and sayings: "Bast and An,"[13], "Bast and An above,"[14] "Thank God and Her Partner,"[15], "Twenty midnight hells"[16]
  • "They're all nervous as a Karaka'An in hell without a map. And you know we have twenty of them. Hells, I mean." [17]
  • While not strictly a Karaka'an religion, modern Followers of Holly are mostly found in the Karaka'A.

Malarai[edit]

  • Naem-fili, avatar of the Malrai. Depicted in the Pantheon deck with teary eyes.

Phoenix[edit]

The Banners of an Eye-Trained Phoenix

The Eye of the Center of the Void is the Phoenixae major religion, which is almost more of a philosophy. It states that the object of every Phoenix's life is What Must Be Done, a mission granted to them by the Eye in the Center of the Void. The Eye sends them to this life (their only life) to discover this purpose and fulfill it; only this way can a Phoenix, on death, take his or her place with the Eye in The Where Beyond Chaos. Failure results in Dissolution; Phoenix believe that the remains of one's soul are used to craft the next people who will attempt that mission.

Only communion with the Eye reveals one's life mission, and this communion can only be sustained via detachment, so that one can see clearly; they call this detachment Stillness. People who are awash in emotion and attachment are clouded and cannot see or be seen by the Eye.

Because What Must Be Done evolves based on one's success at its pursuit, a Phoenix practices detachment as a matter of course. Most people credit the famed Phoenixae serenity to this practice.

(Stuff on Eye-Training here)

See also Holidays, Celebrations, and Observances

Seersa[edit]

Most Seersa worship the Speaker-Singer.

  • Oaths and sayings: "Speaker-Singer"[15], references to "silent hells"[18]

There is a separate Seersan religion, which worships four elemental sisters: Mist, Earth, Lava, and... Ocean, I think.

  • Rispa is the Mist Sister.[6] "Rispa ... one of the Seersan Four Sisters. The goddess of Ice. She is cold and unapproachable, as ephemeral as mist. Her ruling spheres are displacement and ennui." Depicted in a Seersan tarot-like card deck as a white foxine female, her hair dissolving into a gossamer fog behind her, with strange writings pouring down her back, holding a silver bowl in one hand and with a silver comb sitting between her perked ears. [19]

Possibly part of some other Seersan belief system:

  • Karesing: the Dancer. "She holds fire within her, a fire that consumer her so totally her body is colored like it. Her joy is so intense the universe feels compelled to dance with her. Her ruling spheres are purpose and fearlessness." Depicted in a Seersan tarot-like card deck as a bright orange and red female with streaks of flame blue and white, caught in the act of dancing, with a whirling galaxy behind her and white stars pooled at her feet. [19]

Tam-illee[edit]

  • Naming practices (FoundNames)
  • Iley, the Laughing God

References[edit]

  1. Claws and Starships, "Rosettes and Ribbons"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sword of the Alliance, chapter 18
  3. Alysha's Fall, "Blood Money"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Sword of the Alliance, Chapter 1
  5. Alysha's Fall, "Steel"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Alysha's Fall, "Two Uniforms"
  7. Sword of the Alliance, Chapter 5
  8. Sword of the Alliance, Chapter 13
  9. Pelted Guidebook
  10. 10.0 10.1 Even the Wingless, Part Two
  11. "Rosettes and Ribbons," Claws and Starships
  12. 12.0 12.1 Claws and Starships , "Butterfly"
  13. Sword of the Alliance, Chapter 9
  14. Second, Chapter 11
  15. 15.0 15.1 Second, Chapter 10
  16. Second, Chapter 2
  17. Mindline, Chapter 13
  18. Mindtouch, Chapter 4
  19. 19.0 19.1 Claws and Starships, "Tears"