Religion

Faith in the Empire of Thrace

The Thracians acknowledge the existence of two pantheons of deities, the Empyrean and the Chthonic. In general, the Empyrean powers are associated with law, light, and creation, while the chthonic powers are associated with chaos, darkness, and destruction. The Empyrean gods are revered and worshipped while the chthonic powers are feared and reviled. The situation is reversed in the Sunset Kingdoms, which tend to venerate the chthonic powers foremost.

The Empyrean faiths teach that after death, the body must be burned so that the spirit can swiftly travel to the afterlife, where its valor is weighed by Türas. Base and sordid souls drink of the waters of sorrow and return again to the realms of man in a new body. Noble, heroic souls pass to the Empyrean Heaven, to dwell in the glory of the halls of Ammonar. The Exalted (as they are called) are venerated by their ancestors and often asked to intercede with the gods on their behalf, and exalted emperors and heroes may be widely worshiped as demi-gods in their own right.

The Chthonic faithful do not believe in this cycle of life, death and rebirth. They believe that upon death, the soul is consumed and used as fuel in the creation of new life. They see reincarnation of the soul the same way we see fungus growing in a corpse – new life, yes, but not the same life. They see, not a choice between paradisiac afterlife and worldly reincarnation, but between undeath and oblivion. They thus seek to keep their souls and their bodies intact lest their singular identity be destroyed by the cycle of death until the time of the Awakening. The Awakening is a prophesied future when the chthonic gods shall return to the earth and the faithful shall enjoy a true bodily resurrection. The day of this Awakening is unknown. Some sects claim it can be known by the movements of the stars, others only by the will of the gods.

The Gods and Goddesses Of the Empire

The Empyrean Panetheon

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The Cthonic Pantheon
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Faith of the Elves and the Heldann

The elves and the humans known as the Heldann all worship the same pantheon. Many of these gods and goddess are the same as the Thracian ones, but with different names and there are some differences.

  • Eamon Arne (AY-mon ARN)
  • Cailleach (KAL-y-ach)
  • Áine (AWN-ya)
  • Taliesin (TAL-i-ess-in)
  • Demara (DE-mahr-aw)
  • Nuadhain (NEW-ath-ayn):
  • Tuireann
  • Fionnghuala (FIN-noo-lah)

Religion

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