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The faith's origins are shrouded in mystery, but it had its roots planted in ancient Eurodysia some six millenniums ago before it spread across the world over the ensuing centuries, supplanting faiths followed by most other vampires of other cultures and ethnicities of the time.
This religion is governed as a whole in Zatyzrik, Ardeal, but is practiced world-wide by vampires of every ethnicity. Yet, there are still many groups of vampires who follow other major and minor faiths. In the past several centuries – about a thousand years or so – vampires of other cultures and ethnicities have been turning to religions more prevalent in their home regions, to the point that Credintism is mostly a minority in those regions. Yet, Credintism remains strong among vampires in Eurodysia, Aquilonis, and the Eurodyne colonies in Nekcroz and Ingdjiva.
While Credintist vampires don't normally see eye-to-eye with most religions, most notably Synkratic Septifidelity, this is their primary form of worship. Furthermore, it's the anti-vampire stance of the Syncratic Church that push many vampires away from Septifidelity and into Credintism, even with the emergence of the vampiric Curatism Septifidelity.
The faith is led by the Zodyje (a vampiric religious title equivalent to the Pope of the Synkratic Church), which has many temples to the Vampiric Gods around Ardeal, and territories of the former Amurgine Empire. There are also many more smaller temples around Qirsyllviar frequented by local vampires.
The scriptures are written in a religious text known as the Cartea Zeilor. Within the Cartea Zeilor are physical descriptions of the gods and other figures, as well as the proper ways to worship them.
Zatyzia, Goddess of Creation
Zatyzia, also known to vampires as the "All-Mother", is the vampiric goddess who created the world and the vampire race.
She also birthed a number of the gods without a partner. The gods & goddesses she gave birth to are referred to as the Galo. Her grandchildren are referred to as the Vyris, and her great-grandchildren are referred to as the Jikzi.
Zatyzia is held in such high renown that she's the namesake of the capital of Ardeal, Zatyzrik.
|Deity||Representation, Historicity & Other Notes||Spouse||Children|
|The Gods & Goddesses born from Zatyzia.|
|Arfort||God of Anger, Rage, & War|
|One of three patron deities of Warriors.|
|Avidar||God of Earth & Mountains|
|Balho||Goddess of the Moons|
|Vampiric mythology describes her as the mother of the twin moons.|
|Bruvalia||Goddess of Peace, Tranquility, Hope, & Balance||Larcod||Logran|
|Cravior||God of Warmth, Fire, & Volcanoes||Ordanfi||Holro, Grislow, Iza, & Taizova|
|Darkh||God of Money, Trade, & Commerce|
|Patron deity of merchants.
The main Temple of Darkh in the capital hosts both the royal treasury and the headquarters of the Royal Bank of Ardeal, the primary bank of the kingdom. It's not as large as the larger banks of Eueodysia, but it's the most trusted bank in the kingdom.
|Drofrune||God of Metal, Precious Metals, & Metallurgy|
|Patron deity of metalworkers, and one of two patron deities of jewelers and jewelry makers.|
|Elizar||God of Prophecy, Foresight, & Destiny|
|Patron deity of seers.|
|Erohoris||God of Death and ruler of Iad|
|He is one of two judges of the dead, along with Ua, and is the patron deity of Necromancers.
He is also a funerary deity often paired with Ua.
|Framhoff||God of Luck, Good Fortune, & Prosperity|
|Galira||Goddess of Joy & Happiness|
|Gellar||God of Courage, Strength, Honor, & Chivalry|
|Patron deity of knights.|
|Giuvaer||God of Gems, Minerals, Crystals, & Mineralogy|
|One of two patron deities of jewelers and jewelry makers.|
|Ordanfi||Goddess of Clouds, & Wind||Cravior||Holro, Grislow, Iza, & Taizova|
|Ua||Goddess of the afterlife & presider of Rai.|
|She is one of two judges of the dead, long with Erohoris.
She is also a funerary deity often paired with Erohoris.
|Name||Representation, Historicity & Other Notes||Parents||Spouse||Children||Siblings|
|Grandchildren of Zatyzia.|
|Grislow||Goddess of Summer & Drought and the Sun & Light.||Cravior & Ordanfi||Holro, Iza, & Taizova|
|Before the first zyroites, Grislow was held in very low regard, viewed by most as a demon, as sunlight was lethal to the vampires of the time. With the rise of the zyroites, she was moved to the main pantheon.|
|Harhilda||Goddess of Theater & Performing Arts|
|Patron deity of actors and performers.|
|Helfier||God of the Sky, Astronomy, & Celestial Objects|
|Holro||Goddess of Farming, Agriculture, Rain, Autumn, & Good Harvest||Cravior & Ordanfi||Grislow, Iza, & Taizova|
|Patron deity of farmers.|
|Ivari||Goddess of Languages, Writing, & Poetry||Keltaria (elder sister), Joril (twin)|
|One of three Patron deities of scholars.|
|Iza||Goddess of Animals, Spring, Nature, Flowers, Trees, & Vegetation||Cravior & Ordanfi||Grislow, Holro, & Taizova|
|Often depicted as a nude woman covered in moss and flowers.|
|Japricus||God of Hunting & Beast Taming|
|Patron deity of hunters|
|Joril||Goddess of Books & Keeper of Knowledge.||Keltaria (elder sister), Ivari (twin)|
|One of three Patron deities of scholars. The main Temple of Joril in the capital hosts the Library of Taemdion, the largest library in Ardeal.|
|Julinar||God of Battle Strategy & Victory|
|One of three patron deities of warriors.|
|Juvzi||Goddess of Music|
|Patron deity of musicians.|
|Kaldehar||God of Good Health|
|Keltaria||Goddess of Wisdom, Reason, Knowledge, Academics, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Physics, Science, & General Learning||Joril & Ivari (younger siblings|
|One of three Patron deities of scholars.
Smaller schools typically have a shrine or alter dedicated to her somewhere on the grounds.
|Kilara||Goddess of Cooking, Feasts, Banquets, Parties, & Festivities|
|As the Goddess of Parties & Festivities, followers of the pantheon believe that Kilara blesses all festivals, even those held in honor of other gods. It is for this reason that she is considered the party-planner of the gods.
As the goddess of Cooking, Feasts & banquets, she is also the patron deity of chefs.
|Krilcraw||God of Inspiration, The Arts, Painting, & Drawing|
|Patron deity of artists.|
|Larcod||God of Truth, Justice, Law, & Order||Bruvalia||Logran|
|Patron deity of judges, lawmakers etc. In Ardealian courtrooms, statues in his image normally tower above the judges panel.
According to the Cartea Zeilor, Larcod decreed that a panel of no less than five judges would oversee trials and hearings of any severity.
|Logran||God of Deals, Contracts, & Treaties||Larcod & Bruvalia|
|A stamp in his image is customarily used to finalize written contracts after it is signed by the parties involved.|
|Marava||Goddess of Marriage & Fidelity|
|Vampiric marriages are often performed in her temples/shrines.|
|Morsica||Goddess of Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Milk, Nursing, Child-rearing, & Children||Seyra (elder sister)|
|Patron deity of pregnant women and mothers.|
|Nardra||Goddess of Chaos, Anarchy, Discord, Hatred, Fury, Despair, Fear, Destruction, Disasters, Famine, Bloodshed, Misfortune, & Poverty||Farlkrac (a demon)|
|Sometimes depicted as a demon instead of a goddess, Nardra retains her place in the main pantheon of historical and theological reasons.|
|Nir||God of Wine & Winemaking|
|Patron deity of winemakers.|
|Nosfyritus||God of Night, Darkness & Shadows||Seyra|
|King of the Vampiric Gods, patron deity of Valahiei.|
|Novari||Goddess of Swordsmanship, Archery, & Equestrianism|
|One of three patron deities of warriors.|
|Odaro||God of Thresholds, Gates, & Doorways|
|Pardrak||God of Storms, Hail, Tornadoes, Thunder, & Lightning|
|Porfune||Goddess of Mischief & Trickery|
|Qoleifa||Goddess of Love|
|Qualis||God of Games & Sports|
|Patron deity of athletes.|
|Rafiscus||God of Blacksmithing, Craftsmenship, & Sculpting|
|Patron deity of craftsmen.
Father of the demigod Erudor, who forged Crepuscul.
|Raladin||God of Travels & Boundaries|
|Seyra||Goddess of the Hearth||Nosfyritus||Morsica (younger sister)|
|Queen of the Vampiric Gods, and wife of Nosfyritus.
Patron deity of homemakers and homeowners.
|Sordro||God of Water, the Seas, Lakes, & Rivers.|
|Guardian of the Seas, Lakes, & Rivers.|
|Taizova||Goddess of Winter and Ice & Snow||Cravior & Ordanfi||Groslow, Holro, & Iza|
|Tox||God of Sickness & Plague|
|Uvuda||God of Dreams & Sleep|
|Varu||God of Grudges & Revenge|
|Viia||Goddess of Lust, Sex, & Ecstasy|
|Patron deity of protitutes.|
|Wayhar||Goddess of Magic|
|Patron deity of magic-users.|
|Xandre||God of Architecture & Construction.|
|Patron deity of builders.|
|Yophri||Goddess of Beauty, Virginity, & Chastity|
|Also called by some the "Goddess of Innocence," but it's mostly a misnomer.|
|Zilga||Goddess of Healing, Medicine, & Herbalism|
|Patron deity of healers.
The main temple of Zilga in the capital hosts Aurit Hospital, largest and most prestigious hospital in Ardeal.
|Zolba||Goddess of Space & Time|
|Often depicted in a black robe covered with stars and an hourglass in her hand.|
Credintism recognizes several vampiric demons, some of which are related to deities from the main pantheon
|Demon||Representation, Historicity & Other Notes||Relations to deities of the Pantheon|
|Algrask||Demon known for chilling blood of his victims into ice.|
|Farlkrac||A bloodthirsty demon who allegedly drains innocents of all blood and sucks out their souls.||Brother of Nardra|
|Zeojirac||Demon that torments people's souls and drives them mad.|
Other Vampiric Figures
Waklarc, also known as The Shadow, is a figure from old vampiric legend and folklore.
Popular folklore says that he seeps into the shadows of vampires, influencing their actions, making no distinction between good or evil.
Vampiric theologists have debated for centuries whether to classify him as a god or a demon.
Vampire parents often use Waklarc as a bogeyman to make their children behave, simply by altering the story to make them think he devoured disobedient children.
Yarlyor, also known as The Great Bat, is a figure from old vampiric legend and folklore.
Depicted as a gigantic greater noctule bat, as big as a grown man, popular legend tells that he flies across the night skies searching for wayward souls. The grim reaper of Credintism, he guides the souls of deceased vampires to salvation in Rai or to damnation in Iad.
Notes & Trivia
- Credintism comes from the Romanian word "credinţă"; which means religion, faith, etc.
- Rai and Iad are the vampiric terms for heaven and hell respectively.