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The religion was founded by Caius Iccia Nero, an alleged descendant of Minerve Dahl.
A follower of the faith is called a Septifidele, and the common adjective is Septifidelic.
There are three main denominations of Septifidelity: The Synkratic Church, Freiheitism, and the Northern Vernyye Church. Each has a few sub-denominations within them.
Septifidelity is the dominant religion primarily in Eurodysia, and there are many variations of the faith in other lands away from its place of governance. It also has been steadily gaining prominence in Aquilonis, mainly in northern Aquilonis (aside for Soleil, where they worship the sun god Swyll'zhor and the moon goddess Ny'kith) and partially in New Albion. The faith has been spreading to Nekcroz, Ingdjiva and Maritymir through the Eurodyne colonies, and even parts of Marlakcor have been seeing a rise of followers.
|Abjaksan||Aspect||Representation||Historicity & Other notes|
|Aragrawp||The Warrior||Strength & Courage|
|Gongchen||The Leader||Pride & Charisma||Also shared with Jiti faith as a divine figure.|
|Iekika||The Seer||Perception & Foresight|
|Kuzkco||The Artist||Creation & Craftsmanship|
|Luctiana||The Guardian||Mercy, Peace, & Justice||Shared with Faerish faith as a divine figure.
Also the name of an unrelated Elven goddess.
|Minerve||The Maiden||Purity, Innocence, Love, Beauty, Fertility, & Childbirth|
|Shivaji||The Teacher||Wisdom & Tutelage||Also the founder of Shivajisim, an unrelated religion.|
Mythos de Prota Septem
The holy text used as a bible is an ancient tome known as the Mythos de Prota Septem (Fables of the First Seven), or just the Mythos Septem, which is supposedly a collection of memoirs and journals written by the first seven abjaksan, and by the people who knew them during their lifetimes from their point of view, detailing their lives and their respective views and beliefs on the nature of the world, good and evil, divinity, and many other topics besides. It also holds the stories of the the creators of the abjaksan, Tallulah Michael and Xyliana Lucifer, as well as their mother Gaia and their respective fathers, Hyacintho and Vermiculus.
In the Mythos Septem is also a series of prophecies that have been predicted to come to pass. Some have come true since the text was written, while other's have either gone unfulfilled or simply haven't happened yet.
The Seven Archangels
The Seven Archangels are a part of Septifidelity that stipulates that seven superior angels, each of whom represent the seven holy virtues, rule over one of the Seven Realms of Eden (the Septifidelic name for Heaven). Even though belief in the archangels goes back to before Septifidelity, they are considered subordinate to the seven abjaksan worshiped by the main churches of Septifidelity.
|Archangel||Realm of Eden||Represented Virtue||Historicity & Other notes|
|Michael||Archangel of Humility, also Pride as a virtue||He is the brother of Lucifer, a Fallen Angel that lost their father's favor before becoming a demon.|
|Uriel||Archangel of Patience|
|Sariel||Archangel of Kindness|
|Sandalphon||Archangel of Diligence|
|Metatron||Archangel of Charity|
|Raphael||Archangel of Temperance|
|Gabriel||Archangel of Chastity|
These seven archangels are also the progenitors of the seven recognized Great Angel Clans.
Septifidelity acknowledges several unholy demons
Satan is the ruler of the underworld, referred to as the High King of Purgatory, and the governor of all evil as well as the Demons of Sin.
Demons of Sin
The Demons of Sin are seven demons that represent the seven mortal sins, the opposites of the Archangels, and rule over each of the seven levels of Purgatory in lieu of Satan their lord and master.
|Demon||Domain of Purgatory||Represented Sin||Historicity & Other notes|
|Lucifer||Demon of Pride||Though labeled a demon, Lucifer is actually a Fallen Angel, an angel that lost favor with a higher lord and fell from Eden. He is also the brother of Michael.
He later became a recognized demon, and popular myth says that he is the right-hand servant of Satan.
|Leviathan||Demoness of Envy|
|Astaroth||Demoness of Wrath|
|Belphegor||Demon of Sloth|
|Mammon||Demon of Greed|
|Beelzebub||Demon of Gluttony|
|Asmodeus||Demoness of Lust|
These seven demons are also the progenitors of the seven recognized Great Demon Clans.
The Synkratic Church, sometimes known as Synkratism or simply known as The Church, is one of the three main denominations. This denomination of Septifidelity is led by the Pope of the Synkratic Church, and it is governed from Vaticano, the capital of the Holy Papal Empire, and adherents are called Synkratics.
The Church interprets the words of the Mythos Septem in the strictest of ways and aims to spread its influence through strict enforcement of rules and order. The strict enforcement of its rules and iron-fist control has led many to brand the Church as tyrannical and oppressive; though the exact extant of its control and its leniency varies by region, culture, and the policies of the incumbent pope and regional bishops. Additionally, many services of the church, such as prayers to the first seven abjaksan, one's ancestors in a church, and even marriages require payment. Almost everything the Church offers revolves around money.
The main Synkratic denomination is dominant primarily in western and southern Eurodysia, in particular Solaris and related countries, as well as Gallia, Surtierra and related countries, and Lusitania. The denomination also prevalent in the extra-continental colonies of Solaris, Surtierra, Gallia, and Lusitania.
The Synkratic Church holds little-to-no tolerance for anything it deems unholy, though the exact extant of its leniency varies, again, by region, culture, and the policies of the incumbent pope and regional bishops. Regardless, as a result of the Church's beliefs, other religions and races it deems unholy – such as vampires, succubi, lamia, and even half-breeds of certain races – suffer severe persecution in societies dominated under the yoke of Synkratic Septifidelity. Even the other denominations of Septifidelity are viewed as heretical in the eyes of the Church. Certain forms of magic are also banned by the Church. Even practicing another religion is banned, as the Church deems all other religions other than Synkratism, even the other denominations of Septifidelity, as heretical. The only exclusions are the direct denominations of Synkratism itself.
The Church also interprets the Mythos Septem in a way that deems homosexuality and bisexuality a sin, forcing peoples of same-sex orientation practice it in secret. The extant of its leniency toward the practices is too to varying degrees, again, by region, culture, and the policies of the incumbent pope and regional bishops; women with women relations are just barely tolerated in most Synkratic societies, while men with men relations are almost universally scorned, and men found to be engaging in them are usually publicly shamed, or executed in extreme cases.
The Church believes in marriage for life and does not recognize divorce. Marriages typically only end with the death of a spouse, but annulment of the union is possible under certain conditions; i.e. one spouse, husband or wife, is found guilty of adultery, which is a sin in all denominations of Septifidelity.
Kongzhi (控制) is a Jiti denomination of the Synkratic Church in Tianchao, Dongbalian, Miaogui and related countries, and is competing for influence with the native religions.
Seigyo (制御) is a Genjin denomination of the Synkratic Church in Fuso, the Yamato colonies and Raimei that is competing for influence with the native religions. The only place the religion hasn't touched is Hinomoto.
Tongje (통제) is a Unghwa denomination of the Synkratic Church in Goryeo, and is competing for influence with the native religions.
Freiheitism is one of the three main denominations. Adherents are called Freiheitlichs.
Freiheitism is the most liberal of the three main denominations, and adherents aim to spread its faith through learning and the teaching to love all cultures and living things.
Freiheitlichs believe that true enlightenment comes from embracing all cultures and practices, that all races and ethnicities are equal in the eyes of heaven. All races are free of persecution in societies dominated by Freiheitism, and all forms of magic, including those banned under Synkratism, are practiced freely.
Unlike the Synkratic Church, Freiheitism recognizes divorce of any social status, from sovereign rulers to lowly commoners. But, it's not a simple matter and there are restrictions, as marriage is still considered a holy union. The spouses must have a valid reason for a divorce, and growing dispassionate about one another is not one of them. Spouses must also consider the future of any children they might have, including who has custody of them, which is normally decided by a local magistrate in the event the divorcing spouses can't reach a decision by the time the divorce is finalized.
Furthermore, while it's unheard of in Synkratic societies, Freiheitism recognizes remarriage to one's former spouse in the event of later reconciliation.
Freiheitism was founded in Starkland about eight hundred years before present day, during what history remembers as the Freiheitlich Reformation, in opposition against the many alleged abuses and the alleged tyranny of the Synkratic Church, including the basing many of the Church's services around money.
The Reformation was started through the teachings of Roderick von Nachtigall, a Starkisch fallen noble-turned-priest. He taught that since the original abjaksan weren't born all the same race or ethnicity and they can be reborn as any race or ethnicity, true enlightenment can only be achieved through loving all living things and cultures, and not through strict rules and suppression of what wasn't understood.
Originally a Synkratic by tutelage, Nachtigall was abhorred by the many abuses of the church. He had witnessed them minorly in his homeland, but was shocked by the extent of them when he visited Vaticano, the capital of the Holy Papal Empire. He drafted his grievances against the Synkratic Church and a list of propositions for reforming it into what is known to history as the 200 Theses and nailed them to the door of his local church, and his students later copied and distributed them, beginning the Reformation.
Freiheitism did not gain prominence smoothly. As many states converted to Freiheitism to break away from the yoke of the Syncratic Church, several wars of religion with the Church broke out over the ensuing decades and centuries.
Freiheitism is most prominent in central, southeastern and eastern Eurodysia, in particular Starkland, Britannia, Ordensstaat, Jysk, and the Midgard peninsula. Freiheitism also has influence in New Albion and parts of southern Talmyrnia.
Cherychism is a denomination of Freiheitism. It is the official religion of Britannia and its empire via the Church of Britannia, the mother commune of Cherychism, of which the king of Britannia is the official head. This form of Freiheitism also has influence in New Albion. Adherents are called Cherychants.
Curatism is a vampiric denomination of Freiheitism, and a competing religion with Credintism. Adherents are called Curatics.
This denomination was founded by vampires due to the Freiheitlichs beliefs in loving all living things, and so led many vampires, whom had long-suffered under Synkratism, to embracing a form of Septifidelity for the first time.
Kaiho (解放) is a denomination of Freiheitism in Fuso. Followers are called Kaiho-sha (解放者). Kaiho-sha don't really compete with the other religions, but instead look toward coexistence with them. Seigyo Synkratism being the only exception.
Northern Vernyye Church
The Northern Vernyye (Pismo: ⰂⰅⰓⰐⰟⰊⰅ/Yycind: r6R5`ÛÛ`V) Church is one of the three main denominations. It claims to be the true original form of Septifidelic faith.
Northern Vernyye is primarily prominent in northern Arqupeiro, ranging from parts of Atlantis (where it competes for influence with the local Atlantoi Pantheon) through Merzlota, to the Salrinese homeland of central northern Aquilonis.
Other Figures in Septifidelity
Hyacintho & Vermiculus
According to the Mythos Septem, Hyacintho Michael and Vermiculus Lucifer were a prominent angel and demon receptively. They are also the fathers of Tallulah Michael and Xyliana Lucifer respectively, the creators of the first seven abjaksan.
Their dedicated chapter in the Mythos Septem portrays them as cousins descended from the same god (who's name has been lost to history) but fell in with different crowds: Hyacintho's father was the archangel Michael, so Hyacintho followed the ways of light and angels, becoming an archangel in his own right; while Vermiculus, whose father was Lucifer, a fallen angel that lost favor with his divine father, fell to the dark side and became a demon, eventually becoming a minor demon lord.
The two then became bitter enemies fighting to assert dominance over the mortal world in the name of either light or darkness. The only thing that ended their fighting is the birth of their twin daughters via the same mortal woman, who's name has been recorded in history as "Gaia."
Gaia is a saint from ages past, predating Septifidelity entirely, and the mother of Tallulah Michael and Xyliana Lucifer. Mythos Septem says that Gaia had the power to heal the sick and injured to full health and burn the wicked to ashes with but a touch. The scripture also says that she predated the creation of the abjaksan by at least three centuries.
In Septifidelity, she is viewed as the embodiment of goodness.
A memoir within the Mythos Septem, supposedly written by Gaia herself, tells her story:
Gaia met Hyacintho by chance as she was healing soldiers wounded in a fierce battle between the armies of Hyacintho and Vermiculus and to ease the passing of those whom she could not save from death. Hyacintho had come to escort the souls of the deceased to their place in Eden and something blossomed between them. Whether it was something preordained by fate or something emotional is unknown, but they spent a night together in each other's embrace, Gaia surrendering her virginity to Hyacintho.
Less than a day after their time together ended, Gaia came across Vermiculus, whom had also been injured during the battle. She knew Vermiculus was a wicked demon and sought to burn him for his sins so that he could hurt no one else, but she quickly found that she was immune to her powers. It was then that they looked each other in the face for the first time, and something ignited in them; it was different form what she felt from Hyacintho, but passionate all the same. She resisted at first, but something about Vermiculus, whom had healed instead of burned from her touch, caused her to give into her base instinct of lust and they too spent a night wrapped in embrace.
Gaia saw neither of the two again after that.
Gaia fell pregnant and soon gave birth to the twins, the nephilim Tallulah, daughter of Hyacintho, and the cambion Xyliana, daughter of Vermiculus. When both sides found out, the angels wanted to kill the half-demon Xyliana and take Tallulah to be raised in Eden, while the demons wanted to kill half-angle Tallulah and take Xyliana to be raised in Purgatory. The grandfathers of both twins intervened and ordered Gaia's daughters be spared, left with their mother and for the fighting to end so that they may live in peace, and gifted the twins with immortality.
Gaia raised her daughters with love despite their differing paternity, but did not live to see her daughters create the abjaksan, but she was immortalized in mythology for her role in bringing peace between the angels and the demons, a truce that stands, albeit shakily, to present day.
Tallulah & Xyliana
Tallulah Michael and Xyliana Lucifer, daughters of Hyacintho and Vermiculus receptively, as well as granddaughters/grandnieces of Archangel Michael and Fallen Angel Lucifer, are ancient immortal half-twin sisters that created the first seven abjaksan.
According to their dedicated chapter in the Mythos Septem, their mother, Gaia, passed away when they were sixteen, and it was then that their grandfathers' gift of immortality manifested, making them young women forever.
Within three centuries of that event, the evil Emperor Voldrazar crept forth from the depths of the underworld to enslave all of Qirsyllviar in darkness. While born opposites, both sisters shared the same belief: Voldrazar had to be stopped.
Though they tried to stop Voldrazar on their own, they proved no match for him and would've died if not for their immortality. And so the sisters gathered seven individuals and gifted them with the power needed to stand up to Voldrazar, and lock him away.
Septifideles worship the two as the heralds of peace through the creation of the abjaksan and the embodiment of light and darkness in all living things.
Syncretic Religions & Similar Faiths
Some religions were founded through the merging of Septifidelic practices and other faiths, or a reimagining of it.
Al-Haqiqa (الحقيقة) is the Jafrakib equivalent to Septifidelity, worshiping the first seven abjaksan, referred to in the faith as the Al-Sbet Abtal (ألسبعة أبطال ), and followers are referred to as Jalad (جلد). The difference is that while Septifidelity worships the first seven as "divine icons," Jalads worship a being of higher power and view the abjaksan as heroes in service to them.
No one is sure of the identity of the higher power the first seven were in service to, but most assume it to be Al'aelaa Alwujud (الأعلى الوجود), the supreme deity that is central to Din faith, but many scholars dispute this. Jalads also refer to Tallulah and Xyliana, other important Septifidelic figures, as Al-Milak (ألملاك) and Al-Shaytana (الشيطانة) respectively.
The holy text of Al-Haqiqa is the Kharafat Alsabeat Al'uwlaa (خرافات السبعة الأولى/Fables of the First Seven), or the al-Kharafat (الخرافات/Fables), which tells similar stories found in the Mythos Septem, but with some very big differences. Most of the memoirs and journals of the latter are simply translated, with a few minor differences, and most of the post-first seven stories and legends have similar morals, yet are told very differently.
Since its introduction, Al-Haqiqa faith has been competing with Din, the main ancestral religion of the Jafrakib people, for centuries. It's gotten to the point that it's an almost even split between them.
Xsassa alone has fully adopted it as its sole official state religion.
Founding & History
The founder of Al-Haqiqa and the writer of the al-Kharafrat was a holy woman named Scheherazade (شهرزاد). The Jalad view her as a prophetess who told the truth about the first seven yet was unjustly punished for it by Syncratics.
Born about two thousand years ago as a slave in the Kingdom of Waljazir (والجزير) – now the Sultanate of Bialidrak – and sold to a Eurodyne slave trader, she ended up in a brothel in what is now New Albion while praying to the deities of Din faith to liberate her, but her prayers went unanswered and she despaired, to the point she eventually gave up her faith. She was eventually freed by purchase and brought to a Synkratic monastery, where she was educated to become a nun. After many years, Scheherazade eventually came to question the origins of the way the first seven were worshiped, having trouble understanding how the first seven abjaksan could be the supreme ones of Septifidelity while acknowledging that there were beings higher than them. Scheherazade eventually concluded that they were wrong, that the first seven were not divine icons to be worshiped but servants of a higher power. It was at this point that she began writing the al-Kharafrat, detailing her views on the first seven and transcribing the stories in the Mythos Septem into her native language, while making a few alterations that made more sense to her.
She did it in secret, privately worshiping her own way in private, for nearly twenty years, and even converting others from her homeland to her views, who proceeded to spread it back to their homeland via various avenues and even to Eurodysia. However, Scheherazade's secret was uncovered by the papal authorities when she made the mistake of speaking of her faith to some of her followers in public, unawares that one of the people listening understood her native language. Scheherazade was arrested, charged with heresy, and sentenced to be burned at the stake. Some of her followers, her son among them, were also arrested and similarly charged, but the majority of them including her daughters, managed to escape, along with copies of her writings and the al-Kharafrat so they would survive.
On the day of her execution, as Scheherazade stood on the scaffolding waiting for the end, she noticed some of her followers in the crowd and wordlessly made it clear to them that they were not to interfere. Before the executioner lit the flames, she was asked if she would recant, but she refused and spat in his face. When asked if she had any last words, it was then that she spoke out loud of her faith and views before a crowd for the first time. Just for amusement, the then Popess Arnhild allowed her to finish before ordering her burned, an inaction many of her faith soon regretted. This event, combined with more that followed, sparked a perpetual animosity between Synkratism and Al-Haqiqa.
Al-Haqiqa was already gaining provenience in the Jafrakib homelands and many of her followers escaped persecution so the new religion did not die with her. Scheherazade, as the founder of Al-Haqiqa, was inscribed in the al-Kharafrat as a martyr.
Following her death, the papacy of the Synkratic Church launched a series of "inquisitions" throughout Eurodysia and New Albion, which saw the persecution of anybody suspected of being what they saw as a heretic, forced conversions of people back to Synkratism, and almost eradicated Al-Haqiqa from the continent. Additionally, fearing the spread of Al-Haqiqa in southern Aquilonis and the Holy Land – one of seven lands assumed to be the birthplace of an abjaksan; Aragrawp Dryhlano's in this case, which includes what is now New Albion, eastern Sinazgen and southern Talmyrnia – the Papacy authorized and organized a series of international military campaigns referred to as the Crusades, with the intention of halting the spread of Al-Haqiqa, or even eliminating it entirely. The Crusades reached as far as the Jafrakib homelands themselves. The papacy organized a total of sixteen of them over the course of 1500 years – the last one was from 4125–4140ᴀꜰᴢ.
Notes & Trivia
- Septifidelity (from Latin: Septem = seven, & fidelis = faithful) was partially inspired by the Faith of the Seven from the A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones franchises, and is the Qirsyllvian equivalent to the real-world Christianity.
- The Synkratic Church (from Greek: synkrató/συγκρατώ = control) is the equivalent of the Roman Catholic Church.
- The three listed denominations of the Synkratic Church roughly mean "Control" in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean respectively.
- Freiheitism (from German: freiheit = liberty; freiheitlich = liberal) is equivalent to Protestantism and has similar origins.
- Cherychism (from Welsh: cherych = love) is equivalent to Angelicanism, the Protestant denomination most prevalent in England.
- Curatism (from Romanian: curat = honest)
- Northern Vernyye Church (from Russian: Vernyye/Верные= true/faithful etc.) is equivalent to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
- The Synkratic Church (from Greek: synkrató/συγκρατώ = control) is the equivalent of the Roman Catholic Church.
- The archangels listed among the Seven Archangels are also prominent ones worshiped in Christianity.
- Besides Septifideles, the seven archangels are also moderately worshiped by those of other faiths, such as Jalads and followers of Swyll'zhor.
- Tallulah and Xyliana are the namesakes of Qirsyllviar's Moons.
- Just as Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity, is often used as an exclamatory interjection, Caius Iccia Nero, the founder of Septifidelity, is used similarly on Qirsyllviar, commonly with his first and last name.
- Al-Haqiqa (lit: "the truth") is the Qirsyllvian equivalent of Islam, and a Jalad is the equivalent of a Muslim.