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Septifidelity – also, rarely, called Septifidelism – is a major religion of Qirsyllviar that worships the first seven Abjaksan. 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, Ganzheitism, and the Northern Vozrod Orthodox Church. Each has a few sub-denominations within them, and there are many other variations of the faith in other lands away from its places of governance.
Septifidelity as a whole is the dominant religion primarily in Eurodysia and northern and southern Aquilonis (aside for Soleil, where they worship the sun god Swyll'zhor and the moon goddess Ny'kith). The faith has been spreading to Nekcroz, Tarak and Maritymir through the Eurodyne colonies, and even parts of Marlakcor have been seeing a rise of followers.
- 1 Core Beliefs
- 1.1 Fabella de Primus Septem
- 1.2 The Eight Archangels
- 1.3 Septifidelic Demons
- 1.4 Other Figures in Septifidelity
- 1.5 Other Beliefs & Practices
- 2 Main Denominations
- 3 History
- 4 Septifidelic Holy Places
- 5 Similar Faiths
- 6 Notes & Trivia
Septifidelity in general revolves around the core belief that the first seven abjaksan were vessels – or mortal incarnations – of seven deities whose names have been lost to time and that the first seven came to cleanse the world of evil. Septifideles also believe the current abjaksan continue to be the harbingers of goodness and the cleansing of evil, and this doesn't waver no matter how many times they are reborn or what race they are reborn as.
|Abjaksan||Symbol||Aspect||Representation||Historicity & Other notes|
|Aragrawp||The Warrior||Strength & Courage|
|Gongchen||The Leader||Pride & Charisma||Also shared with Wan 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|
|Satvik||The Teacher||Wisdom & Tutelage||Shared with Laukik & Shantivad faiths; the former as an Avatar of Ganesha, the latter through his teachings.|
Fabella de Primus Septem
The holy text used as a bible is an ancient tome known as the Fabella de Primus Septem (Fables of the First Seven), or just the Fabella 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 Virgil and Xenovia Galvoron, as well as their mother Tianne and their respective fathers, Hyacintho and Vermiculus.
In the Fabella 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 Eight Archangels
The Eight Archangels are a part of Septifidelity that stipulates that there are eight superior angels, each of whom represent the eight holy virtues that all Septifideles should aspire to. Seven rule over one of the Seven Realms of Eden (the Septifidelic name for Heaven), while the seventh, the leader governs Eden as a whole. 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.
The origins of the Eight Archangels are unclear, but the fact that the eight virtues represented by the archangels are the same as those represented by the chakras of Shantivad beliefs leads most historical religious scholars to theorize that the concept was imported to Geminos from Tarak long before the emergence of Septifidelity.
|Archangel||Realm of Eden||Represented Virtue||Historicity & Other notes|
|Michael||All of Eden||Archangel of Courage||Founder of the angel clan Virgil.
He is the brother of Lucifer, a Fallen Angel that lost their father's favor before becoming a demon.
|Selaphiel||Archangel of Friendship||Founder of the angel clan Micah.|
|Uriel||Archangel of Love||Founder of the angel clan Sizouze.|
|Sariel||Archangel of Sincerity||Founder of the angel clan Telantes.|
|Metatron||Archangel of Knowledge||Founder of the angel clan Empyrean.|
|Sandalphon||Archangel of Reliability||Founder of the angel clan Conah.|
|Raphael||Archangel of Hope||Founder of the angel clan Maroth.|
|Gabriel||Archangel of Kindness||Founder of the angel clan Semyaza.|
These Eight Archangels are also the progenitors of the eight 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 eight demons that represent the eight mortal sins, the opposites of the Archangels. Seven rule over each of the seven levels of Purgatory in lieu of Satan their lord and master, while the eighth, the leader governs them all.
|Demon||Domain of Purgatory||Represented Sin||Historicity & Other notes|
|Lucifer||All of Purgatory||Great Demon of Fear||Founder of the demon clan Galvoron.
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.
|Baphomet||Great Demon of Grudges||Founder of the demon clan Regmoris.|
|Leviathan||Great Demoness of Scorn||Founder of the demon clan Vazonok.|
|Astaroth||Great Demoness of Immodesty||Founder of the demon clan Oglinod.|
|Belphegor||Great Demon of Ignorance||Founder of the demon clan Xagoth.|
|Mammon||Great Demon of Disloyalty||Founder of the demon clan Agdriuth.|
|Beelzebub||Great Demon of Pessimissm||Founder of the demon clan Trigath.|
|Asmodeus||Great Demoness of Malice||Founder of the demon clan Borul.|
These seven demons are also the progenitors of the eight recognized Great Demon Clans.
Other Figures in Septifidelity
Aside for the first seven Abjaksan, Septifidelity also acknowledges several other figures, incorporated majoritively from Shevshelt.
Hyacintho & Vermiculus
According to the Fabella Septem, Hyacintho Virgil and Vermiculus Galvoron were a prominent angel and demon receptively. They are also the fathers of Tallulah Virgil and Xenovia Galvoron respectively, the creators of the first seven abjaksan.
Their dedicated chapter in the Fabella 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 "Saint Tianne."
Galatea of Zendaya
Galatea of Zendaya is a figure from ages past, predating Septifidelity entirely, She was the virgin mother of Tianne and grandmother of Tallulah and Xenovia. According to the Fabella Septem, Galatea was the warrior queen of the primordial Kingdom of Zendaya in what is now southern Aquilonis. Septifideles view Galatea as the personification of motherhood and womanly strength.
Galatea's chapter in the Fabella Septem says that early in her teens she was cursed by an evil sorcerer (believed by most to be Voldrazar himself) so that she could never have children, cursing her to die if she surrendered her virginity. Despairing at the thought of never raising any children or even feeling the love of a man, Galatea threw herself onto the battlefield, fighting war after war to distract herself from her fate of total loneliness.
After fighting her latest conquest in her mid-20s, Galatea found herself drawn into a hidden cave in the middle of what is now known as Siyah Canyon. There she found a pool of crystal clear blue water. Transfixed as if hypnotized, yet cautious of apparently being summoned to it, she touched the surface of pool. Moments later, the pool glowed and engulfed her in a bright light which dimmed to reveal a figure, none other than High Queen Titania, the High Queen of the fairies. Titania knew of Galatea's curse and took pity on her, so she summoned a branch of Sylkorphine with a golden cherry on it and gifted the fruit to Galatea. Titania stated clearly to Galatea that the cherry would bless her with a child without the need of a male partner, thus allowing her to fulfill her dreams of becoming a mother while preserving her virginity. Galatea was skeptical that such a thing was possible, but accepted the High Queen's gift anyway. Once Titania had vanished, Galatea left the cave and returned to her people. Galatea was still unsure if the golden cherry of Sylkorphine would really bless her with child, but knew that a divine being such as Titania would never lie. It was only then that she consumed the cherry.
Over the following weeks, Galatea, still a virgin, discovered that the golden cherry had worked and she was pregnant, to the astonishment of herself and her court. Nine months after receiving Titania's gift, Galatea gave birth to a daughter she named Tianne.
Now a mother, something she never thought she would ever become, she took her newborn daughter and gave her throne away to another while she dedicated her life to Tianne.
Saint Tianne is a saint from ages past, predating Septifidelity entirely, and the mother of Tallulah Virgil and Xenovia Galvoron. The Fabella Septem says that Saint Tianne was a miracle birth, born to the virgin mother, Queen Galatea of Zendaya. The scripture calls her the "daughter of heaven" also says that she predated the creation of the abjaksan by a few centuries. The Febella Septem describes her as a beautiful woman who calmed anyone who set their gaze upon her. She is often described as a red-blonde and her attire was described as a dress made of a single very large piece of cloth simply wrapped around herself held up by a sash of the same cloth wrapped round her breasts and waist. Saint Tianne had the power to heal the sick and injured to full health and burn the wicked to ashes with but a touch. She went barefoot everywhere, and it is said that flowers sprouted and bloomed wherever she stepped, and even grass grew where she stepped if she walked on barren land. She could even make a burnt forest bloom again and grow to its former splendor, and it is believed that her very presence made once infertile land fertile.
In all denominations of Septifidelity, she is viewed as the embodiment of goodness, motherhood and nature itself.
A chapter within the Fabella Septem, supposedly written by her daughters, tells Saint Tianne's story:
Tianne met Hyacintho by chance as she was healing soldiers wounded in a fierce battle between the armies of two enemy empires at war 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 did not act on it except to do one thing: they kissed deeply and passionately. Satisfied enough, they went their separate ways once their job was done.
Less than a day after, Tianne came across Vermiculus, whom had also been injured during a battle that had occurred concurrently on a different plane. She knew Vermiculus was a wicked demon but could not help but feel pity for him and sought to help him. The instant she touched him 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. Again, she resisted those feelings and did not act on them, and Vermiculus, whom had healed instead of burned from her touch, did not act on the lust he was feeling either, unable to bring himself to dirty something so beautiful. Yet, so satisfy what they were feeling, Tianne and Vermiculus kissed deeply and passionately. Vermiculus left after that.
Tianne saw neither of the two again after that.
Perhaps because she had kissed two divine beings, but Tianne became pregnant as a virgin like her mother before her and soon gave birth to the twins: the nephilim Tallulah, daughter of Hyacintho, born with the pure white feathered wings of an angel; and the cambion Xenovia, daughter of Vermiculus, born with the black reptilian wings of a demon. The Fabella Septem says that her pregnancy lasted only seven months instead of nine – which many Septifidelic scholars have attributed to the divinity of the fathers – and that both girls emerged from her womb at exactly the same time, making neither girl older or younger than the other.
When both sides found out, the angels wanted to kill the half-demon Xenovia and take Tallulah to be raised in Eden, while the demons wanted to kill half-angle Tallulah and take Xenovia to be raised in Purgatory. The grandfathers of both twins intervened and ordered Tianne'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.
Saint Tianne raised her daughters with love, insouciant of their differing paternity. She did not live to see her daughters create the abjaksan but she was immortalized in mythology, not only for who she was but for her adventitious role in bringing peace between the angels and the demons; a truce that stands, albeit shakily, to present day.
Tallulah & Xenovia
Tallulah Virgil and Xenovia Galvoron, daughters of Hyacintho and Vermiculus receptively via their mother Tianne, 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 Fabella Septem, their grandfathers' gift of immortality manifested when they were sixteen, making them young women forever. Their mother, Saint Tianne, who continued to age, passed away when they turned forty.
Within a few 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 twins as the heralds of peace through the creation of the abjaksan and the embodiment of light and darkness in all living things.
Saint Nanael was a warrior priestess whom was one of Tianne's most devoted followers. According to the Fabella Septem, after Tianne saved her life and healed her wounds following a disasterous battle, Nanael followed her wherever she went, determined to keep her safe from harm. Her devotion extended to Tallulah and Xenovia after their birth.
After Tianne passed, Nanael spent the rest of her life traveling. No one knows when or where she died, but for her deeds in life she was welcomed into the ranks of the angels.
Other Beliefs & Practices
All denominations of Septifidelity practice and follow a set of dietary rules, which are enforced to varying degrees. The origins of these rules is shrouded in mystery, but they became part of Septifidelic doctrine during the "Atlantian Period," when the city of Atlantis was the gubernatorial and spiritual capital of Synkratic Septifidelity.
Permissible foods are referred to as "Dektos." Dektos foods are divided into the following groups: Sarka (meat), Gala (dairy), Baxes (garden/fruits & vegetables) & Afylos (neutral).
Sarka meat must be slaughtered in a humane way; the animal must not suffer before dying and all blood must be drained before cooking. Impermissible meats include: dragons, snakes, owls, swans, horses, sharks, insects.
Sarka land animal meat must come from animals approved to be raised as livestock or hunted during certain seasons.
Sarka bird meat must come from animals approved to be raised as livestock or hunted during certain seasons.
Sarka seafood is limited to sea creatures that are not mammals, with some exceptions.
Gala is food made from milk that comes from milk-producing animals that are Dektos.
Baxes foods are fruits and vegetables, foods that come from plants. Only fruits and vegetables whose main bodies grow overground – such as on a tree, vine or stalk – are dektos; those that grow underground, i.e. root vegetables, such as peanuts, potatoes, carrots, onions, radishes, etc, are not dektos, stemming from an age-old belief that such foods are nurtured by demons.
Gainzheitism and the Vozrod Orthodoxy both relax this somewhat by allowing root vegetables to be consumed so long as they are first cleansed, but there are still some gray areas haunted by the old belief.
Baxes foods must be eaten fresh. It is forbidden to cook foods from gardens, at risk of losing the peak healthiness of the bounty of nature. Only a handful of fruits and vegetables are exempt from this rule. And, any baxes foods not consumed within twenty days of harvest are no longer dektos.
- Iyokan (a fruit from Fuso)
- Kumquat (a fruit from Marlakcor)
- Cacao (first discovered in Nekcroz and made dektos after nearly a century of debate since it can be eaten raw.
- Exempt from the "no cooking" rule of baxes fruits.
Food that is none of the three other groups.
- Wheat and bread, which are not counted as baxes for reasons unknown.
- Eggs, excluding those from birds that are not dektos.
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 Feficlivus, the eponymous capital of the Holy Papal Empire of Feficlivus, and adherents are called Synkratics. The first pope to govern the Synkratic Church from Feficlivus was Pope Gaius I – born Caius Iccia Nero – an alleged descendant of Minerve Dahl.
The Church interprets the words of the Fabella Septem in the strictest of ways and preaches that happiness and enlightenment comes through strict adherence of morality. The Church enforces this through a code of morals doctrinized in the Codex Moralium, a book that traditionally accompanies the Synkratic version of the Fabella Septem. The strict enforcement of these morals and near iron-fist control has led many among the lower castes of society 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, Meridiña and related countries, and Lusitania. The denomination also prevalent in the extra-continental colonies of Solaris, Meridiña, 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.
The Church typically espouses a belief in human supremacy and racial and ethnic purity, and views certain races as unholy. These include, but are not limited to, vampires, succubi, lamia, and even half-breeds of these and certain other races. These races and more suffer severe persecution in societies dominated under the yoke of Synkratic Septifidelity as a result of the Church's beliefs. Even certain ethnic groups are persecuted by the church, and interbreeding between two different ethnic groups, or even another race, is forbidden. These stances are somewhat relaxed when an abjaksan is reborn into once of the races or ethnic groups condemned by the Church, but the issue of tolerance is subject to perpetual debate. Elves, dwarves and fairies are some of the few races that don't suffer any form of persecution under Synkratism.
Certain forms of magic are also banned by the Church. This especially includes all forms of dark magic, even minor harmless jinxes, and any use of it is a death sentence under Septifidelity.
The other denominations of Septifidelity are viewed as heretical in the eyes of 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 unholy, labeling their followers as heathens. The only exclusions are the direct denominations of Synkratism itself.
The Church also interprets the Fabella Septem in a way that deems homosexuality and bisexuality a sin (even though the language in the tome takes a neutral stance on the subject), 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 until death 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. Remarriage is recognized, but only upon the death of a spouse or the annulment of the marriage.
The Codex Moralium is a book of that traditionally accompanies the Synkratic version of the Fabella Septem, and is generally seen as a book of Synkratic laws that guide day-to-day life under the Synkratic Church.
|Crime & Punishment|
|Funerals & Burial|
|İktidar is the term for the denomination of Synkratism practiced by eastern Araziyerli peoples. With a near-aligned creed and beliefs, it evolved from the blending of core Synkratic beliefs and Araziyerli culture as a result of the Crusades. Today it's the dominant version of the faith in Southeastern Aquilonis and the Holy Land.|
|Khyanaltmal is a denomination of Synkratism among the Arslan peoples.|
|Kongzhi is a Wan denomination of the Synkratic Church with influence in eastern Tianchao, northeastern Dongbalian, partially in Miaogui and related countries, and is competing for influence with the native religions. It has more influence in Miaogui than others due to the period when it was under Solarii rule. The only place in Marlakcor where it is the dominant religion is the island of Qiulu (one of the seven Holy Lands of Septifidelity), where it has mostly replaced other religions, though traditional ones still persist and Chunmu Longdong, one of the Sisheng Chengshi, remained untouched.|
|Seigyo 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 is a Sinjok denomination of the Synkratic Church in Goryeo, and is competing for influence with the native religions.|
Ganzheitism is one of the three main denominations. Adherents are called Ganzheitists.
Ganzheitism is most prominent in central, eastern and southeastern Eurodysia, in particular Starkland, Albion, Ordensstaat, Helte, and the Miðheim peninsula. Ganzheitism also has influence in Skerna and parts of southern Talmyrnia.
Ganzheitism is governed as a whole from the city of Heiligenstadt in Starkland by a council off seven bishops, who are all of different races and/or ethnicities, as part of the faith's belief in racial, ethnic and sexual equality.
Ganzheitism 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, interpreting the Fabella Septem in a very romantic way. This comes from the rationalizing belief that since the original seven abjaksan were all different races and/or ethnicities and sexes, and they can be reborn as any race, ethnicity or sex, 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.
Ganzheitists believe that true enlightenment comes from embracing all cultures and practices, that all races and ethnicities and sexes are equal in the eyes of the first seven. All races, ethnic groups and sexes are free of persecution in societies dominated by Ganzheitism, and all forms of magic, including those banned under Synkratism, are practiced freely.
Ganzheitists also believe in forgiveness, that no one is beyond redemption. To followers of the faith, any sin is forgivable and even the most evil of peoples can be brought back to the light if they simply don't give up on them.
Unlike the Synkratic Church, Ganzheitism 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. The most common reason for divorce is usually that one of the spouses believes their life is at risk, whether from their spouse or someone else. Potentially divorcing 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, Ganzheitism recognizes remarriage to one's former spouse in the event of later reconciliation.
Homosexual relationships are also widely accepted.
Ganzheitism was founded in Starkland a little over eight hundred years ago, during what history remembers as the Ganzheitist 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 (3700 – 3771PCZ), 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 and accepting all living things and cultures, and not through adherement of 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, at the age of sixteen, he visited the City of Feficlivus, the capital of the Papacy, in 3716PCZ. In 3719PCZ, at nineteen years old, he drafted a list of 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 in Wevelburg. His students later copied and distributed them, spreading his ideas and beginning the Reformation.
Ganzheitism did not gain prominence smoothly. As by the thousands many people converted to Ganzheitism 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. These conflicts were mostly centered in Starkland, the origin country of Ganzheitism.
|Curatism||Curatism is a vampiric denomination of Ganzheitism, and a competing religion with Credintism. Adherents are called Curatics.
This denomination was founded by vampires due to the Ganzheitists 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.
|Luftimism||Luftimism is a denomination of Ganzheitism. It is the official religion of Albion and its empire via the Church of Albion, the mother commune of Luftimism, of which the king of Albion is the official head. This form of Ganzheitism also has influence in Skerna. Adherents are called Luftimists.|
Northern Vozrod Orthodox Church
The Northern Vozrod Orthodox Church (Pismo: ⰂⰑⰈⰓⰑⰄ/Yycind: r,Y72^), also informally called Vozrodism or Kitezhism, or the Vozrod Orthodoxy is one of the three main denominations. Followers are called Vozrods. Governed from the Sacred City of Kitezh (ⰍⰋⰕⰅⰆ) by the Supreme Patriarch (ⰂⰅⰓⰘⰑⰂⰐⰀⰡ ⰒⰀⰕⰓⰋⰀⰓⰘ/Verkhovnaya Patriarkh), it claims to be the true original form of Septifidelic faith. The center of the Northern Vozrod Orthodox Church is the city of Kitezh, the birthplace of organized Septifidelity.
The Vozrod Orthodoxy is primarily prominent in northern Geminos, ranging from Atlantis (where it competes for influence with the local Atlantoi Pantheon and the more dominant Synkratic Church) through Merzlota, to the Salrinese homeland of central northern Aquilonis.
Unlike Synkratism and Ganzheitism, which always worship the first seven abjaksan all at once, Vozrods worship the first seven individually for different situations and/or reasons. This practice stems from the core Septifidelic belief that each of the first seven represent different things. The only time Vozrods worship all seven of the first abjaksan at once is on Septimass.
This method of worship has influenced religious architecture: Vozrod churches are designed with seven separate sanctums, each with their own altar dedicated to one of the first seven.
In 1709PCZ, almost two thousand years after it was buried in an catastrophic avalanche, referred to in history as the Kitezh Cataclysm, Kitezh was rediscovered and dug out of the ice, rock, snow and frozen mud. Well-remembered as the birthplace of Septifidelity as an organized religion, thousands of adherents wasted no time in repopulating the city and restoring it to its former splendor, and the title "Patriarch of Kitezh" was created.
As they dug out more and more ancient Septifidelic artifacts and scriptures – which were undamaged and perfectly preserved thanks to powerful preservation magic cast upon them by mages of the time – long lost practices and knowledge came to the attention of the top hierarchy of the new city leaders. At first strict Synkratics, over time, as they absorbed more and more of the ancient wisdom, they became true believers in the ancient ways, and the clergy of Kitezh incorporating these long-lost practices into their way of worship and began spreading the old words to their followers. As the ancient ways came to be more prominent in the way of life of Septifideles in Kitezh and the surrounding countryside, most modern Synkratic practices began to fall away, supplanted by the old ways.
The adoption of these old practices soon caught the attention of the clergy of the Synkratic Church, and the more devout of the higher clergy of the time viewed that these old ways were not in line with modern Synkratic values. For decades the clergy of Kitezh tried to reason that these lost practices were the essence of true Septifidelity that their forefathers had left behind; only a small fraction of the Synkratic clergy were convinced, the rest maintained that their modern ways were the true form.
Over the next couple centuries, the ways of Kitezh – whom followers started calling the "Northern Vozrod Orthodox Church" or "Vozrodism" – continued to spread far and wide across northern Geminos, eventually evolving into a form of worship that – while retaining core Septifidelic beliefs – didn't resemble Synkratic ways in the least, much to the ire of the Synkratic clergy. These reforms and abolitions were viewed as heresy by the more devout Synkratics. During the intervening years, the clergy and followers of both sides argued over the issue of incorporating old ways rediscovered in Kitezh or progressing the way they had been for centuries before, leadng to a split just short of a schism. As many commoners, aristocrats and royal families of the north started converting to Vozrodism by the thousands, some of these disagreements often turned violent, some leading to riots, but full-blown wars were avoided.
Clashing over the papacy was a common occurrence as well, as some Vozrods sought to win the papacy to give their ways some merit, as well as giving their church more power and legitimacy. Popes did not rule easily either, as some were suspected of having sympathies for the Vozrods or having direct ties. The final straw for the Synkratics was when, in 1990PCZ, then-Pope Adam III converted to Vozrodism. The Synkratic Clergy wasted no time in excommunicating Pope Adam, stripping him of his title and electing his rival, Antipope Gaius IV, the new pope.
In 1994PCZ, Pope Gaius IV issued the papal bull excommunicating Patriarch Obren, the then religious leader of Kitezh. In return the Supreme Patriarch of Kitezh excommunicated the pope. As neither denied the excommunication from their respective churches, this event officially, and permanently, separated the Northern Vozrod Orthodox Church from the Synkratic Church in what is now known as the Synkratic-Vozrod Schism. The final break between the churches immediately led to war, as Pope Gaius initiated the Northern Crusade, calling upon the devoted Synkratic nations to restore Synkratic power to the north. The crusade was a failure, and the Vozrod Orthodoxy was here to stay.
The birthplace of Septifidelity is the city of Kitezh. The origins of the religion and the names of its founders are shrouded in mystery, but it gained prominence in northern Geminos at the height of the Zedylrian Empire.
Proto-Septifidelity existed in various forms between many peoples for hundreds of years across northern Geminos and parts of northern Aquilonis prior to what is known as the Council of Kitezh. In 330ACZ, following the outbreak of fighting between at least seven tribes in central Zedylria over the nature of their versions of their faith, Saint Goran, the leader of one of the more prominent sects of proto-Septifideltiy, called for a council of the various leaders of the faith to settle the matter once and for all. After nearly seven months of debate and examination of the various texts that would make up the Fabella Septem, a doctrinization of Septifidelity was agreed upon and the first version of the Fabella Septem was created. Within months of the council's conclusion, the Zedylrian Empire adopted the new organized faith as the official state religion.
Septifidelic Holy Places
Septifideles place religious importance on a number of places around the world, from the believed birthplaces of the Abjaksan, to certain cities and towns that serve as centers of the faith.
|United Empire of Atlantis||One of the original centers of Synkratism since the "Atlantian Period," and at one point the center of the Papal power before the Incolization Period. It managed to stave off the encroachment of Vozrodism due to the devotion of the populace and the relative isolation of the island upon which Atlantis stands.|
|Feficlivus||Holy Papal Empire of Feficlivus||Eponymous capital of the Papacy, and the modern capital of Synkratic power|
|Empire of Tianchao||A Kongzhi-controlled city near the epicenter of the island Qiulu.|
|Heiligenstadt||State of the Teutonic Order||A city majoritively Ganzheitist but has seen an influx of both Synkratics and Vozrods, in part because of the wars of religion stemming from the Synkratic-Vozrod Schism and the Ganzheitist Reformation.|
|Northern Vozrod Orthodox Church|
|Sacred City of Kitezh||The birthplace of Septifidelity as a whole, today Kitezh is a sovereign city-state that serves as the center of power for the Vozrod Orthodoxy.|
|United Empire of Atlantis||Once one of the original centers of Synkratism, the city converted to Vozrodism when the people saw the wisdom of learning from the ancients, leading to a religious split that torments Atlantis to this day.|
Seven Holy Lands
The believed birthplaces of the seven abjaksan are the holy lands of Septifidelity. Since the original birthplace of the first seven abjaksan is subject to debate even today, these lands cover vast areas. Followers of all denominations of Septifidelity traditionally make pilgrimage to these sacred sites whenever they have a chance.
The Holy Land of Eurodysia, called many names depending on language/culture, is under the sovereignty of the State of the Teutonic Order (Ordensstaat), with outlying territories under the sovereignty of Starkland and Livonia. The land is mostly Ganzheitist today but was the site of much conflict during both the Synkratic-Vozrod Schism (including the ill-fated Northern Crusades) and the Offenhietist Reformation as the denominations clashed for control of the territory.
Despite the old conflicts over the land, given the Ganzheitist stance on acceptance of other faiths, followers of other denominations are never kept from worshiping at the sacred sites, even in times of war; thus the land is home to worshippers of all three of the main denominations.
The Holy land of Aquilonis, traditionally called by the Araziyerli term Kutsal Topraklar (𐰚𐱇𐰽𐰀𐰠 𐱃𐰆𐰯𐰺𐰀𐰚𐰠𐰀𐰼) is mostly İktidar Synkratic. Politically, most of the land is under the sovereignty of the Araziyerli Kingdom of Altınşahil and outlying territories are controlled by Işıkarazi and Mübarek. This land was host to most of the battles of the Crusades that pitted the Synkratic Church against the followers/Caliphates of Al-Haqiqa. This land is also sacred to the Bahithi (Al-Haqiqa followers), but Synkratic dominance over the region has long prevented pilgrimage to the sacred sites.
The Holy Land of Marlakcor consists of the entire island of Qiulu (虬陆) (the homeland of the Xiyi people, a subgroup of the collective Wan) which is mostly under the sovereignty of the Empire of Tianchao, but a small southwestern peninsula is controlled by Chunmu Longdong (one of the Sisheng Chengshi, which is controlled by a Linglun sect), the Republic of Miaogui controls the the southeastern peninsula and the dwarven Kingdom of Baoshi controls the northeastern peninsula. While local religions still persist, in particularly Chunmu Longdong, the island has mostly converted to Kongzhi (a denomination of Synkratism) in recent centuries.
The Holy Land of Nekcroz, traditionally called by the Nekcrozi lizardfolk term Hrogidalk, is a swathe of land mostly on the island of Clixa but also on the mainland separated by the channel. The land is mostly under the sovereignty of the lizardfolk Empire of Xotil, but the northern lands also overlap with southern Muisca territory and a small patch of the northwest overlaps with Mayapan. This land is is the only Holy Land where Septifidelity holds no influence, as the Xotilic Empire prevents any foreign pilgrimage to the land.
The Holy Land of Ingdiva – traditionally called Satvikghar (सात्विक्घर) by the locals, after the first abjaksan of Tarak – is a stretch of land on the northern coast of the continent, divided by the Albinese Commonwealth of Edwardia and the Raj of Jumanji. The Albinese side is mostly Luftimist (a denomination of Ganzheitism) but the Jumanji side is mainly Laukiki. The land is also a sacred Laukik and Shantivad faiths. Shantivad aside, even though Luftimism, like Ganzheitism in general, has a liberal view of other religions, devotees of Laukik have historically shown much ire for a foreign religion and people encroaching on the land (even though they share Satvik Prajjadhya as part of their respective faiths), leading to several religious wars, including the infamous Satvik Crusade.
The Holy Land of Maritymir, called ʻĀina Hemolele as a whole in local language, is more of a cluster of islands and shores in the northern Maluhia Archipelago. Aside for several smaller islands, the main islands consists of the northeastern shoreline and peninsula of the island of Kaikamahine, the ring island of Akua Mokupuni, the island of Ola ʻUhane in the center (believed to house the tomb of Iekika Kaʻaukai), all of which are controlled by the Kingdom of ʻĀinakai, and the northwestern shoreline and peninsula of Keikikāne, occupied the Meridiño colonies of Trópico. All these lands and islands are sacred territory to the Ākalaʻpoʻe as well as Septifideles, but Synkratic dominance of the eastern half the archipelago has prevented the local peoples from visiting the sacred sites in that part of the land unless they convert.
The Holy Land of the aerial fairy-dominated land of Alfheim is a stretch of land traditionally called Luctianaheim (jzU1`B`C59ChRt), after the first abjaksan of Alfheim, that mostly overlaps with the Neutral Territory and the Kingdom of Swyllvaine, but also overlaps with Falriyion and Eldmodge to the northwest and southeast respectively. While most fairies follow their own faith, most are happy to let Septifideles of all denominations make pilgrimage to the sacred sites of the land, as long as they pledge not to try to convert their people to their faiths.
Some religions were founded through the merging of Septifidelic practices and other faiths, or as a reimagining of it, or have different origins entirely. The different denominations of Septifidelity have differing attitudes toward them.
Nondenominational Septifidelic Faiths
- Crefydd o Saith: also called Ngheltism or Ngheltic Septifidelity, is an independent Abjaksanic faith originally founded on the beliefs of Sepitfidelity, but has a different worship system than any other form of Septifidelity. It is most predominant in Mhyrdain and the lands just beyond the borders.
Known similar faiths
- Al-Haqiqa: A Ikaj faith that worships believing that the first seven are subordinates to a nameless supreme being.
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.
- Ganzheitism (from German: ganzheit = wholeness) is equivalent to Protestantism and has similar origins.
- Luftimism (from Old English: luftíme = love) is equivalent to Angelicanism, the Protestant denomination most prevalent in England.
- Curatism (from Romanian: curat = honest)
- Northern Vozrod Orthodox Church (from Russian: vozrod/возрод = revival) is equivalent to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
- The Synkratic Church (from Greek: synkrató/συγκρατώ = control) is the equivalent of the Roman Catholic Church.
- The Eight Archangels are inspired by the archangels of Christia & Jewish tradition.
- Besides Septifideles, the Eight Archangels are also moderately worshiped by those of other faiths, such as the Bahithi of Al-Haqiqa and followers of Swyll'zhor & Ny'kith.
- Just as Jesus Christ, the person whom Christianity is built around, is often used as an exclamatory interjection, [tbd], the founder of Septifidelity, is used similarly on Qirsyllviar.