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The symbol of Septifidelity. The seven-pointed star represents the original seven abjaksan, and the silver ring represents Qirsyllviar as a whole.

Septifidelity – also, rarely, called Septifidelism – is a major religion of Qirsyllviar that worships the first seven Abjaksan as divine beings.

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 Podlin Church. Each has a few sub-denominations within them.

Septifidelity as a whole is the dominant religion primarily in Eurodysia, and there are many variations of the faith in other lands away from its places 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.

Core Beliefs

The faith in general believes that each of the first seven abjaksan, which are only known by their first names, symbolize specific aspects and virtues:
Abjaksan 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
Shivaji The Teacher Wisdom & Tutelage Also the founder of Shivajisim, an unrelated religion.

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 Michael and Xenovia Lucifer, 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 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.

The Seven Archangels are:
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.

Septifidelic Demons

Septifidelity acknowledges several unholy demons

Satan

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.

The seven demons and demonesses of the sins are:
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.

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 Michael and Vermiculus Lucifer were a prominent angel and demon receptively. They are also the fathers of Tallulah Michael and Xenovia Lucifer 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 Yggdrasil 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 Yggdrasil 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

Saint Tianne is a saint from ages past, predating Septifidelity entirely, and the mother of Tallulah Michael and Xenovia Lucifer. 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 Michael and Xenovia Lucifer, 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.

Main Denominations

Synkratic Church

The Synkratic version of the star, which usually omits the silver ring.

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 Umbilicus, the capital of the Holy Papal Empire, and adherents are called Synkratics. The first pope to govern the Synkratic Church from Umbilicus was Pope Gaisericus I – born Caius Iccia Nero – an alleged descendant of Minerve Dahl.

Core Beliefs

The Church interprets the words of the Fabella 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 among the lower caste 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, 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.

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. 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, 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 of the annulment of the marriage.

Denominations of Synkratism include:
Demom Description
Kongzhi
控制
Kongzhi is a Wan denomination of the Synkratic Church with influence in Tianchao, Dongbalian, 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.
Seigyo
制御
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
통제
Tongje is a Sinjok denomination of the Synkratic Church in Goryeo, and is competing for influence with the native religions.

Freiheitism

The Freiheitlich version of the star, which omits the ring, fills in the holes, and narrows the arms.

Freiheitism is one of the three main denominations. Adherents are called Freiheitlichs.

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.

Freiheitism 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.

Core Beliefs

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. 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.

Freiheitlichs believe that true enlightenment comes from embracing all cultures and practices, that all races and ethnicities and sexes are equal in the eyes of heaven. All races, ethnic groups and sexes 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.

Homosexual relationships are also widely accepted.

History

Freiheitism was founded in Starkland a little over eight hundred years ago, 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 (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 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 Umbilicus, the capital of the Holy Papal Empire. In 3719PCZ, at nineteen years old, 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 by the thousands many people 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.

Denominations of Freiheitism include:
Demom. Description
Cherychism 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 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
Kaiho 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 Podlin Church

The Podlin version of the star

The Northern Podlin Church (Pismo: ⰒⰑⰄⰎⰋⰐ/Yycind: q2^j5%) is one of the three main denominations. Governed from the Sacred City of Kitezh by the Supreme Patriarch (ⰂⰅⰓⰘⰑⰂⰐⰀⰡ ⰒⰀⰕⰓⰋⰀⰓⰘ/Verkhovnaya Patriarkh), it claims to be the true original form of Septifidelic faith. The center of the Northern Podlin Church is the city of Kitezh, the birthplace of Septifidelity

The Northern Podlin is primarily prominent in northern Geminos, ranging from Atlantis (where it competes for influence with the local Atlantoi Pantheon) through Merzlota, to the Salrinese homeland of central northern Aquilonis.

History

The origins of the religion and the names of its founders are shrouded in mystery, but it gained prominence in northern Arqupiero at the height of the Zedylrian Empire.

The birthplace of Septifidelity is the city of Kitezh.

Similar 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.

Known similar faiths

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 Podlin Church (from Russian: Podlin/Подлин = Authentic etc.) is equivalent to the Eastern Orthodox 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 the Talmidhi 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.
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