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Shevshelt (שושלת), or Shevism, is a Zionite religion centered around Tianne (תיאןנע), her mother Galatea (גאלאתיא), and Tianne's daughters Tallulah (תאלולאה) and Xenovia (זינןוביא). Followers are called Shevshelti (שושלתי) and the holy text of Shevshelt is the Hesper (הספר/the Book).
Shevshelti view the four women as a divine genealogy with Tianne at the center.
- Galatea: the virgin progenitor, Tianne's mother.
- Tianne: the virgin mother of peace.
- Tallulah & Xenovia: Tianne's daughters, the sisters of balance.
- Tallulah is the embodiment of light and goodness and an eternal virgin.
- Xenovia is the embodiment of darkness and mischief, but not evil.
Galatea of Zendaya
Galatea of Zendaya is a figure from ages past. She was the virgin mother of Tianne and grandmother of Tallulah and Xenovia. According to the Hesper, Galatea was the warrior queen of the primordial Kingdom of Zendaya (זנדאיה) in what is now southern Aquilonis. Shevshelti call Galatea as the virgin progenitor and view her the personification of motherhood and womanly strength.
Galatea's chapter in the Hesper 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 Çatal 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.
Tianne, the central figure of the faith, was the mother of Tallulah and Xenovia. The Hesper says that 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 Shevshelt, she is viewed as the embodiment of goodness, motherhood and nature itself.
A chapter within the Hesper, supposedly written by her daughters, tells 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 Hesper says that her pregnancy lasted only seven months instead of nine – which many Shevshelti 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.
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 Hesper, their grandfathers' gift of immortality manifested when they were sixteen, making them young women forever. Their mother, Tianne, continued to age and 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.
Shevshelti worship the twins as the heralds of peace and the embodiment of light and darkness in all living things.
Hyacintho & Vermiculus
Hyacintho and Vermiculus were a prominent angel and demon receptively. They are also the fathers of Tallulah Michael and Xenovia Lucifer respectively.
Shevshelti portray 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, "Tianne."
The faith predates Septifidelity by far more than a thousand years, coming into doctrine long after the first seven Abjaksan defeated Voldrazar. Despite Septifidelity, and later-founded Al-Haqiqa, incorporating most of Shevshelt's figures as facets of their faith, Shevshelti bear absolutely no acknowledgement to the first seven abjaksan as part of theirs.
Notes & Trivia
- Shevshelt is primarily inspired by real-world Judasim.
- "Shevshelt" is a Hebrew word meaning "dynasty," meant to describe the three-generation genealogy of women worshiped in the religion.