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    Welcome to the kingdoms of Morbourne, Fallhaven and Valcoast. These cities of Domhnall are unique but tied together; Trades occur, merchants travel and treaties are reviewed, signed and broken: it's a way of life. The population is a mix of humans and mages, with the ruling bodies of each kingdom the latter: super powered and deadly. Though for now there is peace, a stable peace, as each depends on the others to maintain the delicate chains of life. What all citizens of every country have most in common however is their védo, a beast that is bonded to them and protects them from the dangers of this world. In a world where loyalty is everything, which side will you choose?


 
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 The Religions
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 Posted: Jul 6 2014, 11:08 PM
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THE ORDER OF THE FLAME

WHO IS TYTOS
Tytos is the patron god of Morbourne. In his human form, he is tall, handsome, with blonde hair and laughing blue eyes. His body seems to be sculpted out of rock, and the great sword he wields a-flame. In his true form, Tytos is a hulking monster; the largest dragon, with thunderclouds for wings. His statues depict his snakelike, draconic form rearing with claws flashing and wings flared, while his human form stands with sword drawn in the dragon’s coils.

WHAT IS THE ORDER OF THE FLAME
The Order of the Flame is church devoted to Morbournian GodTytos. Unlike their blood thirsty neighbours Valcoast, or Pagan allies Fallhaven. The Order of the Flame focuses on the ideals of the Church acting as a pillar of the community. Members of the Order aim to be healers and counsellors for their countrymen and to show their dedication, take a vow of celibacy to prove their love of their god and their god alone.

The Order of the Flame is about devotion to God and so all those who join its ranks are stripped of titles, lands and gold and take up residence in the Churches. Many who join are common born anyway as many nobles are reluctant to give up their claims to fortune.

WHO HOLDS THE RITUALS
Like in most patriarchal societies, the Order of the Flame’s most important member is the Head Priest. The present Priest is Forelli; whose fiery Phoenix Védo displays his powers of fire and healing. Forelli is dedicated to the cause of the Order of the Flame and strives to do all he was appointed for, seeing his position as a gift from his God. He has never once broken a vow and is one of the greatest leaders the church has yet had.

His co-head however is the Priestess Hills. It is no secret that she despises her role and wishes to be rid of it. It is just as well to the country that her successor is a far greater human than Hills and will lead the Flame back to its former glory. Hill’s Védo is also powerful though not nearly as much as the elusive Phoenix.

The apprentices play an important role in rituals and life at the Church. They will one day take over and therefore must learn all they can to get ahead. The apprentices are picked by the Priests and Priestesses based on their mage powers and of course the all important Védo.

CHURCHES
Morbourne has several Churches erected around the country. Though the architect can vary, the basis of the Churches remain the same. The Priest and Priestess stand upon an alter at the head of the church, usually in front of a statue of their God. It is usually up to the Priest to talk, the Priestess may also sometimes give a sermon to the followers however this is an uncommon occurrence, especially with Hills at the helm. The Priestess’ main job however is to conduct hymns, take confession and attend to child birth.

The religion act as healers and bless all those who are welcomed in the Kingdom of Tytos. As the child bed is no place for a man however, many women ask for the Priestess to be in attendance so that the child can be blessed immediately upon birth; just in case anything should go wrong with the birth. However, for those who prefer an official ceremony in the house of Tytos, attend church to be blessed by the Priest.

The church also conducts Weddings, burials and even counselling. Confession is a great part of the Church as the Priest and Priestess are able to both heal and advise those who come looking for counsel.

FASHIONS
The Order of the Flame is traditionalist and the uniforms have not much changed since the beginning. They wear mainly black and the strict conduct is to be followed by all participants of the Order. It is also customary that the uniforms be kept clean to respect their God and his house.

HEAD PRIEST
The Head Priest must wear at all times a floor length black robe with red draconic images stitched over his left breast. The form of Tytos in creature form breathing fire over the initials O.F. They must wear these gowns whilst in the church and on duties regarding the church. Though they do not have to wear them in their free time, they are encouraged to wear an insignia, a chain around their with a Dragon’s Eye as the center piece. This is to display their powers and their status for all to see

HEAD PRIESTESS
The Head Priestess wears something similar. She must wear a black dress but the choice of overall robes is up to here. Ritual dresses for mass must have the red dragon stitched on the breast. To show a slighter importance than the Priest, their image is merely a dragon wrapped around a the arm of Tytos holding up his flaming sword. The words O.F are usually found on the sword. They too must wear these gowns when out on church practice but in their free time they are not required to keep a chain on them. Though in the past many have worn a specially made gold ring with O.F engraved inside it.

APPRENTICE
Apprentices wear grey but they too have red embroidery. Theirs are Tytos in his human form standing on the letters O.F. They have no need to wear insignias beyond the church and are rarely given important jobs to do. Rather they shadow their Priest or Priestess depending.
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 Posted: Jul 7 2014, 07:38 PM
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THE ORDER OF THE VINE

WHO IS TIERRAH
Tierrah is the patron goddess of Fallhaven, the only female of the divine triad. In her human form, she is slender and tanned, with dark hair and eyes yellow like a cats. She carries a bow in this form, with feathers seemingly built into its arc, and is said to have a most wondrous voice. In her true form, she is a great rusty brown wolf with horns spiralling from above each eye. In her statues, her wolf form is sitting and howling, horns nearly grazing her own back, while her human form sits on the floor between the great forelegs, staring forlornly.

WHAT IS THE ORDER OF THE VINE
The Order of the Vine is the religious following devoted to the Fallhavener Goddess, Tierrah. The Order of the Vine is interwoven into nature itself, as they say Tierrahs spirit dwells in all living things; human and beast, rock and tree. They never spill sacrificial blood, and when they take what they need from plants, they are careful not to harm the growth of the plant. It is not rare for a member of this Order to be consumed so much by these beliefs that he or she will turn to veganism, though it is by no means required. Amongst the Fallhaven people, members of the Order are revered as healers of the sick – they are bound to heal anyone who comes to them by their sacred oaths. Members of the Order are encouraged to marry and have children, in order to continue the cycle of life. Children are normally kept within the Order, and grow up with their beliefs.

Members of the Order are not allowed to hold titles, or ranks, or hold land: they live forever after within shrines, unless travelling to spread the word of Tierrah, and the gifts she brings.

WHO HOLDS THE RITUALS
In following with Fallhavens relatively equal stand on genders, the Head Priest shares his power with the Head Priestess. Currently, the Head Priest is Donyx, bound to an inky black Pegasus. Once he dreamt of freeriding, and used to practice on the back of his own remarkable védo – but once he suffered a debilitating injury that no healer could perfectly mend, he was sent off to the Order to live the rest of his days. He used to hate the Order, finding it stifling – but he has calmed down since, and has been lifted to the position of Head Priest.

With perfect contrast to Donyx is Head Priestesss Jarving, with a védo in the shape of a pure, white unicorn. Of all the Priests and Priestesses of Domhnall, she has perhaps the most reknown: her healing abilities are remarkable, even though they come at a price. With each patient she heals, a little bit of her own life energy flows from her into them – she is therefore fiercely protected by the others of her Order, as her kindness threatens to kill her.

Apprentice Priests and Priestesses shadow their higher ranked mentors; the Apprentice Priest must do all Donyx does, the same for an Apprentice Priestess and Jarving. Like the other religious sects in Domhnall, the apprentices are chosen at a young age, based on their mage abilities as well as the rarity of their védus.

SHRINES
Like any self respecting religion, the Order of the Vine has a multitude of shrines throughout the Kingdom. The shrines, also they were all built in worship for the same divine entity, are all called very slightly different things: the shrine in Valhill is fully named 'The Shrine of the First Walker.' The other two main shrines of this faith are found in Woodcrest, and Grassgate. The shrine in Woodcrest, which is also the largest, is known as 'The Shrine of the Lonely Wolf,' whereas the shrine in Grassgate is called 'The Shrine of the Savage Hunter.' Normally, the names of the shrines have something to do with a particular legend of Tierrah, or else a particular aspect of her being. Only traditionalist tend to use the full names of the shrines on a day to day basis: most people just refer to them all as, quite simply, shrines.

The innards of the shrines are all roughly the same, though no two shrines are identical on the outside – the Order honours the individuality in their shrines as they would an individuality of every single tree. The materials used may be different, different beasts adoring the walls and roofs – as long as it is beautiful, the Order is pleased.

Standing at the far side of the shrine is an altar, positioned before an image of their Goddess, normally made of the roughest, oldest, truest wood. In newer, fancier shrines this may not be so – but the hardcore believers believe that the wooden statue of Tierrah embues them all with health and good will. The alter is where the Head Priest and Priestess speak to the followers of the Order, taking turns when it suits them, ensuring that the work is evenly spread.

The shrine is almost always situated with some forest surrounding it. It is in these forests that true ‘magic’ happens – marriages are always an outdoors affair, and some Fallhaven women even prefer to birth their children under natural leaves and sky, surrounded by the members of the Order. This has grown less popular as of late, though many still hold by it: a child born outside will have Tierrahs blessing; her skills, her guidance. Healing itself may take place outside, due to the nature of Earth Magic – the more closely connected with the wild, it is more likely the healing will take, and be successful.

FASHIONS
More strict sectors of the Order would enforce green, hooded robes, embroidered with the wolfen form of their Goddess in thread of brown; natural, earthy colours. However, times have slackened, and where you find statues of Tierrah not made of old wood, you find Priests and Priestesses wearing a variety of colours – though there is always the form of Tierrah somewhere on their clothing.

HEAD PRIEST
Traditional Head Priests would wear long green robes with a hood, which must be worn at outdoor duties. Indoors, the hood can be off, or on. On the back of the robe is the image of a howling Tierrah, stitched out in a reddish-brown. As a simple, natural Order, they do not wear anything else: their rank is indicated by extra brown stitcting around the edge of the hood and the edge of the sleeves. Over time, Head Priests are more or less free to wear whatever colour they wish, though they still wear robes (though they don’t need hoods,) and Tierrah must present. Because of this, it is becoming harder to distinguish between ranks.

HEAD PRIESTESS
Like the Head Priest, the Head Priestess traditionally must also wear long, green robes with the brown stitching of Tierrah and rank. Just like the Head Priest, though, she is now free to wear whichever colour robes she wishes – though she must wear robes, when on Order duty, due to the practicality of them. Like the Head Priestess, an image of the howling Tierrah must always be present somewhere on her robes, just to mark her as one of the Order.

APPRENTICE
The Apprentices, traditionally, wear robes of a pale green, whereas the Heads wear robes of a deep green. They still have the brown stitching of Tierrah on their backs, though she is not howling: merely sitting down. They do not have the brown stitching of rank on their hood, just on their sleeves. In less traditional shrines, the apprentice is free to wear whatever colour robes they desire, as long as Tierrah is on them, and not howling.
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 Posted: Jul 7 2014, 07:47 PM
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THE ORDER OF THE DEEP

WHO IS KRAKOS
Krakos is the patron god of Valcoast. In his human form, he is a slender figure, with sunken features and haunting, deep eyes set into pale skin. His hair is long, stringy and black as if he is still part of the ocean. He carries a battleaxe in this form. In his true form, he is a monstrous sea serpent, with fangs like twin sabres and scales of the deepest blue. His statues show his serpent form coiled on the floor and head raised, ready to strike, while his human form leans nonchalantly against the neck.

WHAT IS THE ORDER OF THE VINE
The Order of the Deep is the Religious group devoted to their God Krakos. Like the country itself, the religion is a blood thirsty and terrifying. It is the only Religion in Domhnall that actively holds rituals in which people are routinely murdered in the name of Krakos. Of all the religions, the Order of the Deep is the one which draws directly from Pagan religion.

WHO HOLDS THE RITUALS
The Head Priest of Valcoast is currently Jaxon, whose Védu resembles the natural form of the God Krakos. In Valcoast, it is the Head Priest who holds the most power and so is often disliked and even feared by the King, worshipers of Krakos desire to remain faithful to him and as Sobek is the main mouth-piece for the God to communicate, it is he that the people listen to. It has been known that some Priests have declared Krakos to no longer favour a King of Valcoast and have thus dethroned him and drowned him in the name of the God.

Second in command is the Head Priestess. The current Priestess is Spyre whose Kelpie Védu shows her power and status. Priestess’ do not hold as much power as the Priests and though they too are able to ‘commune’ with the God, their words do not hold as much weight as the Priests’.

Below the Priest and Priestess are two apprentices. They are chosen by the current Heads based on the shape of their Védu and their magic. Though followers of the Order can be human, only mages may climb to the ranks of Priest or Priestess. Some apprentice Priests have often be known to sacrifice the Head Priest when they believe it is time for a new leader.

TEMPLES
Valcoast is heavily religious and so there are several temples around the country. However the main one is located in Eriedge and houses both the Priests and Priestesses. This temple is the largest and most majestic of the temples and is a place of healing, learning and of course most importantly worship. Though the Head Priest and Priestess are expected to make visits to the other temples, usually they are left in charge by a higher member of the Order, such as Lords and Ladies of Valcoast. As they are not direct servants of Krakos like Sobek and Adrasteia, they do not necessarily have magic and do not hold rituals. They simply maintain the temples so that they are open for free prayer amongst the people of each city. All temples face west and all have a pool of water and a statue of Krakos, though none of them are nearly as impressive as the main temple in Eriedge.

FASHIONS
In past times it was customary for the Heads to wear the Valcoast colours of blue with a special robe in which was embroidered in silver a coiled sea-serpent on the shield of Valcoast, over the heart of the wearer. But the Religion has never been strict when it comes to how a festival or ritual is held. The only important thing is really the sacrifice and the offerings of food, blood and wine to their god. However, many of the older Order members seek to put back in place the formalities of worship.

HEAD PRIEST
The Head Priest was often to wear a hooded dark blue robe with the human and beast version of Krakos embroidered in silver over his left breast. It resembles the statue of Krakos. He would not wear the mark of Valcoast on his robes so as to show his power over the King as his place as true leader of the people. Under the robe he would wear black tunics and breeches with black leather boots.

HEAD PRIESTESS
The Head Priestess was to wear a dark blue robe too and likewise didn’t wear a mark of Valcoast. She had in silver in the same place only Krakos’ beast form, a coiled sea-snake around a dagger to show her position as blood giver; whether it her own or a sacrifices’. Under the robes she was to wear a black floor length gown with black slippers.

APPRENTICE
Wore similar clothes to their Priests and Priestess’ but their robes were in light blue to show their status as an ‘incomplete’ Priest/Priestess. Their symbol was simply a sea-snake half coiled but with the head raised and ready to strike.
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