The Eastern Traditions

At the time that the Eastern Empire separated from the Savon Empire, the Reverend Patre Maurus Angelus of the Sect of the Communion came with the Eastern Emperor to settle in the capital of Thassaldromo. Here the Sect of the Communion became the primary focus. Devouts and Prophets, those speakers and leaders of the faith and the communion with the Paragons was viewed as a primary aspect of the faithful of humanity.

While similar to the Paragons of the Three Divinities, the Eastern Traditions of the faith deviates in this focus of the Communion. Unlike the Paragons, only male clergy are admitted into the Eastern Traditions to serve as lay leaders of the faithful.

The Eastern Tradition stems from the foundations laid out by the Reverend Patre Maurus Angelus, called the First Reverent. At present the only such Reverent of the Eastern Tradition, the foundation of the faith is autonomous communal in nature as he laid out.

When split from the church, there was a number of schisms subsumed by the Eastern Empire. There are four such of these, relevant to distant administrative centers of the eartly Empire. The heads of these four churches are known as the Ascendants and each is relate to four Adherents of the First Prophet. These are Shaul in Thassaldromo, Gaddiel in Nirenae, Adoni of Crea and Elohim in Actolis.

The Ascendants oversee the addition of new temples. Beneath these are the Patriarchs, each a separate, autonomous temple granted such rights original by an Ascendant. Further still, under the Patriarchs are the Parsons, leaders of individual temples, some too granted autonomy by their respective Patriarch.

Order of Marcus

Due to the autonomous nature of the Eastern Tradition, there are no sweeping organizations of knights or orders of monks and other religious figures. They are generally localized, including the small order of Eastern Tradition knights in Matora. This group came to be when the relics of Marcus the Devout were taken from the Temple at Nirenae. They are devoted to the protection of the relic regardless where they reside and, outside the Centum di Marcus, this order of knights is one of few groups that know where the relics lie. They sometimes are called the Bulls of Nirenae.

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