History of Religion

History up to the First Prophet

Ages ago, the clans of Ishavti had left the bounds of slavery to find the promised land. After years of wandering the came to this land which they named for themselves. In Ishavti, the clans each adhered to the law of the Paragons and each, in turn, warred with one another over control of the land and the belief in which of the Paragons was most important for governance of human kind.

Several Millennia ago three clan came to prominence and yet still fought for which of the tenants of faith were most important. Communion with the Paragons, that sacred connection with the divinities as guided through doctrine of practice and faith. Devotion to the Paragons, the belief that human kind was created in the images of the divinities to practice devotion through free will. And Exoneration of the Paragons, acceptance that human kind was not divine and thus prone to sin, but through repentance and absolution of sin, one was accepted into the faith and granted life ever after among the divinities in the world to come.

It was after several centuries that the Savon Empire arrived from the west into the lands of Ishtavi and conquered the people. They had brought their many more divinities and gods, some far more worldly than the spiritual Paragons. The faithful of Ishtavi gathered together, in belief they would prevail against this incursion much as their ancestors persevered through slavery.

Then came the Prophet Noam. His teachings embraced the Three Divinities, and those Paragons of Communion, Exoneration and Devotion. The union of humanity and the Divine was a necessity of life and the free will of the people to follow the faith was a binding contract. Though many strayed from the path among the faithful of Ishavti, Noam brought unity and devotion through repentance of sin. From his life and death, the Adherents spread his word to the corners of the earth. Among these are accepted that Mariam, Shaul, Gaddiel and Betula set the foundation for the Church of the Divinities, the grounds upon which is built the Paragon State.

The Church of the Divinities and the Savon Empire:

The teachings of Noam, the First Prophet undermined not only the old religion of Savo, but the Savon Empire itself. Their faith was one of spirits separate from the world and humanities effort to control that world rather than humanity as a vessel for the teachings, knowledge and love of the Paragons. Perceived as a threat to their social structure, the Savon crucified the Prophet thereby making him Messiah.

The Adherents spread the faith, forming Parsonages of the faithful to gather and in the early years, many of the faithful were persecuted by the Savon Empire. It isn't until the year 420 that the leaders of Savo began to more thoroughly embrace the Paragon Faith.

Several hundred years after the First Prophet (year 420), the BLANK (Rome) Empire embraced the teachings of The Divinity. However, as the Empire fall from within as much to neighboring kingdoms and tribes, The Divinity was Divided.

The Divinity remained on the Bergatino Peninsula in the city of BLANK (Rome) where it began. The Eastern Empire carried the traditions forward but settled more firmly in the belief of the Sect of Communion, making this their focal point, along with a belief more in the human prophets and interpreters of the faith. (350 is formation of Eastern Empire, the schism happens in 450).

As the Eastern Empire flourishes, the Western Empire falls further into desolation. Even as the Divinity maintains a foothold over the faithful in the realms, the splintering of kingdoms as the empire falls apart continues up until the rise of BLANK (Charlemagne like figure). A pope is appointed in the BLANK (France/Western Empire Kingdom to come), and in turn, BLANK (CHarlemagne) is proclaimed the Emperor of the Divinity. This is the birth of the Empire of the Divine (Holy Roman Empire). Their faith here deviates as well, with an embracing of the Sect of (Absolution/Repentance). It is established in their doctrine that the Empire is of Divine lineage (the birth of Monarchy being associated with faith). This is around the year 800.

However, after several generations, the title of Divine Emperor is lost in BLANK (France), but it is reclaimed in 970 by the BLANK (King Otto) and the Divine Empire is established and spreads, other kingdoms join under the Divine Emperor or are conquered.

As they spread, in the 1100's the Divine Empire and the Paragon of the Three Divines clash in the northern portions of the Bergatino Peninsula. The Kingdom of (Lombard) is established. Clashes of family and city alike occur with difference in philosophy mostly related to the clash of the Divine Paragons and the Divine Empire. By 1300, the Kingdom of (Lombard) collapses and the Divine Empire relinquishes control of the northern peninsula and the city states rise and flourish, supported by the Divine Paragons.

Even as the Divine Empire retreats, the BLANK (Northern French descended from Vikings - Normans) have begun a conquest along the southern peninsula. Initially arriving to help oust the BLANK (Ottomen EmpireMuslim influence), they then turn their eye to the wealth of the city states of the peninsula. This in turn forces the Divine Paragons to withdraw some support in effort to retain the southern city states.

Around year 500, as the Eastern Empire spreads further east. It intersects with BLANK (Ottomen Empire/Muslim Empire to be). Practitioners of the Sect of Communion recognize the birth of a new Prophet as does the BLANK (Ottomen) and from this the Faith of the First Dawn arises and spreads along the southern shores of the Catellus Sea.

Practitioners of this Faith sail across the sea and begin to settle and conquer southern portions of the Bergatino Peninsula along with BLANK (Iberian Peninsula/Spain). Around the year 700, the BLANK have settled. It is the BLANK (Normans/French) who eventually arrive to help the southern city states of the Bergatino Peninsula.

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