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 Savon Empire embraced the teachings of The Divinity. However, as the Empire fell from within as much to neighboring kingdoms and tribes, The Divinity was Divided.

The Church of the Paragons remained on the Bergatino Peninsula in the city of Savo 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 Adalric in 850. King of Edrines, there is a standing schism between the Reverend Matre Vandona in Savo, acting as Chief of the Reverends, and the Sect of Exoneration in Edrines. With the fall of Savon continuing and barbarians roaming the lands, the Sect of Exoneration elects Reverend Oderic even as the Reverend Teogene sits in council in Savo. As the church falls into a second schism, hoping to prevent the complete severance of the faithful as happened with the Eastern Traditions in the year 450.

Their faith here deviates as well, with an embracing of the Sect of Exoneration and the Reverend Teogene as the Honored Reverend of the Faith. It is established in their doctrine that the Emperor is of Divine lineage (the birth of Monarchy being associated with faith).

However, after several generations, the title of Divine Emperor is lost, the Kingdom of Edrines fades, but it is reclaimed in 970 by the King Ottmar 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 Saule is established. Clashes of family and city alike occur with difference in philosophy mostly related to the clash of the Paragon States and the Divine Empire. By 1300, the Kingdom of Saule has collapsed and the Divine Empire relinquishes control of the northern peninsula and the city states rise and flourish, supported by the Divine Paragons.

Around year 500, as the Eastern Empire spreads further east. It intersects with the rise of the Kataro Empire. Practitioners of the Sect of Communion recognize the birth of a new Prophet as does the Kataro 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 Santos Corta and neighboring lands to the West. Around the year 700, the Kataro have settled in both regions. It is the Navagerse who eventually arrive to help the southern city states of the Bergatino Peninsula. The Faith of the First Dawn is eventually pushed off the Peninsula and out of the city states.

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