Aurelesian Doctrine The Pantheon & religion

The Aurelesian Pantheon: This polytheistic religion is widely accepted through Aureum with little variation in doctrine regardless of culture. Canonically, there are nine Gods, but some believe there is a tenth. The main religious institution, Aurelesian Chapter, is represented by the Order of Transcendants. Acolytes of the order are present throughout Aureum, serving in temples dedicated to individual Gods or the Pantheon.

The world began with love. the God of Death, Mrithyn, encountered the Goddess of Life, Enithura. They are the pre-eminent deities, the Fate Gods. Their relationship sparked the Time of Constitution, the creation of Aureum and mortals.

The Fates' servants are considered the most powerful of all mortal Instruments. The servant of Death is called the Coroner, and the servant of Life is called the Warden.

According to Aurelesian Doctrine, when Life and Death touched, Affliction was created. This was the first Son of the Gods. With Affliction's conception, the Void opened. The Void is the difference between Life and Death that separates them despite their love for one another. With the Void came Fear of the Unknown. Affliction and Fear are the deities of the Void. They are considered evil and are not worshiped by the Aurelesian Chapter; nor are they counted in the Pantheon.

There is a tenth God some still believe exists but their name has been lost to Time along with their feats. Those who hold this belief assert that this God is dead, arguing that Gods can be killed as mortals can. This is not canon but it is debated.

Doctrine hails the reigning deities as the favored children of the Gods. Adreana, Goddess of Darkness and secrets rules the night. Oran, God of Light and Revelations rules the day. Together, they reign over Time. They dictate the passage of time between life and death, taking turns reigning in the heavens.

According to Aurelesian Doctrine, the children of Life and Death comprise Aureum. Their natures serve the existence of mortals and the Pantheon itself.

With the creation of day and night, came the firmaments. Taran, God of Earth and Phenomenon became the birth place of Life's creations. Nerissa, Goddess of Sky, Sea, and Discovery became the heavens, the throne of the Reigning deities.

The Time of Comprisal marked a flux in energy to Aureum. Every event triggered subsequent. This energy diverted into two strains. Chaos, that which can be changed; and Peace, that which can be ordered.

Ahriman, the God of Chaos claims He is the source of mortal nature: restless hunger for evolution and resistance to Death. But He can be malicious. His attributes are strife and ruination. His influence is believed to be the reason babies cry at their first breath and why mortals struggle in their death.

Imogen is a benevolent Goddess who brings Peace and Balance to creation. Her nature is meant to be the aspiration for mortals.

Imogen and Enithura are close and often work together to ensure the safety of creation. Under her influence, the Reigning and Comprising deities created a system by which the natural, physical world is ordered. This doctrine is called Andretheoran Science.

A favorite verse from Aurelesian Text is as follows: "Know this First Children and Second Sons, by love were all things made, and by hatred all things undone. By the Divine Order do we live, or by Chaos do we die." -Haf'naar verses 75&76

Andretheoran Science

For the Aurelesian Chapter, it is impossible to separate religious doctrine from science. The study of celestial bodies and their influence on mortal births supports creation theories. It also defines the order of Time, being the foundation for the Andretheoran Calendar. Each of the ten months is characterized by one God's nature, ruled by a constellation, and attributed a season.

The belief is this: The Goddess of Night, Adreana, and the star God, Oran, comprise the stars, planets, and Time. When they took their thrones in the heavens, they honored the Pantheon by creating constellations for each God. These constellations would shine brightest at their respective turns throughout the year to glorify the Gods they depict.

Enithura, the Goddess of Life, used these ordinances to orchestrate dates and times of mortal births. Being so, every birth is considered an honor to the God in whose month the mortal is born. She and Adreana ordained that the very stars and planets also serve as influencers of energy, so that each mortal expressed the beautiful, complex nature of creation. This turned the heavens into a spiritual map for mortals, to help them connect to the Gods.

The Twin Gods of Nature, Taran and Nerissa, gifted the Pantheon with an array of seasons for respective months. For example, Ahriman is the God of the tenth month, Aramarth, which is High Autumn. His constellation is the Horn, and those born under it are called Heralds. Each constellation marks a mortal birth with an Andretheoran Sign. This sign is a measure of the mortal's personality and destiny.

The God of Wonder

When Enithura birthed nature, her labor imprinted creation with remnants of her divine nature. This impression marked the birth of Wonder. Elymas, the God of Magic is known as the magnifier. He joined the Life Goddess in the creation of mortals. Then, He blessed some with the divine ability to co-create with the Gods and to rule nature through magic.

Mages are gifted mortals who possess magic. Most commonly, mages practice elemental magic. Although some mages may be extraordinarily talented, their power is only a drop of power compared to the Gods. Moreso serving as a reflection of Divinity that creates communion between mortals and their Makers.

Elymas' Blessing created variety among mortals. This inspired the other Gods to start blessing mortals as well. Through this encouraged communion, Gods came to favor mortals from time to time. They elevated their chosen to be Instruments of their will. Gifting them powers which reflect the God's nature more clearly.

Mortals also chose favorites. Temples were built to honor individual Gods. This created friendly competition and revelry among the Gods and encouraged the Gods to participate in creation to earn favor and worship.

Opposition to Religion

With the expansion of religion came curiosity. Few mortals were not led to worship, but as they became more and more self-reliant, some sought to break away from the Chapter. Some turned from their faith altogether.

Mathis Palades is the most notorious atheist to oppose the Pantheon. He spent forty of his eighty-four years traveling Aureum to visit royal courts and temples, trying to convince rulers to forsake their religious practices. He encouraged them to cast out arcanists, diviners, oracles, mages, and even medicinal healers from their courts.

He and his acolytes believed Gods and Monsters were dangerous manifestations of the collective's imagination. That they proved the destructiveness of 'magical thinking'. He believed mortals could drive these beings from the world if they stopped worshiping or fearing them. If they focused on other schools of thought instead.

Mathis believed the 'natural order' was a lie. That mortals would realize a new order if they turned away from the Gods. He also forsook creation theory. Instead believing mortal existence attracted or manifested the false deities. Hence his question was, if mortals could manifest Gods and Monsters and magic, they could create any reality they chose. Why choose subservience? He prophesied an era of purging and penance: the revival of logic and the dissolution of magic. He believed mortals must pay penance to their own nature.

His philosophy was openly denounced by the Chapter and Order of Transcendants, and when his cult became larger than expected, he and his followers were executed.

The Forsworn Gods

As Gods vied for the attention of mortals, there were periodic clashes of energy. According to Aurelesian Doctrine, these clashes created Gods of Adversity and Rivalry, Misfortune and Deceit. The Vices also, deities attributed with the deviations of mortal nature, found purchase in mortal hearts. Some people believe these Gods always existed, referring to them as the Old or the Silent Gods, who were brought out of hiding by the clashes of mortal and divine nature. This conspiracy is debated.

During the Elder War, a clash among the Pantheon and mortals, the Old Gods were cast out. Forsworn and sequestered among the First Children, the Illynads beyond the Rift. The reining Pantheon has nine Gods canonically who have remained in power over Aureum.

The Fall of the First Children

At the Time of Comprisal, the God of Fear and the Unknown tried his hand at creation without the help of the Life Goddess. His mind birthed terrors and strange beings. These demented creations did not please Life and Death as they were not made in Their images. Hence, these creatures were forsaken and cast into Illyn, which came to be known as the mother-earth of Monsters.

Elymas is credited for assisting Enithura in the creation of the Second Sons; the more beautiful mortals. Elves, Humans, Giants, Nymphs, Fae, and so on.

The Debate of Dominance

The Aurelesian Chapter asserts that because the First Children, Illynads, were discarded by the Gods, the Second Sons are considered more powerful and closer to the Gods in nature.

Still, there are some that attribute the Originals with the higher Dominion. Considering them more powerful, despite being forsaken. They believe this is why the Pantheon 'imprisoned' them in Illyn. Assuring the safety of the Second Sons who they consider more fragile because they are made in the Gods' images. Fair, where the Illynads are considered brutish. There is no debate as to which were created first, but which is the more dominant by nature. This debate inconspicuously asserts that the "lesser" creation, Illynads, being forsaken by the Gods is not cruelty.

At'lara, verse fifteen: "The Dominions were created by order, and by order shall they abide. So that Elf, Man, Monster, and Spirit, and all between, may live in perfect unity with their Creators. The First Children and then the Second Sons." This verse has been rejected as canon by the Order of Transcendants, seeing that the Aurelesian Pantheon does not live in harmony with the First Children. Still, some reference it in arguments on behalf of the Illynads. Opposing texts are considered canonical.

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