Cult of the Seven (Septhiesm)

The Cult of the Seven was founded upon the revealed truth as discovered by the Ancient Arkaens. According to this lore, the Seven emerged out of the primal struggles of the Elemental Ones. It was the Seven who banished and bound the Elemental Ones and declared themselves as defenders of the mortal men. As the truth was revealed in foriegn lands, so did the Seven establish their surperiority. The false gods they found there did acknowledge this as right and true. Those that did not were doomed to be destroyed or share the same fate as the Elemental Ones (This may or may not be related to the Time of the Sundering as it is known by the High Elves).

The veneration of the Seven was introduced to the North Continent by way of the Arkean conquest. Where there was a local god equivalent, the Arkean priests syncretized it as an aspect of one of the Seven. Other gods were pushed to the side, incorporated as minor servitors of the Seven, or outlawed. After the Merrovin Uprising and the fall of the Empire, the Cult of the Seven remained present across the North Continent but now existing alongside many of the pre-existing gods. Typically the Seven are worshiped as a whole with specific blessings and boons called for by invoking one or more of the Seven.

  • Kallel the Sentinel (Gold Sun on a Red Shield)
    Lord of Light, Shield Bearer, Knight of the Sun, Embodiment of Law and Ludgement
    (Icons represent as a dark haired well muscled man in a sky blue tunic with a red cloak, armed with a golden sword and spear and a red shield with a radiant image of the sun)

Assisted by Karael – Moon Bow, Night Huntress (originally a Merrovin goddess whose name is lost to history)

  • Themes the Wise (Gold Eagle wielding an Axe on a Blue Circle)
    Axe Maiden, Wise One, Protector of the Weak
    Often paired with the Old Gods of Larani (Lady of Paladins) and Peoni (Mother of the Fields)
    Themes is wise in the secrets of all crafts, including warfare
    (Icons represent Themes as a tall woman with hair dark as midnight, her axe is a symbol of warfare and harvest. She is sometimes seen as the consort of Kallel and wears similar colours of red and blue. She is slayer of wild monsters and mistress of domesticated animals)
  • Nox the Grim (Silver Sword point down on a Black Field)
    Grim Paladin, Watchmen of the Dead, Lord of Vengeance
    (Icons represent as clothed in shadows, accompanied by animals of the night like wolves and bats, a hooded watchmen with a silver blade)
  • Orm the Wrathful (Yellow Trident on a Green Field)
    Sea King, Trident Holder, Master of Storm and Sea
    (Icons represent as a great muscled blonde man with a trident and net, his eyes range from clear blue to dark storm)
  • Ioun the Hermit (Silver Lantern on a Green Field)
    Lantern of Inspiration, Master Crafter, Wonder Maker
    Assisted by numerous minor specialist crafters
    (Icons represent Ioun as a tall man in a craftsman’s heavy leather apron and his unbreakable tools of silver that would form according to his will, he carries his silver lantern which is said to inspire with its light and sometimes appears in depictions of an inventor struck by an idea)
  • Vivo the Traveller (A red staff, winged on a silver round shield, sometimes a silver wheel)
    Protector of Roads, Knower of the Ways, Master of Trade, Father of the Arts
    (Icons represent as a youthful man in a red tunic and wide brimmed traveller’s hat, his pouch contains whatever supplies he needs for coin or tools, he is ever on the move)
  • Ars the Sage (Three Silver Stars, Two and One, on a field of Blue)
    Keeper of Arcane Lore, Lord of Ten Thousand Faces
    (Icons represent as a hooded figure in a cloak evershifting in shape and colour, crowned by a halo of stars)

The leaders of the Faith are collectively known as the High Septum. This currently includes

  • Patriarch Illonius (Panrovia)
  • Hierarch Hellene II (Merrovin)
  • Matriarch Valeria IV (Vodarre)
  • Pontifex Clement VII (Archea)
    They meet infrequently at best, typically communicating through messengers. In turn, they are equally responsible for their local region (as recognized in the First Council of Remul).

Also Notable

  • Pontifex Pontus III (Arkea) (like his predecessors, he refuses to acknowledge the authority of any other self proclaimed Septum)
  • God Emperor Apton VI (claims to be the living embodiment of the will of the Seven and sees no need for others to advise his divinely inspired rule)
  • Frater Giovano the Pious (becoming a well known figure for his apocalyptical prophcies, his devotees spreading the word across Panrovia and beyond).

Cult of the Seven (Septhiesm)

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