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#21 Daniel

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 09:56 AM

The Modern Kaigian Calender
A non-essential look at the Kaigian year and the celebrations that take forth there.

“It is Thandiei de Primus; in the month of Hiemis-Funus, the Dead Moon; in the year 4988, the 38th of Ponterio.”
– A correct reading from the Kaigian calender.


I: De Kaldendarium.
There are three-hundred and thirty-six days, or forty-eight weeks, in every Kaigian year. These are divided equally between the three seasons, with each season being comprised of three four-week months -- except the six-month Aestas.

When reading from the Kaigian calender it is important to note a few small differences between the Kaigian and Gregorian calenders. In the Gregorian calender there is no difference between each passing week. Only the days of the week hold different names, with the year simply being an escalating digit.

With the Modern Kaigian calender each month is divided into four weeks. Each week is so named after the order in which is occurs. So the first week of each month is Primus, with the last week being Permaneo. The second and third weeks are respectively named Secundum and Trientis.

It is not just the weeks that are named, but the season and the number of years in which the current Theocrat has served are also invoked when reading from the Modern Kaigian calender.

When reading from the calender, first state which day of the week it is; followed by the week name. Remember that 'de' must be placed between the two names so that they are known to be associated with each other.

Next you declare the season and month. This time 'de' is not used as the season is considered to be a part of the month's name. Some months have certain titles assigned to them, Hiemis-Funus, for example, is know as 'The Death Moon'. Any titles must be spoken after the month's name has been invoked.

Finally the reader must state the civil-year followed by how many years the current Theocrat has been in power. In Dominous this has been changed to how many years the current Imperator Sublimius has ruled (currently just fourteen years).

II: Dies.
The seven days of the week are Renovatio, Deediei, Thandiei, Dodiei, Apothdiei, Dormitus, and Adcredo. Like many things in Kaig, each name is steeped in religious lore.

Renovatio
The beginning of the Kaigian week, Renovatio, literally means 'renewal'. The day of Renovatio has significant religious meaning. Renovatio was the day that the Church of Kaig (the precursor to the Theocracy) was formed, during the year of 4823.

Deediei
Deediei is the holy day of Unsandee, the god of death and judgement. All festivals and holy ceremonies to Unsandee will occur on this day. A boy born on Deediei is said to be set for a life of hardship, while a girl born on this day is due for a life with unlucky children.

Thandiei
This is the holy day of Thandos, the over-god. Tradition dictates that children born on this day should be trained, as priests, for a life of pious servitude to the gods.

Dodiei
Dodiei is sacred to the dead goddess of life, Unsando (twin sister of Unsandee). Children born on this day are said to be favoured by Unsando and such are likely to live long, happy lives.

Apothdiei
Apothdiei is another of Kaig's holy days, this time to the goddess of medicine, Apothecaria. Those who have taken up the profession of Medici consider this day the most suitable for enacting dangerous surgeries on a patient. There have been countless stories throughout written history where a Medici has put of critical surgery until Apothdiei.

Dormitus
Dormitus is the day of rest. On this day all but the most critical work is undertaken. Farmers leave their fields and Soldiers leave their training fields. Even travellers will make camp and rest the day away.

Adcredo
This is the most holy of all the Kaigian week. The later half of this day is spent in prayer, while the evening is spent fasting. This religious tradition was formed by the first Theocrat. The Theocrat would spend his evenings fasting, so that the hunger in his stomach would make him more thankful for his breakfast the next day. It is from this practice that the word 'breakfast' was formed.

III: Mensis.
The twelve months in the Kaigian year are: Hiemis-Genesis the New Dawn, Hiemis-Lunanis the Dog Moon, Aestas-Bellatorus the Blood Moon, Aestas-Civis, Aestas-Quintillis, Aestas-Sextilis, Aestas-Ruere the Fallen Moon, Aestas-Cervallis, Autumni-Aularis, Autumni-Fenus the Dead Moon, Autumni-Custodia, and Hiemis-Terminus the Dusking. The three seasons in the Kaigian year are winter, Hiemis, summer, Aestas, and autumn, Autumni.

Hiemis-Genesis the New Dawn
Hiemis-Genesis is the first month in the Kaigian calendar and is a time of celebration and is seen as a time of new beginnings and forgiveness for old crimes. During this month convicts can appeal to the Theocracy for forgiveness for their crimes. Many who have such requests permitted later choose to become priests in the very prisons they were once inmates in. A popular saying in Kaig reads Caeles In Peregrinus Muto, 'the Gods move in strange/exotic/foreign ways', and it is often invoked to describe such actions.

Hiemis-Lunanis the Dog Moon
Hiemis-Lunanis is the last month of Hiemis and is circled in darkness. It is named 'the Dog Moon' after the closest planet to Tropis; Caninus. It is only during this time of the year that the red-hue planet can be seen and it is generally viewed as a bad omen. On Thandiei de Trientis the Dog Moon is at it's zenith and the barriers between the physical world and the Altum Apsconditus (Hidden Sea) are at their thinnest.

Aestas-Bellatorus the Blood Moon
The month of Aestas-Bellatorus marks the beginning of two very important events in Kaig; the beginning of Aestas and with it, the beginning of Campaign Season. The literal translation of Aestas-Bellatorus reads, in English, "Ready to fight Summer". Some cynically refer to this month as "Aestas-Fabrica Viduo", or 'Widow Crafting Summer'.

Aestas-Ruere the Fallen Moon
The seventh month in the Kaigian year is considered the darkest for it marks the month during which Ancient Babylon fell. During this month many citizens make sacrificial pyres to ward off the restless spirits of that great nation.

Autumni-Fenus the Dead Moon
With mid-Autumni arriving, Campaign Season ends. With it comes a month of mourning. Those who lost their lives in battle throughout the season are remembered and sons are given the war-gear of their father's. In Kaig every family owes a life to defending their land; when one life ends another is expected to take his place.

Hiemis-Terminus the Dusking.
The twelfth and final month in the Kaigian year marks the beginning of Hiemis and the end of another year. The Kaigian winters are harshly cold and it is usually during this month that the first snows fall, snows that rarely let up till after Hiemis-Lunanis. Many are the lives lost during these cold months and the entire communities can be lost if a bad harvest led to unsuitable winter supplies.


IV: Celebritas.
Existence in Kaig is a hard one. If the snows do not kill you, then it is likely roving bands of orc and goblins will. Or perhaps you nation will demand you lay down your life to defend your lands. All the time the priests of the Theocracy preach about the beauty of the afterlife. Of how those who live good lives will be judged by Unsandee and sent above the Altum Apsconditus to live among the gods themselves.

Such a combination forms the minds and hearts of Kaigian citizens into devout followers of The True Gods. Such is not shown any clearer than in the many festivals and religious celebrations dotted about the year. There is not a single month in which Kaigians don't hold some celebration or feast in the name of the Gods.

Hiemis-Genesis the New Dawn
Deediei de Secundus (9th)
The first festival of each year, is not to celebrate the new year as many would expect. Instead the festival is formed in honour of the god Minlo. This is the patron deity of trade and commerce. Offerings are burnt to this god in hopes that his favour will be gained throughout the year.

Dodiei de Secundus (11th)
Virgio's feast is only celebrated by young women. Virgio is the goddess of childbirth, lovers and womanhood. When a young lady reaches her sixteenth year she is allowed to partake in Virgio's Feast and by such pass into womanhood. By taking Virgio's Feast the young lady becomes eligible for marriage and sexual intercourse.

At the end of the feast, the young ladies (led by a older priestess of Virgio) are encouraged to drink "Virgio's Nectar" a sickly mixture of milk and herbs. Once this sacred drink has worked it's way into the woman's body she will feel elated and overcome with joy. Much dancing around a large bonfire occurs and a nanny-goat is sacrificed. The blood from the goat is then used to draw Virgio's holy symbol over the womb of each participant. Those that wish to become priestesses of Virgio then utter the 'mother's oath' and the evening ends.

Renovatio de Trientis (15th)
On this day, the second feast of Virgio takes place. This time it is young couples who attend. On this day sacred vows are uttered and the couples are marked with a paste made from the ashes of the goat sacrificed four-days ago.

Unlike marriage in our time, the Second Feast of Virgio is a communal affair and the only time couples can take their vows of union (or Affinitas De Devoveo). While sexual intercourse before Affinitas Divinus is not forbidden, a child born before such has no rights to any property of his House. As such many couples avoid sexual intercourse until their vows have been uttered.

Thandiei de Trientis (24th) to Apothdiei de Trientis (26th)
It is not till the end of Hiemis-Genesis that the new year is finally hailed. The first day of this three-day festival is spent sowing the fields; while during the following two days no citizen, or non-citizen (such as slaves), is permitted to work.

Instead the second day is to be spent in contemplation concerning each man's life and in offering thanks to Unsando for granting it; Unsandee for allowing us to live it; and finally Thandos for creating it.

The final day is spent in celebration and feasting. Entire communities gather together for communal cooking, games and entertainment. Storytellers offer tales of old, while priests keep spirits high with words of faith.

In the evening, a great pyre is built and on it a single silver piece is placed. The pyre is then burned. Often this silver piece requires the entire community to pitch in to gather the funds and amongst the poorer communities in cities and large towns the priesthood can be found leading the celebrations and funding the silver coin required for the pyre. It is the view of the Theocracy and it's priests that no man, be he noble or pauper, should be without happiness on this holy day. It is also the only day where slaves are welcome at their master's table.


Hiemis-Lunanis the Dog Moon
Deediei de Primus (2nd)
On this day the people of Kaig fast for 24-hours. This is done in an attempt to appease Unsandee, the god of death. With the Lux de Nox only days away, the citizens of Kaig hope to avoid Unsandee's wrath as much as possible.

Apothdiei de Primus (5th)
As the Lux de Nox comes even closer the The Roboris Arx, the Theocrat's bodyguard, leave their master's side and venture into the tomb of King Harold the last. There they reside till after the Lux de Nox. Guarding the Last King's rest from the touch of evil.

Dormitus de Primus (6th)
The Lux de Nox, or Day of Night, is the darkest day in the Kaigian calendar. During which the dead walk as Unsandee's anger at his defeat during the war of the gods reaches it's annual peak. Men arm themselves and priests wander the burial grounds to guard against any that might seek the souls of the living.

Deediei de Secundum (9th)
On this day offerings are burnt to honour House and Familial Ancestors. Offerings usually consist of sweet-breads, or red wine. In some areas of Pentican blood sacrifices are offered and occasionally even human sacrifice should the ancestor be of particular veneration.

Dodiei de Secundum (11th)
With the horror of the Lux de Nox behind them, the people of Kaig spend this day feasting and making merry in Unsando and Unsandee's name. Those who lost relatives during the Lux de Nox wear blank caps on their head, while those who survived unscathed sacrifice two slaves. One to Unsando to thank her for the life she gave. While the other to Unsandee is to thank him for not taking life.

Dormitus de Secundum (13th)
On this day in Pentican the priests of the forbidden Wolf Father, Lupus, and priestesses of the Wolf Mother, Lupa, congregrate with the “brothers of the wolf”. Those who are considered worthy are marked by the Wolf Brothers and taken away to become a true servant of Lupus and Lupa.

Dark rumours of Pestis Lupinus, 'The Wolf's Curse', surround this animal cult and because of such worship of Lupus and Lupa has been extinguished in all but Pentican. Due to the protection offered by Pentican's living “Dragon Gods”, the Theocracy has very little hold in such a wild region.

Thandiei de Trientis (17th)
On this day the Dog Moon is at it's zenith. The spirits of long dead family members are said to return and because of this meals are left outside and doors ajar so as not to anger the returning spirits by barring them entry. It is also on this day that the militia are mobilized and kept on the watch for signs of undeath, for it was on this day in 4988 that the daemon Dha'kon entered the world and his taint never truly left; not even twenty years after his destruction.

Deediei de Permaneo (23rd)
On this day a feast to Unsandee is undertaken. With Aestas-Bellatorus looming, Kaigians undertake this feast in the hope that Unsandee's deadly gaze will be turned elsewhere or–should their time of judgement be nigh–that he look kindly upon them when judging.

Apothdiei de Permaneo (24th)
Much like Unsandee's Feast, this feast too has connections to the near-by Campaign Season. This feast is dedicated to Elont and his wife, Apothecaria. The feast is partaken so that Elont and Apothecaria look kindly upon the participant's borders. So that invaders make no progress, while the participant's armies conqueror great swathes of their enemy's land.


Aestas-Bellatorus the Blood Moon
Adcredo de Secundum (14th)
On this day a great feast is partaken in Elont's honour. This feast is eaten to welcome in the Campaign Season. Three cattle are sacrificed and burnt to honour this god of war. During the feast Kaigian Generals are painted in the blood of the cattle and engage in friendly duals.

Apothdiei de Trientis (19th)
It was on this day that Claran, the banned goddess reborn, came before the Theocracy and announced her presence to Kaig. Now on this day those who defy the Theocracy and still honour Claran congregrate to honour the goddess reborn with feasting and revelry

Deediei de Permaneo (23rd)
This day is the most sacred to Elont. It is the day that the armies of Kaig are readied for war. Servus Sacrificus, slaves brought for religious sacrifice, are pitted against each other in gladiatorial combat with the victor made a priest of Elont. The blood of those slave who died is passed around in a sacred goblet and each soldier at the feast drinks from it, uttering sacred oaths to Father Elont. The feast ends with each soldier taking a sacred dagger and marking their cheek with it. Those who deliberately scar themselves (by cutting particularly deep) are seen as true warriors and gifted with positions of import in the Kaigian military.

Thandiei de Permaneo (24th) to Adcredo de Permaneo (28th)
At the end of Aestas-Bellatorus great celebrations are partaken in Pyronis (Capital of Mainett). The great Famulus de Certamen, or Contest of Slaves, is a five day tournament where the best gladiatoris are pitted against each other in Elont's name. At the end of the tournament, on Adcredo de Permaneo, the winner is granted his freedom and becomes a Civis Liberti; a citizen who was once a slave.


Aestas-Civis
Dodiei de Secundum (11th)
On this day celebrations and games occur in Kaigian capitals Great festivities are made in the name of Unsando, the dead goddess of life. Unsando's clergy travel amongst the worshippers handing out gifts and prayer to the faithful. The people of Kaig then spend their evening in quiet prayer of thanks to the life Unsando has given them.

Apothdiei de Secundum (12th) to Apothdiei de Trientis (19th)
For the next seven days the Aestas-Civis Games take place with the victor becoming a Civis Liberti

Renovatio de Trientis (15th)
This is a sacred day for those who choose to worship the world its self, rather than any True Deity On this day a pregnant nanny-goat is sacrificed and burned at the foot of a great oak.

Renovatio de Trientis (21st)
This is another day dedicated to Virgio. This day is a celebration of love and friendship. Well thought out gifts are given to friends and lovers, while in the evening drinking in Virgio's name in undertaken.

Also taking place on this day is a rural celebration in Shenya's, the goddess of agriculture, name. This is a minor celebration in which farmers and shepherds offer animal sacrifice in return for a good harvest and healthy animals.


Aestas-Quintillis
Thandiei de Trientis (17th)
This is the second festival to Minlo, the god of trade and commerce. On this day a percentage of the profits gained since the first feast of Minlo are donated to his priests in thanks.

Apothdiei de Trientis (19th)
On this day offerings are made to the goddess Apothecaria so that her favour might be gained and good health be found throughout the rest of the year.


Aestas-Sextilis
Apothdiei de Primus (5th)
As the Campaign Season reaches its' mid-point a festival takes place in Elont's name to secure his favour and further victories as Campaign Season continues.

Adcredo de Primus (7th) to Adcredo de Secundum (14th)
For the next week the tomb of Agon, the first Theocrat, is opened allowing pilgrims to travel to the Monastery at Deckon and leave offerings.

Dormitus de Secundum (13th)
On this date a feast is made to the goddess Cael. Cael is the goddess of weather and during this feast offerings are made, to earn her favour and to ward the participant (and their property) from mid-summer storms.


Aestas-Ruere the Fallen Moon
Apothdiei de Primus (5th)
On this day Dha'Kon was defeated during his ill-fated siege of Pyronis (the capital of Mainett). In remembrance great celebrations occur in Pryonis. With gladiatorial games and much feasting occurring, all funded by the ruling House of Mainett.

Adcredo de Primus (7th)
The occasions of this day are dependant on how well Campaign Season has gone thus-far It a great many victories have occurred then games and feasting occur. If the armies of Kaig have suffered defeat then this day is spent in mourning and quiet remembrance

Deediei de Secundum (9th) to Deediei de Trientis (16th)
I was on this day, in 4729, that the great city of Babylon fell. Annually, over the next seven days, the restless spirits of Babylon wander the world, seeking the living to sate their lust for the life they lost over three-hundred years ago.

Dodiei de Trientis (18th)
This is a day of mixed moods for this day marked the end of The Cleansing. For the citizens of Kaig this day is celebrated. Honouring the soldiers that slaughtered Dragon-kind; and in Menticosh: butchered the orcs and pacified the Minotaurs.

For the remnants of Dragon-kind this is a day of deep emotion. The chromatic-scales feel anger, while the metallic-scales feel sadness. The Cleansing was a time of battle, where the Theocracy declared war on Dragon, Orc and Minotaur-kind. While the Chromatic-scales deserved this, the Metallic-Scales had always defended the lands of Kaig. This betrayal was as brutal as it was sudden. Eggs were crushed; wyrmlings slain and Dragon-kind was hunted by the armies of Kaig. Now barely a dozen True Dragons remain on Kaig.

Apothdiei de Trientis (19th)
Another ceremony not attended by followers of the True Gods is The Forest Feast. This is a sacred Druidic feast dedicated to the forests of Kaig and the animals who reside inside them.

Deediei de Permaneo (23rd)
This feast is offered to “The Sea Queen,” an aspect of Cael, the goddess of weather. This feast is generally only attended by Sailors and members of coastal communities and is asking for good weather and protection from storms.

Thandiei de Permaneo (24th)
Summer Solstice


Aestas-Cervallis
Deediei de Secundum (9th)
This ritual is dedicated to Necarsis, the god of righteous vengeance, and occurs in private. While followers of the True Gods can visit the priests of Necarsis at any time, it is during this time that he is particularly honoured. Citizens may offer forth their own blood and in return may receive the favour of Necarsis. Should his favour be gained, they will be visited by one of the Umbro. The Umbro are priests of Necarsis, trained in the practice of assassination. They are the only Theocratically approved order of assassins and treat death with religious respect.

Thandiei de Secundum (10th)
With Autumni close approaching, this rural ceremony sees each farmer sacrificing his most prized animal to the goddess Cael. This is done to please Cael, so that she holds off the winter chills allowing for a good harvest.

Dormitus de Secudum (13th) to Dormitus de Trientis (20th)
These seven day festivities occurs only in Dominous and marks the date, in 4990, that Dominous left Theocratical rule and through righteous battle earned its' independence. It consists of much feasting and gladiatorial games.

Thandiei de Trientis (17th)
On this day a feast is held to Lord Thandos, the creator god. In the evening the Theocrat travels into the wilderness for thirteen days to seek the wisdom of Thandos and to receive visions of the future.

Apothdiei de Trientis (19th)
This Pendragoonian celebration marks the formation of of the Knights of the Rose back in 4730. It is a time when all Knights of The Rose not engaged in duties are required to return to Pendragoon for a renewal of their oaths.

Adcredo de Trientis (21th)
In Pentican a celebration takes place amongst the Marglod Skuldalid tribe. This day celebrates the arrival of Elrathruul the Sightless, their living 'God'. The day is spent drinking and feasting, while the evening is spent acting out stories of Elrathruul's arrival around a sacred pyre. At the end of each century, on this day, Elrathruul the Sightless will choose a boy and girl to travel up to her lair and reside with her.

A year later, the chosen will emerge, however they will have shed their old forms. Now they will be members of Dragon-kind. Their skin will have changed into beautiful scales, while their minds will have been tempered with the wisdom of Elrathruul. These 'Dreki Vakar' are the most respected members of the tribe and of them it is said; “Dreki tivar burdr; Hervapn skada vili einn.” This can be poetically translated as “Weapons alone might do harm to Gods born from Dragons.”

Deediei de Permaneo (23rd)
In the Pendragoonian Fiefdoms a feast is held on this day. While the public and Theocracy are led to believe that this day is simply a celebration of the Heraldic Code, however it is really held to honour the Nine Forbidden Warrior Spirits.

Warrior cults have long been banned in Theocratical Kaig as it is believed they detract from the worship of True Gods, such as Elont. Such cults still survive and in Pendragoon they are at their most popular.

These cults preach the divinity of war and the purity that can only be found on the battlefield. They believe that a soldier should not simply be a warrior, but also a philosopher and wise man. That soldiers can only become masters of their weapons, if they are willing to hone their minds as well as their bodies.

Thandiei de Permaneo (24th) to Dormitus de Permaneo (27th)
Over the next three days the tomb of King Harold the Last, the Last King of Kaig, is opened in Thandosia (the capital of Fairweather). Pilgrims from all over civilised Kaig travel to Thandosia at this time, to pray and ask the Last King for his favour.

Dodiei de Permaneo (25th)
On this day, in rural Kaig, the priests of Thandos travel around uttering prayers over the grain stores. This prayers are to ward away rats, disease and other mishaps which might harm winter stocks.

Dormitus de Permaneo (27th)
This is the day the tax year ends and all citizens are required to travel to the nearest town and visit the Domus de Vectigal for new identification papers. When a citizen arrives all outstanding taxes must be paid. The following taxes must be paid by all citizens, but the actual tax is dependant on the nation a character resides in:
Vectigal de Armum
All citizens outside of a recognised military are require to pay a tax for every weapon and suit of armour they own. This tax is 5% of the item's value.

Vectigal de Titulus
All titled citizens are required to pay a tax of 50gp for the honour of retaining their title.

Mainett
Vectigal de Focus
This tax is for owning a dwelling. The first tax is for a rural dwelling, the second is for a town dwelling, with the final price being for a city dwelling (or walled town).
Simple Dwelling (15/30/85cp)
Large Dwelling (2/3/9sp)
Inn (7sp per room)
Manor (2gp)
Castle (15gp)

Vectigal de Defendo
This tax is for being defended by the nation's army military. The required tax is dependant on where the citizen resides. All Landowners are required to pay this tax, per acre, as well as those who reside within the land.
Barren (15cp)
Uncultivated (15cp)
Cultivated (30cp)
Town (85cp)
City/Fortified (2sp)
Water (15cp)
Woodland (15cp)

Vectigal de Civis
All citizens are required to pay a tax for every man, woman, child and owned beast residing in the nation's lands.
Child 15cp
Owned Beast 15cp
Citizen 30cp
Slave 15cp
Riding Horse 2sp

Pendragoon & Fairweather
Vectigal de Focus
Simple Dwelling (10/20/60cp)
Large Dwelling (1/2/6sp)
Inn (5sp per room)
Manor (1gp)
Castle (10gp)

Vectigal de Defendo
Barren (10cp)
Uncultivated (10cp)
Cultivated (20cp)
Town (60cp)
City/Fortified (1sp)
Water (10cp)
Woodland (10cp)

Vectigal de Civis
Child 10cp
Owned Beast 10cp
Citizen 20cp
Slave 10cp
Riding Horse 1sp

Vattarn
Vectigal de Focus
Simple Dwelling (45/90/250cp)
Large Dwelling (5/9/20sp)
Inn (25sp per room)
Manor (50gp)
Castle (200gp)

Vectigal de Defendo
Barren (45cp)
Uncultivated (45cp)
Cultivated (90cp)
Town (250cp)
City/Fortified (45sp)
Water (45cp)
Woodland (45cp)

Vectigal de Civis
Child 45cp
Owned Beast 45cp
Citizen 90cp
Slave 45cp
Riding Horse 45sp
Autumni-Aularis
Dodiei de Primus (4th) to Apothdiei de Trientus (19th)
The Festun de Caeles Circi, 'All Gods Games', is the greatest event in the Kaigian calendar. It is one all the cities and towns partake in and citizens travel from all over the civilised lands to be a part of the celebrations.

The Festun de Caeles Circi is an annual sporting event. During the sixteen days that this celebration takes place the Arenas of Kaig are filled with Gladiatoris, each battling for first place and the freedom it will bring.

In addition the best athletes of Kaig compete against each other for the Corona de Circi. A noble title that brings its' bearer much prestige and fame. The games consist of tests of mental, physical and weapon-mastery.


Autumni-Fenus the Dead Moon
Dormitus de Secundum (13th)
On this day in Menticosh, representatives of the Knights of the Rose walk amongst the Minotaur tribes and take away the young that show the most promise. This Minotaurs will be trained as Knights of the Rose and are amongst the most respected of their race.

Renovatio de Trientis (15th)
It is on this day that Campaign Season officially ends. Those households who lost a life during the year's fighting pass the family arms to the oldest son and candles are lit and a sombre feast is held in Unsandee's name.

Apothdiei de Trientis (19th)
On this day the soldiers of Kaig feast in the temples of Elont. A horse is sacrificed and the blood used to mark the soldiers with Elont's holy symbol. After the feast the priests of Elont bless the arms and armour of the gathered soldiers. Purifying and making them ready for winter storage.


Autumni-Custodia
Dodiei de Primus (4th) to Thandiei de Trientis (17th)
The Autumni-Custodia Games take place over the next fourteen days. These games, funded by the Theocracy of Kaig occur in the Capitals of all the civilised nations. Each night is spent feasting in dedication to a different God.

Dormitus de Secundum (13th)
The people if Pentican use this day to stage Freki Ulfr Veidr; “Hunt of the Wolf”. This sacred hunt sees young boys being sent out into the wild to hunt and kill a wolf. Those who return victorious become men. Those who do not return, or who return empty handed are cast out of the tribe. In the eyes of the tribe, the are 'Daudr feigr liflatinn firar gotar lydr virdar nedar nedri laegja'. This is roughly translated as 'less than dead men.'

Renovatio de Trientis (15th)
On this day slaves may petition their masters for their freedom. This is the only day in the year that slaves may do this.

Thandiei de Permaneo (24th)
On this day the last feast occurs. No other feasting occurs until the new year. Unlike the other festivals during the year this one is not dedicated to any particular deity. Many citizens choose to honour a deity during this feast, but such is personal choice.


Hiemis-Terminus the Dusking
Dodiei de Permaneo (25th)
Winter Solstice

[i]Adcredo de Permaneo (28th)

New year's eve.
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 12:39 AM

The Oath of The White Rose
A non-essential reading into the oath taken by the The Rosaceum Restitutus

I swear by Apothecaria, the goddess healing and her pupils. I swear by the Lord of All, Thandos and his children the God and Goddess of Life and Death; Unsando and Unsandee. May all other Gods and Goddesses that bear witness to this Oath. My Oath that by my ability and best judgement this vow shall remain unbroken.

By this Oath do I honour all whom have taught me and whom I have drawn inspiration from in this my Art. I shall honour my Master and hold him equally to that of my kindred. To him I shall be a partner in life and share all that I am with him and I shall fulfil his needs if needed. Be it his offspring that show interest in this Art and need guidance as I have; these too are to be treated like my own: mine own blood is to be taught by mine own hand. In turn I am to inspire, educate and guide all disciples of our Art, should they too be bound too by this oath to medicine and such is to be done freely and without question.

My greatest duties are to those whom I serve; the people. In their best interests I work to the best of my abilities. I will refuse all forms of lethal practice and keep from giving counsel to those with such ends. I will do to them no harm or injustice even those whom are at the beginnings of life.

I will abstain from all acts to be considered deleterious and mischievous. To keep from every voluntary act of mischief or corruption, and further myself from all forms of seduction, be such from freemen or slaves.

All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will not divulge, and I shall consider all such things to be private.

While I continue maintain this Oath faithfully and without corruption, may the Gods grant to me to partake of life fully and practice this art respected by all men. But should I transgress this Oath and violate it, may the reverse be my lot.

By honour and with purity my duty shall be done. By this law shall I live out my life and practice my art.
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 08:22 AM

INGA ERIKSSON
Without home & without purpose.
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Name: Inga Eriksson
Level 1 Follower
Race: Penticanian Human
Deity: Elrathruul the Sightless


Ability Scores
Agility: d6
Smarts: d6
Spirit: d6
Strength: d6
Vigor: d6
Charisma: 0


Skills
Fighting: d6
Shooting: d6
Throwing: d4-2 (untrained)

Boating: d4
Climbing: d4
Guts: d6
Healing: d4
Notice: d4 - Notice Penalty
Repair: d4
Riding: d6
Stealth: d4
Survival: d4
Swimming: d4
Tracking: d4


Languages
Mainettian (Illiterate)
Penticanian (Illiterate)
Draconis (Illiterate)


Special Abilities:
Fleet of Foot: Inga's life in the Wilds has made her much faster on her feet than ordinary folk. Inga may move an extra 10 foot a round and when running rolls one die-type higher than normal.


Armour
Raw-Hide Jack
Protection: +1
Notes: Covers Arms and Torso

Raw-Hide Chausse
Protection: +1
Pace: -1


Weapons
Yew Pentican Longbow
Damage: Strength + d6 + 2
Qualities: d6 Pull, Missile, Bodkin Point Arrows, AP1
Range: 100/175/250 ft.

Iron Horse-Axe
Damage: Strength + d6 + 1
Qualities: Parry-1, Throw
Range: 15/25/40 ft.

Iron Woodman's Knife
Damage: Strength + d64 - 1
Qualities: Parry-1


Ammunition
Bodkin Point Arrows: 20


Personal Possessions
Leather Backpack
Fire-making Bow
Fletching Knife
Old Wolf-Pelt Hooded Cloak
31 Bodkin Point Arrow Heads
Tiny Off-Golden Scale
Broken, Worn Infantry Axe-Head
Fire-Making Bow
Thick-Sleeping Furs
Cracked Wooden Bowl
50-ft. Crude Linen Bandages
Old Guitar
Wooden Flute


Personal Rations
Rabbit
Old Oatmeal


Personal Funds
10 Mainettian Tin Coins (0.0008 silver weight)
9 Mainettian Copper Coins (0.0675 silver weight)
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Posted 12 July 2009 - 05:47 PM

IVAN BELOVA
Seeking to save his love.
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Name: Sir Ivan Belova
Non-Party Character
Race: Vattarnian Human
Deity: Thandos & The Forbidden Warrior Spirits


Ability Scores
Agility: d8
Smarts: d6
Spirit: d10
Strength: d10
Vigor: d10
Charisma: 2


Skills
Spell Casting: d4-2 (untrained)
Fighting: d10
Shooting: d4-2 (untrained)
Throwing: d4-2 (untrained)

Healing: d6
Intimidate: d6
Notice: d6
Persuasion: d6
Repair: d4
Riding: d10
Survival: d4
Taunt: d4


Languages
Pendragoonian
Vattarnian
Mainettian (Illiterate)


Armour
Well-Kept Roseaceum Cominatus Steel Cuirass & Aketon
Protection: +5
Pace: -2

Well-Kept Steel Manica, with Aketon
Protection: +5

Well-Kept Steel Iron Schynbalds, with Aketon
Protection: +4
Pace: -2


Weapons
Fine Steel Arming Sword
Damage: Strength + d6 + 1


Personal Possessions
Holy Symbol of Thandos
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Posted 14 July 2009 - 02:42 PM

Inquisitorial Oath-Prayer
A non-essential glance at one of the more common oath-prayers taken by members of the Ordo Purgatus.

The gods will that...
We are one;
We are true;
We are the fist of the divine;
Human hands who do
as the gods so decide.

On mortal lands we shall fall:
To judge the weak;
To banish the Daemon;
To cleanse the Witch;
To purify the Impure;
To enamour the Weak.

Know your duty;
Know your prayers;
Know your self
and remember:
We never forgive;
We never forget.

Glory to the congregation;
Death to the treasonous;
For Elont wills it;
Necarsis demands it;
Unsandee wants it;
And Unsando allows it!
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Posted 01 August 2009 - 09:59 AM

The Lorelei.

It is hard to hear what it means
This haunting tune of a bygone age;
It is a tale of so long ago
That weeps through my dying brain.

The sea, it's breeze flows through the twilight
And sings out my pain.
The thirsty waters they are a-drinking
Up the suns dying rays.

The loviest singer, oh she is sitting
On her throne out to the sea.
Her golden eyes, they are a shining
As she combs out her green hair.

She combs with brush of man's ivory
As she sings her haunting refrain:
A song that binds in an iron enchantment;
The listener's poor bane.

The thrall in his sinking ship
Heeds not the waves that spell out his doom.
Her song with it's sweet melancholy
Brings him to his blackest swoon.

And his eyes shall see not the breakers
All they see is the maiden alone.
The cold waters they shall engulf him
And this my friends; it is the Lorelei's work.
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 09:45 AM

Dreaming.
Follow a brave group of travellers as they tread through the Nightmare Haunted Dreamlands and beyond; battling the elements, evil Fae, Undead and each other. As each step reveals more about those travellers, they must learn to work together, or be destroyed by the forces arrayed against them.

Pars de Primus: The First Snows At Menta
I: Arrival
II: A Knight of The Rose
III: The Revelations & Death of Julius Thracius
IV: The Kindness of Strangers
V: Beyond The Walls of Sleep
VI: Genesis de Suppressio

Pars de Secundus: The Dreams of a Dead God
I: The Snows Still Fall
II: The Feast Of Knowledge
III: Nightmare & Rebirth
IV: The Plague Of The Mind
V: Trapped In A Dream Of Judgement
VI: The Bane Of Gods
VII: Escaping The Nightmare

Pars de Triens: The Evil That Men Do
0: Remembrance (Patron Only)
I: Out of The Frying Pan... (Patron Only)
II: ...& Into The Fire (Patron Only)
III: Dreaming (Patron Only)
IV: LOST EPISODE
V: A Company of Traitors (Patron Only)
VI: Where We Belong (Patron Only)
VII: The Evil That Men Do (Patron Only)
VIII: Nature's Wrath (Unreleased)
IX: The Deck of Fates (Unreleased)
X: The Menta Wife (Unreleased)
XI: Seek The Shridai! (Unreleased)
XII: The Offering (Unreleased)
XIII: Rhyma Again (Unreleased)
XIV: Beneath The Earth (Editing)
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 10:00 AM

A Most Ignoble City.
As the newest recruits to The Watch the last thing Kerensa Dione and her team expected was to be thrown into the deep end. With a foreign noble murdered, and war threatening, the stakes are higher than any of them can imagine: their very lives are on the line.

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0: The Watch (Unrecorded)
I: Arrival (Unrecorded)
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 10:40 AM

Historia I: Daemon-Spawned.
The first time we met Alexia Venator she was being attacked by a human who yelled "Daemon!", but why did this occur? What events forced Alexia from her home and led her to one-day meet up with Roland Lorentia and the the Wolves of Menta?

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I: Inquisitors (Unrecorded)
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 10:53 AM

The Symbol.
Her name is whispered by commoner and noble alike; by guard and thief both. She comes in the night and slays any who earn her ire. None can stand in her way and when a member of the aristocracy is murdered the 'heroes' of The Watch are dispatched to finally bring her in -- dead, or alive. Not all is at it seems, however, as there is something different about these murders: could there be a copy-cat killer at work?

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0: Heroes of The Watch (Unrecorded)
I: Midnight Murder (Unrecorded)
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 07:36 AM

ARTURO BIANI
Always in the right place, at the wrong time.
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Name: Arturo Biani
Level 1 Follower
Race: Mainettian Human
Deity: Unsando


Ability Scores
Agility: d6
Smarts: d6
Spirit: d6
Strength: d6
Vigor: d6
Charisma: 0


Skills
Fighting: d4
Shooting: d6
Throwing: d4

Boating: d4
Climbing: d4
Guts: d4
Notice: d6 - Notice Penalty
Repair: d4
Riding: d6
Stealth: d4
Survival: d4
Swimming: d4


Languages
Mainettian (Illiterate)
Vattarnian (Illiterate)


Special Abilities:
Quick: Arturo is young and his mind reacts to danger much faster than one older than he. As a result, Arturo, may re-roll any initiative check that results less than 5 (this ability has been automatically scripted).
Prospective Hero: Arturo is young and his fate is not yet known. Should he be led well and survive the rigours of a life on the road, then he may very well grow into the makings of a hero. Should Arturo survive to the rank of Seasoned (Level 5), then he will become a Wild Card and be subject to all the bonuses and penalties of such.


Armour
Old Coat of Iron Plates
Protection: +2
Pace: -1

Old Iron Manica
Protection: +3

Quilted Horse-Hair Chausse
Protection: +1
Pace: -2


Weapons
Old Iron Broadsword
Damage: Strength + d8 + 2
Qualities: AP 1, Parry-1, 2-hnd

Yew Shortbow
Damage: Strength + d6
Qualities: d6 Pull, Missile, Broadhead Arrows
Range: 100/175/250 ft.

Iron Woodman's Knife
Damage: Strength + d64 - 1
Qualities: Parry-1


Ammunition
Broadhead Arrows: 20


Personal Possessions
Leather Backpack
Iron holy symbol of Unsando
Carolynn's Armour


Personal Funds
19 Mainettian Tin Coins (0.0014 silver weight)
8 Mainettian Copper Coins (0.06 silver weight)
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Posted 13 September 2009 - 07:06 AM

Historia II: Exiled
Lt. Roland Lorentia of House Dominous, what caused him to be abandoned in Mainett-an enemy of Dominous? What treachery turned him against his own Lord and caused him to join with a Medici of the Theocracy? Find out in this, the second in the Historia series.

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I: The Last Mission (Unrecorded)
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Posted 28 December 2009 - 02:42 PM

The Goddess Reborn.
A non-essential look at the Goddess Reborn and the Men that serve her.

"It is possible that we are on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is Theocracy."
– Father Maximilian Brayer, founder of the New Church of Kaig, circa. 5003ya.

I: Fundamentum.
To understand the birth of Claran and her following, one must first cast their eye back five-thousand years ago, to the Belli de Caelitis – The War of the Gods.

As the War of the Gods neared its finale, after the Dragons had been formed from Cael's—the goddess of nature—fiery desire and after Unsandee—the god of demise—tore open the Abyssal Rift, Unsando—the goddess of life—did begin to see the horrors she and her brother had unleashed upon their father's world.

It is said in the Canon, the holy book of the Theocracy, that when Unsando saw what she and her brother had done, she wept tears of blood, before throwing herself from the city of the gods. Unsando was likened to a falling star as she fell from above the Hidden Sea, where the gods dwell, to Tropis. When her form struck the earth she was slain instantly. The war ended on that day. Unsandee leading his minions back beneath the Hidden Sea and weeping for his lost sister. Unsandee wept, for it is believed in Kaig that when a victim of suicide dies they are trapped forever outside of the circle of life, never again to be reborn as another being.

Years later, near the forming of the modern Church of Kaig, the Shaline Seer, Mariana Livius, wrote the Auguro de Ambroscus. This prophesy foretold of a great time of woe, followed by an age of enlightenment during which “caeles, ille de mors, ire sicut viva”. Now it is that very line that has caused the devision in the modern Church of Kaig. It directly translates as 'Gods, that concerned with/of death, walk as living.'

The problem is in the word 'de'. Now in Babylonian 'de' can be used in many different ways. In this instance it can either mean 'of', or 'concerned with'. Some take this to mean that there shall come a time where Usandee—the god of death—walks the earth. While others believe that it portents to a time when dead gods shall walk again as living; that they shall be reborn. The Church of Kaig—or Theocracy thereof—believe that the former is correct, while those whom believe Claran to be the goddess Unsando reborn, believe the latter.

II: Historia.
In 4980ya the Theocracy decided to bring the light of the True Gods to the barbarian-pagans of Pentican. The Cleansing in 4906ya had led to many Dragons fleeing into the mountains of Western Kaig. They became seen as Living Gods and worshiped accordingly; the Theocracy sought to end such blasphemous practices. To this end a great many Missionaries were dispatched, their goal was an almost complete failure and very few found their way back to civilized lands. For the most part, these Missionaries found only death and False Gods in Pentican.

One Missionary found something utterly unexpected, his name was Father Adrian Simmons and he had found a women the natives named Fjadr Vaegr Ass Kona Vif—Literally translated as 'Wing Lady God'. He had found Claran. In Simmon's own words he describes the moment he was brought before Claran as “a single point of divine clarity...a fortifying of one's faith...the zenith of [my] life. She was such a thing of un-mortal (sic) beauty.”

Simmons was a man of learning and he knew the barbarian tongue. He spoke to Fell Fjall Kyn, the Lore-Keeper, of the tribe. Fell Fjall Kyn told Simmons that, as a young man, he had been wandering the tribal heartlands when he saw the sky ablaze. It was as if the very heavens were aflame with multicolored dragon-fire. Approaching the flames, Fell Fjall Kyn found the body of a young girl, with the most beautiful white, feathered, wings.

Fell Fjall Kyn took the girl back to the tribe and told his tale. Some of the tribe named her Illr Vandr Andi Hugr Krellr—Daemon—but the others named her “Himinn Upphiminn Barn”, Heaven's Child. The tribe was torn down the middle and war was inevitable.

The Dane summoned Fell Fjall Kyn to his Hall and spoke words of peace. The Dane proclaimed that the Lore-Keeper had been deceived by the girl, that she was a Daemon and that she would bring the tribe to destruction. The Dane beseeched the young Fell Fjall Kyn to see through the Daemon's foul illusions and find sense. Fell Fjall Kyn was touched by the cautious Dane's words, but he was not yet convinced. He asked the Dane to perform the holy rite of Einvigi Sannindi; Duel of Truth.

The Einvigi Sannindi is an ancient ritual predating even the arriving of the Dragon Gods. In it each warrior calls upon his god to aid him. Then the warrior's fight. The victor is shown, in the eyes of the gods, to be in the right.

So the Dane and Fell Fjall Kyn dueled and it was close. Dane was fighting in the name of the old Penticanian Animal Gods, while Fell Fjall Kyn fought for the child. As time drew on, it looked as if Fell Fjall Kyn would be defeated by the Dane. Yet before the final blow could be struck, Fell Fjall Kyn called onto Claran for aid and Claran answered.

Holding up her arms and closing her eyes she blessed Fell Fjall Kyn, empowering him. Fell Fjall Kyn flew at the Dane with the might of the True Gods behind him. So shocked by his opponent's sudden renewal that the Dane was frozen in place. The axe of Fell Fjall Kyn sliced through the Dane as if his armor was butter.

Fell Fjall Kyn was victor and his victory was in Claran's name.

Many of those who had at first declared Claran a Daemon, now threw themselves at her feet asking for forgiveness. Not all were willing to ask for forgiveness, however. Many saw Claran's aid of Fell Fjall Kyn as treachery. The rite of Einvigi Sannindi was meant to be one of single-combat, Claran's intervention was seen as being a betrayal of the ancient tribal values. The tribe was finally torn about by war. Claran's followers were eventually victorious, but the bloodshed was forever etched in the tribe's memory.

Simmons stayed with the tribe for many months, watching this winged-child, and listening to Fell Fjall Kyn's many tales. As more time passed Simmons became convinced that the creature he was dealing with was something divine. He wrote to Theocrat Ponterio (Steffan's predecessor) to inform him of the discovery.

Ponterio's personal Diurnarius—a slave kept to write down a lord's biography—speaks of how Ponterio was filled with an equal mix of excitement and fear. The Theocracy had long ago decided that the Auguro de Ambroscus translates to Unsandee walking upon Tropis. What Ponterio was now presented with, was either a true sign from the True Gods, or—more worryingly—a being of most malign witchery. Ponterio wrote back to Simmons, ordering him to bring the winged-child to Pendragoon—to the Golden Chapel, where the Theocracy is based.

Simmons, at this point was still loyal to the Theocracy, so he sought to bring the winged-child from her tribe to Pendragoon, as asked. Unfortunately Fell Fjall Kyn was not willing to let this “round-eyed Outsider” take his earthly-goddess to the lands of his enemies. Simmons was not a soldier, so he let the request leave the mind of Fell Fjall Kyn, writing to Ponterio and requesting aid. Ponterio dispatched the elite Roboris Arx, his personal bodyguard, to rescue Simmons and capture the winged-child.

The Roboris Arx met the barbarians in a place known in the barbarian tongue as Herfiligr Freki Ulfr Valdyr Mork Skogr Vidr—Bitter-Wolf Forest. The barbarians were no fools however, they heard tale of a 'round-eyes' army in their territory and so they set ambush.

The barbarians covered themselves in the branches of the forest and lay in wait. Oblivious to their threat the Roboris Arx continued. Just as the last few ranks stumbled past, their limbs tired from the cold road, the barbarians attacked from their hiding places.

By the time the battle ended the field was covered by the dead. The barbarians were fanatical, strengthened by their love, and fear, for their goddess; the winged-child. This was not enough, for even fanatical, the barbarians proved no match for the Theocratical elite. The Roboris Arx left the forest, continuing their march into the tribal heartlands, and then eventually to the very settlement where Simmons was staying.

The battle fought there was over quickly and it ended with Fell Fjall Kyn standing before his goddess, axe in hand. Even with his men slain, he refused to let the 'round eyes' steal his goddess. As the Roboris Arx approached closer, their weapons ready, the goddess stood, and placed a single hand upon Fell Fjall Kyn's shoulder. At such a secret sign, Fell Fjall Kyn felt his soul calm and lowered his axe. The Roboris Arx slew him.

It is said that the goddess whispered to Fell Fjall Kyn in words only his mind could hear. Naturally we shall never know the truth of such, but the result was Fell Fjall Kyn's willing death. It is interesting to note here that with the death of Fell Fjall Kyn the old Dane's words came true. Claran had brought the tribe to destruction. This was one of the proofs, declared by the Theocracy, to show that the winged-child was indeed a Daemon.

According to Theocratical records, Ponterio met with Simmons and the Winged Child on the 19th of Aestas-Bellatorus, the Blood Moon; 4986ya. They met in private and much of what was conversed there is lost to history, for under the Theocrat's orders no records were taken.

It is known that Ponterio asked Simmons to explain all that had occurred since he met the Winged-Child. One of Ponterio's slaves mentions the troubled expression that passed over his master's face as Simmons' tale concluded.

Knowing Simmons' tale, Ponterio then stood and approached the Winged-Child. He spoke quiet words with her. These concerned where she came from, who she was and why she had allowed herself to be taken. The Winged-Child replied that she came “...from Beyond the eyes of man”. That she was “...the Goddess, dead, made flesh. Known to my finders as 'Fjadr Vaegr Ass Kona Vif' and to you I shall be 'Claran'. Neither are my true name, but such shall not be remembered.” She then continued to reply that she had allowed herself to be captured “...because the winds of change required it to be so.”

As Ponterio ordered no records to be taken, the above statement cannot be taken as truth. Yet the following haunting passage can be read in the Liber Vanum Divinus—a horrid volume, now kept by the Shaline, on the Daemons once seen as Gods by mankind.

"Claran is; or Claran was; or Claran shall be; The Bringer of Sorrows; The Changer of Ways; The Servant of Dead Gods; the Way-Maker.

She who shall come upon a tide of joy; laughter; sorrow; change; death.

She who's sweet ways bring madness to the disloyal; joy to the insane; pain to the deluded; death to the unworthy.

Claran the loved. Claran the feared. Claran the hunted."

In light of Claran's response (of which we have only Ponterio's word as proof) the Theocracy declared her Daemon. Ponterio called in his bodyguard and ordered Simmons and Claran slain. Here accounts differ greatly.

Some say that all the Winged-Child did, was look in direction of the approaching Roboris Arx. Such an image of purest beauty was she that none of the Theocrat's men would touch her. Their Hastae lowered and they stood by, enraptured by Claran's divinity, as she and Simmons simply walked out of the Golden Chapel and into infamy.

Other accounts have the Roboris Arx throwing themselves at her feet and asking for forgiveness. To which Claran is supposed to have replied, “If your wish is for forgiveness, then show yourself willing: willing to take it.” In this version of events, Claran and Simmons are said to have escaped, only because the Roboris Arx cleared the way with Hasta and sword.

Whichever version is truth, the result was the same. Claran and Simmons were declared Proditoris, traitors against Kaig. As for the Roboris Arx who let them leave, they were deemed to have been Daemon-Spelled. They were purified with fire a week later, lest their immortal souls become tarnished in Unsandee's eyes.

Ponterio's Diurnarius records that what followed was utterly unexpected by his lord. While Ponterio was not ignorant to the damage a Daemon freed on the world could do, the speed in which Claran's cult grew was beyond his reckoning.

Before three-months had passed, every major city and port in Western-Kaig knew of Claran and many were those who believed Unsando had been reborn. The Theocracy had to do something and fast. They publicly denounced the Winged-Child, paying town criers to read the passage featured.

The people of Kaig believed themselves betrayed by this false-goddess. They turned on her and many were the times that Simmons and Claran were sold out by those they had thought to be loyal—it looked as if Ponterio's denouncement had worked.

Simmons and Claran vanished underground with their most loyal followers—including some Roboris Arx who had escaped the Ponterio's pyres. For their part, the Theocracy considered them a threat best left to the capable hands of the Ordo Daemonis. Paying a sum of five-hundred gold sovereigns, for Claran's destruction, the deal was done. The Daemon Hunters mobilized.

To this day, the Ordo Daemonis has yet to meet success in their hunt.

In 4998ya, a black powder fueled explosion ripped through the docks at Pyronis. A group calling themselves the 'Wings of Claran' claimed responsibility for the deed and proclaimed “The goddess flies again!” The Theocracy was rattled by such a deed—their foe had once again proven herself beyond their expectations. Now however, Steffans was Theocrat and he was a veteran of the war against Dha'kon.

Steffans was not as willing as Ponterio to simply leave Claran to the Ordo Daemonis. He dispatched the Inquisition to seek out and destroy the blasphemers who dared sully Unsando's name with their acts and disillusioned malcontent. What the Inquisition discovered was a cult, deeply embedded in Kaigian society; Ponterio had driven Claran into hiding and as a result the sheer extent of her following was hidden too.

Steffans had a problem: if he executed Claran's followers then, due to their sheer numbers, he would face an uprising. If he let her be, then this false goddess' following would grow only larger. If he declared Ponterio wrong, then he was likely to lose those who still had faith in the divinity of the Theocracy.

In the end, Steffans chose to fortify the faith of those who remained loyal to the Church. Gifts and support he offered to the Mercantile and Noble Houses. To the Citizens he offered lower taxations on Livestock (including Slaves). Those known to be followers of Claran, suffered additional taxation and reduced Church support. All this was achieved at a great expense to the Theocracy and amongst the Bishops it was greeted with negativity. To this day the Theocracy punishes those who openly support Claran with death, and those who secretly support her with taxes.

At the turn of the 51st century the 'Claran problem' worsened. With public support for the Theocracy wanning a new organization was beginning to emerge and gain power. Led by an old Theocratical Friar, Father Maximilian Brayer, this organization labeled itself the 'New Church of Kaig'.

The New Church of Kaig, or just 'New Church', accepted Claran as the goddess reborn and denounced the Theocracy. To the New Church, the Theocracy stood as a corrupt, debased and out-dated organization which had long overstayed its' welcome. In short the New Church openly rejected the Theocracy.

III: Liber Vanum Divinus.
After the passage in the Liber Vanum Divinus had come to light, many people would presume the good folk of Kaig would shun Claran utterly as an obvious Daemon. This was not to be so and it is such that we shall now explore. For clarity the passage has been reprinted below.

"Claran is; or Claran was; or Claran shall be; The Bringer of Sorrows; The Changer of Ways; The Servant of Dead Gods; the Way-Maker.

She who shall come upon a tide of joy; laughter; sorrow; change; death.

She who's sweet ways bring madness to the disloyal; joy to the insane; pain to the deluded; death to the unworthy.

Claran the loved. Claran the feared. Claran the hunted."

For the Theocracy the Liber Vanum Divinus is very clear. Claran is a Daemon who shall bring horrors to the civilized world. 'Servant of Dead Gods' shows her to be serving those horrors once worshiped by man.

Others argue that the 'Dead Gods' she serves are none other than those True Gods slain during the Belli de Caelitis – The War of the Gods. They argue that while the Liber Vanum Divinus lists those Daemons encountered by the Babylonian Elves, with Claran it details her in such a way as to be unclear whether she has even entered the world yet. Some theories follow that the Babylonians heard tell of Claran, perhaps from a Seer, and believed her to be a Daemon. This theory is backed by the Shaline, who in modern times believe that Claran is the goddess reborn and not a Daemon—this belief is kept in secret, for while the Theocracy has no power over the Shaline, the Elves are not so powerful as to be able to stand up to the armies of Kaig.

That the Liber Vanum Divinus lists Claran as being the 'Way-Maker' supports those who believe Claran to be the goddess reborn—a theory that balances on the belief that the 'de' in the Auguro de Ambroscus refers to the rebirth of dead gods, rather than referring to Unsandee walking the earth. If Claran is the 'Way-Maker' then it hints that more Dead-Gods may rise again—presuming, of course, that Claran is who she says she is.

The passage that begins “She who's sweet ways...” is the most disconcerting. Those who hold faith in Claran believe that all the horrors listed are just a side effect of the change Claran promises to bring—For Claran has certainly brought change to Kaig. One must question however, whether the change is for good, or evil. The Theocracy and Claran's doubters believe that the changes mentioned will bring good-Kaig to its' knees—a belief that is backed by the events in Pentican, with the Roboris Arx and even the disabling of the Theocracy.

The final section lists a few of Claran's titles. Each of which have been proven true, for Claran is certainly loved by her many followers. Her enemies too fear and hunt her. Yet one more question remains unanswered; why 'Claran'.

When Claran was questioned by Porterio she answered the question of who she was with “...and to you I shall be 'Claran'.” This statement can be taken in a number of ways; for is Claran admitting to being a Daemon, or is she stating that such is how the Theocracy shall perceive her? If the latter is true then it may add weight to the theory below.

One final issue presented to us is perhaps the most troubling. The Liber Vanum Divinus is written by a number of different authors across many different periods. Yet the ink and penmanship for the section on Claran is of distinctly modern qualities. Some whisper that is was actually written by the Theocracy after Ponterio met with Claran.

While it is entirely possible that Claran's section could have been written in before the meeting, no Shaline has ever stepped forth to claim responsibility—this could be a play by the Shaline to further weaken the Theocracy, however.

The final word is, alas, whether Daemon or Divine we still have no idea.

IV: Penae de Claran.
This group stands as being the first to take offensive action against the Theocracy for Claran—in any organized way at least. The Wings of Claran first appeared in 4998ya when they bombed the Pyronian docks in Mainett. Since then they have attempted to blow up the Glass Hall where the Kaigian Landsmeet annually occurs; they have made numerous attempts on Theocrat Steffans' life; they have even claimed responsibility for the disappearance of Dominus Patri Vado—the Dominus Patri (Head of House) for the current ruling family of Vattarn—however his reappearance six weeks later proved such a claim false.

Simmons is known to have met with many of the small groups that make up the Wings of Claran and it is reasonable to presume that many have also seen the Winged-Child herself at some point. The Wings of Claran see the Winged-Child as a deity unto herself, whilst the New Church of Kaig reveres her as the Avatar of Unsando—a part of a greater whole.

The above is not the only way in which the two groups differ. The Wings of Claran are against centralized religion. They see the centralization of the Theocracy—and the ancient Church of Babylon—being the source of its' corruption. For the Theocracy, it was not until it became a centralized organization that it was able form a power-base. In modern times any nation that rallies against the Theocracy would be crushed by the combined Orders of The Rose. The Wings of Claran believe that without centralization such could never have occurred and nations could follow the True Gods in any way they see fit.

It is in such a view that the Wings of Claran initially found support in the nation of Dominous. Imperator Sublimius Dainotto (the Dominousian equivalent to a Dominus Patri) saw the Wings of Claran as a way in which to remove the Conmercium et Communicatio Desivi placed upon his nation when they separated from the Theocracy in 4989ya. As time passed however, it became obvious that the Wings of Claran had no chance in removing the Theocracy. The more violent the Wings of Claran became, the more their public image suffered. In 5995ya, Dainotto ordered the Wings of Claran to be removed from Dominous.

Conmercium et Communicatio Desivi is an order the Theocracy can place upon a organization, or in this case an entire nation. It is rarely invoked unless the crime committed is dire, or the Inquisition is unable to remove a particular taint (for whatever reason). It bans all communication and trade with the organization. In the case of Dominous this was also extended to include emigration and immigration. Those who break Conmercium et Communicatio Desivi run the risk of suffering the same as those they would aid. Remember that the Theocracy can enforce its' rulings with aid from the Knights of the Rose.

Like the New Church of Kaig, the Wings of Claran treat the 19th of Aestas-Bellatorus, the Blood Moon, as a sacred day. It was on that day in 4986ya that Claran met with Ponterio and entered into history. The Wings of Claran wear feathers about their person as a sign of their devotion to Claran, the Winged-Child.

V: Kaig de Templum Novitatis.
The New Church of Kaig, unlike the Wings of Claran, does not dedicate itself only to Claran. Instead the New Church sees all the True Gods being worthy of worship. The New Church believes that while Claran is Unsando Reborn, she is not worthy of worship as a deity on her own. In the New Church, Claran's worship is seen as an extension of any dedicated to Unsando—the dead goddess of life.

The New Church is gaining much support within certain quarters since its birth at the dawn of the 51th century. The significant point of interest with this 'New Church' is that it seeks to actually replace the Theocracy; something the Theocracy obviously is not willing to allow. In South-Eastern Mainett the Theocracy is almost completely replaced.

With the Theocracy now on the back foot it is expected that the Theocracy will seek allowances to destroy the heretics in the New Church. If such occurs, even with land being lost in Zenulatsin, the Knights of the Rose will descend on the New Church and open religious war shall occur. If Mariana Livius can be trusted, then this must be the time of woe the Auguro de Ambroscus speaks of.
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