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The Church of Aslan

A radical sect that puts emphasis on the worship and teachings of Aslan, the Prince of Aetheria.

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[top]Abstract

Founded over two hundred eras after the formation and official declaration of the Church of Faith, this radical sect of the Faith and Sacred Three places primary emphasis on the worship and teachings of Aslan, the God of Truth and Honor. The faction's founder, Archprelate Maximillian (formerly known as Duke Baxter Iracor), formed and expanded the sect after he was forced out of the Church of Faith. The Church is principally located in the city of Aslangrad, but has a missionary/outreach program which attempts to recruit and convert worshipers throughout Telath.
Further Reading: Aslan, God of Honor, Church of Faith, Aslangrad

[top]History

Like all historical accounts, expositions on the origins and evolution of the Church of Aslan vary in detail, largely dependent on the perspective from which they are told. The following is one such account, transcribed from the historical writings of Gedeon Chronov, historian and personal scribe to Maximillian.
As written by members of the Church of Aslan
The origin of our faith began with the rise to glory of His Holiness, Maximillian, known at the time as Duke Baxter Iracor. Prior to his ascension which occurred in 9501, Duke Iracor was awarded an Imperial Commission by his close personal friend, Her Excellency Queen Charisma. The purpose of this commission was to establish a fiefdom in the northern lands of the empire. On the ruins of the ancient city Hiberia, the duke built an extensive complex named after the God of Honor, Aslan. Aslangrad served as the focal point and spiritual center for the duke's missionary work and the humble location of his private residence and domain, the House of Chesley.

In 9501, with the spiritual flock growing, Duke Iracor was officially ordained Archprelate Maximillian of the Church of Faith. Having the will and intentions of the empire behind him, he continued to spread the holy word. Soon the entire region of lands under his guidance declared fealty, and were properly renamed as the United Prelacy of Chesley. From this center of faith the true word spread, and the flock expanded.

As the principles of faith spread, the complexity of guiding the masses became considerable. Maximillian had spend considerable time in prayer searching for guidance, and his meditation and reflection brought him to the understanding that only sin and evil could come from chaos and unlawfulness. It was made known to him that it was the will of the gods, Aslan in particular, that law and order be established and maintained.

Knowing the empire did not need its authority stretched thin, His Holiness called for the formation of a holy legion to assist in the maintenance of civility and obedience. This enforcement arm of the sacred mission allowed the Church to divide the larger lands of the flock into more manageable areas. The Prelacy (of Chesley) was now to be a unified collection of territories referred to as 'nomes'. These areas were to be governed by a chosen representative of the faith, who was also a man of the people he ruled. With the Prelacy now more organized and civilized, and the flock outwardly expanding, Maximillian turned his attention to spreading the faith through out the entire empire.

As those chosen representatives of the Sacred Three on Telath, it was clear to Maximillian and many within the Church (of Faith), that all matters of faith, or related to faith, should be the jurisdiction of the Church itself. Being a loyal servant of the empire, His Holiness also recognized the holy ordainment of the emperor as a representative of the faith, and hence supported fully the equal providence of Church and Imperium on all religious matters.

Guided by this clear and righteous philosophy, Maximillian proposed a declarative doctrine which came to be known as 'Svet Pravidas' or 'Divine Rule'. Unfortunately the emperor, likely misguided by malignant advisement, rejected the proposed principles. This left Maximillian and the Church with few options to bring to fruition the proper elevation of the true word within the empire.

Clarity on the perplexing matter of Church and State came to Maximillian upon observing the critical role of economics in matters of both. Faith, while of vital import, was of little practicality to those who spent their time struggling to survive. Similarly, a church that could not provide itself with the means to spread and maintain the faith, would itself toil considerably to exist.

Faced with this dilemma the archprelate guided by faith and his closest advisers, came up with a plan to provide the Church with the means to both sustain itself and expand the faith throughout Telath. Calling upon all of the merchants in Chesley, Maximillian declared by holy edict, the formation of a proxy guild. This guild, later to become a single massive company, was named Dragon Industries (Drakin Dunstras in the native Aslangradi dialect). Drakin was set into direct competition with the monolithic Lauryl Company that had dominated inner-Imperial trade and commerce for many eras.

Unfortunately the ingrained power of Lauryl was not easily defeated, and with the rise of Melody de Lylles to the throne of the empire the Church faced financial disaster. With no other options to save the faith, Maximillian declared all nearby lands and cities owing allegiance to the Church. Annexing of settlements and properties, in particular to the north and east of Aslangrad was ordered, and continued for some time. Eventually, however, the emperor would decide such expansion was too threatening, and would send our most holy archprelate on a ruse of a mission to bring 'peace' to foreign lands.

Though still an honorable servant of the empire, Maximillian knew his first allegiance was to his god. The sheep of his flock, and he himself, found comfort and familiarity with the guiding principles of Aslan. While still away on his mission for the emperor, it was these very same pillars of faith; courage, honor, and justice, that led the archprelate to command the forces of Aslangrad to capture all lands and settlements in the name of the faith. Those who resisted were, by that very rebellion, considered unfaithful and to be forced back into obedience and fealty by whatever means necessary.

Once more the forces of evil descended upon the holy lands of Chesley, and the holy capital of Aslangrad. The emperor, though virtuous in his purpose, chose to send an immoral and inappropriate Consul, Alyssa Chrysinaria, to attempt to negotiate matters. With contempt and power lust guiding her, this corrupt heretic set into motion an unjustified and unqualified inquisition into the actions of the Church, and His Holiness Maximillian in particular. Daring to question the legitimacy of the Church to spread the true word, this woman had the noble leaders of the armed forces of Aslangrad rounded up like common thieves, and falsely charged many of them with imagined and fully fabricated crimes. Of particular note, one of the most valiant and renowned of the generals, a cossack by the name of Markus, was accused of tarnishing the virtue of a young woman. Though the evidence was weak, his conviction was assured with a charade of a trial. His sentence was death, but the archprelate, in the name of truth and honor, stepped in and commuted the sentence to life imprisonment.

His action was not without consequence and lead to a chain of events that would ultimately see the Church of Faith divide.

Though clearly an act of compassion and justice, the sparing of the cossack hero's life was seen by some as action against the will of the Crown. One such misguided fool was Wessex de Evile IV, First Minister of the Empire. This black-winged Ancient, in actions befitting such a demonic persona, started criminal proceedings against our most revered and loved shepherd, Maximillian. Though once more the evidence was weak, the influence of this abomination was great, and resulted in imperial admonishment.

Once more the forever loyal servant of the emperor, Maximillian, sought to bring to light the evil influences that misguided His Excellency Constantine. The archprelate declared the conniving and conspiring heretic Empress Fire an illegitimate sovereign. With her evil untempered, the witch attempted to silence the truth through intimidation and had forces of the empire stationed within the hallowed walls of the holy capital of Aslangrad. This was too much, even for a forgiving soul such as Maximillian. Left with no other choice, the Crown was rightfully excommunicated by the archprelate, and the Church itself declared a separate and sovereign nation.

Such drastic but necessary actions produced an expected division both within the Empire, and within the Church itself. Lines were drawn between those faithful to the true word and the Archprelate Maximillian, and those cowards that would bend to the immoral desires of the witch Fire and the misguided emperor. The latter were led by a heretic named Vesta of Trysvale, a prelatess of the Church who renounced and without authority revoked Maximillian's excommunication of the Crown. This vile serpent of a woman in fact assaulted the archprelate when his back was turned, causing him severe pain and injury. She then falsely declared herself leader of the Church and heiress to the archprelacy, a blasphemous declaration supported by her loyal cowards and the supreme heretic, Empress Fire. With this final act, the schism was complete and the Church officially divided.

This, however, was not to be the end of it. Though Maximillian continued to preach the true faith only within the confines of Chesley, the Empress Fire was not satisfied. With the support of her new token faith and its figurehead leader, Fire declared war upon the new Church of Aslan. With the misguided support of her partner, Emperor Constantine, Fire ordered a full on assault of Aslangrad by imperial forces. This 'Siege' upon the holy capital lasted for months, yet the just and honorable will of the people survived. Overcoming both starvation and disease the citizenry remained steadfast, despite attempts by the empire to make them submit. With her hopes for Maximillian's destruction fading, Fire made a final and desperate gambit. She ordered the firebombing of the city. From the sky came a wave of fiery death. In the end, Maximillian would not allow her hatred to harm his flock, and so he sacrificed himself to appease her lust for blood. This most honorable act, however, did not quench the vengeful thirst of the evil Fire, and the unjust carnage continued to its end.

[top]Church Structure, Hierarchy and Rank

The Church of Aslan, in its most broad categorization, can be divided into two main sections: the larger, more rigid hierarchy within the city of Aslangrad, and the smaller, missionary based outreach program.

The overall hierarchy of the Church is as follows:

Patrislan (Archprelate, Patriarch, Hierarch)
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Vys-Caronslan (High Prelate - form Holy Council/Svetrada, one from each Prihod)
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Caronslan (Prelate, Bishop - many for each Prihod)
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Predakslan (Subprelate, Rector, Priest - many for each Prihod)
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Udslan (Novice/Initiate Priest - many for each Prihod)

[top]Aslangrad Structure

To provide guidance and teaching to the millions of Aslangradi, there are thousands of clergymen providing prayer and service within the city. The vast majority of these priests are initiate priests who are supervised by more senior clergy. Each parish (5th to 1st) has its own group of priests who are responsible to the congregation of that particular prihod. In addition, there are approximately two hundred that work within the Sacred Cathedral in the Kremlin. These latter clergymen are referred to as the Cestvera (Honored Faithful) and are directly responsible to the Patrislan (Archprelate).

Every church or cathedral in the city is guided by a Caronslan (Prelate/Bishop) who is responsible for the running of the church, both in terms of ceremony and day-to-day functioning. Serving to assist him in this are numerous Predakslan (Sub-prelates) who in addition to assisting in prayer and service, also supervise the duties and responsibilities of the hundreds of novice or initiate priests, the Udslan.

The Archprelate chooses one Caronslan to represent each prihod on the Svetrada (Holy Council). After appointment, the Caronslan is given the title Vys-Caronslan (High Bishop/Prelate).

[top]Entrance, Ordination, and Progression

Entrance into the church is a complex process involving selection, purification, and ordination.

Selection is done through the nomination of a candidate, followed by an investigation of his background through witness testimonials. Once this is complete a vote by a council of clergymen from the prihod where the candidate is to be ordained is taken, and if a majority of the council are in favor, the candidate is officially selected for purification and ordination. The only strict requirement of candidates is that they be male, as women are not permitted entrance. Though technically race is not a requirement, very few clergy members, especially within the city, are non-human.

Purification, the process of spiritual cleansing, is performed on all candidates selected for future ordination into the Church. The procedure involves the performance of the Ritual of Burden called Bicbremen, informally known as "Sin Whipping". After this ritual, a fasting of purity (The Cisposka) is endured for a period of two cycles (20 brightenings and darkenings). Finally, upon completion of the whipping and fasting, a period of 2 cycles of prayer and solitude is demanded.

Ordination occurs very shortly after Purification. The ceremony involved consists of numerous prayers as well as the Cestavod (Word or Oath of Honor) and the Polruka (Laying of Hands) ritual in which all of those clergymen in attendance ceremonially lay their right hands upon the selected candidate, an act which solidifies and make official the Ordination of the man into a priest of the Church. The priest is then given the official title of Udslan (Novice or Initiate Priest).

Progression through the hierarchy of the church is a prolonged and highly selective process. The constituent parts of this process for most ranks include nomination, review of service and conduct, consideration, and elected promotion.

The procedures outlined above pertain to the promotion of both Udslan and Predakslan.

[top]Nomination

Every era, on a date chosen by the Svetrada (Holy Council), nominations are put forward for the promotion of candidates. These nominations can be made by any member of the clergy who is ranked above the nominee. This, however, does not lead to numerous nominations, for each nomination places the reputation of the nominator on the line. The nominations are presented to a previously appointed promotional council of senior clergy. Promotion to the rank of Caronslan is only advanced by the Holy Council itself.

Each candidate, once nominated, is subject to a thorough and exhaustive review of their service to the Church. In addition, their conduct as a whole is reviewed. Upon completion of this review, the council considering the nomination enters into a period of Consideration.

After the candidate for promotion has been reviewed in terms of their service and general conduct, the council delegated for their promotion enters a solemn period of prayer and meditation referred to as Consideration. The duration of this spiritual reflection and clarity is to last for a period of no less and no more than two cycles. At that time, all members of the council are to meet and determine by a vote, whether to accept or refuse the candidate into the rank requested.

At the end of the period of Consideration, the council of clergymen responsible for the candidate's promotion convenes for a vote on the progression of that nominee to a higher rank. A majority of two-thirds of the voting council is needed for promotion. Once the decision is made, the nominee and his sponsor are notified, and if the promotion has been granted, then a date for the promotion ceremony is announced.

[top]Promotion of Caronslan

Even more selective, and extremely rare, is the selection of the High Prelates for the Svetrada (Holy Council). There are only three occasions where this is required: the death, demotion, or removal of an existing High Prelate. When such an event occurs, and another promotion to the Svetrada is needed, the procedure is quite simple. The Patrislan (Archprelate) selects from the existing numbers of Caronslan (Prelates) a priest to fill the position. The Patrislan then reviews the priest's service and conduct entering into a period of Consideration on the promotion. It is usually only a formality and the selected clergyman is promptly promoted to the position of Vys-Caronslan, and becomes a member of the Svetrada.

[top]The Sacred Selection of Patrislan

This unique and most sacred of promotions within the church occurs once in two to three generations. In fact, since the proclamation of Maximillian as Archprelate, the Svetvyber ceremony has taken place only once, in the promotion of Uri Kytchiak to the position of Patrislan in the late Summer of Era XVIII (PF). The promotion occurs through the nomination and election of a Vys-Caronslan by the remainder of the Svetrada. The usual protocol as laid down by Maximillian (as communicated to him by Aslan), is for the Vys-Caronslan of the 1st Prihod to be nominated for this promotion. In the event that this is not possible, then the nomination goes to the Vys-Caronslan of the highest ranking prihod.

Once the nomination is made, the Holy Council enters into debate, where the service and conduct are reviewed and questioned. Arguments are made both in favor and against, and orderly discussion on merits and negatives occurs. Once the discussion is complete, the council withdraws for a period of Consideration to last two cycles and then reconvenes to vote. All but one member of the council must agree upon the nomination. If this does not occur, another period of discussion and debate, followed by another period of Consideration must occur. This cycle can repeat itself a maximum of three times. If after that time period no promotion is made, the nominee is declined, and another nomination must be made.

If a nomination is successful, then the nominee is informed, and a date for the holy ceremony of Svetvyber is announced.

[top]Missionary/Outreach Structure

Though the vast majority of clergymen work and congregate in the city of Aslangrad, there is a considerable attempt and effort to spread the faith through the work of missionaries, as well as the construction of temples and churches for Aslan worship in other cities and provinces. Additionally, the Monks of Aslan, though their affiliation with the Church is typically at an arm's length, are also a part of the network of priests that bring the word of the Lion Prince to the people of Aelyria.
Further Reading: A Primer to Geography
Each missionary outpost or satellite church is treated similarly to a church within the city of Aslangrad in terms of hierarchy, structure, and promotion. Collectively, all of the satellite churches are treated as their own parish (prihod).

Though much less influential in the overall affairs of the Church, the Missionary Section is represented on the Holy Council by its own Vys-Caronslan appointed by the Archprelate.

[top]Symbols of the Faith

These are important emblems within the Church of Aslan

[top]Lionís Head

A figure of courage and honor, the Lionís head is the most prominent symbol that represents Aslan and what he stands for.

[top]Sword/Shield & Sun Crest

The sword/shield and sun combination, as a crest, represent the defending of Aslanís light and the honor he gives his followers.

[top]Bear

The bear and its out-stretched maw is a sign of strength and stamina honored by warriors of Aslan around the realm. It can be found in many temples and places of worship as a representation of Aslanís strength that can be given to others.

[top]Triangle

The triangle represents Order and is an object that describes just how bound and strict Aslanites can be. To break the continuous cycle of honor would be to forsake oneís faith and the symbol of a solid triangle gives true meaning to an Aslaniteís faith.
Further Reading: Religious Symbols

[top]Duties and Tenets

The main duties of those who are accepted into the ranks of the clergy include:
Celibacy: Like their God, the clergymen of the Church of Aslan, take a vow to go unmarried. This is seen as a sacrifice to be made out of respect and in honor of their diety. "Married to the Church" is an expression commonly used when discussing this duty.

Sacrifice: In honor of the altruism of Aslan, clergymen are expected to serve without income. Of course, this does not mean they starve or go without. Through tithing of the citizenry, the Church itself provides for its members.

Amelioration: It is the responsibility of every member of the Church of Aslan, to assist and aid the less fortunate. Some clergymen choose to study the art of Thaumaturgy, others in the more traditional healing arts, while still others do so in more sacrificing or altruistic ways.
Further Reading: A Primer to Arcana, A Primer to Trades

[top]Tenets (The Commands of Faith)

1. Law of Supremacy: Aslan the provider of truth, protector of honor, and defender of courage, having come from Ioannes, is the embodiment of perfection and is deserving of our supreme devotion. All those who sing his praises must worship him above all others.
2. Law of Recognition: While Aslan remains most high, we must also share our love and devotion for those who brought the Lion Prince to our hearts. Ioannes is to be recognized as the creator of that most dear to us, and to be shown the devotion and praise due of such.
3. Law of Obedience: As devout worshipers of Aslan, we must obey all of his laws and commands, and obey those who represent him on Telath.
4. Law of the Codes: Those who battle the enemies of Aslan, and those who battle any in his name, must uphold each and all of the Codes of the Blade and the Soul.
5. Law of Morality: Those who follow, must act and behave in the same manner as His Most Holy. Respect one's parents and one's husband or wife. Care for one's children and neighbour. Hold sacred the institution of marriage. Respect and revere life in all of its forms. Take life only when your own is in mortal peril, or when your duty to Aslan demands it.
6. Law of Justice: Those who praise his holy name, must judge fairly and openly those who transgress them. Seek retribution only when it is clear and apparent that to do so is just. Make the hand of your punishment swift, but of tempered force.
7. Law of Sacrifice: It is the duty of all those who follow the God of Honor and Courage, to sacrifice in his name. Through both tithing and constant devotion to worship and prayer, one must always fulfill one's duty to Aslan, the Church, and to his fellow man.
8. Law of Truth: Worshipers of Aslan must not lie. To withhold the truth, or mislead with falsehoods, is a mortal sin.
9. Law of Honor: Honor those who have sacrificed for you. Be honorable in all your actions, both to your friends and enemies.
10. Law of Courage: Let the courage of Aslan guide you, and make you brave and unwavering in all things. Do not hesitate in battle. Do not cower in fear. Stand tall, be strong, and go forward with pride as you make your mark on Telath.

[top]Services and Duties of Worshipers

The Church of Aslan is severe in the expectations it has for the religious duties of the common worshiper. All followers of Aslan are expected to:

1. Participate in regular church services as dictated by the calling of communal worship via the cathedral bell.
2. Perform family prayer before meals and prior to rest for the darkening.
3. Observe all recognized holidays and religious occurrences.
4. Provide sacrificial offering through regular tithing, as well as donations where appropriate during church services.
5. Maintain continuous observance and adherence to the Commands of Faith.
6. Serve in combat when the church dictates such honorable sacrifice is required for the glory of Aslan.
7. Always uphold the virtues of Truth, Honor, and Courage, which are the pillars of the Faith.

[top]Holidays and Observances

In addition to the standard realm-wide holidays, the following special observances are given importance:
Sveta Narod (Holy Birth): 1st of Ioannes - A day in honor of the birth of Aslan as the son of Ioannes. Coincides with the Kestrel Tourney, a fighting tournament attended by many knights and warriors, in particular those of the Church of Faith.

Dov Noc (The Long Night): 50th of Immanis - This occasion is observed as a time of prayer and reflection. Looked upon as a night to honor all those who have fallen in the name of the Lion Prince, Aslanites fast and pray from the setting of the second sun, until the rise of the first the next brightening.

Dan Vaha (Day of Courage): 11th of Kalendryas - In the deep of winter, this day of military celebration features a marching parade of the knights and warriors of the faith. Participants are expected to wear their finest armor and dress.

Dan Matnik (Memorianam - Memorial Day): Imperos 15 - Like the Church of Faith, the Church of Aslan honors the fallen in battle with this solemn day of remembrance.
Further Reading: Holidays of Aelyria

[top]Affiliated Groups

Several groups and adjunct organizations originate from, or are tied to the Church of Aslan. These organizations include:

[top]The Hand of Aslan

This large organization of over a thousand members represents the secret policing and enforcement arm of the Church. Officially, the organization is responsible for the adherence to religious law, and enforcement of theocratic doctrine. Unofficially, "The Hand" serves as the whip and the sword of the Church, carrying out many acts and duties the Church would not officially be seen as condoning or sanctioning.

[top]The Cheksteufel - The Mage Hunters

Among some of the divisions within "The Hand" are the Cheksteufel, the mage hunters of Aslangrad. This select and highly skilled order of spies and assassins are solely focused on the apprehension and purification of anyone discovered to be engaged in the practice of the arcane.

[top]The Svetlevi

The Svetlevi are the holy knights of the Church. These paladins, presently about a hundred in number, have sworn their lives and their honor to the defense of truth, justice, and those Aelyrians whom Aslan watches over. In the time of Maximillian, the Svetlevi were falsely accused of many horrible crimes, and were imprisoned at the time of the siege. Now free and found innocent of all charges, they have conditionally sworn their allegiance once more to the ruling theocracy.

[top]The Cossacks

The Cossacks are a large group of elite and well-trained guards for the ruling theocracy who are considered to be experienced and cunning warriors. Unlike the pious Svetlevi, these men are loyal to clan and coin over those they work for. Numbering almost 5,000 strong, the Cossacks once more work for the Church, after abandoning it during the time of Maximillian.

[top]Views of Other Deities

The views that the Church of Aslan holds over other deities may differ from what is considered the norm in the empire.

[top]Aetherians

Ioannes: The Church of Aslan is patriarchal in nature, and as a result they look favorably on the worship of Ioannes, father of Aslan. While the God of Honor and Courage is believed to be the embodiment of perfection, worship of his creator and the God of Gods in encouraged. Many traditions remain from prior to the schism that created the separate churches (Faith and Aslan), and so worship of Ioannes is still practiced by many. Ceremonies of common worship will often include prayers and offerings to the God of Gods, and his name is often mentioned within the teachings of the Church.
Further Reading: Ioannes, King of Gods
Carmelya: The Goddess of Nature is praised by the Church, but is rarely provided with independent service or prayer. Often referred to as Celmatka (Whole Mother), the worship of Carmelya has been limited to the ceremony of Zakatsveta (Blessing of Newborn), where prayers and offerings to Carmelya are often performed. Her status within the Church is lessened, due to her link to the arcane art of druidism.
Further Reading: Carmelya, Goddess of Nature
Phedos: Phedos is not worshiped in any context or form by members of the Church of Aslan. Seen as a weak god who allowed the contamination of divine magic with other essences and spheres, Phedos is considered the lowest of the gods. In addition, as courage and honor are paramount, tactics are seen as secondary in battle, and hence even warriors and knights do not pray to Phedos. The reduced status of Phedos is seen as the principle motivator behind the reduced status of elves and elvenkind in the eyes of all those within the Church of Aslan.
Further Reading: Phedos, Archon of Magic
Maj: The Supreme Captain, or Vys Kapitsvet (High Holy Captain) as he is referred to in Varaslan (the native dialect of the people of Aslangrad), is rarely worshiped in common ceremony, however he is prayed to quite often by military leaders and warriors alike. Seen by the Church as the guardian of Aslan, and of the gods in general, Maj is placed in the highest regard, next to the Sacred Three.
Further Reading: Maj, Arch Archon
Orod: The God of Logic, Wisdom, and Justice, Orod is not officially worshiped or granted honor in prayers or service, but does have status within the Church. In particular, Orod is mentioned in oaths and pledges taken by those clergymen who sit as judges in the district and high courts of Aslangrad.
Further Reading: Orod, God of Logic

[top]Aeternians

All Aeternian deities are viewed as vile and deplorable. Those who disobey or disregard the teachings are threatened to an eternity of torture and hellfire at the hands of Jalat. Worship of these gods is forbidden, and those found guilty of such are punished either through imprisonment or corporal punishment.
Further Reading: Alithea, Archon of Corruption, Haya, Goddess of Plague, Jalat, God of Death, Jorel, God of Chaos, Meephos, God of Emotions

[top]Planetars

While the Church shares common opinion with the Church of Faith on the names and much of the positioning of the Aetherians and Aeternians, the same is not true of the planetars. The Church of Aslan not only acknowledges the existence of these beings, but has separated them into two distinct categories; the Velkavera (Most High of the Faithful) are those planetars of good alignment while the Najstros (Lowest of Outcasts) refers to those of evil alignment.

The Church's view of the worship of the Velkavera is a tolerance for the praise and worship of them within the privacy of one's home, but never to be mentioned or prayed to in the sanctity of the temple or cathedral. Worship of the Najstros is not only forbidden, but may result in punishment through penance or imprisonment if discovered.
Further Reading: A Primer to the Pantheon

[top]View of Other Faiths

The Church recognizes that despite the supreme placement of Aslan among the gods of Aetheria, various cultures and races may choose to worship other gods of a lesser stature, or even worship Aslan, but in a different manner or tradition. While the faithful make every attempt to spread the true word to all they encounter, and pray that those who hear the word will join them in worship, there is tolerance for other faiths and religions so long as such practices do not reduce the glory of Aslan or the virtues he stands for.

This tolerance extends to the worship of the other gods of Aetheria, and even the Velkavera, but does not include the praying to or worship of any of the Aeternians or Najstros.
Further Reading: A Primer to Religion, Religious Cults

[top]Arcana

The Church of Aslan has a very specific and oppositional view in regards to the practice of the arcane. The use, practice, or manipulation of all magic is considered the domain of the gods or those chosen to represent their faith on Telath. As a result, the public or private practice of all forms of magic, with the exception of those who have inherent (god-given), or species specific magical ability, is strictly forbidden. Some spheres, such as Necromancy are not only forbidden, but practitioners are targeted for execution on sight. The only exceptions to this policy are those priests who practice the art of Thaumaturgy. Because the clergymen are considered to be chosen representatives of Aslan, and because the practice of healing magic is considered to be promotional of the faith, the limited practice of Thaumaturgy is accepted.

For those engaged in the use of any of the remaining magical spheres, the penalties are severe. Those caught performing such, are subject to imprisonment or "cleansing" by the "Hand of Aslan" upon capture. Any who resist capture, may be terminated as a final option, if apprehension is not possible. Such views on magic were the primary motivational factors behind the creation of the Cheksteufel, Aslangrad's Mage Hunters.

In addition, though not strictly an arcanic sphere, the practice of Adjuration (Witchcraft) is also strictly forbidden. The same approach is taken to other magical arts such as Ikonomancy, Song Magic, and Reification (Spellbreaking).

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Original Write-up by Shalafi


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