The Eight

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The fey religion does not worship nature or deities but rather it reveres kings and queens of the ancient Citadelion who have ascended into true immortality. There are eight of these kings and queens spoken of and revered openly. Though the concept of ‘worship’ is not the same for elves as it is for men. Elves invoke the names of their deities in toasts, oaths, and prayers, but they do not offer sacrifice. The lives of their deities are told in story, but rarely studied with literary scrutiny, they are imparted for their moral nature and the principles that they teach.

They also speak of a ninth god in their prayers of the dead, and in some of the stories, but he is not considered one of the immortals. Rather, he is a dead god, said to reside in the realm of the dead where he keeps the stories of all that live.

Type: Polytheistic Ancestor-Worship

Beliefs:
That individual spirits are immortal, and will continue in a process of death and rebirth unless they ascend to immortality, or descend to the halls of the dead.

That the Eight of Citadelion are the ideal beings that all should aspire to be.

That the written word is a corruption, as it has no spirit, and thus no holy story should ever be written: instead, they must be told in order to be experienced and understood properly. As such, they have no scripture, but learn their stories painstakingly. The penalties for mistaking a performance of a story are steep.

That all living things are worthy of respect, and protection.

Deities:

Deity
Domain
Symbol
Season
Ogma God of Knowledge A Torch Late Spring
Aine Goddess of Life A Mare Early Summer
Niamh Goddess of Light A Unicorn Late Summer
Cerridwen Goddess of Nature A Rose Early Fall
Finn God of Trickery A Set of Teeth Late Fall
Lir God of the Tempest A Helm Early Winter
Babd Catha Goddess of War A Sword Late Winter
Gwyndolien Goddess of Magic A Tree Early Spring
Cerununnos Avatar of Death No Symbol No Season

Hierarchy:
The Throne – The head of their religion is the same throne as that of the Kings and Queens of Otherworld.

The Masters – The oldest of the elves who have learned the stories and songs. To become a Master one must recite the entirety of the stories of the gods from beginning to end in correct chronological order.

The Tellers – These are priests who oversee smaller orders of priests and are responsible for teaching them the stories.

The Wanderers – These are priests who wander from site to site, telling the stories that they know to those who will listen, and working as they can to serve the religious needs of those who want them.

Orders

  • Clerical Orders
    • The Eight have no true clerical orders, but each priest begins his studies with learning the tales of one specific deity. Thus, in a way, each deity has their own clerical order, with the exception of the dead god.
  • Knightly Orders
    While not a part of the practice of their faith, the Fey religious culture does provide for knights and warriors dedicated to their way. Their oaths are sworn to the deity of their choice as oaths of noble fealty, and thereafter the paladin is distinguished by the oath they recited.
    • Gra Dearthair – The order of knights who pledge themselves to devotion.
    • An Fiach – The order of knights who pledge themselves to the ancients.
    • An Marbh – The order of knights who pledge themselves to vengeance.
  • Monastic Orders
    While there are no true monasteries of the faith of the eight, there are sites in both worlds that are considered holy to the faith, as well as sites dedicated to the furthering of understanding. Usually, these sites require someone to guard them, or at least be there to serve travelers who come there. Some monks travel, some monks stay in one place, but they all place an emphasis on action rather than study. They are not the tellers of the stories. They are the emulators of those stories. They have no true monastic orders, but each monk emulates the principles of the stories and the gods in their own way.

Known Locales:
While the religion of the eight do not hold grand stone cathedrals or abbeys like the Vaticana, their shrines, symbols, and tokens can be found throughout the world. Their holy sites are based in the histories, places of battle, contest, romance, and hunt in both this world and the Otherworld. Religious members will often travel to these sites to see the stories performed where they happened, as a means of bringing one’s spirit closer to those in the stories.

Known Members:
None.

The Eight

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