Alsara: Requiem and Revolution
Reformation Imperial Sept
When Amelia d’Tunis slaughtered the Imperial Family five years ago, she began an upheaval that has touched every corner of the world. Her actions leading up to and then during the Neverwar brought her from legendary to mythic in stature, and ensured her prominence in history.
When she ascended to power Amelia was known to perform miracles; things declared impossible by talented magicians and by religious leaders alike, and the remaining High Clerics of the Imperial Sept began to whisper that she was touched by deific power.
Eventually it was put to the test: the three most powerful members of the Imperial priesthood, the High Clerics of Govannon, Lugaid, and Aenor, turned their powers against the Empress in a coup to try and restore power to the remains of the old Imperial Family. They failed, and were all executed for their efforts; miraculously, however, witnesses to the event report that the Empress was entirely unaffected by their magic. Most incredibly, the High Cleric of Aenor—the most powerful man still living in the Imperial Sept’s priesthood—was completely unable to use magic at all in her presence. In the wake of the complete destruction of the upper hierarchy of the Imperial Sept, and by such an irrefutable series of miracles, the Empress’ claim to the Holy Charge of the Empire was legitimized, and she became recognized by all authorities capable as the true ruler of the Empire. The act ended the civil wars that had begun in the wake of the death of the Imperial Family, and it began the Reformation of the Imperial Sept.
The Reformation recognizes the Empress Amelia d’Tunis I as the direct mouthpiece of the Gods. Her actions, words, beliefs, and even possessions were considered sacred and beyond reproach, worthy of emulation.
It is not publicly known how she felt about the decision. Nobody really consulted her before they announced it; though, the High Clerics responsible for the mandate are still alive, and so she can’t have been terribly offended. Those who knew her report that her reply was graceful, and it did little to change her. For Reformationists, she became Saint Amelia, and she was the savior of mankind.
Styles of Worship
While the Reformation Imperial Sept is technically still polytheistic, all prayers and worship are directed at Saint Amelia, the symbolic avatar of the Gods. Shrines to her have begun to appear across the Empire, and statues of her have been built at the entryway to many Reformation-minded temples and Septs. If you pray, you pray to Her. It is believed that, in her place in the Beyond, she watches over the world, and still has the power to compel the Gods to act. By earning the favor of Saint Amelia, you call upon not just one of the Gods, but all of them.
|Title||The Lady, The Divine Empress, the Divine Arbiter|
|Portfolio||Divine Power, Freedom, Strength, Wrath, Judgement|
|Typical Worshipers||Imperial citizens, women warriors, zealots of the Blessed League|
|Worshiper Alignment||Chaotic Good|
|Domains||Glory, Magic, Protection, Sun, Weather|
|Subdomains||Heroism, Divine, Purity, Light, Revelation, Storms|
|Favored Weapon||Bastard Sword|
Saint Amelia’s beliefs and opinions have been condensed down to six laws:
- Anyone is capable of strength, wisdom, brilliance, and ultimately the power to improve the world.
- Defiance against that which attempts to harm us is what makes us strong.
- It is not the mandate or pedigree of a leader that makes them worthy, but the core of their beliefs and their actions as a commander of others.
- The needs of the community outstrip the needs of the individual, but without individual achievement and reward, a community cannot grow and become strong.
- The Favor of the Gods must be earned through sacrifice and dedication, not promises.
- The legacy of an individual is found in their personal achievements and the lives they have improved, not their descendents.
These laws are extremely different than those of the Orthodox Imperial Sept, and thus the gargantuan fissure that has erupted between the two. Much emphasis is placed on personal accomplishments, and an egalitarian ideal which criticizes the old caste-like system of Noble, Merchant, Commoner, and Slave. Her words imply that rulership passing through bloodline is a fallacy, and that people must earn their privileges. There’s not a lot of space dedicated to explaining just who judges that, but there are a lot of suggestions floating around.
Slavery and the patriarchal standard the Empire has embraced in the past are both strictly forbidden under the tenants of the Reformation. Noble bloodlines and dynasties are similarly frowned upon. Reformationists are fiercely individualistic and community-focused, and are always eager to aid others of their cause; or others who might join in worship of Saint Amelia. A Reformationist will never betray his friends and comrades, and personal sacrifice is seen as earning the favor of the Gods. There are few cowards among the Reformation Imperial Sept.