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– Religion overview
– Type (elemental, syncretic, civic, &c)
– Locations where worshiped
– Major holy texts
– Major religious concepts
– Known sects
– Rites and Holy Days
– Major temples and/or shrines
The religious beliefs of the Guardian Paladins have their origins in the pre-history of Menelon, emerging into history on northwestern Sylantia along with a warlike and aggressive strain of humanity known as the Medini. They had initially settled in what later became Surmeidän and had so brutally and efficiently killed off the monster and demi-human threats that the elves (who had their own ways of managing this early and particularly savage race) arranged with the dwarves that the most warlike of the Medini would be offered a challenge: Take the Dark Passage under the mountains, guided by the dwarves – and if they survived, they would emerge in a land that they could make their very own.
The journey through the underdark and the labyrinthine cavern-cities of the dwarves took some time. The Medini were forged and tempered by the challenges they faced on this great migration into the Sylantian people most Menelonians are familiar with, today. They emerged from the caves in the foothills bordering the high mountain desert of the Plains of Isen with, among many other things, a fully functioning moral and ethical code for every member of society from the serving class all the way up to the izvär, or sovereign. They perfected these codes as they conquered and settled the Holy Land and carved Par-Isen, their great fortress cathedral and holy city, out of a mountain.
The core of Paladinism is structured around a roughly pyramidal hierarchy with no surprises. The monarchs are at the top, with the greatest responsibilities and duties, and ideally, also the most honor, respect, and power. With each lower rung, duty and responsibility to the society decreases, as does honor, respect, and power until at the lowest levels of society one has very little duty and responsibility other than for oneself and one’s family. It should be mentioned that all Paladins pay lip service, at least, to the teachings that grant even the lowest members of society a baseline level of respect, though like all ideals, it is sometimes noticed more in the breech than in the actual observance.
Hence, adherents of the Guardian Paladin church are usually viewed as understanding the workings of rulership in society, of good governance and stewardship of the lands and people for which/whom they are responsible. Over time, they’ve become somewhat synonymous with the feudal hierarchies they developed, and with the arrogance that accompanies a racial entitlement to rule. At its heart, however, Paladinism began and evolved as a way to ensure that all members of society were cared for and had a productive place within it.
- Damië – young priestess
- Matrië – older priestess
- Cheval – young priest
- Petri – Older priest
- Imprimae – Head of the Church
- Sijainen – the word for “cardinal.”
Sarjan – bishop – earldoms/counties?Yl-Sarjan – archbishop, perhaps? Sijainen (cardinals) are counselors, advisors to the Imprimae, not personnel administrators. The bishops will need someone to oversee them….
- Ystävät – the name for the order of “chaplains,” or advisors. Ystävät
- Ystäv-Izvar the King’s Chaplain, or confessor.
- Khurin- Chavallerie – Holy Knights, the Order of Paladins