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  • Saint Gaius

    33 BSF-1 BSF Gauis was born a slave on Leovigild, taken from an early age to the sword schools of the Spring Court to become one of their [[Trodaíor]], a type of slave soldier. Gauis fought for the Spring Court against Fae and humans in Ackenzal, …

  • The Hermit

    _"There is nothing here but what we make of it."_ -from _Commentaries on the [[The Hermit's Glossolalia | Glossolalia]]_ ???-1305 ASF The Hermit is an [[Ascendant]] worshiped primarily in [[Ackenzal]]. In his life, the Hermit was a nameless native …

  • Vestige

    _"The fear is not that one may talk to those cackling spirits. The fear is not even that a man may listen. No, the fear is that they are listening to us, and have been for a long time."_ -from a lecture on the nature of the Vestige, from Thassali scholar …

  • Anathem

    An anathem is a soul that has ascended, but has been deemed unholy by the Ascendant Church. The Clergy of the church believes that some souls ascend not due to their virtue, but through artificial and arcane means that ensure ascendance without …

  • Ekundayo

    Ekundayo was a temple dancer in [[Thassal]], of the third generation to be reborn in the kingdom. She was famed for her beauty and her skill at dance, especially the [[Enguni]] , or the Dance of Spears. She was so skilled that she performed for the [[ …

  • Walking Gods

    _"The proud and mad fought/walking gods that brought/lightning from the sky/but/even gods may die."_ -from _The Champion & The Lady_ by Bran Skaldur The Walking Gods were the original deities of the world, creatures that existed upon the mortal plane …

  • The Crone

    _"Pain, when carried with dignity, is strength"_ from Ragana the Crone Ragana, the Crone, developed the Discipline that allows the Giants live in a structured society. After the first starfall, the surviving people of Esgalgrath spent three centuries …

  • The Dancer

    _"I have never known a thing that is not music"_ -from _Shame & Honor_ by Ekundayo Ekundayo was a temple dancer in Thassal, of the third generation to be reborn in the kingdom. She was famed for her beauty and her skill at dance, especially the Enguni …

  • The Champion

    _"lo, with spear in hand, / with a mighty band, / he / knocked down her white gates, / he carried our fates, / and / it rent him apart / to stab his lover's heart"_ -from _The Champion and The Lady_ by Bran Skaldur 33 BSF-1 BSF Gauis was born …

  • Ascendant

    An Ascendant, also referred to as a Saint or a Deva, is a individual who, upon death, had their soul rise up to the heavens and remain tied together, rather than unravel, fray, and rejoin the Loom. Ascendants are the central figures of most human …

  • The Maiden

    _"To give nothing of us for others is to see ourselves unraveled."_ -from Jin Valtori The Maiden, who in life was known as Jin Valtori, was a Saefallan medico turned orphanage founder and director. Early in life she went to Wyvar to study the healing …

  • The Trickster

    _"There is no greatness without madness."_ -from _The Fourth Scroll of Wisdom_ The Trickster is an [[Anathem | anathem]] famed in his life for sowing purposeful chaos across the entirety of the world, performing such feats as starting and ending wars, …

  • The Librarian

    _"A home without books is like a body untied from the Loom."_ -from the letters of Mammohan Bhadra 1340-1414 ASF Mammohan Bhadra was a bookbinder and librarian in the empire of Thassal, though he originally hailed from a nomadic tribe from the …

  • The Messenger

    _"More even than the exchange of flesh, letters weave together souls."_ -from the writings of Fada Amic 772-729 BSF Fada Amic was a human emissary from Esgalgrath, famous in her time for her varied career as a play actor and writer of philosophy …

  • Œcumene Templum

    _"I believe in our faith as I believe in the dawn. Not because I lay witness to the rising, but because through it I see everything else."_ -from Brother Kashak The Œcumene Templum is an institution that unites the disparate religious orders that …

  • The Chancellor

    _"You say I gave you your freedom, but it was never mine to give."_ -from a speech given by Myeung to his army. Myeung was a minor noble of the swampy region of the Radiant Empire who offered the Slave Army their freedom if they fought against their …

  • Fíodóirí

    _The Faithful remember and see that the world is dreaming. And The Faithful will dance until it wakes up.._ -from _Leaves of the New Faith_ by Elder Odran Fíodóirí is the new faith of many elves of Ackenzal and Leovigild which is thought to be a large …

  • The Grave Robber

    _"Evil is born when a man treats people as things."_ -from _Gravelight_ by [[Brother Donhuldur]] The Grave Robber is an anathem who, during his life, was a powerful necromancer who led a horde of undead against what is now the duchy of [[Ehrenfried …

  • ascendant-church

    [[File:324220 | class=media-item-align-center | Earth_painting.jpg]] The Ascendant Church is a powerful religious organization that worships those who rose as [[Ascendant]]s and the [[Oversoul]]. It is the dominant religion, and often political power, …

  • The Discipline

    _"Desire and pain comes not from the thing itself, but from your self. Know this, and know the power to revoke evils."_ - from Ragana the Crone The Discipline is the the dominant religious and philosophical movement within Helligimark. While …

  • Ahnsang

    "There is Darkness and there is Light, and with our lives we make an empire of either." -from _The Illumined Wall_ Ahnsang is the dominant religion of [[The Radiant Empire]]. It is a system of worship placing great spiritual significance on the ruler …

  • The Radiant Emperor

    "Love those who fear darkness, and give them the Light. Pity those who fear the light, and give them nothing." -from _The Illumined Wall_ The Radiant Emperor is the deity of [[Ahnsang]] and officially the ruler of [[The Radiant Empire]]. ...page …

  • Khanjivorum

    Khanjivorum, or "The Holy Isle," is the central point of reference of [[ascendant-church | The Ascendant Church]] and home of the Grand Cleric and the holding place of most of the important relics. It lies of the coast of Cairnaythiel, governing the …

  • Willful

    _"Laugh at the milk-sops who call themselves Good because they have no claws with which to cut. Laugh at the lambs who see your strength and call it Evil."_ from Halix, a Giant tribal leader "The Willful" is the term used to self-describe Giants who …

  • Armonija

    _"Music is what cannot be contained in words and we cannot let remain silent."_ -from Rafe the Bard Armonija is the term used to describe the variety of cultural, religious, and philosophical beliefs of the Littlefolk of Pachiomadio. It is, generally …

  • The Astronomer

    1414 ASF-1447 _"The time will rise when research across the years will illuminate that which now lies in the dark. One lifetime, even if devoted to our sky, is not enough for the inquiry of somethine so vast. Only through the birth and death of many …

  • Ascendant Orders

    The following is a list and brief description of some of the Ascendant Orders: Knightly Brothers of The Champion: Shield-Maidens of The Champion: Charitable Sorority of The Maiden: Repentant Sisters of The Dancer: Flagellant Monks of The Dancer: …

  • The Poetess

    1489 ASF-1542 ASF The Poetess, known as Nikola Askew, was born in Khanjivoram. Her father was the first architypographus, or director of printing, for the collegium of the holy isle, giving her access to a wealth of current literature throughout her …

  • Revelatory Opuscule

    Revelatory Opuscules are unique texts produced by the saintly order of [[The Librarian]]. They are generally fantastical poetic works, the content of which is secondary to the illuminated nature of the books themselves. They are lavishly illustrated, and …