The Kyrian Confession has its roots in ancient Manachem
theology and draws upon such sources as Kreska and Haismora for its own
philosophical roots. Confessionalism took root in Manachem lands some time in
the 4th century after the Founding. It spread to southern Khorassis
by means of Manachite trade routes and preachers. Unlike the very insular
Manachemic Faith, the Faith of Kyria (the word means Principle in Spyran) was
welcoming to converts. In the year 412, the Prophet Calomanis declared himself
in Temeth Ai and began openly vying for converts from among the Spyran and
Khorassin population. At the same time, Manachem Anchorites founded the
monastery at Bagahn and efforts were made to translate the Maroetic Texts into
Spyran—this work would finally be accomplished only in the 7th
century by Origentus of Bagahn.
The core tenants of the Kyrian Confession are similar to
those of the Manachi faith. Confessionals recognize the existence of all other
gods in the world but name them, like the drakei
of old, false idols. In Manachi they are called halakhim and in Spyran daimoni,
but both mean the same thing: spirit.
According to the Maroetic Texts, the world is a sort of delusion: a necessary
emanation of the Divine Principle. For the Divine Principle was the First
Cause, being One and Utterly Simple, but necessity caused the concept of
Oneness to fracture—for it was both One and Thought, Whole and Unified, the
Chiefest Light. This inevitably led to the rise of the second principle,
Action, and the third, Matter. These lesser Lights diffused the unity of the
One and thus was the World of Suffering Born.
Daimoni are said
to be these lesser Lights, obsessed with the World of Suffering and intent on
keeping the poor souls of men imprisoned there. The Confession teaches that
reaching for intellectual purity will allow those who die to ascend from the
World of Suffering to the World of Forms. There they must wait for the time of
the final battle, when the World of Forms may overtake the daimoni and release those trapped in the World of Suffering and all
may return to the One.
PIETY GAIN TABLE
PRAYER [20%/1PP] Kyrians are encouraged to pray and meditate on their own
time to help attune them to the World of Forms and, beyond that, the Divine
Principle. If this prayer is done in a temple, there is a 30% chance of piety
FASTING [60%/2PP] One
roll is made at the end of each full day of fasting, which cannot include any
other activity except prayer and sleep. The chance of accrual increases by 5%
for each successive day. The maximum chance is 95%. Fasting castigates the body
and brings the spirit closer to the World of Forms.
The Confession of grave sins may result in their alleviation. Part of Confessional
Kyrianism details the forgiveness of the Divine through his agents, the
prelacy. Ordained prelates must hear confession for it to count (else it is
merely a prayer).
DAILY MASS [30%/2PP] Daily
mass in the Faith is held at sunrise and sunset each day and lasts for thirty
minutes. Services may be attended by anyone.
MONTHLY LOW MASS
[60%/2PP] The monthly low mass is called the Day of Mourning and attendance
at monthly low mass is expected from most laity. There are no daily masses on
HIGH MASS [80%/3PP] This
type of prelacy-only mass may be performed by a prelate once a month, at the
FEAST OF SOULS
[90%/5PP] The first day of each year is the Feast of Souls, when the
Confession celebrates the Divinity’s granting of intelligence to each and every
higher soul. It lasts all day, and is accompanied by food granted by the local
OTHER FEAST DAYS
[30%/2PP] The various listed feasts of the Confession are also chances to
gain piety, but only if the penitent attends the religious portions of the
[90%/3PP] If the temple specifically requests the services of a penitent to
do something (whatever it may be: the establishment of a safe place for the
bones of a saint, or the defeat of someone in a lawsuit standing against the
temple), this will trigger a temple service roll.
[90%/variable] Donations are made by lords and laity alike for the care of
souls. Donations of less than 20d are usually rewarded with 1 piety. Any
donation above 20d should be calculated individually based on the hardship it
presents to the giver and what exactly is being given. Land is generally worth
quite a bit of piety, as are repairs to the temple fabric or material to build with.
[95%/variable] Feasible targets include Kingsbrook Temple, Clerkenwall
Spyra, Bagahn, and other such holy sites. The distance of the pilgrimage will
affect the number of piety points gained.
Base chance: -50%
Piety may only increase the chance of intervention to a
maximum of 25%.
OTHER USES OF KYRIAN
50 piety may be spent to gain a +10% bonus on a single
combat skill when facing a pagan, heathen, or heretic.
100 points of piety may be spent to gain a +5% bonus on all
rolls during a single combat against any pagan, heathen, or heretic foes.
50 piety may be spent to gain a +5% bonus on any one roll.
For each 50 piety spent during a mental conflict with a
daimon, the penitent may gain a +10% bonus on their check. These points must be
spent BEFORE the roll is made.
Voi Int Aur
Skills: Drawing 2, Mathematics 3, Law 3, Heraldry 3, Second
Language 2, Second Script/70+SB, Astrology 1
Teachings of the
Where did the world come from?
In the beginning, there was only the Light. This was the
Divine Principal, which suffused all places and things. The Divinity was
thought, and thought itself. From the form of this Principal there inevitably
sprang a second: the Darkness or Shadow, which is the Principal of Being and
Becoming. Thus, was the world created by the natural emanations of the
Divinity. The One was made into the Many, and contaminated by Action rather
The Void was given Mass, which obeyed the Form of the
Divinity. Some of the Forms took on Being from the Darkness, and they became
the Daimoni, the false gods of the now-created world.
The Three Worlds
The Confession recognizes three worlds, based on the
Manachite vision of the universe. There is the World of Sorrows, which is our
world of gross matter. There is the World of Forms, which is where the Daimoni
dwell and the world from whence sorcerers draw their power. There is, lastly,
the World to Come, which is undivided union with the Divinity.
When a body perishes, its soul (its form), returns to the
World of Forms. It may thence be devoured by a daimon, making them stronger.
Perhaps strong enough to challenge the Divinity itself! But if they are
Faithful, their pure thought will carry them on winged steps through the
daimoni and to the World to Come.
Daimoni exist throughout the World. They are evil spirits
that seek to mislead, trick, and tie mankind to the World of Sorrows. They
convince us to reproduce, to fight, and to be bound to earthly pleasure. Some
of them are powerful enough to masquerade as gods.
Sorcerers are guilty of a deep and abiding sin. They tie
themselves to the World of Sorrows by manipulating the World of Forms for their
own ends. They are, in a very real sense, usurping the position of the Divine.
Their brilliant souls draw daimoni to them like moths to a flame. When they
die, their souls are consumed by the daimoni… or they become new daimoni
themselves, if they have done great evil.
Sorcerers may be moral people, but their sin is
unforgiveable in the eyes of the Divine.
Disputes of Canon Law are decided by great Conclaves of the
western Metropolitans and Archprelates in meeting with the Divine Hieros. There
are consistory courts throughout the Temple controlled lands, where violations
of canon law are treated. New decretals must come from the Hieros or the
Conclave in full regalia.
What of the other Faiths?
The Manachem are
our ancestors, and their faith is akin to ours. They are mistaken about a great
many things, but their thinkers are wise and their people are well accepted
The Rûmiloi are a
dangerous and awful heresy born from their Manachite brothers. If they weren’t so
powerful, we would exterminate them.
The Skraeling Gods and
the native gods of Wyranth are daimoni. Their worship must be discouraged,
undermined, and exterminated so the Confession can rule the West and prevent
more from becoming food to the false gods.
The Father of Fire
is a strange faith that should be suppressed.
CIRCLES OF COMMAND
II – canon cleric
III – prelate
IV – master prelate
V – archprelate, lord prelate
VI – metropolitan, Eastern archprelate
VII – Hieros
The Hieros, the Divine Light
The Church Elders
The Conclave (Eastern Metropolitans and Archprelates)
High Prelate (primate)
The Chief Prelate or Master Prelate
The Canon Clergy or Teachers
ATTIRE Teachers wear black robes. All prelates wear white robes trimmed with gold.
Monks and nuns wear roughspun. Archprelates wear whatever they desire.