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« on: 05 December 2008, 09:41:07 »

A Rough Sketch of Evathonrhim Religion

Overview:

The Evathonrhim practice a very strict environment based religion that was supposedly re-established many years ago by a Prophet called Quáel'cáo (Bright Child). It is their belief that all current religions of the world are corruptions of the religion of Kái'avá (High One). As such they call their religion, Rčthán'fá'óh (Return of Light).  Worshiped above all else is Kái'avá, the Goddess of Water, the creator of Caelereth and it’s other Gods, and the mother of elves. All seven of their other Gods are seen as servants of the High One.

The Gods:
Énh'Avaía (The Ones)
Kái'avá- The High One is also the Goddess of Water, the creator of Caelereth and it’s other Gods, and the mother of elves.

Efér'avá-The God of fire reigns over the day and manifests in the form of the sun. He is said to be the god of mercy and love. Of all the Gods, he cares most about the hardships suffered by all races.  This may be because he is the guardian of the Íl'drén’fá’coór (Gate of Darkness).  This can be described as hell, but is better described as void. (Will be expounded upon in the beliefs section.)

Avásh'avá- The God of air is ever present, and is considered the carrier of prayers to the High One, as well as the messenger of Kái'avá’s will.

Mód'avá- The Goddess of Earth is the mother of all sentient races except elves, and the only God who demands even close to the amount of love and respect given to Kái'avá. She is also known as the goddess of fertility, and the giver of children.

Énh'ár (The First)
Ár’styáey- The First Elf is known as the father of the elven race, and also the party opposite of Kái'avá in a beautiful yet tragic love story. As the only lover Kái'avá ever had, he is much respected by the Evathonrhim. He is the guardian of nature’s plant and animal life, and the god of all greenery.

Ár'mód'rónn- As the first King of the Earth he is the father of all dwarves and is believed by the followers of Rčthán'fá'óh to be one and the same as the dwarven god: Trum-Baroll. He is believed to be the only true lover of Mód'avá, and as such is the god of mountains and rock.

Ár'eferaní- The closest thing to the personification of evil within the Rčthán'fá'óh religion is this Father of Orcs. It is not fair, however, to call him evil, as he is simply the god of temporal urges and pleasures, and is in fact as much a lover of nature and beauty as anyone else.  All gods are perfect after all, and as such, none can be evil.

Ár'mé'krói- The Father of the Human race is also the god of war.  He does not necessarily delight in war, but he is hot tempered and enjoys the destruction of what is vile. War is of course his tool of destruction.

Notes: There is no Coór in the form of person or God. In the eyes of Rčthán'fá'óh followers, Coór the God, was created as an excuse for ones own sinfulness by corrupt elves. Their idea is that if a God was to fall from perfection he or she would simply cease to be. Coór, to them, is an everlasting darkness that captures one’s soul if he or she lives an evil life. Very few could be said to have lived a truly evil life, and so, very few are ever condemned to an eternal existence of complete darkness.

The Evathonrhim are not ignorant to the existence of other races, but they believe that all other races are results of the cross-breading and evolution of the “Four True Races”.

Belief System:

Creation- In order to explain the creation in the eyes of these elves, we must start with the creation of  Kái'avá herself.  In order to do this I will quote an ancient document said to be written by Quáel'cáo, and translated by Artimidor Federkiel:

“In the beginning of time there was a single star of such immense size as to be indescribable and impossible to understand for mortal minds. This star exploded for some unknown reason, and created the infinite stars that now fill the sky.  At the center of this star were Light, Beauty, and Intelligence.  When the star exploded there was nothing left to contain these entities.  Intelligence feared the loss of its two companions, and thus created a body out of dust from the star, in which all three could dwell. This embodiment was Kái'avá, but Intelligence had not foreseen the consequence of his action. As a result of binding the three into such a small body, the three became one; Kái'avá. The High One was very bored, and out of that boredom she created water. Using water she then created air, then fire, and finally earth.  The combination of all four resulted in Caelereth. 

As happy as she was with her beautiful creation, Kái'avá was very lonely.  She decided to travel the stars in search of others with whom she could share her beautiful world. What she found was an infinite number of spirits wandering around aimlessly.  The High One then picked the three most beautiful and valiant of the spirits and gave them bodies.  As a show of friendship she then gave each dominion over one of her elements. The one given fire was named Efér'avá, the one given air was named Avásh'avá, and the one given earth was named Mód'avá.

For quite some time, the four enjoyed Caelereth and each other, but all longed for something more intimate.  Kái'avá and Mód'avá had grown quite close, and Efér'avá and Avásh'avá had done the same.  The High One then decided to give them characteristics that separated them into two groups, in the hope that this would further the intimacy. Thus; was created the distinction between male and female.  Kái'avá and Mód'avá were female, while the other two were male.  This did not work the way Kái'avá had hoped. While Efér'avá and Avásh'avá did indeed seem to develop further intimacy, Kái'avá and Mód'avá found themselves longing for someone with the male characteristics.  Each tried to seduce one of the male gods, but Efér'avá and Avásh'avá were much more interested in each other.

Rather than be angry with the two, Kái'avá returned to the place of spirits and picked the four best remaining spirits to give male bodies. The one that later became Ár’styáey did indeed fall in love with her, while the other three seemed quite interested in the Earth Goddess.  Ár’styáey convinced the High One that all of the spirits deserved an opportunity to become like them.  Kái'avá found that none of the remaining spirits were yet developed enough to deserve eternal life and power, and thus she developed a plan. In each of her new four she planted the seed for two people of opposite sex.  This seed needed to be developed and nurtured in the wombs of her or Mód'avá.”


I will now greatly condense the rest of this excerpt from the ancient article:

The offspring of Ár’styáey and Kái'avá were elves. While Mód'avá had dwarves with Ár’mód'rónn, orcs with Ár’eferaní, and humans with Ár’mé'krói. Each race was blessed with the ability to reproduce, and each spirit was given the choice as to which race it desired to be born into. New plant and animal life was then created by the Ones to provide sustenance for these mortal peoples, as the previous plant and animal life held not nutritional value, for the gods had no need of food.

Standards- It is taught within this religion that Kái'avá developed a comprehensive and merciful plan for the people to follow in order to obtain Eternal Godliness. It is in the form of the Cár’injčrá (Life Guide). The closest translation of this guide into Tharian is as follows:

First and foremost is that all people who wish to obtain this blessing of eternal prosperity must strive with all of their fiber to obtain as much knowledge of the world as they possibly can.

All must reproduce, for if reproduction stops, souls will have no way of entering this physical world, and with no body, they will be incapable of obtaining Godliness.

It is the responsibility of all to care for the land and her plants and animals.

All blessed children of the Gods are commanded to love all others no matter the racial or otherwise different backgrounds of those people.

The peoples are called to strive together, and to help each other reach the ultimate goal of perfection.

The learned must teach, and the ignorant must learn.

All that is learned of the world must be recorded to the best of ones ability to do so.

The word of a God is all binding.

If called upon to do so a servant of  Kái'avá must give up all worldly desires and possessions, and serve the peoples of the world with all of their might. This is not to say that he or she must participate in free physical labor, but rather, that this chosen one must strive to teach the unknowing and knowledgeable alike, the principles of Light.

If a child does not succeed in obtaining this perfection, and he or she has lived a life that did not consist of evilness, this child will be given as many opportunities as it takes for them to learn the necessary lessons.

Only one who is evil, one who loves murder, or one who has no love in their heart will be cast in to Hélvos’fá’coór. (Exile of Darkness)

Mercy will be given to all who do not let Darkness capture their entire being. So long as there is  a little light in one’s heart, so long as there is a glimmer of hope, so long as there is a small desire to do good, one will avoid Hélvos’fá’coór.

The same is true with Darkness. If one has even the smallest taint of darkness on his or her soul, he or she will not be able to obtain Godliness.

Kái'avá is all merciful. Kái'avá is all loving. Kái'avá is all righteousness. Kái'avá is all knowing. Kái'avá is our creator.  And all other Gods shadow her in perfection.


History:
As with most things, time has corroded much of the truth from the history of this religion, but what can be pieced together gives a somewhat believable account. Then again, the truth may not be so corroded as it seems, for these elves record history as diligently as any other people’s of Caelereth. The ancient tomes of Evathonrhim libraries record the Rčthán'fá'óh history as such:

“The world was in troubled times, and the peoples had forgotten their promises to the Gods.  As a result many leaders of religion around the world had begun to corrupt the truths that had been given since the beginning of time.  For near a thousand years, people thirsty for power had demented the gospel of Kái'avá to the point that there was no longer any form of recognizable truth upon the land.  The Gods ached for the world, as it could no longer offer potential progress to the souls of it’s people.

Because of her boundless mercy and everlasting love, Kái'avá decided to give the world a second chance at redemption.  She searched high and low for the child most worthy of Her calling as the  Quáel'cáo. In Her searches She found one elven orphan who’s heart was as pure as even those of her chosen Gods.  This child had no name, and so Kái'avá sent Avásh'avá to inform this child he was the adopted child of the High One Herself, and that his given name was to ever after be Quáel'cáo.

Quáel'cáo was then carried by the wind to the birth place of all life, and the temporal home of the Gods.  Here he was taught the ancient truths of his peoples and their Gods.  Quáel'cáo was a faithful student who soon understood the many secrets of the world, and as an elf of only 200 years was sent back to his people in the Auturian Woods as a prophet.

For many years he was shunned by the population as a blasphemer, but never did his resolve diminish. Slowly, he won young converts who saw the corruption of their father’s church and the lying deceitfulness of its leaders. Eventually it seemed that each new convert brought with him or her five more that were willing to listen.  Kái'avá’s truth had finally begun to reach the numbers, but the elders had also begun to fear the potency of it’s truths.

After much debate the Elders of the Tethinrhim tribe decided to cast these righteous youth from their midst.  For many years, Quáel'cáo and his followers traveled Southern Sarvonia in search of converts, but the peoples of Caelereth hard hardened their hearts against the truth. 

Avásh'avá brought the message to Quáel'cáo that he and his people were to build a ship and travel north until  Kái'avá had guided them to their new home.  Through their unfailing faithfulness the group built a great ship, the like of which had never been seen in all the world and stocked it with food to last for months.

During their trip north, Kái'avá herself came aboard their ship and taught her faithful servants many secrets of the manipulation of water.  Most importantly she taught them a spell to warm their blood, so that they would never freeze, no matter the depths of cold they traveled in to.  From that point forward the children of the Rčthán'fá'óh followers were born with the hot blood of their blessed fathers. 

Quáel'cáo led his disciples to the northernmost tip of Sarvonia and landed in a blessed place called Iol.  Again, Kái'avá came to Her faithful followers and blessed them with the power to form any thing they so wished from the water they could turn to ice.

Here the people stay to prosper, until the time cometh that Kái'avá calls her children forth to bless the rest of the world with her truth.”


Of course, this history is written by the followers of this religion, and the factuality of it can not be proven.  There are many unbelievers who consider this “Quáel'cáo” the ultimate manipulator of people, and some even call him “The Great Blasphemer”.  No matter the validity of this religion, its followers are steadfast, and its though unbelievers are great in numbers, its believers are great in spirit.

The few fact based documents that can be found validate the existence of an elf orphan who disappeared for some time, and returned with revolutionary ideas. These documents of course villianize this said character, and it gives him no official name. As with all religious factions truth is hard to pin-point, but it can be said with certainty that the Evathonrhim are descendants of the Tethinrhim tribe, just as their documents record.
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« Reply #1 on: 05 December 2008, 19:50:49 »

There are 14 gods in total?
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« Reply #2 on: 06 December 2008, 02:50:00 »

  That was a mistype, but not by much. There are 13 Gods total. Four "Major Gods" and nine "Lesser Gods"  ;)  That sound ok?

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« Reply #3 on: 06 December 2008, 03:20:56 »

So where are the other 9 eh?
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« Reply #4 on: 06 December 2008, 03:38:18 »

It's still a work in progress.  I may have had a change of heart any ways.  How many races are there? Seven?  huh

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« Reply #5 on: 06 December 2008, 04:18:29 »

Well at least 17....But if you intend to create a patron god for each race, then surely you would only need to refer to the races that the Evathonrhim come into contact with....
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« Reply #6 on: 06 December 2008, 12:06:50 »

Er, why do we HAVE a brand-new religion?  Don't all elves believe in Ava?  Where are the cosmology mods?  Talia?   Az?   Philosopher Federkiel? Anyone?

Not that I have problems with the design, I'm just not sure it's necessary to create YET another religion, yet another pantheon, and yet another set of beliefs.  Honestly, who is going to care or remember?

 After all, on this planet we only have five or six main ones - it's the variants and cults and factions and denominations that gives us so much grief.   It would be much more realistic, IMHO, to have these elves believe in a 'denomination' or different version of an existing religion.  For example, 'they believe that Ava is a conscious dreamer, who can be active in the world that she dreams, and thus attempt to propitiate or attract her attention' - or some similar difference which would be viewed as 'heretical' by southern elves... see what I mean?

Especially if you are going to suppose that they believe all existing religions are a variant of theirs, it should be FAR more similar in general outline to the existing, 'canon' religions.  Similar divine functions, names, hierarchy, etc....   (frowns dubiously)
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« Reply #7 on: 07 December 2008, 00:44:37 »

Well I would say that Judy's idea of 'Cults of Ava' does sound more interesting and plausible in an elven context, but Mifer has written quite alot here- is there a way both ideas could mesh as one?

Could the Evathonrhim not see Ava in various guises, in a similar way to perhaps the Holy Trinity? Various relgions in our own world consider the idea of one central power that is divided to they not? Though I'm not a hindu, the concept of the Brahmin Gods (Shiva, Ganesh, Vishnu etc.) all spring from one infinite concept- Brahma? Could a similar idea be applied here?

What if we had The Ava of Light, The Ava of the Elements etc. etc. I'm not all that versed in mainstream religions, so I'm not sure how Ava is generally percieved, but could dissecting and categorising certain facets of Ava (presumably the Infinite) be considered as 'heretical' by other Elves?

And also the passage 'The Evathonrhim are not ignornant to other races', who lives on the Iol peninsula? I dont think you even need to mention men, dwarves and orcs if they don't live anywhere nearby. Religions as organised methods of faith generally mention things only relevant at the time- Looking at the Nybelmarian Faen for instance, their religion has Patron Gods for a variety of local races- but there are no dwarves or orcs etc. because there are none around. Of course the Evathonrhim might KNOW there are other races, is doesn't mean that when their faith was devised there acknowledged their importance (or even their existence).

Depending on who lives on Iol, I think it will probably just suffice to have the creation of the elves mentioned....and in that case, you won't even require a 'special god'.

I hope my input helps,

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« Reply #8 on: 07 December 2008, 05:20:18 »

  Alright! I'm going to try and explain my reasoning (or lack there of  :P) to both of you.  I have not yet gotten to the history section, and in this section I hope to bring all of this together.  I hope to have the Evathonrhim having come from another area completely, perhaps even far to the South.  Maybe Autourian Woods? Anyways; they will have left their original home as a result of Religious persecution.(Much the same as the early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or even early American pilgrims.)

 This persecution would have come as a result of their "corrupted theological  ideas", which in many ways conflict with or even directly contradict  the Avarian belief system.  How many Christian sects are there in our world?  Way too many to count.  Some of these differ from each other so much that to each others members the other sect is not even considered Christian. e.g. Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons.  This is only Christianity, and we all know that there are many other religions in our world. 

In ancient, or even medieval times there were even more religious factions through out the world. Some of them were practiced be such small groups, and in such small geological areas, that their ideas seemed outrageous to the majority of other populations. To say that such a religious idea as the one I have put forth here so far is not realistic is quite untrue.  A man with a gift for words is capable of leading large groups of people from beliefs that may have been rooted in their family’s histories for centuries.  Why then could not this profit have done the same thing?

I would also mention to Deci that the reason I included humans, dwarves, and orcs in this theology was because I fully intend to have these elves descend from a land where they would be forced to recognize the significance of these other races.  Besides, one of the main goals of this religion is to win converts.  What better way is there to win converts than to have them recorded in your religious texts as equals. 

Please just let me tie this together with the history section, and if it still does not make sense, I'll be more than willing to accept help in making it more 'realistic'.  ;)

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« Reply #9 on: 07 December 2008, 05:39:29 »

I'm wiling to wait for the complete piece :D
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« Reply #10 on: 09 December 2008, 04:52:33 »

Ok, I'm ready for comments now.  I hope I at least have a good start.
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« Reply #11 on: 09 December 2008, 07:09:18 »

Miés'efér, have I welcomed you already? I'm not here often anymore. I was the former Cosmology Mod and with Azhira very busy recently as well I will give you some advice.

I have only skimmed over your submission, but I see quite a few problems there. I have not the time to do it now in detail, but want to point you at some posts of interest.

Then - I don't want to scare you away, but if I remember right, have you not been advised not to start developing these elves unless you are a bit more experienced? And religion is an important part of a tribe, belongs to it. I'm only saying this, because we experienced already quite some trouble with newbies, who started too demanding submissions.
Then, should not have the tribe a clear concept before you think about religion? at least this should go hand in hand. A religion would well qualify as a masterwork, but is not really something a beginner should start with. Write down your ideas, but don't workout the concept yet.

As Judy said -why another fairly new and independent religion? I see the word Ava, but not much more. I know, the icetribes have lost the Santharian gods as well, but we don't need to repeat this, the elves area race which lives much longer and will remember better.

OK, now the links:

You are proposing following:
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I have not yet gotten to the history section, and in this section I hope to bring all of this together.  I hope to have the Evathonrhim having come from another area completely, perhaps even far to the South.  Maybe Autourian Woods? Anyways; they will have left their original home as a result of Religious persecution.

You can't introduce this so easily, you need to follow the main migration sheme we build some time ago, but which is due to the lack of time not yet on the site. Please, look at this thread:

OK, I'M going to set some links now, but that will take some time ;)


1. The migration of all races.

Though it is only an elven myth, we have taken the idea of the "Tree of Live" as a "fact" and said, that the cradle of all races was somewhere in middle Sarvonia, in the center of the world. From there the races spread after the "Burning of the Tree" . Later on a very great center arose which was  THE ANCIENT ELVEN EMPIRE OF FÁ'ÁV'CÁL'ÂR, from there your elves migrated up to the north.

This event occured quite early in history, before 12 000 bS. It could have been a difference in believe. There could have been a new prophet whic told them to believe something different. But it should somehow show the roots, somehow. You have to take into consideration, that 14000 years a a long time. They won't know Hobbits, may not have seen a dwarf. So you need to take that into consideration.

Have a look at the migration tables here


2. Templates, restrictions

I know, this is only a rouhg sketch, but even a rough sketch should have the major points already present.

Have you thoroughly read how to do a religion entry? You should read nearly all what is written in this thread : GUIDE TO SANTHARIAN COSMOLOGY, MYTH AND RELIGIONS DEVELOPMENT, especially what concerns religion - the template, the exemplary entries.

There you can find as well, that it is recommended for masterwork and up. For your sake, not to hinder you somehow.

3. Cosmology

Cosmology is partly in the flow again due to various reasons. What is on the site regarding the moon may be wrong, I haven*'t looked .

So, just for your information: Take into account, that the sun moves away from the disk and comes back (winter-summer) with all consequences. The moon CIRCLES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DISK, a great idea Art had some day (before it was just a reflection of the sun in the void). So, depending on how the mon moves and how big it is, it might be much more important than the far away sun.

I hope I have not discouraged you, but I think you need to know tis stuff. I'll have a closer look at what you have already tomorrow.
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« Reply #12 on: 09 December 2008, 09:32:20 »

I have a place and two plant entries that all involve the Ice Elves, and in the place entry I have alluded to Gods.  It was suggested to me by Deci, that it would be a good idea to label which Gods I was talking about, and also that it might be interesting to have a separate theology for these elves to follow. Arti also suggested that I sketch a rough outline for this religion before i went any further.  I am aware of the regulations set forth to help keep us newbies on the right page, but there is no need to worry about chasing me off. 

This is not an all-out religion entry. It is an idea that needs to be well established in its basic form before any other entries potentially involving it are continued.  The entry in it's entirety will be quite a bit more detailed and will include all of the following: 

Overview
I have already included much of what is needed in this area, but if you disagree I'll be happy to give it more work.


Prevalence
I also think that I have done quite well describing the prevalence of this religion.


Belief Outlines
I have a very rough start on this section (though I labeled it differently), and as I am not trying to go all out yet, I think I have a good enough start.

Origins
Again, there is a lot more to be included here, but this is just an OUTLINE!


Gods Overview
Yet again, I have a lot of detail missing from this section, but that is because I am not yet trying to create an all out Religion entry.


Worshipping Practices
I haven't really touched this at all yet, because I think that it is important for me to have a better understanding of these Ice Elves and their culture before I delve into this all important inclusion of a religion entry.

What I have now is not even close to the detailed entry called for by this outline. This is because I know that it is not my place to create entries of such high importance quite yet.  I am only doing as Arti suggested, by creating a very rough outline of the religious beliefs. If I have over stepped my boundaries then feel free to delete my entry, and I will continue to work on the smaller things. I am not easily discouraged, so feel free to criticize any thing I do, but I am quickly developing an understanding of this world and I hope to soon be given the free reign to at least try my hand on these bigger projects.

Thank you Talia for your time, and I am sorry for any mis-communication as a result of my entry or it's title. I hope I didn't step on any toes here!  ;)
 
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« Reply #13 on: 09 December 2008, 13:18:35 »

Hi Mifer!

My apologies for not being around as much...these last few months have been super busy for me, which is rare for me, oddly enough.

I am Azhira, the current Cosmology moderator. I see that Talia has already covered the basics for you and I'll leave you to her wise advice and counsel. Be assured that I am still around and will be looking over this as well in the coming days.

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« Reply #14 on: 09 December 2008, 22:43:53 »

Mifer, it would just have been easier for me if you would have filled in part of the template. And if hese are just your notes for a future submission, than it is ok as well. Now that I have read your forest entry I feel a bit more comfortable ;)

A note before I quickly go over your ideas (hey, i wanted to complete my Hobit meals!): We like new things, but they have to grow out of what we have already, they should be not entirely new, as if a spaceship has fallen from the sky and a totally new culture evolved. But I will see now what you have.  No spellcheck


Overview:
The Evathonrhim practice a very strict environment based religion that was supposedly re-established many years ago by a Prophet called Quáel'cáo (Bright Child).
That many years ago is a bit vague.. I would assume, that the religion of these elves changed slowly while they had to deal with their new environement, there may have been a prophet who dared to change it. But what about those who would n't want to follow? Maybe you have even two different sections? Apart from that - when rouhgly did this happen? Only recently? Then surely not all have been converted. How was the religion looking before this prophet appeared?
It is their belief that all current religions of the world are corruptions of the religion of Kái'avá (High One). As such they call their religion, Rčthán'fá'óh (Return of Light).  Worshiped above all else is Kái'avá, the Goddess of Water, the creator of Caelereth and it’s other Gods, and the mother of elves. All seven of their other Gods are seen as servants of the High One.

This corruption thing is a bit hard, you have to convince me... why should they have divided themselves so harshly?

The Gods:
Énh’Avá (The Ones)
Kái'avá- The High One is also the Goddess of Water, the creator of Caelereth and it’s other Gods, and the mother of elves.

Efér'avá-The God of fire reigns over the day and manifests in the form of the sun. He is said to be the god of mercy and love. Of all the Gods, he cares most about the hardships suffered by all races.  This may be because he is the guardian of the Íl'drén’fá’coór (Gate of Darkness).  This can be described as hell, but is better described as void. (Will be expounded upon in the beliefs section.)

Avásh'avá- The God of air is ever present, and is considered the carrier of prayers to the High One, as well as the messenger of Kái'avá’s will.

Mód'avá- The Goddess of Earth is the mother of all sentient races except elves, and the only God who demands even close to the amount of love and respect given to Kái'avá. She is also known as the goddess of fertility, and the giver of children.

Énh’ár (The First)
Ár’styáey- The First Elf is known as the father of the elven race, and also the party opposite of Kái'avá in a beautiful yet tragic love story. As the only lover Kái'avá ever had, he is much respected by the Evathonrhim. He is the guardian of nature’s plant and animal life, and the god of all greenery.

Ár’mód'rónn- As the first King of the Earth he is the father of all dwarves and is believed by the followers of Rčthán'fá'óh to be one and the same as the dwarven god: Trum-Baroll. He is believed to be the only true lover of Mód'avá, and as such is the god of mountains and rock.

Ár’eferaní- The closest thing to the personification of evil within the Rčthán'fá'óh religion is this Father of Orcs. It is not fair, however, to call him evil, as he is simply the god of temporal urges and pleasures, and is in fact as much a lover of nature and beauty as anyone else.  All gods are perfect after all, and as such, none can be evil.

Ár’mé'krói- The Father of the Human race is also the god of war.  He does not necessarily delight in war, but he is hot tempered and enjoys the destruction of what is vile. War is of course his tool of destruction.

There comes my critique - and what I mentioned above, that new ideas come in without a reason. Why should they have given up their old gods and invented different new ones? Was it a prophet who just said he had dreamed it this way? --Boring..
I would find it much better, if you think about WHY they abandonned some of the old gods, why Ava transformed in a water goddess apart from creating the world (after all, you don't have this much water around) Is it, becasue water is rare? Or should it be better a goddess of ice and snow mainly (including water ). What gods do they not need any longer? Etc.. And see my comment about the sun and moon.


Notes: There is no Coór in the form of person or God. In the eyes of Rčthán'fá'óh followers, Coór the God, was created as an excuse for ones own sinfulness by corrupt elves. Their idea is that if a God was to fall from perfection he or she would simply cease to be. Coór, to them, is an everlasting darkness that captures one’s soul if he or she lives an evil life. Very few could be said to have lived a truly evil life, and so, very few are ever condemned to an eternal existence of complete darkness.

That is quite nice!

The Evathonrhim are not ignorant to the existence of other races, but they believe that all other races are results of the cross-breading and evolution of the “Four True Races”.

Why? And why would they bother with not muhc contact to other races, main or not? People develope only things they need an explanation for. And your elves are for 14000 years nowup there without much contact to the smaller races.

Belief System:

Creation- In order to explain the creation in the eyes of these elves, we must start with the creation of  Kái'avá herself.  In order to do this I will quote an ancient document said to be written by Quáel'cáo, and translated by Artimidor Federkiel:

“In the beginning of time there was a single star of such immense size as to be indescribable and impossible to understand for mortal minds. This star exploded for some unknown reason, and created the infinite stars that now fill the sky.  At the center of this star were Light, Beauty, and Intelligence.  When the star exploded there was nothing left to contain these entities.  Intelligence feared the loss of its two companions, and thus created a body out of dust from the star, in which all three could dwell. This embodiment was Kái'avá, but Intelligence had not foreseen the consequence of his action. As a result of binding the three into such a small body, the three became one; Kái'avá. The High One was very bored, and out of that boredom she created water. Using water she then created air, then fire, and finally earth.  The combination of all four resulted in Caelereth.

As happy as she was with her beautiful creation, Kái'avá was very lonely.  She decided to travel the stars in search of others with whom she could share her beautiful world. What she found was an infinite number of spirits wandering around aimlessly.  The High One then picked the three most beautiful and valiant of the spirits and gave them bodies.  As a show of friendship she then gave each dominion over one of her elements. The one given fire was named Efér'avá, the one given air was named Avásh'avá, and the one given earth was named Mód'avá.

For quite some time, the four enjoyed Caelereth and each other, but all longed for something more intimate.  Kái'avá and Mód'avá had grown quite close, and Efér'avá and Avásh'avá had done the same.  The High One then decided to give them characteristics that separated them into two groups, in the hope that this would further the intimacy. Thus; was created the distinction between male and female.  Kái'avá and Mód'avá were female, while the other two were male.  This did not work the way Kái'avá had hoped. While Efér'avá and Avásh'avá did indeed seem to develop further intimacy, Kái'avá and Mód'avá found themselves longing for someone with the male characteristics.  Each tried to seduce one of the male gods, but Efér'avá and Avásh'avá were much more interested in each other.

Rather than be angry with the two, Kái'avá returned to the place of spirits and picked the four best remaining spirits to give male bodies. The one that later became Ár’styáey did indeed fall in love with her, while the other three seemed quite interested in the Earth Goddess.  Ár’styáey convinced the High One that all of the spirits deserved an opportunity to become like them.  Kái'avá found that none of the remaining spirits were yet developed enough to deserve eternal life and power, and thus she developed a plan. In each of her new four she planted the seed for two people of opposite sex.  This seed needed to be developed and nurtured in the wombs of her or Mód'avá.”

I will now greatly condense the rest of this excerpt from the ancient article:

The offspring of Ár’styáey and Kái'avá were elves. While Mód'avá had dwarves with Ár’mód'rónn, orcs with Ár’eferaní, and humans with Ár’mé'krói. Each race was blessed with the ability to reproduce, and each spirit was given the choice as to which race it desired to be born into. New plant and animal life was then created by the Ones to provide sustenance for these mortal peoples, as the previous plant and animal life held not nutritional value, for the gods had no need of food.

Standards- It is taught within this religion that Kái'avá developed a comprehensive and merciful plan for the people to follow in order to obtain Eternal Godliness. It is in the form of the Cár’injčrá (Life Guide). The closest translation of this guide into Tharian is as follows:

First and foremost is that all people who wish to obtain this blessing of eternal prosperity must strive with all of their fiber to obtain as much knowledge of the world as they possibly can.

All must reproduce, for if reproduction stops, souls will have no way of entering this physical world, and with no body, they will be incapable of obtaining Godliness.

It is the responsibility of all to care for the land and her plants and animals.

All blessed children of the Gods are commanded to love all others no matter the racial or otherwise different backgrounds of those people.

The peoples are called to strive together, and to help each other reach the ultimate goal of perfection.

The learned must teach, and the ignorant must learn.

All that is learned of the world must be recorded to the best of ones ability to do so.

The word of a God is all binding.

If called upon to do so a servant of  Kái'avá must give up all worldly desires and possessions, and serve the peoples of the world with all of their might. This is not to say that he or she must participate in free physical labor, but rather, that this chosen one must strive to teach the unknowing and knowledgeable alike, the principles of Light.

If a child does not succeed in obtaining this perfection, and he or she has lived a life that did not consist of evilness, this child will be given as many opportunities as it takes for them to learn the necessary lessons.

Only one who is evil, one who loves murder, or one who has no love in their heart will be cast in to Hélvos’fá’coór. (Exile of Darkness)

Mercy will be given to all who do not let Darkness capture their entire being. So long as there is  a little light in one’s heart, so long as there is a glimmer of hope, so long as there is a small desire to do good, one will avoid Hélvos’fá’coór.

The same is true with Darkness. If one has even the smallest taint of darkness on his or her soul, he or she will not be able to obtain Godliness.

Kái'avá is all merciful. Kái'avá is all loving. Kái'avá is all righteousness. Kái'avá is all knowing. Kái'avá is our creator.  And all other Gods shadow her in perfection.

Quite nice, but it is coming a bit out of nowhere. I would prefer to have sme remnants of thebold belief somehow still around.

History:
As with most things, time has corroded much of the truth from the history of this religion, but what can be pieced together gives a somewhat believable account. Then again, the truth may not be so corroded as it seems, for these elves record history as diligently as any other people’s of Caelereth. The ancient tomes of Evathonrhim libraries record the Rčthán'fá'óh history as such:

“The world was in troubled times, and the peoples had forgotten their promises to the Gods.  As a result many leaders of religion around the world had begun to corrupt the truths that had been given since the beginning of time.  For near a thousand years, people thirsty for power had demented the gospel of Kái'avá to the point that there was no longer any form of recognizable truth upon the land.  The Gods ached for the world, as it could no longer offer potential progress to the souls of it’s people.

Because of her boundless mercy and everlasting love, Kái'avá decided to give the world a second chance at redemption.  She searched high and low for the child most worthy of Her calling as the  Quáel'cáo. In Her searches She found one elven orphan who’s heart was as pure as even those of her chosen Gods.  This child had no name, and so Kái'avá sent Avásh'avá to inform this child he was the adopted child of the High One Herself, and that his given name was to ever after be Quáel'cáo.

Quáel'cáo was then carried by the wind to the birth place of all life, and the temporal home of the Gods.  Here he was taught the ancient truths of his peoples and their Gods.  Quáel'cáo was a faithful student who soon understood the many secrets of the world, and as an elf of only 200 years was sent back to his people in the Auturian Woods as a prophet.

For many years he was shunned by the population as a blasphemer, but never did his resolve diminish. Slowly, he won young converts who saw the corruption of their father’s church and the lying deceitfulness of its leaders. Eventually it seemed that each new convert brought with him or her five more that were willing to listen.  Kái'avá’s truth had finally begun to reach the numbers, but the elders had also begun to fear the potency of it’s truths.

After much debate the Elders of the Tethinrhim tribe decided to cast these righteous youth from their midst.  For many years, Quáel'cáo and his followers traveled Southern Sarvonia in search of converts, but the peoples of Caelereth hard hardened their hearts against the truth.

Avásh'avá brought the message to Quáel'cáo that he and his people were to build a ship and travel north until  Kái'avá had guided them to their new home.  Through their unfailing faithfulness the group built a great ship, the like of which had never been seen in all the world and stocked it with food to last for months.

During their trip north, Kái'avá herself came aboard their ship and taught her faithful servants many secrets of the manipulation of water.  Most importantly she taught them a spell to warm their blood, so that they would never freeze, no matter the depths of cold they traveled in to.  From that point forward the children of the Rčthán'fá'óh followers were born with the hot blood of their blessed fathers.

Quáel'cáo led his disciples to the northernmost tip of Sarvonia and landed in a blessed place called Iol.  Again, Kái'avá came to Her faithful followers and blessed them with the power to form any thing they so wished from the water they could turn to ice.

Here the people stay to prosper, until the time cometh that Kái'avá calls her children forth to bless the rest of the world with her truth.”

Of course, this history is written by the followers of this religion, and the factuality of it can not be proven.  There are many unbelievers who consider this “Quáel'cáo” the ultimate manipulator of people, and some even call him “The Great Blasphemer”.  No matter the validity of this religion, its followers are steadfast, and its though unbelievers are great in numbers, its believers are great in spirit.

The few fact based documents that can be found validate the existence of an elf orphan who disappeared for some time, and returned with revolutionary ideas. These documents of course villianize this said character, and it gives him no official name. As with all religious factions truth is hard to pin-point, but it can be said with certainty that the Evathonrhim are descendants of the Tethinrhim tribe, just as their documents record.

I did not read the rest, just one question. Have you taken the "year of Darkness" into account? it is always good for changes ;)

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The Vardýnnian Atonement
It is said that the Burning God, Foiros, finally hears the bidings of the human priests begging for the help of the gods to finish the torment of the dragons: At the end of the Caelerethian year the burning orb of the sun descends below the world and returns not before one year has passed, so that a deadly coldness afflicts dragons and humans alike. Many dragons and humans fail to survive this so-called Vardýnnian Atonement in the Year of Darkness.
Allocations: Erpheronian Men ("Proudmen"); Sarvonia, South
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