TIME TABLE OF THE MARI CULT OF FIRE

YEARS 3.525 B.S. - 298 B.S.

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About the Mari Cult of Fire
verpopulated with commoners, the Cult of Fire has always been the most popular sect for worshippers of Mari, the  Murmillion of Goddess of Dreams and Hope. The members view Mari as an eerie, red headed woman, with wings made of flame. Being one of the largest cults, about half of their people inhabit the immense Drak in Dasans, while the other half lives in the southern section of the Burning Mountains that provide the region its name. Lava flows down the rocks; this cult has settled in a place that all of the others have deemed inhospitable, yet they continue to thrive there, having found that the destructive nature of the volcanoes is made up for by the lush, fertile soil that remains after the occasional eruption.

One of the very first cults established, around the same period of time as the Arkhaeon's Guild, House Pheronn, the original noble family, has provided the Kunran of the sect since the founding. They are certainly one of the most influential cults, as their massive numbers allow them to delegate a lot of representatives when choosing the king, and they almost always set up trusted members as his advisors.
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THE ERA OF MYTHS
(YEARS 4.300 B.S. - 3.170 B.S.)
3525 b.S. The Rise of the Cult of Fire
During these years the majority of the Cults of Mari are founded, including the notorious Arkhaeon's Guild. A man with a dream, Pheronn Kunran founds a noble household, and settles himself in a comfotable drak in the capital city. One night, while scribbling in his glyphic language, a page of his notes falls into the fire. Devastated, as they are licked up by the greedy flames, he quickly pulls the burning sheet out, and stamps out the scalding tongues. Although what he has written is contorted, the singe marks on the paper have formed the shape of two glyphs, or so it is told: The Glyph of Fire and the Glyph of Dreams, linked together by the curls of a flourish, immediately give Pheronn the idea that he has just been given a divine message, and begins garnering follows for the fiery version of Mari.
  

3199 b.S. The Reign of Theodunn
Although the Cult of Fire has already been growing in popularity, due to commoners simply fancying the depiction of Mari, the rise of a celebrity from their own ranks only heightenes this social status. Although his being the youngest of all Captains of the Drakkars has originally made him very famous, his (and the Cult's) popularity reaches their culmination when he is put on to the throne, the first member of the Cult of Fire to be made king. It seems that a deluge of valuable members joins during this era, and the Cut flourishes.

THE CURRENT AGE
(YEARS 2.970 B.S. - 1.667 A.S.)
2224 b.S. The Founding of Flaynna
After many centuries, the group continues to expand, while new cults form, but none have overtaken the massive numbers of the Cult of Fire. Their personal drak has been under close quarters for many years, but eventually they can stand it no longer.

As a result, the leader at the time, Lhinras Kunran, leads an expedition with half the cult behind him, while appointing a temporary leader to rule the remaining people. After wandering for many months, they finally witness great rivers of fire flowing down rocks, and see the holy element as a sign from Mari that this is their new home. It takes them a while to adapt to the ways of life in the valley, but eventually they construct a fine settlement, which they name Flaynna. From then on, the Kunrans move back and forth between Dasans and Flaynna, every half year.
  

ca. 2200 b.S.
to 1800 b.S.
Rare Metals and Stones Discovered
At this point in time the Murmillions are at the peak of their power, and control much land outside of the small peninsula which is the center of their home. The Cult of Fire, too, culminates, especially when they discover several rare gemstones and metals within the slopes of the volcanoes that surround their home. Mithril, amber, and opals are found all in abundance, however the first mentioned quickly runs out due to its popularity. Amber and opal, however, can still be found in the mountains today.
  

1793 b.S. Transported to Lhindal
The Murmillions originally had their cults living in their own drak within the capital of Dasans, and a few of the larger cults having some members in other cities. When the city of Lhindal is founded in 1793, all cults are forced to relocate in the city, and build their temple there, making it an immense religious center. Some tensions spark between opposing cultures that have been forced to live in the same city, but it makes the Murmillions more connected as a people. However, it also detracts from the wide range of resources that have once been available to them, as the Cult of Fire can no longer harvest their ores and gems, due to their new territory.
  

648 b.S. Brutal Losses and the Scattering
During the invasion threat from the Santerrans, the Cult has commissioned at least one quarter of their entire army to be sent to the king to fend their borders, only for the entire force to be mercilessly mauled. When Asthalon the Black finally fights his way to Menemronn's ancient throne in the heart of the Murmillion capital, Dasans, the Cult no longer holds back any men, sending their entire army in conjunction with those of the other various sects to usurp the foreign leader. After attempting to remove the ruler from the throne for one and a half years, they finally remove the man from power, regaining the Murmillion capital. Nearly three quarters of the Cult's soldiers are lost in the vicious war, but in the end they receive compensation for their heavy losses. The next king that the council of representatives from the various cults selects is a famed general from the Cult of Fire, giving the Cult even greater influence in royal decisions.

Although the Murmillions have successfully regained their capital, their border has receeded to include the Silver Forest, just north of the Moon Hills, and back onto the Ehebion Peninsula, all of the way to the Burning Mountains. The City of Lhindal, where all of the cults have long thrived together, are being taken when the Oberion Thaleseth is, and thus all of the cults return to the capital, and the larger ones reclaim their personal cities. The plethora of resources that the distant cities collected was recovered, and they aren't quite as crowded into one city. Most members of the Cult of Fire are much happier to return to their original way of life, and have a great animosity towards the 'Fallen Families' in the Cult of Santerran Mari.
  

298 b.S.
to 1.668
Holding Steady
At the beginning of this era armies to the south make a pact against the Murmillions and the Korweynites, but the Murmillion are obstinate in not allowing their borders to recede past Oberion Thaleseth. The mountain range provides them with excellent fortification against the onslaught, because their treacherous terrain makes it extremely difficult to march an army through quickly and unscathed. The King sends out a plea to help defend Dasans, the capital, and its two bridges with their roads, the only safe entrance to the peninsula. In the end, they are successful in holding the border.

The Cult of Fire hsd risked the greatest amount of soldiers (and civilians) in the attack, suffering the heaviest losses of all the cults, but in the end they benefit once more. After securing the border, and ensuring that it has enough defenses to not waver past the Moon Hills mountain range, the sect has become renowned as one of the favourite cults of the majority of the Murmillion people, due to their reinforcements saving the war effort numerous times, and their numbers of members are quickly replenished. The border remains in the same place to this day, with the Cult of Fire providing whatever forces are needed to prevent the threat to their lands.

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 Date of last edit 3rd Awakening Earth 1673 a.S.

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