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« on: 22 April 2002, 21:22:00 »

The True Vision

Overview
A cult of human demonologists and demon-worshipping clerics. They live on the edge of what everyone knows and are believed by outsiders to be totally insane, though few outsiders know about them. Their main temple is in the mountains near Ximax, though no one is sure exactly where. The demonologists can get training in Ximax, and are feared and respected for their power, so few come to attempt to destroy them.

Appearance
The appearances of the cultists are those of demons. Powerful demonologists who lead the cult, or possibly the High Demon who is believed to have founded the cult, transform parts of them to look like demons, depending on which caste they are placed in.

Coat of Arms
Their CoA is a pair of cat-like eyes with green pupils, under which are the three letters 'TTV' which stand for the cult't name.

Territory
While sometimes cultists strike out on missions, the head temple is in the mountains surrounding Ximax. They keep the location secret, and some believe that it is not even in Sorren, but being near Ximax gives them a place to train and recruit demonologists. The Ximaxians also stay clear, some out of fear or respect for the power of the demonologists of the cult, others because they are simply more open minded.

People
The True Vision is made up of two types. There are the demonologists, recruited from Ximax or sent there to train before coming to the temple for further training. Also there are the clerics, though they have somewhat similar powers to those of the demonologists. Of course, all of the cultists prefer to be refered to as Visionaries.

Housing
While the main temple is in the hills of Ximax, supposedly, no one knows what the inside looks like outside of the Visionaries. Of course, wherever they go they set up temporary temples that look like small tents for worship at the right times. They are made of red cloth, have three walls and a ceiling, one side left open. Inside the hardened eyeball of a senteint species is hung on a central post and worshipped. Of course, which species the eyeball comes from is decided by the individual.

Clothing
Visionaries as a whole wear dark red robes, at least at worship time, though many keep them on always. They also carry around any items they consider to be powerful, whether they are magic and truly powerful or simply a superstitious symbol which comforts the Visionary, like a token from his or her previous life.

Food
The True Vision cult eats a balanced diet of meat and vegetation, though on a certain day their eating habits change drastically. On the day known as the Feast of Souls the Visionaries bring in live people, of any race, and feast upon their vital organs. But this day is known only to the Visionaries and their High Demon master Shavak.

Weapons
The only weapons used by The True Vision are magic and their own transformed bodies. However, it is rare that any but the warrior caste fight, as those are the ones sent out to perform missions of slaughter and destruction, but if ever a cultists is discovered in hostile territory they must defend themselves.

Occupations
Their are four different castes withing the cult, and one other occupation which is served by one person at a time. The four castes are as follows:

Seeker - They are the ones who are given demon characteristics which help them to follow people and gather infomation. Seekers are the shadows which you can't shake in broad daylight, they are the ones who release your secrets to your enemies. Of course, that's only if oppose the Vision. They are also responsible for tracking down possible Visionaries outside of Ximax.

Bringer - Summoners of demons, made up of both demonologists and Visionary clerics alike. Of course the clerics can only summon the types of demons Shavak rules, while the demonologists have a potentially wider range. Whenever Shavak orders a town terrorized, for whatever reason, a Bringer or two will go to set loose a demon to bring down terror on the town. They usually have characteristics which make controlling demons easier.

Warrior - The Warrior caste are given the responsibilty of fighting in Shavak's name, possibly attacking clerics who preach against demons as evil, or people with a reason that, even if they can't discern it, Shavak deems as enemies. They are given the most bodily weapons and terrifying forms, meant for striking fear into the hearts of all those who oppose them.

Leader - The caste of Leaders serve as advisors to the Tchovka, the head priest or priestess of The True Vision, and are often the priests and priestesses who preach in the different worship chambers of the temple. They are given characteristics which are intimidating, but also make them look wise and sage-like. It is also from this caste that the next Tchovka is chosen when the current one dies.

The last occupation is held by only one person at a time:

Tchovka -  Head of The True Vision, usually called the Voice of Shavak. The Tchovka is usually transformed when he or she reaches that position, something that astounds outside demonologists and is believed to be the work of Shavak. They become 3 peds tall with their shoulders 1.5 peds wide, the same as their chest which tapers to 1 ped at the waist. Their entire bodies are layered thickly with muscle and their eyes become very feline, with purple pupils. Hands stay relatively normal, but with claws that usually double the original length of the finger, the same with the feet, but the toe length is usually tripled when the claws form. The body becomes totally devoid of hair and sterile, making it impossible for a Tchovka to have demonic children. The Tchovka wears only the characteristic red robe of the Visionaries and often meditates for hours on end.

Government
The True Vision is run by the High Demon named Shavak. He passes down orders to the Tchovka who in turn passes them on to the cult. Of course, below Shavak are also several different types of demons. The Keslo, Genid, Cek, and Ishiq demons are all ruled by Shavak in his strange world. Only the clerics and demonologists in The True Vision know of these demons, of course, and are the only ones able to summon them.

Festivals
The True Vision observes three festivals.

The Feast of Souls - A day when people are brought into the main dining chamber of the temple, butchered, and their vital organs feasted upon by the Visionaries.

Bloodtide - The day which celebrates when Shavak was first able to contact someone on Sorren, longer after his own world was destroyed and left with only the demons he rules. All meditate for the entire day.

Eve of True Visions - The night when Shavak gives all Visionaries strange, metaphorical vision-dreams. This is what the cult takes it's name from.

History
537 years ago - Shavak contacts Kellan Mestis, human demonologist. Kellan spreads the word to other demonologists and they all gather in the mountains around Ximax and begin constructing a temple as Shavak instructed. Each of the 82 demonologists is sorted into a caste, Kellan becomes the first Tchovka. The Eve of True Visions comes later that year when some start to doubt Shavak's existence.

524 years ago - Kellan, after three days of straight meditation, announces a list of 68 names, the first to be clerics of Shavak. They are a group of clerics who have worshipped demons in general, and are brought to knowledge of the powerful High Demon by a group of leader caste ambassadors. They are brought back to the temple and sorted into castes willingly after the Eve of True Visions.

312 years ago - Tchovka Zis delivers instructions from Shavak for the first Feast of Souls. Some are reluctant to go along, but as they feel the strength of the victims course through their bodies, just as Shavak promised, all accept the gruesome festival.

217 years ago - Visionaries begin celebrating Bloodtide as instructed by Shavak on the Eve of True Visions. This is the only time that all of the Visionaries shared a vision, that of the blood read ocean and the eyes of Shavak hovering in the air.

142 years ago - 275 warrior caste Visionaries descend on a now forgotten island. All on the island believed that demons are truly evil, and were a great threat because of their powerful clerics. Everyone is wiped out, even the roaming clerics that were sent out to spread the message. 123 bringer caste Visionaries come and work together to summon a powerful demon which destroys the island totally, though they live.

79 years ago - A plague, called Zeck's Final Cry, is unleashed by a Virus mage. Zeck Geffir sacraficed himself to create this devistating disease which attacked those who were part or totally demon due to magical changes. Zeck is the only one to ever infiltrate The True Vision, and only Visionaries were killed by the disease. It is wiped out after three weeks, causing a total of 316 deaths, nearly 1/3 of all Visionaries.

32 years ago - Glimpsing Real Darkness, a book by Jake Bennet is released. It details his study of a strange, secretive cult. Though he'd observed little, he had seen a few Visionaries worshipping in their small tents with their disgusting relics. Very few copies are released, and no one believes him. He dies under mysterious conditions 12 days later.

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This is some of the stuff I've been able to dream up lately. I'm not really back, but I decided to put this up before I forgot. I am going to be detailing Shavak and his under-demons, as well as his history and little world.

I do need to know one thing: The current year. That would help a lot, thanks.

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« Reply #1 on: 22 April 2002, 21:57:00 »

Tarquet I like the entry, but I thought there were to no more new races or tribes until the others were done?  

However, I still like the entry.  Though the history is a little fuzzy, dates are kind of off kilter.  Ximax is not one of my expertise and seems to be yours, so I could be all wrong here when it comes to these people.  I see that you forgot to add some requested entry parts.

I will let others who are more versed on Ximax comment before I go any further.

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« Reply #2 on: 23 April 2002, 07:00:00 »

The dates all depend on the current date, which is unknown to me. I thought there were just no new races...

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« Reply #3 on: 29 April 2002, 12:38:00 »

Current date: 1653 b.S.

Will put it up this update. However, this is not a race nor a tribe, but a cult of humans and therefore goes under "People" as do Orders etc.

There are are also 2 things which should be clarified:

a) The "forgotten" isle you speak of.
b) There definitely needs to be done something against this cult! - This is what the Santharian king will say and there should be measures against these demonologists.


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« Reply #4 on: 30 April 2002, 07:06:00 »

People, got it. Thanks for the date.

As for measures, well, why do you think they only have one real temple? I mean, if they could just do whatever, don't you think they'd be a bit more public and widespread?

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« Reply #5 on: 30 April 2002, 14:29:00 »

But this temple should be well hidden and nobody should know exactly about its location. Would suggest that some dates about the king's measures should be added (having a demonlogist cult somewhere nearby is as if you'd allow someone you don't know build a nuclear device without interfering). And the isle name should be added as well.


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