Isn't there a maximum of 25?
Oelasthiriasi is the largest sect of Protacism in the Isles as around (insert number)% of the Protacist population belong to the sect. It was established in Athara Magarat in 176 C.E. after the Vendriothos Schism.
The conquest of Aragonus the Great and the subsequent subjugation of Vendriothos, modern-day Athara Magarat, saw Protacism take root in Argus. The very first Protacist temple in Vendriothos, the Ategon, was the home of the Goddess of Animals and Beasts, the goddess Ateia. However, due to indirect rule by Corinthus and the loose conversion policies, Protacism in Vendriothos began to change and adopt local beliefs. This would eventually lead to the Vendriothos Schism in 176 B.C.E. when the Elaugoros of Ateia, Lenia Alifiras, proclaimed Oelasthiriasi to be a separate sect of Protacism. This would lead to violence and riots in Corinthusi Vendriothos that would only end in the Unaris Decree that recognized the independence of Oelasthiriasi as a separate sect.
During the Khas-Kirat Empire, Oelasthiriasi spread throughout the Western Isles and eventually surpassed Conservative and Secular Protacism in its number of adherents. Because of this, then Ithoraugoros Vencentis Alius Thermonis, united the temple of Ateia and Oelasthiriasi as one temple on July 18, 1923, which granted Oelasthiriasi a seat in the Human Council. This was known as the Ateia Decree.
Oelasthiriasi means ďpeople of the same ideaĒ in Roendavarian, reflecting its history of similarities and differences with Protacism. While Oelasthiriasi functions as a separate religion, it is regarded as a sect of Protacism due to their similar beliefs, rather, with different interpretations.
Adherents of Oelasthiriasi believe in the concept of Vargas, spirit animals that are tasked as guardians or protectors of people, places, and even countries. This belief stemmed from (1) local beliefs in Athara Magarat before the Corinthusi invasion, (2) the designation of the goddess of animals and beasts, Ateia, as the regionís goddess, thus, reinforcing the belief that animals hold power, and (3) the tradition of attaching mythological and religious beliefs in a place which evolved into the belief that certain lands are independent.
Oelasthiriasi believe in the existence of the gods but not the Immortalinae. Oelasthiriasi functions as a polytheistic religion that involves the direct worship of the divine rather than the other sects of Protacism which shun direct worship. The Oelasthiriasiae do not believe in the Immortalinae as the role of the Immortalinae were transferred to the Vargas, making them obsolete.
Oelasthiriasi believe that the gods can exist in both natural and artificial objects, which go against the Protacist belief that only natural objects can hold souls. This is why the Oelasthiriasi has shrines, statues, figurines, and paintings that serve religious functions. They also believe and follow the practice of Kumari, or preteen girls believed to be personifications of higher Vargas. This stemmed from their reverence of the preteen goddess Ateia.
While Oelasthiriasi follow the same pantheon as other Protacist sects, they are known in different names and are worshipped differently. The Oelasthiriasi are henotheistic, meaning that some groups prefer to worship and favor certain gods over one another. The difference in their practice and the practice of the Folk/Unorthodox Protacists is that they still identify as a single religion.
A particular common theme in the various sects of Oelasthiriasi are the Vargas; spirit animals tasked with guarding an individual, a particular location or even nations. Some polytheists consider Higher Vargas and Great Beasts to be animal forms of their deities while monotheists consider all of these said Vargas and deities to be different forms of the one and only God Varga. Both Magarati and foreign scholars agree that the concept of assigning Higher Vargas to Great Beasts to nations is derived from the Protacist practice of designation new lands they encountered as realms inhabited by exotic mythical races.
The four categories of the Vargas are:
Atma Varga or Personal Varga - Each person has his or her own Varga; who is usually the reincarnation of a distant ancestor or in some cases, that of a lost family or friend. In the past, a person's Varga used to be his or her recurring visions of a particular animal at the age of twelve. Those who were unfortunate to not the get the visions were helped by shamans with special medicinal herbs to induce the visions at their thirteenth birthday. Since 1996 in Athara Magarat, that is no longer the case and thirteen year old children take part in the Species Entrustment Examination (SEE) to determine their Varga; which can be anything from a common rodent like chuchu or Ipachi rat to uncommon animals such as Kirati eagle or Yak Maruwa hornet.
Chhetra Varga or Higher Varga - When explorers and conquerors from the Khas-Kirat Empire went on their travels, they found that the Isles possessed many small islands. Thus came the reasoning that each of these islands must have a unique Varga that is rare in other islands. Higher Varga are also associated as guardians of villages or cities or even a particular region. Usually, only shamans, priestesses, hangs or individuals of authority could channel a Higher Varga such as a Chuli leopard or Highland goat.
Great Varga or Great Beasts - The Great Vargas are beasts with god-like powers. The Khas-Kiratis then positioned themselves as followers of the great Yellow Dragon and started assigning Great Vargas to almost each and every culture or civilization they encountered. Great Vargas were often national heroes who reincarnated into these mighty beasts. The Yellow Dragon was reincarnation of Srijunga Hang, the founder of the Khas-Kirat Empire. The Great Varga of a nation could change with time. The Yellow Dragon of the Khas-Kirat Empire (914 - 1918) has been replaced by the White Tigress.
God Varga - God Varga is the lord of all Vargas and the one who spawned the 50 or 60 Great Vargas. Each Khas-Kirati tribe or Reformed Mundhum sect has differing opinion on what exactly the God Varga is. Yumaists will say that God Varga is their supreme mother goddess Yuma whereas Mastoists will say the God Varga is the eternal energy Masto and so on. The Kisan tribe will say that the God Varga is the World Tree whereas the Four Kham peoples will argue that the God Varga is actually the First Human who utilized all of her magic in giving life to the Great Vargas and so on. There are also those who believe that all deities and Vargas are just different forms of the God Varga.
Subhagi the White Tigress
Subhagi is believed to the reincarnation of Khas-Kirati Eastern War's hero Su Hangma; who is nowadays considered the Greatest Athara Magarati despite having born in Xrevaro and served the Khas-Kirat Empire mostly on frontier wars. Su Hangma had said at her deathbed that she had seen too much war and wished to return once again in a time of peace. Her status as the country's Great Varga began in 1996 after the reunification of former Empire of Magarat core territories as a new country called the Athara Magarati Federation of Hangates. Despite Subhagi's recent origins, White Tigresses are quite ancient to Khas-Kirati myths.
Subhagi and the White Tigresses mentioned in Khas-Kirati myths before her were most likely inspired by the Chuli Leopard.
«riv literally comes from the Doman word for crow. When Khas-Kirati invaders came to Domanania, they noticed that the locals venerated the crow with military ranks including the bird in the symbols and festivals celebrating its presence. This was because Tqm (pronounced as: Dah-yah-mah) the goddess of war shape-shifted into a crow to start the First War. Like the Doman war goddess, «riv the Great Varga is associated with trickery and as an omen of war.
«riv was most likely inspired by the Doman crow.
When the Nine Gyarong Gun of the Khas-Kirat Empire invaded the Tabajara Empire in 1122, they were amazed by the skills of the Jaekarť warriors, who could reportedly decapitate a horse with one swing of their ArapuŠ. Khas-Kirati legends state that Yakecan Taba, the last Emperor of the Tabajara, reincarnated as the Great Sea Beast Drag„o after his death.
Drag„o seems to have been based upon the Karť Crocodile.
Jarayo the Ancient Deer of Life
When the Khas-Kirat Empire reestablished contact with Roendavar in late 10th Century, they were mesmerized by the country's dense forests and ancient buildings merging nature and grand works of architecture.
Despite the name, the Ancient Deer of Life seems to resemble the Gael Antelope; which were once common throughout the Gael subcontinent in the past but are an endangered species now.
When Khas-Kiratis came to Xrevaro, they saw the great care Xrevarans took in taking care of bees not only in hives but in the wild as well. That, along with the Festival of the Bee which takes place in the spring, and the symbolic attachment of bees to goddess Sesit, "Mother of Man" and "Queen of the Heavens" in Heyķva religion, got Sevķ the Giant Bee assigned as Xrevaro's Great Varga.
Sevķ's design takes inspiration from the Xrevaran bee but on a much more gigantic scale.
Another common theme among various sects of Oelasthiriasi are the "Kumaris"; preteen girls who are believed to be the vessels of Higher Vargas. While each town has its own Kumari who never speak in public and are supposed to be emotionless; the High Kumari of Athara Magarat, said to be the living vessel of the nation's Great Beast White Tigress, is seen as the unifying figurehead in Oelasthiriasi akin to Catholic Popes or Muslim Caliphs; despite her role being highly restrictive and many sects refusing to revere Kumaris. Marrying the High Kumari of Vendriothos (the former name of this title) was one of the ways "gain prestige" in the race to become Mahang. However, only hangs from outer hangates were allowed to marry the High Kumari. Though not confirmed publicly, retired Kumaris supposedly earn 5 million USD. (TBD started from the Sotar Sect that worshipped Aklia as a living goddess).
Though Oelasthiriasi is a diverse system of thought with beliefs spanning monotheism, polytheism, panentheism, pantheism, pandeism, monism, and atheism among others; it is often referred to as henotheistic (involving devotion to a single god while accepting the existence of others) as there is an established pantheon. Different sects worship a different deity from the pantheon as the supreme god whereas polytheists tend to worship certain deities depending on the circumstance.
Goddess of Light. "Yuma", an Eastern Kirati word meaning "Grandmother" is the Oelasthiriasi term for "Alvici". Since feminine names mostly end with -a, Alvici was called "Alvicia" in Vendriothos and shortened as "Alva". Over the centuries, Eastern Kirati tribes started using the more familiar word Yuma instead of Alva.
The followers of Yuma are known as Yumaists and they are a monotheistic sect that worship her as the supreme mother goddess (and all other deities as various versions of herself). Members of her sect tend to follow matrilineal marriage systems. Among the hundreds of sects that make up the Oelasthiriasi, the Yumaists are by far the largest in terms of followers and spread through nations as diverse as Alteran Republics, Noronica, Shanzie, Vancouvia, Wellsia and others.
God of Earth. According to the Chepangs (a Central Kirati people who make up the majority in Eastern Chatha, Western Chatha and San Montagnan Chatha), Gaidu the Great is their ancestor. He is said to be the son of the sun god Aita Bare (Helirios) and earth goddess Bhumi (Maravi); while also being the brother to another earth deity Namrung. Like his mother and brother, Gaidu was also associated with the earth element. However, he was easily recognizable from other deities by his thick battle armor and a horn sticking out of his forehead.
Despite being said to be a pacifist, he would often join wars of his followers. In later myths, he was depicted using spears and hammers in combat. The Church of Gaidu is henotheist and they only worship him while also acknowledging the existence other dieties.
Gaidu and his brother Namrung are one of the few gods who do not have a non-Oelasthiriasi counterpart in either the Arveimonaiae ("High Gods") or the Arveirenoiae ("Low Gods"). Thus, both Magarati and foreign scholars agree that Gaidu was probably a real life warrior who was later on deified by his people.
God of War. "Paru" is the Oelasthiriasi term for "Ronus"; which became "Roop" or "Arup" in Vendriothos before finally settling to the modern name which has the title Hang ("Leader"). He is one of the few deities in the Oelasthiriasi pantheon without an exclusive sect of his own. He is mostly depicted as a barely clothed warrior armed with a trident and close friends with Same, the Snake God.
However, there is no accurate description of Paru Hang. His skin has been said to be blue, yellow or white by different sources. Sometimes he is shown with just two arms whereas in other times, he is said to have eight arms. His role is not fixed. Some sources mention him directly leading armies into battle whereas other sources say he is above taking sides and instead sends the Great Beasts under him to whoever requests assistance.
The legends also have it that Paru Hang was the one who taught martial arts to humans. These stories mention Paru Hang as a wandering ascetic in human form who teaches a new martial arts style to every new person he meets.
The Goddess of the Seven Seas of the East (Argean, Eterna, Kavju, Nova, Far Nova, Southern and Lotus as well as many other minors seas such as Karnali, Mechi, Gatadpatigan and so on). Her non-Oelasthiriasi counterpart in the Arveirenoiae ("Low Gods") is "Saricu". Most of her followers are Kumals, a Western Kirati tribe who have brought her worship to their new homeland in Almorea. Regardless of their sect, most Oelasthiriasiae tend to worship Same before embarking on a sea voyage.
The Same worshiped as a tribal deity by the Kumals was a gender-less serpent and associated only with the Karnali Sea. In later myths, Same was made a goddess to provide example of male-female platonic friendship that she has with Paru Hang. Some newer myths also claim that she was actually the first student of the God of War. These later stories also assign war as a secondary attribute to her. She is mentioned as being the commander of the Great Beasts when Paru Hang is unavailable. With progression of time, Same has been depicted more and more as attractive half-woman half-snake deity than a gigantic serpent.
God of Life.
God of Lakes.
Goddess of Earth.
God of Sun.
Goddess of Fortune.
What you have focused on so far are beliefs, but beliefs are only a small portion of a religion. Ritual, practice and mores are more important. How does a believer view right and wrong? How do they affirm their faith on a regular basis? Where and how do they worship? When, including regular services and/or holidays, do they practice? How do they view and practice prayer? What visible actions or rituals are involved in their day to day lives? Are there dress codes? Codes of conduct? Who founded the religion, if anyone? What scripture do they have? How do different sects interact? How deep does sectarianism run? What is the history of the faith? How do they interact with believers of other faiths? What does a priesthood look like? What rules are there regarding that? What are the major defining events in a believers life (baptism? Pilgrimage? Special rites?)?
What do you guys think of this pantheon? Too many war gods?
A modern 2 in 1 bullpup, chambering both 6.5◊39 mm Caseless and .50 BW Caseless.
Enabling infantries to pose a threat not only for infantry, but also armored targets.
The M24 (known internally as the FR10EP or Field Rifle 2010 Enhanced Firepower), is a Scantarbian selective-fire assault rifle and part of the M2X series produced by Malik Armaments that's primarily chambered to fire caseless 6.5◊39mm ammunition. What makes M24 different from the rest of the series is the existence of an under-barrel anti-materiel rifle module that is designed to fire specialized caseless .50 BW rounds. The rifle can reach a fire rate of 895 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 900 m/s with its 30-round caseless 6.5◊39mm ammunition. The M24 accept accessories on all three of its rails; top, side, and under-barrel (located beneath the AMR module) and can mount attachments onto its muzzle as well. The most unique feature of the M24 is its anti-materiel rifle module. Fed from 10 round box magazines, this component grants the operator the ability to disable lightly armored vehicles and possibly even damage exposed components of armored vehicles (e.g. optics) with several well-placed shots. In Scantarbia, the weapon finds common use within special operatives, especially the Orion Teams.
Mass: 3.38 kg
Length: 508 mm
Cartridge: 6.5◊39 mm Caseless (main), .50 BW Caseless (AMR module)
Rate of Fire: 895 RPM
Muzzle Velocity: 900 m/s (6.5◊39 mm Caseless), 620 m/s (.50 BW Caseless)
Feed System: 30-round box magazine (6.5◊39 mm Caseless), 10-round box magazine (.50 BW Caseless)
Sights: Iron sights and Picatinny rail for various optical sights
Cost: $ 3,200
Operators: Scantarbia, Athara Magarat, The Aziran Islands
Grab yourself a new gun folks!
A modern lightweight bullpup rifle, chambering 6.5◊39 mm Caseless ammuniton.
Lightweight, reliable, low recoil. Standard isssue of Scantarbian Millitary.
The M20 (known internally as the FR10 or Field Rifle 2010), is a Scantarbian selective-fire assault rifle and the baseline of the M2X series produced by Malik Armaments that's designed to fire caseless 6.5◊39mm ammunition. The rifle and its subsequent series is the result of the Firearms 2035 program initiated by the Scantarbian Armed Forces to fulfill future warfare needs. Production on the rifle began in 2010. The weapon loads from a 30-round box magazine and can reach a fire rate of 895 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 900 m/s. The M20 accepts accessories on its top and bottom and can mount attachments onto its muzzle as well. The rifle is commonly seen among the ranks of Scantarbian Armed Forces as it is the standard issue for all Scantarbian Armed Forces personnel.
Mass: 2.82 kg
Length: 508 mm
Cartridge: 6.5◊39 mm Caseless
Rate of Fire: 895 RPM
Muzzle Velocity: 900 m/s
Feed System: 30-round box magazine
Sights: Iron sights and Picatinny rail for various optical sights
Cost: $ 2,000
Operators: Scantarbia, Athara Magarat
Why have one when you can have two!
(TG/DM me if you want to purchase any of my items)
Vancouvia, you asked for this. Happy now, Lord Protector?
What the heck is a Gurung film?
The term Gurung film refers to any movie made in Tamu Kyi, a Western Kirati language. Note that Gurung films are not the only films from the Athara Magarati Federation of Hangates. It is just that barely 20 "other Magarati films" are released every year whereas anywhere between 60 to 90 Gurung films are made at the same time. In general, other Magarati films are mostly in Nyssic (sometimes Doman and if it is any other national language of the federation; high chances that you are just watching a documentary made either by students or the Magarati government) tend to be "realist" and "anti-war" (leading to jokes about how Magarati movies other than Gurung films are just depressive and unimaginative anti-war rant-filled government-sponsored documentaries which will make you insane). On the other hand, Gurung films are often family-friendly movies with fantasy elements and "optimist" messages than just providing anti-war monologues. Most Gurung films are have less than an hour run-time and are part of a series. And every Gurung film must contain at least one song (mostly opening songs but some tend to have an ending song as well).
How did this start?
As mentioned before, there are "other Magarati films". The first film screened in the then Khas-Kirat Empire was the Noronican movie TBD in 189X. The first film made in the Magarat region itself was the Yakthung Paan language movie Yuma ("Grandmother", 1905) from Hangate of Arun Valley. It was an adaptation of the novel Your Wars (written by pacifist Sang Bokhim), setting in the immediate aftermath of the First Central Argus War and was heavily anti-war; a trait still seen in most "other Magarati films" still today. Over the next few years, other hangates also started making their own films until the outbreak of the War of the Khas-Kirati Succession in 1911 (also known as the Third Central Argus War, Great Gael War or War of the Contested Throne).
In 1918, war in Argus came to an end (although the actual peace treaty would be signed two years later). The Noronnican prince/ss TBD was crowned the Mahang and s/he disbanded the Khas-Kirat Empire; replacing it with the Magarati Dominion under Nyssic crown. Though Nyssic had long been used as a lingua franca within the Khas-Kirat Empire, it was now the official language of the Magarati Dominion and every single movie made in Magarat was now in Nyssic. After the dissolution of the Magarati Dominion and establishment of the Empire of Magarat under Temur Buduja; the Magarati cinema suffered even worse. The rate of films being made sharply dropped and the few that were produced were merely just propaganda.
In 1945, the Invasion of Magarat by the Free Powers began and Almorea was tasked with occupying the Second Tamuwan Hangate. Unlike other Free Powers that severely limited and controlled local media to curb "Magarati nationalism" in their occupation zones, the Almoreans exposed the Tamuwanis to their films to introduce "Almorean concepts of democracy and freedom". And that was it. The Tamuwanis became hooked into Almorean films. Even after Second Tamuwan Hangate joined the communist People's Republic of Chuli around the 70s, most Tamuwani families would be watching Almorean movies after dinner or during other free time; a practice that has now been ingrained into local Tamuwani culture. Influenced by Almorean and Marian (from Dragao do Mar) films; several Tamuwanis started to make what would later be known as "Gurung films".
Are there any notable Gurung films?
Cafe Lho - A 2013 movie that has now become a cult classic of sort. Unlike most other family-friendly Gurung films, Cafe Lho is full of graphic sex and violent deaths. The plot has 12 people trapped in a cafe during a storm as they are all murdered one by one. Rita Paljai Pachyu, who played the mysterious Tipper lady, won TBDXrevaro? award. Best not to talk about its 2015 prequel that ended up being a huge disappointment (and a franchise killer as many claim).
Varga Wars - TBD
I Date Demons - The I Date Demons is a series of three light comedy films about a heavenly spirit who has reincarnated as a high school girl in order to arrest incubus-like demons. Its more serious spin-off Naraka, about the half-demon son of the titular character, is more well-known in other countries.
School Battles - Two schools. Constant fights. TBDblahblah
Ummn...yeah. All you blue guys are nations I have not invaded. I am a disgrace calling myself an empire when more than half of the stuff is not under my grasp.
If you would like to, you know, discuss history, so that I can be that middleman who connects everyone's history to one another...
(This is my super lame attempt to try to grab more clay...)
You tried to invade me. It just didn't work out.
An invasion would be unlikely although maybe a small war. I'm also thinking of some general political instability, the 'immigrant' family could come back from Athara Margarat and institute some tension.
I assume just 100 or so confused Magarati rookies landed in middle of nowhere in Miklania and were rounded within an hour sort of thing?
The south of Luxembourg has just been hit by some sort of tornado; normally that never happens.
It was a larger invasion as I recall our previous conversations. We can discuss that over TG if you want.