Phoenicia

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The most prominent religion in Breasail. The religion is based around their deity, the Phoenix, who goes through cycles of death and rebirth. Their belief is that all life stems from the flames of of the Phoenix as he is reborn. The Phoenix is said to be in an endless battle with his opposite, the Dragon. The Dragon is said to win their battle at the end of each new age, only for the Phoenix to rise up in the new age and start the battle once more. They believe that there will one age will end with the Phoenix finally defeating the Dragon in a final battle which will result in an unending age of peace and prosperity.

Many believe that they are living in the final age since according to their legends the Dragon himself was imprisoned in the demon’s realm by four of the most devout followers of the Phoenix circa 2500 years ago. This was the beginning of the Age of Imprisonment which where the notation A. I. for the year comes from. Demons are believed to be the thoughts of the Dragon himself and he plot his escape and how to end his eternal foe for once and for all time, to bring about an age of eternal discord.

The Phoenix Church is headed up by the Four Devout. Called so in respect to the four that began the Age of Imprisonment. Beneath each is a Divine Cleric, who handles all of the day to day tasks of the Devout they serve. Beneath the Divine Cleric is a variety of mid clerics who run the church in various capacities, and below them are the low clerics who run the churches and interact with the public.

For the Phoenicians the symbol of the flame is very important. Each Phoenician Church has a torch lit with the flames of the Great Phoenix Temple. The flames in the temple are believed to be from the Phoenix  itself which allow the prayers and wishes of its worshipers to strengthen their deity for the final battle.

Worshipers of the Phoenix believe that when they die they return to the Phoenix so long as they were faithful. They remain a part of the Phoenix until it is reborn in a new age, when they will be born again. Those that believe this is the Final Age also believe they will be reborn once more in an unending age of peace and prosperity. They also believe they will gain true immortality since the Dragon will no longer cause their deity to die.

Those who are not faithful to the Phoenix have their flames fade and are cast into eternal darkness alongside the Dragon. They believe the Dragon reaches into the world to try to stifle the flames of men so that he may have Cold Souls to fight with him in the final battle.

 

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