Breizh Unionism

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Breizh Unionism
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Religion
Pronunciation Bray-tz Union-ism
Origins Conclave of Alstyr
Deities
The Everwatcher Supreme Being, and 7 God Emperors/Empresses, and the Weard
Subsects
None

Breizh Unionism is a distinct religious dogma that differs from the main Regalian branch of Unionism following the adoption of Unionism into the Breizh Weard faith. As such, technically Breizh Unionism is a syncretic faith, however due to the vast similarities and lack of opposition between Unionism and Breizh Weard, it cannot truthfully be called a syncretic faith, as the Breizh Weard faith ceased to exist following the creation of Breizh Unionism. Breizh Unionism is only followed by a majority of Breizh and a minority of Anglians, and on the total population of the Regalian Archipelago is one of the smallest Unionist groups. That being said Breizh Unionism has had a profound effect on general Unionist symbolism, and Breizh Unionist religious officials also have extended civil and military rights that other Religious Communities do not possess in Regalia.

Origins

Breizh Unionism finds its origins in the earliest days of the Regalian Empire, when the Breizh armies supported the Five Family Rebellion, along with the Solvaan mercenaries and the native armies of Anglia, destroying the Regalian Kingdom and founding the Regalian Empire. Both the Breizh and Solvaan armies had religious opposition to the pagan Ailor who founded the Empire, but both also had their own distinct reasons to aid. While the Solvaan role was mostly political, the Breizh actually had a religious reason to get involved, as it was said that many of their Weard appeared to the petty Brenin (a type of minor despot in Kintyr) and proclaimed the divine purpose of Theomar’s rebellion, and for the Breizh people to aid. It was not obvious yet at this stage that Theomar intended to proclaim a new religion once the Empire was founded, though many Breizh claim that they were aware of something momentous to come in the future.

When the Regalian Empire was founded and the Breizh kingdoms were some of the first states to voluntarily join, they initially resisted converting to Unionism, even as Theomar proclaimed The Creed. The Breizh were proud of their original faith, and as much as the Weard had requested they aid Theomar, they did not explicitly demand that the Breizh should adopt Theomar’s faith. Attempts were made to convert them, but the Emperor was always auspiciously quiet about the matter. This changed around 40 AC when Emperor Theomar toured the Kintyr Kingdoms for an extended period of time. Officially, Theomar only visited the Brenin to receive their formal vassalage, however this is also where the Breizh and Empire-wide history diverges. While there is no evidence to the fact, Breizh historians claim that Theomar visited the graves of all the Weard, and caused apparitions of their souls to appear, with them kneeling to him, and the Everwatcher to which he was the vessel. This supposedly caused an extended debate among the Breizh Weard Seers, which took almost 10 years to mature into what would eventually become the Conclave of Alstyr in 50 AC, where the Seers (priests) of Breizh Weard came together and formally adopted the merger of Unionist principles into the Breizh Weard faith, though it is more accurate to say they converted to Unionism and then merely adopted the Breizh Weard as a sub-deiety of Unionism. From here, the population mass-converted in a matter of years, and the Breizh have remained Breizh Unionist ever since.

Beliefs

In all ways and customs, Breizh Unionism adopts the beliefs of standard Unionist dogma, though with a few differences. Firstly Godsparks are acknowledged by Breizh Unionism, but they come in two forms in their belief system. Firstly there are the Godsparks of purpose, which eventually produce the Heroes, though the Breizh Unionists mostly ignore Heroes as they believe them to be too irrelevant. Secondly there are the Godsparks of means, which can produce the Weard of Breizh Unionism. Weard can best be described as empowered individuals who possess some kind of Holy Magic granted by the Everwatcher or the God Emperors and Empresses, which sets them above all others as some kind of super-Ailor (it only applies to Ailor). The Weard then grow up as normal people, but struggle to control these powers for good, and are expected to eventually achieve some sort of legendary feat that causes them to ascend to demi-godhood. While ascension is expected and implied, many of the Weard do not ever ascend or “fall” to vice and sin. Weard that ascend are just called Weard, where-as those who have not yet ascended are called Hedyn. Those who have failed to ascend and died before achieving anything, or fall to vice and sin are called Pechod and are tainted. The Hedyn have a special role in society and are given some leeway on simple matters like local law or food (they often receive food offerings from the faithful) they are largely expected to complete their own journey and all trials on it. Weard are worshiped, usually having a shrine or temple dedicated to them (Breizh Unionists still pilgrimage to the God Emperors and Empresses Arch-Temples, but Temples in Kintyr are only dedicated to the Weard). Pechod are shunned and cursed, especially those that are still alive are outcast from society and become untouchables. The journey of achieving one’s full potential is a very important concept of Breizh Unionism, and the journey of the Hedyn to achieve greatness is a recurring theme in even the lives of common Breizh people, drawing inspiration from their trials and victories. It is also important to note that Breizh Unionism is very pro-Magic. Most Magic is considered a gift from the Everwatcher, but one that should still be controlled and constrained to prevent sinful behavior (such as using Magic to oppress others). Most Mages are sent to Wards of Fae Order to be properly taught, and magical Artifacts are taken and secured behind locks and bars.

Divine Beings

Weards

It is most important to understand that the Breizh Unionists do not consider the Weard hierarchically above the God Emperors or Empresses. The Everwatcher is still praised and prayed to, as are the God Emperors and Empresses. The Weard are however prayed to more, not because they are superior to the other divine beings in the hierarchy, but because their more mortal existence is more relatable to the Breizh people, and more applicable to daily life. The Weard are held to a higher position than the Heroes of Unionism however, which are generally ignored by the Breizh people in favor of focusing their attention on the Weard. The Weard are acknowledged as Heroes in the other Unionist dogmas, a point of contention for the Breizh as they wish for the Weard to be acknowledged as superior to Heroes who never had any Everwatcher blessed powers.

Aderyn, Herald of the Gods

Aderyn also called Herald of the Gods is the Weard that speaks the most with Seers and gives them visions of possible futures and words of divine intent. Aderyn was a female Breizh who was the first recorded Breizhwoman to become Weard after she united the Breizh Kingdoms several centuries before the Regalian Empire against a series of unknown invaders. Even if her Kingdom dissolved after her death, the feats of protecting her homeland mean she is remembered as the Herald, speaking for the divine entities that watch over Kintyr. Aderyn is praised when visions or words of the Weard are heard and spoken.

Betrys, Maiden of Arms

Betrys also called the Maiden of Arms is the Weard that was known for legendary combat. She was the bodyguard of Brenin Ermydis of Evantyr. Betrys protected the castle of her Brenin by herself against an army of 2000 soldiers, and managed to hold them back from a siege entirely single-handedly as all other protectors had betrayed and abandoned Brenin Ermydis. Betrys is remembered as the most glorious Breizh warrior that ever existed with proficiency in nearly all weapons to a high degree. Betrys’s name is invoked as a prayer before battle to give strength of arms and skill of weapons.

Hyledd, Champion of the Charge

Hyledd also called Champion of the Charge was the Weard who led the Breizh soldiers in their support of the Five Family Rebellion, and was there to lead the charge against the Regalian King’s last stronghold, creating a breach in the enemy walls by herself and holding the region open long enough for the armies to break through before she expired. Hyledd is remembered as one of the greatest commanders of the Breizh people, and an example of commanding sacrifice that leads to ultimate victory in battle. Hyledd’s name is invoked by generals and commanders of the Breizh people before battle to give clarity and control.

Rhiannon, Lady of Victory

Rhiannon also called the Lady of Victory was the Weard who is said to have defeated a thousand duelist champions until she was tricked by a thief and poisoned with a simple dagger. Rhiannon is remembered specifically because of her undying virtue and purity, but also exceptional honor and fairness in combat. She is equally however remembered as an eternal vigil against those who would employ dirty tactics. Rhiannon’s name is invoked when the Breizh Unionists are exposed to something rotten, evil, or sinful, as a kind of “by god” or “oh my god” response, so say “By Rhiannon’s Honor”.

Delvere, Watcher of Darkness

Delvere also called Watcher of Darkness, was a Weard who travelled from north Kintyr to south Kintyr to rally the armies against a foreign invasion, and then led the army personally back up where she defeated a host five times hers, though she was captured and tortured to death later. Delvere is remembered and praised particularly by Breizh guards as to always be watchful and vigilant, and to have the stamina to last the dark night for the peace that morning brings. Delvere’s name is invoked when the Breizh Unionists seek fortitude and endurance.

Delyth, Gatekeeper of the End

Delyth also called Gatekeeper of the End, was a Weard who created a pocket dimension in which she hid the population of the city of Clasfyrd when it was under attack by some demonic force that threatened to wipe it out. She single handedly saved thousands of souls, and therefore she is remembered as a merciful and compassionate Weard who chose life over glory in battle. Delyth’s name is invoked when the Breizh Unionists seek the willpower to help others or to overcome impossible odds.

Eurigfair, Vanquisher of Pestilence

Eurigfair also called the Vanquisher of Pestilence supposedly had healing hands with which he traveled the Kintyr lands and cured the people of the Green Curse disease that ravaged the lands many decades before the rise of the Regalian Empire. Eurigfair went from city to city, traveling all the lands and healing all the city while also setting up houses of healing and teaching others to tend to the sickly. Eurigfair expired from exhaustion when his epic feat was done, but he was remembered for saving countless lives through due diligence. Eurigfair’s name is often called forth when tending to the ill and wounded, as a prayer for their good health.

Bauron, Might of Coltyr

Bauron also called Might of Coltyr, was a giant of a man, rumored to have been twice the size of any normal Ailor at the time. He was inhumanly strong, being remembered for using his wings to fly up to a volcano that was about to explode and holding back the pumice and rocks blasted up into the air by punching them back down into the volcano as they came up. Bauron’s actions saved the city of Valstertun that sat downstream from the volcano, saving the people from the deadly hailfire of chunks of mountains. Bauron’s name is invoked by the Breizh Unionists when they are about to undergo a task that requires lots of energy and strength, as if to make Bauron work through their arms and legs.

Tyredd, Fisher of the South Sea

Tyredd also called Fisher of the South Sea, was an excellent fisher who used his wings to dive deep into the ocean and catch fat fish with which he fed starving villages during the Skagger Wars. Tyredd also supposedly defeated the legendary beast Tarmygg that terrorized the frozen oceans between Kintyr and Drixagh, though it is still debated in the modern era whether this was an actual beast or a ship filled with mercenaries led by a warlord named Tarmygg. Tyredd’s name is invoked for charity and generosity, as well as to thank a host for a feast, or to praise a host for being hospitable.

Macabanath, Architect of Mountains

Macabanath also called Architect of Mountains is the Weard who developed some of the most ingenious defensive structure plans. He planned and singlehandedly constructed the fortress of Evernac high in the mountains near Alstyr in a span of 10 years that has never fallen to a besieging foe despite being attacked over a dozen times. This castle is rumored to also have legendary defensive mechanisms that have never yet been activated as no enemy has ever breached the inner sanctums of this legendary bastion. Most castles that the Breizh produce are smaller imitations of Macabanath’s work. Macabanath’s name is invoked when the Breizh Unionists see something impressive, or witness a great feat of skill performed by someone else.

Community

  • Structure: There is no such thing as Breizh Unionist Celeries (in fact the process of Celerial appointment is not permitted in Kintyr). Rather, the priests of Breizh Unionism are the so called Weard Seers, those who have either received visions of Weard, or can “see the souls of others and the dead”. Seers must always be Ailor, but can be either gender. Very few Seers exist at any given time, meaning that individual Seers control large segments of Breizh society. This is generally not a problem, as the Breizh are pious but not overly worshiping, meaning that they do believe firmly but rarely need a priest to administer their worship or social services, and leave the Seers in conclave with the Weard and the Everwatcher, occasionally visiting them in their shrines as Oracles.
  • Leadership: The Weard Seers don’t have a formal hierarchy, but there is one Seer who is settled in the Imperial Palace, who acts as the Grand Seer, and the main contact point between the Seers and the Emperor. The Weard Seers don’t formally acknowledge other Unionist hierarchies, but are subject to the Emperor.
  • Morality: Breizh Unionist Morality adopts standard Unionist Morality.
  • Gender and Sexuality: Breizh Unionist Gender and Sexuality deviates a bit from the standard Unionist norm in that it incorporates some Velheim principles. Individuals may marry without intent to reproduce ever, and bigamy is accepted. On the flip side however, binary gender understandings are enforced by the Breizh religious Community while also being apathetic to whether a couple is same-sex or opposite-sex.
  • Syncretism: Breizh Unionism does not permit syncretism with any other Religion as the acknowledgement of the Weard as semi-divine goes against other Religions.

Priestly Activities

Weard Seers primarily spend their days in so called Conclave with the Weard, attempting to incite visions through rituals. Weard Seers are extremely rare (requiring a Special Permission to play), and often also seek out prospect Weard Seers when they hear of some child receiving visions of the Weard in some remote village. Older Weard Seers train younger Seers, though they are mostly absent from society as they spend their time away in prayer or meditation. The only real contact the Weard Seers have with the common people are the pilgrimages to the Oracles done by Breizh Unionists, who visit them in the hopes of receiving words of encouragement or precognition from the Souls of the Weard.

Trivia

  • Many of the Weard supposedly had purple irises when they were still alive, but this is hard to confirm since the Breizh Unionists only produce white or gray colored statues of them.
  • There are several Weard across the world in the modern era, most of them adventurers. Many of them are also part of the Wards of Fae Order, with the decorated Fae Mage-Knights being some of them.
  • Shunned Weard appear to have a penchant for debauchery and self gratification, their wings turning black from the original white.

Accreditation
Writers MonMarty, FireFan96
Processors Hemingway7
Last Editor Firefan96 on 11/27/2021.

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