Created from the Third Schism, Vultar Heresy is considered a black stain on the tapestry of Unionism. It was born out of the Duchy of Vultaro around the time of the last Ivrae Emperor’s death. The main idea came from a group of Reverends in Vultaro who felt that with the death of the Ivrae Emperor, the Imperial Spirit had left the Imperial Seat. They considered the Kade family to be unfit heirs, and claimed that humankind was barred from Paradise until the Emperor received a divine sign that the Spirit had joined him again. The Vultar Heresy also holds that power to govern lies in the hands of the people, and that nobility have no actual power to rule. It was Vultar Heretics that rose up to aid the Anahera Dictatorship, and combined with the Diviners, made up a bulk of the dictator’s forces. After the failed coup, the Emperor has marked all Vultar Heretics as having broken the Clastic Laws. It became legal to purge any and all Vultar Heretics, and as such the few remaining keep their faith hidden and often hide away from the eyes of the public.
Name and History
Vultar Heresy came out of Vultaro around the year 300. The Duke of Vultaro at the time had caused a great deal of civil strife, and riots were commonplace across the duchy. With the death of the Ivrae Emperor and the ascending of the Kades to the Imperial seat, there were many who felt concern over whether the Imperial Spirit would continue with the new Emperor. Out of the rioting of people who found the Nobility in no position to govern, came the idea that they have no right to govern. A group of radicals claimed that the Imperial Spirit was no longer with the Imperial Seat, and thus the Emperor and the Nobility had no divine right to rule. Instead, they viewed the right to rule coming from the will of the masses, and thus, the Vultar heresy was born. It only took three weeks before the Reverends had organized into the Supremocliast, basing it largely on their new ideals. However, due to the quick decisions made, the organization was poorly thought out.
The Vultar Heresy would maintain itself over the next two and a half years on this broken system, never able to fix it because they created it far too complex to operate successfully. However, the sect would swell in numbers, spreading to every corner of the Duchy of Vultaro, and feeding off the civil unrest that swept back and forth across the countryside. Even when the previous Duke had been removed and a temporary bureaucrat had been put in as acting duke, many people were still disgruntled by the squalor they now lived in. As such, the Vultar Heresy soon became the dominant faith of the island. Unfortunately for the Heresy, and thankfully for the other sects, Vultar Heresy never took a major hold in any place outside of Vultaro. It has seen some occurrences in regions where peasants become restless, but they have tended to change their mind once they calm down again.
The Vultarins would linger on the doorstep of relevancy until a dark day in the year 303 AC, where the Anahara Dictatorship saw a rise in Vultar support in various parts of the Archipelago and the Daendroc continent. The Vultar Heretics took up arms and supported the Anahera regime, serving as a major component of their war effort. The Suprest threw everything he could into supporting the Anahera dictator; the only real move that the Supremocliast ever successfully completed. However, it would also be the spark that lit the powderkeg under the Heretics feet. The previous March of Silverra had set off several explosions, lighting portions of Vultaro on fire and crippling the harbors of the island in 303AC. However, it was the fall of the Anahera dictator that led to the Vultar Heresy being declared enemies of the state. They had broken the Clastic Laws, and now were free to be converted or killed for their faith. The White Order, Sancella, and Etosian Patriarchy descended upon the region, putting all those who declared heretical doctrine to the sword. The Purge of Vultaro has greatly reduced the size of the Vultar sect, and the few Vultar Heretics remain have fled for their lives to various other parts of the |archipelago or hid underground.
For the brief time that the Supremocliast of Vultaro existed, it had a poorly constructed church structure. Attempting to balance at the top stood the Suprest of the Supremocliast, who was chosen solely for being the eldest Reverend in Vultaro at the time. Although he was supposed to be the highest authority in the newly constructed Supremocliast, he held very little power due to the nature of the heresy. Most of the Reverends did not wish to have one who wielded extreme amounts of power when there was no authority to do so. Thus, the seat remained weak. Common abilities of the Suprest were to be the face of the Supremocliast to outside forces, such as at Imperial Diets. He also spent a majority of his time examining actions of what the Emperor did to see if there was some divine sign that the Imperial Spirit had returned.
The other members of the Supremocliast included the remaining Reverends and Curates that lived in Vultaro. Their organization was the same as the Sancellist sect’s positions. The only real feat that the Supremocliast achieved was a loosely organized Congregation of Reverends. This was a form of governing body that all Reverends and Curates had a say in, that held near equal power to the Suprest. The Suprest would issue a decree to the general Congregation, and then the Reverends would all discuss the idea before continuing. The closest legal body would be the Noble Assembly, but they spent considerably more time arguing over minute differences to actually get anything passed. The entire system was overly complex, and dragged the Supremocliast into the grave. Today, there are few in Vultaro who would look at the Congregation and say it actually achieved anything. It also serves as an example of how rule by the people falters when actually practiced, and is often cited when someone is on trial for Jacobinism.
Worship and Traditions
The Vultar heresy is an oddity amongst Unionism. The first major difference is the fact that they do not view the current Emperor, Emperor Cedromar I, as housing the Imperial Spirit. As such, many Vultar churches instead pray directly to the Spirit instead of to the Emperor. However, they also view the Spirit as being closed off from humankind, thus their prayers are often less about praise and more about asking for forgiveness. Their priests also wear dark gray robes and frequently sing their readings, and some even sing the sermons. Many who have witnessed a Vultar service say it is often melancholy, yet beautiful to listen to. Some compare it to listening to a sad Dressolini opera. Their services are often grimmer, with messages that the world is without its light and that the Imperial Seat is without the Spirit. They also refuse to accept the Eleventh Creed, still looking down upon the Elves and Dwarves as lesser races.
Another oddity of the Vultar is their insistence that the power to govern comes from the people, and not the divine right of the Spirit. This has caused a great deal of controversy amongst the upper classes, and especially the nobility. The belief came out of the combination early on of the Vultar Heresy being intertwined with the dissent for the local government. Many Vultar heretics took to Jacobin ideals, which got them in more trouble when the Purge of Vultaro began.
Relationship with other Sects
The Vultar Heresy is uniformly hated and despised by the Sancellists, Etosians, Diviners, and Priscelle. Even amongst the Dogartans, who care little for what the other sects do, there is a general attitude of disapproval for the Vultar sect. Prior to the Anahera Dictatorship, the Sancella often sent missionaries to Vultaro to convert the heretics back to Sancellist Unionism. Afterwards, they became the only sect to have the Clastic Law not protect them from the other sects. This has led to a united front against the radicals by the Sancellists, Etosians, and the state run White Order. Overall, all other sects of Unionism dislike the Vultar Heretics.
- The Purge of Vultaro saw a decrease in the population of Vultaro by nearly a third. Those that did not willingly convert were tried and found guilty of heresy, and many were executed.
- There was only ever one known Vultar Heresy noble, a baron who stepped down and asked his people for the right to rule. He was among the first to be burnt at the stake during the Purge of Vultaro.
- Rumor has it there is a colony of Vultar Heretics lying in wait in the Regalian Sewers. They are said to be responsible for the various signs scattered throughout the tunnels.
- Due to the removal of the Clastic Law protection from the Vultar Heresy, it is no longer considered a full branch of Unionism. Even before the Anahera crisis, few records state that it is Vultar Unionism, but is instead always referred to as Vultar Heresy.