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:This species of Dragon is seen as the leaders of Dragon-kind by most, with a “regal” disposition and often only desiring to deal with the leadership of Aloria’s Races. They also acted as mediators between the different Dragon species, but it appears that their slow disappearance coincides with a breakdown in communication between Dragon-kind. Perhaps some Dragons hoped to regroup and find solace elsewhere to flee their fading from Aloria, but without the Blue Crown Dragons, such dreams never came to pass. Their powers were focused on the weather, specifically rain and thunder, and they numbered nine.
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:This species of Dragon is seen as the leaders of Dragon-kind by most, with a “regal” disposition and often only desiring to deal with the leadership of Aloria’s Races. They also acted as mediators between the different Dragon species, but it appears that their slow disappearance coincides with a breakdown in communication between Dragon-kind. Perhaps some Dragons hoped to regroup and find solace elsewhere to flee their fading from Aloria, but without the Blue Crown Dragons, such dreams never came to pass. Their powers were focused on the weather, specifically rain and lightning, and they numbered nine.
 
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*'''Yellow Dancing Dragon:'''
 
:This species of Dragon is seen as the universal children of Dragon-kind, forever joyous, giggling and happy, in addition to being the smallest of all the species. They were constantly playful and happy beings, most closely tied to the Allar, and were said to speak in song. Unfortunately, they were struck down by an unknown plague of magical origin. Their powers were focused on water and fish, and they numbered in the hundreds though four were named and well known to the Allar.
 
:This species of Dragon is seen as the universal children of Dragon-kind, forever joyous, giggling and happy, in addition to being the smallest of all the species. They were constantly playful and happy beings, most closely tied to the Allar, and were said to speak in song. Unfortunately, they were struck down by an unknown plague of magical origin. Their powers were focused on water and fish, and they numbered in the hundreds though four were named and well known to the Allar.
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:This species of Dragon is seen as the clumsy, dull-witted oafs of Dragon-kind, as they were limited in skills of communication and understanding. For this reason, their destructive acts were largely accidental, and while early on this was tolerated by the Ailor of Ceardia (spawning many Dragon-worshipping cults), it ultimately became too much. They were hunted down in their caves and rendered extinct relatively early in Alorian history. Their powers focused on earthquakes and rock, and they numbered in the dozens, though three were particularly well known to the ancient Ceardian Ailor.
 
:This species of Dragon is seen as the clumsy, dull-witted oafs of Dragon-kind, as they were limited in skills of communication and understanding. For this reason, their destructive acts were largely accidental, and while early on this was tolerated by the Ailor of Ceardia (spawning many Dragon-worshipping cults), it ultimately became too much. They were hunted down in their caves and rendered extinct relatively early in Alorian history. Their powers focused on earthquakes and rock, and they numbered in the dozens, though three were particularly well known to the ancient Ceardian Ailor.
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Dragon Dogma
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Religion
Pronunciation Dray-gon Dog-ma
Origins Aloria
Deities
Subsects
  • Isldar Religion
  • Sihai Religion
  • Shambala
  • Unionism
  • Various
  • Dragon Dogma is an ancient faith, possibly going back to the origins of Aloria if the tales of its followers are true, and claims that Dragons created the world and everything in it. Their power is ultimately unparalleled, though their physical forms are largely gone from the world today. Around the era of the Cataclysm, a majority of the species slowly died off, leaving the world absent of these long-present creatures. Today though, Dragons have returned largely in the Regalian Archipelago much to the joy and shock of many across Aloria. The Regalian Empire now embraces strains of Dragon Worship, and the entire world must now come to grips with the very real possibility, or even assumption, that more Dragons will be appearing in the skies.

    History

    The Dragon Dogma has an unknown history, possibly tracing itself back to the Seraph. During the era of the Allorn Empire, and still today, Imagery of the Seraph Race with Dragons, most prominently the Blue Crown Dragon, is known to exist, leading Altalar scholars to speculate (though with great bias) that Dragons were a creation of that lost Race. As for “modern” appearances of Dragon Dogma, cults worshipping Dragons appeared both in Daen and Farah’deen relatively early in the past of these respective regions. On Daen, the Faith of Estel’s hold slipped as the Altalar Pantheon came to the forefront, thus seeing the anti-Dragon stance of it’s worshippers also fade. Then, in the chaos that followed the gloriously peaceful Consolidation, further cracks saw Dragon Worship arrive in Altalar society, largely in the form of the Cult of Drogon. As for Farah’deen, Dragon Dogma was just one avenue among many in the polytheism of the native Qadir, though it was also one of the least popular. Long-standing tension between the Black Desert Dragons and Qadir populace turned those who worshipped the Dragons into social pariahs. In both regions, the faith ultimately came to an end, with the Cult of Drogon splitting up as they fled the Allorn Empire into northern areas (turning into the Isldar and Voltalar) while those in Farah’deen were exiled out into the deserts as the Red Hunt began. As for the development of the Dogma among the Ailor, early contact with the Gray Stone Dragon on Ceardia helped to spark such ideas, and while the species was eventually killed off, the spread of Ailor beyond their shores introduced them to new varieties of Dragon. The most prominent of these was the Blue Crown Dragon of the Regalian Archipelago. There, people living in the mountains worshipped them and built many great Dragon Temples to strengthen their worship, while those living in lowerlands (primarily the Anglians) also came to worship the Dragons as bringers of life. While the Dragons of the Archipelago ultimately did fade from the world, the Anglians and some mountain dwellers remained strident believers in the power of Dragons, meshing with the Old Faiths to form a variety of faith unique in Aloria. The birth of the Regalian Empire didn’t see this faith change much, as Unionism found it difficult at the time to bend to these ideas of Dragon Worship and the traditions of the Old Faiths mixed in.

    Then there was the Dragon Worship of the Allar back when they lived on Sendras. Here, the Allar were somehow aware of the majority of other Dragon types and attached traits of each caste to traits seen in the variety of different Dragons. They also believed themselves to be children of the Dragons, and united they represent a similar awesome power, that of the Dragons working together. The Sendrassian Civil War and vanishing from Dragon species across Aloria has largely killed this variety of Dragon Dogma, though the Allar do still revere the memory of the Dragons. Finally, many thousands of miles away, were the Sihai and their own unique brand of Dragon Dogma. Here, the unique White Loong Dragon impacted the Sihai profoundly, perhaps more profoundly than all the Dragon species in Aloria. They directly aided in the governance of the Sihai, as well as created new Dynasties and helped restore civil order in times of great disorder. But they also rest for long periods of time, so today, Dragon Worship survives in Sihai society though their variety of worship is extremely lax. As for the rest of modern Dragon Worship, it exists among many groups, from the Sihai to the Isldar to the Songaskia (the successors to the Black Desert Dragon of Farah’deen). In recent months, Dragon Worship has also entered into the mainstream of Ailor society, as the emergence of first the Dragon Emperor, and now the Dragon “Prince”/Imperial Dragon of Cedric Kade has seen Unionism embrace certain aspects of Dragon Worship as a result. There are still offshoots cults that reject this though, and feel the Imperial Dragon is but one Dragon in a host of many more powerful ones, but since this rise of the Imperial Dragon, they have only grown more ostracized in their opinions. While Dragon Worship was once at the periphery of Aloria, it has since come roaring back and is likely to remain alive for many centuries to come.

    Beliefs

    The Dragon Dogma has only one core belief: that Dragons are divine beings. They helped to form the world many millions, if not billions, now live in, and in some traditions, also birthed the different Races of Aloria. They also wield the powers of creation, and ultimately, their combined power helped to form all elements, materials and forces in the world that affect it still to this day. It is also said that while the Dragons are gone now, they will be back again one day to rule the world as their being is beyond mortal flesh, and their “deaths” are ultimately only temporary. Beyond this core belief, there is another, practiced by a majority of Dragon Worshipers: the utter rejection and hatred for all forms of the Faith of Estel. Exactly why is uncertain, but the most commonly cited reasoning being that Estel and the Altalar sought to control creation and bend it to their will rather than let it live free and as the Dragons intended. For that reason, the Wildering occured and instead of being a judgement from Estel, it was a judgement from the Dragons to force the Altalar to see the error of their ways. Further beliefs in the Dragon Dogma are highly individualistic and scattered across the many disparate sects and cultural practices of half a dozen Races and Cultures.

    Deities

    • Blue Crown Dragon:
    This species of Dragon is seen as the leaders of Dragon-kind by most, with a “regal” disposition and often only desiring to deal with the leadership of Aloria’s Races. They also acted as mediators between the different Dragon species, but it appears that their slow disappearance coincides with a breakdown in communication between Dragon-kind. Perhaps some Dragons hoped to regroup and find solace elsewhere to flee their fading from Aloria, but without the Blue Crown Dragons, such dreams never came to pass. Their powers were focused on the weather, specifically rain and lightning, and they numbered nine.
    • Yellow Dancing Dragon:
    This species of Dragon is seen as the universal children of Dragon-kind, forever joyous, giggling and happy, in addition to being the smallest of all the species. They were constantly playful and happy beings, most closely tied to the Allar, and were said to speak in song. Unfortunately, they were struck down by an unknown plague of magical origin. Their powers were focused on water and fish, and they numbered in the hundreds though four were named and well known to the Allar.
    • Black Desert Dragon:
    This species of Dragon is seen as the stoic loners of Dragon-kind, ironically cold beings despite the fact that they lived on a desert continent. They were some of the most philosophical and contemplative Dragons, liable to sit in certain spots for hours and contemplate the world, while some added to this meditative state by creation patterns in the sands around them. They were also arrogant, and in the wake of the Cataclysm, sought to reassert their power over the “little Mans” (the ancient Qadir name for their Race was Mansurya) and some would say they failed. The Red Hunt drastically cut their numbers down, and so they enacted the Great Storm, paving the way for their humanoid children the Songaskia to be born and emerge as a major world power, even though this sacrificed the last of their strength, leading to their total extinction. Their powers were focused on sand and heat, and they numbered well into the thousands before the Red Hunt. Afterward, several dozen remained alive long enough to produce the Songaskia, with some of their names now immortalized by the Race.
    • Red Mountain Dragon:
    This species of Dragon is seen as the kind and compassionate helpers of Dragon-kind, and were very friendly with the Dwarves of Ellador. They aided the Race in their mining and extraction of minerals, in return for companionship and places of honor in their society. They also had very poor eyesight, perhaps to the point of blindness, but unrivalled abilities in smell and taste, capable of sniffing out ore veins. Their cooperation with the Dwarves was sadly their downfall, as they were major defenders of the Dwarves from the Dakkar, and all died protecting Dwarven Holds from the hordes of the Gana Eesthar. Their powers were focused on fire and magnetism and they numbered six.
    • White Loong Dragon:
    This species of Dragon is seen as the isolationist, peaceful regents of Dragon-kind, though their regency was over the Sihai people since their earliest years millennia ago. It is not known how the Loong Dragon got so far away from the others of its kind, but some vague mentions of them in ancient texts allude to their departure being some sort of punishment. It is impossible to say, and all Sihai strongly believe that the White Loong is native to Dexai and didn’t even come from Aloria originally. They are unique, not just for their extremely active role in the development of the Sihai Race, but also because they are still alive. They are currently asleep though, and their temples are guarded by warriors numbering in the thousands. Their powers are focused on transmutation (and some would say moonlight) and they number seven.
    • Green Nature Dragon:
    This species of Dragon is seen as the passionate and violent warriors of Dragon-kind, as for centuries they attacked sites related to Estel in Daen as well as her chief servants, the Nenya. Their enormous hostility towards her turned all Altalar against the species, resulting in various hunts over the many centuries the Allorn Empire existed to cull the violent creature from the world. It was finally successful in the Great Hunt that took place within the last two centuries of the Allorn Empire. Their powers focused on plant life and nature, and they numbered in the hundreds thought five were particularly infamous to the Altalar.
    • Silver Majesty Dragon:
    This species of Dragon is seen as the sly and cunning tricksters of Dragon-kind, as for centuries they used their powers of illusion to gather vast hordes of glittering, shiny wealth for themselves in mountain lairs. They were based in Daen, and so their thievery was at the cost of the Allorn Empire over the centuries. After the Consolidation passed, the Altalar began to tire of this, and it was ultimately the Dragon Hunt that finally finished the species. Their powers focused on illusion, and they numbered six that were all infamous to the Altalar.
    • Violet Night Dragon:
    This species of Dragon is seen as the caring intellectuals of Dragon-kind, focused on the creation and tending to of many unique animals. Their abilities, to mesh animals together and form new species from existing ones, earned them the adoration of the Cult of Drogon who set themselves up as the Dragon’s protectors, raising fortresses around their beautiful animal groves. The Dragon Hunt limited their number, and what few remained fled with the Cult north, with the last one, Frisit, dying at the hands of the Dwarves of Ellador. She was reborn, but no longer possessed the same powers she once had, and is considered a separate being altogether. Their powers focused on the creation of animals, and they numbered nine.
    • Rubine Breath Dragon:
    This species of Dragon is seen as the uncaring and temperamental aggressives of Dragon-kind. Where the Green Nature Dragon was violent because it was passionate about nature, these Dragons were aggressive because they had perpetually terrible attitudes and found reasons to constantly be angry and untrusting of those who disturbed them. Their toxic breath made them no friends, but when the Sendrassian Civil War came, the Void Converts sought them out for sacrifice. They were quickly rendered extinct as a result. Their powers focused on poison (specifically a poisoned breath) and blood, and they numbered only two.
    • Gray Stone Dragon:
    This species of Dragon is seen as the clumsy, dull-witted oafs of Dragon-kind, as they were limited in skills of communication and understanding. For this reason, their destructive acts were largely accidental, and while early on this was tolerated by the Ailor of Ceardia (spawning many Dragon-worshipping cults), it ultimately became too much. They were hunted down in their caves and rendered extinct relatively early in Alorian history. Their powers focused on earthquakes and rock, and they numbered in the dozens, though three were particularly well known to the ancient Ceardian Ailor.

    Relics

    • Various:
    Due to the large-scale extinction of almost all Dragon species from Aloria, Dragon worshipers have focused their devotion and attention on recovering any body parts of Dragons. From teeth to horns to bones to scales, any and all of the products from a Dragon’s body are aggressively sought after by many Dragon dogmatists. The most notable that don’t are the Isldar and the Sihai, one already technically possessing a Dragon while the other is miles away from all other species of Dragon, and none would dare to steal a part off of their still living Loong Dragons. Some of the groups that possess the most are the Songaskia, who deeply revere the remains of their progenitors the Black Desert Dragon, and the scattered Dragon cults of Daen, who cling to remains of the Green Forest and Yellow Dancing Dragons.

    Practice

    Worship in the Dragon Dogma is heavily individualistic and governed by what group someone belongs to. In general, worshipers of the Dragons take after tasks and activities that represent the different elements each Dragon was believed to control. For example, Dragon worshipers who focus on the Green Nature Dragon may let nature run wide on their property, even helping to destroy fences and other confining structures, while those who worship the Blue Crown Dragon may seek to become mediators and government officials, but also might engage in rituals outdoors during thunderstorms or normal rainstorms. It is truly a plural faith in how it can be practiced.

    Major Subsects

    • Isldar:
    Isldar religion follows the trendlines of Dragon Dogma, in that Dragons are divine beings who are the grandfathers of all creation, thus believing in most of their tenants, but not in the salvation theory. They believe that the mortal Races of Aloria sinned against the Dragons, murdering them all, and these Races now have the job of tending to the world in atonement for this terrible act. Isldar observe Dragon Worship through invoking the name of dead Dragons in prayer, and wishing upon their presence in the Soul Rivers of Aloria, where they unfortunately never appear. Isldar do not believe in the concept of divine intervention, meaning that they do not actually perceive these prayers or wishes to be reasonably realistic. The Isldar do not expect the Dragons to ever fully return, and believe firmly that these wishes fall upon deaf ears, merely perpetuating them out of habit and tradition. The arrival of Dragons in Regalia, particularly the resurgence of the Imperial Dragon has however caused a rift among the Isldar. While the Ailor-based Imperial Dragon is likely not even aware of it, many Isldar have started struggling among themselves about the Imperial Dragon’s (and indeed other Dragons’s) role in their faith, and how their sudden reappearance on the global stage causes implications in Dragon Dogma.
    • For more information on their system of belief, click here
    • Sihai:
    Sihai faith is likely the oldest and nearly most-practiced faith in the world, and it has remained largely unchanged for all time. At the very core exists the divine beings, the Loong Dragons, who glide and swim through the clouds as if in water with a great level of elegance and poise. The saying goes that the Loong Dragons created all life among the Sihai, and this can in large parts be said to be true, because the creation of the Lunar cycles has been directly witnessed by the Sihai people. The Loong exist in a cyclical manner for the Sihai, slumbering for centuries on end and only awakening whenever the Sihai people are in dire need. The Sihai, however, believe that this is because the Loong are their creator-deities and do not take an active role in stewarding the daily lives of the people. Throughout history, great prophets have had the blessings of personal contact with the Dragons, but by and large, the Dragons do not acknowledge individuals and rather address the needs of the Sihai people as a whole when the time is right. As such, it should also not come as a surprise that the Sihai don’t engage in active prayer or worship of the Loong and instead their faith is more praise than worship.
    • For more information on their system of belief, click here
    • Shambala:
    The faith of Shambala, founded on and practiced by many thousands on Farah’deen, dictates that the sun is a conscious being that is all-holy and all-powerful, the vessel from which the Dragons came, and the vessel to which the Dragons returned when their creation was complete. The sun shines brightly on those who worship her and burns and blinds those who turn away from her warm gaze. These Dragons are the Black Desert Dragons, and much of Songaskian culture is ultimately dictated by which Dragon they are most associated with. There are a number of lineages and ideologies that have sprung up from the different Dragon ancestors, each with their own niches and cultural appeals thus creating and impressive “pantheon” of gods followed by the Songaskia. The draconic Race also builds massive temples with sun disk towers, which can redirect light enough to combust any organic material and even melt light metals inside of a bowl. Such a punishment is reserved for criminals and convicts who no longer deserve to be among the living, and who are deemed to only be worthy of the sun’s judgement.
    • For more information on their system of belief, click here
    • Unionism:
    Unionism’s addition of Dragon Worship ideals has happened only very recently, and due to troubles in the City of Regalia, has largely remained vague on specifics as Unionism leaders sort through just what sorts of Dragons to appreciate, reject, and what other varieties of Dragon Dogma are acceptable. In simplest terms, the Ninth Creed has now enshrined that the Imperial Dragon and Dragonbloods are holy beings of great power. Many Unionists now believe that the powers of this are a direct gift from the Spirit itself onto his chosen family, the Kades, to aid in leading the Empire.
    • For more information on this system of belief, click here

    Trivia

    • Strangely, no Dragon species appears to have lived on Essalonia, despite its huge size. This has led some to speculate it is where the Loong Dragons must have once lived before leaving for the Far East.
    • The Voltalar are even more of an enigma than the Isldar once were. All that is known is that where the Isldar more passively sought to gain power from Dragons, the Voltalar instead sought to take it and that they reside somewhere north of Daen. They have not been seen in over 300 years.



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