Theomar the Holy
|Theomar the Holy|
|Full Name||Theomar Ivrae de Sange|
|Date of Birth||10th of November, 19 BC|
|Date of Death||23rd of December, 61 AC|
|Claim to Fame||Emperor of Regalia, Founder of Unionism|
The first Emperor-Saint, teacher and founder of the Unionist faith, Emperor Theomar the Holy, the first of house Ivrae and a Saint of Union is quite possibly the most famous historical and religious figure in the Regalian Empire. Born in the time of Old Gods worship, Theomar the Holy revolutionized Regalian worship and created the spiritual teachings that would go on to become the third largest religion in modern Aloria.
Origins and Early Life
The first son and leader of the Ivrae family, Theomar the Holy was a great proponent in the Five Family Rebellion. Many scholars consider these days to be his early life because very little is known of his childhood other than he was raised in the wealthy house of Ivrae, and schooled in military tactics, theology, and philosophy. Theomar Ivrae was a charismatic leader and one of the most well known leaders in the rebellion, and he quickly began his reign shortly after the success of the families and the formation of the Regalian Empire. As the political and civil unrest ended, Theomar was crowned the first Emperor of Regalia at the age 24 in 6 AC, less than a year after the formation of the new government.
Theomar was known for popularizing Low Old Regalian in the early years of his reign among the nobility and Regalian elite. At the time it was an obscure, dying language, but Theomar was an avid scholar of the dialect and whenever making a political declaration or announcement, he would often announce it once in Low Old Regalian and a second time in Alt-Regalian. The language remained obscure among the general population but many subordinates and advisors of the Emperor began learning the language in an attempt to win favor.
In the year 7 AC, the Old Gods religion still dominated Regalia, and Theomar himself was a member of the faith. However, on November 11th the Emperor met with the Regalian court a day after his birthday, declaring that in his new year of age he had been graced with divine visions, that a holy spirit had shown him the truth of Aloria. The whole of the Regalian Empire was baffled with this announcement. Many believed that the Old Gods had communed with him. Followers of Estel believed that their maiden had reached out to the Emperor. The entire state was left in a state of confusion, and Regalia was plunged into an uneasy quiet as Theomar secluded himself for nearly three months, speaking only to his closest advisers and councils. Several rumors floated among the general population. Some believed that the Emperor had fallen ill, while others believed that the Regalian elite were attempting to cover up a bloody coup that had resulted in the death of the Emperor. The rumors were suppressed by the nobility, who assured Regalia that the Emperor was alive and well, but busy with a mysterious project of high importance. And surely enough, the rumors were proven false. After a quarter of a year of hushed rumors, Theomar appeared before his people.
The Ivrae declared that he had written a great holy text, clarifying the amazing visions that he had seen three months earlier. Naming it the First Prediction of Union, Theomar had written a book in Low Old Regalian claiming that the Regalian Emperor was divine for the entirety of their rule, until a new Emperor takes the throne. The creed demanded that the Emperor was godly and must be worshipped as such on Aloria, and all other divine entities were false and heretical. Theomar claimed that a mysterious force called the ‘Imperial Spirit’ had fused with him, granting him this divine power.
The Regalian Empire was stunned- nobody had foreseen this announcement, even the closest associates of the Emperor. Followers of the Old Gods were unsure what to make of this announcement, though they clearly understood that they were being told that it was time for them to renounce their religious beliefs. The Regalian Court was the first to respond, with many of the upper nobility and elite joining the budding ‘Unionist Cult’ and ensuring that their House and family followed suit.
Over the next 14 years, the cult of Unionism grew like wildfire throughout the Regalian Empire, and Theomar wrote and additional three Predictions of Union, resulting in four Creeds known to the growing followers of Unionism. These new Creeds were much more controversial among minorities in Regalia, as they described the supremacy of the Human race, their inherent superiority both in life and in afterlife. Unionism was not immediately popular with non-human races, however there were some who converted in the hopes of one day redeeming themselves to the human race. At this point, the Old Gods religion was deteriorating, and Unionism was not far from becoming the majority religion in the Regalian Empire. Theomar was regarded as the prophet and savior of the Regalian people. Many scholars regard the release of these three Creeds as the beginning of a new age in human history, in which the Regalian Empire set their gaze to the rest of the non-human world with a new perspective and new ambitions.
At the age of 40, Theomar was the divine leader of a large and quickly growing religion, but it was unorganized, and the tenets still young, fresh, and unknown. Many commoners wanted to follow the lead of the Imperial Spirit, but they did not know how. Theomar spent over a decade writing the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth Creeds, which detailed the practices and structure of the Unionist faith, as well as sainthood and other religions. Following Theomar’s 57th birthday the Unionist church was 31 years old, and was shaping into a well oiled and organized state religion with a hierarchal clergy. The Emperor had granted himself more power than the five families ever could have anticipated when they granted him the Imperial title, and he commanded political and religious power that was unparalleled by any other living Ailor. The faith of Unionism went largely unchanged for the next nearly two decades, with no new creeds being released by the Emperor, who seemed content to allow his faith to prosper as the growing Empire did alongside it.
At the age of 76, with his physical health deteriorating, the aged Emperor wrote the unexpected ninth Creed, which spoke of a time yet to come when humans ruled the world and there was paradise and unity on Aloria, promising salvation to all Unionists, both living and deceased. The emperor secluded himself in his final year of life, in a very similar manner as to when he wrote the first Creeds of Unionism. Many suspected he was writing a final tenth Creed, but Theomar passed away in seclusion. The first Emperor allowed his family and few close friends into his chambers a few short days before his death, and the Regalian Empire grieved as their first Emperor and prophet was proclaimed to have passed on into the divine afterlife that he promised for them. The Empire was shaken, but the newly crowned Emperor Leomar the First assured his subjects not to lose heart, for Theomar the Holy was waiting for them in the divine afterlife, and he had become one with the Imperial Spirit that would inhabit the next Emperor, and all others that would follow.
In Regalian history Theomar is portrayed as utterly flawless. The first Emperor was brave, intelligent, charismatic, kind, authoritative, with a capacity to act quickly and decisively, while also never acting rashly or impulsively. It is unlikely that anyone currently living would know anything about the personality of Theomar beyond this possible state propaganda. However, Theomar was known for his love of humans outside of religious practices, and seemed to truly desire the best future possible for the human race.
Theomar left a legacy that seems to have permanently impacted human society, and by extension all life in known Aloria. The religion of Unionism is currently the third largest religion in Aloria and it dominates the population of the Regalian Empire, an Empire that he himself helped to build that is currently one of the most powerful geopolitical entities. It would be nearly impossible to find a citizen of the Regalian Empire who did not know who Theomar the Holy was, and even in faraway provinces and territories, both inside and outside of the Empire, the name Theomar is well known.
Emperor Theomar married Guinevere Ivrae, known as Guinevere the Pure, and had several children who occupied various positions in the Regalian nobility and royalty, the most notable being Courageous Emperor Leomar the First, the first son of the Emperor and the second ruler of the Regalian Empire.
- The rumored Tenth Creed is all but lost. It is believed to have been the final project that Theomar wrote prior to death, and there have been several claims of texts of the unfinished Creed, though as of now no such texts are known to the general population. The subject of the tenth Creed, assuming it truly was even written, is not known.
- Theomars popularization of Old Low Regalian, even though the language was considered dying even in his own time, has resulted in an avid love and study of the language among small groups of religious and historical scholars in the Regalian Empire.
- There are some heretics who claim that Theomar only created Unionism to glorify himself, his descendants, and his race. These heretics are rare and few in number, and their sentiments are not often shared in Regalia.