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Pronunciation Yoon-yen-is-m
Origins Emperor Theomar
Notable Beliefs Ten Faith Predictions, the Imperial Spirit transfers to the next crowned male emperor, Ailor are superior over all
Notable practices Pillars of blessings
  • The Imperial Spirit
  1. Church of Union
  2. Sancella of Unionism
  3. Vultar Unionism
  4. Etosan Unionism

Unionism (From the first Emperor-saint, Emperor Theomar the first of Ivrae, Saint of Union) is a monotheistic religion based on the life and oral teachings of Emperor Theomar. Unionism is Aloria third largest religion, following closely after the Qadir faith of Shambala, but eclipsed by the Elven Faith of Estel. Most Unionists believe that the Emperor of Regalia is a divine being equal to godhood, a spirit or power that reincarnates in the next Emperor each time the previous one dies. Unionists believe that Humans have the cosmic right, duty and fate to become the ruler race of Aloria, as the most dominant race to enslave the lesser races into servitude. Consequently, Unionists refer to the seated Emperor as "His Holiness the Emperor" or "The Emperor Saint, the Messiah".

The foundations of Unionism are recorded in the scriptures referred to as the "Ten Faith predictions of Union". These scriptures are a collection of ten books, each with their own main prediction, but with many lesser tenets and promises, written by Emperor Theomar the First. These books generally speak of the divine duty and fate of Humanity as the superior race, and how all Humans should unite under the Regalian Crown to contribute to the fate of Humanity, to earn salvation and to be brought into the afterlife with the spirit of the Emperor. Through the centuries, Emperors have added to the Ten Faith Predictions, resulting in several books being formed, referred to as "The Divine promises and duties", each dealing with contemporary topics of the time.

Unionism is one of the youngest religions on Aloria, originating from the Regalian Isle at the hand of Emperor Theomar the First. Unionism grew in size rapidly since it's formation, due to it's easy to adopt tenets and Human centrist beliefs, connecting quite well with general Human beliefs and culture. After the death of Theomar the first, Unionism was the main state religion, but it did not have enough followers yet. In time, Human Old Gods worship was slowly phased out by missionaries and sermons, reducing it to a small heretical sect on remote Islands of the Regalian Archipelago.

Unionism suffered 3 major events in it's history, referred to as the "Three Schisms". These three events caused severe fractures in the unity of Unionism, creating sub religions and fractured sects, each with their own interpretation of Unionism. The three largest groups, are the Church of Union, Etosan Unionism and Vultar Unionism. Various smaller sects have developed from these larger streams, resulting in a wide and diverse religious group.


Unionists share a set of laws, duties and rights that are central to their belief. There are many interpretations across many of the sects and religions based on the Ten predictions of Union.


Precise duties and rights of Unionist beliefs are called creeds. Every one of the Ten predictions of Union represents one creed, and additional creeds can be found in the Divine promises and Duties.

  1. The first Creed of Union is the belief that the Emperor of Regalia is always a divine, from the moment they are crowned, to the moment they die. They have godly powers, and they must always be worshiped as the only true divine being on Aloria. Despite their divine status, the first Creed does mention that Emperors are not immortal, and their lives must be preserved in order for them to fulfill their role in the grand fate of Humanity.
  2. The second Creed of Union is the belief that all Humans who prove their worth to the Human cause will join the spirit of the Emperor in the divine afterlife, where their spiritual energy will contribute to the divine power of the living Emperor for the cause of Humanity. Failing to live up to Unionist tenets, results in condemnation as a fallen one. Fallen ones are generally referred to as the Demons from void, but can also be reincarnations as one of the lesser races.
  3. The third Creed of Union is the belief that Humans have a divine fate and that they will one day rule all of Aloria under Regalia, enslaving the other races. The other races are nothing more but fallen Humans who failed their divine cause, but they are redeemable. They can be redeemed by a lifetime of servitude to Humans, after which they will deserve another chance at proving themselves as a Human.
  4. The fourth Creed of Union is that Regalia is the physical embodiment of the Human cause, and that all Humans should put their lives in devotion to the Regalian state, and in service to it. Should they succeed, they will have earned their passage to the afterlife.
  5. The fifth Creed of Union speaks about the daily rituals and duties of Unionists. It also speaks of acts and decisions Humans can make to lose favor with Unionism.
  6. The sixth Creed of Union speaks of the structure of the Church of Union, the priests, the bishops, the reverends, and finally the Supreme Reverend head of Church of Union. Their laws and duties are also recorded within.
  7. The seventh Creed of Union speaks about other religions, specifically Old Gods and the Faith of Estel. This Creed is the most disputed Creed as it has suffered numerous rewrites and alterations by subsequent Emperors. The seventh Creed is surrounded in much controversy.
  8. The eighth Creed of Union speaks of purity and virtue among Humans. It speaks more specifically about sainthood in Union. This Creed is also controversial as it is no longer an accepted Creed by the Church of Union, but stands central in Etosian Unionism.
  9. The ninth Creed of Union speaks of Paradise, the state of being that will be accomplished when Humans rule all of Aloria and their destiny is achieved. This Creed consolidates the strength of Union, promising reunification with all those who have given their lives for Union and a world without death or suffering.
  10. The tenth Creed is shrouded in mystery. Some theorize the tenth book was never written, even though the Saint of Union did state he wrote it, and some sources have even seen the untranslated work. The tenth Creed was written in an ancient Regalian religion that has long died, and the book was lost in the few years after Emperor Theomar's death, following the first Schism.
  11. The eleventh Creed of Union was a new amendment to the Creeds by Emperor Alexander I, and states that Elves and Dwarves share complete union with the Humans, be it Ailor, Chienji or Qadir and forthright they shall be considered full citizens of the Empire and the Crown Isle.

The Imperial Spirit

The Imperial Spirit in Unionism refers to the soul of the Imperial power. It's an abstract concept that many theologians have theorized about, but the general interpretation is that the Imperial Spirit is a form of spiritual energy of divine power, that fuses with the soul of the Emperor of Regalia as soon as he is crowned. The Imperial spirit, according to the first Creed, only fuses with a male Emperor, meaning male descendants of Theomar must always be the Emperors of Regalia. The identity of the Emperor caused the third schism. The majority of Unionism accepted "The Kade Settlement" which dictated that the childless Emperor Justinian the Second of Ivrae would carry on the throne to his second removed cousin, Alexander Kade. A fraction of Union believers however believed that because he descended from a female Ivrae, that the Imperial line has ended, and the Imperial spirit no longer fuses with anyone. In present times, the latter belief founded Vultar Unionism, a faith generally considered heresy to the Church of Union. The Emperor's duties as the Imperial Spirit are to make the divine decisions for the cause and course of Humanity, with regards to who to subjugate, who to free, and where to divert the attention of the Empire.

The Imperial spirit also abstractly exists in the afterlife, guiding the souls of those who have passed in the Divine flow of energy that empowers the Imperial Spirit, and keeping them safe and close until the day of the divine Fate. The day of the divine fate, refers to the day when Humanity reaches it's fate and the world shall be rid of all death and suffering, and all those who have passed in service to Humanity shall walk Aloria again.

Death and the Afterlife

Death is the final judgement of any Human's life, a weighing moment when the Imperial spirit weights the value of their contribution to Humanity's fate. If the Human is considered valuable to the Human fate, they are allowed into the afterlife. The afterlife is like life as a bird, the souls of those who passed in service to the Human fate abstractly exist around the living, seeing them, hearing them, but not being able to communicate with them, but existing in the loving embrace of the Imperial Spirit.

If the Human is considered a failure, they are condemned to a life of a non Human, usually a Naga or an Elf, and in very bad circumstances, a Void Demon. As a non Human, they have the chance of mercy or absolution, if they put their lives in servitude of Humans. If they succeed, the Creed speaks of a second chance at being a Human. Void Demons condemned Humans have lost all rights to a second chance, as such those who are personally ordered to death by the Emperor are generally considered irredeemable. A death sentence by the Emperor himself is generally seen as the worst that could happen to any Human, and they will be forsaken by their family etc.


The Creeds of Union are written in the Ten predictions of Union. The Ten predictions of Union are ten books written by Emperor Theomar the first of Ivrae, the first Regalian Emperor. He wrote the books in the course of his lifetime, which was long, thus founding Unionism. Originally the books were written in Low Old Regalian, a language that even predates Old Regalian. Low Old Regalian was a language barely spoken by anyone, even around 10 AC, but Theomar choose to write the books in this language as it was his cultural background. The books were translated after his death by the Supreme Reverends that followed, something that caused the first Schism.

Subsequent Emperors and sometimes Supreme Reverends have re-translated, rewritten or altered some of the Creeds. Some Emperors also wrote additional scriptures called the Divine Promises and Duties. They are generally seen as expansions on the main scriptures, and don't cause much conflict within the church as they are all written in common, which became the standard around 150 AC. Traditionally however, the Ten predictions of Union are only to be read and written in Alt-Regalian, the median language between Low Old Regalian and Common. Translating the scriptures to common is seen as heresy, despite the fact that the added scriptures are written in common.


The fifth Creed mostly speaks about worship, how to perform it, and how often to perform it in service to the Emperor. Strictly speaking, worship and prayer do not convey anything specific to the Human cause. It is however implied in the Ten predictions of Union that prayers can be used to call upon the Emperor for worldly favors and blessings. Emperor Theomar constructed the grand Regalian Cathedral, home to the pillars of blessings. The pillars of blessings have small ornaments in them, capable of containing small pieces of paper. Believers of union will write down small wishes and deeds they would like to see the Emperor perform, and stuff these papers into the ornaments of the pillars. Every month, the Emperor would lead a procession of the Imperial Spirit in the Cathedral, after which he would come down to the pillars and pick out a few pieces of paper. These wishes or deeds would then be performed within the mortal power of the Emperor, giving heed to the blessings asked for by the followers.

Communal worship for Unionists happens on a daily basis, but participation is not obligatory more than once a week. Most citizens with a profession choose Saturday or Sunday, but priests hold sermons every day of the week so any day one can participate. Sermons of Unionism are usually filled with communal prayer, priests reading from the holy texts and faith healing. Sermons are held traditionally within churches, but can also be held in open air or any building. There is no specific celestial law that states sermons must be held in a church.

Worship can be varied for different events. Birth blessings have their own rituals, as do funeral rites, communions for Union and feast days or holidays.

Sacraments of Union

Unionism has several Sacraments throughout one's lifetime. Some are optional, only the first and last Sacrament must be performed for all Humans. The first Sacrament is the birth blessing. Upon the birth of a Human born in a Unionist family, the baby must be blessed by a priest reading the first Creed to the baby, usually when it has just come out of its mother. This Sacrament represents initiation of the Human baby into the duty and rights of a Unionist, but also serves to cleanse the new born of any past non Human life they may have suffered, to prepare them for their second chance at redemption.

The next Sacrament is the Sacrament of confirmation, Confirmation Sacraments are performed by those who enter the service of the Regalian state. This means all soldiers, knights, nobles, state officials, politicians and priests, or children who aspire to be of those professions, go through this Sacrament. In this Sacrament, the children (usually between ages 10 and 13) must memorize the Ten predictions of Union, and be able to recite them in their most basic rudimentary form during a sermon on their Communion day. The Communion Sacrament is seen as confirmation of one's duty to the Human Fate.

Another Sacrament is the Sacrament of Sacrifice. The Penance of Sacrifice is usually performed by adults, advanced in age between 30 and 50, and often also by criminals. The Sacrament of Sacrifice effectively introduces those who perform the rites into a monastic order, women joining the Celestials of Mercy, men joining the Fathers of Piety. Fathers of Piety often become monks and priests, where as the Celestials of Mercy become nuns or silent women of the church who embalm the dead or deliver babies to the world. After the Sacrament of Sacrifice, those who have passed either divorce their marriage or never marry again. It is also common for those who perform this ritual to swear an oath of silence and servitude to the church, becoming a member of the Ecclesiastical Estates of Basta.

The Sacrament of Fervent Service, is the official rite name of Knighthood, a ritual that most male Nobility go through, but also commoners who are elevated to knighthood. The Sacrament of Fervent Service is the only Sacrament not performed in the church, instead relying on a test of strength, wit and faith to the Emperor by the Regalian military. In most cases, the recruits will be instructed to stand guard at the cathedral for a week with nothing but a flask of water, while also reciting the predictions of Union whenever anyone asks for them, and remaining disciplined and orderly throughout the entire ordeal.

The final Sacrament is the Sacrament of the Slumber, the death rite. The Sacrament of slumber is performed for those who have passed, but it differs radically per social class. Richer citizens can afford a church burial, involving priests reciting the relevant Creeds and heavy use of incense, while the more common folk will simply be put in a grave with a simple prayer. It is custom to bury the dead in robes of black, while all those who mourn for their death are dressed in pure white. This is to emphasize that even if their passed spirit cannot see themselves, they can always see those who are still on Aloria and living, and focus their energy to further their cause instead of any worldly selfish desires. Burning the dead, sinking them or in any way removing body parts from a corpse is considered sacrilege. It is believed that the dead need their body intact in order to come back to Aloria on delivery day, any missing body parts will then also be missing when they rise again.

Liturgical Calendar

The Liturgical year of Union is very class and profession based. The period of spring is seen as the Cycle of growth, in which children are conceived, crops are planted and the year's census is done. The following period in Summer, is the Cycle of Dominion, in which wars are usually performed by the Regalian Empire for expansion. The next Cycle is in Autumn, the Cycle of the harvest, in which the children are usually born, the crops harvested, and the lands subjugated. Finally the months of Winter represent the Cycle of reflection, months filled with worship, feasts and thinking back on everything that has happened past year.

Every one of these Cycles has their own smaller holidays, but each cycle has its own Festival week, in which most Regalians celebrate the Liturgical cycle with each other in a merry week of drinking, games, feasting and communal prayer. The one in the Cycle of Reflection is especially important, as that is the only Festival which the Emperor actively participates in.


Unionism isn't a specifically aniconist religion, meaning it does not rely much on images to convey itself, but there are several symbols which strongly represent the religion. Within the first 300 years, a stork was the main symbol of Unionism, carrying the spirit of Union across the Ivrae family, the stork also being the family crest animal. Since the Kade Settlement however, the stork has been replaced with a wingless Dragon, animal ruler of Aloria and proud symbol of justice, strength, power and all-rule.

Items or other symbols are not used that much. It's often difficult to symbolize the fate of humanity into a single image, though the most acceptable way of putting it, is often a hand with radiating sun beams behind it. This is also seen in priestly prayers where they hold their right hand up next to their face while reciting the Creeds, using their left hand to wander the pages and move religious artifacts around during Sermons. Most Unionists have a necklace with a small golden hand in front of a star, or a broach with the head of Emperor on it to outwardly identify themselves as Unionist. In general, Unionists condemn the practice of outward identification of other Religions however, and refrain from doing it much themselves.


Early Churches and Worship

Unionism began as a small cultist sect of Old Gods in the Regalian court. Emperor Theomar the first was said to have visions of a divine nature, compelling him to write down scriptures later referred to as the Ten predictions of Union. Due to the cohesion of the Regalian court at the time, and fluidity of religious worship following the Void invasion, Unionism immediately took hold in the nearest nobility close to the Emperor. The writing of the Ten predictions of Union took a total of 53 years, being finalized several years before the death of Emperor Theomar. In the early years of Unionism, there were no churches. The Creeds do not specifically state worship should happen inside a church, and churches were only brought into the spread of Unionism several years after the death of Emperor Theomar. Conversion happened locally throughout Regalia mostly, by court missionaries and by power of word. Sectarian violence in Regalia was a common thing in the early years after the Void invasion, following the fracturing of existing religions as theologians scrambled to try and explain the events happening in the world. Limited missionaries were sent out to other states, but did not take root as strongly as they did in Regalia. Following the death of Theomar the First, the Supreme Reverend summoned a Diet to discuss the future course of Unionism, and how to best spread it, given the interpretations of the Ten predictions of Union.

The Three Schisms

Unionism's first true Schism happened at that Diet summoned in 92 AC by the Supreme Reverend. The Council broke unity over the eighth Creed, the creed speaking about Saints. The Supreme Reverend and the grand majority of the bishops of the Regalian Archipelago believed the eighth Creed was a mistake. They reasoned that because the Imperial spirit had departed the previous Emperors, they deserved no more worship as they were just vessels. The Etosian fraction as it was referred to, was a number of dissenting missionaries and a single Etosian bishop who believed Saints should be revered, and taking it further yet. They argued that Sainthood can be achieved by anyone for any act of extreme piety or martyrdom for Union. The fracture within the Council could not be mended with debate, and the Etosian fraction split from the Church of Union, fleeing to Etosil to continue their version of Unionism. Originally the Church of Union attempted to persecute Etosian Unionists, but given that the religion was still relatively small at the time, smaller than Paganism even, led the Supreme Reverend to decide in favor of the Clastic Law. The Clastic Law was voted in place by the bishops, dictating that all sub versions of Unionism were protected, and that all interpretations of Unionism are neither wrong, nor right, as long as they serve Humanity as a whole.

Unionism went through a period of accelerated growth in the next 100 years, leading up to the second schism in 186 AC. The second Schism was much smaller than the first, caused by a group of dissenting locals in the Grande of Girobalda, the south-west Lordship of Regalia. The locals and the priests felt that Unionism did not do enough to forcefully convert non Humans and paganism Humans to their faith. Additionally, Divining had become a popular local practice, leading the local priests to believe that the Emperors were not the only ones able to receive visions and messages from the Imperial spirit. They believed that in a smaller form, everyone could get in touch with the Imperial Spirit as long as they were devout and sacrificing enough. The second Schism is referred to as the "Diviner Schism" leading to the establishment of the small cultist religion of Diviner Unionism. This was the first event that caused the subsequent Reverend's to regret signing the Clastic Law in place. Diviner Unionism was a much more xenophobic and aggressive form of Unionism, demanding regular non Human sacrifices and violent struggles within the religion itself to advocate survival of the fittest for the cause of Humanity. Despite the original success of Diviner Unionism in Girobalda, the religion did not spread elsewhere. Present day, it is assumed that this is the case because Girobalda was surrounded by Ithanian Culture lands. Ithanian Culture demands a certain level of civility and class, two things that were utterly incompatible with Diviner Unionism. Without a presentable land bridge to spread their faith, Diviner Unionism eventually confined itself within Girobalda and declined over the decades.

Unionism grew explosively between 190 AC and 250 AC, following the many successful conquests of the Emperors and the subjugation of many other Human States. Missionaries for the first time had success spreading their faith elsewhere, causing the erection of many Cathedrals across Aloria. Unionism had undergone several changes as well. Several Emperors selectively removed, added and re-added smaller sections of the Creeds, or wrote expansions to suit their specific needs at the time. In 263 AC, Old Gods had totally been eclipsed by Unionism as the more dominant religion in the Regalian Archipelago and was well on its way to control the rest of the Human world. It was in this year that the Supreme Reverend Wolffram Ultor signed the "Kleine Rechnung", a law proposed by Justinian the Second. The law effectively dictated that Old Gods and Faith of Estel as religions were protected within the borders of the Regalian Empire, being degenerate religions that simply "lost their way". The Emperor believed that despite the worship of a false idol or false gods, they still worshiped the Imperial Spirit, as that was the true power behind these religions. The Religious clergy resisted this change, but the divine will of the Emperor could not be questioned.

The Third Schism happened upon the ascension to the throne of Alexander Kade, the first non Ivrae to take the throne in nearly 300 years. The Kade Settlement, as the document was called, was a document signed by the Chancellor and the then dying Emperor that would dictate males from female descendants could take the throne. Prior to this event, Emperor Justinian the Second had lost all his sons to the Undead scare in Regalia, leaving no male descendants alive. His brother, Prince Charles who died 10 years prior to him, still had two living daughters, princess Adelheid and the elder Princess Liliane. Princess Liliane had been married to the Chancellor Moriarty Kade, and had given birth to Alexander, Thomas, Dominic, Cedric and Amalia Kade. Adelheid Ivrae only had two sons, Daryl and Frederic, but she was the younger sister, and so these Ivrae males were passed by a Kade. The Vultar bishops believed that, because Alexander Kade was an Old Gods worshipper, that the Imperial Spirit had left the Imperial seat and would not connect with it again since the line had been broken. This effectively started the third Schism, the Vultar Heresy. The Vultar Heresy took place in 302 AC and had major momentum in the Duchy of Vultaro of the Regalian Archipelago. The locals were already disgruntled by noble rule of their Duke, Tristan Lamperouge the First of Vultaro, causing this dissent to merge with religious unrest.

The status of Vultar heretics is difficult within the Regalian Empire. The Church of Union wishes to eradicate their heretical split religion, but the Clastic Law prevents them from doing so. Wolffram Ultor, despite somewhat supporting the Vultar Heresy ideas, sent many missionaries to convert the Vultar population by power of word. The Clastic Law after all only dictated that no force was to be used against heretics, but it never stated anything against conversion. The Vultar Heresy was small and local, but still damaging to Unionism as a whole. This marked the first event where the undisputed power of the Emperor was brought into question. Following the Elven wars however, fervor for Unionism returned, as it always had after wars with non Humans.

Verses of the Faith

Unionism knows several prayers, most which may be recited by common folk, some reserved for knights and some for the clergy alone. The most popular ones are spelled out below, with Minecraft line compatibility to allow easy copy pasting.

Verse of Faith

The Verse of Faith is traditionally recited at the start of a sermon.

Blessed is the one walks in the step of the Union faith, the divine fate of Humanity

Those who delight in the law of the Spirit, and those who work for the betterment of their kin

A person like a tree by streams of water, yielding fruits in season and without wilt and wither

The wicked will not stand in judgement, nor those who fail humanity in the righteous spirit's eyes

For the Imperial Spirit watches over the way of the righteous but the way of betrayal to destruction

Verse of The Unbelievers

This Verse of The Unbelievers is traditionally recited towards non Humans.

Why do the other races conspire and plot in vain? The Empire shall rise up and band together

The Imperial Spirit stands high on the Imperial throne, casting his judgement on those sinners

The Imperial Spirit said upon the throne: You are my body, you are my divine instrument and will

Ask me and I shall deliver the nations and their people to you. The Ends of Aloria for Humans

You will break the non believers with rods of iron, clashing them like pottery and glass

Therefor you non Humans be wise, be warned you sinners of Humanity serve the Empire with might

Verse of Holy Faith

This Verse of Holy Faith is traditionally recited during a sermon concerning enemy states and non believers

Spirit how many are my foes! How many may rise against me! How many will say Humans cannot Deliver!

But you faith, are a shield for me, my glory, the glory of our Mankind, we call out to his will

The will and direction of your Imperial Crown, vestige and body of your Imperial will and promise!

We lay, we hunger, we eat and we sleep for the Spirit lifts us high and sustains us in our destiny

Arise ye Humans, be delivered by the Imperial Spirit, strike our enemies and free the unknowing

From the Spirit comes deliverance, may his blessing be upon the Imperial folk and all Humans

Verse of the Praying

The Verse of the Praying is usually recited by believers during a mass, or in private when they pray.

Listen to my words Imperial Spirit, listen to my lamentations and hear me oh Imperial Spirit up high

Hear my cry for help, my holy highest and my divine, for I pray you to as a Human of the faith

For you Imperial spirit who is not pleased with the sins of the non believers and non Humans

You hate all who do wrong and destroy all who lie. Bless me and my house for our service to you

I, by your great love, can enter your house and be delivered from death and pain in his mortal world

Lead me to righteousness, astray from my enemies and into your hands oh Imperial Spirit

Surely Spirit, you bless the righteous, you surround them with your favor as a shield from sin

This is my prayer, and my request for the service to the Imperial Crown and the Spirit beyond

Verse of the Unhuman

The Verse of the Unhuman is traditionally recited by non Human followers of the faith in prayer

Spirit, do not cast me aside in your anger, or discipline me in your wrath. I surrender myself

Have mercy on me, for I am faint, and have been in past lives in deep anguish, long the suffering

Spirit, turn and deliver me from this vessel so I may be granted another chance at Humanity

Among my foul folk none recite your name, but I am faithful and hold strong in my belief of you

My eyes grow weak with sorrow, failing for all my woes and foes between me and deliverance

Away from me all my woes, for the Spirit shall hear my weeping and see my true faith and deliver

As I cry out for mercy, I shall be granted a second chance at Humanity for the faith Union

May it be granted on me, it shal turn others to shame and a paragon of virtue will be delivered

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