The Falistic Faith
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The primary religion in all of Falamoore and most of Eldas is Falism. Falism is a pantheonic belief in the five atronarchs. Falistic faith is enforced by the Imperial Chantry with military assistance from the Templar Order. This religion not only is widespread but is culturally and politically influential-especially concerning decisions made by the Faloorian government.
The Five Atronarchs
The atronarchs are symbolic in some way and represented by one of the basic elements. Each individual atronarch has their own story and a place in every good Faloorian's heart. However, some gods are more revered than others.
The atronarch that most falists turn to is the god Ascan, also known as his Imperial Majesty Ascan I Falian, the first emperor of Falamoore. Ascan, also referred to as the Imperial Father due to his ongoing dynasty, is the atronarch of creation, order, and stability within the empire. Many faloorians pray to him to wish their children a long, stable life. Ascan was not always a atronarch unlike most gods. He began as a human born to a count family in redcrest. As he grew he rose to the position of count of a small town in the red bay and inspired many to join his forces. Eventually he had amassed an entire army and took his loyal soldiers and conquered the lands that are now Falamoore. There was very little resistance except for the battle of Red Crossing where he made his first real move against his enemies. It was after his conquest did he claimed himself as king and make not only the humans, but the elves and dwarves bend a knee in his name. Redcrest was his chosen capital and remains the home of the government and emperor in Falamoore. He founded the Dragoncouncil, built up the politics and culture, and ruled the newly found empire up until his death which then lead to his rise into godhood.
Uzael,the human atronarch symbolizing war, death, vengeance and conquest. Due to his symbolic means of raging violence, his element is of fire. One might find his face upon a shield rather than over an alter since he is the atronarch of military, rage, and things of the like. Most falists offer their prayers to Uzael when wishing their loved ones who have fallen in war in hope for vengeance. Uzael finally rose to be a god in 0691 when he returned home from a feud with Chemor. At the time he was a general and utterly devastated at Falamoore's loss. Uzael grew upset with the emperor, Ascan III, and ran away to gather up loyal soldiers to attack Redcrest. He faced the emperor alone in an attempt to kill him on the steps now named after him, the steps of Uzael. The very steps upon which his human life came to an end, and where his godhood began.
Evaasha is an elven god representing water. She heavily symbolizes things of nature and things of the like. Evaasha is also known to symbolize love and peace. In her life as an elf she was wed to Ascan, the head atronarch and first emperor of Falamoore. In fact, Evaasha came to be a god due to her passionate love for Ascan. The stories say that her love for him was so deep it surpassed the barrier between elf and god, later allowing her to join him as an atronarch once she passed.
Nordorn is the dwarven god of earth. He represents not only the act of smithing and craftmenship but the many minerals and architecture itself. Nordorn died back in 0346 b.a. Back when he was alive he built the palace of Khaz Ankor with his own hands, which is still used for dwarven royalty to this day. It was because of his dedication and handiwork that he was praised by his dwarven brethren and later revered as an atronarch after his death. Despite being one of the five atronarchs, Nordorn is still only primarily worshiped in Khaz Ankor among the dwarves.
Eldir is the elven atronarch of the element air. He is a symbol for art and artists alike. Eldir also symbolizes prosperity, time, and wisdom. Out of the five atronarchs Eldir is the youngest by quite a bit. When he was an elf in Falamoore he worked to make what is now the modern calendar of Falamoore. He devoted much of his time and effort until it was completed. At first, Eldir's critics were skeptical but after the emperor of the time gave it approval it was widely accepted.
The Falistic Uprising
The falistic uprising is an essential piece of Faloorian history and what allowed the atronarch Ascan to be considered a god. After his death, Ascan gained many dedicated followers. Some of which viewed him as a god and pressed their beliefs on others. 700 years after Ascan's death and growing influence is when the uprising finally began. There was an estimate of two weeks of warfare between the small group of falists and the empire. Their fight converted more and more people, allowing the religion to stand a chance. After the newly established Chantry had grew to be one of the most influential bodies in Falamoore, Falism grew to be the state religion of the empire. Eventually, the people of Falamoore became united under Falism and continue to worship it in the present.