Cisterran Creation Myths
The Church of the Divines promotes a purely divine creation of Cisterra, and its clerics all must study and become intimately familiar with the many scriptures detailing the account. The primary force in Cisterra’s creation was Chevalis, a holy deity of limitless benevolence and honor. Together with his daughters Linnawyth and Serrana, he created the various races of Cisterra, and taught them how to build cities and fortresses to keep themselves safe. Other Divines contributed to the creation process, as well. Fortunas created the celestial sphere and enabled farming and trade for the mortals. Theremond, against the will of Chevalis, gifted the mortals with language, knowledge, and magic.
Since the creation, the Divines have watched over Cisterra from their celestial abodes, infrequently visiting their child-plane or interfering with its growth. As evil deities began to emerge, the Divines sought them out and kept them from poisoning Cisterra with their blight. Waging a planar war against these infernal and abyssal forces, the Divines grew in power with the worship of the mortals, and since the beginning of time they have kept these banes at bay. The only other deity to emerge since the early times has been Hadran, who ascended to immortality through the conflict and warring of the mortal races of Cisterra. Though a destructive force, Hadran is seen by the divines as both a recompense for the mortals own bickering and disobedience and a useful force against the evil ones.
Chusei has a long history of religious animosity with the other races of Cisterra, primarily because they do not place importance in the works or the supervision of the Divines. Instead, the inhabitants of Chusei believe that the great dragon Ryukami is responsible for their existence and for the worlds around them, and that from his sacrifice, his power and honor was passed into the blood of the Elves. As such, the Elves of Chusei place utmost importance in the reverence of their ancestors, who have passed down the noble blood of Ryukami through each generation since Cisterra’s onset. They also, in thankfulness to Ryukami for choosing to bless them at his own expence, put high importance in self-perfection and self-introspection.
The heads of the noble families function as arcane priests for the Elves, carrying out ceremonial rituals in reverence to their ancestors and to Ryukami using mantras, incense, and meditation. The monks of Meikyo Shisui Temple, and its subsidiary monasteries across Chusei, teach martial arts and kata, meditation techniques, and the teachings of Chusei scholars and diviners to the general population of their country. The legendary Samurai warriors serve Chusei as direct emulations of Ryukami; they don ceremonial masked helmets, called Kabuto, with draconic faces and wear armor resembling dragon scales and serve as the defenders of Chusei or generals in her grand army.
The Rabiah have no idea where they are or why there are there, but continually look forward to where they are going and how they will survive to get there. As such, the best musing a Rabiah Halfling might make as to how the world was created would be something akin to, “I dunno. Maybe its just always been here and we’ve been lost inside it for a long time?”
The scholars at Arcaro have spent much time and many resources attempting to discern how Cisterra and its contents came to be. Not so much effort has been spent on why, but the research of how and when has been the primary task of Arcaro’s Loremasters, intense librarians dedicated to the art of archiving and documentation. Many theories exist, but most scholars differ in their interpretation of Lindelian scriptures and Chusei scrolls. Attempting to find the truth between two highly varied explanations has been the main hurdle in this field, and while most professors choose one side and attempt to defend it, a select few have posited theories mixing both Lindelian and Chusei beliefs. These researchers claim that a separate deity created both the Divines and the great dragon, and that this deity is for some reason now absent from the current pantheon.
Before the Ancients’ War, the Orcs were purely nomadic and pagan; their worship practices included sun worship, witchcraft, and other strange habits. After the war, however, Orcish priests of evil deities called Diabolists were seen by outsiders, and the entire Orcish nations began behaving quite differently; forts were constructed, raiding parties organized, slaves were captured, and normally calm and docile beasts began accompanying the hordes to battle. Most Cisterrans, therefore, believe the Orcs to be worshippers of evil deities, but the exact theologies these brutes adhere to are unknown to all but themselves.
Before the attack of the Elves during the Ancients’ War, the Dwarves followed clerics of the Lindelian Divines, but they always showed their faith awkwardly and quietly-as if simply imitating their neighbors. After the routing of the majority of their people, the Dwarves have eschewed belief in the Divines, and declared themselves a secular people. No non-Dwarves know the current beliefs and practices of those under Kaldheim’s walls, but all can attest that Dwarves have little patience for preaching, meditation, or magic of any kind.