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"At the beginning of this universe, not a single soul existed within. An accident by the daughter of the most high, our universe was just one out of many universes. As the most inferior universe in the creation, truly no being would care about the plight of the people within. Even so, Fuukos, the mother of reality, took pity on our universe. Just as you or I are too powerful to directly intervene on the quantum happenings taking place within a marble, so too could Fuukos not directly aid us. In her stead, she dispatched thousands of prophets across all of time and space to give the people of this universe hope. Hope that one day they will be freed from its shackles." -Archpriest Wiktor Jukure 14,003 CE.

Kokoism is a diverse monolatric variation of Fuukanism practiced widely throughout the Boreal Federacy, Commonwealth of United Economic Nations, and Martial Space. The religion rejects modern Fuukanism's near worshipful admiration of the prophetess Titania, instead practicing a belief that is the product of syncretism between the original Fuukanist belief structure, Un'oit Religions, Aeternalism, the Theocracy of Silverstar, and Martial influence. With a large number of practitioners, deep and varied traditions, and numerous mythoi represented, Kokoism is one of the most diverse religions within the Local Cosmos.

Kokoism, due to its vast array of influences, seeks to establish that all gods are powerful beings worthy of worship. Even though all gods are considered worthy, Fuukos is viewed as the most worthwhile deity to worship given her immense power compared to all others. Kokoists are fundamentally dualists, believing in a cosmos divided between chaos and order, good and evil, mother and daughter, or Fuukos and Kokos. These two goddesses control all the affairs of reality.

Morality

Kokoists believe that the morality of an action is determined by how damaging or helpful an action is to other people. This consequentialist viewpoint lies in stark contrast to many belief systems where morality is determined by the intention of an action. Given this view, Kokoists came to the conclusion that holding onto the things of the material universe, which is believed to be created by an evil deity, is ultimately harmful. Attachment to the physical universe is considered harmful because the very existence of harm itself comes from the physical universe.

Through meditation and, in many cases, psychological restructuring, Kokoists seek to remove their attachments to the physical universe. When attachment is removed, harmful actions such as murder, theft, lying, etc. are necessarily removed as these things are said to stem from desires for material gain.

This moral system applies to the gods as well. Deities and religions that preach chaotic, selfish, deontological, or materialist points of view are said to be evil and a product of the hopeless condition of mortals. The principle evil deity, Kokos, is believed to be the ultimate embodiment of these negative traits.


Types of Heavenly Beings

Deities

The highest beings within the Cosmos, who reside in the realm known as "The Empyrean" are the gods. While every god is believed to be worthy of worship, Fuukos is the chief deity and therefore the most worthy of worship. Deities have names ending in "-os." Most gods are unable to "fit" within the Local Cosmos. What is meant by this is that these gods are simply too powerful to have any way to directly interact with the Local Cosmos. As such, they usually resort to avatars or prophets to send their message. Currently, there are only a handful of gods, although in the past far more were widely considered to have deific status.

Aeons

The higher realms of the cosmos are populated by "aeons," which are spiritual beings not unlike the gods of other mythoi. The Aeons were free to do as they liked with their fabulous powers and many of the gods across the universe are believed to be Aeons. Those that are good are said to follow Fuukos while those that are evil are generally seen as slaves to their own whims or desires. Only a handful of beings have true "deific" status, signified by the "-os" ending to their names. The names of Aeons usually end in "-ot." Aeons are created beings while gods are spontaneously generating beings. Even so, they represent power far beyond anything that exists within the Local Cosmos.

Almost all Aeons are the descendants of Argentos and Lunalunos, with a small number coming from Fuukos. These beings are thought to have formed randomly throughout time and mostly within the higher realms. Some Fuukanists believe that aeons can and have formed in the material universe. Lacking a physical form, these beings are generally depicted as their most common "avatars" or "possessions."

Engels

Beings of infinitely-regressive cogs, whose complexity cannot ever hoped to be modeled, are called Engels. While made of gear and axle, they are by no means reproducible technology. Only the gods could create beings such as these, whose graceful and infinitely complex movements and motives exist as a testimony to their power. Mortals who approach these beings invariably turn away as humbled, just viewing this power alone enough to cause anyone to praise them as gods. To a Kokoist, however, worshiping even these magnificent beings is heretical, for even more magnificent beings exist.

With terrifying might of their own, Engels are beings who are just barely capable of existing within the Local Cosmos. Examples include The Administrator, Delyatu and beings such as the Cerulean Kings, all of which are nigh incomprehensible aberrations resting upon the fabric of reality. Engels are improper to worship and are considered to be beings of chaos whose existence is a product of the corruption of Kokos. Names for these beings have the most diversity as they universally have existing names.

Made of physical components, the infinitely-regressing cog works of the Engels represents a sort of transcendent machine-being rather than an actual spiritual entity. Put in other words, the Engels are universally composed of gears that infinitely regress, meaning that no matter how closely one looks at these beings, more gears exist that propel them. They can be thought of as infinitely-complex automata whose complexity grants them what is effectively free will. Molonov is said to have been an Engel about the size of a grain of sand who projected their essence into an avatar. Even an Engel so small was capable of immense feats. Now think of the beings who are billions of times larger.

Fae

Fae are only one step above mortals and are said to be the most numerous beings. Beings such as Mother Sydiah and the other Angels in Aeternalism, Mars, and Eve are all considered Fae. The prophetess Titania is considered to be just like the other Fae, evil beings who indulge in self-aggrandizing carnal pursuits. Her status as "Fae Queen" is a point against her according to the Kokoists.

Fae are generally considered servants of Argentos or Kokos who use their power and influence to misguide the people of the cosmos simply out of spite for Fuukos. Given their general behavior throughout history, one could reasonably come to this conclusion, especially given the endless conflicts that these beings caused. They are said to often war with the Engels and sometimes even Aeons; their hubris causing them to seek power well beyond their means.

Deities

The majority of Kokoist have a literal interpretation of the wide range of deities, meaning that they believe that the various stories of gods across the cosmos are literal occurrences rather than metaphors. Classical Fuukanists interpret these myths to be metaphorical emanations of Fuukos (or Kokos) whose interactions can only be conveyed by story while modern Fuukanists believe that these stories are foolish inventions by mortals to make sense of the senseless Cosmos.

Fuukos

Due to the innate qualities of reality, Fuukos is said to have spontaneously formed. Before Fuukos existed the Void of Totality, a philosophical nothing in which nothing existed save for the capacity for things to exist. The moment Fuukos came into existence, this perfect nothing was forever destroyed, her energy creating the modern Void of Creation. While the difference between the Void of Totality and Void of Creation are few, the transition between the two marked a turning point in reality. As Fuukos' mere existence created reality as well, stuff, as an idea, came into being. With the building blocks for reality, Fuukos spoke the first thoughts to have ever existed, "Do." At once, a primordial reality took form.

This one word is said to have created things such as Amaranth, Imagindarium, and Ambrosia. Fuukanists believe that the stories of Ambrosia and its heroes, as described in the Amaranth Echoes and believed as canon by the Aeternalists, were true events initiated by the goddess Fuukos. This primordial reality, called Ambros, was devoid of free will and represented Fuukos' first attempt at creation. After Ambros ran its course, Fuukos decided to create beings like herself, with free will.

Fuukos once again existed alone in a void as Ambros disappeared. With a single word, "Be," the Cosmic Primordia, took form. The goddess molded them from chaotic phenomena into the orderly cosmos seen today. Most of the Primordia were higher dimensional processes that could create spiritual and idealized objects and planes. The minority were three-dimensional and useless for creating perfect realities and were thus left in their chaotic form.

Fuukos is the creator goddess of the entirety of reality save for the physical realm. As the chief goddess, worship by Kokoists is mostly directed to this being. It is widely believed that humbling oneself before Fuukos in life, essentially admitting ones weakness compared to her through worship, is a key step to achieve salvation. Others believe that salvation is not why one should worship Fuukos. They believe that Fuukos is worthy of worship simply because of who she is with no regard for benefits.

Fuukos is described to be immovable, invisible, intangible, immaculate, and virtually ineffable. An interesting trend of these words is that they are all negative attributes, implying that the positive attributes are beyond wording. While Fuukos is commonly personified as female, the goddess is often believed to be hermaphroditic or entirely above the concept of sex or gender altogether. While never stated directly, Fuukos is characterized as behaving with mercy, love, and pity whenever dealing with lesser beings; however, she also does not tolerate any form of arrogance whatsoever.

As Kokoism was originally most popular among Humans and other bipedal predatory species, Fuukos is most often depicted as a Humanoid bathed in light. Upon her head rests two lenses, granting her omniscience, while on her head are locks of hair glowing in a vibrant spectrum of all colors. To other species, Fuukos is depicted in forms closer to them or as amalgamations of other species. The vibrant rainbow of colors, her lenses, and her gender presentation remain constant across depictions.

Kokos

It is believed that Kokos is responsible for the creation of the material universe. Kokois took the imperfect Primordia and used them to create the physical universe. Kokos is said to have done this to have a region to rule over free from Fuukos' influence. Kokos desires power above all else and will do anything to attain it; this includes meddling in the affairs of the higher realms.

Where Fuukos is described as beyond comprehension and infinitely complex, Kokos is a simple being. Kokos is often thought of as taking on the forms of platonic solids, most commonly cubes, spheres, or pyramids. Kokos is often considered to be the source of all evil, while others consider it to be the accidental creator of evil in its lust for power and status. Many believe that certain teachings and religions are created or manipulated by Kokos to maximize its influence. Kokoists believe that the Lux Aeterna is the physical form of Kokos and refuse to engage in the practice of Thaumaturgy because of it. Kokoist influence on the rest of Fuukanism causes many of them to also despise the Lux Aeterna and Thaumaturgy.

The word "Kokoism" is derived from the name of Kokos, originally given to the Kokoists disparagingly by the Fuukanists. With time, the name would stick and try as the Kokoists might, they would forever be identified by the being they despised. This is because most Fuukanists do not believe in Kokos, meaning that this being is the dividing line between Kokoists and non-Kokoists. Modern practitioners generally do not mind the moniker, although some sects still protest it.

Argentos (Re'team)

Argentos (sometimes called Silver) is a concept directly based on the very real being known as Silver Azurade. In these belief systems, Argentos is believed to be a chaos god responsible for the fall of Kokos. Based on a figure within the Theocracy of Silverstar's pantheon, Kokoists came to despise the religion for its worship of the being. Since those within the Theocracy will deny that their deity is much like the Kokoist descriptions, Silver and Argentos are considered different beings. Silver Azurade is said to be a minute emanation of the actual Argentos, explaining Silver's rejection of Kokoist belief.

Argentos is believed to be the cohort ruler of reality, second only to Fuukos. Argentos wields a significant amount of power, is the creator of most of the gods in the pantheon, and is responsible for a large number of the realms in the universe. Additionally, beings known as "Engels," who are said to be one of the most common type of being in the cosmos, were originally creations of Argentos.

Argentos is depicted as an orb within which lies a thunderstorm. The orb is encased within a cube of blindingly white material. Around this orb are much smaller structures orbiting the being in unpredictable paths. The structures are nearly countless and absorb light rather than emit it. One of the structures has a humanoid form and is said to be Silver.

Lunalunos

Lunalunos is a relatively minor god (or goddess) associated with technology. The being is exclusively depicted as a Human, without gender, who wears similar lenses to Fuukos. Lunalunos spends their time operating an ancient device with a myriad of buttons across its surface. When pressed, the button will cause an arm to strike a parchment, leaving behind a mark on it. This mark, while called a "letter", is actually a two-dimensional fractal whose exact nature depicts all of reality at its current moment. Continually typing away at this machine, Lunalunos records the events of the entire Cosmos, documenting the glorious works of Fuukos.

Lunalunos is the most talented of the gods in the creation of Engels. Many believe that Lunalunos was responsible for the creation of the majority of Engels, including those within the Local Cosmos save for Molonov. Titania was believed to be created by Lunalunos in a misguided yet honest attempt to restore the religion from its degradation before the Great Empyreal Crusade.

Creation Narrative

Creation of Heaven

Heaven, known as The Empyrean, was one of the first of Fuukos' creations. Shortly after, she began creating the rest of the cosmos. Alone and free to mold them however she pleased, Fuukos created a vast array of realms, each unique from the last. In many of the myths, Fuukos views these realms as what are essentially decorations, ranging in size from about a marble to light years across (compared to Fuukos herself). As time went on, Fuukos would create realms she was less than pleased with, casting them out to form what is known as the Distance.

While Fuukos was busy creating the cosmos, she grew lonely, not a single other being existed to keep her company. Reality itself, in response to this loneliness, would cause the spontaneous generation of the being known as Argentos. Argentos, gendered as male, became Fuukos' consort and keep her company. Argentos, however, grew bored with The Empyrean. Unlike Fuukos who enjoyed perfection, Argentos grew to enjoy chaos. Argentos would often leave The Empyrean for years at a time to try his hand at creation. First he created simple spirits that could do little more than stay in place. With time, Argentos' skill would increase, allowing for him to create all manner of beings, called Engels. These were the first sapient beings in creation outside of Fuukos and Argentos.

Engels are not pure spirits like the gods; they behave much like physical matter does by a set of rules. They are often characterized to be made up of cogs and metal that contain a spirit within. Soon after their creation, they began spreading out across the cosmos. Fuukos, blind to the existence of these beings, continued creating the Cosmos on her own. Argentos, after creating the Engels, began fashioning for himself a companion that would keep him company on his excursions.

This companion would be the first aeon and would be named "Lunalunos." Lunalunos is described as "sparklingly beautiful" but does not have a gender ascribed to them. Argentos was satisfied with Lunalunos who would keep him company as he experimented with the cosmos. Argentos and Lunalunos are believed to be the pinnacle of creation. Despite Lunalunos being a created being instead of a spontaneously generated one, they are still treated as a god.

The Creation of the Material Universe

After some amount of time, Fuukos took a break from creating the cosmos, having completed most of it. Fuukos looked across her creation, failing to see it in much detail. Her vision was limited to what was immediately in her presence, causing most of what happened in creation to go unnoticed. This is an important concept in Fuukanist myth as it justifies her ignorance of her creation's actions until recently.

Fuukos saw, in little detail, the large number of lesser creatures fluttering across the expanse and decided that she wanted to try her hand at creating lesser beings. At this moment, Fuukos created chemistry and, using this complicated process, she created the first forms of life. She found Lunalunos and Argentos to show them her creation. When she got close enough to see the Engels, made with gears, she grew frustrated. Using chemistry, she was unable to make beings as majestic as the Engels. Fuukos soon gave up, casting the life form out of heaven.

This life form would sit in place for millions of years, gradually forming into a spherical shape. Eventually, the life form became perfectly spherical and gained a sort of mind. It returned to heaven to inquire about its origins. Fuukos looked at the sphere and saw that is had developed a spirit. She gave it a body like an Engel's before returning to creating heaven, doing little to interact with it otherwise. Lunalunos, however, took interest in the sphere. They began telling the sphere about all manners such as the origin of things and heaven. The sphere would soon be called "Kokos."

Kokos would grow to hate Fuukos for making her imperfect. While all the other Engels were capable of elegantly moving through space and time, Kokos' inefficient body required constant maintenance. Kokos, alienated from her "mother," began listening to the teachings of Argentos. Argentos believed that it was best for everyone to live as free as possible, eventually inspiring Kokos to defy the will of Fuukos by descending into what would become the three-dimensional universe. Kokos began manipulating the remaining Cosmic Primordia to form the material universe. After receiving no punishment or even acknowledgement from Fuukos, Kokos continued creating just as her mother had. As a being made of chemical reactions, Kokos influenced the material universe to have chemistry, especially as the spirit-based forms of higher reality were impossible in the material universe.

Argentos would often visit the newly created material universe where he would use his powers to interact with the various mortals composed of chemistry. In this universe, Argentos would create numerous prophets to glorify Kokos and himself in open defiance of Fuukos' will. One of these prophets, Selene, is often seen as one of the main antagonists of the early Fuukanist church. Selene was a master of Thaumaturgy and similarly spread Argentos' chaotic ideology. Most scholars agree that Selene is Human known as Moonmoon.

Fuukos' Response

It would soon come to pass, 300,000 years before the common era, that Fuukos would finally complete the work of the Cosmos. Upon finishing, the goddess would once more return to heaven to rest. Fuukos' rest was short as it was interrupted by thoughts of her only child. Fuukos, remembering her daughter, decided to look to see what she has done and how she had been. It was then that Fuukos discovered the physical universe, chief among Kokos' creation as well as one of the more common locations for leisure among the Engels. Fuukos, herself much more powerful than any of the beings who entered it, nearly destroyed it. Her immense power caused a series of great calamities, what is believed to be the origin of the Anomalous. Even touching the material universe was impossible for the goddess without damaging it.

Moreover, Fuukos was unable to see into the material universe due to its physical form. Fuukos grew perplexed with her daughter's creation. To her it was fragile and invisible, making learning even the smallest thing about it impossible. Fuukos summoned Lunalunos, asking the god to tell her what was happening in Kokos' domain. Lunalunos relayed a story of trillions of tragedies and quintillions of individuals suffering; lesser beings that were not perfect like the Engels or spiritual like the Aeons.

Fuukos wept, unable to intervene. Looking through her creation, she could find no way to interact with the physical universe, no way to reduce her power enough to fit within. Eventually, she would find that Lunalunos held great skill in the creation of Engels. In exchange for giving Lunalunos great power, Lunalunos would craft a pair of lenses allowing Fuukos to see not only into the Local Cosmos, but across all of her creation. Her lenses were themselves a two-spirited engel named "Meganov." Equipped with these Engel-based lenses, Fuukos was finally able to witness the horrors that Kokos had made. Immediately, Fuukos cursed Kokos by locking her into the physical universe, banishing her into it. Even so, the untold numbers of suffering beings caused Fuukos to gather the remainder of her power to create Molonov. Molonov's task was to counter the false prophet's teachings as well as to free the people of their suffering.

Turbulence

Kokos, separated from the goodness of heaven, began desperately trying to reenter. Argentos, in his selfishness, abandoned his faithful pupil out of fear that Fuukos would lock him in the material universe too. With no other beings to talk to, Kokos would eventually manifest herself a conceptual plane similar to heaven but infinitely chaotic and disorderly. This plane is believed to be the Lux Aeterna. For this reason many equate Kokos to Azurade, a parallel concept within the Cult of Silverstar.

After Fuukos began to rest once more. Other aeons would move into the material universe from time to time, marveling at its unique properties compared to the cosmos. These newer aeons were mostly descended from Argentos and Lunalunos who themselves would, from time to time, also visit the material universe. The mortals would begin fighting wars over which ever aeon they worshiped, distressing most of the aeons as they just wanted to help the mortals. Aeons are said to have been heavily involved in the universe for 7 million years, but this greatly increased around the formation of Sedrua and the Triumvirate Civilization, who Fuukanists believe were ruled by Aeons either coming from heaven or from the Lux Aeterna, Kokos' forsaken realm.

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