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Marwanism is a polytheistic religion practiced across the universe, especially in the Florathel Galaxy. It was created over a period of roughly 5,000 years as various prophets told stories of the Marwa, the Marwanist pantheon of gods. It is by far the most populous religion in Florathel and the second most practiced religion in the entire universe. The largest concentrations of adherents are within the territory of the Theocracy of Yaztas and the Darari Kelnai, and most of the rest of the population is thinly scattered throughout the galaxy.

Marwanism has become increasingly diverse in its many variants as well as individual interpretations of the various key components of the religion. The variants usually all have a distinction between the true supreme beings, the Marwa, and various lesser deities.

While many Marwanists believe that this religion was revealed to many different civilizations across all of time, the modern form of Marwanism evolved over roughly five thousand years between 45,000 and 50,000 CE in the region of space known as Yaztas. It was originally limited to this region until it slowly began to trickle outwards alongside both refugees from the oppressive policies there as well as, later, the ToY's conquests. It was at this point when large differences began to occur between various branches of the religion, forming the diversity we see today.

Origins and History

Modern Marwanism traces most of its teachings to a series of prophets known as the Hundred Lords. The first of them only described a few gods, and said that Artas herself initially created the universe. To most any modern Marwanist, this ancient form would be considered almost unrecognizable, although there are some that still adhere to it.

Interestingly, some of the Hundred Lords were originally Fuukanists hailing from Florescence, who were exiled and ostracized for suggesting that Fuukos was not the one and only god. As time went on, more gods were added to the Marwa, and some new concepts such as the Karyads (spirits of individual celestial bodies) were added, and various details of the myths were fleshed out.

Shortly before the creation of the Theocracy of Yaztas, Marwanism was roughly in its modern form. Various refugee groups fleeing the Yaztas region, cut off from the original holy texts, gradually diverged from the main religion, forming several branches scattered throughout the galaxy.

The conquests of the Theocracy also spread the religion, and the Arnot Republic came to have a large population of adherents as well before its destruction. Today, Marwanism is the second largest religion in the entire universe, and the fastest growing.

The Three Cornerstones: Most Important Practices

Although practices vary between individuals, there are three things that every Marwanist does. These things, known as the Three Cornerstones, are as follows:

Belief

All Marwanists believe that a group of 23 gods, known as the Marwa, are the most powerful and holy of all the various gods and spirits. However, they are still permitted to acknowledge the existence of other gods, and opinions vary on this.

Almsgiving

Rather than sacrifice to the gods, Marwanism mandates giving roughly 2 percent of your net worth to the poor, unless of course you are yourself poor. This exemplifies the egalitarianism of the Marwanist religion.

Pilgrimage to Temples

Marwanism mandates that at least once in ones lifetime, an adherent must embark on a pilgrimage to one of the major temples to the Marwa, at Artas, Kelestra, and Kaxor. Those who cannot afford this religious duty are exempted. There are also minor temples that one can make an optional pilgrimage to, and prayers made to the god in question are believed to be more powerful than prayers made at any old place.

The Marwanist Calendar

The Marwanist calendar is based primarily on the orbital period of the planet Artas (not the goddess). The year is split into 27 months, based on the orbital period of Alos, Artas' largest moon and the seat of government of the Theocracy of Yaztas. Artas is said to be the original site of the Holy Palace of the Marwa before it was moved into an alternate plane to avoid the searchings of mortal men, and that is why the planet was chosen to mark the system of time in the Marwanist calendar.

The Marwa: The Pantheon of Gods

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Other Gods and Spirits

Eschatology

Death and the Afterlife

The End of Time

Variants

Marwanist Myth

Holy Texts

The holy texts of Marwanism begun their compilation during the lifetime of the last of the Hundred Lords. However, after the death of the last of them, the then-small Marwanist community scrambled to find every myth that was recorded and place them in a single set of books.

The original copies of these books are found in the Great Temple at Artas, although they were not always housed here. During the Dominion of Khae and the Trezhath Republic's persecution of the early Marwanist community, they were hidden carefully on an uncharted rogue asteroid near the border of the Marakat Interstellar Union, but after the successful independence of the Theocracy of Yaztas they were restored to the temple.

Marwanism has five widely accepted holy texts, alongside the Book of Kafalun which is generally considered to be heretical by almost all Marwanists except the branch of Kafanism. The five holy books are referred to as the Marelsis Canon. Marwanists derive their practices from the actions of the gods and virtuous heroes as described in the Marelsis Canon alongside traditions of the actions of the Hundred Lords themselves, rather than there being explicit directions. are titled as follows:

  • The Creation: This book covers the creation of most structures in the universe, the birth of the first five of the Marwa, and the expulsion of Alachem. It is the shortest of the Marelsis Canon.
  • The Expansion: This book covers the births of some more of the Marwa, as well as the improvement of the universe after the expulsion of Alachem and the Aeternum Event.
  • The Exploration: This book covers the journeys of Alna and Mira, as well as the births of the remaining gods. The Exploration also discusses the departure of Fuukos and Kokos and the creation of Via Aylathiya. It is the longest of the Marelsis Canon.
  • The Revelation: This book covers the revelations of the Marwanist religion to the species of the universe. It is relatively short, and mostly describes Phain's adventures around the universe to bring the Hundred Lords into the world.
  • The Last Battle: The Last Battle covers the Last Battle at the end of time, and describes every possible ending in gruesome detail. The Last Battle is by far the most gruesome of the Marelsis Canon, and is the second shortest. Unlike the other four, it describes events in the future, and covers multiple directions in which the Last Battle could go. As such, it is the most well-known to non-Marwanists.

During the time of the hundred lords, the myths that compose the Marelsis Canon were not arranged in any order, and were simply told whenever the teller felt it necessary. The Canon was arranged in rough chronological order, and titled in reference to whatever topic was most important within the book.

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