The Children of the Swell were established in 53 A.o.R. and are a small, isolated group. Though they are technically a Hevinian sect, they disagree that Fys is asleep. Consisting mostly of tolka and humans, (as they are the races with the most defense against fysa poisoning) the family worships the ocean itself as Fys's true form. Any baby (or prospective member) that survives to six months old is baptized in the ocean, accounting for their low numbers despite their relatively long history.
They are a circle of zealots whose members are tight-knit. The Children live and die by the ocean; they hold the belief that Fys will bless their devotion (if they survive the inevitable fysa poisoning) or deem them unworthy and return them to their side. Many of the Children are preachers or artisans, manufacturing trinkets and charms to sell in Ichorrai.
The Children accept members from all walks of life; however, their main interests are not in recruitment. They believe that any who are meant to be with them will eventually find their way to them. They are much more interested in selling their wares -- often branded with the Swell's circle emblem -- and in reaffirming their own faiths. (Though Luto are accepted into the Family, there is a historical discomfort towards and stigma surrounding them, as many in the Family believe them to be souls that Fys rejected. Some luto accept the title "Revenant" in line with this.)
Their greatest goal is to someday develop the ability to live in the ocean itself, though they have been (unsurprisingly) unsuccessful thus far. Their secondary goal is to one day find the beast their founder ate of and feast upon it again, testing their devotion to Fys in the same way Ophiuchus did.
The late Exalt received a dream (the same dream everyone on Orrison received) from what he believed to be Fys and put together a party of his most useful and cherished Family to receive Fys's latest trial. They accepted the storm for what it was and were either destroyed or taken elsewhere by the fog. Currently, the Children are under the leadership of Saint Cainan, the highest ranking member left alive after the chaos of Spirebreak wiped out much of the family and left many other members missing.
Their ranks are as follows:
- Exalt - Current Leader
- Saint - A member of the circle whose baptism resulted in changes to their body. Believed to be highly favored by Fys. Generally, only one or two are alive at one time. Though they choose the new Exalt, they are not allowed to be promoted themselves. Currently, the only Saint in the Children of the Swell is Saint Cainan.
- Bishop - A follower whose devotion to Fys has been recognized by the Exalt. Bishops are in line to become the new Exalt when the current one passes.
- Follower - A normal member. They are expected to sell their skills (as artisans, mercenaries, etc) and return most of their earnings to the Children.
- Initiate - A prospective new member. They remain here until their baptism, at which point they either die or ascend to follower.
Please note that only Followers and Initiates are being accepted at this time.