the mainstream beliefs of spirituality
Valorism - valoric faith
Valorism is the most popular religious identity in Orrison, with the widest range of sub-religions. It is centered around the idea of many spirits and multiple small gods. It is acceptable in Valorism to accept one god or a few gods as patron deities to devote yourself to (many spirits are attached to locations, families, etc, and can be very personal), but it is also just as accepted to have no patron deity and to simply respect spirits as they are.
The backbone of the faith involves the belief in positive and negative karmic energy (not good or bad, just positive and negative) that affect the spirits, which in turn affect the physical world. Helping your own deities through prayer, encouragement, and offerings can help to maintain harmony.
Every living being is a small spirit in and of itself, just with a physical body, so Valorism also teaches that you must treat others with respect as well. When one dies, their energies rejoin the spiritual atmosphere of the world (Fys). The state of their afterlife, whether pleasant or hellish, depends on the state of the physical realm. If harmonic balance is not maintained, the area will cause all spiritual life to suffer. Pressure is put on practitioners because their actions are responsible for the suffering of spirits, and their owns pirits will join them after death.
One can balance their energy by performing certain behaviors and surrounding one's self with certain objects and colors. This can vary from self restraint and punishment to reward and indulgence, as prescribed by Valoric Sages. It includes things like taking pilgrimmages, eating certain foods, and wearing certain colors. The prescribed rituals depend on one's mental state, build, health, recent actions, and eye color.
Due to the structure of Valorism, it is often associated with the Immanu and their deity, Heis of Order.
Hevinity - hevinian faith
The second largest religion, Hevinity dictates that there is one creator (Fys) who slumbers, and their court (at the head of which stands Heis of Order, Viis of Chaos, and Ivei of Time) who oversees the forces of the world. Believers of Hevinity often spend certain hours in a week giving thanks to the creators. In Hevinity, it is believed that the creator's body and spirit forms a river of energy which is the source of all fysa, and that they sleep wrapped around the world. On death, they are given a final judgement by Fys' reflection, Mylic, who decides whether or not they must be reincarnated into physical form again for another chance or are finally allowed to rejoin Fys themself. Mylic is the main antagonistic force of the world who wanders the physical realm in various forms, testing the strength of Fys' creations.
Every species (sentient or not) bears a soul because it was born out of Fysa, though not all species (nor all individuals even in the same race) can harness their fysa. It is also believed that the strength of Fysa follows bloodlines, and that the natural alignment of Fysa can be augmented by gauging the eye colors of an individual (similar to Valorism's view on physical and spiritual traits influencing one another). No eye color is seen as "good" or "bad" but an individual's eye color is said to bring them luck, and they are encouraged to keep talismans bearing their color. Gem stones exactly matching eye color are particularly lucky, and are also used in bonding ceremonies as gifts (wearing your partner's (or partners') color is a show of faith and brings fortune).
The sole exception are humans, who are believed to have been adopted by Ilya. Humans adapt to Fysa, and were more like natural conduits for the magic having absolutely no original magic of their own. Humans are not looked down upon for the spiritual difference (Ilyawas created by Fys as well, so humans are sort still beings of Fys too), and it is even said that Ilya tests them the hardest because they are secretly proud of their sole species. On death, humans are either cast back into the physical realm in reincarnation or join Ilya and aid them in judgement.
Ordeiism - Ordeiic Faith
Ordeiism believes in no higher power or spiritual influence. Ordeiism dictates that people themselves are the most powerful 'deities', self-developed on the world and free to influence it as they wish. When they die, their time of influence of over, and there is no afterlife or continuation of their existence in any other realm.
Valorism, Hevinity, and Ordeiism are sometimes even hybridized, and ideas from one may be used in another in sub-religions.
a cult of rrex
Rrex Beliefs (non-penitent)
The rrex mostly believe themselves to be minor deities-- not equal to Fys, but they feel their divinity in element makes them superior to other mortals. Thus, most do not actually worship any other power or give respect to higher powers. For beings who consider themselves divine, they are quite simple and earthly in their beliefs, viewing faith with skepticism.
The Penitent Rrex of Kheir
Some rrex call themselves The Penitent. They believe the rrex do have a deity, a forgotten being called Kheir who made the rrex in their image, to be envoys in the mortal plane. When rrex were created, they appeared as Kheir did-- winged beings of divinity and ash, fire and air, who could move between the mortal plane and the incorporeal. Rather than use their strength to help their fellows in the world of Orrison and to preach word of Kheir, the Rrex forgot their purpose and used their strength for entirely selfish reasons. As a result, Kheir took away their wings (to force them to work the earth alongside their fellow mortals) and cursed the rrex with halos. The halos were a visual reminder of the ego of the rrex, and worked to burn the fires of their pride even brighter. Until the rrex are able to defeat their egos, they will remain wingless on the mortal plane.
The Penitent believe several things are necessary in order to re-join Kheir in their afterlife:
- To your fellows, be humble.
- To your fellows, do not initiate violence.
- To your fellows, spread faith in Kheir.
As a show of repentance, some members of the Penitent cut the length of their tails, preventing them from wielding tail blades. Many choose to wear ornamental caps on their tails afterwards. For many Penitent, their halos appear to be diminished, or may not even show at all.