Religions & Philosophies
Cabriri: Once the main religion of Eschaton, Boeotia, the Cambri Isles, and Lydia. Pantheistic, akin to Roman and Greek deities, now outlawed as heresy following the deaths of the Cabriri themselves but still practiced in secret.
Diplopia: Belief that the loss of this universe has resulted in the creation of a mirror universe that is akin to a paradise, technically heresy but popular among uppertendom.
Hagia Trium: Worship of the Triumverate as divine saviors of mankind, instituted in Eschaton 100 years ago as the one true way.
Izedi: Worship of nature spirits subsequently thought to be agents of the Deadborn, outlawed as heresy but still practiced in secret.
Necrolatry: Worship of the dead who are thought to have ascended to spiritual prominence, outlawed as heresy but still practiced in secret, particularly common in the Cromlech.
Targum: Worship of elder religious texts from a cult that supposedly foretold the fall of man, native to Yezdegerd, outlawed as heresy but still followed in secret by many.
Tenebrae: Worship of the darkness, the Deadborn, The Big Empty, all cults of Tenebrae were supposedly hunted to the point of extinction long ago.
Vacuism: Belief in the fundamental emptiness of the universe and that all things must return to the vacuum, outlawed as heresy but still practiced in secret.
Zeteticism: Belief that humanity cannot comprehend truth or relative value, skeptics and rationalists, anti-dogma, popular among academics, outlawed as heresy but still practiced in secret.
The Deadborn, the Tenebrous Ones, the Empty, were the greatest enemies known to the World That Was. These strange creatures came out of the shadows of the night sky, and with them came the near total-destruction of all existence. There are many theories about their origins and what motivated them to unravel creation and create the Big Empty, but none was ever been confirmed. For most of mankind, it was enough to know that they had terrible dark power, insane and evil plans, and sought to obliterate all of existence. The fact that some human cults (the Tenebrae) worshiped them as some sort of "true" deities is a disturbing but often neglected fact.
There were once many dozens of Deadborn, but the ones most people of Eschaton know are:
Jagnatha: Massive Deadborn who grew as the Emptiness overtook the World That Was, Impossibly strong, also known as The Juggernaut and The Growing Corpse, slain by the Triumverate.
Caliga: Secretive and stealthy Deadborn who crept into the World That Was first and helped to conceal the Deadborn, their plots and their agents, also known as The Lady of Mists and Hider of Truths, slain by the Triumverate.
Ronion: Bestial Deadborn who bore terrible wounds that never healed and which brought plagues and madness, also known as The Mange and Disease Dog, slain by the Triumverate.
Vermipar: Horrible worm-like Deadborn who infected inanimate things and used them against the living, also known as The Burrower and Worm Maker, slain by the Triumverate.
Thamuuz: Charismatic and duplicitous Deadborn who led the Izedi in worship of nature spirits, betrayed his followers and sacrificed many in the Wrackful Ritual, also known as The Great Liar and Baseless, slain by the Triumverate.
Feaze: Constantly changing Deadborn who spread confusion, worry, and anxiety throughout the World That Was, also known as The Mad One and Pell Mell, slain by the Triumverate.
Redrum: Bloodthirsty Deadborn who encouraged wars, mass slaughter, executions, and murder, also known as The Ripper and Vivisector, slain by the Triumverate.
The Cabriri were the gods who claimed to have created the World That Was in ages past. As a family-like pantheon with individual portfolios and aspects, they were rivals as often as they were allies. All of them demanded tributes from their mortal followers, but the nature of these offerings varied from god to god and temple to temple. They were worshiped in Lydia, the Cambri Isles, Eschaton, and Boetia, with other nations and cultures looking on them as potent but not divine spirits. With their downfall at the hands of the Triumverate a century ago, the official line in Eschaton is now that they were non-divine pretenders who tried to usurp the "rightful" rulers of all things. This has not prevented some of the city-state's inhabitants still making offerings to them, but this activity is always done in secret for fear of Capistrate discovery of such heresy.
The chief deities of the pantheon of Cabriri were:
Mascag: The White God, Father of the World, Chieftain of the Cabriri, Transformer, God of Fires, Earth, Forges, Farming, Eschaton, slain by the Triumverate. Mascag had the most temples, icons, and priests in the World That Was, and he was also the patron of Eschaton. Some claim the Triumvirs were cursed by him upon his death, explaining their current cruelty and madness. Others note that Mascag himself was something of a dictatorial bastard.
Canthara: The Green God, The Fly God, God of Insects, Poison, Medicine, Drink, Drugs, Sex, slain by the Philanthropist. There are tales of a secret cult dedicated to Canthara still existing in the Rookery, operating as assassins and spies without peer.
Sinopis: The Red God, The Sturdy God, Builder, God of Industry, War, Production, Labor, Machines, Strength, slain by the Polemarch. Sinopis is regularly blamed for the fall of the World That Was in Triumvir propaganda; as the deity dedicated to conflict, the documents claim it was in his interest to stage the Deadborn Invasion.
Volbor: The Copper God, The Glittering God, Conductor, God of Wealth, Crystals, Gems, Travel, Trade, Magic, slain by the Thanatope. Up until a century ago, most merchants and guild houses had statues dedicated to Volbor in their halls and residences. Those icons have since been defaced or replaced by representations of the Thanatope.
Necron: The Black God, The Fetid God, Decayer, God of Spirits, Ancestors, Pottery, History, Knowledge, slain by the Thanatope. Some believe Necron is responsible for the creation of the Deadborn. Others believe the Thanatope keeps him chained in a prison as his personal slave. In these and other cases, theorists point to the fact that men, women, and children still die as evidence that he is still around in some capacity.
Massicot: The Yellow God, The Xanthic God, Shapeshifter, Deity of Creativity, Art, Culture, Change, slain by the Polemarch. With Massicot's death, some claim, Eschaton will always remain under the rule of the Triumverate (or A Triumverate, should the current one be usurped). This has been used as an excuse for the stagnant state of the arts world, which continues to churn out historical and nostalgic imagery honoring the Triumvirs.