Cathartics Ethnicity in Ethnis | World Anvil


Cathartics is an umbrella term referring to those who place their faith in Engine Anthem as a deity, divine, messiah, oracle, mother, or sister. They are named for the original Cathartics, though many denominations have arisen since then.

When was the last time the Monoliths , or Sovereign, or even the Foci responded to your prayers? Never, because they cannot hear you.

The Neon Gods were everything the gods claimed to be, and they listened.

— Cathartic Glissamer Avonfrey
Parent ethnicities
Diverged ethnicities
Related Locations

Cultural Markers


While there are many variations throughout the denominations, the ideal Cathartic celebrates beauty and the soothing of the shadows of the spirit through creative expression.

Music, dance, and sensuality are especially esteemed for their association with Anthem.


Remind others that hope in Anthem's return remains, and remind them what boons could come from that, so long as she is allowed to live free of the shackles of bond and Banner.

Plenty will listen to the message. This is usually because they consider you harmless and quaint.

The Cathartics

The original Cathartics rose from the Aempian underground during the heyday of Anthem around the early 19600's CS, and which believed deeply in Anthem's wisdom above any other's.

Pop-history and anti-Pact propaganda stereotyped Cathartics as Grist addicts.


Please Login in order to comment!
Dec 12, 2021 10:31

So they are basically people who worship a computer? Reminds me of Landru in Star Trek :)

Check out the worlds of Starhome and Magic Earth
If you are looking for my Worldember articles check Magic Earth or My Worldember Progress Page
Jan 17, 2022 00:54

I'm always interested to see how others approach ethnicities in their worlds. This one caught my eye as, even though it is short, there is a lot of interesting information here that is organized in easy to read format. I quite enjoyed it!

Co-creator of the fantasy worlds Isekai & Seireitei
Co-creator of the TTRPG System Storybook
Jan 17, 2022 21:59 by Ademal

I'm glad you liked it! Thank you for commenting! Since you backed the Kickstarter, I've given you lore access so that you can see the little extra info on the page for supporters!

Check out my summercamp by going here and checking out any of my gold-star articles!

Jan 26, 2022 15:26 by R. Dylon Elder

Oof. Ethnis always looked gorgeous and this article is no exception. It even looks good on mobile! :,)   On top of that, It always makes me want to delve deeper, clocking links and learning more. This article in particular really fascinates me and for the first time, I'm actually considering that patreon content. Cant wait to read more once payday comes! Well done. I really like the idea of AI becoming godlike or at least perceived as such. It makes so much sense... wait. Okay hold on I have to ask cause I just realized something and I dont know if its mobile or on the desktop view as well. How did you get the text to highlight when tapped/clocked on? That right there is absolutely brilliant. It makes it so much easier to read by making it stand out from surrounding text. Offer me your secrets dark ones!

Powered by World Anvil