Red Baptism

"...and in this you repent for furthering your own weak bloodline," Kyzan snarled, hand firm on the Amir Chief's neck as he held her submerged in the still-hot wine of her children's veins. She thrashed and fought, but it was only in the utter cessation of her movement that he let her go.


A Red Baptism is an ancient Faeo method of execution practiced by The Kyzanate of the Tremulous Era. In it, the subject of the execution was drowned in the freshly-drained blood of their offspring (or their kith and kin if no offspring were to be had). This was typically the punishment for treason, cowardice, or resistance to the Kyzanate.   Sovereign Kyzan personally re-popularized and favored this method of execution, and would personally carry it out against his rivals.

In Modern Times

While this is not openly practiced or mentioned in any measure it is rare that any ritual ever leaves the long memory of the Verin and falls entirely out of practice.

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Ceremonial Knife For draining the blood of the offspring. Usually this was similar to a dressing knife used in hunting, and was carved from a bone of a previous execution.
Stone Basin For collecting the blood of the drained offspring. A popular choice was the executed's household mortar which was used to grind up food for meals for them and their family.

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12 Mar, 2018 22:14

A little bit gruesome... love it.

GorgeFodder - Former Forge Father & Former Community Director of World Anvil
12 Mar, 2018 22:23

Awesome, thanks!

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