Treoism began as many small necromantic cults, most notably in the nations now known as Dereko and Aperan. As the religion believes in spreading across the globe, these tribes soon began to travel and interact with other religions. Early in the Fourth Era, Treists began to adapt to the temple structure associated with the other gods such as Mautism. Kaika adapted as well, largely abandoning necromantic cults, though they are still technically worshipers.
In Treist, both life and death are cause for celebration, as both are integral parts of the mortal existence. This belief is central to Treoism as a religion, and has influenced many aspects of worship and Treist cultures as a whole. Treoism retains its rather intricate burial practices, and places great importance on those rituals. Though the use of hallucinogenic plants is much less common outside of Old Treoism, the cultural impact of these substances is still prevalent in deep-seated beliefs about visions and their significance. Dreams are usually held in quite high regard, as it is no longer socially acceptable to use these hallucinogenic plants to have visions. Family and the significance of one's home are two vital aspects to a Treist's life, both modern and old. Treists usually live in the same area as many previous generations, usually adding on to the property with each generation.
Tenets of Faith
Do what you will, but take responsibility for your actions. Treists believe that any action you do will be returned to you five times over. Follow the Five Cairns of worship. Seek to spread and reside over every corner of the world.
There are five components of Treist worship, known as the Five Cairns. They are prayer, sacrifice, cultivation, pilgrimage, and the hunt. Traditionally, all these would need to be completed by Treists. Prayer was to be done five times a day, once at each meal, upon waking, and before sleeping. The waking prayer and the prayer before the end of the day was to be done silently by yourself, while the mealtime prayers were to be spoken aloud above the meal and is usually intended for one of the common prayers. These would be memorized and recited by one member of the family. Worshipers are encouraged to pause during prayer to meditate on their senses. Sacrifice was to be completed at least five times each year. This can take many forms, including the slaying of a farm animal, crops, or in some extreme cases, human sacrifice. The slain animal or crops are set on fire and left to burn. Sacrifices usually need to be in proportion to what the family can afford to sacrifice, and very wealthy families would be expected to sacrifice more. The standard five sacrifices are to provide continued blessings upon the family, and extra sacrifices are completed when the family is requesting specific aid. Cultivation is any act that builds up the land. This can include constructing cairns or temples, building a home, farming the land, or cultivating plants. By changing your environment, you prove that you have a connection to it.
Pilgrimage refers to traveling any amount of distance to various temples and holy grounds throughout Lathai. Like with sacrifices, the amount of distance expected will scale with relative wealth. There is a generally accepted hierarchy of which destinations are most important, though those aren't necessarily official. Lastly, the Hunt. Depending on who you ask, either members of certain groups (i.e. able-bodied men of a certain age, kings) or everyone is expected to slay a great beast during their lifetime. The type of animals accepted as "great" will depend on where the person resides, but this generally includes large predators such as bears or lions. Hunts can take many forms, including solitary hunts, hunts with an animal companion, or group hunts.
Large Cairn on Monadhliath by Andrew Spenceley
Unofficial or Traditional Priesthood was practiced by Necromantic Cults as early as the Second Era. Priests, known as Kyning were often chosen based on previous worship fidelity and seniority. The Kyning would be responsible for rituals, including purification, wherein wood and straw pillars would be constructed, lit on fire by a ceremonial incense burner, and be replaced with stone cairns. This was done to cleanse an area from evil forces before being designated as a holy space. Official priesthood requires a long time of service to Kaika and involves standard temple duties. While traditional priests still exist, they are not officially recognized. Acolytes have been the more direct line between Kaika and her worshipers in recent years.
Granted Divine Powers
Necromancy is the transfer of energy from one living thing to another. This most recognizable in Lifeforce Healing, where skilled necromantic mages can use their own energy to heal another. This can also manifest as Reanimation, and many other spells.
The most major sect of Treoism is known as Necromantic or Old Treoism. Though this sect has been largely abandoned by the goddess Kaika, tribes still exist in the forests of Dereko. Members of this sect rarely interact with those outside, feeling they are heretical for leaving the old ways. While Old Treoism has changed in a few notable ways in the past era, it is largely the same as what was the norm for Treoism until the Fourth Era and the shift to the temple model. Old Treoism glorifies the death aspect of Treoism much more than modern Treoism, and much of its worship involves the death of an animal, parts of a deceased animal (such as skulls, bones, hooves, etc.), and, in rare cases, the death of a willing participant by way of an overdose of hallucinogenic plants. As part of Treoism's tenets of faith, structures are constructed and forgotten quite often, leading to these tribes rediscovering these structures. Sometimes these structures were constructed far away from other signs of civilization, or surrounding buildings have decayed. For example, a stone doorway leading to nothing. Often, tribes ascribe significance to them, believing they were constructed by Kaika or Sul for them to find. Old Treists largely believe that Kaika does not interact with her followers any more, and instead there are numerous Sul who instead interact with Kaika on the behalf of mortals. Often, these Sul are believed to take ownership of a certain land feature. For example, there would be a Sul of a lake or tract of woods. Inhabitants of the area pray instead to these Sul, believing they will communicate their needs to Kaika. This is the most significant departure from Treoism before the shift to the temple model. This belief is not substantiated by Kaika or other Treists. Fights often break out between Old Treist tribes over Sul and their perceived desires. Many experts believe that Old Treoism is on its way to becoming its own religion entirely while others argue that it already is. However, because Old Treists still serve Kaika in some capacity, it is still officially considered part of Treoism. The two recognized sects of Treoism are so fundamentally different that interaction usually results in conflict. Both sides view the other as heretics, and persecution of Old Treists was so common that they eventually sealed themselves off from society completely. Because of this, interaction is less common, but no less intense. There are records of entire Old Treist tribes being rounded up and executed, just as there are reports of those who venture too far into the forests being captured and sacrificed. Scary stories are undoubtedly told on both sides about the other. However, for the first time in recent history, Old Treoism is spreading and increasing in number. Though still not a common occurrence, people have been joining Old Treist tribes due to Kaika's absence. In that time, it is believed that at least one tribe has entered Nephemir, though it has not yet been located by the Nephmiri government. Evidence of their existence has been found in the forests of Lensa, but it isn't clear if those are simply hoaxes from local troublemakers.
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Kaika's Mortal LifeThe single most important event in Treist history took place in 4E 1617, when Kaika decided to live a lifetime as a mortal. While she told those within her temples, news did not spread quickly, and some temples decided not to spread the news to the surrounding area at all. However, when prayers suddenly stopped being answered, and temple sanctums were left empty. Chaos overtook the religion, as worshipers believed they had been abandoned by the goddess. Some turned to other gods, most notably Sote and Are, and others turned to Old Treoism. Most Treist nations including Nephemir, are seeing civil issues because of the sudden demographic shift. There are, of course, those who have remained loyal to Kaika and Treoism despite the silence by their goddess. These people often have significant issue with their friends and neighbors abandoning the religion their family has followed for centuries. Kaika, meanwhile, was holed away in the Temple of Perrie in Braern on the border of Aperan and Nephemir. They kept her location a secret as per the goddess' wishes, but they could not keep her hidden away forever. Fidean forces arrived to capture the temple to leverage Kaika and ensure continuing political troubles for all Treist nations.
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