Lady of the Lake
Ascension to Divinity
We may disagree on certain aspects of the ascension, but the common tale is a story held sacred to all branches of the faith. At least all the ones that matter.
The Common TaleOver two thousand years and a hundred years ago on the shores of lake Clēqhuap there stood a crumbling town, torn apart by unrest and poverty. Setaik had been is a state of fear and distrust. Neighbours had no love for one another, parents deserted their helpless children, and corruption was rampant among those who promised to save the settlement from disaster. Many of the wise men and women who had tried fighting for their homes had the fires of their passion extinguished. Through either the corruption of wealth and power or the dagger of an envious rival, few of those with good hearts and benevolent intentions survived.
Birth of HopeYears of misery had engulfed the decaying town for nearly five years, when a woman gave birth to a strange child. The girl’s eyes and locks were golden, a colour akin to the amber in the lake. This newborn girl had been unwanted, and people saw her as an oddity. Her mother, like all the Brelish, had dark hair, but few knew anything of the father for he had gone missing months before the birth and was otherwise a stranger from distant lands.
Waters of Amber
Here lies the water that has washed the skin of many a great man and woman, giving them hope and the strength to stay true to their hearts and to carry on against all odds. As our great god soaked the uninitiated before her ascension, so too shall I immerse you, daughter of the lake, in its loving water.Left without a home and with no possessions, Abrea wondered on the shores of the lake, contemplating her options. All her life she had known only the cruelty of others, and a part of her was tempted to live such a vindictive life, but her will was strong. In the soothing waters of the lake, a vision had come to her. She imagined her ideal society, one where the chaos of rulership could be organised in a way as to reduce the backstabbing and treachery that had left Setaik in shambles.
Abrea's GiftsAll who attended the ritual were given an amber pendant which Abrea had crudely crafted from the golden amber she had collected on the shores of the lake. She believed that the lake’s amber would tie its wearer to the lake’s power. Those first to wear the pendants did so in secret as to protect themselves from those who would wish to steal the amber from them. Wearing the pendants became a core aspect and a display of one’s faith after it was popularised by Gilei Hillen during the War of the First March. He openly wore it at all times, and many of the men that followed him to battle did the same. As the Hillenist branch of Abreanism grew in popularity, so did the religious jewelry.
Saviour of SetaikAlong the shore of the lake, Abrea continued to tell her followers of her hopes and dreams for a better world. The numbers of attendants grew slowly which each passing month, but there were some who believed that the effects of her sermons would be more impactful if they were held in the town itself. Abrea was resistant to moving back to Setaik as she was hesitant to move away from the lake. It had become as close as family or a loved one to her, and Abrea felt better in its proximity.
Return to the LakeThrough Abrea’s actions, the town’s situation had begun to heal. Many of her followers ousted the corrupt tyrants who had bled the settlement’s denizens dry with their excessive taxation, and the newly established order followed the value of the teachings. Despite their success, Abrea felt melancholy and exhausted. A few weeks before her 18th birthday, Abrea snuck out in the early hours of the morning and ventured to the shores of the lake. While she had intended to go there unnoticed, Aulaci realised she had left and went looking for her as he sensed her troubles. By the time he had reached the site where Abrea once lectured him and the others on her ideas, Aulaci had seen no sign of her.
Aprēanism is a divided monotheistic religion that is split between three major branches.
Aprēa was a human woman who ascended to divinity and became Goddess of Aprēanism
The Ascension of Hillen
The legend of how Saint Hillen sacrificed himself and his army to save the people of southern Lethea