Church of the Unexpected

The Church of the Unexpected is a religious organization built around the House of the Unexpected, a pantheon of gods and goddesses brought together from the beliefs of the various pre-existing cults within Medial A cube. While each deity within the House of the Unexpected has its own attendant mythology, divine portfolio, rituals, holidays, and holy sites, all members of the pantheon are unified by a shared creation myth and overarching worldview. Many Voxelians worship several or all of the deities as appropriate for given life circumstances.

Assets

Unexpector temples take various forms, from temples dedicated to individual members of the House of the Unexpected to complexes containing shrines to multiple gods and goddesses.

Priesthood

The Church of the Unexpected employs two kinds of priest or priestess: generalists (who provide for the religious needs of all Unexpectors, regardless of preferred deity) and specialists (who provide for the cult-specific needs of those who follow individual deities within the House of the Unexpected pantheon). Some priests and priestesses become itinerant missionaries; as independent religious figures and providers of charity, with concerns that transcend the temporal, the clergy of the Gods of Irony are often the only Voxelians who can travel to the breakaway colonies without being arrested as prisoners of war.

State Religion

Some practitioners of Rostran Esotericism perceive the House of the Unexpected to be ancestral memories of actual living beings - or, at least, powerful enough shared ideas that they would spontaneously instantiate as their own ancestral spirits - fully capable of being channeled or bound as appropriate. While the cult of Lyvianne has no particular problem with the practices of Rostran Esotericists overall, most Unexpectors regard attempting to actually channel the Gods of Irony into oneself to be mild sacrilege, as the gods cast humanity into the Manifold Sky in part because of such hubris.

Business Relationship

The Church of the Unexpected is related to certain unique Navigator's Guild sub-organizations and traditions, specifically the Order of Cosmeon, the elevation of new Seekers of Misfortune and the further elevation of new Courtiers of Ironies.

Schism

While the Way of the Biocosm has lost many of it's cult of Lyvianne trappings, some beliefs of the parent religion do remain. Nevertheless, the Church of the Unexpected considers the Way of the Biocosm to be heretical and schismatic in nature, even if the intentions of the Biocosmists were pure.

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