The Nelandrean Cult

Everything began and will end one-day thanks to Giraun.
Everyone lives thanks to Nelandra.
Everyone is free thanks to Nelandra.
Everyone can be light thanks to Nélandra.
Everyone has to remember Nélandra.
Everyone has to praise Nélandra.
Everyone has to protect her from blasphemy and oblivion.
  The Nelandrean Cult is an entanglement of recent practices and old worships of nature and its elements. Once called Giraunism, everything changed when Nelandra Aigleran ended the Clan War and thus claimed the cult's central spot.   Nelandreism is about peace and helping each other, but also about respecting and praising nature.  

Pantheon

Nelandra Aigleran

Nelandra is who Gérouns address their prayers to. She is a goddess that was born mortal and accessed divinity through her acts and achievements.   After she became the first queen of the new kingdom, she promoted lots of values and ideas that later became the foundations of this cult.   Now, she is the deity of peace, freedom, and hope. Gerouns give all the prayers they wish to reach Giraun to her, as she is the only one who can approach him.   For more details both on Nelandra's life and religious figure, visit Nelandra Aigleran  
Nelandra Aigleran
Character | Mar 12, 2019
 

Giraun

The only entity that is above Nelandra to Gérouns is Giraun. The resemblance between the species and the god's name is not a coincidence. Giraun, Gérouns' father is the only member of the cult's pantheon that is not a mortal that became divine. He is the intangible god of destiny, time, and nature. Giraun created everything.   He keeps a vigilant eye over Menicea at all time and brings good luck and joy when he is content with gérouns and unleash elements and bad fortune against whoever behaves poorly. He is the one who granted divine powers to Nelandra and immortality to Kelyeran, his favored children, so they can help and oversee the growth of the Géroun people after they ended the Clan War. The only one who can directly speak to him is Nelandra. After she gives him mortals' prayers, he chooses to grant or not their wishes.  

Kelyeran Asturac

Kelyeran is another mortal-born deity that was also granted Giraun's favors and became immortal to watch over Menicea and Gerouns' safety.   He travels the continent and stops by towns and hamlets to ensure the good worship of the cult. After his immortality became obvious, people started picturing him as the deity of wisdom as he established most of the basis of the Menicean society like its calendar.   For more information on Kelyeran's past or his role as a prophet, visit Kelyeran Asturac

Mylandron

Mylandron is the fourth and last member of the cult's pantheon. He was Nelandra's army's general and a very close friend to her, that a lot of people believe to actually be the royal family's father.   His divine benediction was his unmatched strength and leadership skills. It is said that he was a warm and funny people to be around, who never really bothered about etiquette and his rank in the society.   After his passing and the rise of the cult, he joined the pantheon as the deity of protection and home, prayed by travelers when they take dangerous paths and by families, so their house stays lively.   For more information on Mylandron's life and worship, visit Mylandron

 
Kelyeran, Nelandra, and Mylandron from left to right.
 

Dogmas

The Five Commitments

These engagements are the first lines of rules that Kelyeran wrote after Nelandra's ideas when he created the cult's structure. They are now the heart of the cult itself.  
  • I vow to not seek power through violence but through knowledge and justice.
  • I vow to protect and love the geroun History and Nélandra's history.
  • I vow to help and welcome needing people in my land's common house.
  • I vow to pursue our mother Nélandra's fight to bring freedom and peace to our people.
  • I vow to protect the image and ideas of our savior from blasphemy.
 

Prohibitions

Murder and suicide

While murder is forbidden everywhere in the world, Meniceans are even less tolerant of it. To them, life is a gift granted by Nelandra's fight so everyone could live in peace on the continent, and taking that gift away is strictly forbidden. No one gets to decide if gods should grant or not life to someone, so this rule cease to apply to anyone who is guilty of murder.   The same goes for suicide. As life was granted by Nelandra, one can not take that gift away, even from themselves. Suicide can make a whole family disown someone and pretend they never existed.  

Damaging an altar

Any Nelandrean Altar must be removed by approved clergy member when necessary. All kind of intentional damages reported to authorities can lead to months of Commonwork or worse if the culprit is already an outlaw.   See The Cut-Throats for a related story
The Cut-Throats
Organization | Nov 11, 2019

Magic

Kelyeran is the only geroun capable of magic. Anyone else should ever use it unless it was gifted by Giraun himself, which never happened again during The Golden Age.   Foreign magicians are also strictly forbidden to come to Menicea. Every immigrant even temporary has to pass customs where other wizards are hired to detect their kind.

 

Worship

Worshiping comes in different ways in the Nelandrean cult, as old methods from Giraunism got mixed with the ones that came with Nelandreism during The Golden Age.  

Prayers and ceremonies

Spontaneous prayers

Prayers of most kinds were brought by Nelandreism and the inclusion of Altars to the religion. Nowadays, they are the most common form of worship on the continent.   People address them to Nelandra if their demand is related to their everyday life, hardships or if they want to ask Giraun for clemency on the upcoming season. Gerouns never directly address a prayer to Giraun through an altar, as only Nelandra can communicate with him. Thus, they give their wishes to her instead, and she carries them to Giraun.   When asking for blessings from Kelyeran or Mylandron, prayers can directly be addressed to them through an altar.  

Call to elements

Whenever a new season begins, gerouns organize festivals where they pray and make offerings to nature so it will be generous and serene. This was the main and only form of worship before Nelandreism which stayed after the religion's shift, even if it is less practiced now.   Offerings are food, sometimes money and art. During ceremonies, Gerouns sing and dance to praise nature's beauty and power. Nelandreism brought theatre, showcasing Nelandra, Kelyeran, and Mylandron's journey to divinity and their accomplishments during the Clan War.  

The Glen-Vinnien

The Glen-Vinnien (Good -thanks) is a weekly prayer pronounced by Doves in front of an altar. Travelers will usually stop in front of an altar once a week and recite the prayer for themselves.  
Once more, I remember that I am alive thanks to you. Once more, the sun rises on our furs and peace shines upon us thanks to you.   You who saved us, You who guided us,   Right here, we renew our oath, That we shall pass on our children,   So that never, your fight and sacrifices have to be redone.   May you, by the side of Giraun, continue to lead us towards our happiness.   Vinnien plente (Thank you very much).
 

Union

Unlike many other species, gérouns don't have the notion of eternity within their engagement. Driven by their search for happiness, they will, of course, pray so that the one they share with their partner lasts as long as possible, but self-question and move on when a union isn't working anymore is also very important to them.   However, the Union takes a very different meaning in the case where the two partners have a child together. Parents have to be married if they want to be accepted in society, and they have to engage themselves and promise that they will do everything they can so that their child will grow in the best possible environment. Once their child is born, they have to stay married until it reaches 14 years old, when it will depart to make its pilgrimage. After that, its parents are free to break-up if they don't have any other underage children.   Unions are usually prepared with the local Doves, even if it can be done in privacy as well. People will usually invite their friends and family to a big party where the following prayer will be recited by the Dove :  
Two of your children now take the path of shared bliss. As high up in the skies as you may be, please protect them.   If < Pers. 1 name> and <Pers. 2 name> are united today, It's thanks to you, Nelandra, and we thank you for that.   May their joy last long years, May you, by the side of Giraun, continue to lead them towards their happiness.   Vinnien plente
 

Adulthood pilgrimage

Each year, small groups of young teenagers go on a long journey where they get to explore lots of places throughout the continent. This essential step in a geroun's life is called the Pilgrimage and is obligatory for every child at the age of 14obl.   This tradition in one of the novelties brought by Nelandreism to raise the cultural level of every young geroun on the continent. After meeting with their local doves, children travel to a gathering point where they will meet their new comrades for the rest of the year. Groups move on wagons and have all their needs covered for free by locals at each of their stops. Usually, they are accompanied by a dove or two depending on the size of the group.   After lots of families complained about their children leaving work, the government alongside the clergy decided to offer tax cuts to every family whose child is making their pilgrimage.   This journey is also the occasion where lots of couples first met, as traveling together for a year tends to make bonds. Lots of children unlucky with love until then dream of their trip as the moment when they will finally get close with someone.  

Religious tools

Nelandrean Altars

Nelandrean Altars are a key asset in the cult. They all have a similar shape: They are a statue of Nelandra, made in various size, that shelters a small flower pot that grows a specific flower called the Nelandrée.   This flower looks like a tulip, it is white and extremely resistant to all kind of weather. Nélandrées only produce seeds one a year in particular conditions. They are native of the bottom of the Southern Forest and raised in greenhouses next to the White Castle. Seeds are very fragile and need to be planted right after they fall from the flower or they'll rot away. Once the seed is growing into a flower, she will stay open for a year before dying.   Altars are maintained by Doves, but since Nélandrées die after a year, the clergy sends pilgrims each year that carry fresh seeds for all the shrines of the continent.  

Wishholders

Nearly every family on the continent has a wishholder. They are usually wooden crosses 15cm high and 30 cms wide. Each month, family members write wishes on a piece of paper and attach it to the holder in the hope that it will be granted.   Wealthy families like to have them sculpted like small altars and decorate them with flowers and offerings. The richest who have their own personal shrines will either use it as a wishholder or make holders for each member of the family.  

Common Houses

Common houses are small buildings that can be found in every town or village. It is an essential building for homeless people and poor travelers that use them to sleep during their trips.   However, people who can afford to sleep in an inn will get bad looks if they stay in a common house. These should only be used by the necessitous.   Locals use them as a place to give all the stuff they don't need anymore, such as furniture, clothes, etc. The local Doves will then take good care of the objects that everyone can take whenever they need it. It is however expected that people who aren't poor give a decent donation to the clergy whenever they grab something from a common house.  

Clergy

High-Visionnary

The High-Visionary is the head of the Nelandrean cult. He elaborates the new measures taken by the council and reads the king's propositions to ensure that they aren't against Nelandra's will, though any major disapproval happened until now. He has a seat in the royal council and also directs the annual meeting of the clergy. He is named after the death of his predecessor for the rest of his life, among the High-Doves.  

High-Doves

The High-Doves are the High-Visionary's councilors. They are chosen among the Doves whenever one of the current High-Doves dies. People who wish to engage take part in an election where the new representatives are elected. There can be no more than 5 High-Doves at the same time.   They help their superior in taking decisions, communicating with the people and maintaining the Nelandrees Greenhouse. However, unlike the High-Visionary, High-Doves can resign if they wish to.  

Pilgrims

Pilgrims are gérouns that volunteer each year to bring Nelandrees seeds all over the continent. They are given a decorated scarf that shows their rank and travel with a flower pot attached on their back, visiting cities and making sure that every shrine has a new growing flower.   The whole trip is paid by the clergy, and every pilgrim can take part in a feast with the king and the High-Visionary in the royal castle after they come back.   Lots of people of all ages apply each year, wishing to have the honor to share a meal with the royal family. Facing the growing number of applications each year, the clergy now requires a recommendation letter from a Dove or a High-Dove to support applicants.  

Doves

Doves are the equivalent of priests to the Nelandran cult. They pledge to watch over the altars in their jurisdiction and to educate the young generation. They act as the voice of the clergy in the place they live in. They communicate the latest announcements and report any problem to their hierarchy.   Every week, they hold a recital in front of one of their altar and recite the Glen-Vinnien with anyone present.   Each Dove has to spend three years of training in the Peace Palace before being allowed to serve for their religion.  

The Peace Palace

This holy castle is located just next to the royal family's. It's in fact considered to be the eastern wing of the royal castle since they are so close to each other.   The Peace Palace is where Nelandra and all her descendants are buried, and serves as the headquarters of her cult. People are welcomed whenever they need advice or medical help, that is gladly given for free or against a small donation for the wealthy.   The Palace is also where can be found the beautiful greenhouse that grows the Nelandrees seeds for all the continent. People from the city gather each year to greet the pilgrims as they depart for their journey all around the land.

History

The Nelandrean cult is born quickly after the passing of Nelandra Aigleran in the year 16.   At first, it wasn't anything definite but the overall admiration of the people towards their savior. It is only at the year 21 that Kelyeran Asturac, former strategist of Nelandra during the war, revealed his immortality and talked with the king to give form to what is the Cult today.   He officially became the Prophet of Nelandra and started a long journey across the lands to spread the new dogmas that he wrote with her old friend's successor. After a few years of telling people about their new religion, he disappeared in nature and quickly became a legend.   During his absence, the cult grew, and the Peace Palace was built next to the Royal castle. The different ranks and roles we know today were introduced one by one as altars rose throughout the lands.   While the cult was discreet and humble at its beginning, everything changed when Kelyeran made two decisive apparitions in the Menicean History.   He joined the manhunt to imprison the Cut-Throats after it was believed that they stained one of the shrines in the Mount-Odelia. Every soldier that was present later testified that they didn't have to look for the bandits, as Kelyeran somehow knew their exact location while local guards couldn't find any track for years. This first demonstration of power discouraged anyone to rebel against the cult.   His last intervention was during the human crisis in Irisport, in the year 155, where he avoided a potential war with the newcoming species. In fact, gérouns never encountered any other sapient species before and thought that Menicea was the only land in the world and that they were the only ones here. Thus, obviously, Humans didn't speak Menicean and Gérouns didn't speak Human. Just before the situation was about to get out of hand, and that guards were about to shoot the first arrows, he came out of nowhere and started talking with the Humans in their language. He then spent the next months teaching Human to the King and representatives of Irisport while acting as an interpreter to set up the first agreements.   This is when his popularity definitely blew up, and when the cult proved that he was here for everyone's well being. After that, the whole population of the continent adorated Kelyeran nearly as much as they adorate Nelandra, and no one ever publicly doubted the religion's authority again.

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Founding Date
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Type
Religious, Cult
Deities
Location
Nelandra (Capital)
Controlled Territories

Very friendly

The Greshorio's donations are just too consequent to be ignored by the cult. They are forced to pretend they don't see the not so legal business.

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