Cathedral of Heroics

And it will be here, on the steps of the cathedral to all the gods, where I will raise you into the rank of a goddess! Rise, Sabes, most heroic of all humans we have ever witnessed. Come and join us in harmony and wisdom forever!
Apac himself, on the day Sabes ascended
On the Steps of the Cathedral of Heroics
 
The cathedral of Heroics, a masterpiece of Ethoran architecture, stood exactly at the point, where Apac and his fellow deities-to-be arrived at the world with their followers. Starting out as a small fortified structure, the original village in the center of Dinone would grow into a collection of shrines and into a meeting place first until it was reimagined into the Cathedral it was up until its destruction in 1289 AR.
 
It was the only religious building that was dedicated to all the gods. Curiously it is also the only building that contained a depiction of Zecod himself even long after he had fallen.
 
Many believe the cathedral was - as everything else in Ethoras - destroyed by the flood at the end of the Unfaithful Year. In fact it was burnt down a few years before the flood by a fanatic cult of Zecod on the rise in Ethoras. It is told that a mob carried out the depiction of Zecod and brought it to an unknown place, before laying the fire that would completely destroy the cathedral.

Alterations

After the Gods had left for their various voyages, the former fortress of Dionne, now already deep in the center of the largest city on the world at this time, was repurposed to house several shrines dedicated to the mighty heroes that led the races. This happened roughly in 5000BR and the shrines quickly grew much bigger when each of the six heroes ascended into godhood.
 
These alterations were coordinated by some now unknown group of architectural philosophers, that early on proposed a system of symmetry to the buildings. This symmetry allowed the shrines and temples to grow "toward" each other, ultimately forming the cathedral with six shrines around it.
 
After 4700BR, when Sabes rose into godhood, the original architecture was kept for almost six thousand years. Additions and repairs always followed the same model and whenever one shrine was altered, so had to be all others.

Architecture

The central building of the cathedral was a big dome with a hexagonal base. The dome made from bronze sheets was supported by three stone arcs. The floor of marble was decorated with a fine mosaic, forming a spiral arm from each of the six sides, flowing together into a small hexagon in the very center. It was at this place, where supposedly the Deonit Scroll was stored. It is unknown what happened to it after the destruction of the cathedral.
 
On the hexagonal sides stood the six shrines to the six gods. Each of it was topped by a large tower, each of them used different stone. A small alteration is the tower of Sabes, which was built with two types of stone: The Black Shadownite at the base, which originally was representing Zecod and the Blue Azurite representing Sabes herself. She personally denied her followers to destroy the base, to always rember and learn from the fall of Zecod.
 
It is said that this is the only tower still standing after the destruction of the cathedral - but it is now known as the Sunken Finger to fisherman and merchants crossing the Ethorian Sea today.

RUINED STRUCTURE
Month of Lirini, 1289AR
Type
Cathedral / Great temple
Parent Location
Dinone

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Author's Notes

This article is meant for the World Anvil Summer Camp 2018 - however, the empty stub for it was already created in January when I wrote about the unfaithful year for the "A year of Note"-Competition


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