Warriors. Scholars. Defenders. Champions of the Pangool
The Celestial Shields are more than just warriors. They're part scholar, part Pangool acolyte, and all protector.
There are regular people problems, like timberwolves that-have-wandered-too-close-to-town problems. That's dangerous, but we can handle that ya know? Then there's 8-foot-tall-brain-suckin -Nandi-Bear-that-has-been-stalking-the-town kinda problems. THAT'S why we let him stay for free.
Hidden Temple, Secret School
The interior of a Sigil Temple
Formation of Flames
For what was undoubtedly a tall order the King made an offer that was almost too good to pass up. In exchange for the See'er lending some of its finest warriors, the Order would pay tribute to the temples, essentially paying for the services. The See'er people culturally looked down on the hawkish approach of trading, so the concept of pure tribute was ideal. With that, a separate wing of the Order was created, The Celestial Shields of the Eternal Flame . King Ludan bestowed the title of Celestial Shields onto the largely nameless warriors, in a move that she called "Overdue reverence to an already established art".
That means not only tapping into the Etherforce of a Pangool but controlling the torrent of godly energy into a manageable form. This comes with not only years of practice, but with a successful connection to a Pangool. By picking a patron, this pre-establishes a connection, a halfway completed magical circuit. This patronage is a two-fold process though, the deity themself has to decide whether to accept or reject the patron. If the shield is rejected they may choose another Pangool, but the rejected deity will be off-limits for an indiscriminate amount of time. What makes a god accept or decline is largely unknown, but generally, they only like to align with those they find a kindred spirit.
Engolum, Takhar, Tiurakh, Lagan, Mindiss, Noxona. Come to us for we are dead. Pangool of the sky and celestial bodies, make us your shields.
At around 10 years in, the class begins to be tested to see if they are ready for graduation. Once every shield student has chosen and been accepted by a patron as well as passed all written and physical tests, the class is ready to graduate. In a token of symbolism and the beginning of the rite of passage, the Noot is burned down. From there, the students move to the Sigil Temple where they undergo their Rite of Initiation. In the Temple, under the watchful eye of their Templemasters and any available nearby Prime Shield, they invoke each of the Celestial Pangool. These are the Pangools in which every Temple studies and connects with. The students are ritually cut during this process, in which they are expected to show no fear and no quiver. Shields are symbolically killed to show that they have no fear, they are the very shield and vessel for the Pangool. This last stage is where any failure means failing to become a Celestial Shield as a whole, as there are no second chances at this final stage.
Contract or Freelance
The last path is also the most exclusive yet well compensated, and that's joining the Eternal Flames. Or more correctly, being chosen by the Eternal Flames or member of The Divinity. Either way, it's the Shield's choice, although some temples actively discourage joining The Celestial Shields of the Eternal Flame. While its no doubt that the See'er and Sigil Temples as a whole have benefited from the arrangement, not all citizens think it was the most honorable of choices.
Family, Glory or Rich and Lazy. Take your pick, choose wisely.
The Sigil Temple of Lagan
In Garuda, for the most part, they're treated only a few steps below the King. For some towns, Shields are their only line of defense when the divine aren't paying any mind.
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Kalali of the East
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The grassland and forest region of northern Tikor. Home of The Divinity and The Karu.
The Divine Order of the Phoenix
The devout organization of worshipers that govern the affairs of Garuda and its Divine.
The Celestial Shields of the Eternal Flame
An organization and shield for the members of The Divinity and The Divine Order of the Phoenix
A secretive culture revered and feared alike for their ability to read the future
The ruling class of Garuda deities. The founders of Garuda and The Divine Order of the Phoenix
The Massacre of Ghinor
The detailed account of the 50 year terror that was caused when the Raksha, Obalu was summoned