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Priestesses of the Kah

The Kah, meaning "the Word," is the revered state religion of the matriarchal nation of Kahrilo. Rooted in the sacred narrative of the First Woman and the consumption of the Seed of Understanding, the Kah has become the foundation for linguistic purity and societal order within the nation.  

Basic Tenets


The First Woman and the Seed of Understanding

In the garden of the world, there bloomed a lone Riangh flower. It was she, the First Woman, who found it. In its heart lay the Seed of Understanding, small and gleaming like the morning star. - The Book of Tongues, Chapter 1, Verse 1

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  The central figure in the faith of the Kah is the First Woman, a figure of supreme wisdom and power whose true name is held in sacred secrecy by the High Priestesses. As written in the ancient scripts, the First Woman discovered the Seed of Understanding within the elusive riangh flower.  

Above left: Riangh Flower, inspiration for the Kal-Riangh (right), symbol of the faith.
  This Seed is revered as a divine gift with psychedelic and magical properties, believed to have opened the realms of language and communication to humanity. After consuming the Seed, the First Woman attained a profound understanding of the spoken and written word:  
"She partook of the Seed, and her mind was opened unto the language of the universe. In her voice was the echo of the eternal Word." - The Book of Tongues, Chapter 1, Verse 2
  It was through her newfound comprehension that language was introduced to the people of Kahrilo. However, the esoteric meanings and deep wisdom embedded in language were fully comprehended only by women, marking the origins of Kahrilo's matriarchal society.  

The Priestesshood and the Linguistic Purity Sect

"The Word is the heart of all things, and the High Priestesses are its keepers. With every utterance, they shape the world, for they alone hold the true understanding." - The Book of Tongues, Chapter 2, Verse 5
    The Priestesshood of the Kah is thus seen as the protectors and keepers of linguistic purity, maintaining a devout connection to the "true" meanings of the Word. They believe that every utterance and inscription carries profound power and that understanding the intricate essence of words allows them to create laws and govern society.   The laws of Kahrilo, as decreed by the Priestesshood, are not merely a set of rules but a manifestation of the deeper meanings of language, directly inspired by the wisdom bestowed upon the First Woman. This belief maintains that their understanding of the Word gives them divine authority to uphold order, justice, and harmony within the nation.      

Structures, Laws, and Society of Kahrilo


The First Temple of the Kah

by Midjourney
Above: First Temple of the Kah
  The First Temple of the Kah, situated in the holy city of Kahnicalon, is an institution of paramount importance in the nation of Kahrilo, serving multiple roles that are central to the preservation and practice of the faith. It is a sacred place of worship, a seat of justice, and an invaluable linguistic archive. From within its ancient walls, the High Priestesses issue their edicts, guiding the spiritual and linguistic life of the nation.   The Temple is a testament to the beauty and complexity of the Word. Its architecture mirrors the intricate structure of language, each stone, column, and fresco symbolizing elements of speech and writing. A repository for centuries of linguistic evolution, the Temple houses extensive archives of linguistic documents, including the original copies of the Book of Tongues, the primary text of the Kah faith.  

Kahreol: The Language of Heaven

  KAHREOL, the lingua franca of Kahrilo, reflects the hierarchical structure of the society. Distinctive markers of social class are embedded within its syntax and vocabulary, establishing a linguistic order that aligns with the societal roles outlined in the Book of Tongues. These markers, mandated by law, ensure that each member of society is identifiable by their speech, reinforcing the societal order ascribed by the Kah.  

The Role of Men and Women in Kahrilo

  In Kahrilo, gender roles are clearly defined by the teachings of the Kah. Men, considered inherently aggressive by nature, are entrusted with the stewardship of land and the waging of wars. They are the warlords, politicians, and territorial guardians, playing crucial roles in the defense and administration of the nation.   Women, on the other hand, are revered as the keepers of the Word, seen as closer to the divine understanding of language, a perspective rooted in the tale of the First Woman. Their roles are concentrated in the domains of education and religion. They are the teachers, scholars, and Priestesses, tasked with preserving linguistic purity and carrying forward the wisdom of the Word.   While barred from land ownership, women wield significant influence through their linguistic mastery and religious authority. They are encouraged to pursue education, and those with a particularly deep understanding of the Word are selected for further training within the First Temple.  

The Priestesshood


Guardians of the Word

  The Priestesshood represents the highest achievement of a woman's education in Kahrilo. Those who qualify to enter the First Temple are subjected to rigorous training in linguistics. They study the subtleties of Kahreol, the historical evolution of language, and the esoteric meanings enshrined in the Book of Tongues.   Through this profound training, they gain unparalleled expertise in the divine language, which grants them the authority to issue edicts and shape societal laws. The High Priestesses are the ultimate guardians of the Word, ensuring that the sacred language of Kahrilo remains pure and respected, as decreed by the teachings of the Kah.   Upon taking full vows, a young Priestess adopts certain restrictions, such as the restriction from owning land, becoming involved in politics, having children, or marrying. Dietary restrictions apply as well, as the Priestesses are vegetarian.  

Ritual Observances

  The Priestesses are bound by their role to perform certain rites and rituals that permit Kahrilon society to take its yearly course. A list of key events is detailed in the following religious calendar.  


  Ahdajika, often perceived as a "low" form of magic by outsiders, is an integral part of Kahrilo's religious practice in the Kah faith. It stems from the consumption of the Seed of Understanding, a ritual limited to select High Priestesses. Ahdajika involves the use of seed-syllables, basic elements of the Kahreol language, and their manifestation in mandala-like circles. This practice, deeply rooted in linguistic mastery and divine revelation, is kept secretive within the confines of the First Temple. Despite mixed views and a lack of regulatory power from the distant Council of Landezon, Ahdajika continues to be a respected and mystifying aspect of Kahrilo's cultural and religious identity.    

Life Events and Ethical Guidelines

    The Kah faith provides a rich tapestry of guidance and rituals for key life events and daily living, grounding its followers in a vivid interplay of language, spirituality, and societal order.  


  The Kah sees birth as the entrance of a new voice into the world's choir. After a child's birth, the Ritual of the First Syllable takes place, where the Priestess assigns the newborn its first syllable, a crucial part of its name. This initial syllable shapes the child's future path, imbuing it with a unique destiny within the society. It is believed that the soul of the child comes from the Great Lexicon, a divine source of all words and meaning, to add new expression in the mortal realm.  


  Marriage in the Kah is perceived as the union of two unique narratives into a shared story. It is not merely a personal bond but also an essential social contract that contributes to the nation's collective tale. The ceremony is linguistically rich, with the couple exchanging vows in the form of poetic verses. Marital harmony is deemed crucial for societal stability, and couples are encouraged to resolve their disputes through thoughtful dialogue and mutual understanding.  


  Upon death, it is believed that the individual's voice returns to the Great Lexicon, enriching the divine source with its worldly experiences. Funerals involve a sacred ritual where a Priestess recites the deceased's life-story, celebrating their unique contribution to the language of existence.  

Ethical Guidelines

  The Kah faith emphasizes the power and sanctity of language, advising its followers to choose their words with care and respect. Speaking truthfully, kindly, and wisely is seen as the path to spiritual enlightenment and societal harmony. The High Priestesses teach that each word spoken has the potential to shape reality, underscoring the profound responsibility that comes with the gift of language.   Material possessions, including land, are viewed as temporary stewardships rather than personal property, with the ultimate ownership lying with the community as a whole. Men, as the stewards of land, are encouraged to manage resources judiciously for the common good.   Finally, continuous learning and personal growth, especially in linguistic mastery, are highly valued in the Kah faith. Followers are urged to seek a deeper understanding of the world around them and contribute to the community's collective wisdom.
Above: The Kal-Riangh
Conjectured Founding: UT 2900

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