The Canárlialisten is the state religion and military of the Bláthaofa Kingdom. Primarily concerned with the respect of nature and the drive for serenity, the Canárlia is deeply intertwined with the Kingdom, having been around virtually since its founding. It remains the driving force behind life for the majority of Bláthoans.
Hierarchy and OrganizationThe hierarchy of the Canárlia consists of its archdruids, druids, and auspices. Authority typically rests with the archdruids, with the druids and auspices serving as their assistants or subordinates. All clergy may preach, teach, oversee common rituals, witness marriages, issue judgements on criminal or civil cases, and conduct funeral rites. Only druids and archdruids can lead celebrations of the holy festivals, consecrate sacred groves, and excommunicate individuals. Only archdruids can administer the Rites of the Wilds, by which elves are initiated into the clergy. The Breimú is the head of the Canárlia and possesses all the powers of the lower ranks. New Breimú are selected by the archdruids in a secret ballot. Any member of the clergy may put themselves forward as a candidate for the position, but in practice it is another archdruid who is elected. Frequently, the previous Breimú makes their wishes known for their successor, who is usually elected. By tradition, the Canárlia must seek approval from the King of Trees before the new Breimú is officially anointed. In practice, the king cannot reasonably refuse and thus always confirms the appointment.
HistoryThe Canárlia was formally created on Thelire in the first centuries of the Bláthaofa Kingdom, arising as the young elves learned how to survive in their barren wasteland territory. The early druids learned how to manipulate nature magic to promote the growth and survival of plants and animals, slowly transforming their home from a desolate waste to a fertile garden. At first, they were loosely organized, consisting of only a few druids who preached their faith and instructed others in magic. As the Kingdom expanded, the needs of an expanding and less centralized population demanded more structure from their religion, resulting in the creation of auspices who provided their services to small communities and druids who oversaw sacred groves and larger settlements. When the Kingdom went to war with the mountain tribe, the King of Trees put the druids of the Canárlia in charge of the military, trusting in their druidic magics to lead them to victory. The Canárlia selected a supreme commander from their ranks and called them the Breimú. With the defeat of the mountain tribe, the King of Trees assigned a druid to oversee and convert each clan, further strengthening the Canárlia as a governing force. With each new conquest, the Canárlia expanded, gaining more faithful and more druids. Eventually, it became necessary to have another layer of organization, thus the archdruids were established to oversee entire regions with multiple druids beneath. When the Kingdom expanded into the Sora, the Canárlia served as the primary administrators of new realms, with archdruids becoming the governors of entire realms, druids overseeing the sacred groves and major cities on the realms, and auspices serving the smaller villages. During the previous century, the Breimú has grown in power as well. With the logistical difficulties of controlling such an expansive territory, the organization of the Canárlia allowed it to grow independent from the King of Trees. As more citizens of the Kingdom are born on realms other than Thelire, the King's power and influence waned to the degree that the Breimú now serves as the head of the government of the Kingdom.
Chosen of the GodsAccording to Canárlia scripture, the Bláthaofans were created as a joint effort from the gods of their world. As they were the last tribe of elves created on their world, they were the last to select where their lands would lay. As such, they were left with the inhospitable and infertile wastes. While their cousin tribes had more bountiful lands, the Bláthaofans were forced to struggle and strive to survive. However, the gifts given to them by each of the gods allowed them to attune with nature and slowly turn their wastes into verdant forests and green fields. According to the priests of the Canárlia, they were given the following gifts from the gods:
- Bhonnfabh, the goddess of rivers, life, and wisdom, gave them their innate connection to druidic magic.
- Ciubhinn, the goddess of deserts, fire, and crafting, gave them knowledge of pottery, allowing them to store their potable water safely.
- Cléarifo, the goddess of oceans, storms, and vengeance, gave them the drive to overcome the greatest odds.
- Faopútól, the god of light, plains, and fields, gave them knowledge of how to till the land and bring fertility to it.
- Froslugei, the god of taiga, virility, and domestication, gave them knowledge of how to tame animals.
- Grua, the god of marshes, magic, and knowledge, gave them curiosity.
- Mheim, the goddess of the savannah, predators, and the hunt, gave them knowledge of bows so that they could protect themselves from the dangerous beasts of the wastes.
- Pisil, the goddess of the mountains, darkness, and ambition, gave them adaptability so that they could always improve themselves.
- Pultiard, the god of islands, fishing, and sailing, gave them courage.
- Rofiúsc, the god of forests, birds, and prophecy, gave them the knowledge of divination, allowing them to locate underground springs.
- Rosc, the god of tundras, war, and the afterlife, gave them the fear of death so that they would not give up despite their hardships.
- Sastátcea, the goddess of the jungles, warmth, and sleep, gave them the knowledge of healing.