Temple of Helle
The Temple of Helle is the major religion of the Draconians, and therefore one of the largest religions in the world. It is centralized on the Tamd Peninsula, outside of the Village where its namesake comes from. The major Domains of the religion are Greed, Envy, Improvement, Draconians, and Chromatic Dragons.
The Gilded HallThe Temple itself is made of pure gold, from the bottom to top. Helle herself has stated that she wishes for it to shine bright enough that every Draconian in the land can gaze upon it and envy their Goddess. That always they will have her in their thoughts, both in reverence and in jealousy.
The Treasure HordeMany say that Dragons horde treasure, and while many do, this legend actually comes from Helle and her temple. They say everything Helle has ever craved or desired lies inside of her Temple, with a small path allowing for people to walk through the halls being surrounded by piles and piles of things. There is gold, magical items, even people kept preserved for Helle's own greed and pleasure, not wanting them to die until she no longer wants them. Helle is so envious of others that she does not even want people to see her treasure. She feels that those that see it will want to steal it, and while she does want to foster envy, she feels it is better to leave it up to people's imaginations. That way, they will never be able to truly get her treasure, only thinking about it. Few people are allowed into the Temple, only Priests and those she blesses personally. Still, even they have limited viewing of her treasure, which is part of why one of her Mightems is a Blindfold.
Origins of the ChurchHelle herself built the Gilded Hall with gold that she stole from Hadur, the God of the Dwarves. She built it in slight mockery and slight jealousy of the growing city of Camor, the Golden Capital of the Elves. Some say that the Temple was the inspiration for Camor, with the Elven Goddess Selene stealing Helle's design, while others say it was reversed. When it comes to two jealous Goddesses, however... there can be no definitive answer. There is a high chance that both just liked the idea of golden structures. Helle had no followers for some time. After all, for most of Totania's existence, the only living being was the Golden Dragon Lord, Kath the Eternal, created by Helle's twin brother Phrixus. However, Helle made the second, out of a desire to surpass her brother. She did not want to use metal, after all, she was the one who got all of the shiny things. So instead, she used the color spectrum to make her Dragons, beginning with Red. Making one of the most powerful beings in creation: Zome, Lord of the Red. The First Chromatic Dragon, a destructive Red Beast. Zome was the first follower of Helle, and the other Chromatic Dragons followed suit. They spread around the world, though some stayed nearby to Helle in their own domains, such as the sea or the Uncharted Desert. All of them wished to stay close to their mother. Their creator. Their Goddess.
Creation of the DraconiansHelle watched as the first Humanoid race was made with Selene's Elves, followed by Nergal's Orcs, Tohil's Goblins, and Hadur's Dwarves. She had been kept out of the loop about The Giant Kingdom, not even aware that it had been destroyed because they knew she would have done something to it. Seeing these four Humanoid races, Helle wanted to make something similar. But she found that Phrixus had united the Gods and convinced them all to make a law, that she could not make a new Humanoid race. Any race she made would be subject to immediate destruction by the combined force of every God. They would not live to see a second day. However, Helle had a way around this. After all, this was a law made by Phrixus, her idiot of a brother. So she made an egg in the Valley of Creation, what is now Bortan. The Gods were going to destroy it when a Dragon hatched from it. Helle argued that there was no law against creating what she had already made, and they agreed. However, as time went on, it did not grow into a Dragon, but a humanoid with Draconic features. A Draconian. As did the many other eggs she began making, which began to grow into a civilization. Phrixus was ready to strike them down, but Helle argued that she broke no law. If so, the Draconians would not have lived to see another day. However, she had only made what she made before, for she revealed that the very first Draconian was struck down by a God. She killed them herself. But the Gods had told her there was no law against making something she had already made. So the other Draconians had to be granted the right to live.
Phrixus and Helle: Twin GodsHelle has an immortal enemy who opposes her Church, this being her very own twin brother Phrixus, the God of Justice, Nobility, Protection, and Metallic Dragons. An opposite to the Greedy, Envious, and Evil Helle in every way possible. Phrixus dislikes Helle's methods, saying that they are evil and exploitative of her own people. He wishes to help her people see the light and that his sister only intends for their destruction. Yet he still loves his sister, as she is the only family that he has, so he refuses to ever directly engage in battle with her. Instead, Phrixus tries to change the beliefs of other Draconians so that they believe in him and follow his religion, believing that they'll be better off under his supervision. He had his greatest and first follower, Kath the Eternal convert some of Draconian Territory, though ultimately only the Village of Bortan converted to Phrixus's faith. Helle, however, preaches that Phrixus's religion is a sham that is trying to steal her work, though in truth she is always wanting everything that Phrixus has. After all, she is the Goddess of Greed and Envy. Whether she has any love for her brother or not is unknown. Most Draconians say that if she did not, she would have never let him live as long as she has, while others say that Phrixus is exponentially stronger than Helle and that she could never take him on even if she tried. Ultimately, Helle challenges her brother with his known weakness: Challenges of the Mind.
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