The Two-Faced Cult
Worshippers of Janus
The Two-Faced Cult, also known as the Worshippers of Janus, are the followers of the double featured God, Janus. Some call them a cult, others find them instead to be a religion of great respect, and Janus says these both are apt descriptions of what it takes to follow him. The major domains are Duality, Transitions, and Portals/Doors, along with being the patron God of the Mammen people.
The Hall of Endless DoorsJanus traded in one honor for another, something no other God was able to do. For this, he does not have a Temple. Instead, he is said to wander Totania and appear to those who need his help, showing up when things are soon to get dire or when all choices are coming to a head. When one is at a transitional point in their life, Janus appears and utters a simple phrase:
"You are at a crossroads!"He then outlines the choices ahead of them. Often it is points in ones individual growth, the moment that he knows will lead to them changing irreparably. However, he also appears in moments where the world is on the brink of change, appearing to the one who is most important to the change about to happen. Be it someone who can save the world, destroy it, or simply who would benefit the most from seeing the unfolding events.
LimboJanus does not have a Temple, but any people who need protection from Janus or who seek his blessing may find themselves entering through a door into the next best place: his Heaven. Janus's heaven is Limbo, an intermediate realm between the other realms. Filled with doors that lead to every possible plane of existence, those who enter limbo find themselves there only as long as they need to be, as long as the transitional period requires between danger and safety. Limbo is said to be a grey realm of nothingness, though others say it is a vibrant world much like Totania itself, or even better. An ideal picture of Heaven, the second group says. The duality is an intentionality from Janus, who refuses to stick to one thing.
Origins of the ChurchThere are varied stories that tell of Janus's coming to Totania and how he manifested. The most common tale, the one given officially by the Two-Faced Cult, is that one of the first Mammen was a man named Thrantoz. At this point, many other religions were building temples for their Gods, with the Temple of Bahamut serving as inspiration as the oldest structure in Totania. Janus, however, was not one for a grand structure dedicated to him, and while some places would eventually build shrines and temples to honor him, Thrantoz was said to consider another possibility. Incarnating Janus physically on Totania. A duality between God and mortal in the form of Janus living on their planet, living among them. This, Thrantoz believed, would be the holiest of all honors they could give to their God. Thrantoz performed a ritual, summoning Janus into his body, which would shift between its Mamman form and the Godly form of Janus himself. This also was the act that founded the Two-Faced Cult as it would later be known.
VariationSome dispute Thrantoz ever being an actual person, calling him a form of Janus's duality-induced delusions, or a being he created simply to house his divine being in a mortal form. If that was the case, then the Two-Faced Cult was founded by Janus himself taking on a mortal form to live among his people, for he did create the Mammen and brought them to Ruzrugh, a crossroads in the world as the central point between the continents of Elone and Udai.
The Other CheekJanus is called the double featured or two-faced God because he is two people. Some question whether it is actually another soul, perhaps a twin of Janus or the oft told legend of the founder of his Church being the other person. No one knows for sure, and Janus's split answers can never give the truth. All that is known for sure is that there are two names given to the two: Janus and Thrantoz. Thrantoz and Janus often bicker, and when they are not arguing amongst each other, they are in united thought against one another. The two faces will never agree, and all questions posed to Janus will be twice-answered, once from Janus's mouth, again with the opposite truth from Thrantoz. Some say one lies, though others argue that they simply both speak their own truths, and it is up to interpreters to understand which is right for them.
Beloved of the Beloved GoddessJanus (and, by association, Thrantoz) are said to be the true lovers of the Goddess of Fertility and Dreams, Ishtar. She calls him by a third name, Dadaces, and yearns eternally for him. It is said that all dreams are a manifestation of Ishtar's longing for Dadaces. Positive dreams are when she feels love for him, and nightmares are when she is angry or upset that he is not there with her. Janus, however, is torn between love and contempt for the Goddess. His duality refuses to allow him clarity, and he is forced away by his own mind.
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