List'n ta the ground buhneath ya, do ya hear tha rumblin' an' screechin' of machines? Or do ya hear the gentle, the calm, the holy soun' of oil lappin' at sub'tarin shores below?Yekwan Tonlaap was an oil baron turned priest, who was instrumental in forming the modern values of the Roywalaap faith, most notably transforming oil into an object of worship.
Tonlaap owned oil-laden land south of the Roywalaap capital, where the town of Tonlaap stands today. It was his dream to control a settlement of his own, in fact, he believed it to be his right. When ool engines began to grow in popularity, demand for oil declined, taking his dream with it. He feared that he would not be able to afford the raw material, workforce, or food needed to construct or run his town— especially given his lifestyle. It was nigh impossible to compete with ool, which lacked all the downsides of oil. And so, he stewed in his mansion, lamenting his declining wealth. As he had become all too used to a luxurious lifestyle, the idea of simply cutting back on his exuberant spending was unfathomable. In his mind, the only option would be to sabotage his competition. But how? Once The Incident came about— the answer was clear. He would use the people's newfound fear, and faith to his advantage. The devastating accident had led directly to concerns over the safety of ool engines, people began to realize— they didn't even know how ool worked.
An Oil-Soaked Heart
AppearanceDecadence had given Yeqwan a rotund frame, which he sought to hide in eye-catching clothing. He was wont to don a black wicker vest with a woven floral pattern, its bottom curved outwards 2-3" to display a row of wicker oil wells. Beneath this, he wore a white dress shirt, patterned with mock oil splatters. Atop his head often sat a black wide-brimmed hat with a golden strap around its center, proudly housing a ruby at its midpoint.
When preaching, however, he dressed a bit more conservatively— swapping the splatter-shirt for a plain pastel yellow one, and donning a simpler black priest's hat.