Kokrol's Inquisition (Koe-kroll)

Written by Noctivox

The Ancient Dragon Kokrol was one of the most dominating of his kind in the years leading up to the First End. For hundreds of years, his name itself brought fear even to the Half-Dragon royalty of most kingdoms under his territory, the size of which constantly increased across a large portion of the Old Continents.

God of the East

Kokrol was a devastating creature, said to be the most demanding of any Overseer. Many would write of sacrifices that could reach close to three-quarters the wage's of entire towns for a month, and anything less than satisfactory for the Ancient's greed was met with immolation without hesitance.

The early Faelen of the time already regarded the Ancients, and dragonkind in general, as deities. But the sheer power Kokrol displayed across so many civilizations elevated him to the highest worship of a godly being, as many believed that constant praise and worship of the dragons was a way to appease them and keep them content.

Sacrifice is Peace
— Inquisition leaders


The Inquisition

Those particularly close to Kokrol's great mountainous home were especially subject to frequent "checks" by the dragon, meaning there was the constant idea that at any point, Kokrol's gigantic shadow could wash over their homes.

For decades, there was an expectation of every member of society to set aside certain amounts of wealth, food, livestock, or anything of value in preparation of the Ancient's arrival. In every village, there was a group to enforce these expectations: Kokrol's Inquisition. Some say that alliances were formed between certain villages, and attempts were made to merge villages' wealths in hopes that Kokrol would spare both. The groups were often formed of several tens of members with a single leader per village that would coordinate most actions.

At the start of each month, announcements would be made informing the village of how much wealth to put aside by a certain time. However, on several occasions the Inquisition would perform unannounced audits, in which three members would inspect a villager's home and progress on their accumulation. They would be extremely demanding of progress, and if one had not met expectations of progress, the members would take half of what was already made and tell them they must collect an equivalent amount more to meet their goal.

Similarly, homes were also checked for signs of worship of Kokrol. Shrines, paintings, even jewlry that symbolized the Ancient was enough to prove one's worship, but members would always tell individuals to "worship more" than they already do.

Homes that were given this penalty were considered under watch by the Inquisition, and would be checked on more regularly. It was said that four consecutive failures throughout the month could mean repossession; items from the home itself would be seized, and depending on the severity, one or more members of the family would be arrested by the Inquisition to be added to the sacrifice.

Corruption

The collection of everyone's wealth for sacrifice was performed towards the end of each month, around the time an inspection was expected. Typically this would be done in the fields of the leader's home or manor. However, with so much livestock, food, jewlry, coins and other sacrifices made watched by so many members, it was no surprise that some would attempt to take advantage of their membership, and withhold small amounts of the collective sacrifice.

This was extremely risky, as no one would know how many other members were doing the same. If enough stole, it would drastically affect the value of the sacrifice, and it would be the fault of every thief if Kokrol found it unsatisfactory.

XVII

  Order Type
Inquisition
Order under...
Drazäism
Founded in...
At least 600 years before the Dark Era


Cover image: by Sebastian Wagner

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William Belley
16 Jul, 2021 03:27

the corruption aspect is a good thing to add on as this kind of secured bounty can affect some people for sure. nice addition. Digging the color palette and formating too. how does it works for livestock, however ? are they kept by their owners for production and byproducts , but 'marked' as collectable' if the need arise ? keeping them in some spot in waiting seems detrimental. just a tought like that.   Happy Summercamp !