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Altar of Xo / Novitiate Knowledge
« Last post by Kaun III on September 19, 2019, 08:01:42 PM »
Who is Xo?

Ask this question to any Novitiate of Xo, or even just those familiar with the Ecclesiarchy's Pantheon and they will likely give you the same, very vague, answer. "He is the God of Death". But to put a divine who's very existence is beyond the comprehension of nearly anyone alive into such a short phrase is belittling of what He actually is. To be fair, yes he is in fact the God of Death. He is the ruler of the Beyond, the realm in which all souls that perish are destined to go. However there is a tremendous amount of story behind this. Xo was in fact the very last of the Thirteen to be created by Ziysan and like the others there was a specific purpose. We will not be covering the Pantheon history altogether here because we do not wish to over burden your mind with to much knowledge, however Xo was created by Ziysan as the thirteenth deity to bring balance about life and death. At the point Xo came into existence the Zhell (human creations by the Gods) were in existence and were immortal in their lives, their savagery and brutality had no lasting consequences as there was no toll of death to be taken from the living. This brought much pain to several of the other Gods. So Ziysan brought Xo into our realm from the Void, and granted him the Sphere of Death. This allowed Xo to enact tolls upon life, resulting in death. Mankind soon began to notice they were suffering from their conflicts with one another, and that death was now a reality and so the conflicts began to quell and peace spread among the Zhell. This is of course a very bland narrative - you are again encourage to read the Cosmogony of the Thirteen to discover the full story. So knowing this now, Xo was not only created as death but also a balance to life itself. Without his actions the living beings would be in utter chaos, and our lives would mean nothing.

-UNDER CONSTRUCTION-
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Altar of Xo / The Path Unwinds.. (Step 2)
« Last post by Kaun III on September 19, 2019, 07:42:16 PM »
Greetings from the High Fane

Be it you are new to the Cult, the Ecclesiarchy, or even just a curious wanderer I welcome you to the Altar of Xo, constructed deep below the temple above from which you entered. This is not done to merely hide our shrine from those that seek it, but also to place our faithful closer to his realm. The Beyond, the Void, the Endlessness. It goes by many names. Allow me to congratulate you on making it this far. While you still have a grand journey ahead of you, and the Altar is no Sanctum or High Fane, do not belittle your accomplishment as it is. You have overcome what many before you could not, and have kept your faith where even more so have surrendered their own. So long as you keep your faith within the Thirteen and adhere to their codes, their teachings than you shall always have something far beyond what most mortal men and women could ever hope to attain. No doubt you have questions that have brought you here. In words to follow you will find novitiate knowledge of our Cult, and of our God. We encourage all dedicated of the Thirteen to take the time needed to learn of Xo, for in the end we are all destined to meet him. So at your desired pace, feel free to read through our public archives and should you have any questions about the Ecclesiarchy or the Thirteen do no hesitate to come forward with them. Knowledge is gifted only to those with the daring to seek it. Blessing of the Void, Seeker.

~Signed Kaun III, Vicar of Xo



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Altar of Xo / The Void Beckons... (Step 1)
« Last post by Kaun III on September 19, 2019, 07:06:19 PM »
The Altar of Xo

You have travelled far and long, and in your mind you hope that this is it. That you have finally made it. Your body is weary, drained from the endless voyage and frequent dangers you had to overcome but sheere will power keeps pushing you to take each step. Your mind is exhausted, riddled with doubts but driven by desire of wisdom and knowledge. Your bones ache and feel like they are ready to dissolve to the dust, as if they are merely held together by the muscles surrounding them. Your eyes are heavy, feeling as if at any moment they shall close shut for your final rest. You have all but forgotten why you even took this quest upon yourself, but yet here you are. Standing before a twisting stairwell which leads to who knows where. You hope it was all worth it, you pray your dedication to the path you've taken has not been in vane. You take each step one at a time. The light behind you fades and you are now walking deeper into the shadows. Step by step the stairwell goes deeper, your vision grows null as if the very light has been sucked away from where you are going. You finally come to a point where you can no longer see, no longer hear anything, the air has no scent and is tasteless. If not for having a hand on each wall surrounding the stairwell you would swear you are falling into the abyss. It is here in this very moment you ask yourself the questions "Why have I come here? What did I truly hope to find?" Where you once had resolve and conviction within your faith of what you would find, you now feel it has all but shrunken to fear and doubt. You turn to face the way you came but only to find what little light was once there is now gone and you feel your balance give way. You can feel yourself falling, endlessly into nothing. Did you just die? Is this the release of death taking you? Perhaps so, for as you entered your body was weary, your mind was exhausted, your bones ached and your eyes were heavy. As you slowly feel yourself begin to drift a way the sound of a water dripping catches your attention. You come back to reality and realize you are laying upon your back. As you open your eyes a dull blue hue of light seems to pulse from what you now see is a chamber beyond where you lay. As you slowly bring yourself to your feet you notice your pain, your doubts, your weariness and fear are all gone. In their place though, nothing. You feel absolutely nothing, perhaps the most serene yet unnerving feeling you have ever felt before. As you stand and recompose yourself you feel drawn to the light that glows from beyond. You take your steps one by one, but they make no sound. Upon finally reaching the chamber you see that the light is coming from a robed figure standing before you, as if he had been expecting you this entire time. You stop several feet from the robed figure, unsure of what is to come next but in the void you felt previously you now have a feeling of understanding, of knowledge and wisdom. You can feel that you found what you came fore. Welcome to the Altar of Xo, a mere glimpse of Lord of Death's domain. A bright flash of light forces you to slam your eyes shut and cover your face, but when you open them once again you find that where everything was once black is now lit, hued in the same dull blue light. The chamber is large, there are many articles of knowledge here, ranging from modern technology to ancient tomes. You see that there are other seekers, like yourself, in the room. You are not alone, and you can feel that you have always been welcome here. The robed man before you finally breaks the silence, uttering only a few words before walking away.

"Blessings of the Void upon you, What you seek is here within.."
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Religious Inquiry / Re: Creed of Notron
« Last post by Auberin Jaxson on August 25, 2019, 10:51:52 AM »
I, Auberin Jaxson, acknowledge and accept the Thirteen as my Creators, for the Gods of the ancient Zhell are my gods.  I submit to Their will my mind, body and spirit.  I pledge myself to defend the Faithful against those who would persecute them, for our gods are the gods of all.

To this I do swear in Their names and my own.
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Religious Inquiry / Re: Creed of Notron
« Last post by Beric Staghorn on August 04, 2019, 03:28:04 AM »
I, Beric Staghorn, acknowledge and accept the Thirteen as my Creators, for the Gods of the ancient Zhell are my gods.  I submit to Their will my mind, body and spirit.  I pledge myself to defend the Faithful against those who would persecute them, for our gods are the gods of all.

To this I do swear in Their names and my own.
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Religious Inquiry / Re: Creed of Notron
« Last post by Vixsyn Rayne on January 25, 2019, 08:04:52 AM »
I, Vixsyn Rayne, acknowledge and accept the Thirteen as my Creators, for the Gods of the ancient Zhell are my gods.  I submit to Their will my mind, body and spirit.  I pledge myself to defend the Faithful against those who would persecute them, for our gods are the gods of all.

To this I do swear in Their names and my own.
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Religious Inquiry / Re: Creed of Notron
« Last post by Dirk Kalamar on July 09, 2018, 05:37:54 AM »
I Dirk Kalamar, acknowledge and accept the Thirteen as my Creators, for the Gods of the ancient Zhell are my gods.  I submit to Their will my mind, body and spirit.  I pledge myself to defend the Faithful against those who would persecute them, for our gods are the gods of all.

To this I do swear in Their names and my own.
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Religious Inquiry / Re: Creed of Notron
« Last post by CVildras on July 09, 2018, 02:28:03 AM »
I, Duke Corey Vildras, acknowledge and accept the Thirteen as my Creators, for the Gods of the ancient Zhell are my gods.  I submit to Their will my mind, body and spirit.  I pledge myself to defend the Faithful against those who would persecute them, for our gods are the gods of all.

To this I do swear in Their names and my own.
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Religious Inquiry / Re: Creed of Notron
« Last post by Dain Vel Iblis on June 19, 2017, 01:12:52 AM »
I, Dain Vel Iblis, acknowledge and accept the Thirteen as my Creators, for the Gods of the ancient Zhell are my gods.  I submit to Their will my mind, body and spirit.  I pledge myself to defend the Faithful against those who would persecute them, for our gods are the gods of all.

To this I do swear in Their names and my own.
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Religious Inquiry / Re: Creed of Notron
« Last post by Sia Vir`uan on May 28, 2017, 04:15:22 PM »
I, Sia Vir`uan, acknowledge and accept the Thirteen as my Creators, for the Gods of the ancient Zhell are my gods.  I submit to Their will my mind, body and spirit.  I pledge myself to defend the Faithful against those who would persecute them, for our gods are the gods of all.

To this I do swear in Their names and my own.
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