Orthodox

Orthodoxy

"Much that was called religion has carried an unconscious attitude of hostility toward life. True religion must teach that life is filled with joys pleasing to the eye of God, that knowledge without action is empty. All men must see that the teaching of religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax. The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you've always known."  – Borrowed from Dune

Orthodoxy is the collected faith of the Populux.  It arose from the wreckage of the end of the Second Republic, inspired by the miracle of simply surviving, and soon codified by those who battled sin and demonic monstrosities in the shadow of the Fall.

The holy book of Orthodox is called the Accumulated Book, or sometimes called the Book of Ten-Thousand Questions.  The Accumulated Book has only short sections of mandate and prose.  The bulk of its contents are long series of questions, written so as to guide the reader through a natural progression of thought toward faith, harmony, and perhaps enlightenment.  Those who study the Accumulated Book believe that Orthodoxy is the "Mirror of Faith", revealing truths through examination rather than proclamation.

Though most Orthodox faithful are "True", Orthodoxy encompasses many minor faiths.  Ancient Terran faiths such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, etc, as well as the particular faiths of other Populux races are welcome, so long as they are "Questioned" by accompaniment of the Accumulated Book.  

 

Orthodox itself has several sects.

<u>The Avesti</u> pursue a state of purity and truth, reducing the tenets of the faith to the most direct possible commandments.  They find sin lurking in gray areas, and believe that complexity of thought is a trap set for vulnerable minds.  While there are many Avesti who devote themselves to haranguing and purging sin and sinners, the majority of the Avestite laity seek retreat and asceticism as a balance to lives of toil and travail.   Theirs is the mark of the purifying flame.

<u>The Sanctuary</u> welcomes all friends and strangers of good will.  They offer protection and aid to those in distress, including material and spiritual comfort.  The minor faiths of the Populux survive under the protection of the Sanctuary, and the Sanctuary welcomes amicable debate among them.  The Sanctuary is most often the face of Orthodox, and a majority of the flock believe that one is simply the other.  Theirs is the mark sheltering a crossbar or some other symbol of a minor faith.

<u>The Thousand Voices</u> are a small order.  They are devoted to the care and study of madmen, psychics, and intiutives, especially those who hear the Whisper.  The Whisper is that faint, never-ending murmer of sin and evil seemingly emanating from the interstellar Void.  For a vulnerable psyker, succor with the Thousand Voices is a desperately needed respite from corruption and temptation.  For those who care for them, the order is a recusal from public life into a life of ritual and isolation.  

<u>The Eskatonic Order</u> is another small order.  They devote themselves to the study of catastrophe and end-times.  They seek to do battle with the demons of sin and the void, and to prepare the Populux for the next Fall, which they believe is ever approaching.

<u>The Brothers Battle</u> is the militant order of Orthodox.  Uniquely, they are forbidden the innovation of Faith – they are in the greatest contact with sin and corruption, and thus closest to its temptations and whispers.  Theirs is the lot to seek guidance from other orders, and then to go forth bearing battle and doom to those who could corrupt the Populux.   Theirs is the mark of the blade.

<u>The Ithean Temple</u> (or <u>Ithea</u>) sprung from a minor faith of the Zentran people.  Ithea embraces compassion, humility, devotion, and no small amount of fertility.  It rose to prominince in the aftermath of the Fall.  At first offering services for stable, un-mutated pairings, and for the matchmaking of the new system of classes and orders, Ithea matured into an order seeking to protect the natural biological needs of the Populux.  Ithea preaches its virtues as a replacement for lust, envy, and greed that pure biology might cultivate.  Ithean temples are often lavish or gaudy.  Opposite most sects, it funds services for the poor and lower classes (matchmaking, mutation avoidance, etc) with donations from the wealthy and prominent.  Theirs is the mark of the bull or sacred cow, or sometimes of blooming flowers.


<u>The Orthodox Commandments</u>
    Thou shalt not disfigure the soul,
    Nor shalt Thou abide a machine mind,
    
    Thou shalt not go about alone,
    Nor shalt Thou go unready,

    Thou shalt not separate law from faith,
    Nor shalt Thou settle the worlds of the damned,

    Thou shalt not fallow thy faith Unquestioned
    Nor shalt Thy faith be absent of works,

    Thou shalt not turn away brethren of the Faith,
    For Thou shall be pleasing to Thy Creator in all things.
    

<u>The Virtues of Orthodoxy</u>
    Faith
    Piety
    Devotion
    Justice
    Protection
    Loyalty
    Compassion
    Wisdom
    Discipline
    Humility


<u>The Sins against Orthodoxy</u>
    Pride
    Sloth
    Greed
    Lust
    Oathbreaking
    Wrath
    Envy
    Blasphemy
    Heresy
    Antinomy

 

 

Original Commandments (the Accumulated Book)
Thou shalt not disfigure the soul,    
Nor shalt Thou abide a machine soul,

Thou shalt not go about alone,
Nor shalt Thou go unarmed,

Thou shalt not separate law from faith,
nor shalt Thou settle any world absent Noah
    
Thou shalt not fallow thy faith untested,
Nor shalt Thy faith be absent of works,


Thou shalt not turn away brethren of the Faith,
For Thou shall be pleasing to Thy Creator in all things.

Orthodox

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