Religion

The Religion of Luna has gone through a clear evolution since the Waking. When the people first poured out from the Sleepship, the religious practices of the Woken were diverse. The Marks had built four cathedrals into the base of the massive Tower, and the Proper was dotted with empty chapels. The Library contained innumerable religious texts. The Monastery, built above the Library, had an endless array of rooms fit for meditation, sermon or discussion. The first priests drawn to the Monastery found specialized CivilMarks that were all uniquely built to speak, and each one loaded with the collected knowledge of a unique system of beliefs. From their eternal repose in individual rooms, they could be asked any question, and were capable of answering and discussing from the view of their respective faith. It is from the teachings of robotic ‘Sages’ that the first curious theists became the clergy of their chosen religions.

The Early Years:
The Mark servants of the Monastery organized the democratic selection of the first Abbot (by necessity of fairness, an open-minded agnostic), and also suggested the means by which the stewardship of the chapels and cathedrals could be distributed among the various factions of faith. The chapels in the Proper were divided up amongst the various factions, and each faith that had clergy willing to deliver service was entitled to at least a single chapel. Each year the four faiths with the largest attendance at their services were awarded ownership of a cathedral.

With the Origins’ unbiased presentation of religions, it seems as though there may not have been a predominant religion on the home world. If any of the Sages were asked what the predominant religion of the Origins was, they will only say that the Origins adhered to a different faith.

Rise of Man:
Despite the openness and tolerance that the Monastery’s Mark guides tried to instill in the fledgling religions, when a Mark was blamed for the death of an infant in Year 10, it set ablaze the entire Cleric Caste, with the Bible of Man as the high-octane fuel. Large groups from every sect were converted and folded into the Church of Man, and the Cleric community gradually became a colder place. The Bible of Man taught the concept that the religious groups that had come before were all essentially trivial and primitive constructions of the human mind, and the only ideal worth pursuing, the only concept worth believing in, was the infinite potential of the human being.

Combined with the viewpoint that Marks were a crutch and fetter, the steady increase in human elitism has led to an era spanning from the Year 10 to the present, of both anti-Mark sentiment and urban expansion. As the philosophical and theological driver for this growth, the Cleric Caste (essentially synonymous with the Church of Man) has also seen a massive growth in power. The clergy have always been advisors to those in search of counsel, but the bishops of the Church of Man have made a concerted effort to insert their advisors into positions of power.

The Theocracy:
With the Church’s strength among the Woken populace, Councilor Eir’s clout cannot be understated. Though each Councilor is said to have an equal share in power, and all decisions must eventually come to a vote, more often than not, Councilor Eir is known to get his way.

Under the guidance of Councilor Eir and Cardinal Urien, the Church has taken on increasing civic responsibilities. The police force made up of both Warrior Caste and monks from the Church of Man, and Priests act as ethical arbiters for the criminal courts.

Religion

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