The Lands of Legacy
Lomon and The Holy Order of Belenos
The Holy Order of Belenos was once a proud establishment of worshipers that spread across the Urth in every direction. The single largest clergy and base of worship at the time meant that even with thousands of years following the fall of the gods, there are still those that look to the clear sky in anticipation of the return of their patron deity Lomon. Lomon was the god of the Sun, Light and good Health.
Over the years the Holy Order of Belenos has faded from common knowledge, with the Elharcadians seeking out any and all religious orders as dangerous cults that threaten the stability of peace. Despite this, the Belenostic Order is still practiced and used as a beacon of hope for many around the world. A group of people, rumored to be founded by the high priests of Belenos just before the fall of the gods, secretly spreads the words of Lomon and the hope that a brighter day is coming for all. The holy symbol of Lomon, a shining sun cradled within two hands is carried by those of his order, although often hidden.
The exact description of Lomon has been lost with the histories, although the collection of writings and notes that many have found describe him as a light skinned human man of strong and agile build with blonde hair and quick wit. Most other aspects of his description vary depending on who you were to ask.
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Thought as one of the original deities of Urth, Lomon had a very complex web of relationships with the other deities in the realm. However many of the writings remain unclear as to who these relationships were with or what became of them. A great many of Lomon’s followers seemed to have ascended to godhood themselves, giving that network of allied religions a significant boost.
It is known that the aspects of good, with all the subaspects that fall within that realm were frequently allied with Lomon and that those especially representing illness, darkness or corruption were opposed to Lomon’s order. Using what teachings remain of the Belonistic Order, it is clear that Lomon opposed all evil deities and those neutral deities with teachings opposed to his own.
Lomon’s realm was within the Luna plane. Known as the Circular Heaven, The Palace of Light and the Golden Citadel. The writings of the old high priests often discuss the realm and it’s splendors. It is believed that the city of Belenos covers the sun, and at it’s center is the Golden Citadel, the seat of Lomon’s power, which is so bright that it casts it’s light to Urth. A light so bright and pure that only those purified by Lomon may gaze upon it directly.
Belonostic followers believe that the brightness of the sun can purify and heal all of Urth’s problems. Happiness and health are a right to all and not to be interfered with. Living economically, conservatively and charitably are all looked upon as the rule, not the exception. The life giving light brings growth, bounty and love, so that none may go hungry or want for sustenance.
Belenostic followers strive to perform kind and generous acts which better the lives of those that are in need. Giving whenever possible and helping those in need are the primary beliefs of all those who worship. While most within the Belenostic order have little desire to prove their strength or seek conflict, it is the belief that those who can prevent evil from harming others must do so, and that being wrathful against the forces of evil, especially those of undead nature is for the betterment of goodly people everywhere. However, the writings urge that bringing excessive attention to evil can place a veil over that which is truly important: compassion and goodness, the core of Belenostic belief which must be emphasized above all else.
- The Lightbringer A powerful piece of scripture that was distributed among all priests in the Holy Order of Belenos only weeks before the fall of the gods in 3250 SR. These scriptures were distributed far and wide by those faithful to Lomon. The words of Lomon urged those of his faith to continue living charitably, and to help all those in need in the coming times. These scriptures predicted the fall of the gods in their attempt to defeat the Demispawn. They went on to depict a prophecy in which Lomon’s radiance would be dispensed over time and into a chosen few whom would channel his power to perform miracles with the radiance of the sun. These few would herald Lomon’s return and re-ascendance to divinity as those who channel his power would one day revive him.
- The Guiding Sun Considered the defacto “Holy Book” of the Belenostic religious beliefs. A ponderous tome which depicts the guiding light of Lomon described as the sun itself during the down of mortals. A time in which his guiding light and teachings brought health and prosperity to all mortals. Some turned against his light to the darkness in essence creating evil. This book is considered canonical and the core of the Belonistic belief system. While most of these tomes have been rooted out by the Elharcadians, a few remain in circulation in secret.
Once the most popular deity among all commonfolk on Urth, Lomon never lacked for followers. Particularly revered among most establishments in the midlands, where great civilizations took hold and developed great nations. With massive populaces came the struggles of plague, famine and poverty which frequently called upon the faithful of Lomon for aid. While these days all of the famous churches and temples have been brought down by the Elharcadians, their influence in many regions remains.
The Elharcadians would like to stamp out all existance of Lomon’s religion, but even after 2,000 years following the fall of Lomon, his teachings continue in secret. There are a great many whom still hope for a return of the god and hold on to the teachings brought to them by the secretive Belenostic Knights whom spread their words in private.
As a secret religion or cult, very little is openly known about how the Belonistic Knights operate or how large any particular congregation of followers is in a particular area. The Elharcadian ban on religious heresy being punished so harshly prevents anyone from operating in the open.
With Lomon’s death the Holy Order of Belenos was destroyed with it. The priests of Lomon lost their magical gifts from their deity, and while many went on to become healers and farmers who secretly continued the religious teachings until their deaths, none held onto their power. They were known as the Priests of Radiance and many of the scriptures scattered among Urth are the words of these once divine blessed men and women. They were known to heal, bless and preach the teachings of their lord throughout Urth.
Although rare, the order of paladins among Lomon’s followers were known as the Belenostic Knights. These were an elite group of powerful warriors whom traveled the Urth in order to protect the weak where the wicked threatened to overwhelm. Hunters of the undead and corrupt. Little about the nature of this group remains known.
However shortly after the fall of Lomon and the other gods, the Belenostic Knights changed their goals. Without the guiding light of their god, they instead made it their mission to seek out the “Lightbringers” who were prophecised to one day resurrect Lomon. As the ages passed them by, the Belenostic Knights found their small group dying off if not from old age, then from Elharcadian attacks. They hid or discarded their holy symbols and disbanded, vowing to travel the world in search of the Lightbringers and teaching any and all whom they could trust the prophecy and guiding light of their lord.
The Belenostic Knights took on apprentices, whom eventually replaced them and took apprentices of their own. It is rumored that these travelers remain a presence on Urth, seeking out the Lightbringers still, even after 2,000 years.
Historically the services of Lomon included weekly gatherings in church or temple with song, prayer and worship. This day was historically a day of plenty when all attendees brought bounty and those who were in need were always welcome for the feast, even if they did not follow Lomon. Prayers to Lomon were often affirmations in the first person, for example, “I am merciful, just as the Sun of Mercy shines on me.” Weddings and rites of passage often took place at the beginning of a new season. Farmers often request a ritual known as the Blessing of the Sun-Kissed Field.
These days such worship is unheard of through most of the world due to Elharcadian influence. Most prayers are now said silently if at all and days of worship replaced with a slightly more bountiful weekly meal where one might invite someone in need to join them.
Now nearly all ruined, most temples of Lomon were tall an featured large open gardens tended to by acolytes throughout their grounds These temples depicted vegetables and fruit in great stained glass windows throughout them.
- Day of Plenty: Taking place on the Winter Solstice, this is a day where all followers of Lomon give to the needy.
- The Great Banquet: Known as the day of plenty. This is the day which Lomon gave to the first men his guiding light and an endless banquet. A day of reverence and thankfulness among Lomon’s faithful
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