Church of the Lord and Lady

The Chuch of the Lord of Lady

Symbol of the Church

The Time of Fire was a war the Dragons fought with other celestial beings. Ebonyr was scorched and laid waste. The Dragons power was drained and they were defeated, for a time. In one last gasp of ego, they gave the power of magic to a revived man and woman warrior and told them to help the civilized races of Ebonyr but also find a way to bring them back from the abyss.

The Church of the Lord and Lady was founded.

The Lord and Lady, that’s what they were only known by, help the races with food, medicine, knowledge. They were instrumental in rebuilding society. The founded the City of Solace to further their goals. They kept their secret of their dragon masters secret.

Because the Lord and Lady were “revived” by the dragons, their power eventually drained and they “ascended” into the spiritual light beings. (Per the Sacred Book)

The Hierarchy took over the day to day teachings of the church. First Lord Convocator installed – Declared 1 A.F (After Fire)

Belief and Teachings

The Sacred Book – The holy writ of the church

The Lord and Lady are the only true gods. All others are false.

Worship of The Holy Pentarchic, is strictly forbidden and their followers are hunted down and destroyed as pagans.

Those that worship anyone other than the Lord and Lady (except the Pentarchic) are considered heathen and are shunned and they’re faiths are tightly controlled, if not banned.

As the Church is a religious organization and a political state (in the City of Solace), the religious status of such people has an impact on their social standing.  Heathens do not have rights to run for government office, be a part of the nobility or serve in the military capacity.

Hierarchy

Lord Convocator (or Lady Convocator)
Convocator (6) (Madam Convocator)
Prior (Prioress)
Priest (Priestess)
Ordinate
Acolyte

Organizations within the Church

Oathguard (Church Paladins)
Churchmen – Uniformed guards and undercover agents for the Church
Order of the Little Brothers  (aka Brown Robes)- Ordinates that travel the Coastal Kingdoms teaching the faith.
Sisters of the Blazing Heart

Houses of Worship
City of Solace (Headquarters of the Church)
Temple (Seats 1000+)
Steeple (Seats 500+)
Shrine (Seats 100+)

Practices
For the average follower (official called Adherents) of the Church, worship is simple.  Twice weekly, on the Day of Sun and the Evening of Dusk, a worshipper will go to the local church and observe the ceremonies performed by the clergy.  On certain feasts, more may be expected, such as certain prayers of oblations.  Otherwise, the adherent’s religious obligations are complete.

The Eight Teachings

One – Thou shalt not worship the False Gods.

Two – Thou shalt honor the Lord and Lady.

Three – Thou shalt not steal.

Four – Thou shalt defend Church of the Lord and Lady.

Five – Thou shalt not harm the clergy

Six – Thou shalt defend the faithful from harm.

Seven – Thou shalt not kill unless the lives of others are in danger.

Eight – Thou shalt not break an oath until freed from it.

Wedding – A simple ceremony performed by a member of the clergy (except and Acolyte) on the closest thing to holy ground available in which the bride and groom exchange oaths of loyalty in front of witnesses and exchange symbolic rings before receiving a blessing. As the newly-weds leave it is normal for a hymn to be sung.

Consecration – A clergy blesses an area of land, clearing it of malign influences to make a fitting site for a shrine, burial ground or any type of holy building. The clergy walk around the ground whilst singing to the Lord and Lady and praying loudly to cleanse the land of evil.

Burial Service – The clergy performs a service to mark a death along with the actual burial. Normally friends and relatives of the deceased will say a few choice words before the clergy leads those present in prayer for the soul of the deceased. This is sometimes followed by the singing of hymns.

Note: Divorce is not allowed in the faith. Even though the 8th teaching says that an adherent can be freed of a vow. The Lord and Lady stand together forever and must be honored by the 2nd teaching.

For the clergy, however, things are much more than they seem.  Behind the seamless liturgies – which usually involve song, incense, scripture, and Lord and Lady Adoration – are a countless number of laws, rules, and sacramentaries.  Each feast day and requires different scripture readings, hymns, and rituals.  As the Church grew through the years, feasts were added and liturgies modified.  The recorded corpus of these canons and laws are known as The Canonical Sacramentarium.

Due to the complexities of religious law, priests must be highly trained.  Several large Edificias exist, as do smaller missionary ones, to train acolytes.  The clergy are thus generally well-read and knowledgeable in both ecclesiastical and secular law.

Feast Days (Religious Holidays)

Feast of the Lord – This feast occurs on, or near, the summer equinox. It celebrates pride in the church and its accomplishments and marks the renewal of the eternal flame at the worship houses. During this feast certain public officers are named, nobles are accepted and new clergy are admitted into the church.

Feast of the Lady – (spring) during the festival, effigies of dragon and heretics are lit ablaze and thrown from high places, such as cliffs, tall buildings, etc.  This is in remembrance of an older similar custom human sacrifice the Dragon religion performed. The next morning, if the clergy determines the sacrifice has pleased the Lord and Lady, white doves are released from the worship houses.

Harvest Feast – celebrating the annual harvest granted by Lord and Lady’s blessing.  For three weeks before the feast, fasting is observed.  On the feast day, grains and vegetables are traditionally eaten, the fruits of the harvest.  The clergy, nobles and politicians commonly provides food to the poor people as a gesture of charity.

Feast of Evernight – Evernight is one of the most beloved festivals of the Church.  On Evernight, the faithful remember that even in the darkness the Lord and Lady guide them.  The whole day is spent in preparation of the feast.  At dusk, the entire congregation will gather at the local church with candles, lanterns, and torches.  As the sun dips below the horizon, a torch with fire from the church’s own candle is passed through the crowd.  They all light their instruments and, when the last candle is lit, go throughout the town singing hymns and basking the bright light that the Lord and Lady gives even during the darkness.