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|Symbol||Seven interlocking rings forming a Circle|
|Name of Deity||Talthar|
|Centre of Religion||Alguz, Bildteve, Scarlene & Caer Talthar|
1st: Cure Wound, Halt
2nd: Cure Serious Wounds
3rd: Cure Disease, Dismiss Ghoul, Bless, Talk to Spirit, Spirit Shield, Protection from Spirits
4th: Heal, Spirit Bolt
5th: Voice of Power, Remove Voice of Power, Spiritual Invisibility
6th: Total Heal, Regeneration, Dismiss Vampire
8th: Restore Life
Talthar is the Lord of Hope, a burning beacon of inspiration to his followers. Whilst the vast majority of Talthar's priests spend their time ministering to their congregations within the Church of Talthar works a dedicated core of worshipers, these are known as The Rings of Talthar. The Rings of Talthar are some of the most fervent worshipers of the Lord of Hope, those of the faith imbued with Vitae.
Tenets of the faith
- Hope is eternal and enduring
- Hope is the bright light that shines in the heart of all
- Hope is the sure and certain knowledge of the blessings to come
- Hope is changing and constant
The Tenets Explained
“Hope is eternal and enduring” There is no beginning and no ending to true Hope. It exists and always shall exist. Men may turn away from Hope, but it will always be there for them to embrace. No catastrophe is too great, no disaster too terrible to extinguish Hope. It is in the times when things look darkest that there is the most need and chance for Hope.
“Hope is the bright light that shines in the heart of all”: All men have the capacity and potential for Hope. All who think and feel can acknowledge the brightness of the future and embrace the ways of Hope. Some may choose not to, and it is to these the teachings of the faith should look to. Some may choose to deny Hope to others, and this is the greatest sin of all. Those who turn their backs on Hope and who deny Hope to others should be stopped. This may be through peaceful word and actions, talking to change the view of a wicked man, or it may be through violence, to take the life of such a man such that others may have Hope. This tenant is perhaps the most controversial of the teachings of Talthar, that to take a life denies Hope to that person, but allows the soul to move on, that there is a different form of Hope for the dead.
“Hope is the sure and certain knowledge of the blessings to come”: Hope is not selfish; it is a bright and good thing. Hope is more than simply wanting a better house, or more money. It is the unselfish giving Hope for others that is important, cherished and holy. It can be simple and every day, such as wanting a relative to get well, or for the family to have enough food to eat. It can be deep and complicated, Hope for your neighbours spiritual welfare.
“Hope is changing and constant”: Constant in the fact that it is ever present. Constant in it's nature. Changing in its method, in people's perception of its nature. Changing in terms of the comfort that individuals gain from Hope.
Whilst Talthar himself is worshiped as the true Lord of Hope, the faith preaches that there are seven Aspects of Hope, and the symbol of the faith reflects this: seven circles inter-linked to form one large circle. Within the faith there are those who would dedicate their service to but one of the Aspects of Hope, seeking perfection of Faith or perhaps just understanding, in their singleness of worship. The majority however, worships Talthar as a whole, seeking to bring each of the seven Aspects to work in their lives.
Subtlety: Hope unlooked for
One of the most commonly found and yet most profound of the Aspects. It is about performing a kindness without thought of reward, recognition or even acknowledgement. Be it leaving a gift of bread for a widow or canceling the debt of a man who owed more than he has. It is giving unselfishly.
Renewal: Hope in new life
The aspect is tied most closely with the after life and the rebirth. Those that service the aspect are commonly responsible for conducting funerals, comforting grieving families, blessing the newborn and such. If anything those that serve the aspects perform many of the daily duties you would expect a priest to do. It is, however, not uncommon to find those that serve the aspect take a more militant stance, sometimes being confused with the servants of Elbrime. The simple theory being that some people in this mortal life have sinned so much that, while there is still hope for them, they will bring too much suffering to this world before they find redemption so they should be sent to the next life in the hope they will learn from their mistakes and move on.
Unity: Hope through standing together
When men work together more can be achieved than any working as a lone figure. This is what the aspect embodies. Helping those that need you, lending aid where you can. Co-operating to achieve an end. While one man can build a barn in a week, two could build it in three days, while four in but a day. It is through this that a greater hope can be achieved and found.
Serenity: Hope from within
The Aspect of Serenity is an inward looking philosophy. Self-examination, prayer and meditation are tools of the Serene. Serenity teaches acceptance of ones own place in the world, of how a person can best serve those around him. It is a virtue of modesty and humility.
Diplomacy: Hope for Peace
Those that serve Diplomacy are often counters to Justice and Adversity. They would seek to find compromise and agreement to resolve a problem. While the solution they reach will not always be the best solution it will be the one that keeps the most people happy, and preserves hope for as many people as possible. It could be said that the servants of Diplomacy look to the now and seek to give those that live here and now the best life possible.
Justice: Hope for what is right
Often confused with the concept of law and order Justice has nothing to do with the mundane laws of the world, but the heavenly mandates of God. In a world where darkness exists, where people seek to gain from others suffering, where men deceive and cheat others, where people call upon the powers of the darker lords, Justice moves to counter this. The laws of men are made by those in power as a means to hold power, the laws of heaven are made so that all may learn and become stronger. It is the duty of Justice to protect the weak, to avenge wrongs upon the innocent, to seek out those that have turned from the light of heaven and try to show them the error of their ways. It is the duty of the priests to stand against the lies and falsehoods of mortal society that lead to the laws of heaven being hidden or denied to mortal man.
Adversity: The last, desperate, Hope
Often seen as the most militant of the aspects, and indeed in the present day it. Those that follow this aspect, and its embodiment Elbrime are seen as the warriors of the faith. All are skilled in the arts of battle to one form or another. It is their duty to stand and fight when all seems lost, when everything says defeat is at hand those that serve this aspect will fight on to the death for it is the act of trying and continuing to struggle no matter the odds that matters, for even when everything else is lost they still have hope.