The main symbol of the Holy Order represents the divine spark within each individual, which they must seek and explore in order to achieve enlightenment and salvation. The three quadrilaterals surrounding the center reflects the many paths available to each individual to walk down. Some paths will lead someone closer to their divine spark, while others will take them further away. The reason that the quadrilaterals don't touch each other is to showcase the individuality that separates each person's experiences from each other, yet the familiarity that connects people of different circumstances is also showcase by the quadrilaterals being perfectly alike as well. The color has no standard, as the symbol can be showcase in numerous colors, each one reflecting a different meaning, but only to be used in the proper situations. For example, the light blue here represents calm and careful.
Location and Geography
The Communion of the Divines has spread its teachings throughout the world, yet the majority of the religion's influence and authority lies within what used to be Canada, which has been transform into a theocracy under the teachings and leadership of the church. The religion is recognize as one of the fastest growing religions in this new age, and boosting an impressive member count well into the millions in Canada alone. Though they do not keep records, it wouldn't be shocking if the organization has anywhere between 100 to 250 million followers around the globe, which doesn't include only humans as well.
THE DIVINE CITY: ARIK
Size: 1250 Km^2
The Divine City is named after the founder of the Communion of the Divines. The inspiration to create the city happened many years ago, when the founder perform a "miracle" that ended up altering the very landscape of the area in order to save not only his followers, but many people from a supernatural disaster, who later converted after witnessing the miracle. At first the people only planned to rebuild their town, but after a few weeks during the rebuilding process, the town folk saved by Arik decided to build the first cathedral of the church into the side of the cliffs that have protected them from what is commonly referred to now as the Divine Disaster. While the initial construction of the town and the cathedral took place, numerous people from around the nation and beyond arrive. Believing it to be a safe haven from the cruel and strange threats emerging from the changing world. Before long, the town developed into a thriving city under the guidance of the church and its leader.
Many years later the founder of the faith stopped appearing to give sermons to the people, and secluded himself inside the cliff. When asked for an explanation, the heads of the church inform its members that the founder has simply decided it is time for him to go back to training in order to finally unlock the full potential of his divine spark. Many decades pass after that. During that time, many begin to believed that he had died, and that the church was too afraid to share the news with them for all these years. Using this notation to their advantage, a group of heretics attempted to overthrow the legitimacy of the church as the founder has not proclaim a successor. So one night under the stars, a mob rush towards the cathedral, yet before they could break the doors down, a light appears from heaven above and strikes the cathedral. Soon after a figure emerge proclaiming to the be the founder.
They asked for a demonstration of proof, and with a great sigh the figure waved his hand and the light from before illuminated once more around him, but this time it overtook the whole city. When the light finally disappear, so too did the nonbelievers as well as the mysterious figure who claimed to be the founder. This event will later be called, "The Great Reminder," and every heretic group within the city and around the globe repented in fear as they have records of accounts witnessing a similar light appear not only at the Divine City, but across the globe as well that night. Since then, no one within the church has openly oppose, and now the majority truly believed that the founder is still out there in the world.
Order of The Divine Fist
Inspire by a vision, the Prophet Jericho traveled to the deep mountains of Canada until he found the spot shown to him in his dream. Using his expertise with his extremely developed Divine Spark and the energies of the world around him, he was able to manipulate the climate of the nearby mountains until it turn into a perfect replica of his vision. From there he establish a magnificent monastery, which become the home of a new order.
The Divine Fist is special monastic order within the Communion of the Divines. The monks (both male and female) who live here spent countless years training in an effort to develop their divine spark through the use of physical, mental, and spiritual training. Even members from other orders come here to train due to the order being famous for being home to incredible mentors that are capable of teaching one countless martial art styles, as well as the ancient magic of the past. However it is not only for teaching the past, but creating the future as well. As styles continue to be evolved at the school, as well as the pursuit and discovery of new magic. The one area that the order does not seem to cover so much is the usage and advancement of technology, though they will those who use technology to still train here. Just that there is nothing the order can do to improve the individual's capabilities or knowledge with technology. Yet if one is interested in technology, they will always recommend they seek the Order of Divine Knowledge.
Now getting back on topic, the order is not limited to just members of the Communion of Divines, but it is open to all who are accepted to train here. Regardless if they be nonhuman. The reason for this openness is simple. It is a way to expose the teachings and philosophy of the religion to outsiders, in hopes that they may reach salvation. As well as expose the Communion to various types of living beings, ideas, and knowledge. However, even though the order is open to outsiders, one must be invited to be allowed to visit and train here. This also includes the other members of the Communion. How exactly one earns an invitation is entirely subjective to the person who offers the invitation. Yet, what is known is that there is not many people who can offer the invitation, and that they usually don't offer the invitation. Sometimes years will go past before someone new finally trains at the monastery. Because of this, receiving an invitation is consider to be a great honor and privilege.
Other Important Regions/Sects - WIP
WW3 AND THE SECOND RENAISSANCE
The Communion of the Divine Light did not exist during this era, but there are myths that the Founder and the first followers of the faith had existed during this time, however; this idea is not backed up by teachings of the church, and it is actually discourage for members to profess this story as the truth.
The church started the very day when the founder received divine revelation about the divine spark from an entity he refers to as, "The Maker." Using this new knowledge, the founder practice and teach the information to others. Allowing not only himself, but others to gain supernatural like abilities, which he called "Divine Magic." A few years later he establish the foundation necessary for the church to not only survive in the changing world, but to become successful.
"The Great Reminder" has received mix interpretations by the members of the church from the lowest ranking individual to the highest. Yet, what the majority concluded that: First, that the event was to remind people to stay on the righteous path set by the founder, and not to oppose his church. Second, that the divine spark is not the only gift given by "The Maker." Third, that this occurrence is a warning to the world that they must prepare for an upcoming trial, and that "The Maker" has given the world a final gift in order to equip them with the necessities to handle the upcoming calamity.
Church Hierarchy: Divine Rank
The Communion of the Divines can be broken down in simple military terms has having a chain of command from the highest possible rank to the lowest rank. However, the chain of command can be a bit messy at times when dealing with people of the same rank, especially when it comes to certain sects. Whenever, there is a dispute between people of the same rank, a democratic vote will take place to determine the course of action, or decision. However, there is another way that a dispute may be resolve, and that is for a champion of each side to have a contest to determine who is right. However, these rules can never be applied for a lower rank member to challenge the authority of a higher rank member. Thankfully, since no one else has achieve the highest rank besides the founder, so far there has never an issue of conflicting decisions at the top level because there is only one person with the highest possible rank. Though in theory, that might not always be the case. The reason for this is simple, the divine ranks are not determine by another person, rather it is determine by the level of maturity of an individual's divinity.
In order to test one's divine rank, the founder created a tool that can measure one's divinity, and thus determine their divine rank. This helpful object is simply a customized crystal ball, that when held by a person charging up their divine magic, will be able to gauge their progress towards achieving divinity. Using this method, the founder discovers seven major ranks between the lowest to the highest in terms of divinity, which are represented down below from order of highest to lowest. (with the number of people who obtain the rank)
The higher rank someone's divinity, the more powerful that individual. Both within the church, and compare to the world around them. The weakest rank, follower, may represent someone who simply follows the church and may posse no traits that can separate themselves from a mundane person. However, once someone enters the next divine rank, they will without a doubt be consider extraordinary. Even though one benefits from developing one's divine rank by gaining supernatural abilities, one of the more considerable gifts that comes with having a more mature and develop divinity would have to be the greater longevity that comes with it.
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