Category: Eynides Worldbuilding

Eynides – Gelschist Denominations

Manja Gelschism

Manja is far and away the most commonly practised form of Gelschism with over 70% of Gelschists falling under this category. All of the most common beliefs regarding the Shagehl spawned from this denomination, such as the idea of Aphosene being the source of all magic, the concept of Shagehl being spirits of healing from a plane of peace and the idea that their true forms are that of light. They are the ones who perpetuate the crime=sin mentality with Manja paladins and clerics being the ones who run the asylums as they are. The control over law held by the Manja is the root cause for many a war, paired with the fact that the Manja are particularly sensitive to having their belief questioned.

This entitlement is even reflected in how they regard the Shagehl. While there is no question that they hail and respect the Shagehl as divine entities, they don’t think twice about praying to them for more miracles. It’s become something of an expectation among the Manja that the Shagehl will continue to act for their sake, even if their wishes are personal in nature.

Kaval Gelschism

Kaval is a much more underground form of Gelschism which focuses their beliefs on the idea of Shagehl truly being of shadow rather than secretly being entities of light. They share with the Manja the idea that the Shagehl come from a realm of peace, but what ‘peace’ entails differs between the two clans. While the Manja depict it as a more traditional Utopian afterlife, the Kaval see it as a place of pure calm. A realm of darkness where the constant process of emotions and senses is cast off to allow one a pure and uninterrupted repose.

As a much smaller denomination than the Manja, the Kaval tend not to engage in ideological conflicts or anything which would lead to war. Instead, they practice their belief through secret cult gatherings, living in shadows just as the Shagehl who inspire them. They believe that they, too, can make the world a better place without ever stepping into the light. They will rescue people who they believe have been wronged by the other denomination and go so far as to assassinate figures who they deem harmful. They have no qualms with bringing death to their targets, for what awaits even the most abhorrent of people on the other side is a blessing of eternal peace.

The most notable group of Kaval Gelschists are called the Third-Eye cult who base their name and imagery on a forehead marking that the Shagehl are believed to have. The Kaval do summon their own elementals which line up closer to their darker ideologies. These elementals are, unsurprisingly, constructs of dark rather than light and are primarily used as bodyguards to prevent Kaval groups from being uncovered.

Stratta Gelschism

The second most practised denomination, the beliefs of Stratta center around the literal belief that the Shagehl are cosmic entities and that their influences stretches far beyond just Eynides. Beings of pure starlight who truly would burn the world to nothing if they did not wrap themselves in shadow. While the other denominations widely accept that Aphosene is the first or at least most powerful Shagehl, the Stratta believe that there are others of his status scattered throughout the universe. Aphosene’s role, in their eyes, is one of discovery, to make first contact with new worlds who might need their aid. For the Stratta it is not outside the realm of possibility that there is an even greater Shagehl somewhere out in the vastness of space, though the other denominations believe such an assumption to be a sin.

In believing such an origin for the beings of miracle, the Stratta naturally don’t subscribe to the concept of a realm of peace. From their perspective, there is no afterlife, instead their souls become the fuel which keeps the stars in the sky lit when their bodies die. The souls culminate and are forged together within the stars and eventually a Shagehl emerges from the combined essence of life. They visit populated worlds and allow the still living to exist in happiness until they themselves disperse, allowing new lives to be born and completing the cycle. The elementals created by the Stratta are entities of both light and fire, with the most powerful resembling the very night sky the people of Eynides look up to.

Iuris Gelschism

While this denomination shares many similarities with Manja, the Iuris have a single core mentality which conflicts with the common belief. This mentality is that the miracles performed by the Shagehl are not to be taken for granted and that their true aim is to help humanity reach a point of independence. The normalized and frivolous prayer performed by the Manja disgusts them as, from their perspective, the Shagehl owe them nothing. They already gave humanity more than they could ever pay back when they were given the chance to escape the cycle of nature. Asking them for more, even the idea of drawing magic from them, is just selfishness to a sickening degree.

The Iuris do still have temples, however only to pay respects to the Shagehl and never to ask them for anything. On the contrary, it is common practice for this denomination to make regular offerings to the beings they owe so much to. They hope that, even if material offerings are inconsequential to the Shagehl, that they might be able to use what’s given to sate the greed of the other Gelschist groups. The Iuris don’t even practice the same magic as the Manja paladins and clerics, choosing instead to craft their own spells if they even use magic at all. They rarely summon elementals but when they do they’re composed of more traditional elements, similar to the Vera/Skaal tribes who are still in the wild.

Controversially, one thing the Iuris do support are the Manja’s asylums as they agree that those who spit on what the Shagehl have given them deserve nothing but the worst punishment. The only thing worse than asking more of them is to directly sin against them, hence the similarity between the Iuris and the Manja.