Hesperia Universalis - Kingmaker
The Aventine Hierarchy and Religions
The Staff, the holy icon of the Aventine Ecclesiarchy
The Aventine Church and its subsidiaries have a long and storied history. With its humble roots as a religion of the dispossessed and of slaves, few would have expected it to grow at such an alarming rate.
Of course, that eons ago during the height of mankind’s empires, where the pagan gods of old held full sway.
For generations, prophecies foretold that, “one day, things will be better.” “One day, someone will come to help.”
One day, as if a switch had been flipped – help came.
Seven humans suddenly and abruptly transcended – transformed by divine energies unfathomable to the natural human mind. They were the godsends of the deity Aventius, and they claimed that they had returned to the mortal realm from the land of the dead so that they might spread Aventius’s word as well as prove humanity’s worth. Communicating telepathically, each took notes on the other, distributing the good news to all people that would listen – and some that wouldn’t.
Ahuitzotl, the Avatar of Faith – Ahuitzotl crossed seas unknown and climbed mountains unscaled, preaching the words of Aventius. Ahuitzotl was fearless, for despite his old and frail form he knew that he was protected by powers on high. Legend has it that he crossed an entire ocean on a raft, because Aventius had told him that there was a people in need of his assistance.
Long Visitor, the Incarnation of Honesty – Long Visitor was a noble and honest individual whose silver tongue never belied his truthful words. His arguments were convincing no matter the situation and he united the whole of the Chocataw tribes in a far-off land.
Lady Samantha Blacke, Exemplar of Justice – A member of the Julian Empire by birth, but a barbarian by blood, Lady Samantha Blacke set out on a trek across Hesperia, righting every wrong – large or small – and establishing courts of law where criminals and innocents alike might be given fair trials. Legend has it that Blake carved a path of glory through early Eisen just to bring a corrupt prince to justice.
Amazighiyya, Apotheosis of Charity – Lesser women would have balked at denial of oneself, but Amazighiyya saw the suffering that the nomads of her homeland endured. She set up camps, trained monks, and founded organizations dedicated to the service of woe-struck peoples not only in her sand-ravaged homeland but people across the world.
Mbeembe, Empitome of Temperance – In his lush jungle homeland, Mbeembe was exposed to a carefree life as the son of a king. However, Mbeembe had returned to life with a purpose. While he was showered with gratification and love by his people, he deferred the lauding of his subjects in favor of a life among them, helping them instead. Legends say his wisdom led him to create a truly perfect and self-sustaining civilization deep within with jungles of his homeland
Tian Xin, Some Dude who was really nice i guess
Paraguadveda, Humility Made Flesh – treated as a living goddess in her homeland, Paraguadveda denied herself the opportunity to become a goddess in favor of a higher power, spending her life embracing her commoner caste in order to help the people around her. Legends say that she denied titles of all sort with knowledge that the only true titles belonged to Aventius.
The Avenetine Church preaches that the Seven Saints were sent from on high to help humanity- but they all suffered from a critical, original sin that tainted them forever- their humanity. Even the most shining paragons of mortals faltered to the Seven Vices (see below) despite their adherence to the Seven Perfect Virtues.
As such, humans and all mortals are tainted by their eternal and inherent corruption. Humans are doomed to imperfection, but it is of the utmost importance that we strive to be as good – if not better – than the Seven Saints. The ultimate goal is to be pious and virtuous enough to surpass the Seven Saints; to purify humanity, and to bring about a new, golden age.
More recent councils and ecclasiarchal conventions have repainted worship and generosity as the forefront of the way to the Golden Age; intentionally placing the Ecclesaiarchy and its sprawling structure above personal piety.
The Seven Vices
Aventine dogma has a few core principles; the two main principles are adherence to the Seven Virtues and avoidance of the Seven Vices.
- Lust (Lack of self-control)
- Sloth (Inaction in times of need, apathy)
- Envy (Greed of the immaterial, theft)
- Wrath (Uncontrolled violence, feuding)
- Pride (Love of self perverted to hatred for one’s neighbor, hubris)
- Avarice (Betrayal, greed of the material world)
- Gluttony (Lack of charity for those without)
The Seven Virtues
Each of the Saints adhered to a particular virtue above all others, though they generally maintained great amounts of adherence to all of them.
- Valour: Pursuit of Courage and Knowledge
- Generosity: Pursuit of Giving
- Temperance: Pursuit of Will
- Diligence: Pursuit of Ethics
- Patience: Pursuit of Peace
- Kindness: Pursuit of Charity
- Humility: Pursuit of Modesty