Yaltic Faith

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Preface

Since the dawn of known civilization the Yaltic Faith has guided the majority of those living within the realm of Skantos. From father to son, mother to daughter, and elder to village the continual tale of the Great Struggle has echoed itself throughout the ages. For those that understand the necessary balance that dictates the structure of their world these individuals find themselves in great reverence of The Bru-Al and as such follow the path.


Summary of the Faith

Though cultures have made their mark, and variations of Yaltic devotion exist, few traits remain throughout the world that most if not all Faithful follow. Firstly all followers devote themselves to prayer at sunrise and sundown. Some go as far as to utter incantations as they do so. The specific incantation varies by dialect and by what qualities they feel Bruuvah or Aldar represent. Regardless of the representation they see, Bruuvah is without question the Light while Aldar holds aspects of the Dark. Secondly those that are chosen to represent either Bruuvah or Aldar via divine intent are referred to as The Yaltyr. It is common that as The Yaltyr are chosen mass followers of Zealots flock to either side to make their mark for their chosen god. With that being said it isn’t unheard of for extremists to form cult like groups of worship for either Bruuvah or Aldar. For the rest of the Yaltic Faithfuls whether they follow the teachings of a Mobad, Pope, Rabbi, or Sheikh one can find the same story of origin, the same holidays, and the same themes in teachings of Yaltic Faith throughout the world.

The Beginning

”In the darkness, light will always shine. In the light, darkness will always grow. An eternal struggle to become whole, to find balance, to find Bru-Al.” - A Scripture from the First Sage {Yaltic Teachings 2:31}

Light and Dark have always been the basis for life. We can see this in the sun and in the moon. Where the sun shines, our crops can seek nourishment and in the dark we can find refuge from the heat. Just as the sun has always sat among the cosmos as well as the moon in that regard so too has Bru-Al. Not many know when the initial split happened or better yet, how or why the split happened. However Bruuvah and Aldar have since then existed in reliance on one another. While Bruuvah hails over the realm of light Aldar hails over the realm of dark drawing ever closer to their other half until their meeting turns to conflict. With conflict comes struggle. When this time arises The Yaltyr are chosen and Bruuvah as well as Aldar are fated to engage. With their great clash their Champions stand behind them waging a war against each other's forces. And before either being can strike the final blow their other half kills themselves, preventing them from consuming them and becoming Bru-Al. This cycle is said to take place every few hundred years and it is this cycle that holds the world together, keeping it from teetering off balance and plunging the mortal domain into chaos.

The Yaltyr

Seen as Champions of their god and even furthermore the representation of the Gods themselves. The Yaltyr are imbued with the divine spirit of either Bruuvah or Aldar. Upon becoming touched by their Deity, great power is said to envelop the Yaltyr thus giving them characteristics of either Bruuvah or Aldar. It is said even, that once touched by the Divine Spirit Yaltyr become indistinguishable from who they once were. This can be noted in Spirit, Mind, and Body. Where phonies are easily revealed as such, the Yaltyr are unquestionable in their position.


Holy Scriptures

The Yaltic Faithful among their majority of followers at least abide by a holy text. This text titled the “Monicrum” is divided into four gospels. Each gospel radiates the teachings of The One God. The first gospel illustrates the beginning of creation in which Bru-Al was whole. The chapters in the first Gospel contain historical accounts of each segment of creation, stories of followers that came to rise to sainthood including their descendents and ends with the beginning of the great divide. The following Gospels represent the teachings of Bruuvah, and Aldar. Within each of the following teachings one can find the Yaltyr whom represented each split, their tales, as well as accounts in which each being has prepared for the great conflict. The final gospel is very similar to the first in which it contains neutral accounts of each conflict. The final gospel also accounts what is known as the end time. This final verse speaks of what will lead to the “Armageddon” a time in which all followers be they sided with Bruuvah or Aldar will have to come together to face a final threat. This threat will, depending upon the outcome of cooperation on both sides, either consume the world or be overtaken. Should the great threat be defeated this will inevitably end in an age of peace in which war will be a thing of the past and an overabundance of all things good shall come to fruition.

It should be noted that Zealots in certain circles take apart the teachings of the Monicrum and ignore pieces that don’t directly fulfill their vision of either Bruuvah or Aldar. This in turn has lead to extremist circle persecuting those that don’t follow their specified path.


Holidays

Each culture depending upon what they hold most important in life has holidays to reflect that. Though, excluding certain extremist circles, most often Bru-Al plays a heavy part in their reflection of such aspects. The giver and the taker, the wise old codger whom places the hero on a journey only to reveal themselves as a Yaltyr or the god incarnate. All of these sorts of stories play a large role in teaching the everyman great lessons on each of the holy days designated by their village, city, or tribe. Where in a Harvest day may reflect as a farmer’s toils in certain settlements, it may reflect a whalers bounty on a seaside fishing town.

Regardless of seasonal holidays one can find that the hottest day of the cycle may represent a day of heated worship for Bruuvah, the first rain of the season equally represents worship devoted to Aldar.

Rain in the desert is a blessing just as the first break in snow and the heat of the sun breaking down an inhospitable lake in the tundra serves the same relief.

All around the world however Torches are lit all day upon the first of the year for a week's time to pay tribute to Bruuvah, and a week leading up to the end of the year all light is cast out to show the peace that Aldar casts upon the weary traveler at night. The peace of the night and the relief of the sun serve their purpose; A stark reminder that the balance must remain whole.



Afterlife

It is believed that when a mortal passes on, if they have completed the tasks set out for their soul their soul will move to join Bru'Al. Like droplets of water returning from the sky to the ocean. However, if they have not, their soul will be reborn to live another life. Due to this it is believed a person lives their life to the fullest. For once they join Bru'Al their experience may contribute to the whole being.


Myths and Legends

  • It is said that in some circumstances of divine intervention that one reaching death may find themselves being reborn as if nothing had happened. The source of this is unknown however most attribute it to the gods. Take heed, when in circumstances of great value one is unlikely to come back unscathed if at all. Perhaps this is the great one forcing a lesson onto the adventurer. “Not all things in life are worth the loss of the mortal coil.”
  • Though rare, it is unknown when a Yaltyr may be chosen some say that a war wages forth even without the intervention of the mortal realm.
  • Some believe the gods to use the mortals as their play things, although many academics pose this as a possibility and the religiously powerful see this as blasphemous, the gods have yet to strike down those who push this agenda.


  • Beings claiming to be servants of the divine have sometimes, though rare, made an appearance in the mortal realm during times of needed intervention. Their status has yet to be proven true. There are only historical accounts in the Monicrum stating this.