Medieval America Mark III

My question about whether or not you will expand on the New Age and Heresy religions.
Heresy: yes. I had written a post on New Vegas in the old thread that I deigned not to add to the canon because it wasn't poorly written. I plan on rewriting it at some poin
The High Cascades, Ascendant and Pure

Towering above the valleys of Cascadia lie volcanoes, restless giants covered in snow and ice, standing above the mountains that surround them. These volcanoes hold a holy and exalted place among the peoples of Cascadia as the bridges between the land and sky, portals to stars, watching over these lands and protecting them from the wilds of the eastern deserts.

Rainier: The Great One

The tallest mountain in Cascadia, she cloaks herself in clouds and shines brightly from her snow capped peaks

Saint Ellens: The Angry One
The most active volcano in the region ,she has erupted nearly 25 times in the last 900 years since the regression. Whereas once she was hollowed out, she grows once more to be a magnificent though tempermental god.

Hood and Adams: Guardians of the East

Flanking the Columbia river as it flows from the Eastern Basin to Cascadia, these two volcanos guard the land of Buddhism from the treacherous infidels beyond. It is said that if heathen armies were to ever invade from the East, these two would unleash their rage against the invaders and smash them to bits.

Baker: Loner of the North
Close to Vancouver, Baker lies far from his siblings. He is a silent guardian overlooking the Fraser Delta and the Strait of Wandifuke.

Jeffsin: Southern and Remote
Shorter than his brothers and sisters, as well as nestled deep in the mountains, Jeffsin is hard to see and just barely peeks over the horizon.
Excellent post that I hadn't seen, though I would add: I've also mentioned Rainier as a home to the "Cascadian Lama", though I didn't expand on it. That's open t anyone who wants to.
 
Beelem (Eastern Oregon): The High Desert
Beelem (Eastern Oregon): The High Desert

Before the Regression, when state borders were being drawn up, far too often they were drawn without consideration for the local geography. Oregon is a good example of this. It like it's neighbor Washington spanned two very distinct regions, divided by the Cascades. In Washington's case the eastern part was conquered and became the District of Columbia. Not so in Oregon.

The high desert east of the Cascades could not be called "Oregon" as that referred exclusively to the lands west of the Cascades. It couldn't be called "Washington" or "Idaho" as this region was never part of either state and both names have already been taken up by separate entities. Nevada doesn't feel right either, the two landscapes are too different. So what does that leave the poor shepherds and mountain men to call this harsh steppe home of theirs? Well they'll just make up their own name!

So for years after the Regression, they debated around low campfires what to call themselves. Interim names were thrown around but "Desert People" just doesn't feel right you know. Well as time went on, one tribe conquered the rest. They were headed by a man who claimed to be from the Bureau of Land Management or B-L-M for short. His tribe called themselves Beelemites and eventually the name stuck even as the original tribe splintered upon their leaders death. Eventually this region came to be known as Beelem after the tribe that first conquered this land. And now Beelem is the land of the dry steppe and wild Mustangs, home of raiders(when convenient), horse eaters(only the wild ones) and traders(when profitable).

Though this region once generally practiced its own pagan faith, after the Columbian Crusade, the spread of druids and monks into this wilderness gradually converted the Beelemites to Buddhism. And so they raid the infidels that surround them, storming into the Klamath and Snake River Valleys and stealing anything not held down.
 
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The New Age: An Era of Progress and Faith



"We are all the prophets of her yet are we not from the same dirt and blood as the swine and rats? Our predecessors may have been similar but we are not for they are creatures untouched by her light and words. She chose us to become sapient and send the Hallow and Grey to guide us. While the appearance of the bull diverges from the appearance of the cow, man and woman are nearly equal both in mind, body, and soul."

During the regression, many expected the world to become a land of racial tensions and gender inequality. This prediction however, was not very true. While genocidal clans did often pop up, they were usually wiped out when humanity reorganized itself into nations. Such a mindset could not allow a country to prosper within this era and it was usually reserved for the occasional warlord. While conflict did not occur between the races, it did occur between something much more important. Religion.

During the last months before the collapse, the New Age Society was a small group that had many plans for the future. In their minds, the threat of cultural conservatism destroying progress was real and as a result, the unknown god would restart the world to begin the ‘Age of Aquarius’. The society was relatively free form and encouraged people of all religions to join. Members were free to debate about how the world should be rebuilt and what we can do to delay the apocalypse.

Despite their best efforts, the end times did come around and the federal government faded in the western coastlines. Anarchy spread across the deserts as food and water became scarcer and scarcer. He or she who had control of streams and lakes had the control of all who lived within the area. Thankfully, the New Mexicans were gifted with the precious liquid from the Ryo Grinday River which fed life into the country. It was during this time that the New Age movement began to unite itself under a singular god.


Crystal quartz skulls are said to help project visions of past lives​

Lunian, The Crescent Queen of Star, Heavens, and the Outer Reaches of the Universe could create an entire galaxy with the swipe of her hand and destroy it with the flick of her wrist. She used her power of creation so that the stars would always move in a certain pattern. The pattern was created to align with the cosmic waves that shone through the galaxy. Anything can create a cosmic wave from giving birth to a child to getting a papercut on your finger. People often turn to trance women or mediums to paint a blurry picture of their past and future lives.

Initiation rituals are complex and have many different kinds for many specific purposes. For example, a different dances of harvest must be performed for different crops. When turning thirteen, children would pray for nine days and enjoy a traditional party on the final day. The society also preaches a similar approach to the Scientologists when concerning creation. They believe that Lunian created only three races, the Grey, the Willow, and the Beneath. She had assigned each of them to populate her universe with intelligent life.

The Beneath live in burrows far beneath the planets as it was their job to simply make the world habitable. They are often portrayed as large green men with lizard snouts who teach humanity about the wonders of the physical world. The Grey or Observers have been described men with eyes like a bug and large craniums. Yet the most outstanding feature is that their skin is well, grey. Lunian gave them the duty of advancing early civilizations and using their powers of light to analyse our intelligence and spirituality.

Finally, the Willow are the most important race for they ensure that human souls will allow themselves to absorb Lunian’s cosmic waves. They are said to resemble hairy men with heads of an animal and boneless faces. These creatures live little of their life in physical bodies and will live in the deep forest when they do. Trance men or healers will dress up like them during rituals and then pray for Lunian to send knowledge from above.


Kazuya Erso, the famed Colombian Explorer was credited for bringing New Age and Heresy to the Northwest
This watercolor painting shows a trance man praying to the spirit of the hunt​

Many believe the original faith to be a mixture of Marian Christian cults, the Wiccan faith, and the religion of the Amerindians who generously allowed the white man to live among them. However, the immigrants that traveled to the Albuquerque also brought the Raelist religion along with them. The old primarily atheist New Age Society became overrun by Neo-Animist Catholic Ufologist Witches and morphed into their official religion. It is also theorized that most of the Witches were members of the American Sky Army that became disbanded during the Collapse.

During the cold spell that struck the north, the rains moved towards the lands of New Mexico. The people began to grow corn, squash, and bean where cities of their ancestors now stand. The hydraulic empire of New Mexico would slowly begin to grow in size and strength. As they began to send traders farther and farther west, so would the teachings of the Crescent Queen.
 
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Laskan Folk Religion
Laskan Folk Religion


Whale-bone totems

Technically speaking, the Laskans are Christians, but only technically.

The Laskans believe that across most of the world, things operate totally typically and as you would expect from the Bible. But in the Lands of Laska, things get turned upside down. The primary cause of this is an extension of the Biblical belief in ghosts: namely, that souls in Laska cannot ascend. The theory goes that spirits try to ascend to Heaven on Halloween, before the winter chill sets in and makes the ground too hard for souls to escape their graves. Unfortunately, however, souls in Laska are caught by the Aurora borealis: blanketing the sky, it traps the souls who attempt to fly towards the sun, which is believed to be the gateway to Heaven.

Here, in the Aurora borealis and in the star constellations, the ancestors of the Laskans are trapped. But it is not a poor existence: far from it. Rather, it is a land of triumph and heroes, mead and fighting, sailing and whaling. It is always sunny in the lands of Aurora, and your deeds can have an impact on the face of the heavens, whether it be the shimmer of the aurora, the flight of a comet, or even the supernova of a star. It is not just home to ancestral spirits, however: saints, both old and new, roam these lands, along side the Archangels. The Lands of Aurora will come to an end in the End of Days, when the Saints and the Ancestors descend alongside Jesus Christ to lead the Laskan people in establishing the Millennial Kingdom.



The idea of Aurora has had a profound impact upon the culture of the Laskans. For one thing, it has allowed a means to immortalize their ancestors and heroes, with the many historical sagas having their settings moved to the Aurora in a manner comparable to the Dreamtime of the Australian Aborigines or, indeed, the slow reverse euhumerization that all cultures undergo when history turns to legend.

More importantly, however, it has given them a way to explain the world around them. The environment of Alaska is capricious and harsh: what loving god would do this to them> Well, the answer is that the weather and natural processes aren't controlled by God himself: after all, he's the master of the universe. He's got more important business to attend to. Instead, any number of ghosts, demons, saints and angels control the more day-to-day problems we have, as extensions of their heavenly machinations.These spirits can be appealed to with idols, offerings, and even animal sacrifices.



There are certain ancestor very prominent in the mythos, known across the land. Eventually, there is no doubt that these figures will one day become as to gods, with the Godhead a slowly shed and dimly understood concept, replaced by Jesus Christ, King of the Gods, and the Holy Spirit. But, that time is not yet. All thanks to the machinations of a single unified church.
 
Laskan Orthodox Church
The Laskan Orthodox Church



The primary church of the Laskans is, surprisingly, the Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church always hadan unusally large following in Alaska, a tradition dating all the way back to its colonial Russian past. When the world began regressing, the Orthodox church was prepared: after all, the entire organizational and liturgical structure of the Church came about during the Middle Ages, as opposed to those pussy post-Renaissance Protestants. Using its organized network across Laska, the different Orthodox churches coordinated their efforts, and worked to ensure their hegemony over the whole of the land. The local Catholic Churches quickly reconciled, ending the schism, but most of the Protestant churches were slower to do so. From Joono, the center of the Orthodox church, they either convinced them, forced them, or got a friendly local leader to burn them down. Eventually, thanks primarily to the conversion of most of the leaders of the first Great Raid, Orthodoxy was the number one religion in Laska.

As it turned out, Orthodoxy lent itself quite well to the slowly developing folklore of polytheism and ancestor-worship. Orthodox icons, considered holy and said to be capable of working miracles, were already halfway to being idols. As Laskans began building totems and fetishes and idols themselves, many were simply called "Icons", blessed by the local priest, and they were free to sacrifice chickens to it.

The Orthodox Church also ministers quite extensively in the wastes beyond Laska, among the Athabaskans and Inuit of Eskimoland. The common folk generally consider them heretics, unfaithful devil-worshipers that only put on the trappings of faith when, ironically, the average "Eskimo" is far more true to the Church's teachings than the average Laskan. While the Eskimos are perhaps more open about the non-traditional aspects of their Orthodoxy, which does incorporate a lot of Native beliefs, they are still generally more faithful.

The Church is loosely organized, but is theoretically governed by the Laskan Patriarch in the Joono St. Nicholas Cathedral, which has been vastly expanded from its original pre-Regression form. The Church moved to Joono as the Regression began, hoping that by moving to the state capital, it would be easier to spread their control across the state. It is difficult for the Patriarch to issue direct control over most of his priests, since they are often located in isolated locales, giving local priests a good degree of leeway that they have certainly taken advantage of.


The Holy Church of St. Nicholas as it stands today

Generally, Orthodoxy is not too hostile towards other religion. This is in part due to necessity- after all, they don't just have their own pagan populace to deal with: trade with the Buddhists of the Pacific Northwest and the Scientologists of California is one of the only things keeping them afloat. Buddhism has even made inroads, especially on Graham Island and the city-state of Kechikan, with smaller colonies spread throughout the Alzandar Archipelago. Though these converts and colonials have been excommunicated by the Orthodox Church, they still consider themselves Christian, seeing Buddhism as an addition, not a subtraction.

The Church has been getting less and less strict about canonization, with most of the heroes of Laskan history being accepted in. There have been several periods of iconoclasty, when the church (mainly in Joono, which is the center of the church and home to the the Laskan Patriarch) has tried to crack down on the "folk-saints", superstitions and idolatry, but this is always met with hostility by the common folk of Laska. Only time will tell how far the Orthodox Church will allow the Laskan people to fall into the pit of polytheism and sin- will it go down with them, a slave to cultural and economic reality, or attempt a glorious crusade upon the Laskan people?
 
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Beelem (Eastern Oregon): The High Desert

Before the Regression, when state borders were being drawn up, far too often they were drawn without consideration for the local geography. Oregon is a good example of this. It like it's neighbor Washington spanned two very distinct regions, divided by the Cascades. In Washington's case the eastern part was conquered and became the District of Columbia. Not so in Oregon.

The high desert east of the Cascades could not be called "Oregon" as that referred exclusively to the lands west of the Cascades. It couldn't be called "Washington" or "Idaho" as this region was never part of either state and both names have already been taken up by separate entities. Nevada doesn't feel right either, the two landscapes are too different. So what does that leave the poor shepherds and mountain men to call this harsh steppe home of theirs? Well they'll just make up their own name!

So for years after the Regression, they debated around low campfires what to call themselves. Interim names were thrown around but "Desert People" just doesn't feel right you know. Well as time went on, one tribe conquered the rest. They were headed by a man who claimed to be from the B-L-M. His tribe called themselves Beelemites and eventually the name stuck even as the original tribe splintered upon their leaders death. Eventually this region came to be known as Beelem after the tribe that first conquered this land. And now Beelem is the land of the dry steppe and wild Mustangs, home of raiders(when convenient), horse eaters(only the wild ones) and traders(when profitable).

Though this region once generally practiced its own pagan faith, after the Columbian Crusade, the spread of druids and monks into this wilderness gradually converted the Beelemites to Buddhism. And so they raid the infidels that surround them, storming into the Klamath and Snake River Valleys and stealing anything not held down.
I take it this is taken from Black Lives Matter? A bit odd... is there a big BLM contingent in Eastern Oregon?
 
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I take it this is taken from Black Lives Matter? A bit odd... is there a big BLM contingent in Eastern Oregon?
I guess it is a bit confusing, but in this case BLM stands for Bureau of Land Management which does own most of the land in the area.
 
I'm thinking of turning LOTR lore into an actual religion. Of course, it will have some animist and old testemant influences but judging how mush of a devout christian Tolkien was, it looks pretty easy so far. I'm thinking of making the faith popular with the New Israelites and eventually, it will experience a boost thanks to the gunpowder trade. It will probably become a state religion during the late American Renaissance but for now, it's mostly a bunch of churches in the Rizzini territory. I also feel like turning the teachings of Muad'dib into a religion for the Chicago Muslim refugees.
 
I'm thinking of turning LOTR lore into an actual religion. Of course, it will have some animist and old testemant influences but judging how mush of a devout christian Tolkien was, it looks pretty easy so far. I'm thinking of making the faith popular with the New Israelites and eventually, it will experience a boost thanks to the gunpowder trade. It will probably become a state religion during the late American Renaissance but for now, it's mostly a bunch of churches in the Rizzini territory. I also feel like turning the teachings of Muad'dib into a religion for the Chicago Muslim refugees.
But will people remember LOTR lore? Its not that popular and very few people actually know the deep lore of the series. Same with Dune. Yes it was an influence story but is it popular and do people actually know the teachings of Muad'dib? I'd say probably not. If you still haven't read the original Matthew White stuff, you probably should along with the TKII thread.
 
But will people remember LOTR lore? Its not that popular and very few people actually know the deep lore of the series. Same with Dune. Yes it was an influence story but is it popular and do people actually know the teachings of Muad'dib? I'd say probably not. If you still haven't read the original Matthew White stuff, you probably should along with the TKII thread.
My thoughts exactly.

Also, the only canonical Muslim region exists in the Rocky Mountains. Check the OP.
 
My thoughts exactly.

Also, the only canonical Muslim region exists in the Rocky Mountains. Check the OP.
Another Muslim region would be Dearborn, Michigan because it's got the second-highest Muslim population in the US, behind NYC of course. And I've always disliked how ugly the canon map of Islamic Colorado is. Why any medieval state would use straight lines for borders is beyond me.
 
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