Militant Order of Cuiraecen
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The Militant Order of Cuiraécen is one of the newer churches, its seat of power is in Tuornen but it also has holdings in Ghoere and Mhoried. It has no strength in Alamie due to that realm's adamant opposition to Tuornen - and also the slaying of a former Duke of Alamie by the general of Tuornen's armies, Braedonnal Tuare.
The Militant Order preaches that difficulties must be confronted head on without fear, that duty to one's lord and honor is paramount and expresses itself as a requirement to learn how to defend and better themselves.
Three schools dominate temples of Cuiraécen and the Militant Order in particular.
Champions of the Weak: This school argues that the best role of the church is to defend the weak, especially when no one else can or will. This school is also the home of the opposition to tyranny. This school is most interested in interfaith communication and cooperation with temples of Haelyn and Nesirie. This tends to reinforce the imperatives of justice and compassion. In the Militant Order of Cuiraécen, this school tends to be slightly less influential than the War for War's Sake school, especially in Mhoried and Ghoere, where war and battle are much more common. A common motto of the temples of Cuiraécen is to confront injustice. This school tends to emphasize injustice, while the other main school emphasizes confrontation.
War for War's Sake: This school argues more for readiness and combat, and simply bothers less with they questions of why we fight. This lack of attention can result in fighting regardless of the cause, but it rarely runs unrestrained by the questions of justice and compassion. However, where it does run unrestrained, there are knights of Cuiraécen who have fallen to the dark doctrines of Belinik. However there are good arguements that overmuch concern with the legalism of chivalry and concerns of justice are Haelyn's province and that embracing the impetuous fire of Cuiraécen and acting without a calculus is the true heart of the Stormlord. Decisive action, rather than deliberate action is prized. This school doesn't deny that there is a place for Haelyn, but that Cuiraécen has come into his own as a diety his doctrine should be pure of the limitations of Haelyn, and free to confront the enemies of the faith and decisively change circumstances no less than a sudden cavalry charge can change the course of battle.
Haelyn's Herald and Champion: This school has declined in influence and prestige since the collapse of the Anuirean Empire, although many in the faith embrace the personal commitment and service of performing as a champion and herald. It is the school that is most Haelynite in philosophy, with strong commitments to selfless service and duty and the least emphisis on freedom.
These schools do not generally exist in their pure forms, but are generally combined to some degree in the followers of Cuiraécen.
Cuiraécen was born in the third century after Deismaar, and by the beginning of the fourth century, the Stormlord was inspiring orders of knighthood within the Imperial Temple. In the fifth century, priests began to cast spells in the name of the God of Battle, and by the 6th century, a temple was established to Cuiraécen alone in the hills overlooking the Spiderfell in the province of Rhumannen in the Duchy of Ghieste.
This first temple was originally part of the Imperial Temple organization, but after the schism of Haelyn's faith and the split of the Northern Imperial Temple from the Imperial Temple, a dispute arose between Blaede Vathormane, the Lord Marshal of the knights of the Holy Order of Haelyn's Aegis and the leadership of the Imperial Temple in Aerele. Blaede, among others called for a concilliatory tone and work towards reconcilliation. The leadership in Aerele took a more and more orthodox tone refusing to acknowledge problems in the church and regarding Fitzalan's new temple as a rebellion, and using Haelyn's teaching on rebellion as their inspiration. In 327 MR, Fitzalan was arrested by the Inquisition of Righteousness and Justice in Aerele. Blaede objected to this move calling it, "the act that will severe the Imperial Temple forever." As the years went on, Blaede Vathormane and the Holy Order of Haelyn's Aegis began to formulate their own aims and policies, while remaining faithful to the Orthodox Imperial Temple in terms of the rites, worship, and teaching of Haelyn, including the traditional close reading of the Book of Laws as the primary document of the faith.
The temples in Cuiraécen, including the original temple in Rhumannen, found happy cooperation with the Holy Order of Haelyn's Aegis and pushed Blaede Vathormane towards a total break with the Orthodox Imperial Temple. When the Orthodox Imperial Temple began to use the Inquisition against political enemies in the temple, and not just against undisputed heretics of the faith, Blaede severed all formal ties with the Orthodox Imperial Temple. Blaede refused to allow any changes in the theology and worship of Haelyn, but always advocated a more open and accepting approach to dealing with potential allies who were not orthodox Haelynites. This included, notably, the knights and priests of Cuiraécen. Blaede also was reluctant to see the Holy Order, now simply the temple Haelyn's Aegis abandon its traditional mission as defender of the Empire against the Awnsheghlien, and so remained dedicated to this militant, sacred duty. Unwilling to embrace Fitzalan's new temple, and rejecting the absolute orthodoxy imposed by the Orthodox Imperial Temple, the Brecht and Khinasi branches of the Imperial temple, which had been founded by missionaries and garrisons of the Holy Order of Haelyn's Aegis, continued to follow the lead of Haelyn's Aegis in its indepenent incarnation.
The death of Blaede Vathormane in 346 MR strained the temple. As the founder of their place as an independent temple, and as a reluctant reformer, Blaede brought a judiciousness and prestige to his office as the regent of the temple. His successors all wanted to move the temple in one direction or another. The second half of the fourth century after the fall of the empire was a challenging one theologicaly. Janna Many-Tongued solidified the new teachings of the Northern Imperial Temple, and others, such as Onwen Nichaleir advocated a more interpretative approach to reading the Book of Laws. Over the next half century, the Khinasi temples of Haelyn, calling themselves the Dragonsea Temple of Haelyn went off on their own, mantaining the orthodoxy that Blaede had preserved in the rites and worship of Haelyn. Soon after the Brecht temple of Haelyn, calling themselves Haelyn's Warriors also went their own way.
By the end of the fourth century, the leaders of Haelyn's Aegis were advocating diplomacy and cooperation as their chief tools, and though they maintained a military style organization, and worshiped Haelyn as the Lord of Noble War, they ceased to be an aggressive military order. Under this situation the temples of Cuiraécen felt restricted and unfulfilled. They too broke away from Haelyn's Aegis, though they maintain friendly and cooperative relations with them even today. With their seperation, the Church of Storm's Height also seperated from the temples of Haelyn in Brechtür.
In 403 MR, the Militant Order of Cuiraécen elected their first Grand Master. Throughout Anuire, temples and adherants of Cuiraécen acknowledged one temple of the Stormlord. However, in the west, the followers of Cuiraécen had different problems to contend with as the Northern Imperial Temple made different appeals and used different tactics than other Haelynite temples. So the temples of the west went their own way. Shortly thereafer, a sect espousing war for war's sake, and rejecting any concern with protecting the weak won over the temples of Cuiraécen in Osoerde and seperated from the Militant Order.
Finding the Order lost and unable to maintain the unity it had preserved while Haelyn's temples severed, the half-elf Fhylie the Sword took control of the temple and restored its sense of youth and vitality. Since her succession, the Militant Order has not suffered from any break-away temples. So it has been for just over a hundred years.
Fhylie the Sword (F half-elf; Priest 6, Anduiras, minor, 18; Chaotic Good):
Young, vital aggressive and daring Fhylie is seen by most as the perfect speaker for the Militant Order. Few dare to cross her aside from Rhobher Nichaleir and she is famed for her skill in the joust as much as her fervent rhetoric.
Braedonnal Tuare (M Elf; Fighter 7, Basaïa, major, 34; Chaotic Good):
Nicknamed Hotspur and Firebrand long ago for his quick temper, Braedonnal was instrumental in the 'war of liberation' that led Tuornen to declare independence from Alamie. Braedonnal is well known for his personal enmity with Rhuobhe Manslayer though the cause of this hatred is unknown.
It is said by some that the Ghoerean branch of the faith is increasingly becoming disenchanted with the leadership of Fhylie believing that the faith should be centered in Ghoere. Continued conflict between the Ghoere and the Mhoried branches have led several of the priests in Ghoere to call for their branch of the faith to declare themselves independent of the rest of the church.
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|Temple||2||Elevesnemiere (2/5)||Tuornen/Laela Flaertes|
|Temple||2||Ghonallison (2/3)||Tuornen/Laela Flaertes|
|Temple||2||Haesrien (5/0)||Tuornen/Laela Flaertes|
|Temple||0||Monsedge (3/2)||Tuornen/Laela Flaertes|
|Temple||0||Nabhriene (3/2)||Tuornen/Laela Flaertes|
|Temple||2||Pechalinn (2/5)||Tuornen/Laela Flaertes|
|Temple||5||Bhalaene (6/0)||Ghoere/Gavin Tael|
|Temple||3||Bheline (4/1)||Ghoere/Gavin Tael|
|Temple||0||Conalier (2/3)||Ghoere/Gavin Tael|
|Temple||3||Danaroene (4/1)||Ghoere/Gavin Tael|
|Temple||2||Ghiere (5/0)||Ghoere/Gavin Tael|
|Temple||2||Rhumannen (4/1)||Ghoere/Gavin Tael|
|Temple||2||Tireste (5/0)||Ghoere/Gavin Tael|
|Temple||3||Tornilen (3/2)||Ghoere/Gavin Tael|
|Temple||2||Balteruine (2/3)||Mhoried/Daeric Mhoried|
|Temple||3||Bevaldruor (6/3)||Mhoried/Daeric Mhoried|
|Temple||0||Cwlldon (3/2)||Mhoried/Daeric Mhoried|
|Temple||3||Maesilar (3/2)||Mhoried/Daeric Mhoried|
|Temple||3||Tenarien (3/2)||Mhoried/Daeric Mhoried|
|Temple||2||City of Anuire (10/0)||City of Anuire/Caliedhe Dosiere|
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