Creed of the Sanguine Fire
Beneath the trees of Irrinor, the lines of worship have become blurred. Those who worship the Aspects as gods have also chosen to worship the Mani as their equals. This is not the way of the Sanguine.
For the Sanguine, the worship of the mani is more than just devotion, it is their very life and essence. The Mani are far more than just wild spirits in their eyes. The mani are a pantheon of gods that guide every aspect of their lives, whom provide the food upon their tables, the love in their hearts, and the fortunes upon the battlefields.
It is the life of the Sanguine to please the Mani. For the mani are all things, and it is only through them that we will be blessed.
The Sanguine Code
True balance is found only in the Wild,
Where all are blind but the gods,
And the heat of passion burns hot in crimson blood.
Through this passion, we devote ourselves,
Through this devotion, we honor our ancestors,
And through this honor, we grow strong.
Our passion is the Sanguine Fire that our veins bleed.
Balance and Purity
As is the duty of a druid, the Sanguine strive to uphold the natural balance in all things. Devoted followers strive to safeguard the world from taint and corruption with zealous determination. Though unlike other groups, they particularly hold vigil over the wild places in the world, where nature is most pure. For it is only these places where the Mani may walk amongst the beasts and their followers unhindered by the ravages of Descendent and Taint alike. Likewise, voidal mages and their practices are strictly forbidden and sometimes hunted for their insulting existence amongst the natural realm.
The fuel to the fire of every heart that beats to the Sanguine Fire. Every emotion and action taken by the Sanguine are done with the full intensity of their hearts. They hate their enemies with a primal fury, and love their families with the heat of the sun itself. For what reason should one act or feel, if not for the passion of it?
The Sanguine value devotion highly among their creed, especially to the Mani. The entirety of the pantheon is worshiped by those of the Sanguine Fire with the utmost respect and devotion, though it’s not uncommon for one to choose a specific patron to show special reverence toward. Families born from the Sanguine Fire cling to one another intensely like a pack of wolves or a clowder of wildcats. They tend to one another fiercely, both through loving care and savage defense.
To leave behind a legacy of honor after death is something all Sanguine strive for. A life lived in the image of the Mani is a life honoring the ancestors that came before, and thusly will forever remain a shining example to the generations after. Fresh kills should be given proper rites, thanked for their sacrifice to the natural cycle. Their bodies used to the full extent, nothing left to waste else their deaths were for naught.
To be Sanguine is to be the ultimate survivor in a world of predator and prey, and can be interpreted a few different ways depending on the situation. For some, it’s a matter of glory to see how many fatal situations one can best before they finally meet their last. For others, it’s the pure, natural instinct instilled into every creature from birth. Elves are blessed with long life, which means it should be lived to its fullest in both quality and length.
While the Sanguine acknowledge the existence of the aspects, they do not see them as gods, but rather concepts of nature.
It is with the Wild Gods that they devote themselves to.
It is the belief that to please the gods is not just through rituals and offering, but through living. It is through emulating the aspects of the wild gods that they will truly be pleased. The Raven requests us to be tricksters, so she may be pleased. The Dolphin wishes us to be healers, to aid our fellow Ame.
Some Sanguine choose a single, or few Mani to emulate. Through this they take on their traits, both physical and spiritual.
The Sanguine are the Mani’s disciples. They feel it is their duty to tend to the god’s happiness. When misfortune befalls them, it is due to some offence that has been made to the gods which must be rectified.
The Sanguine have a very distinct look compared to other mali. They spend countless hours devoted to their gods, they often times take on traits of the animal spirits. Tenders of Kwakwani wear dark feathers in their hair and are often tricksters and artists, while followers of the Wolf are seen with warpaint across their skin and tend to have a mean bite.
The Sanguine are a tribal people at heart. They wear what they can create themselves from nature, and put nothing to waste. It’s not uncommon to see them draped in fur with trophies of the hunt around their necks.
Mark of the Sanguine
The Sanguine’s tattoos can be found on the back of the neck, colored crimson. It does not matter whether or not the marking is in full view, due to most mali’ame having long and loose locks of hair that cover well below the neck. The tattoo existing is enough for the Sanguine, a permanent symbol that connects the mind to the heart.
The Sanguine have taken to the natural relics known as kuila in a way of expressing themselves as true followers of the wild ways. While few use the crystals themselves, craftsmen and artists use the dust to imbue their weapons and tattoos with an effect activated upon a druid’s communion. However, while there are several colors known to be found in the wild, and more combinations of dust to be made, the Sanguine strictly use the dust of the Inferno Kuila for the symbolism of flame and the color of blood.
The act of taking trophies from fallen hunts and enemies coincides with the core values of the Sanguine. For they as Elves live long and memory does not always last after three or four centuries of life. Trophies of teeth, claws, fur, etc. are taken to remember these battles between mali and beast, often displayed as ornaments upon armor and clothing, or stored in proud view within homes to honor the memory of the slain owner.
The Sanguine, as most druii do, believe in the Eternal Forest as the place they reside after death. However, their image of the realm is wholly dominated by the Wild Gods, filled with game for hunters of all kinds and made up of every landscape in its most primal form.
As the name suggests, followers of the Sanguine Fire consider blood to be the purest form of both life and death. It is the essence in which maintains life in all animals, and what leaks when they pass on. Offerings to the Mani always have the blood of animal or Descendant in one way or another, and funeral rites are often done with paints and offering in blood
Credits to Numirya for ideas, writing, AND art!