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The Tome of Core Beliefs Brathmordakin General: The Brathmordakin are the highest power in the cosmos, integral to its functioning and a fundamental part of reality. Yemekar forged the souls of the descendants, with the dwedmar being his masterwork. Beard: A dwed’s beard is holy as it is a gift from the Brathmordakin Yemekar, a sign of his favour of the dwarven race. One must take care of this gift. Khorvad: The Fallen Brathmordakin Khorvad is a traitor of the Brathmordakin, conspiring to amass infinite power for itself. Worship of Khorvad is heretical. Worship: No single dwarf can claim to be a direct speaker of the Brathmordakin. One can commune with the Brathmordakin, and receive inspiration, direction or images from them. However, claiming to know their will is an act of usurpation of power and supreme arrogance. The Council of Prophets must use their wisdom granted through study and prayer to guide the populace, not impose their will by claiming to be direct mouthpieces of the Brathmordakin. The Dwarven Race: The dwarven race has been created in the image of Yemekar and is favoured by him. The killing of a dwarf is the greatest sin against the Brathmordkin. A dwarf that kills another dwarf loses the blessing of Yemmekar and is hence not a dwarf anymore. Thus, a dwarf that has kinslayed (murdered another dwarf) can be killed by another dwed. Self-defence is permitted however. Council: The idea of a council is integral to dwarven society. As the Brathmordkin are a council of themselves, so must the dwarves share the burden of decision amongst their kin, for only by taking into account the perspective of others can an honourable decision be made. The Council also functions as a way to hinder Khorvad’s poison of ambition, by not allowing one single dwarf to hold too much power. Soul General: The soul, forged by the Brathmordakin, is the ultimate creation. As such it must be protected and cherished. Punishments involving imprisoning, damaging, corrupting or manipulating souls are Khorvadic. The willing transfer of the soul into a golem body, or into an epiphyte by ritual are allowed, as long as the individual is informed and consenting to the risks, as well as the learning of voidal magics for the sake of the dwarven people and upholding balance. Auction of the Dead: Upon a dwarf’s death, their soul travels to Khaz'A'Dentrumm, the Halls of the Dead. There, the Brathmordakin bid for the dwarf's soul. A Dwarf has a higher chance of being auctioned to a specific god based on their service to them in life. Vuur’dor: Souls that fail to uphold their duties to the Brathmordkin are exiled to Vuur’dor. Religion Openness: Every single descendant is allowed to engage in the worship of the Brathmordakin, regardless if they are a member of Da Kirkja Dverga or not. Yemekar's Balance Dwarves are the keepers of balance throughout the realm, as commanded by Yemekar. This is interpreted can be in many different ways, but in general, it means to uphold balance in all of Yemekar's creations. Freedom Anyone is allowed to create or join other religious sects dedicated to the Brathmordakin, for as long as those religious institutions do not disrespect any of the Brathmordakin, or violate the principles stated above. This includes encouraging clans to have faith in their own beliefs. -This Tome was formed, agreed upon, stamped and signed by the Council of Prophets of Da Kirkja Dverga- High Prophet Garedyn the Green, Prophet of Yemekar Prophet Asketil Blackroot, Prophet of Belka Prophet Dhaen Grandaxe, Prophet of Anbella Prophet Tuzic Mossborn, Prophet of Ogradhad Prophet Alaric Grimgold, Prophet of Dungrimm
Covenant of Da Kirkja Dverga Title One: Clergy leadership Art I. Da Kirkja Dverga is not an institution dedicated to power. Rather it is one of learning and teaching. For this reason, a single dwarf may not hold executive and authoritative power over the entire clergy; it must be held by a council. i. The council will be led by one of its members. A prophet will be voted on to serve as the representative of the council, when the council's opinion is asked by another institution. ii. The chosen representative can be given the name of high preceptor/prophet/priest. It is up to the council's discretion to decide their own titles depending on the naming convention of the times. iii. Clergy documents and declarations are to be signed as a council. The high preceptor cannot make public declarations without the council. iv. The council is to be composed of preceptors/prophets/heralds (whatever naming convention is used at the time). These council members are to be proposed to the council from the pool of priests or other religious organizations, by a clan leader or member(s) of the council. Then the decision to accept the individual would be up to the council with a 2/3 (rounded up) majority needed to enter the council. v. To remove a member of the council, there would need to be a formal petition by a council member to call for a vote on the matter. For the vote to pass, it would need a 2/3 (rounded up) majority. The member would then be demoted to priest, unless expulsion is required. vi. To expel someone from the clergy the council needs unanimity and at least 4 council members present. vii. The council is to be composed of one prophet per Brathmordakin. Title Two: Duties of Prophets Art.III Prophets are experts on the Brathmordakin, more specifically on their patron. This means that apart from teaching priests about their Brathmordakin they are also expected to be learning and searching beliefs and cultures from all dwarf groups in relation to their Brathmordakin. Art.IV All prophets (including the high prophet) are equal in the council. Art.V All prophets have the ability to sponsor a dwarf to become a priest if they believe they possess the knowledge required. Art.VI The prophets can only remove a priest from the clergy through a vote with an outcome over 2/3 (rounded up) of the council. Reinstating a priest that was removed goes through the same process. Art.VII. Prophets have the right to create organizations and groups if they so desire. However, the responsibility of maintenance is on the shoulders of said prophet. Art VIII. Prophets are to inform priests on matters that the latter does not have a clear answer to. Prophets should only do the duties of priests when there are no priests to fulfill the duties. i. In relation to priests, prophets serve as mentors. Guiding them on how to teach people, hold events, and sermons. Art IX. The high prophet is a ceremonial rank that serves to represent the will of the council outside of itself. The high prophet is just a prophet. i. The high prophet does not have to be a prophet of Yemekar. The prophet(s) of Yemekar fulfill the same duties as any other prophet in relation to their Brathmordakin. Title Three: Duties of Priests Article X. Priests are the teachers of the general dwarven population. They teach the basics of the Brathmordakin to those that are willing to learn. Article XI. Priests have the ability to head ceremonies with the blessings of the council of Prophets. i. By being a priest, one has a de facto ability to do ceremonies. Article XII. A priest can be demoted to acolyte if they show an inability to learn and be aware of different perspectives of the Brathmordakin. Title Four: Relationship with other Religious Orders Article XIII. The clergy recognizes all dwarven denominations that accept the existence of the Brathmordakin and worships them, as well as, keeping the core pillars of the dwarven faith in their denomination. Article XIV. The clergy recognizes the existence of cosmic entities that are not the Brathmordakin. The glorification of these beings is acceptable and tolerated as long as it is done through the lenses of the Brathmordakin and their worship. i. Any glorification of a non-Brathmordakin that does not include the direct or indirect glorification of a/the Brathmordakin as well is considered heretical. Article XV. Any form of Khorvad worship is heretical. Title Five: Amending the Covenant Article XVI. This covenant may only be amended if there is unanimity and minimum four prophets are present. i. Articles as enumerated in this document can only be removed if the entire council agrees upon it. ii. Future articles or amendments need only the condition set in Article XVI Title Five: Decision make of the Council of Prophets Article XVII. As is tradition since times immemorial all members of the council can propose decisions to the Council of Prophets. i. Decisions pass through a simple majority, with at least half of the Prophets of the council being present. ii. The High Prophet needs to be present for a decision to be passed or have another prophet appointed as temporary substitute (by the High Prophet). iii. These council decisions cannot amend the Covenant, only the process layed out in title five can do so. -This Covenant was formed, agreed upon, stamped and signed by the Council of Prophets of Da Kirkja Dverga- High Prophet Garedyn the Green, Prophet of Yemekar Prophet Asketil Blackroot, Prophet of Belka Prophet Dhaen Grandaxe, Prophet of Anbella Prophet Tuzic Mossborn, Prophet of Ogradhad Prophet Alaric Grimgold, Prophet of Dungrimm