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PostPosted: April 11th, 2016, 2:09 pm 
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Dawnstar Ancestor Reverence

Year of the Emperor 486, 00-09 3rd year

Committed to parchment by Aethen-Mercurian liaison and historian Settra Wolfram, Dawnstar Library, Castle Frostfall.


Ave allies.

As our more "Hermertianised" Aethen brethren continue to discover more about our native homeland's ancient history, yet more is uncovered as time progresses onwards. Those Aethen who followed Samaia Almandine's seccession from Perth were finally re-patriated after who-knows how many Mercannums spent wandering or living beyond their homeland. The knowledge of their people is finally available to them, House Almandine included.

The Ancient Sites that we know of so far have been accessed by non native Aethen (Snow Elves) only so far. The late Duchess Samaia Almandine as the only exception, being of half Aethen - half human descent. As a result of the internecine conflict between the repatriated Perthian Aethen and few Human settlers, and the Natives of Dawnstar's lands, mistrust and outright hostilities had brief cessations of violence allowing for dialogue. Dawnstar is still a young and there is much to learn.

More information is being allowed to surface, with a slight thaw in the tense relations that the native Aethen have even with their "Hermertianised" kin. A number of monument sites have been recorded, though their locations are forbidden to be noted. It is unknown even to the natives themselves how exactly many of these were created. What is known however, is that they form a natural succession of the tribe's journeys across the lands. The vast and untamed wilderness is unforgiving, leading to most of the population to affect a nomadic lifestyle. This in turn has, if the legends are to be believed from the shaman-monks, has led to these sites becoming a link with their ancestors and the ley-lines in the world's spirit.

Ancestor guidance has been a core principal in the lives of the Aethen people for millennium. Each shrine or monument is, given empirical evidence, seen to be in a spot of particular natural beauty. A small monument is observed within a few, or a particular outcrop of rock, waterfall or cavern or notable river feature. These are secluded areas, with little chance for an explorer to ever come across them by accident.

Each site does not have a tribe specific significance, with any Aethen permitted to attend the sacred sites. Given the revered and sacrosanct nature of these incredible, ancient places, there is an unwritten law that no violence should ever occur within their boundaries. Any Aethen caught disregarding this proscribed activity is harshly dealt with with lashing or ritual starvation.

While many of the other established religious beliefs in the Mercurian Empire are perhaps, from certain points of view, more "civilised" than
Dawnstar's native beliefs, let no one contest the rigid adherence to the core principals of Discipline, Strength, and above all: Honour to one's ancestors. Their bloodlines have been carried from through the snow and winters for thousands of years. Each young Aethen can only aspire to make their ancestors proud.

More information is slow to be uncovered, and wishing to respect the natives who hold these secrets close to their hearts, we shall not pry.
Trust is earned, not requested nor given. We will have to wait for further evidence or details of significant, prominent places, rituals or hierarchy system, if any.


Written by Settra Wolfram, "An introductory treatise on Dawnstar Native Ancestor Reverence".



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PostPosted: June 15th, 2016, 7:51 pm 
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Interesting treatise! I note the great distinction between the emphasis on respecting ancestors in this culture and the almost opposite ideals amongst the Gathered who follow animistic beliefs.

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PostPosted: May 20th, 2017, 8:26 pm 
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Another site has been found. It seems that this place was originally meant for reverence of Warrior Ancestors. Because of its proximity to the capitol the site will probably be used as the home location of the budding priesthood of Dawnstar.


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PostPosted: June 7th, 2017, 5:20 am 
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Glad to hear, that the old places of Ancestor Worship are beeing rediscovered.

To honor one's Elders and Ancestors keeps the memory and history of one's people fresh in mind for all generations to come. And additional benefit is the fact, that you don't get haunted by angry and foolish ghosts, which most of the time, are up to no good.


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PostPosted: June 23rd, 2017, 3:53 pm 
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The Priests and Priestesses of Dawnstar are an ancient order that has been around in the lands now known as the Kingdom of Dawnstar. Much like the people they served, they were nomadic, traveling individually, or if a Priest took an apprentice, in pairs. The only known exception to this was in what is now named in common Mercurian as "The Valley Of The Ancients". This is one of, if not the most sacred site in all of the religion. This was the main rest point for the priesthood, and until very recently, was closed off to all other Outsiders. The Priesthood waned as Dawnstar became less nomadic, and all centered around a few major shrines; many becoming lost to time.

With the rise of Priestess Mirva in 565 AI the Priesthood has been revitalized. The Valley Of The Ancients was rediscovered by Mirva, and she began work on a small community center to welcome any travellers to visit the old shrines who seek ancestral guidance or to pay their respects.. The crown jewel of the Valley is the stone guardian that stands at the top of the valley, watching over it, and keeping it safe from any harm or wrongdoing. Priestess Mirva has also taken steps to upkeep the shrine in Kaltamerri, Help many of those who need it, and search for more shrines in the vast untamed wilderness of the Talvilaienen heartlands.

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