Orlamuism

Unlike any other religion except the Church of the Oracle, Orlamism is a dynamic faith built on a foundation of technology and science. The Orlamist faith was born from the invention of the stardrive and the subsequent discovery of other dimension, drivespace. While testing the stardrive, pilot Jeff Sendir had an encounter with the divine. When he returned to normal space, he abandoned his previous life and set forth the principles of the faith: Drivespace is the groundwork of God. Just as the world all around was the conscious act of the creator, the space behind space remains the source and origin of all things. Drivespace is nothing less than the Divine Unconscious.

The doctrine of the Theocracy is centered around a single objective: understanding and contacting the Divine Unconscious. To reach this goal, the Orlamus constantly monitor and experiment to advance their understanding of drivespace. Doctrine changes as necessary to fit the latest theory supported by the scientific evidence. Disputes and disagreements among the Orlamist faithful are more than permitted; they are encouraged, just as division and argument are vital to the scientific community. Not surprisingly, a secondary result of all this experimentation on the Divine Unconscious has been the superiority of Orlamu stardrives over the last 300 years.

The Theocracy can only loosely be considered a united religion, since it lacks elders who preach a common doctrine. The only requirement for an Orlamist is that one's activities help to understand the Divine Unconscious. By seeking to understand what drivespace truly represents, one comes closer to understanding God. For example, the 121-hour duration of each star- fall has led some Orlamists to suggest that this was the span of creation itself. A more radical Orlamu cult questions the very use of the Divine Unconscious as a means of travel; might not trespassing alter the very nature of God? At the same time, the religion's openness and tolerance extend beyond its own faith; Orlamists are accepting of all religions.

The Weren Heresies


Many weren still living on Kurg have embraced Orlamism. Unfortunately, these weren often hold heretical versions of the Orlamu beliefs. For these weren, the Divine Unconscious is indelibly linked to the universe itself. Their version of the Orlamu god – the Divine Unconscious – takes them from their homeworld to other, better worlds. The Divine Unconscious isn’t a subject of scientific study, but a force that believers must appease. A weren who makes the proper offerings before leaving Kurg will find her way to one of the paradises of the Great Beyond. Those who fail to do so end up in one of the universe’s many hells.

The native religion of Kurg is a sophisticated form of animism that depends on its adherents’ belief to give strength to a clan’s warriors through the channeling of the proper spirits. Beyond that point, interpretations differ from tribe to tribe.

Weren priests offer a number of simple expanations for everyday problems. Hexes, curses, astrological predictions, and the summoning of disease by hostile prayers are widely held beliefs, especially among the nomadic marrizhe-herders. The details of these beliefs vary, but the position of priest is one of the few in weren society with as much prestige as that of warrior. The priest watch over the sacred combats of the faith’s high holy days and perform the ceremonial bloodletting that purifies a clan’s warriors. These religious festivals sometimes become little more than drunken riots, as the weren argue points of doctrine and the merits of interpretation of each individual combat. Few outsiders can withstand the sheer noise of a weren religious gathering.

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