Of Soldeus

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Before there was earth or sea or heaven, there existed only Chaos: shapeless, unorganized, lifeless matter. There was opposition in all things: hot conflicted with cold, wet with dry, heavy with light, and hard with soft. The primordial forces of earth, air, fire and water were shapeless, mixed and in constant motion. The interaction of these forces ultimately proved to be unbalanced, and resulted in the arising of a new entity. When the entity opened, it revealed Soldeus; the Unconquerable Sun. He brought order and clarity to the substances.

Being all alone, He desired for companionship and from the Chaos, He brought forth Nave, and She was the Most Beautiful Goddess: full of joy, broad-bosomed and fair in all things. Soldeus courted the hand of Nave but She, being new and curious, rejected His advances and instead enjoyed sculpting Her own Nature and Substance into mountains and canyons, lakes and rivers and seas, trees and grass and all such things.

But Soldeus was determined to win Her hand and to end the longing He felt in the joy of Union. Of the earth, air, fire and water He created a great white bull, whom He did name Tauric. Tauric was wild, masculine and virile and was the greatest creation of Soldeus. Tauric ran on the grass and his hooves lifted and tossed the earth below them; he rubbed his mighty horns on the trees, to sharpen them; he swam to islands in the seas, and waded up to his snout in the lakes, and bathed his steaming loins in them; he drank from the rivers, climbed the mountains, and made the canyons ring with his bellow.

Feeling great pride and love for His achievement Soldeus presented His prize to Nave, as a sign of His complete and unconditional love for Her. Nave spoke to Him and said, “If You can sacrifice that which You revere most, then I will lay down forevermore and be Yours, for You will have proven Your love for me is greater than all else”.

Soldeus followed His heart and, turning aside His Face in sorrow, slit the neck of Tauric. But at the very moment of the death of the bull, a great miracle occurred. The horns of the white bull were metamorphosed into the moon; the cloak of Soldeus was transformed into the vault of the sky, with the shining planets and stars; from the tail of the bull and from his blood sprang the first ears of grain and the grape; finally, from the genitals of the animal ran the holy seed.

Nave was moved by this sacrifice. She laid Herself down, leaning on one elbow with a knee bent towards the sky. Lost in Their passion and love for one another, They copulated in the most carnal of ways in the still-warm pool of the bull's blood and seed. This mixture coated and smeared Their naked bodies as all manner of creatures, nature and life began to spill and emerge from Her loins. At the apex of Their Passion the first man and women were carried forth from Her Womb.
From their loving communion were born four sons; Autumnus, the eldest and most patient; Hiems, gloomy but thoughtful; Ver, who was lively and full of youthful joy; and Aestas, also full of life, and the most beautiful of all sons for he greatly resembled his Father, but sudden in his tempers; together they had dominion over the seasons.

They also had a daughter; Luna, the maiden warrior goddess, who was entrusted with the guardianship of the Moon and granted her privacy upon it. Upon Mt. Sinei She forged a fragment of the horns of the Bull into a double bladed axe; the Labyr. On bright nights She would descend to bathe in the lakes and climb the highest peaks, running with the swift-footed animals be they horses or wolves; at times She would make the daughters of men her companions, to pick flowers and dance in the damp grass and at other times she would lead them in the hunt.
Lesser-gods also came forth and were each given a different aspect of the Creation to govern and nurture.

Lastly, a fifth son was born, whom They named Malaut, and Soldeus saw within him the best aspects of all His children.

Above the sky Soldeus created the Heavens and constructed the Pantheon from where He could rule. His elder sons took up their round-dance throughout the year; Malaut was charged with the ordering and safekeeping of the stars; Luna began her monthly cycle and Soldeus mounted his Chariot and moved across the sky; Nave lay still under his gaze, caring for all that lived, and rested; thus day and night alternated and time was created.

Earth and Heavens, Moon and Stars, Time and all Creation, Soldeus ruled over them all as Father, as Creator, as King.
 
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But the stars were young, free-willed and filled with restless energy. Soldeus had arranged them amongst the heavens to serve as signs and guides to mortal man but these lesser radiances were impatient and easily bored. They longed to dance amongst the heavens to the lingering and alluring chords of chaos and cared not for the danger that this posed, for without order the stars might collide and fall upon Nave.

Malaut, though youngest, was the greatest amongst his siblings and so he was entrusted with the shepherding of the stars. He had great strength of will, a fair and graceful visage, a keen mind, a sense of joy and an indomitable courage. But for all his virtues he was afflicted with the curiosity and rebelliousness of youth.

Thus, one fateful time when wakefully dreaming amongst the stars, Malaut heard great rumours and tales of mankind from his flock (for even as we love to watch the stars, they love to watch us); having listened to the wayward and provocative murmurings of his shining charges he sheathed himself in mortal flesh and descended to Nave. There he was greeted with awe and trepidation, and with great pride he walked amongst the first men and indulged in the delights of the earthly realm.

The stars were told to keep their places in his absence, and some did try. But how very soon many of them forgot their places, and their duties, and their own rightful brightness! They wandered, they danced, they swooped and spun and sparkled and sang along with the music still ringing among the spheres.

Soldeus, upon seeing the stars in disorder and hearing the fright of mankind at their antics, sought out the conscience of His Son and commanded him to return to the heavens and to fulfill his sacred duty; but Malaut defied the will of his father for upon Nave he had found mortal love.

For three nights he had lost himself in earthly pleasures as he surrendered himself to all manner of temptation. He had frolicked amongst beasts, gorged his appetite for food and drink, and sated his lust by laying down with all manner of mortals in defiance of his father. But on the fourth night he found a fair maiden, Lepida, and unlike the primal and carnal lust he felt for other mortals, for her he felt the same unconditional love that Soldeus felt for Nave.

Her eyes were as deep and clear as the ocean, her cascading hair as fair and soft as sand, her lips as plump and moist as the ripest fruit and her body was as smooth and supple as a new sapling. Malaut saw within her the best of all and she had become his whole world. He swore his undying love for her. But on the fifth night, like a lost pet longing for its master, one of the stars fell from the heavens and hurtled towards Nave in search of Malaut, her long hair blazing in her wake.

Lacking control or restraint, the falling star collided with Nave causing great harm to her and destroying the great city of Eden. The surviving mortals fled in panic and fear but Lepida, the love of Malaut, was found badly disfigured and broken. In his arms she died uttering the single word: "why?"

Denying the guilt his conscience felt for causing the death of Lepida and blinded by his own rage and pride he blamed his father Soldeus for not protecting her, and for creating such a fragile race of beings, and finally for not bringing his love back to life. He shed his mortal form and stormed the very gates of heaven. As he walked up the stairs of the Pantheon he slew many of the celestial guardians until he came face to face with Seraphiel; chief amongst the angels and as tall as the heavens with a face like the glory of dawn and a body like the thunderbird. He was beautiful like lightning and radiant as the morning star.

Before the throne of Soldeus they fought and the very Heavens shook from their fury. On the seventh day Malaut was defeated. Soldeus, moved by mercy and having love unconditional for his son despite his treachery, ordered Seraphiel to lay down his sword.

Soldeus rose from His crescent throne and offered His Hand to Malaut as he spoke. "If you will acknowledge your sin and error, all shall be well. Take My Hand and become one with Me again so that you may be free of this burden”. But Malaut’s heart was tainted by darkness and filled with bitterness and he shunned his father; he feared losing himself within the light of Soldeus and instead chose to skulk amongst the darkness and took upon himself a new name Umbra-- the Shadow.

Umbra, spying from the Shadows, saw how much Soldeus loved mortal man and thus he turned his sinister gaze towards them. Consulting and mirroring his own befouled heart, and using subterfuge, he corrupted a man and seduced him into killing his own brother with offers of power and false promises of eternal life. Soldeus felt the pain as if it was His own, and knew then that Umbra would continue to defy Him as his alluring whispers seeped across Nave, luring the weak and the foolish into traps of excess and depravity.
 
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In His mercy and infinite wisdom, Soldeus created a Man in His own image and sent him down to walk upon Nave. This Man was called Lucius and He, the Son of Soldeus, was sent to deliver us from the evil machinations of Umbra.

As He travelled across Nave, He taught man of the Inner Spark and of the eternal battle that has raged between Soldeus and Umbra, and of virtue and sin, and He wielded divine power to create miracles. Wherever He went, He ended all oppression, suffering and disease; He united man in the name of Soldeus and spread knowledge of His teachings.

His flock grew and He sent forth His disciples to spread the Word of God so that all could walk the path of righteousness. But there were those who were tainted by the darkness of Umbra; their hearts were wrapped in shadow, their Inner Spark was tainted by sin and their minds closed to the teachings of Lucius. One such place was ruled by a corrupted and dark Lord who had been enslaved by the will of the Dark One. He was Lord Drusidias Bane and he ruled the realm of Mordica.

When the Son of Soldeus came to teach the people of Mordica the Word of God and liberate them from their shackles, Lord Bane had the disciples arrested under the false claim of political crimes. He sent word to Lucius that he we would cause no harm to these political prisoners if he surrendered to his authority and judgment; otherwise he would begin executing the disciples.

Lucius felt unconditional love for His friends and disciples and did not hesitate in surrendering himself to this cruel and dark lord to protect them. Lord Bane, kept his word and did no harm to the prisoners but he also refused to release them, twisting his own words to his cruel satisfaction. He took the greatest of delight in the prospect of causing harm to Lucius.

Even after enduring countless weeks of torture and starvation, His will could not be broken; still, every night He prayed for the salvation and redemption of his captors.

Angered by this at last, Lord Bane ordered the immediate execution of Lucius through fire on pyre, constructed in mockery of the Holy Fire of Soldeus. Many of the denizens of Mordica came to watch and Lord Bane had the grief-stricken disciples brought forth to watch. The raging fire scorched the flesh of Lucius, and the stench of burnt skin and charred bone sickened all who endured it, yet He did not scream out in pain or anguish; instead, He prayed for mercy for His killers.

Then something miraculous happened: at the moment of His death a great searing light radiated from His body; the very light of Soldeus shone out from that benighted place across all the realm of Nave. When the dazzled eyes of those gathered regained their sight, there was no corpse upon the pyre.

In this great Sacrifice, the Son of Soldeus gave Himself freely to purify the Inner Spark in each and every one, so that they might be redeemed and break free from the corruption of Umbra.

Even Lord Drusidias Bane was overcome with grief for the crimes he had committed and relinquished his rule over Mordica, handing the land back to the people; he joined with the disciples of Lucius, who he had immediately released, in repentance for his actions and swore himself in service to them.

On the seventh day after the death of Soldeus Incarnate, He returned to his followers and spoke to them. He told them that one day He would return to unite all of man-kind and to usher in an era of peace and harmony in the name of Soldeus. But until that time arrived, He charged them, His disciples, to prepare the people for His return and to teach them the Word of God. He then ascended to the heavens to sit alongside His Father in glory.

St. Jude, who was the greatest and oldest friend of Lucius, was guided in his dreams by the Radiant Lord to establish the Church for the worship of His Glory. He and the disciples of Lucius went to the Kingdom of Wessex and constructed the first basilica, and consecrated it; thus was the birth of the Church of Soldeus.

The Church was organised to spread the teachings of Soldeus, to teach the knowledge of the Inner Spark and of the struggle between Sin and Virtue; to inculcate in men the importance of prayer and repentance; and to set the salvation of man as its highest duty, for each man is born from the Spark of our Holy and Radiant Lord and the corruption or loss of even one Spark is a grief and an affront to Him.
 

RhodriTaliesin

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/Bumped


So that the world might know the glory of our Radiant Lord once more.
 
Had I realized that the Usurper had posted in these threads those long months ago, I would have responded much sooner than now. Oh well. Tell me Malachi - which poor nation have you instilled yourself as leader of this time?
 

Groenholdt

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1. You're hinting to a old issue you haven't heard the full story of(only by one side) but it is now settled
2. It happened such a long time and if you still have hard feeling - keep it to yourself. You had the chance to discuss it back then
3. Personal insult is too low for a WSX member
4. Malachi: Last Activity: May 15, 2013 - He's gone from these forums
5. If you have any problems with the things he wrote or his forum name- make a new post concerning the lore of Soldeus

Thank you for reading :)
 
Had I realized that the Usurper had posted in these threads those long months ago, I would have responded much sooner than now. Oh well. Tell me Malachi - which poor nation have you instilled yourself as leader of this time?

Malachi, the true King of Wessex, keep bowing down to a ghost figure head with a massive ego fool!

Everything to do with Soldeus is his work, yet you are all happy to cling to it and use it. Not much different to what manus was crying about huh.
 

Najwalaylah

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Had I realized that the Usurper had posted in these threads those long months ago, I would have responded much sooner than now. Oh well. Tell me Malachi - which poor nation have you instilled yourself as leader of this time?
Did you seriously just drag politics into the cathedral in the middle of a sermon?
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He's the leader of the Ordo Lucius, not a guild but a roleplaying entity, which has exactly one representative in this game-- which happens to be me. Not to mention that this along with everything else in this forum had to be reposted on the date given, while the original posting of it predated the Kingdom of Wessex and was done under the Very Reverend Malachi's tenure as either Bishop or Archbishop of the Church of Soldeus in the Duchy of Wessex.

Now, buzz off before I have a beadle chase you out with a stick.
 

Najwalaylah

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TL;DR version plx :oops:
There's a Light that Loves you; you are a little piece of Him and He wants you back with Him some day.

Now with: brightly-coloured illustrations!
 

Azidano

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Is this all the Cult of Sol Invictus?

If it is, this is all declared heretical now, in my humble yet judgemental opinion.
 

Najwalaylah

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Is this all the Cult of Sol Invictus?

If it is, this is all declared heretical now, in my humble yet judgemental opinion.
Yes, as if it had not been declared heretical before.
"Cult of Sol Invictus: An older religion whose teachings have been declare heretical by the Church. Several prominent and key members of the Hyperion Kingdom still follow this religion."
-- Malachi Drake, 2010-02-26
This post is basically identical to the (offsite link; registration may be required) Cosmogenesis according to the cult of Sol Invictus. Why this would be blasphemous and how is explained (same disclaimer as above) in On the blasphemy of the cult of Sol Invictus.

The exoteric and orthodox Church of Soldeus (in Wessex, and elsewhere) would more closely follow the scripture which begins at (again, offsite) Creation and Longing and which proceeds from there.

Index:
Some of the orthodox scripture may be found here on the MO forums here.​
For maximum confusion, Sir Otto Osterwind has posted most of said orthodox scripture here, but under the title of "The Cult Of Sol Invictus". I don't blame Sir Otto, though. I see the hand of Umbra in this, working to obfuscate the search for the Radiant Lord's truth.​
The Fire Sermon preached in Meduli on the Night of Umbra to the faithful of Soldeus and others was written by a certain herald with Bishop Drake's imprimitur.​
The creed of Manu Bellator, another nation which worships Soldeus, may be found here.​
The Rule and Oath of Brotherhood of the Ordo Lucius, or fragments thereof, may be found here.​
This section of the forums is also full of material relating to the worship of Umbra, but those who follow the darkness can bloody well index it all themselves in another thread.
 

Azidano

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Blasphemy,

But thank you for including an alternative interpretation.
 

Azidano

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Very thought-provoking read.

Thank you, Casilda for enriching our World, by lathing it in culture.
 

ThaBadMan

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TL;DR version plx :oops:
If u mean the lore basically Soldeus makes a bull then Nave tells him to kill it to show her how much he loves her then they have sex in the bulls blood and cum then later he shows how cowardly carebear he is by not being able to kill his son Umbra.

Umbra or Malaut at the time went in rage to the heavens after his woman had died, he was beaten by Seraphiel chief among the angels but Soldeus the coward ordered Seraphiel to lay down his sword letting Umbra do what he wanted like the spoiled brat he is.
 

Azidano

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If u mean the lore basically Soldeus makes a bull then Nave tells him to kill it to show her how much he loves her then they have sex in the bulls blood and cum then later he shows how cowardly carebear he is by not being able to kill his son Umbra.

Umbra or Malaut at the time went in rage to the heavens after his woman had died, he was beaten by Seraphiel chief among the angels but Soldeus the coward ordered Seraphiel to lay down his sword letting Umbra do what he wanted like the spoiled brat he is.
Never heard that version before, please elaborate.
 

Raimbow

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nice story but seth is more powerful and the only god to whom we all pray :p
 

ThaBadMan

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Never heard that version before, please elaborate.
But Soldeus was determined to win Her hand and to end the longing He felt in the joy of Union. Of the earth, air, fire and water He created a great white bull, whom He did name Tauric. Tauric was wild, masculine and virile and was the greatest creation of Soldeus. Tauric ran on the grass and his hooves lifted and tossed the earth below them; he rubbed his mighty horns on the trees, to sharpen them; he swam to islands in the seas, and waded up to his snout in the lakes, and bathed his steaming loins in them; he drank from the rivers, climbed the mountains, and made the canyons ring with his bellow.
Feeling great pride and love for His achievement Soldeus presented His prize to Nave, as a sign of His complete and unconditional love for Her. Nave spoke to Him and said, “If You can sacrifice that which You revere most, then I will lay down forevermore and be Yours, for You will have proven Your love for me is greater than all else”.

Soldeus followed His heart and, turning aside His Face in sorrow, slit the neck of Tauric. But at the very moment of the death of the bull, a great miracle occurred. The horns of the white bull were metamorphosed into the moon; the cloak of Soldeus was transformed into the vault of the sky, with the shining planets and stars; from the tail of the bull and from his blood sprang the first ears of grain and the grape; finally, from the genitals of the animal ran the holy seed.Nave was moved by this sacrifice. She laid Herself down, leaning on one elbow with a knee bent towards the sky. Lost in Their passion and love for one another, They copulated in the most carnal of ways in the still-warm pool of the bull's blood and seed.
^^ He creates the bull she gets killed and then they have sex in the bulls blood and semen.

Denying the guilt his conscience felt for causing the death of Lepida and blinded by his own rage and pride he blamed his father Soldeus for not protecting her, and for creating such a fragile race of beings, and finally for not bringing his love back to life. He shed his mortal form and stormed the very gates of heaven. As he walked up the stairs of the Pantheon he slew many of the celestial guardians until he came face to face with Seraphiel; chief amongst the angels and as tall as the heavens with a face like the glory of dawn and a body like the thunderbird. He was beautiful like lightning and radiant as the morning star.
Before the throne of Soldeus they fought and the very Heavens shook from their fury. On the seventh day Malaut was defeated. Soldeus, moved by mercy and having love unconditional for his son despite his treachery, ordered Seraphiel to lay down his sword.
^^ Malaut aka Umbra lost his woman then went to the heavens killed a bunch of angels then fought Seraphiel and lost, Soldeus had no sense of justice and let his brat live by telling Seraphiel to lay down his sword and let the spoiled shit walk.


Now Paladine older brother of Soldeus and uncle to Umbra would have flung that shit child and mounted his head on a spike for all to see that justice do live even in cursed places.
 
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