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Author Topic: The Order of Tohm  (Read 840 times)

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Offline Lucky al-Izar

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The Order of Tohm
« on: Sep 25, 16, 02:22:29 PM »


The Order of Tohm


The Order of Tohm began thousands of years ago, before the Purge altered the world forever. The sect was a secretive organization that protected Pruul from the shadows. During this time, when Pruul was still a violent and disorganized set of factions, the Order rose up and sequestered Queens away from their volatile courts, allowing the Order—made up of the common people—to instruct them. This isolation provided the peaceful refuge that the ruling caste needed to make educated and thoughtful decisions with the Order’s gentle guidance.

After Pruul coalesced into individual Clans and Tribes, the power of the Order waned. Prosperity came to the desert and people turned away from the sect while their lives were bright and fortunate. But the Order still persevered, small and in secret, working its way into smaller tribes and through the few cities of Pruul. Families brought their Queen children to known members so that they would be able to rule with the backing and true light of the Order at their back. These women prospered, their people fortunate in their journeys and their gift to the land strong enough to feed the oases that Pruulians needed so desperately. 

Now, hundreds of years later, the Great Drought has come. The land is dying. Despair, violence, and disorder once more contaminate Queens’ lives to the point where even the mythical rains might not be able to save it now. Some have begun to whisper that the reason Saiph al-Kaid failed at ruling is because she did not have the Order to help her—Mother Night’s chosen few—and she relied on her Court instead. The same Court that helped her decide to massacre an entire tribe, including men, women, and children. Similarly, some think the reason Ghanima al-Izar has failed at ruling is because she too does not have the Order’s backing, but more importantly, she is tainted. Rumor has it that she is physically bound to the children that came with her out of the mines. Thus, she will never be free of the influence of her siblings and never truelly understand the cooling logic of the Order.

So, in these days of terrible pain, with the Great Drought causing unimaginable hardship, the Order of Tohm has been reborn. Among the crowded streets of Onn, the poor were willing to clasp onto any promise of hope. Fahad Shaoulian offered that promise and more. He gathered Red Moon workers, camel drivers, street cleaners, and Blood and Landen alike to his cause, convincing them that the Order was the one true answer to their years of starvation and poverty. Within its folds was money, food, power, and a voice. A voice to change all of Pruul.

For the past two decades, that change has been tied to a great prophecy within the territory, one that Black Widows have been catching glimpses of within the Twisted Kingdom. Some think the prophecy foretells the coming of seven saviors, but the Order knows better. The prophecy predicts the coming of a new age to Pruul, one where Queens are cherished and loved, but the true power lies with the people—the Blessed members of the Order that is. Queens must be allowed the space and separation that allowed their sisters in the past to flourish. They must have the quiet intensity of the Order’s Great One showing them the true path.

The group returned to prominence six years ago, seven to ten members listening to Shaoulian’s preaching as if his very presence was a balm to all the wounds life had given them. However, it only recently that it has become more fanatical—Saiph al-Kaid’s execution of an entire tribe fueling the rage of the Order. Shaoulian has a gathering house in the heart of the city where his followers move, leaving their family and friends to devote themselves to their leader, physically, mentally, and spiritually. His word is their law. His command is their pleasure. His life is their life. Five of his most loyal followers have become known as the Red Hand, each of them elevated to positions of leadership within the Order.

Although the group started out relatively peaceful, the tenants were strict. To join, one had to give up all their possessions, including their Jewels, to their leader, who was only known as The Great One to his new pledges. Giving up Mother Night’s blessing for the sake of the Order was seen as the ultimate sacrifice, tangibly showing the individuals’ desire for seclusion. Such an offering allowed for the mind to be cleared enough for the true path to emerge. The initiates had to then undergo a period of daily fasting, where their bodies and minds were broken down so that the Order could remake them. They must go through a purifying ritual, where they offered their blood and their bodies to the Red Hand. This process of fasting and purifying would continue until they accepted the fact that the Order was safety. The Order was light. The Order was above all.

Once a member, Jewels would be returned and they would be sent out into the community to either recruit new members or preach against the rise of their current threat: the Mineborn. The group of children were not the saviors of Pruul, but the means to its destruction. They were spawn of the Eyriens who had killed many of their people. They were an abomination that tarnished their Queen, corrupting her mind with their voices and emotions. They were born from the Darkness and should stay in the Darkness. From the outside, the Mineborn look like the ultimate threat to the Order's desire to once again provide Queens with the serenity they need to make decisions outside the volatile presence of their courts. Ghanima will never be able to achieve the separation needed to rule Pruul, both because of her bond with her siblings, but also because of her unwillingness to give up her desires, her Jewels, and her will so the Order can show her the true light.

As time has progressed, the Order of Tohm has become radicalized and they have diverged from the original purpose of the organization. The Great One re-established the Order to his own whims against this Mineborn Queen, the girl personifying the ultimate failing of life without the Order’s guidance. Talk has not produced any change. Ghanima still rules. Shaoulian channeled his followers' dissatisfaction with their territory and their life into a singular hatred for the Unblessed, those that resist the true path of the Order. Their hatred gave them strength and made them endlessly malleable for their leader, whose ultimate goals are unknown.

Some members, sensing this new direction, wished to leave the secretive organization and their lives were quickly and brutally ended. Any children born within the sect have begun to be separated from their parents and raised to believe in the teachings of the Great One. The Black Widows within the organization have begun to try and weaponize poisons and potions. Healers are taught to harm as well as cure. The propaganda against the Mineborn took a more violent turn and they are ready to place their mark on Pruul. They are ready to shed the light of the Great One on all, even the ones who do not wish to see it.

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Re: The Order of Tohm
« Reply #1 on: Apr 06, 17, 07:39:30 PM »
The Order of Sicarii


A subsegment of the Order of Tohm in the past, they were originally focused on the preservation of Pruulian heritage and the safety of its queens. Purists; they were a secret order within a secret order. The policing force to keep the Order pure to its defined roots and purpose of holding Pruul to a righteous path.
 
For each calamity that has occurred to Pruul the Order of Sicarii rises up within the Order of Tohm to start pushing things back towards center, always guided by the leader of the Order. Their mission is to shepherd their own members to the true path and, more importantly, to reclaim Pruul’s proud heritage and noble traditions when peace does not work. Joining the Order of Sicarii is a dual edged privilege and one taken with faith that any acolyte can take on: Blood or Landen.
 
After they have completed the steps to become an acolyte of the Order of Tohm, members must undergo more intensive purifying rituals to become part of the sword that protects the ancient sect. They undergo sensory deprivation and are given special herb blends to help enlighten them to the cause. Finnaly, to complete their initiation they must prove loyalty only to the Sicarii symbolically through a personal sacrifice of something truly loved or cherished.
 
Members within the Order of Sicarii permeate every rank from acolyte to the Red Hand so that they might act as guards for their brothers and sisters of every rank. Broken into three main clusters the newest members only know of themselves, their partner, and their handler—in that order. Moving up the chain it remains the same; the handlers know only their partners and the handler above them. The leaders of the Sicarii keeps their identities shrouded in the convolution of hierarchy and code passing, from all but the Leader of the Order of Tohm. One member of the Sicarii serves in the Red Hand at all times, unifying knowledge and force.
 
Where the Order of Tohm is largely peaceful the Order of Sicarii is the bearer of force that the Great One can choose to wield whenever he chooses. Their goals are kept pure; only focusing on the good of Pruul. During the true rebellion against Askavi the Sicarii order sacrificed several lower level and upper level cells in key moments to push back and continue the war.
 
Recruiting the past few decades has been steady; weeding through the weak willed and seeking out only those who truly believe what the Order of Tohm teaches: that only through them can Pruul find prosperity and life. The prophecy of the Mineborn is a blight upon Pruul and a wasted hope since their Queen is kept unstable and away from the steady guiding hand of the Order.
 
Over time the long lived of the Sicarii began to notice a weakness in the new leaders of the Order. A softness that held them back from pruning and excising the corruption from both Pruul and their ancient order. Eventually the leader of the Sicarii started making their own calls. They started recruiting the base legs and ears from outside, instead of directly from the Order of Tohm. The vestiges of the weakened influence of “knowledge” that the Order of Tohm represented slipped away like the shifting of dunes; one grain of sand at a time as members died off. Unlike the softer gospel conversion that Fahad favored, the Sicarii sought the violent. That is the only true way people listen.
 
Now, the final member of the Order of Tohm has been culled from the Order of Sicarii and they operate outside of Fahad’s purview. They seek to destroy the Mineborn supporters and show others that it is too costly to turn away from tradition. Their acts are the dirty and bloody necessities that will save Pruul from itself and the false promises of the Mineborn.

-Written by Tenkou

 

 

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