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There are a large number of Faiths practised throughout the Southlands, with many different ancestors venerated in the varying cities and countries that form this great landmass.
The vast majority of Southlanders venerate an ancestor, there are several great pantheons, and numerous triads, dyads and lone ancestors numbered amongst the recognised powers. A few backwards Maurabs maintain the no ancestors exist at all, but this is a significantly minority position in an otherwise extremely faithful part of Erdreja.
Ra is the head of the Aegyptian pantheon and is the Ancestor of the sun. Followers of Ra can be identified by their red headresses and it is common practise to pray to Ra in the daylight hours, most commonly at dawn.
Ra is always depicted as wearing what could be called the crown of the Ancestors: A red orb above his hawk head.
The discordant voice within the host of the Aegyptus faiths; the Apophites have always chosen to walk their own path, sometimes with the ideas and interests of the kingdom, sometimes against them. As powerful as the Temple has raised within the Southlands, very few of the other Aegyptus Temples wholly trusts them, and the slightest hint of betrayal by the Apophites would herald another request by the Aegyptus Council of Faiths to purge the land of them once and for all.
The Apophites are known for their blue headdresses, and have a number of large ‘V’ shape scars, like a bite of a huge snake, somewhere upon their bodies – the more of these marks, the higher up the Temple’s hierarchy they are.
The Apophites frequently call upon chaos as the dominant aspect of Apophis. However in opposition to Ra, Apophis is the Ancestor of the night and as such it is unwise for Apophites to pray to their Ancestor during the day.
The forbidden faith, the Aten believe in the idea of One Ancestor, and refuse to accept most of the doctrines of Aegyptus. In the past, this culminated in the Pharaoh Akhenaten attempting to destroy the Aegyptian way of life by eradicating the other Aegyptian Temples. Today, the Aten faith is all but destroyed, its temples pulled down, its priesthood powerless and scattered to the four corners of Erdreja. Those who follow Aten, for the most part, do so secretly, least the wrath of Aegyptus and its Temples descend upon them once more.
The Aten followers are known for their purple headdresses.
The Female Incarnation of the first Queen. Hathor is a guardian of Knowledge and of Fertility in Aegyptus. It is to her, and to Sutekh that the people speak in the rain season, when they wish for the crops to grow. It is also said that Hathor's knowledge descends from the time before the kingdom even existed, and so many invoke in her name for guidance.
The followers of Hathor are known for their plain sandy-coloured headdresses
The Masculine Incarnation of the Living Pharaoh. Horus is the figure of kingship and protector of the Golden Throne, which the Horus Priesthood carry out as their sacred duty. It is said that only the Aegyptian Head Priest can announce the name of the new heir to the Golden Throne if the royal line comes to an end without a successor of it’s own.
The Horus followers are known for their white headdresses
The Ancestor of death, and caretaker of the deceased’s life pattern, Inpw is a solemn Ancestor through whom all Aegyptians must pass on their way to the Halls of the Two Truths in the Underworld. Never portrayed as an evil or sinister figure, Inpw is a somewhat benevolent persona, ever calm and colletive. The Inpw Priesthood's place is in dealing with the burial rites of the dead, an act no other Temple can perform due to the jealously guarded sacred texts that need to be performed for the deceased, so that their life pattern can endure the horrors of the Underworld. The Temple priesthood are also called upon to enact and pass sentences of judgement upon those who have been convicted of crimes.
Followers of Inpw wear black with gold edging headdresses and robes.
Mother of Horus and joint guardian of the Golden Throne, Isis is also the queen of magic. The followers of Isis are a secretive priesthood, but few dare question their motives. Though the Temple is small, their wisdom is greatly revered and respected within the Aegyptian Council of Faiths.
Followers of Isis wear gold headdresses.
The embodiment of order, truth and justice, the Temple of Maat guard the laws of Aegyptus and will bitterly seek justice wherever a wrong has been committed against the tenants of their Ancestor. The priesthood is seen as a key cornerstone of the Aegyptus Kingdom, and all bow for their doctrine on law and order, not even the Pharaoh is above the powers of the Temple.
Maat followers wear pale blue headdresses with a silver edging.
The gruesome Ancestor of punishment, Mafdet is the third of the Triad that guard the laws of Aegyptus – Maat is the word of the law, Inpw is the judgement of the law, while Mafdet executes the law. The followers of Mafdet are rightly feared by the rest of the Aegyptus Council of Faith, for the shadowy Temple seems to know everything that going on within the Kingdom. It is believed that many members of the Temple of Mafdet are also connected with the Scarabs, though the Mafdites venomously deny such claims.
Mafdet priests tend to wear plain black robes, and have no headdress, but all sport red scars upon the right side of their face. The more scars, the higher up the Temple’s hierarchy they are.
The Ancestor of War and Battle. The followers of Mentu Htoep are a warrior Temple, with strongly ties of loyalty to the Aegyptian Royal Court. The Temple draws its members predominantly from the Aegyptian Army.
Mentu Hotep followers tend to wear browns, and have no headdress.
Brother of Sutekh, according to legend Osiris was slain by his brother, and then reforged to walk the earth once more by the magical skills of Inpw. The followers of Osiris seek to preserve their master's immortality, and to destroy all mockeries of its purity. The Osirites are a Temple of strong discipline and order. They seek to destroy all forms of Unliving and corrupt pattern. Yet, the laws of Aegyptus, some of which they do not agree with, hinder them in their campaign.
Followers of Osiris wear green headdresses.
The vengeful Eye of Ra, Sekhmet is the embodiment of rage manifested out of the need for vengeance. Being the bloodied right hand of Ra, Sekhmet is rightfully feared in her destructive form, and all her priests tend to mirror her rage and violence towards those who oppose Ra's will.
Sekhmet is the mid-day desert sun, striking hard against her enemies. However, her killing is always justified as vengeance against wrong doers. She is not seen as a murderer but more a bringer of justice. This is reflected in her followers who honour Ra as well as Sekhmet as they honour the vengeance of Ra.
Sekhmet followers stand strong together and often view each other as family. They will fiercely defend one another, and one another's beliefs if any of them are threatenned or insulted. They also retain the fierce anger of their Ancestor and are not afraid to exhibit it if they see fit.
The priesthood of Sekhmet tend to wear blood red robes but there is no formal headress, though some followers choose to wear one.
The Sutekh faith draws from all aspects of Aegyptian society. Its followers bear the symbol of the Ankh with pride, and are known to be proud of their heritage. Sutekh is the Lord of the barren Red Land & of Storms, and it is to him the Aegyptians turn when they hope for rain. Sutekh followers tend to be capricious and selfish in their pursuit of personal gain, and willingly sacrifice an ally to further their own ends.
Sutekhites are arch rivals with both the Temples of Osiris and Horus, an bitter conflict that can be drawn back to the time of the Ancestors, when Sutekh slew his brother Osiris for the kingship of Aegyptus, only for Horus to avenge his father and cast Sutekh out into the desert.
Followers of Sutekh wear dark red headdresses.