The Ebon Empire
Star of the Totem
The star of the Totem is a relatively young religion created more than a century and a half ago when the Sakkada clan won a major battle under an auspicious sign.
The night before the battle of Alciediore, it is said that a star was born, flashing into existence as a dog soldier captured an eagle for a pet. The soldier let the eagle go, and it spoke to him, showing him a hidden way into the city.
He told his commanders about the secret, and was allowed to lead the attack. The city fell in a day. Ending the war. And starting more than a century and a half of occupation by Sul’Dusa. Many soldiers converted over time to the new religion hoping to gain insight into masters of war. Others going to curry favor with the military cult. Eventually generals adopted the religion to keep control over their men. Recently the chief of the Sakkada clan, Yesu Qadun converted to cement his control of the clan. This has lead to mass conversions. In addition it has lead to persecution of followers of The Old Ways
The religion is founded upon the existence of 11 totem animals. Spirits that counsel, advise, protect, and lead their followers.
Dragon: The Dragon is the Spirit of Savagery. It hunts by surprise, and ruthlessly tears and drowns its prey. When Dragon strikes, death is inevitable
Myconid: The Myconid is the Spirit of Teamwork. It works together with its community to build and defend its great colonies. Myconid knows that True strength comes in great numbers
Beaver: The Beaver is the Spirit of Industriousness. It works hard to create great works. Beaver builds where others destroy
Owl bear: The Owlbear is the Spirit of Protection. It defends its cubs with ferocity and great strength. When looking to harm those that Owlbear protects, you will need to deal with Owlbear first
Coyote: The Coyote is the Spirit of Trickery, It does things in the way you would not expect. Coyote seeks to confuse, and in doing so, enlighten
Griffin: The Griffin is the Spirit of The Watcher, It watches for threats in the distance, and acts to protect the natural world from these threats. Griffin soars above the rest of the world, free and unfettered
Displacer beast: The Displacer Beast is the Spirit of Deception. It glides in the night on silent wings. Its prey often doesnt know it has been deceived until it is too late. Displacer Beast uses the night and darkness to its advantage. Never confronting its enemies directly
Snake: The Snake is the Spirit of Healing. It heals itself with transformative energy. Snake always changes, constantly evolving, and always staying the same
Toad: The Toad is the Spirit of Luck. It is very hard to trap the slippery toad. Toad evades his enemies with guile and good fortune
Bullete: The Toad is the Spirit of Defense. It is protected by a hard shell, giving its enemies more than they can chew. Bullete relies on an impenetrable defense to keep its enemies at bay
Blink dog: The Blink Dog is the Spirit of Loyalty. It hunts in a pack, which it relies upon, and in turn can be relied upon. Blink Dog hunts with his friends, and being in Blink Dog’s pack means you are a member for life
Druidic magic and teachings are integral to the religion, many religious leaders are Circle of the Veil druids.