I would like to first wish everyone a happy and peaceful, albeit a bit late, holiday season! Back in the world of Lucem Sequimur, we will at last be exploring religion in the Freedonian Kingdom. But first...
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The kingdom continues to grow. Most notable from above is the expansion in size. In Year 300, there is approximately 250 inhabitants in Ellis Hominis alone. Sema Aquarius has also grown a considerable amount.
At this closer level, we can see some significant architectural changes. The straw shacks are becoming few and far between, and are replaced by brick and clay structures, which are much bigger, sturdier, and arguably more beautiful than that of days gone by.
The streets are bustling with people chatting, trading, and discussing matters of philosophy and even politics.
Perhaps the most notable addition to this village is this house of worship. Known as El Lucem, the structure is by far the biggest, tallest, and most important building in the village.
Another, albeit much smaller house of worship exists in Sema Aquarius. So what exactly is it that is being worshiped?
You may recall the home of the Governor of Sema Aquarius. One day, one of the children was playing out in the woods. Eventually, he stumbled upon something quite profound...
A remarkable, blinding white patch of indescribable beauty shown brightly upon the child's eyes. After spending over twenty minutes staring at the remarkably gorgeous oddity, he ran back to tell his father.
Now, the place is worshiped as a small piece of heaven. When near or on the freezing yet absolutely beautiful substance they came to call "Lucem," people felt a deep connection to some other worldly power. If you recall, the inhabitants of the Freedonian Kingdom are extremely pale, so white that they almost shine and shimmer in the sunlight. Something about the blindingly white quality of the lucem drew villagers to this mystical place. The lucem formed the basis of all religion in the land.
In the middle of the lucem sat a small hut, where villagers went to feel a close connection to an other worldly power. Eventually, this power earned a name: Lumos. Lumos was an abstract figure. He lived in the Kingdom only in presence. According to Lumosism, the name of the religion which worshiped the god Lumos, Lumos entered the mortal world through the mountain tops, and then moved about invisibly, maintaining order, justice, and most of all, beauty in the world. Beauty now became a thing of worship.
The most important aspect of Lumosism was that it was meant to be spread. Beauty, and therefore a greater connection to Lumos, was something that should be spread in order to discover the greater connection to the god. Lumosism had to encompass the world in order to find the greatest connection to Lumos possible. It was fate. It was destiny. The destiny of the Freedonian Kingdom.
May you seek the light.