I am so glad to be back after a short break! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Today, we will be revisiting the concept of beauty as worship, but first I must get back to your comments!
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It is the year 350, and religion has just been established in the Freedonian Kingdom. Beauty has become a thing of worship, and to spread beauty is to spread the will of grace of Lumos. This provided a reason for expansion. To turn the rugged, wild wilderness into a sophisticated civilization.
Ulysses the Great, Supreme Ruler of the Freedonian Kingdom, ordered a group of thirty-five men to travel the creek leading away from Sema Aquarius in search of land for a new village.
It was a dangerous journey, where they encountered many dangers and great beasts. Eventually, they found a suitable place to create a village and spread the grace of Lumos.
The village is now nearly as big as Ellis Hominis, and perhaps a bit more impressive. Citizens here live largely in seclusion from the rest of the Kingdom. There is no clear-cut path, and it takes days to travel to the nearest village, Sema Aquarius. For this reason, the village is almost entirely independent, and apart from monthly tax collections, experiences almost no connection with the rest of the kingdom.
The village features an incredible governing hall, where the Village Council meets. It is one of the most ornate buildings in the Freedonian Kingdom.
The village is also home to this incredible structure, which is essentially a place of worship. Villagers climb the tower, which is the second tallest structure in the Kingdom, and feel a deep connection to Lumos as they look down upon the world. The tower and the governing hall are all parts of the spreading of beauty.
One day, a boy was playing outside the village, when he spotted something...
A village! Except no one in the Kingdom was aware of this village. In fact, no one had even contemplated the fact that other people could be out there somewhere, entire Kingdoms just over the crest of the hill. This raised new realizations in the Freedonian Kingdom, that they perhaps were not alone, and that they may not be the greatest, living only below Lumos. Thought radically changed at this discovery, as the Freedonian Kingdom may no longer be the center of everything.
May you seek the light.