The True Vision Cult is a community of human demonologists and demon-worshipping clerics. They live on the edge of what everyone knows and are believed by outsiders to be totally insane, though few outsiders know about them. Their main temple is supposed to be located in the mountains near Ximax, but no one is sure exactly where. The demonologists can get training in Ximax, and are feared and respected for their power, so few come to attempt to destroy them.
Image description: A priest of the True Vision Cult with his followers. Pic drawn by Faugar.
The appearances of the cultists are those of
demons. Powerful demonologists who lead the
cult, or possibly the High Demon who is believed to have founded the cult,
transform parts of them to look like demons,
depending on which caste they are placed in (see
Coat of Arms/Sign. The sign of the True Vision Cult is a pair of cat-like eyes with green pupils, under which are the three letters "TTV" in Styrįsh (TTV) which stand for the cult's name.
Territory. While sometimes cultists strike out on missions, the head temple is in the mountains surrounding Ximax, the Zirkumire Mountains. The True Vision members keep the location secret, and some believe that it is not even in Caelereth, but being near Ximax gives them a place to train and recruit demonologists. The Ximaxians also stay clear, some out of fear or respect for the power of the demonologists of the cult, others because they are simply more open minded.
People. The True Vision is made up of two types. There are the demonologists, recruited from Ximax or sent there to train before coming to the temple for further training. Also there are the clerics, though they have somewhat similar powers to those of the demonologists. Of course, all of the cultists prefer to be refered to as Visionaries.
Housing. While the main temple is in the hills of Ximax, supposedly, no one knows what the inside looks like outside of the Visionaries. Of course, wherever the cultists go they set up temporary temples that look like small tents for worship at the right times. They are made of red cloth, have three walls and a ceiling, one side left open. Inside the hardened eyeball of a sentient species is hung on a central post and worshipped. Of course, which species the eyeball comes from is decided by the individual.
Clothing. Visionaries as a whole wear dark red robes, at least at worship time, though many keep them on always. They also carry around any items they consider to be powerful, whether they are magical and truly powerful or simply a superstitious symbol which comforts the Visionary, like a token from his or her previous life.
Food. The True Vision cult eats a balanced diet of meat and vegetation, though on a certain day their eating habits change drastically. On the day known as the Feast of Souls the Visionaries bring in living people, of any race, and feast upon their vital organs. But this day is known only to the Visionaries and their High Demon master Shavak.
Weapons. The only weapons used by the True Vision are magic and their own transformed bodies. However, it is rare that any but the warrior caste fight, as those are the ones sent out to perform missions of slaughter and destruction, but if ever a cultists is discovered in hostile territory they must defend themselves.
Occupations. There are four different castes within the cult, and one other occupation which is served by one person at a time. The four castes are as follows:
They are the ones who are given demon characteristics which help them to follow people and gather infomation. Seekers are the shadows which you can't shake in broad daylight, they are the ones who release your secrets to your enemies. Of course, that's only if you oppose the Vision. They are also responsible for tracking down possible Visionaries outside of Ximax.
Summoners of demons, made up of both demonologists and Visionary clerics alike. Of course the clerics can only summon the types of demons Shavak rules, while the demonologists have a potentially wider range. Whenever Shavak orders a town terrorized, for whatever reason, a Bringer or two will go to set loose a demon to bring down terror on the town. They usually have characteristics which make controlling demons easier.
The Warrior caste are given the responsibilty of fighting in Shavak's name, possibly attacking clerics who preach against demons as evil, or people with a reason that, even if they can't discern it, Shavak deems as enemies. They are given the most bodily weapons and terrifying forms, meant for striking fear into the hearts of all those who oppose them.
The caste of Leaders serve as advisors to the Tchovka, the head priest or priestess of the True Vision, and are often the priests and priestesses who preach in the different worship chambers of the temple. They are given characteristics which are intimidating, but also make them look wise and sage-like. It is also from this caste that the next Tchovka is chosen when the current one dies.
The last occupation is held by only one person at a time: The Tchovka is the Head of the True Vision, usually called the Voice of Shavak. The Tchovka is usually transformed when he or she reaches that position, something that astounds outside demonologists and is believed to be the work of Shavak. They become 3 peds tall with their shoulders 1.5 peds wide, the same as their chest which tapers to 1 ped at the waist. Their entire bodies are layered thickly with muscle and their eyes become very feline, with purple pupils. Hands stay relatively normal, but with claws that usually double the original length of the finger, the same with the feet, but the toe length is usually tripled when the claws form. The body becomes totally devoid of hair and sterile, making it impossible for a Tchovka to have demonic children. The Tchovka wears only the characteristic red robe of the Visionaries and often meditates for hours on end.
The True Vision is run by the High Demon named Shavak. He passes down
orders to the Tchovka who in turn passes them on to the cult. Of course, below
Shavak are also several different types of
demons: the Keslo, Genid, Cek,
and Ishiq demons are all ruled by Shavak in his strange world. Only the clerics
and demonologists in the True Vision know of these
demons, of course, and are the only ones
able to summon them.
Festivals. The True Vision observes three festivals.
Feast of Souls
A day when people are brought into the main dining chamber of the temple, butchered, and their vital organs feasted upon by the Visionaries.
The day which celebrates when Shavak was first able to contact someone on Caelereth, longer after his own world was destroyed and left with only the demons he rules. All meditate for the entire day.
Information provided by Tarquet Galbar