Updated: 8 March 2006
Cradle: The Monotheocrate Order
Typical Countries: Divinity, The Monotheocrate Order, Sunterranse Federation
|Theoneans, Zealots of the One||
| Saying "May you become
One," is a form of blessing upon coming and going
This is an apocalyptic religion
Highest objective is for everyone to become the same - for everyone to "become One"
The two copies of The Final Text are small, hand-scribed, on several hundred very thin, durable and oddly fragrant pages.
"The One is large. It contains Multitudes."
"The Distinction" is a phrase used constantly to refer to:
(a) diversity in any form
(b) everything that is not the One, or that opposes "the Becoming"
(c) everything bad
"The Becoming" is the process of eradicating Distinction and nearing the utopian final stage of the religion, called "the Indistinction."
Another theme that constantly emerges throughout the Last Text is the length of life and the multitude of its many injustices. The Indistinction will envelop all of these multitudes and offer a final release
|I - Prophecy||
There were 17 prophets, they all emerged simultaneously in a distant land
"The One saw that the world was filled with great asymmetries - gods and giants and watchers and aberrations and horrors and creatures neither here nor not - all manipulated the House of the One, all held contempt for Lesser Distinction over which the House of One holds rightful dominion, that it may become One. The One saw all of these distinctions. The One saw all of this injustice."
"The blood and words of Dragons, the strength and the hatred of giants, the power and drama of the gods, the ideals and wonder of great men, the tyranny and mindlessness of the Watchers themselves, shall all become One. Walk through this labyrinth to the one true path. Then Men will be free."
"Lo, though many others tried and became deaf, the Seventeen learned to listen to the One. Lo, though many others tried and became blind, the Seventeen learned to gaze upon the One. Lo, though many others tried and lost themselves, the Seventeen learned to empower their words with the vastness of the One."
"These Seventeen, these, the first of the Thala-Mourne, bathed their souls in the one true path, washed away all distinction and re-emerged whole with all. They shed all that separated them from all and each other, but were cast back into this grasping world of differences, out from the vast and just Indistinction, that they would free their kin, tear down the last of Distinction and, in so doing, serve the One."
"The Seventeen returned from eudaemonia to tear down the final barriers of all Distinction. Blessed are their names: Thala-Arun, Thala-Bhat, Thala-Chirag, Thala- Dutta, Thala-Ganesh, Thala-Jana, Thala-Kapoor, Thala-Madhana, Thala-Nayak, Thala-Prajna, Thala-Raje, Thala-Sanat, Thala-Tanuj, Thala-Uddin, Thala-Vish, Thala-Xerxin, Thala-Yavar. Each brought back a truth to become."
1. Only by becoming One could the low and the high be
|II - Purpose||
“The Purpose Makes Men One”
The highest objective is for everyone to become
The Four Becomings and the One End
Men of the One must prepare for the Indistinction.
The Three Pillars of Daily Devotion
(1) Submit to the One
|III - Proselytize||
The Thala-Mourne are the inheritors of the Seventeen ("May their names be praised"). They are Wizard-Priests of the One. Sometimes they are called "teachers" but they seem, more, to be the agents of authority in the Monotheocrate Order.
“All Men can be taught... Those who cannot be taught are not Men”
Men of the One can be taught the will of the One
“All Men Are Equal”
All men are equal unto the Purpose
"There is no God but the One, and the Seventeen
– May their names be praised – are
the prophets of the Mortal Purpose."
"The Thala-Mourne – May their names be praised – taught the people of the One of their many enemies, the lords and vassals of Aelea – May its Becoming be swift – the creatures that are neither here nor there, and the ones called Aelven – May their release be swift – most hated and dangerous to the Indistinction of all."
"More wicked than all of the demons and devils on the multitude of planes, darker than the Vile and more exalted than the Valiant. They harvest and they create. They are cunning. They nurture difference. They sow weakness and strength, light and darkness, good and evil, yea even chaos and law. They meddle. They are the root of all justice. Purposefully and with remorseless intent, Aelea – May its Becoming be swift – its masters and vassals, multiply Distinction. Men of the One must show them mercy and quick release. May they Become One."
"The House of One is filled with soldiers."
|IV - Persecution||
This section details the tortures suferred by each of the Seventeen at the hands of the orthodox polytheists whom they defied. Subsequent stories detail how these tribulations were exalted and how the community that followed virtually sought their own trials. This section glorifies martyrdom, sacrifice and the sublimation of the self to the community of the One.
"Persecution is the forge. Men of the One
are the steel."
|V - Exodus||
"Travel far, People of the One. Draw more unto the House of the One. Guard against the multitudes, prepare this last island of Difference for the Indistinction."
This section details the expulsion of the Theoneans
from the lands of Yith, far across the Great Range Mountains, somewhere
in Durgosh. The Exodus occurred approximately 2,000 years ago. A second
generation Thala-mourn, a high-born Amaan, crippled and disfigured by
the persecution of the polytheists of Yith, led her people across the
mountains of Durgosh. She succumbed to her wounds during the journey,
and the pilgrims travelled from one place to another for 100 years before
arriving in the Mazari. Many died along the way, but their numbers remained
relatively stable, as the attracted many converts. The Serpent Suzerainty
enlaved and butchered nearly half of the pilgrims who crossed their
territory. They eventually arrived in the Jungles of the Atamara only
to be enslaved by the God-Kings of the Ra-Nephi. As slaves, the Theoneans
actually thrived and even won more converts. The enormous power offerred
by the One was to great to resist. The Ra-Nephi allowed them to keep
their religion and made no attempt to ban it until it was too late.
In rallying massive revolts against the Ra-Nephi that eventually became
an even more massive war to end a civilization, the Theoneans developed
a missionary tradition as they gathered converts unto the promises of
|VI - Conquest||
This section details the History of the three wars in the Mazari.
(1) Men of the One vs. the Ra-Nephi: The
Ra-Nephi God Kings forged a pharonic civilization that originally inhabited
the banks of rivers surrounded by vast jungles in the lands South of
the Lake Range mountains. It was wiped out by the Men of the One (the
invading Theoneans) who transformed these lands into the Jamhyria Theona'la.
The central lesson is that the final conquest of the One is inevitable and that all races, all creation - "all Distinction" - will eventually "become One." The One cannot be resisted.
|VII -Beginning the End||
“All that stands between Distinction and becoming Indistinction are the multiple pathways of the dreamer. Men of the One hunt the children of Aelea, one by one. Their blood will feed the Becoming. Men of the One uphold the Thala-Mourne. Their works will fuel the mortal purpose. The Thala-Mourne shall thin the walls of the multiple pathways and make all dreams One. The War that Will Come will be no war at all. It will begin and it will end with a sigh, that is no sigh. It will begin and it will end when the multitudes succumb to the Indistinction.”
This section describes describes the "War
That Will Come"
Life is very long
Between the desire
War That Will Come: "There will be no battles, no
armies, no swords, no wizards no priests. There will only be the Becoming
of this last world and its vile multitude of versus unto the One."
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.