Once there were two sister deities, twins, who mingled with mortals and embraced the vitality that burned so brightly within the frail creatures. Both found that they were fond of the tales these mortals would weave of their lives, and acted as muse to many mortals as history unfolded. They were particularly drawn to inspiring rebellion against those who would stifle creativity or to prevent the spread of knowledge. Unfortunately, this sharing with mortals was a contributing factor to the dark event known in The Divine Record as The Great Purge. Few deities escaped that apocalyptic event, and Gerana’s aid to Yolana in escaping the fires of deific death has been long remembered, as has the treachery of Eshsalqua. As the rebellious mortals used the power of revolution to push the gods from reality, Yolana’s essence increased to the point of ignition: had they wished, they could have created a new reality, but instead protected those few gods that survived by focusing their might on the fabric of time and space, tearing a hole to allow them to escape. This effort burned the twins almost beyond recognition, but an aspect of Aleria, guided by Gerana, invoked the power of forgiveness to restore the remnants of the Twins of Freedom into a single deific soul, Yolana, and established Her place after The Calling to the sphere of righteous revolution and history, so as to not have mistakes repeated.
Temples to Yolana are usually remote monasteries that serve as repositories’s histories. They operate independent of any of the world’s government or societies, pledging no allegiances other than those listed below. This independence is fiercely guarded, and attempts to control a temple are met with open resistance. Clerics of Yolana serve two main roles: first, they scour the world, observing, collecting, and recording history as it unfolds, and distributing this knowledge to any who seek it. Secondly, they seek to enforce the free use of that knowledge. Oppression is not suffered to exist. Monasteries are overseen by a Flameholder; those clerics that choose to remain cloistered are known as Flameservants, and those that travel abroad are known as Seekers. It is common practice within a monastery of Yolana that after three decades of service the Holder steps down and begins the Path of Illumination, taking with him a copy of that monastery’s Record into the barbaric and wild frontiers.
For all their duty to knowledge and history, Yolani clerics do not presume to compile their own sacred text, but carry and annotate a condensed version of The Divine Record as a traveling almanac (or contribute issues, in a temple). This is an homage to the order’s humility, and to the dedication to progress and good, in alliance with the Geranites and the Alerians, with whom the Yolani church is defensive and allied. The light of a torch to pray by and renew spells reminds the Yolani of the price of Freedom, and its power. All within this torch’s circle of light are under that cleric’s protection, even unto death.
The following religion traits may be chosen by worshipers of this deity.
Bastion of Knowledge
You were taught to observe and record all you see.
Born of Resistance
You were taught to fend off oppression and control so your will must be strong.
The Gods of Porphyra © 2012, Purple Duck Games; Authors: Christopher Kaiser, Perry Fehr, Mark Gedak, August Hahn, John Hazen, Sean Holland, Sam Hing, James H. Lewis, Chris Longhurst, Scott Messer, Sean O’Connor, David Nicholas Ross, and Jeremy Whalen