Aruman Cult Of Rhindur
The worship of the divhi Rhindur is rare enough in the world, for he offers neither threat nor reward that might elicit obeisance. In fact if fate's plan is set and cannot be subverted then there is neither lenience nor reward to be gained from understanding so cryptic and alien a being. Still the Aruman Cult of Rhindur have special cause for their interest in the divhi of destiny. It is said that on the day that Kerspur fell from the sky, right before the cataclysmic events of the fall a bent old man hobbled on a long staff to the central square of the sky city, and upon a plinth he inscribed a prophecy. While there are several transcriptions at large in the world all agree that this prophecy told of the fall of Arumthar, and its rekindling in the distant future. Most agree that that old man was none other than Rhindur himself - the author of destiny, the keeper of prophecy.

Rhindur


Rhindur is the old Irian name given to the divhi the Kelorns know a Bahru, who in other more obscure cults is referred to simply as Fate or Old Man. One might consider this face of the divhi who authored all that is past and all that will come one of the least stern and alien. Rhindur is the ultimate prophet. He offers glimpses of his pattern, the weave of predestiny to mortals. Some believe that Rhindur charges his few followers to repair those strands of destiny that have strayed from his pattern with cryptic instruction that demands faith in his ways.

To worship Rhindur is to watch for signs, to seek out meaning in words that defy comprehension, and to place your trust in an eternal pattern that is to great and too nuanced for any mortal to even glimpse sense in.

Predestiny

As all diviners know all events past, present or future are already written. Destiny is a complex weave of threads coming together to form some unknowable design in which even the least component is a crucial path to a final destiny. Though mortals have will of their own, and have learned to read the smallest ripples of the pattern where it marks the world, it is undeniable to the followers of Rhindur that the destiny authored by the divhi of fate must be followed. All other paths lead only to horror and entropy.

When Rhindurites discuss predestiny they speak in terms of the weave, describing all of history past present or future as a great tapestry woven by the hands of Rhindur. Each mortal soul is a single thread in the tapestry, and as such no thread can step back and see the design without also removing himself from the weave, which in turn changes the pattern. Sometimes a thread will come out of place, but by weaving it back amongst other threads it can eventually be guided to the place it was initially intended to be. This metaphor frequently carries to ceremony, where weaving tapestries and vestments in patterns that lack sense or order are an important object lesson in the role of the Rhindurite in destiny.

The Clergy


The Aruman Cult has little in the way of formal clergy. A handful of scholars and scribes have banded together over the generations since the fall of Arumthar to make a study of the purported words of Rhindur's prophecy at Kerispur, and to make a study of destiny and the will of Rhindur by assembling works of divination and destiny from sources as diverse as the Sangoma of the Goblynfells, the Ghanish Mystics, the fabled Seers of Irikhan Mora, and the Truka of the southern Deepings. They had reached out to the mage clans who preach abstinence and those that merely practice prudence. As such the Aruman Cult of Rhindur might have the most studious, learned, and informal clergy of any faith in the Southlands. Still, adherents do share a few key philosophies and all of these relate to trusting in and maintaining the deign of predestiny, but never seeking to see more than that which has been sent to them directly by Rhindur.

Strictures

  • Never exploit diviner's lore to subvert the weave of destiny - it is not your place to presume to rewrite your fate or another's.
  • Never make a secret of words confirmed to be prophecy - such things as passed into the world for mortal ken.
  • Never make plain that which is cryptic - no man should have the power to change his own destiny.
  • Do not suffer the diviner's art in subverting the pattern.

Laity


There is really little division between adherent and officer in the Aruman Cult of Rhindur. By and large the cult preaches that it is the design of destiny that Arumthar will rise again, and that its fall was merely part of the grand pattern. Those who wish to see Arumthar restored and the shades banished might have cause to follow the cult, but otherwise there is little beyond archaic nationalism to appeal to a layman. An obscure secret society known as the Calish-Al are possibly the most ardent adherents to the cult, though only a handful have the luxury of education or practice thanks to their dispirit and secretive nature. They are said to be the guardians of what remains of old Arumthar, though exactly what that means no one seems to know.

Rhindur's Prophecy


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Holy Observances


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