New Faith

Domain Summary

The New Faith is a Kingdom in what was once Phoenix Arizona. From here the Faith has spread across Dischordia, and their temples can be found in nearly every domain. The Priests lead the faithful to Ascension and Enlightenment, and are capable of miracles.

Dominant Races

Vampires and Mages

Costuming and Archetypes

Fantasy Priest, Crusader, Fantasy Elementalist, Medieval Courtier, Modern Medieval Businessman, Post Apocalyptic Wastelander

Politics & NPCs

High Pontiff of the Faithful, Radu Bistri, is the political and religious leader of the New Faith. He is aided and advised by the College of Cardinals: Cardinal Adonai, head of the Inquisition, Cardinal David of the Order of the Bitter Ashe in Vancouver, Cardinal Dietrich Mercer of Empyrean Unification, Cardinal Ishtar, Cardinal Zachariah Baldric the Hierophant of Dischordia, and Cardinal Rudolf Vykos. Below the Cardinals are a the Archbishops, Bishops, and Priests.

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Cardinal Adonai and the Inquisition seek out and destroy Infernalism and the worship of Dark Powers of any kind among the Faithful. Certain philosophies have been banned, and the Way to Enlightenment can be sought only through the tenets of accepted paths and roads.

  • Path of Cathari
  • Path of Death and the Soul
  • Path of Entelechy
  • Path of Harmony
  • Path of Honorable Accord
  • Path of Lilith
  • Path of Power and the Inner Voice
  • Path of Nocturnal Redemption
  • Path of the Feral Heart
  • Road of Chivalry
  • Road of Heaven
  • Road of Kings
  • Road of Metamorphosis
  • Road of Night
  • Road of Sin
  • Road of the Beast 

Umbral Realms

  • Low Umbra - Shroud 6 (Stygia - Shroud 5, Far Shores - Shroud 7)
  • Middle Umbra - Gauntlet 6 (Aetherial Realm - Gauntlet 4, Erebus, Summer Country - Gauntlet 5)
  • Dreaming - Mists 0 (Far Dreaming - Mists 2, Deep Dreaming - Mists 6) / Banality 5
  • High Umbra - Periphery 4 (Vulgate - Periphery 2, Afterworlds - Periphery 3, Spires -Periphery 5)

Historical Information

After the Sabbat’s destruction by the hands of traitors and the Giovanni at the 2012 Palle Grande, the remnants of the sect, led by Radu Bistri, discovered a Cabal of Mages who possessed the Last Daughter of Eve and sought to bring her to Ascension. That gathering of brave souls forged the New Faith. During the War of the Dead, they sought to save mankind, spread enlightenment, and bring Ascension their Faithful. Many temples opened across Dischordia, and followers flocked to their message. It was no simple distraction from reality; the Priests leading the Faith were capable of miracles, and the Faithful grew.

A Western Coalition

At the dawn of Dischordia, Empyrean Dysambigua's composite domains each existed independently. What would later become the Empyrean Dysambigua began as a joint effort of the New Faith, Vancouver, and Archive, to bring Pascal into Dischordia and form a strong alliance dominating the western half of Dischordia. Strengthening ties between the New Faith and the lords of Vancouver, it was not long before the two domains merged, with Bistri retaining the seat of Domain Lord, and the Empyrean Dysambigua was formed. As the Archive began to falter, Bistri saw another opportunity to expand his power and bring the Western Coalition to fruition. In the end, however, the enigmatic Praenomen chose to snub Bistri's offers and swear under the banner of Devil Anse Hatfield of Appalachia. This insult sparked a centuries-long feud between them and an animosity between Empyrean Dysambigua and the Appalachian Alliance that constantly teetered on the brink of war. Though the Valley of the King remained closely aligned with the new Empyrean Dysambigua, they did not yet join Dischordia, instead absorbing the Sept of the Black Sun and shielding it from aggressive Dischordian domains, for a time.

Plague of Nightmares

During the first year of Balor's Court, Dischordia caught a glimpse of the chthonic, primordial horror of the Nightmare Lands. Aitu, the Crimson Weaver, spread a plague of nightmares throughout Dischordia, infecting gentry and nobles alike. As the plague progressed, the infected turned into tentacled horrors and raced towards the waters of the icy north. Spreading originally from the Wolves of the North, many blamed Solomon Greyheart of House Scathach for sending couriers infected with the plague to the other domains, though some believe the responsibility lay with Floki of House Aesin. It threatened to devastate the populations of Dischordia, until the New Faith, whose priests had been placed into many domains in Dischordia and were keenly aware of the spreading nightmares, came to court prepared with a solution: the hope that faith provides. The ritual the New Faith devised, combined with a tangible symbol of hope in the form of Appalachian gems, proved to be a panacea against the fear spread by the Nightmare Plague. The two domains formed a partnership to craft dreamcatchers designed to protect Dischordia from the nightmares which spread the plague. Though they prevented Dischordia from being overrun by horrors from the darkest dreams, the dreamcatchers were little better than bandaids empowered by raw belief in their effectiveness. With the plague under control, Dischordia mounted a full-scale war against the Crimson Weaver's stronghold in Greenland to destroy Aitu and his generals. Though victorious in that war, the nightmares were never truly defeated. In a world that inspires such terror, ruled by monsters and death, the Nightmare Lands proved far more resilient.

Xibalba War

The alliance between the New Faith and Valley of the King would ultimately put them in peril from the neighboring kingdom of Aztlan, who was determined to destroy Pascal for past transgressions. Near the end of the first year, Pascal sent his first official representative to alert his new allies to an invasion force mounting on Aztlan's northern border and preparing to march through the New Faith to reach the Valley of the King. The New Faith agreed to aid in defending Pascal from this attack. Though they were victorious against the Xibalban armies of the dead, James Einsbrook did not survive. He was slain by a fellow New Faith noble, Jibril, under possession by a Xibalban wraith. Though the New Faith's aid and sacrifice strengthened their alliance with the Valley of the King, Pascal yet maintained his independence.

War of Aether

Surveyor’s Court closed with the first strikes from the Kingdom of Aether. Nul's attack delivered a great blow to Empyrean, re-opening the scar in Vancouver and returning the portal to the Abyss in that domain. Over the course of the war, entire cities of the Empyrean Unification were destroyed. Bistri, Pascal, Uzumati, Mercer, and Siegfried fought for the survival of their people. Vancouver, used to fighting against their enemy, proved vital to their success.

A Prideful Famine

After the Sept of the Black Sun broke away and joined the Wolves of the North, Empyrean fell into a famine. Without the Sept's wealth of natural food, Empyrean needed to turn to alternative methods to feed their people. Through New Faith’s rituals, they were able to produce enough food with magic to feed their domain. It proved to be a difficult and costly endeavor, but Bistri refused to request aid from Sept of the Black Sun or Appalachia due to the tumultuous relations. He did not wish for either the bringers of the nightmare plague (Wolves) or the economic war machine (Appalachia) to poison the well of his domain by taking advantage of them in a time of need.

Court of Empires / War of Maelstrom's Rebuke

During the course of his duties, the Hierophant, Zachariah Baldric, was informed of a ritual being prepared by Alyosha Buljiev, the Prince of Carpathia. Radu Bistri, saw an opportunity to not only prevent the ritual, but also retake his homeland and dispose of a rival. While Bistri invaded and seized Odessa, united Dischordian forces countered the ritual and infiltrated Builjiev’s castle to assassinate him. The ritual was prevented and Odessa taken, but Buljiev escaped the attempt on his life, and Dischordia’s actions shattered the delicate truce between Balor and Lazarus, resulting in a year-long war between the two kingdoms.

Fall of the Last Daughter

Another severe blow had been dealt to the New Faith as Alia, the Last Daughter of Eve around whom the New Faith had first been built, was lost. Alia and Baldric conceived twins, continuing Eve’s lineage, defying divine providence and angering the Red Moon Lilith in the process. Despite efforts, months passed without solution. Shortly after the children were born, an Avatar of Lilith took them as punishment. Out of grief, Alia called for help from beyond, and Baldric descended into a temporary madness.

A Shattered Peace

During the course of his duties as Ambassador to Lazarus' Kingdom, Dorian Osbourne of the Unification uncovered information that the Prince of Carpathia, Alyosha Buljiev, was plotting a dark ritual which, according to legend, would bring about the end of the world. He brought his concerns of this magical threat to the attention of the Hierophant, Zachariah Baldric, and his Domain Lord, High Pontiff Radu Bistri. Bistri saw an opportunity to not only prevent the ritual, but also retake his homeland and dispose of a rival. He cordinated several domains in a three-pronged attack to accomplish his goals. Bistri invaded Odessa, ostensibly to draw Buljiev's army away from the site of the ritual, though he also hoped to claim a foothold into Carpathia. While this attack was happening, a small covert team infiltrated Buljiev's castle to assassinate him and disrupt the ritual. Simultaneously, the Hierophant organized an arcane counterspell to prevent the ritual from taking effect. Bistri and Baldric were successful, respectively seizing Odessa and countering the ritual, but the covert team was unable to complete their mission. His ritual in tatters, Buljiev escaped the attempt on his life as his would-be assassins were delayed, and nearly killed, by a formidable abomination known as Gangir. In retaliation for their aggression, Lazarus declared war on Dischordia.

War of Maelstrom’s Rebuke

Having discovered that Alyosha Buljiev, the Tzimisce Prince of Carpathia, planned a dark ritual which threatened to end the world, Dischordia launched a three-pronged attack to thwart him on the eve of the first Samhain of the Court of Empires. Radu Bistri, seeing an opportunity to reclaim his homeland, led an army to take Odessa, while the Hierophant led a team of Occultists to counter the ritual, and a covert group attempted to assassinate Buljiev. Though the ritual was prevented, and Odessa taken, Buljiev escaped the attempt on his life. Lazarus swiftly declared war in response to this unprovoked attack, and launched a devastating nuclear strike against several Dischordian domains; Bermuda, the Sultanate, and Empyrean. The conflict raged over the next year, with each side capturing both territory and notable prisoners. Many domains fought on the front lines in Carpathia, while the Wolves of the North focused their attacks in the scattered territories of Germany.

The Sublime Cataclysm

With the tides of the war turning quickly to their enemy’s favor, the Dischordian domain lords prepared a spectacular attack certain to bring a swift end to the conflict. Sultan Suleiman, unsurpassed master of spirit magic, led the largest ritual Dischordia had ever seen. Aided by New Faith ritualists, the Arcane Academy, and a million occultists assembled from every domain, the sky itself bled with the power they summoned. Chunks torn from the spirit realms themselves bombarded Lazarus’ Empire. As each realm impacted, it laid waste to thousands of miles of Lazarus' territory, destroying immense swaths of land and destroying millions.

As Europe reeled from Dischordia's devastating attack, armies of Aether seized their chance to attack both of its weakened enemies. Territories which had fallen to darkness during the War of Aether now bled shadows like an open wound. Swarming forth from these tears in reality, the shrouded armies of Aether laid waste to surrounding areas. Shadow-eaten vampires, spectres, and darker things spead their chill touch, overrunning nearby cities and domains.

Treaty of Maelstrom's Rebuke

In the aftermath of the cataclysm which ended the war, exactly one year after the events which marked its beginning, representatives from Dischordia and Lazarus met in Vancouver to solidify a treaty to bring an end to the hostilities and negotiate terms for a lasting peace. Diplomats from every kingdom were sent to witness the treaty, but each hoped to see their own agenda reflected in the final document. The Treaty detailed the terms of the ceasefire, returning of prisoners of war and withdrawal of troops from occupied territories, but also contained several initiatives designed to further specific agenda.

Unexpectedly, even the Kingdom of Aether sent representatives, who offered Reality a chance at peace in their own conflict, in exchange for certain concessions. They demanded that the Court of Empires, which had been formed with the intent of combatting the Aether, be disbanded from its current mission. They further demanded that all kingdoms, including the Kingdom of Aether, be welcome at all future gatherings of kingdoms. Though manny were hesitant about such an obvious political ploy, the Aether's representatives were quite persuasive. The delegates were convinced to support their agenda, though most agreed out of a desire to keep their enemies close.

The Aether's offer of peace required a difficult choice: accept the darkness as part of reality, and restore balance to the cycle of creation and destruction, or deny them and accept reality's ultimate end. Acceptance would require the sacrifice of a child, in order to house the darkness of Arhiman who, without a vessel to bind it, would consume the world.

Two children had been abducted from their parents for this purpose: one the Last Son of Gwydion, the son of Imperial Queen Maeve, and the other the Last Daughter of Eve, daughter of Hierophant Zachariah Baldric of Empyrean Dysambigua. As the night progressed, the guests pieced together the mystery, until ultimately it was Queen Calamity of Archive who offered up the Last Daughter of Eve to be sacrificed to name and bind the darkness, save the light, and end the darkness’ war on reality. Through this sacrifice, a path was chosen, and the next age was steered towards an age of enlightenment for mankind, an Age of Ascension and one in which the souls of all mankind would be safe from Oblivion.