Sept of the Black Sun

Domain Summary

The Sept of the Black Sun occupies a sprawling area of dense forest which encompasses much of western Dischordia. These are forbidden lands, outsiders will be met with unbridled hostility from the wildlife, the residents, and the land itself. It is populated not only with predatory wildlife, but ravenous trees and vines which hunt prey just as surely as any animal. The Wyld energies of the Primal Umbra have made many of the native creatures undergo a form of rapid evolution, sometimes changing whole species between each generation to more adequately survive the extreme conditions of these lands and other animals.

Dominant Races

Shifters, Nunnehi Fae


Costuming and Archetypes

Native American Tribal, Modern native American, Tribal Wastelander, Native American Shaman

Politics & NPCs

The citizens of the Sept live simple lives away from most modern comforts, practicing the traditions of their ancestors in mostly nomadic whom follow seasonal herds throughout the lands. Most are kinfolk of one persuasion or another, or are dreamers for the nunnehi. Generally children follow the same trades as their parents, and men and women tend to have equal rights and are expected to provide equally. As each member of the Sept comes of age they go through a rite of passage signaling their entrance into adulthood in which they undergo ancient Gurahl rites of fertility and bear offspring, ensuring the Septs continuance.

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Umbral Realms

  • Low Umbra - Shroud 7
  • Middle Umbra - Gauntlet 0 (Pangaea, Legendary Realm - Gauntlet 2, Erebus, Wolfhome - Gauntlet 3, Atrocity Realm - Gauntlet 5)
  • Dreaming - Mists 0 (Far Dreaming - Mists 3, Deep Dreaming - Mists 6) / Banality 4
  • High Umbra - Periphery 8

Historical Information

A Black Sun Rises

After the shroud fell across the sky the lands of what would become the Sept of the Black Sun were thrust into chaos as the planes of the primal umbra ripped their way into the reality of our material plane. This catastrophic event changed the landscape dramatically, causing much of the land to become wildly overgrown and nigh impassable. For much of this time the Sept remained reclusive as the surviving tribes fought for dominance, those that left the lands sought trade. Many traded the natural foods, pelts, and medicine found here to neighboring settlements. However, this time of great strife in the world also rekindled the old spirits that guarded the lands.

According to the legends of the Sept of the Black Sun, the primordials chose this time to awaken her most beloved children, hundreds of Gurahl rose from their forgotten resting places for the first time in thousands of years, led by the Matae Uzumati, they sought to end the conflict of their brethren and bring about the glory of the Great Mother again. They quickly rose in power in the Sept and quickly became close advisors to then Chief White Wind, and through their guidance it was decided that a diplomacy with the Kingdom of Balor must move forward. As such they decided that with the blessing of their friends in Wolves of the North they would appear in his next court and make a lasting peace.

The Sept’s first introduction to court was interesting to say the least. Many of the ideas and beliefs held by his former tribe mates about the Kingdoms of Balor had been found to be true, some to a frightening degree. Dismissed and, in some instances, insulted by many of the nobles at court, solace was found mostly in the Imperials themselves as they seemed the most interest in the wild lands just outside the ivory lined walls of the Imperial City and in the Wolves of the North who admired the Septs prowess and traditional values. Some in Dischordia made frequent overtures to the tribal people, though such efforts were not always diplomatic. Appalachia, in their dominant economic position in Dischordia, saw Black Sun’s resource-rich region as something they could exploit, and threatened to invade to seize them. Uzumati swore an Oath of Clasped Hands with Floki of the Wolves of the North. Floki hoped such a bond of friendship would sway Uzumati to join his lands under the banner of the Wolves, but Uzumati found Dischordia as a whole to be unbearable and refused to join. Instead, he sought allies elsewhere, and joined the only other major domain on North America that had maintained its independence throughout the Foundation Era: Pascal and the Valley of the King.

Surveyor's Court

Early in the Era of the Surveyors, the Valley of the King came into the fold as one of the Kingdoms of Balor, and with it came the Sept of the Black Sun. The imperials demanded that the newly united kingdom follow the long standing laws of fealty. and so it was decided that Pascal would be given the honor of ownership of the domain as it stood so long as his promise of the sept’s safety and and security of its natural resources was kept and Uzumati would be his second ruling over the Sept itself. However, Pascal, pursue godhood instead of rulership, bowed to one of the Septs long time enemies, the New Faith, now the seat of power of the Empyrean Dysambigua. This would go on to cause much outrage from the Sept. But Pascal did not hear their cries of betrayal. Pascal simply sat waiting in contemplation, as he always had, for a time when balance would be achieved. Through this he made certain the natural resources of the Sept stayed unmolested keeping his word to Uzimati. All the while the Sept begrudging a decision that was never theirs to make in the first place.

However, Valley of the King, through lack of representation at court, failed to seize territory for their domain. One of their nobles, Marco, invited a noble from an enemy territory, Pula Hev’Aber of Samhain, to their court, and this foolish act hastened their decline. But where Marco failed, he also succeeded in using Valley of the King’s vast wealth to abuse Appalachia’s economic system, gaining 600,000 souls for his own use, and showing Dischordia the imbalance of their ways. In his gambit, Marco had gained the most powerful army in Dischordia and the intense scrutiny of the Imperials. Meanwhile, the slaver, Sir Helchon the Frozen of House Balor, was put to death for his greed. Even despite such an impressive gain, it did not stop the Valley of the King from folding and King Pascal, already allied with Empyrean Dysambigua, to join with them fully. The Sept of the Black Sun, a staunch supporter of Pascal, was highly displeased by joining the Empyrean Dysambigua. A seed planted that day would bear bitter fruit in the years to come.

Odin Returns

During the War of Aether, Odin returned to the Wolves of the North, after two and a half centuries of wandering, and sought to break from the control of the Society of Deus. Heimdall was the first to foresee Odin's return, and when word of this reached Verkonis, he was gripped with awe, disbelief, and fear. As Odin rode down from the sky on Sleipnir, all present fell to one knee as he passed walking to the long house where Verkonis sat on Odin’s throne. Odin did not give Verkonis the chance to utter a single word, and ended him with a single lightning-quick blow to the heart with his spear. The Wolves knew their time as subordinates was over, and quickly set to their rebellion with a wave of Odin’s hand.

High Pontiff Bistri of Empyrean Dysambigua saw an opportunity to expand his power and hold over the combined faith of Dischordia. As the Wolves split from Ordo Trismegistus, he sent emissaries offering hands of friendship to the Wolves, inviting Odin to merge his pantheon with that of the Faithful. Uzumati, lord of the Sept of Black Sun, saw such efforts as an act of subjugation rather than benevolence, warning the the Wolves that Bistri only sought spread his own power. Refusing to allow Bistri to oppress another wyld domain, Uzumati broke his oaths to Pascal, and the greater domain of Empyrean and fought alongside the Wolves in their rebellion. Though the battle ended in stalemate, the Sept had rekindled a strong alliance with the Wolves, and aided them in achieving their independence. Floki extended a hand of friendship to Uzumati and the Sept of Black Sun joined with the Wolves of the North. Uzumati also earned the ire of King Bistri and King Pascal, as well as the lords of the Ordo Trismegistus. Not one to allow such insults to go unanswered, Bistri declared the Wolves of the North and Sept of the Black Sun to be enemies of Empyrean Dysambigua, and demanding Uzumati’s corpse as a stuffed trophy. He wouldn’t turn down Odin’s other eye, either. Losing the Sept of the Black Sun to Odin and the Wolves displeased Pascal. Uzumati, one that Pascal had aided in the past, was shown to be an oathbreaker. Disappointed, yet resolute, Pascal closed his borders to the Wolves while he pondered how to deal with Uzumati. The Imperial Divide became contentious territory between the Wolves of the North and Empyrean Dysambigua.

With the Sept, the Wolves became the largest domain by land mass, and the most naturally wyld place on the continent. Though many packs of Black Spiral Dancers were turned by the familiar corruptive influence of the darkness and dealt some damage to the Sept, the vibrant and rampant life overwhelmed the forces of Aether and drove them back. With the loss of Domain of the Dead in the earliest days of the war, they are now the only producers of fresh food. All domains have come to rely on their produce. Mostly insular, though, their allies in Appalachia have taken on the task of handling distribution (with only a modest percentage for their own coffers) and fairly compensate Sept with gems and other ritual components they needed.

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.