29/10/2016 - The Soluna Faith
Welcome to a new blog! This time, we’ll be focusing a bit on the culture in Shirin.
As we mentioned before, a seemingly limitless underground aquifer formed the all-important oasis that Shirin depends on.
This oasis is so essential to life that some of the city’s inhabitants have decided to worship it – this idea has now become an important part of Shirin’s culture.
Over many generations, a spiritual lifestyle evolved and emerged into something now referred to as ‘Soluna.’
Most - if not all - animals believe that practicing Soluna will prevent the oasis from drying up, and that this will, therefore, protect the future of Shirin.
Aside from praying, animals can contribute by schooling themselves as Scribes.
Scribes dedicate their lives to the Soluna faith in various ways, such as helping to educate the poor, upholding the Soluna Cathedral, or maintaining historical records, to name a few.
Then, at the higher end of the hierarchal ladder, there are the ‘Pontiffs’ – higher ranked spiritual leaders whom ascertain whether the Soluna is practiced properly.
Perhaps more importantly, Soluna Pontiffs prophesize about the future of the oasis, and are as such held in high regard.
It is believed that the - often positive - prophecies of the Soluna Pontiffs will only occur during his or her lifetime – untimely deaths cause anxiety and confusion among the people.
As such, Soluna Guardians are tasked with the constant safekeeping of the pontiffs. Perceived as paragons of the faith, these animals are trained in both medicine and security.
Aside from their admirable array of skills, they are known for their unrelenting sense of duty.
The Soluna Cathedral was built in honor of the oasis. The impressive structure holds the oldest artifacts of the faith as well as the Royal Pontiff - the officially assigned commander of the faith.
Important prophecies are often conveyed during congregations in the cathedral.
While most animals believe that practicing Soluna will ensure the longevity of Shirin, as expected, there are skeptics.
Rex, in particular, fears the oasis may one day dry up, whether the Soluna is practiced or not.
When you play NAIRI, you’ll also have to make up your mind about this!
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