Alsara: The Dragon's Legacy
Hakli is what the Reformation became when translated by the culture of the Sultanate, and the truth is, the Imperial Sept was already strange there.
The Imperial Sept was very different to the people of the Aturan Sultanate than it was for the Empire. In the Holy Falcon Empire, it was an excuse for the strong to stay strong and the nobility to remain in control of the country. It established a great chain of being, in which people lived in a highly stratified society, depending on their proximity to the Gods and the Emperor.
The Prophet Murat
The Imperial Sept in Atur was a minor thing until about a hundred and fifty years ago, when a eunuch named Murat returned from journeys abroad and brought word of a…slightly modified Sept. Instead of preaching about the importance of social order, he focused on spreading a message of benevolent deities, and that even the dragons had to answer to the true Gods; thus, it was the Gods that deserved obedience, not the dragons. It was a very controversial argument, but not even close to the one that got him assassinated: he also preached significantly greater social mobility and the abolition of slavery, which was not regarded well even by the Imperial believers in the country. Those comments were quietly tucked away and ignored, and the messages that served the remainder of the Imperial faithful in Atur were broadly circulated. Thus, he became a popular figure, but the truth of his beliefs were repressed.
At least, until the Reformation. With the word of the Empress circulating among the faithful, the old books that Murat had written were dug up, and a whole new revolution began. Murat’s eloquent language and powerful message mixed with the Reformation’s screaming call to action, and the resulting powder keg exploded into violent rebellion all across the Sultanate.
Hakli and its Avatar
The movement called itself Hakli, and it might have sputtered out if not for the actions of a woman named Rana. At the tender age of 19, she rose to prominence as a powerful rallying figure in the rebellion. She famously turned the tide in numerous battles, and her calls to action brought thousands to the cause. She became known as the “Avatar of Amelia” and the “Little Saint,” and she turned what might have been a scattered and disparate revolution into a legitimate military force.
Beyond the edges of Hakli territory, the faith continues to spread out of sight, especially amongst the lower classes and the downtrodden. Rana’s name carries the weight of heroes.
|Title||The Lady, The Divine Empress, the Divine Arbiter|
|Portfolio||Divine Power, Freedom, Strength, Wrath, Judgement|
|Typical Worshipers||Any who seek freedom, justice, and a measure of equality|
|Worshiper Alignment||Chaotic Good|