The Power of the Labyrinth
The Religious History of Cureal
Before there was Cureal, there were the Twelve Gods. But before there were the Twelve, there was Truth, or Jun. Jun was so powerful, so incredible, so incomprehensible that there could be nothing else. There was no need for anything else. There was Jun, there was Truth, and that was all. However, by means and reasons unknown to mere mortals, the Twelve Gods came into being, They weren’t nearly as powerful as Jun, nor could they ever be. In fact, they were so week in comparison that they could only see, only comprehend one facet of Jun. Hayyim only understood that Truth met life, while Sephtis could only comprehend that Truth met death. Each of the Twelve reveled in their understanding of Truth, and believed that each of their own facets was the better compared to the rest. Their truth was the Truth, and that was all. Jun was disappointed, and to try to teach the Twelve he created Cureal and all that is within it, so that they may know him through his creation. However, the people of Cureal saw the power of the Twelve Gods and worshiped them for it. The Gods became full of themselves, and spread their version of Truth as far as they could. Jun was deeply saddened, and retreated from the consciousness of all beings, and has not been heard from since. The Gods saw this as a sign of approval, and continued to represent their contorted understanding of Jun. Each spreading a different story of the creation of Cureal, naming themselves as the creators, and the people believe and trust every word of their gods. This lead to many, many Holy Wars and much religious tension. The Gods were separated into three groups, those good, those neutral, and those evil. Every religion had its followers, its fanatics, its common faith. However, just within the past 30 years, there has been a large population beginning to deny the Twelve Gods completely, believing in none of them whatsoever. At first they were scorned, outcast, and beaten. However, with the popular belief swaying, there is now an acceptance of their kind. Currently, about 7/8 of the population worship one of the twelve, with the remainder the rising belief, or unbelief.
Recently there has been an emergence of new, minor gods. While their powers seem limited in comparison, they are still beyond the understanding of mortals. They call themselves the Chaos Gods, and are said to be the children of the Twelve Gods