The Last Empire
The Free Faith
A monotheistic faith practiced by humans in both the Old World and the New World. The Free Faith is a newer offshoot of The Orthodoxy sharing many of its major aspects but rejecting its formality. The basis of The Free Faith is that God is omnipresent and omnipotent but NOT OMNISCIENT. God is blind to the soul and motivations, he sees only actions and results.
Adherents to The Free Faith believe:
• There is one God: Creator, Gatekeeper of Heaven, Judge of all Mortal Action
• There is a Devil: Master of Hell, Deceiver
• Living beings have an eternal soul that is shaped by worldly deeds
• The Saints worthy of study and praise, but often distract from comprehension of God’s true message
The Free Faith’s trappings include:
• The Deeds of the Saints is the holy book of The Free Faith. An additional mirrored page is added.
• Simple clothing and few possessions
• Small chapels and common churches with few decorations. Godsday services weekly.
• Pastors and preachers with little formal training. The priesthood does NOT see itself as morally superior
The Free Faith observes several Pious Principles
• Neither God nor man can pass judgment on the living
• The greatest sin is to boast. It places self above God.
• The life of the wicked must be preserved so they may make right and see salvation
• Conspicuous consumption is a form of boasting. Anonymous alms are particularly pious.
• Hardship is a blessing from God, an opportunity to endure
• It is possible to reach salvation without acknowledging God (Infidels can go to heaven)
• A pious life is a quiet, generous life
• Introspection reveals the true message of God
The Free Faith was tolerated in Alusia but is particularly popular in Lucene and the other Kingdoms. The loose organization and lax rules make it much more of a commoners’ religion than the top-heavy Orthodoxy.
In New Kels most towns have a pastor. Some pastors have a Kirk. The pastors try to be as little burden on the people as possible, preferring to work quietly to influence their flock to do good on their own. They are often skilled craftsmen who take up the cloth late in life.