On the Worship of Tyrak
The teachings of the worshippers of Tyrak are built around can be summed up by a simple turn of phrase: “good thoughts, good words, good deeds.” While seemingly simple, this concept is based in the core concepts of the teachings of Tyrak. First among these teachings is that all mortals must actively partake in and choose to live a disciplined and righteous life to keep chaos, evil and lies at bay. That said, Tyrakians do not believe that morality can be forced on others, but instead each person must choose how they are to live, and if they choose not to follow the proper way they fail in their duty to Tyrak. The prescripts and teachings of Tyrakians are called the “Eternal Law”, and they hold that the world benefits if societies were structured to Eternal Law. The Eternal Law not only concerns morality and deeds, but also in how mortals interact with one another, all Tyrakians are called to treat others with respect and maintain social structures so long as the structures themselves are not evil or founded on lies.
As is expected, fire is a central part of Tyrakian worship. Most formal prayers to the god are given before an open flame, and most temples attempt to maintain an Eternal Flame. That said, their temples are generally unassuming and nondescript, a tradition dating back hundreds of years, and a practice which enabled many of the smaller Temples to initially avoid being destroyed by the Inquisitions. The holiest of Eternal Flames are said to have been made from fires granted by Tyrak himself. A common part of personal worship involved the smearing of pure white ash from the Eternal Flames on the forehead and over the closed eyes of the worship, to purify their minds and shield their eyes from deception.
The Faith of Tyrak has a hierarchical structure based on seniority and calling. There are two main callings of a Tyrakian: the Flamebearers and the Flamewardens. The Flamebearers are usually Paladins and Clerics who have been called to go out into the world to spread the teachings of Tyrak and defend society and the people against evil. Flamewardens are those who defend the temples and keep the Eternal Flames and teach the faithful of Tyrak the Eternal Law. The senior most of these orders are known as Phoenixes, elder followers of the Tyrak who have completed all the trials of the faith and are ready to move on.
On Relationships to Other Faiths:
Before being banned, the faith of Tyrak had close relations with both the Faithful of Tharon and Ineania. Both Tharon and Tyrak were seen as martial deities who supported and protected warriors and upheld ideals of chivalry, while both Ineania and Tyrak were gods of purity and purification. While banned, a close kinship grew between the followers Rel and Tyrak, as both were banned and persecuted, though their methods and attitudes towards authority were quite different. The period of banning broke down many of the ties between the faithful of Tharon and Tyrak, as the Tharonites did not do much to aid the oppression; however, the faithful of Ineania, especially the Plowmen, often aided them when they could, and so the friendship between the two continued.
Traditionally Tyrakians have been strongly opposed to all the followers of all the evil deities, but most often clashed with the followers of Lochwar for what they see as a perversion of Eternal Law from a method of building up a righteous society into tyranny, and for their emphasis on lies and deceptions compared to the Tyrakian belief in truth. Culnulites and Colothians were also often opposed due to their role as corrupters.
submitted by Peregrinus