This world is seas and steppes and deserts without end. It is bounded only by the earth and the sky.
The new church says that the Exile did not want to accept anything given, but to make something for himself. Thus he left heaven and crafted a world of his own. It was a poor imitation of his Father's work, a mundane place of death and suffering. We are trapped in hell, and the Exile is our jailer. The church worships the Father, and teaches its members to accept the gifts given by their superiors. If we prove ourselves worthy, we can escape the cycle of reincarnation that traps us and transmigrate into heaven.
The old cults say that the exile was one of seven Children, one for each of the seven virtues: ambition, brinkmanship, defiance, creativity, insight, grace, and reciprocity. They killed their Father, dooming heaven, and created this world as a refuge. Each Child has its cult, and if you please them, they will give you a pleasing rebirth.
The apostates say that the Exile still walks the world, guiding
his children towards greater heights. They do not believe transmigration
to heaven is possible, but that we can help Him succeed and create a
world to rival heaven. The apostates teach that it is best to be
self-sufficient and a gifts only if they cannot make it themselves.
All agree on one point. This world is Hell.
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