The Rise of The Fallen
Those Who Hear
|This is the story of Nyarael the Prophet, who wanders the Three Worlds to give the Song of Stars to those who would hear the beautiful truth. One day he was beset by five knights of the Great Fake Church, who were sent to silence the prophet because their hearts are filled with lies and they could not stand those who speak true things about their false gods. They attacked, and would have slain Nyarael, but the prophet is wise and knows many hidden spells. He opened his Crown of Eyes, and the knights fell still, crying at his beauty. One of them curled into a ball, his mind broken forever by his sorrow. Nyarael fed them the Dreamlily, that they may leave their bodies and travel the Astral Sea. There he met them in his full and true form, and sang for them the song of how all would be at peace were it not for the selfish Nameless One, who screamed and broke reality, then compounded his crime by not letting the void return to stillness but instead made a creation that should not be. One of the knights realized the folly of his life’s work and died of a broken heart. The remaining three cast away their holy symbols, forswore the false gods, and pledged themselves forever to Nyarael. Nyarael returned them to their selves, and gave them gifts of magic. Together they continued down the trail.|
The Harmonious Order of Those Who Hear is a small but worryingly wide-spread cult that has cells all throughout The Three Worlds. They crop up in major cities, isolated hamlets, and occasionally near areas where the influence of The Far Realm is felt.
Their patron is an entity they refer to as The Speaker In Dreams, which is said to whisper to the cult members in their sleep. They talk of harmony, unity, putting aside petty differences to achieve collective gain, and acceptance for those who have been cast aside by their peers. The cult preys on those who have abandonment or self-esteem issues. There is no authoritative text used by Those Who Hear; instead, a musical catechism known as The Song of Stars is memorized by adherents. The verses of The Song of Stars exhort followers to:
- Commune with the Speaker in Dreams, confessing all the wrongs and ills one has committed against their fellow beings, and become filled with its love and the love of all fellow Listeners.
- Work for the good of the fellow members, assisting them with their problems, and expect aid in return.
- Work together with other Listeners to tear down the artificial barriers between all beings, imposed upon them by an uncaring and megalomaniacal creator who was jealous of the perfection of reality and smashed it into chaos before trying to reshape it into his own perfect world.
- Bring the Song to others who might Listen. If one who hears the song resists the message, they should be purged as unworthy.
- Have no doubts about the wisdom of The Speaker in Dreams, and follow its commands without question, secure in the knowledge that the Speaker loves all Listeners and would never lead them astray.
- Bring ruin to the workings of the False Gods, who protect the flawed construct that is Creation and refuse to see how harmonious all would be if all were merged into chaos once more.
Most followers are simply deluded people looking for a place to belong, but more than a few cultists have forged pacts with the Speaker in Dreams, becoming Warlocks with the Star pact. Some who’ve dealt with Those Who Hear claim that a rare few members showed actual divine powers, but this has never been confirmed.
The Song of Stars
Belief: The Song of Stars believes that the world will only be at peace when all has dissolved back into the primordial chaos that existed before Creation.
Goal 1: Grow the cult by preaching a message of harmony that rejects the gods.
Goal 2: Keep cult activities out of the prying eyes of those who worship the False Gods, who only want to keep the strife of creation going.
Goal 3: Research magical rituals that will weaken the sphere that protects Creation from The Far Realm. Find and sing the Nameless One’s true name to undo creation completely.
Rituals: The Song of Stars—a magic hymn that brainwashes cultists to be loyal to the cult. The eating of Dreamlily—a hallucinogen that puts a cultist out of their body. This allows their spirits to commune with The Speaker in Dreams, but also allows their physical form to be possessed. The Call—A ritual summoning that brings forth aberrations from beyond the stars.