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  • Ecclesiarchy

    h2. The Ecclesiarchy The Ecclesiarchy (or simply "the Church") is the major human faith on Nova. Its clergy are known as the "white priests" for the color of their distinctive baroque vestments. h4. The God-Emperor The Ecclesiarchy's deity has …

  • Magic

    h2. Witchcraft and Magic Most Novans have an unshakeable belief in the supernatural. This belief extends not only to the [[Daemons | daemons]] that the [[Ecclesiarchy | white priests]] warn of, but also to human practitioners of the supernatural. …

  • Mutants

    h2. Mutants Mutants are human beings whose bodies differ in any way from the accepted norm. They are feared and despised across Nova, as the [[Ecclesiarchy]] teaches that corruption of the body draws the soul from the God-Emperor's Imperium. h4. …

  • Superstitions

    h2. Superstition Novan culture is intensely [[Ecclesiarchy | religious]], but it is not generally learned or well-read. As a result, Novans hold to a wealth of beliefs that may not be true Church doctrine, as well as outright superstitions. h4. …

  • Daemons

    h2. Daemons Daemons are malevolent spirits that inhabit the Empyrean. Dread creatures of legend, daemons are the worst of the evils warned against by the [[Ecclesiarchy]]. h4. Nature The Empyrean is the insanity-inducing, identity-obliviating, …

  • Heretics

    h2. Heretics Heretics are Novans who have, wittingly or unwittingly, forsaken the Emperor's light. h4. Definition of Heresy The [[Ecclesiarchy]] is surprisingly tolerant in its definition of heresy. By longstanding tradition, heresy is defined …

  • Saints

    h2. Saints Saints are an important facet of religion on Nova for both [[Ecclesiarchy | white]] and [[Mechanicus | red priests]]. h4. Definition and Theological Significance Although each church on Nova recognizes its own list of saints, both use …

  • Prayers

    h3. Prayers Both the [[Ecclesiarchy]] and [[Mechanicus]] promulgate a large number of standardized prayers. Even Novans without a special religious bent are likely to know at least a dozen prayers by heart. These are used as approved methods of …

  • Aliens

    h2. Aliens Aliens are sentient non-human life. Unlike [[Mutants | mutants]], the alien is utterly separate from the sacred human form, rather than a corruption of it - a human being can give birth to a mutant, and even vice versa, but humans and …

  • Angels

    h2. Angels In Novan mythology, angels are servants of the Emperor, dispatched to perform His will in the mortal realm. h4. Nature and Physical Characteristics All Novans agree, from the most ignorant [[Estates | serf]] to the most learned [[ …

  • Valon Sarqhardt

    Valon Sarqhardt was born Valon Sarker 58 years ago to criminally poor serfs and sometimes foragers who moved across Vaar lands. They had no permanent home and resorted to poaching or smuggling when farmwork and odd jobs were not enough to make ends meet. …

  • Xanders Darren

    Xanders has lived a comfortable, largely predictable life. He has expected to become a priest since he was seven years old, and his family connections ensured that he became a preacher by the age of twenty. Though he has lived through no less than seven …

  • St. Veronica Invicta

    Clerics disagree as to when Saint Veronica lived. Ancillary details that would help to place her in history differ among legends, such as the name of the [[Lords | king or lord]] of [[House Darhel]] during her lifetime. Most stories place her during the …

  • St. Sanguinus

    Sanguinus lived during the [[Time | Age of Brass]], a dark time when [[Daemons | daemons]] walked the earth. He was born a [[magic | witch]] and a [[Mutants | mutant]], the son of [[Heretics | heretic]] witches who used their fell powers for divination. …

  • Sebastian Thor

    Sebastian Thor lived during the [[Time | Age of Gold]], as all agree, though his legends touch but lightly on the seven great heroes of that age. Like the founders of the great [[Houses]], St. Thor's origins are rarely spoken of. He appears (seemingly …

  • St. Abner

    St. Abner is universally agreed to have lived during the [[Time | Age of Silver]]; indeed, the _Book of Abner_ is often colloquially known as the _Book of Silver_. The foremost [[Knights | knight]] of his age, Abner was probably [[House Felicin | Felicin …