The Cult of the Black Sun
All over the Wildlands, the Cult of the Black Sun spreads like black ink on a blank parchment. Its fanatical priests preach the arrival of a new Prophet, the Word of the One, and the advent of his dogma. By the blades of his Priest-Soldiers, the Cult prepares the Wildlands to the return of the Black Sun.
The Cult is getting the people ready for the arrival of the New Prophet, described as “the son of the One God incarnated in the Wildlands to guide them, by the Faith and by the Words of the One, in the Sacred Darkness of the Sun.”
For the cultists, the sun is the “Eye of the One”. When men and women are finally worthy of the trust of the One, only then will the One God close his eye, and the sun will become black, and mankind will find the way to the creator, in the comfort of the “Primordial Darkness and the Holy Trust”.
The Cult is native to the Empire. Its original temple stands on the Cradle, the mountain overseeing Lux, the imperial capital. From this spiritual epicenter, the Cult extends within the Empire and beyond its borders. Its priests travel through the most remote roads of the Wildlands.
The Avhorean power still resists the influence of the Cult, but the dark pilgrims are becoming more and more numerous, engaging citizens in the streets of gray stones. Taerhonis, the queen of Sabaah, has pledged allegiance to the One God and encouraged the conversion of her people, while in the south of Babel, in the city of Uruk, Commander Khep still opposes the doctrine of the Cult.
In all major cities, the Cult spreads its reach by interfering with the spheres of power and politics, using financial manipulation and intimidation.
But in the countryside, the Cult is much more brutal and hides nothing about its authoritarian and brutal tactics. It is becoming common to discover corpses displayed at crossroads, impaled and offered to the vultures. The Cult exposes the bodies of the infidels, or those who resist Him, by leaving them to die in the open, a black sun symbol etched in their rotting flesh.
The Chosen Ones are considered enemies of the One God and the Cult is actively tracking them. Any form of magic performed by anyone else than a priest of the Black Sun is considered heretical. This includes the use of Shards, and the individuals who build any type of link with the Old Gods.