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The Sœcisc Faith

Overview

The Sœcisc faith is curiously unreligious to Salisian eyes. Sœcisces pray to their gods as and when they want to, or need to, or feel they ought to, and might ignore the gods for days or weeks at a time. They observe no daily rites, and have no special day of the week or time of day set aside for the gods. The Sœcisces use their churches not only for communing with the gods, but also for common revelries and debaucheries. The priests have little authority and can even seem to be superfluous. Lay persons frequently act in the place of a priest, even if a priest is present. More than a few Salisians have suggested that the Sœcisc faith isn’t really a "proper" religion.

The Sœcisces have an equally jaundiced view of Salisianity. They can’t see how so many people can get by with just one god, whose every whim must be eagerly indulged for fear of damnation. Most curious of all, perhaps, is the elaborate clerical hierarchy that stands between the common worshipper and an aloof and distant God. In the Sœcisc mind, the gods are forever active among the people. They walk, invisibly, over the fields, through the woods, even down the streets of the towns. They may reveal themselves, if only fleetingly, to inspire, to chastise, to honour or to gratify. Some of them are given to practical jokes and petty mischiefs, and all have vices as well as virtues. The hand of the gods may be seen everywhere, from a good harvest to a lost shoe.

In Salisianism, God is worshipped, feared and respected, and His worshippers are submissive before Him. With the Sœcisces, the gods are certainly feared and respected, but not worshipped in the Salisian sense. They may be cursed quite openly, even ridiculed (which to a Salisian would constitute irredeemable blasphemy). Sœcisc has a concept of a soul, but not one which may be saved or damned. Distinctions between the sacred and profane are less clear cut than in the other two faiths. A sense of mystery replaces notions of holiness. Salisian ideas of divinity are quite alien to Sœcisces. The Salisian God is believed to take a special interest in the doings of his worshippers; the Sœcisc gods, by contrast, are almost indifferent unless invoked, leading to a Sœcisc mindset that might best be described as optimistic fatalism.