The Æcyr Gréne Campaign 

The Sœcisc Faith

Norsœcisc vs Ænesœcisc Beliefs

In many respects, the Norsœcisc and Ænesœcisc Sects share more than they differ. However, some of their differences are critical to understanding the outlook and attitudes that their followers display.

Norsœcisc Thought

The Norsœcisc Faith, as practiced by the Northern Sœcic tribes - the Normæn, Norn, Narvisc and Navarisc peoples - is predominantly patriarchal. In their Creation story, Sol is the predominant force, guiding Nerþe through the process of creation, and he is sundered in three through his efforts. They see that Þunor and Tir are each individually as powerful as Nerþe, and that Woden is easily as powerful as either Freo or Eostre.

They state that the conflict among the gods is caused due to the rivalries between Tir and Þunor, but that Nerþe abrogated her pre-eminant position when she failed to prevent the arguement - she had but to choses one of them for the debate to be quelled. The Norsœcisc sect places more emphasis on the physical power embodied by the Male gods, their societies tend to mirror this by being almost uniformly patrilineal and patriachal - although they pay considerable respect to Nerþe and the female deities, and women in Norsœcic cultures are principally treated as equals.

Ænesœcisc Thought

The Ænesœcisc Faith, as practiced by the more southerly Sœcic tribes - the Æðeleode, Caranisc, Gœðic, Geramisc and Analisc peoples - is predominantly matriarchal. In their Creation story, Nerþe is the predominant force, guiding Sol through the process of creation, but he is sundered in three through his efforts. They see that Þunor and Tir are cumulatively as powerful as Nerþe, and that Woden is not much more than a student of Freo.

They state that the conflict among the gods is caused due to the arrogance and bickering between Tir and Þunor, but that Nerþe could not prevent the arguement - her love and sorrow at what had occurred meant that she could never chose one over the other. The Ænesœcisc sect places more emphasis on the fertility, empathy, understanding and wisdom power embodied by the female gods, however only the Andalisc are a truely matrilineal and Matriarchal society. The other Ænesœcic cultures, may have odd mixes of patriarchal and matriarchal leanings, but one constant is the respect and equnimity that all members of the society are treated.

Interactions

In general, the two sects can co-exist quite happily. However, in times of conflict, the Norsœcisc sects tend to grow in strength, focusing as they do on the physical, martial and combative aspects of life. In more peaceful times, the Ænesœcisc sects, see an increase in their followers, as the focus on spiritual and physical wellbeing, fertiliy and growth strikes a cord with many.

Organisational Differences

The Sœcisc faith does not possess a structured heirarchy. Consequently, the Sœcisc clergy both guide and are guided by the attitudes of their followers. While most clerics will favour one particular Andgytti, they are well versed in all of the rites, rituals and ceremonies required for all of the Andgytti. Few clerics will attempt to force the people in an area to moe away from the Sect that they follow, even if the cleric would naturally lean the otherway - Sœcisc congregations have abandond their clerics, and had the ceremonies perfomed by the layity when the Cleric has attempted to force a sea-change.