MECHAROK - Celestial Theocracy (OLD) Picture

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"The Shadow of the Skia cometh. All hope is for naught unless we embrace the translucent light of Olgonea. Those who join our cause shalt be sheltered by her Grace, those who oppose her shalt feel the bite of our swords. Sing praise to the Anavasi! May her light shine our way through the darkness!"
-Cardinal Vallis Besmoth, from the Church of Olgonea-

CELESTIAL THEOCRACY OVERVIEW: www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1MphU…
The Theocracy is a union of several alien races who have embraced a single religious cause which makes them thrive to further expand and seek out others to introduce to their blessed faith. They use their advanced technology and wisdom to lure a race, and then they open negotiations. At that point, the contacted race will either join their cause, or be destroyed. The ones who founded the Celestial Theocracy are known as the Aneli, and like the Avos who founded the Demiurge Alliance, the Agiata are psychic by nature, which made many wary of the Celestial Theocracy, and all those who join them.

AGIATA BIOLOGY:
Of all the races that joined the Celestial Theocracy, the Agiata are the most notable because they are the ones who founded it in the first place. They are mammals with lifespans of about 200 years, they have short but silky fur that covers most of their bodies. The fur can be grey, beige, yellow or purely white. Their home planet Katagogi is an arctic wasteland, where most life can only flourish on high mountains, due to the cold winds that whip the lands below. To this reason, the Agiata have evolved to a cold environment, hence the fur. They also have small wet noses which are oddly keen despite their size. They also have large ears which can pivot and adjust without the head or neck having to move, so their hearing is far superior to that of many races, especially Humans. Their eyes however are among the most notable of features, because they can be a variety of colors, including green, blue, yellow, orange, red, violet, silver and copper, and it is not rare for them to have odd-colored eyes (meaning two eyes are of different color). The odd thing about the Agiata is their male-female ratio, and it seems that females of their race outnumber the males by an estimation of 6-1. To Humans, this can be compared to how lion packs work, and it is hinted that the Agiata have feline-related evolutionary origins.

AGIATA HISTORY:
-around 1000BC: The Agiata started to evolve from their original hunter-gatherer tribes and formed feudal kingdoms across the single continent of the planet Katagogi. At times, these feudal states fought one another furiously, while at other times they formed peace and prosperity together. The erratic nature of their civilizations did not help the Agiatarace flourish culturally.
-629AD: A missionary named Iera Postolos began spreading the word of Anavasi, a new religion known as ''the Ascension''. The religion spread like wildfire among some Agiata estates, while others outright denied it. This resulted in the first holy wars of the Aneli, in an attempt to usher in the ''One True Faith''.
-1082: The Anavasi faith spread to all of Katagogi and all Agiata learned to embrace it. Once they were unified, they started to advance their technology in a hasty attempt to learn more about the world around them and the universe beyond. The teachings of their Goddess Olgonea were spread by the Church of Ascension, which gained complete control over all Agiata government.
-1247: The Agiata race has ventured into space and uncovered more about the cosmos than they could have ever dreamed of. They had also discovered several alien species, fledgling compared to them, and began ascending them to their level, asking them in turn to accept the blessed light of the Anavasi, or face retribution. This is why the Celestial Theocracy was formed, to preach about the Anavasi faith to all, and to envelop the Galaxy in holy light.
-1955: The Celestial Theocracy met the Demiurge Alliance by mere coincidence. Negotiations started when the Agiata encountered the Alliance representatives. The Alliance was eager to include the Agiata (who were stable psychic, a rarity) into their fold, but the Celestials on the other hand wished for the members of the Alliance to embrace the Anavasi and force other Protectorates to embrace it as well. This dilemma led to the Alliance breaking off negotiations and proposed to keep a trade alliance instead, but the Celestials would have none of that. The Aneli unleashed their troops in an attempt to expunge the ''unbelievers'' from their territory and several battles ensued between the two factions. Having other matters to tend to, the Alliance decided to leave the Celestial Theocracy alone and pay them no heed. There was also the fact that they technologically uplifted races that have not reached that level in order to add them to their nation, which was prohibited by the Demiurge Alliance. It is to this reason that the two factions refuse to cooperate and genuinely distrust one another, but that did not stop the Agiata from preaching about the Anavasi way to them at every opportunity they got.
-2206: The Celestial Theocracy indoctrinated many races into their fold, but have not met another major power since the Demiurge Alliance, since all other races they met were either primitive or new at the craft of technology. That is, until they met the Borazg Hegemony. When the two met they tried conversing. While the Borazg were polite and held their ground with logical claims, the Agiata still tried to persuade them to embrace the Anavasi and be one with the Theocracy. The Borazg would kept declining their offers and even started to make mocking remarks about the Agiata and their faith (the Borazg being faithless). While the Borazg thought that this was merely harmless teasing, the Agiata were quick to anger and riots started appearing within the lands that border the Hegemony and the Theocracy. The religious zealots tried to beat their belief into the Borazg, while the latter decided to enforce their robotic soldiers to restore peace and force the masses to back down.
-2214: The Celestial riots escalated in intensity and the Borazg robots resorted to using violence and gunning down highly dangerous individuals in hopes of demoralizing the zealots. This only made the Celestial Theocracy roused to wage war, and several fire fights erupted between the mechanical warriors of the Borazg and the holy crusaders of the Agiata. The Demiurge stepped in and halted the fighting, and after much debate and convincing, the Demiurge stood on the Borazg side, and the Celestials were forced to retreat from Hegemony space. Thus, a lingering strife between Broazg and races of the Theocracy began, so the Agiata named this event ''The War on Faith''.
-2316: The Celestial Theocracy was advancing still, now having two major political adversaries who would deny their faith. It is in this year that the members of the Theocracy encountered the Simian Fleets. Unlike the Borazg who used the Simians for their own selfish gains, the races of the Theocracy welcomed the primate nomads into their homes. The Celestials found out it is somewhat easier to negotiate with the Simians and spread seeds of a new faith within their ranks. However the religion of the so called ''Golden Ape'' was still prominent among the Simians, so there were many who resisted reform. The Simians never truly joined the Theocracy, and after doing some trading with resources, technology, as well as knowledge about many worlds within the Furor SIN, in which the Theocracy is rooted, the Simians took their leave and sought out new worlds to mark on their maps. Meanwhile the Celestials were satisfied with what they've got, and the fact that some Simians could be converted to the Anavasi faith proved that there was still hope for them to see the light.
-2441: The Silent Veil, as the Demiurge Alliance named it, was spreading dangerously close to Theocracy space and many worlds started to vanish off radar. The Theocracy saw this as a horrible omen and ordered their crusades to circle around the phenomenon, to avoid whatever evil might lie within. It is because of this that the Theocracy made little progress in the next 400 years when it comes to discovering new planets and alien races to indoctrinate.
-2813: The Celestial Theocracy made a discovery unlike any before, they met with the Human Colonies. The Humans are divided into Colonies, each containing several star systems depending on its power, and each would be its own nation, independent from the others. The Agiata saw this as a challenge, for it was not a single great nation, nor a small race they dealt with, but a splintered organization. They started to choose the Colonies they meet wisely, starting of with the likes of Zeus, Athena and Hermes, while avoiding more aggressive ones like Ares, Pallas and Hades. They began to trade with technology with the Humans, and slowly the Anavasi faith was cultivated in several Colonies. Many planets started raising churches devoted to the praise of the One True Faith, as tribute to the members of the Theocracy for their generous contribution. However, the majority would still deny their truth, and even laugh at them for having an obsession with religion. To this end, several conflicts were made between races of the Theocracy and some Human Colonies.
-2824: After the last survivors on the expedition to discover Earth, the long lost Human home planet, returned to the Hermes Colony, they brought dire news of its demise, and the rise of a new threat. After hearing this, the Agiata started to panic, and seeing as such a powerful enemy was so near, they started to withdraw from Human Colonial Space, to begin fortifying worlds on the edge of the Silent Veil, to defend themselves against this ungodly threat.
-3072: The Human Colony Demeter was destroyed by Terrack, with only a bare few survivors remaining, thus signaling the start of the Terrack Genocide. Once news of this came to the Galaxy, the Celestial Theocracy seized this chance, and send strikes into the Silent Veil, in hopes of making some degree of progress while Terrack was occupied with Humanity, but not a single ship returned to Celestial space.
-3126: The Olympian Coalition was formed again, and they sent out a call to aid against the ravages of Terrack, which went deeper into their space, making many worlds vanishing. The Theocracy hesitated to respond at first, seeing as their own worlds were vanishing as well, but they came to realize that they could not fight alone, and thus they made a decision. They would fight alongside mankind in hopes of discovering more about their shadowy enemy, but few realize how great the might of Terrack truly is.

AGIATA CULTURE:
Within the society of the Celestial Theocracy you can find as many as 40 different alien races. Most of them were originally primitives who did not learn how to travel through space on their own, but instead the Theocracy descended upon their worlds and presented themselves as saints, offering them enlightenment if they accept the blessed light of the Anavasi faith. Others were merely young and inexperienced when it came to space travel and sought the help of the Agiata to aid them in this spectrum, and accepted the Anavasi in turn. When an alien race joins the Celestial Theocracy they sign a Sacred Concordat which binds them to the Church of Olgonea. Races who join are given protection from the Theocracy against those who would harm them, and are accepted as equals to the Agiata, the founders of the Theocracy. Those who refuse to join are usually forced through military power, subjugated and restrained to a limited space, while the Agiata make use of their planets. The subjugated race is forced to re-education, and controlled birth rates, so that they may monitor the growth of that race, and try to convince their youth to embrace the Anavasi. Over generations, the race would be reformed, becoming part of the Theocracy. The Agiata also see the purity in a mortal soul, and see robotic machines as a perversion of that, therefore they shun such technological contraptions, which is another reason for mistrust between them and the Borazg. The way technology works for the Agiata is through neural interface, mixed with other highly advanced science. For example, through a controller and an anti-gravity field projector, they can raise large and heavy materials and move them as they wish, for transportation, maintenance, or even construction. They believe that through manual labor, a person can easily learn of his or her own significance and value, and thus the Celestial Theocracy hesitates to advance their technology from their current level. However, the most notable peace of Agiata ingenuity are the Oracles, space stations placed very near to Hyper Rifts, tears in the fabric of reality that separate the material world from that cascading torrent of alien energies originating from Hyper Space (also known as "the Etherium"). These Oracles are known to harvest and siphon the immaterial energies of the Etherium and place them inside Ether Pools where they are purified and then extracted. The Agiata priests who are in charge of the Oracles use instruments named "lyres" to harvest these energies and then place them inside physical objects, such as power cells (which are integrated into Crusader armor and weaponry). By harvesting this power, the Theocracy becomes far more powerful in military might. However, a Hyper Rift is unstable and is known to collapse, implode or simply dissipate after a period of time, making it very hard to harvest its energies. Another Agiata device worth of note are Rapture Obelisks, which are spires which are placed on top of Theocracy controlled worlds and are fueled by the energies harvested from Oracles. The Rapture Obelisk will influence everything around it and all future generations of people born on that planet will start producing psychic individuals (albeit not as frequently as on planets where that naturally happens).

AGIATA ECONOMY:
The Celestial Theocracy strives to unite the entire galaxy beneath the safety of its wing, and will openly enter in peaceful negotiations with any other race, and will be satisfied with only a trade-alliance, but only shortly. Over time, members of the Theocracy begin spreading the religion of Anavasi and gradually indoctrinate the other race. If talks fail, then it is known for members of the Theocracy to commence with zealous riots, which might even escalate into all-out holy war. It is because of this that many are weary of the Celestials, and this makes it harder to talk with them, which only frustrates them more. Any world that is controlled by the Celestial Theocracy is bound by the Sacred Concordat to pay tribute to the Church of Olgonea. Depending on the world's size, population, natural resources and working conditions, they receive a Tithe, which they must pay on a regular basis. If a world within the Celestial Theocracy is unable, or outright unwilling, to pay their Tithe, then the Church of Olgonea can take action. In the most extreme cases, the entire population is excommunicated from the Theocracy, making them easy prey for any enemy that might be lurking in the darkness of space.

AGIATA RELIGION:
The most important part of Agiata society is the pure zeal they have towards their ''One True Faith'', the Anavasi (or 'Ascension' as it is more formerly called). It is a belief centered around the Goddess Olgonea, a great being of light which spread the dust that formed the stars and sown the seed from which all life grew. She is the observant mother of the Aneli, and all other races who join the Celestial Theocracy. But the Aneli also believe in an evil that lurks in the darkness, the Skia, daemons made of shadows which blight the minds of mortals and turn them to dread and insanity. It is said that Olgonea is trying her best to keep the Skia from entering the mortal world from the Iliakos, the realm of light and shadow, where evil and good battle day after day to decide the faith of the mortal world. They also believe that if good wins, the Goddess Olgonea will come before them and render judgement against the faithless. If evil wins, the Skia will drown the sky and engulf the stars, blotting out all light, leaving behind only darkness and despair. Either way, the Aneli see it as their duty to prepare the Galaxy for the coming of either, and spread the Anavasi, in a desperate attempt to ''save the souls'' of many. This movement is referred to as Aitia (a.k.a. ''the Cause''). Next to the Church of Olgonea, there are many Cults being formed (usually when a new race is annexed into the Theocracy), each with a different ideal that deviates from the main religious body in some way (for example, some Cults claim Olgonea is male, or even a genderless entity). The Cults are left to remain if they aren't harmful, and they allow members of the "true" Anavasi Creed to engage in philosophical arguments with members of the Cults. If a Cult gains enough prominence, its ideas might be integrated into the main Church and the founder of that Cult would be proclaimed a Saint (but these occurrences are extremely rare). Many believe that this religious obsession stems from the fact that the Aneli produce natural psychics, and this made them very superstitious. In truth, the Agiata believe that the more ''psychic energy'' one possesses, the closer they are to the Goddess, and therefore those individuals are greatly respected among the Aneli and the Celestial Theocracy.

AGIATA GOVERNMENT:
Within the Theocracy, it is psychic ability that matters the most, for it is seen as holy power granted to them by their Goddess as a means to spread the Anavasi faith. There is a hierarchy which is made up of what the Agiata consider royalty. These individuals have been selectively breeding to best improve their psychic capabilities and present themselves as living saints that stride among mortal men, weeding out sinners and preaching about the Aitia, the Cause for which they all fight for. The families that produce the most powerful psychics become notable Houses and are revered as royalty. The Agiata still keep their feudal system, and they split their people to:
-Peasants and Serfs: the ones who serve the rest, most of the other species join this group. Although they are technically not slaves, and are permitted to have a bit of freedom, they do not have their own lands.
-Lower Nobility: possess their own territory, and can hire Serfs to serve them, and the Serfs get payed in turn. The Lower Nobility includes both Agiata and some of the other races who have earned their place in the Theocracy.
-Higher Nobility: mostly comprising of Agiata with high psychic capabilities, and very few members of other races get to this level. The Higher Nobility can coordinate Lower Nobility, as well as all the Serfs who serve them.
-Royalty: the highest parts of the Theocracy's Hierarchy, and they are all Agiata. They are great psychics and preachers alike, and it is by their command that crusades are launched, wars waged and laws enforced.
-Sovereign: the absolute leader of the entire Celestial Theocracy, and everyone who praises the Anavasi Faith is at her command. There is only one Sovereign at a time, and all of them have been Agiata females.
*They have a Vassal and Senior relationship. While the Vassal has many obligations towards its Senior, the Senior needs only to protect and support its Vassals. Peasants are Vassals of Lesser Nobility, who are Vassals of Higher Nobility (who can also call their Vassal's Peasants) and they are in turn Vassals to the Royalty (who can command all) and at the very top is the Sovereign (it is said that the entire Theocracy is her Vassal).
Separate from the Hierarchy of nobles and royals is the Church of Olgonea, the primary religious body that exerts its influence to the entire nation. Once an individual takes on the Rite of Sanctimony, they abandon all of their material wealth and lands in order to dedicate their lives to learning and teaching the way of their Goddess. The Church of Olgonea has its own Hierarchy, including titles such as deacons, pastors, vicars, chaplains, bishops, archbishops and cardinals. A Cardinal is the highest ranking member of the Church of Olgonea and only they have the right to elect the ruling Sovereigns.

AGIATA MILITARY:
The Agiata (being the prominent race in the Theocracy) are the only ones who form the Crusades, the fighting arm of the Theocracy, while the other races are free to get some basic training to defend their homes, as a form of Men-At-Arms force that keep watch. The Crusaders are hand picked Agiata who enter the Monasteries of the Anavasi to train themselves in the art of holy war. These Monasteries also act as orphanages and all Agiata who join also receive this training once they are of age. The Monasteries train these individuals to become warriors and preachers alike, fighting those who would oppose the Anavasi and enforcing it when out of combat. The Agiata holy-warriors are known as Crusaders, and they are the blade that strikes at the Heretics who deny the One True Faith.
The Theocracy equips powerful weapons to their Crusaders, such as energy shields that deflect beams and solid objects alike, swords pulsating with disruptive energy that tear through metal, and guns that shoot blazing bursts of light. Some weapons use the bearer's own psychic power (if they have any) and releases it in a violent burst of energy that can rip apart any form of solid matter. The vehicles and aircraft bear great movement capabilities and are described as swift and elegant, but deadly. Their spaceship armada is not that potent on weaponry, for the Agiata prefer to deal with their enemies face to face, but they are the fastest, for they can easily create and use Hyper-Drives, thus becoming highly mobile when it comes to interplanetary expansion.
The Agiata military is divided into ''packs''. Each pack works closely together and cooperate to survive (members of a pack even live together as a family when out of combat). The packs move independently from one another, and each has its own goal to accomplish. This makes it hard to keep track and predict the movements and progression of Agiata Crusaders on the field. They end up stripping the enemy bare of it's defenses, and then striking where they are weakest. But it is not tactics, or weapons or power that makes the Celestial Theocracy strong, it is the blind faith and righteous zeal which inspires them that makes the Crusaders a deadly adversary to face against.

AGIATATRIVIA:
-Agiata derives from the Greek word "άγιος" which means "Saint", hinting towards their relation to the divine.
-"Anavasi" derives from the Greek word "ανάβαση" which means "Ascension".
-"Aitia" derives from the Greek word "αιτία" which means "Cause".
-"Skia" derives from the Greek word "σκιά" which means "Shadow".
-"Iliakos" derives from the Greek word "ηλιακή" which means "Solar".
-"Katagogi" derives form the Greek word "καταγωγή" which means "Origin".
-Olgonea derives from the Greek word "ουρανός" which means "Sky" but is also the name of a Greek God (Primordial Deity) who ruled the sky (his name is also pronounced "Uranus").
-Lyres are string instruments known for their use in Greek classical antiquity. They are often associated with the Greek God Apollo.
-The idea of a race where the females are dominant and do most of the fighting derives from the Amazons, a race of women warriors from Greek mythology.

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