Religion of the One True God

Date: Around 200 BK
The religion of the one true God sweeps throughout the world its message of peace and love. The messenger (prophet) claims to be the one the Deity of the Children of God promised. His message of peace and brotherhood swept across the lands. Several ancient religions are replaced by the religion of the One True God. These include the pantheon of ancient times.

The Chalice of the Savior - In the Church of the One True God, it is written that before the Savior was taken, he shared one last meal with his disciples.
During that meal, he blessed a drinking chalice and its contents and offered it to his disciples stating that by drinking from this cup they would be making a life pact with him and with God his father.
After the Savior rose and returned, His Chalice became a holy icon for it is said to have healing powers over the body, mind, and soul. The Chalice was and is still sought after.
In TK 50, the Chalice was lost to history. Today there are knights, lay people, and clerics alike looking for the Chalice of the Savior.

Hagiography of the Religion of the One True God

Companions of the Savior:

The Close Ones:
Saint Andrew, (30th of Storms, 382nd day of the year)

Brother of Saint Peter, first Companion of the Savior, Patron of Fishermen.

Saint Bartholomew (24th of Light, 270th day of the year)

Saint Mary the Penitent (22nd of Harvest's Beginning, 232nd day of the year)
Washer of the Savior's feet, Writer of the Book of Mary.

Saint Matthew (29th of Harvest's End, 345th day of the year)
Writer of the Book of Matthew, Patron of Bankers

Saint Matthias (14th of Blossoming, 154th day of the year)

Saint Jude (28th of Harvest's End, 344th day of the year)
Cousin of the Savior, The saint of hopeless causes and of lost causes. He was one of the original companions of the Savior, whose writings to converts stated, "If one has faith in God; no cause is lost or hopeless."

Saint James the Just (13th of Awakening, 118th day of the year)
Brother of the Savior

Saint John (34th of Frolic, 209th day of the year)
Writer of the Book of John, Historian.

Saint Peter (18th of Frolic, 193rd day of the year)
The fisher of men, the denier of the Savior, keeper of the Gates of Heaven and the Rock upon which the Church was built.

Saint Philip (3rd of Blossoming, 143rd day of the year)
Writer of the Book of Philip

Saint Thomas (3rd of Harvest's Beginning, 213th day of the year)
Writer of the Book of Thomas, he is famous for his refusal to believe that the Savior had returned until he had touched the wounds of his hands and side.

Saint Simon (18th of Preparing, 53rd day of the year)
Cousin of the Savior, the Merchant.

Joshua Ben Simeon ath Kerioth
Betrayer of the Savior, Questioner of the Companions, and Deceiver of the Faithful.

Other Companions of the Savior:

Saint Andronicus (9th of Harvest's End, 325th day of the year)
Husband of Saint Junia and an early leader in the Church of the One True God

Saint Anthony (9th of Seed's Dawn, 79th day of the year)

Saint Apollonius (11th of Awakening, 116th day of the year)
Was an early follower mentioned several times in the Books of the New Covenant. His special gifts in presenting the doctrine of the Savior made him an important person in the congregation at Corin in Talis after Paul's first visit there.

Saint Barnabas (11th of Frolic, 186th day of the year)
One of the Children of God, he was named Joseph. He sold his property, gave the proceeds to the Companions, who gave him the name Barnabas. He lived in common with the earliest converts to the One True God in the Holy City. He persuaded the community there to accept Saint Paul as a Companion.

Saint Elizabeth (5th of Storms, 357th day of the year)
Mother of the Baptizer, Cousin of the Savior's Mother, and among the first to know of the Savior's impending birth.

Saint Joseph Barsabbas (14th of Harvest's Beginning, 224th day of the year)
In the Book of Actions, he is mentioned as a candidate to replace Joshua and bring the number again to twelve. Since the passage identifies the candidates as "of these men that have companied with us all the time that the Savior went among us, beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us", Joseph was a member of the wider circle of Companions.

Joseph the Merchant
Joseph the Merchant was, according to the Books of the New Covenant, the man who donated his own ready tomb for the burial of the Savior after his death. A native of Tel' Narra, he was a man of wealth, and probably a member of the Council of the Wise of the Children of God. After the Savior had passed forth to the next level, Joseph went to the Tribunal to claim his body for burial since the Savior had no father on this world to do so. The Tribunal, reassured by one of his warriors that the Savior's death had really taken place, allowed Joseph's request. Joseph immediately purchased fine linen and proceeded to take the body down from the cross. There, assisted by Mary and Theodora, he took the body and wrapped it in the linen and sprinkled it with the myrrh and aloes that Theodora had brought. The body was then conveyed to a new tomb that had been hewn for Joseph himself out of a rock in his garden nearby. There he laid it, in the presence of Mary the Penitent, Mary the mother of the Savior, Theodora, and other women, and rolled a great stone to the entrance. He is also said to have taken several of the Companions under his protection when they needed assistance in later years.

Saint Junia (13th of Light, 259th day of the year)
Wife of Saint Andronicus and hailed by Saint Paul as being important to the early communities of the Church, especially in Talis where she is known for having tended to the sick of all nations.

Saint Lazar the Redeemed One, (29th of Harvest's Beginning, 239th day of the year)
Brother to Mary and Martha, this is the friend whom the Savior redeemed from the clutches of death.

Saint Luke the Healer, (18th of Harvest's End, 334th day of the year)
Writer of the Books of Luke and of Actions, Patron of physicians, healers, and surgeons.

Saint Mark (5th of Dawn, 75th day of the year)
Cousin of Saint Barnabas, Writer of the Book of Mark

Saint Martha (29th of Harvest's Beginning, 239th day of the year)
Patron of cooks and hospitality, Sister to Mary the Penitent and Lazar the Redeemed One, she is the one who served.

Saint Paul (19th of Frolic, 194th day of the year)
Writer of the Book of Letters

Saint Silas (13th of Harvest's Beginning, 223rd day of the year)
One of the leaders of the early Church in the Holy City, Silas was sent with Paul and Barnabas to clarify the decisions of the Council of Holy City. When Paul and Barnabas quarreled over Mark, Silas was chosen by Paul to accompany him on his second missionary journey. Silas was beaten and imprisoned with Paul and was involved with Paul in the riots and rejoined him at Corin. Silas is also mentioned as the man through whom Peter communicated with the church at Corin. Tradition also states that he was the first bishop of the One True God at Corin.

Saint Stephen (26th of Frost, 413th day of the year)
Stephen's name means "crown," and he was the first Companion of the Savior to receive the martyr's crown. Stephen was a deacon in the early Church of the One True God. The Companions had found that they needed helpers to look after the care of the widows and the poor. Therefore, they had ordained several deacons of which Stephen is the most famous.

The Monarch is said to have worked many miracles through St. Stephen. Stephen is said to have spoken with such wisdom and grace that many of his hearers became followers of the One True God. Even some of the Horde are said to have been swayed by his fervor and passion. The enemies of the Church were furious to see how successful his preaching was and they laid a plot for him. They could not answer his debate so they got men to lie about him. Stephen faced the assembly of his enemies without fear. He spoke about the Savior and showed that the Savior was the one that the Monarch had promised to send. He scolded his enemies for not having believed in the Savior. At that, they rose up in great anger and he was stoned to death shortly thereafter. However, he did not die until he had beseeched both the Savior and the Monarch to forgive his enemies for their actions.

Saint Theodora the Beloved Student (28th of Awakening, 133 day of the year)
Daughter of Mary the Penitent, She whom the Savior called "Daughter."

Saint Timothy (26th of Slumber, 26th day of the year)
Timothy became Paul's close friend and confidant and joined him on his missionary journeys. According to tradition, he went to Efest, became its first bishop, and was stoned to death there by the Horde when he opposed one of their festivals in honor of their Goddess of War. Part of the Book of Letters is derived from letters written by Paul to Timothy.

Titus Joseph, Historian
Titus' role amongst the direct Companions of the early Church is disputed. However, his remaining works of history, while questioned, have always proven to have a large amount of truth to them. His works help place the Savior and his Companions squarely in the realm of historical fact on the world of Alquennas. He may be disputed and controversial but he remains as one of the earliest corroborations of the Savior's existence aside from the Books of the New Covenant.

Saint Veronica of the Veil (12th of Light, 258th day of the Year)
This woman of Terla wiped the face of the Savior with a veil while he was on the way to his death. According to tradition, the cloth was imprinted with the image of the Savior's face. The veil was subsequently seen in the Holy City in the eighth century TK. Nothing further is known about Veronica, but her relic is still preserved in main Basilica of the Holy City, and the memory of her act of charity is commemorated in the Stations of the Cross.


Saint Gabriel of the Horn (4th of Slumber, 4th day of the year)
The name Gabriel means, "God has shown himself mighty." This angel was the angel who appeared to Zachariah to announce the birth of John the Baptizer. In addition, this angel announced to the mother of the Savior that she would bear a Son who would be conceived of the Holy Spirit and Savior of the world.

Saint Michael of the Sword (4th of Awakening, 109th day of the year)
Saint Michael's name translates to "Who is like to God?" He was the rally cry of the good angels in the battle for heaven. Michael is considered one of the chief princes and leaders of the forces of Heaven. He has been especially honored and invoked as patron and protector by the Church from the time of the Companions of the Savior. Although he is always called "the Archangel," the Kenda Fathers and many others place him over all the angels - as Prince of the Seraphim. St. Michael is the patron of grocers.

Saint Raphael (4th of Harvest's Beginning, 214th day of the year)
St. Raphael is one of several Archangels who stand before the throne of the Monarch. Raphael's name means, "God heals." This identity came about because of the story that claims that Raphael "healed" Alquennas after the damage done causing the appearance of the Wasteland in Azin. Raphael is also identified as the angel who moved the waters of the healing pools near the Holy City. He is also the patron of the blind, of happy meetings, of nurses, of physicians and of travelers.

Saint Uriel (4th of Harvest's End, 320th day of the year)
This angel's name means "Fire of God." This Archangel is believed to have played a role in the rescue of Savior's cousin and his family from the Massacre of the Innocents ordered by the Horde. Uriel is said to have carried the Holy Family into the Ariddia in Terla for their safety. Uriel is also identified as an angel of repentance. He is also said to have been the Angel that checked the doorways of the Children of God in Terla for the proper offering of lamb's blood during the plagues remembered in the Festival of Liberation held by the Children of God. Several sources also hold that he was responsible for the safety of the Ships during the subsequent migration of the Children of God. He is often depicted carrying a book or a papyrus scroll representing wisdom. Uriel is a patron of the Arts. Possibly his highest position is that of an Angel of Presence. Namely, an angel who is allowed to enter the presence of the Monarch.

Later Saints and Martyrs:

Saint Abba of Alquennas (4th of Storms, 391st day of the year)
The patron saint of thieves (reformed hopefully) was born in what is now Talis and stole to survive and care for his dying mother. After his mother passed, he spent 20 years in a cave repenting his sins. When he emerged from the cave, he was 38 years old. He began serving the homeless and distort on the streets of a major city. He began to get a following and in four years had managed to create a shelter for the homeless, providing two meals a day and training to get the homeless work. The government of the empire thought Abba a threat as he spoke of his savior and convinced thousands to convert to the religion of the One True God. The government had Abba put to death. His funeral had thousands attend. His work continues through the Brotherhood of Saint Abba.

Saint Abbot (2nd of Harvest's End, 318th day of the year)
Saint Abbot is the saint of laughter and comedians. He used his gift of laughter to minister to thousands in the great desert ocean known as the Ariddia.

Saint Andrew (30th of Harvest's Beginning, 240th day of the year)
This martyr was said to be a faithful follower of the Companions of the Savior as they travelled during their teachings. Andrew and his fellow believers were arrested several times during the persecutions conducted by the Horde. While some of the followers wavered in their faith under torture, Andrew stood firm. Each time he was arrested, he managed to escape. Andrew is reported to have become a monk, founding a monastery and rebuilding a church. He finally died defending his church against the Horde.

Saint Anne (2nd of Kingdom, 283rd day of the year)
A Widow in Talis mentioned in the Book of Luke as being holy and charitable. She is said to have been gifted as a seeress as well.

Saint Augustus (7th of Harvest's End, 323rd day of the year)
This powerful Talisian bishop and scholar during the sixth century TK was responsible for seeking out and recovering many of the relics of the Martyrs from Terla after the end of the Third War with the Horde. He was instrumental in the first reconstruction of the Holy City in Talis.

Saint Augustine (16th of Frost, 403rd day of the year)
St. Augustine is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they need or wish to break.

Augustine's mother was a follower of the One True God. Very devout she had tried to instill in him a love for both learning and her faith. The love of learning took root. The love of faith did not. Augustine became a student at a local university and fell in with bad company and even worse habits. His mother still supported his studies and cared for him until the day she took gravely ill. When none of his friends would help him take care of the kindly woman who had been their hostess and confidante, he realized where true love and duty lay. He devoted himself to her care but deep in his heart, he grew bitter over his interrupted life. She recovered from the illness but was crippled by it. The two of them had just enough money to be able to either send him back to university or pay a companion to care for his mother while he worked.

Full of bitter sorrow, Augustine flung himself out into the garden of her house and cried out to the Monarch in anguish. Just then, he heard a child singing, "Take up, and read!" Thinking that the Monarch had meant for him to hear those words, Augustine picked up the copy of the Book of the New Covenant that his devout mother had given him and read the first passage he saw. What he read touched him to his very core and from then on, he began a new life. He devoted himself to her care and became committed to charity for the sick and ill. He was baptized, became a priest, then a bishop and a founder of religious orders. He is said to have been one of the greatest saints that ever lived. On the wall of his room, he had the following sentence written in large letters: "Here we do not speak evil of anyone."

Saint Babylas of Aphane (24th of Slumber, 24th day of the year)
This martyred Bishop of Aphane stood up against 500 hands of Horde soldiers and their necromancer user of magick during the Third War with the Horde. The necromancer wanted to use the town's people for his work. The city of Appi had surrendered to the Horde under the agreement that none of the city's inhabitants would be harmed. The Horde necromancer just laughed and began to choose children to take for his work. Babylas could not allow this to happen. He stepped forward and challenged the necromancer. Babylas prayed for the strength to stop the taking of the children. The necromancer attempted to cast a spell upon the Bishop that catastrophically backfired killing the necromancer. Bishop Babylas prayed for the soul of the necromancer in front of all that was gathered. The Horde leader ordered that the Bishop be quartered and then burned.

Saint Benedict (16th of Harvest's Beginning, 226th day of the year)
It is believed that every word written in the Books of the Covenants has come from the Monarch and each has a power all its own. Saint Benedict is said to have been one who knew that power intimately because he took the time to let it work within him.

The young Benedict was sent to the capital of Corbis in Talis to finish his education. At this time, one subject dominated a young nobleman's study - the art of Rhetoric, specifically that of persuasive speaking. To be successful, one did not need to have the best argument or even the truth, but simply be the one who best used rhythm, and eloquence to sway others to his side. This attitude became reflected in the lives of the other students in Corbis as well. They had everything they needed and they spent all their time in the pursuit of pleasure not truth. Benedict watched in horror as vice and deception unraveled the lives and ethics of his companions.

Afraid for his soul, Benedict fled Corbis, renounced up his inheritance, and lived in a small village with his servant. When the Monarch called him beyond this quiet life to even deeper solitude, he went to the mountains of the Range of Thunder in Tel' Narra.

There he lived as a hermit under the direction of another hermit, Roman. After many years of prayer, word of his holiness brought nearby monks to ask for his leadership. He warned them he would be too strict for them, but they insisted and he set up twelve monasteries in Tel' Narra where monks lived in separate communities.

He left these monasteries abruptly when the envious attacks of another hermit caused dissension to well up within his brethren and made him unable to continue providing the spiritual leadership he had promised.

Nevertheless, Benedict was persuaded to try again. This time he founded his monastery by gathered his students into one whole community. The traditions he founded may seem obvious to us but at the time, Benedict's rules for the welfare of his community were new and radical. His beliefs and instructions on religious life were collected in what is now known as the Rule of Benedict and it still guides the monasteries of the Church of the One True God even now after many centuries and many conflicts.

In this simple but powerful Rule, Benedict put what he had learned about the power of speaking and oratorical rhythms at the service of the Monarch's Truth. Benedict chose not to shun rhetoric because it had been used to seduce people to vice; instead, he reformed it. He did not want to lose the power of voice to honor the Monarch simply because others had used it to lead others to depravity. He recognized that the words of the Books of the Covenants needed to surround the believer in holy contemplation in order to lead them to the point where they can bask in the power and the presence of the Monarch and the Savior as relayed in their Word.

In addition to his Rule, one story of Benedict's life in particular provides testament to his holiness: a poor man came to his monastery begging for some oil. Although Benedict commanded that the oil be given to the beggar, his cellarer refused because their supplies were low and the monastery had only a tiny bit of oil left. The cellarer said that if he gave out any oil as alms, there would be none for the monastery. Angered at his follower's lack of faith and mistrust of the Monarch's ability to provide for his children, Benedict knelt down and prayed. As he did so, a bubbling sound came from inside the last oil jar. The monks and the beggar watched in fascination as oil from the Monarch filled the vessel so completely that it overflowed, pushed the cover off the jar, and began cascading out on to the floor.

Saint Bernard (28th of Growth, 168th day of the year)
Bernard of Kenda was probably born in Verdar. He became a priest and spent more than four decades doing missionary work in the Spine of Kenda. He built schools and churches in the diocese but is remembered for two hospices he built to aid lost travelers in the mountain passes named Great Bernard and Little Bernard, after him.

Saint Bridget (1st of Dawn, 71st day of the year)
"I am Bridget of Falda, Daughter of Aerial, and Protector of Falda!"

Saint Cadfan (1st of Storms. 353rd day of the year)
Saint Cadfan was also known as Cadfan the builder. He is known to be responsible for having petitioned for, raised the money, and building over 90 monasteries throughout the realms of Alquennas. The most notable of these are on the continent of Terla, Kenda, and even on the Northern Shield. Several remain open to this day due to the prayer agreement of BK 92.

Saint Catherine (29th of Light, 275th day of the year)
St. Catherine is believed to have been born in Tel' Narra of a noble family. Converted to the Faith of the One True God by a vision, she denounced her king for persecuting followers of that path. Fifty of her converts were burned to death by that king, King Maxen.

Maxen offered Catherine a royal marriage if she would deny the Faith of the One True God. Her refusal landed her in his prison. While in prison, Catherine converted Maxen's pregnant wife and two hundred of his soldiers. When he found out, Maxen had them all put to death.

Catherine was likewise condemned to death. She was put on a spiked wheel, and when the wheel broke, she was beheaded.

Saint Charles ( 2nd of Seed's Dawn, 72nd day of the year)
Saint Charles is the saint of gamblers and those that take great risks. "Like throwing a die, we will let the almighty decide our fate", he is known to have said on many occasions as he and his small band of followers slowed the Horde down during the Third War With the Horde. Thus, he allowed several tens of thousands of people to escape the various Horde invasions. His actions allowed the Holy City and the Holy Father to relocate to safety. Those that throw bones will sometimes call him Saint Charles of the Cursed Dice.

Saint Christopher (35th of Harvest's End, 351st day of the year)
Saint Christopher is the saint of travelers and all that travel in any or all of the realms of Alquennas. He was born on the continent of Terla and is credited to helping the savior's family travel and escape persecution.

Saint Clarke (34th of Light, 244th day of the year)
This humble monk served as a supply clerk in one of the Michaeline chapterhouses. He discovered through diligent work that a false member was betraying the chapterhouse to the Horde. He not only raised the alarm in time, he singlehandedly defeated an Orc Knight to protect the Chapterhouse's archive from being burned.

Saint Conrad of Kenda (26th of Storms, 378th day of the year)
Conrad was born into a noble family. He was the fourth son and was sent to Cathedral University of Terla. He became a wandering priest. During his 80 years of service to God, he is credited for saving thousands from hunger and starvation. He shares the duties as patron saint of the lost and those lost to society.

Saint David (1st of Dawn, 71st day of the year)
According to tradition, St. David was the son of the lord of Southhold. He was ordained a priest. Later, he was involved in missionary work and founded a number of monasteries. David and his monks drank neither wine nor beer - only water - while putting in a full day of heavy manual labor and intense study. Around the year 550, David attended a synod in York. His contributions at the synod are said to have been the major cause for his election as primate. He was reportedly consecrated archbishop by the patriarch of the Holy City. St. David was endowed with substantial qualities of spiritual leadership.

Saint Daniel (16th of Preparing, 51st day of the year)
Daniel visited those condemned to work in the mines of Tel' Narra during Maxen's persecutions, to comfort them. He was captured, tortured, and then beheaded. He is called the Soother for his ability to comfort any injury brought to him.

Saint Demetrius Augustine (18th of Seed's Dawn, 88th day of the year)
Known as the Minister to Madeira, this former Prince of the Nari' entered the priesthood to avoid the military career his father had planned for him. After his ordination, he set out from Corbis on a mission to walk all the way to the eastern shore of Cellenda. As he did so, he mapped a trade route and founded several small towns, way stations, and abbeys. He was one of the major envoys to the Centaur tribes found in Madeira and was a key player in their decision to pledge their fealty to the Crown of Azin.

Saint Dominic (8th of Light, 254th day of the year)
Saint Dominic is the patron saint of education of the masses. He was the oldest son of a farmer and during the Third War with the Horde served in Kenda's elite infantry known as the Ghost Storm Column. After the war, he sought penance for taking life during the war at the Monastery of Saint Matthew in Moshven. There he took vows as a brother, eventually becoming ordained. Nevertheless, his first responsibility at the monastery was to teach noble children how to read and write. Dominic felt that this precious gift should not be limited solely to those of noble birth. Over the years, he spent his free time teaching anyone who wanted to learn to read and write to do so. He began to get a following for his teaching of the written word and used it to preach the writings of the Savior.

Saint Donald (12th of Growth, 152nd day of the year)
All that is recorded of this saint is that he lived in Aurora in the fourth century, that his wife bore him nine daughters, and that on the death of his wife, Donald and his family formed a sort of community who led the religious life under his direction. That community, however, became noted for its production of all manner of fowl. Especially prized are their geese and ducks.

Saint Elizabeth of Luxor (22nd of Harvest's End, 338th day of the year)
Saint Elizabeth of Luxor is the patron saint of Shipwrights. It is said that she gave divine inspiration to the shipwrights of Luxor and Thebes when building the great river craft and ocean going vessels of their times. It is said her last miracle occurred right before her death as mariners used her name in prayer to save their ship from a terrible storm. The ship was saved.

Saint Elizabeth Ann of Azin (4th of Slumber, 4th day of the year)
Born two years before the beginning of the Fourth War with the Horde, Elizabeth grew up in Azinian high society. In spite of her noble background, Elizabeth's early life was simple and often lonely. As she grew older, the Book of Covenants became her instruction, support, and comfort.

At the age of 20, Elizabeth married the wealthy young William Tully, with whom she was deeply in love. The first years of their marriage were happy and prosperous. This was a brief moment of earthly happiness before the many deaths and partings she was to suffer. Within four years of their marriage, William's father died in the Fourth War with the Horde, leaving the young couple in charge of William's seven brothers and sisters. William took up his father's banner and left Elizabeth to run their estate in Central Azin.

After ten years, William's health failed on campaign. He was sent home but was unable to complete the voyage to the family. Elizabeth traveled to his side in Moshven to meet him, care for him, and bring him home. In Moshven, Elizabeth captivated everyone by her own patience, good sense, and wit. Unfortunately, a minor outbreak of Red Fever swept through the city they were in and, while Elizabeth recovered, William succumbed. Even more unfortunately, it was found that his estate had been entailed and now reverted to the main branch of the Tully line, leaving Elizabeth without funds to return to her children. Her sister-in-law took in her children back in Kallon, returning the favor that William and Elizabeth had done her years earlier.

Lost, alone, and desperate, Elizabeth turned to the brothers of Saint Matthew for aid. They welcomed her and she began assisting their teachers until she had earned enough to return home to Azin. The long separations from her dear ones, enforced by death and distance, served to draw Elizabeth's heart to the Monarch. The accepting and embracing of the Monarch's will - "The Will," as she called it - became a keynote in her life.

When she returned home, Elizabeth started a school in Kallon with her sister-in-law, now also widowed. They and two other young women began plans for a Sisterhood. By the time of Mother Elizabeth's death, in addition to their first school, the sisters had established two orphanages and another school. Today six different orders of nuns across Azin trace their origins to Mother Elizabeth's initial foundation.

Saint Emilius ath Largo (15th of Kingdom, 296th day of the year)
Emilius is one of the Martyred saints. Emilius and many other priests were ordered by the occupying Horde forces to renounce their faith or face death. This was the standard practice for the Horde during the Third War with the Horde. Emilius not only refused but also preached while he was being led to his execution. The Horde decided to use the slow impalement on Emilius. As he was placed in the apparatus, he asked the population of Largo to remember him for his words of faith and not his death. The population of Largo remembered his words and revolted against the occupying Horde forces three weeks after Emilius was put to death.

Saint Engelbert (10th of Storms, 362nd day of the year)
Engelbert was the first archbishop of Kallon, born in Corbis to a noble family. He was slain by assassins and venerated as a martyr. He was slain by his cousin, Frederick Douglas, who was stealing funds from the clergy and from the city of Kallon. Engelbert was going to expose Frederick unless he confessed openly.

Saint Eugenia (25th of Frost, 412th day of the year)
She began her life in the service to God while she was in Terla. There she spent many years tending to the sick and wounded. She continued her work in Azin where her companion Melody (a tabby cat) became fast friends with all of the children in the York parish. She is considered the patron saint of tabby cats. She is credited for her power of prayer for healing several children struck by the Red Fever.

Saint Fabian (20th of Slumber, 20th day of the year)
One of the Terlan Martyred saints, Fabian was from one of the branches of the Church of Terla known as the Mystical Body of the Savior. He refused to relinquish his belief in the One True God to have his life saved during the Horde occupation during the Third War with the Horde. Fabian, a layperson, led thousands of Humans, Elves, and Haeflins to safety while preaching the good word.

Saint Facio (22nd day of Preparing, 57th day of the year)
Saint Facio was the Bishop in Lower Kenda during turbulent times. His defense of the faith and the people of Kenda against godless marauders made him legendary in his own times. His final sacrifice to protect the population of the town of Hanover in Kenda against the dark is still taught to students in the orders to this day.

Saint Felix the Defender of the Holy (23rd of Awakening, 128th day of the year)
Saint Felix was the Bishop of the city of Cadeece in the country of the Realm of Sea Fair when the uprising against religion (TK 800) began. Hundreds of clergy of all faiths were put to death by the Death Cult leader's orders. Felix organized the clergy and the flock to protect the borders of the city first, then the country and then finally, after four years, found a way to defeat the Death Cult leader.

Saint Fergus of the Island of Emerald (32nd of Seed's Dawn, 102nd day of the year)
Saint Fergus was born in Erin on the Island of Emerald to a farming family. He received the calling to faith when he was a young child. He began to study all he could about the religion of the One True God at the age of nine. By the age of 14, the darkness had a beachhead on the island and was advancing. Picking up a staff and a bible, Fergus went to defend his family, friends, and loved ones against the dark. It is during his first battle that all recognized that the Almighty had truly blessed this child. With staff in hand, a prayer on his lips, and true faith in his heart, Fergus led the counterstrike against the dark forces. After the battle, one of the Emerald Knights knighted Fergus. His training was extensive in both the knightly arts and in theological matters. He is credited for saving the life of the Pope from assassination and saving the City of Lords from dark forces. During the age of peace, he was appointed champion of the Pope and defender of the faithful. He passed in his sleep, finally able to find peace for himself at last.

Saint Flora (33rd of Kingdom, 314th day of the year)
Saint Flora, or as she was known to many, Flo is the patron saint of the abandoned, converts, single laywomen, and victims of betrayal. She was known for serving those in need and hunger with much needed meals and comfort. She was the daughter of a noble family when their allies betrayed them. She was sold into slavery at the age of 13 as a body slave. She won her freedom with her mind, wit, and understanding of the good book. She entered into the service of the church and, when she was 18, became a sister in the faith. After 80 years of service to the church and the flock, she passed quietly in her sleep.

Saint Georgina of Dresden (26th of Awakening, 131st day of the year)
The story of Georgina begins over 1000 years ago far from her home in the deserts of the continent of Terla. A young woman saved a messenger of the Savior from the Horde. The young woman was Georgina of Dresden, a Squire-at-arms for one of the knights of Dresden. The Horde had cornered a Drake and was going to start their final assault when Georgina came up with an idea to distract the Horde. Her distraction worked and the entire numberless Orcish army turned away from the Drake and began to pursue Georgina's distraction. The Orcs thinking it was another Drake ready for the kill. As the Orcs left, Georgina made her way to the Drake and began free it from the bonds it was placed by the Orcs. The Drake, once free, could defend itself. The Drake took Georgina to safety and, on the way, talked to her about her mission. The Drake was spreading the news about the resurrection of the Savior. The Drake landed Georgina in front of her knight's party and bowed to her. This act of chivalry and honor was enough for the knights gathered to knight Georgina on the spot. Throughout her life, Georgina and the Drake kept in contact and formed a close friendship. The Drake's human name is Caldera.

Saint Helen (17th of Light, 263rd day of the year)
This former queen of Aphane converted to the Faith of the One True God late in life. As a way of giving back to her faith, she used her power and position to personally travel to both Talis and Terla and locate many of the sites of events recounted in the Book of the New Covenant. She is said to have talked her way out of several encounters with Horde Patrols during the Third War with the Horde, managing to escape with her companions and possession intact in each case.

Saint James Falco ath Harborview (3rd of Growth, 143rd day of the year)
Saint James Falco ath Harborview was a carpenter's son who was gifted with the calling to serve and help others at an early age. At the age of 12, he convinced his father and the lord mayor of Harborview to build a sheltering building for those that did not have a home to stay in. He convinced the lord mayor to set aside money and resources to help the people that man forgot, but god will never forget them and those that help them. Saint James Falco learned to play the flute at a young age and on numerous occasions be found playing music for the sick and wounded. He entered the priesthood with his flute and traveled the realms preaching the word of god. He was made Bishop of Harborview when he was 35 years old. He could still be found playing his music to the sick, the poor, and anyone that needed comfort. It is said that the dark sent a hellish beast to quell the people of Harborview on Midsummer's night. Falco answered the roars of the beast with his flute and his faith. The beast never entered the gates of Harborview. In the morning, the remains of a great beast were found dead at the feet of James Falco who was praying a prayer of thanks. James Falco died in office as the Bishop of Harborview at the age of 102. The city had a statue of James Falco sculpted with a flute in one hand and the good book in the other.

Saint John Andrew of Azin (6th of Awakening, 111th day of the year.)
Saint John Andrew the patron saint of engineers is credited with 15 miracles in which his engineering feats saved thousands of people each time. He is credited for holding the dark back in Connortown Kenda and in Kallon Azin. His personal patron saint is Saint Michael. The inspiration is evident in Saint John Andrew's accomplishments and attitude

Saint Margaret of Harborview (20th of Harvest's Beginning, 230th day of the year)
The patron saint of seamstresses and tailors used her ability with needle and thread to pass messages during the Third War with the Horde to the resistance and to spread the word of God which the Horde outlawed during its occupation.

Saint Mary of Ariddia (9th of Awakening, 114th day of the year)
The story of Saint Mary of Ariddia begins near the time of her death in the Ariddia. This was where she lived alone as a hermitess. Saint Abbot encountered her when he was traveling and ministering to those of the Ariddia. When he asked Mary of Ariddia why she lived alone, she told him her life's story. When Mary was 10, she lived in Luxor as a singer and courtesan for 15 years. When at the age of 25 a chance encounter with the icon of the Blessed Virgin had a life altering effect upon her. She was brought to the realization that her life was full of evil and she must change her ways. Mary traveled west of Luxor and into the great Ocean of Sand. There she remained for over 60 years repenting for her evil ways as a youth.
Saint Abbot informed her that when he returned they would talk more. Saint Abbot returned two months later where he found her on her deathbed. He administered last rites and she passed to the next level. Abbot told Mary of Ariddia's story to anyone and everyone. It is sad that the Pope of the era believed that at least one person has made it to heaven and that person would be Mary of Ariddia.

Saint Olivia (10th of Frolic, 185th day of the year)
Olivia was a maiden of the Isle of Emerald. Her parents were killed by the Horde so she entrusted to the guardianship of the local king Ceridian. Although she did not want to marry, the king betrothed her to a nobleman. On the night before the wedding, the nobleman, while lodged at King Ceridian's castle, awoke to the sight of a shaft of light piercing the roof of the royal residence. After rising to see where the light led, he found that it descended into Olivia's room and bathed her face with a "heavenly light" as she slept. This miraculous incident together with another following the wedding persuaded the nobleman and King Ceridian to accede to Olivia's desire to consecrate her virginity to the Monarch. The king told her, "We bestow you in marriage and join you to the Monarch, the spouse of your choice." Olivia became abbess of the convent of Glenbriney. Many miracles were attributed to her. When a worker hired by Olivia to build an oratory silently wished for himself and his co-workers a feast of forty bread loaves with butter, cheese, and milk, he was soon stunned to see this dream meal brought to them. Giggling at the wonder on his face, Olivia said to him, "The thought of your heart is fulfilled, is it not?"

Saint Tabitha (25th day of Kingdom, 306th day of the year)
Widow in Talis who is mentioned in the Book of Actions as one who "was concerned with good deeds and charity." She fell ill, died, and was raised from the dead by St. Peter at the behest of her mother Samantha. Since her return, Tabitha became a visionary and was known for many accurate predictions. Several of her visions saved the lives of fellow villagers during the Third War with the Horde.

Saint Tim (19th of Awakening, 124th day of the year)
Saint Timothy, better known as Saint Timmy or Saint Tim, is the patron saint of alchemists and scientific endeavors. It is said that every time that a scientific endeavor goes wrong there is another Tim to help.