Literature of Lazarianism

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The [[Lazarianism | Church of Lazarian]] has several '''important texts''' that contain the history, teachings and laws of the faith.
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The [[Lazarian Orkanan | United Lazarian Congregations of Auresia]] have several '''important texts''' that contain the history, teachings and laws of the faith.
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==Immaculate Text==
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Over the several years during which the Five Immaculate Aspects appeared to the Prophets and passed on their teachings, the men who spread this message recorded them on scrolls which they kept protected during their travels.  As time went on, the number of scrolls rose considerably, and eventually scribes began to collect them for copying into a single tome.  These were grouped under the name of the Aspect that had passed them on, and numbered from there.
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==Letters of Germonique==
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Remembered as the Patron Lady of Lazarianism, Saint Germonique was one of only two women among the ranks of the Prophets and one of the very first people called to that high honor.  She was a student of the Father, and as such was a voice for the tenets of law, discipline and establishing the traditions of the Church.  The writings and recollections of people she traveled with or influenced remember her as a matronly figure of wit and will, and she is remembered as a staunch proponent of the Church.  She also had one of the longest ministries of any of the Prophets, traveling the lands of Anaria for nearly fifty years.
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As the Lazarianite faith spread, Saint Germonique wrote numerous letters to several established chapels, including Lutant, Creslee and even the precursor to Bellucente, which was known as Bellafont.  The letters were instructions on forming a new chapel, on selecting almoners, as well as cautions on the temptations of vice, excess and abusing their leadership roles in the community.  Each letter, aimed at a specific chapel or group, played a vital role in establishing the structure and purpose of the Church, and the writings influence its teachings even to modern time.
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While the majority of the Letters were intended as instruction for growing chapels, at least two of them were written as warnings to regional leaders who had demonstrated open hostility towards the spreading faith of Lazarianism.
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* '''Letter to Lutant'''
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Letter written in reply to concerns among faithful in Lutant as they were preparing to construct one of the first full-scale chapels in the region.  Her advice helped to choose the man who would become the curate of the city, and likewise provided them guidance for reaching out to those in the community.  This letter is said to be one of the main guides by which the Church practices its traditions of ministry through mercy.
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* '''Letter to Creslee'''
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Penned prior to the harvest festivities of the year, Germonique wrote this letter to detail how the Church could celebrate the holiday and how to go about holding up thanks for their bounty, ministering to the hungry and remembering the sacrifices which their toil costs, this letter was one that preached on the divine mission of the Church to maintain an air of thankfulness and humility to the Maker for not simply the blessings of harvest, but for blessings throughout the year.
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* '''Letter to Bellafont'''
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This letter was written to a colleague of Germonique, another of the Prophets, by which it is believed that the Prophetess shows her gentler side.  She speaks of the Prophet Orpha, who was a student of the Warrior, and of the challenge of bringing a new faith into a land that is inherently suspicious.  Due to hearing of reports of such talk among faithful, she likewise joined hand-in-hand with Orpha in opposing antinomianism.
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* '''Letter to Primm'''
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Also known as the Testimonial of Germonique, the Letter to Primm, which is where the Prophetess was born, speaks of her youth and young adulthood, and how she was changed by her first encounter with the Father, and her discovery of purpose.  She gave support to those who felt lost or without purpose among the newly faithful.  Likewise, she spoke against the institution of slavery and the risk among younger Lazarianites to feel a need for vengeance against those who were abusive towards them.
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* '''Letter to the Prelates'''
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Written and circulated among the prelates near the time of her death, it was a stern reminder of the importance of their work, an encouragement to remain faithful, and a caution to be wary of temptations and sin.  It also reiterated the qualifications by which a young man could consider himself for entry to seminary and becoming clergy.
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* '''Letter to the Elders of the Ironhold'''
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Ironhold was an old fortress near the southwestern border of the Empire that would remain a bastion of paganism for centuries.  For quite some time, it was its own independent enclave that even the three kingdoms wanted nothing to do with.  Germonique wrote the city and spoke against their rituals of sacrifice and demonism, saying that what they had built would be "undone by the claws of a great lion, spurred on by righteous fury, come to blot out their wickedness".  Mocked by the Ironholders, Germonique nevertheless visited the city in secret four years later, meeting with the small enclave of Lazarianites that lived in the outskirts.
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The fortress would endure, fiercely independent, until being overrun by the troops of [[Cephorus I | Emperor Cephorus Maximus]] in his second year of rule in response to reports of kidnappings and disappearances that forced the Dynast Father to close the southwestern border.  For several days, artillery and siege engineers pounded the fortress and shattered its eastern defenses.  When captured, the leaders of the citadel refused to submit.  With over a hundred Auresians freed from captivity intended for ritualistic killings, Cephorus had the leaders put to death and razed the city to the ground.
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* '''Letter to the King of Onara'''
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One of the smaller precursors to Auresia, later absorbed into the Emther state that would eventually help to form the new Empire, Onara was a prosperous nation but one where no one religion was protected by law or mandate.  As such, the less common faiths were regularly persecuted and abused by mocking disbelievers and rabble-rousers.  Admonishing the monarch for allowing the persecution of Lazarianites and having them publicly tortured, Germonique spoke ominously of his failure to stop such injustices.  When he replied with vicious threats to her own safety should she ever enter his lands, she warned him to stop his persecutions.  In a prophetic moment, she said that "Anathema itself will give you blood to drink".  Three days later, at least fifty were forcibly removed from a countryside village and executed, with the bodies piled up and burned.  A month later he was found by his wife, on the evening of his birthday when he was to attend a feast in his honor, slumped in his chair in his private rooms with his beard dripping with blood, but no visible signs of injury or attack.  Terrified, the queen fled north towards her native Karsk land, spreading the tale of the Lazarianite god visiting his wrath upon those who abuse his faithful.  No one was ever implicated in the act.  To this day, the burial site of that particular king has never been uncovered, as no official records of its location seem to exist or to have survived the passage of the years.
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