Septima, "The Seventh God"
Hadinians believe that God exists as one being, but has incarnated and walked among humanity at various intervals in human history. The greatest of these incarnations of the divine was the seventh incarnation of God, known literally as "Septima".
God, known as "Deus" in Hadin, has incarnated seven times thus far, each time for various purposes.
Title of God's Incarnation
Order of Incarnation
Purpose of Incarnation
To Enlighten Humankind Of The Existence Of God
To Sow The Seeds of Prosperity Unto The Earth
To Teach The Way Of Order Through Submission
To Bless The Faithful With Power And Bring The Light of God To The Darker Corners Of The World
To Purge The Land Of The Wicked By Fire And Steel
To Bring Forth A Homeland For The Faithful
To Embolden The Faithful Through Divine Intervention
The first six times that Deus incarnated into the world were in the ancient days, long before time-keeping began on the Karassian Archipelago. The seventh time that Deus is said to have incarnated was sometime after Hadin's formation as a country (long before Nui-tan, or even Zanzeanic colonization). This seventh time was far more notable as an affirmation by Septima of the six lives before his, and their greater purpose in the work of Deus himself.
Septima's incarnation had many fiery miracles attributed to it, such as resurrecting a child who had died in a fire, calling down lightning on an enemy of the state, and burning holy scripture unto walls with flames that would not readily extinguish. He thus has a lesser known title of "Ignus Dei" ("Flame of God").
His importance to the faith is to combine the teachings of the first six ancient beings, with lesser divine power attributed to them (if any at all, depending on what branch of Septimism you follow) into a workable theology, and do what the other six could not by unilaterally declaring the world of Deus in recorded history.
If you walk up to a Septimist and ask them for one "big idea" from their faith, you are likely to get a variety of answers. The most likely candidates are listed here for you.
The Concept of "Sin" vs "An Ordered Life"
Bibi Albus (colloquially known as the Holy Books)
Traditional, Liberal, and Humanistic Septimism
Definition: Patrizio Halmuth
The vernacular name attributed to the seventh incarnation of Deus when he walked among humanity. Patrizio Halmuth is the most revered and recognized name in Septimist thought, on and off Hadin.
The goal of a Septimist is to live a life free of sin. There are many things that can cause someone to be tainted by sin, such as committing an evil act, or declining to believe in the work of Deus after given an opportunity.
Definition: An Ordered Life
According to Septimist theology, a life free of sin is easiest to attain by living a lifestyle that is acceptable to the tenets of Septimism. How strictly one can adhere to the tenets and not be considered sinful differs from branch to branch (traditional Septimism has far more restrictions than humanistic Septimism). The primary tenets of Septimism, accepted by all three major branches, are faith in God, obedience to authority, and service to one's kinsmen.
Definition: Miles Hoste
Miles Hoste (Hadinian for "the hostile adversary") is the equivalent in Septimism to the Devil in Christianity. Like Deus, Miles Hoste has also incarnated and walked among humanity at several points in human history. Miles Hoste is unique in always having taken the form of a warrior, a king, or some other commander of great power, unlike Deus, who has incarnated in all manner of lifestyles.
Definition: Bibi Albus
"The White Text", also known simply as "The Holy Books". The scriptural text of Septimism, accepted by all major branches of the faith and written by Patrizio Halmuth. Its interpretation, however, varies from branch to branch.
Definition: The Envoyship
The traditional leader of the Septimist church. Recognition varies from branch to branch. Humanistic Septimists do NOT recognize the concept of Envoyship by any means (and for this reason, Humanistic Septimism is illegal in Hadin). Traditional and Liberal Septimists recognize the Envoyship as the spiritual leader of Septimism, with Traditional Septimists going a step further and also acknowledging the Envoyship as the rightful government of the world, and Hadin as one of the world's most legitimate governments.
Definition: Traditional, Liberal, and Humanistic Septimists
The best way to define these concepts is through a comparative table:
Interpretation of Bibi Albus
Spiritual Authority of Envoyship
Governmental Authority of Envoyship
Legal in Hadin/Nui-ta/Zanzes
Literal interpretation of the Holy Texts
Legal in Hadin, Illegal in Nui-ta, Legal in Zanzes
Some, but not total, literal interpretation of the Holy Texts; the brunt of interpretation is metaphorical or allegorical
Illegal in Hadin and Nui-ta; legal in Zanzes
The interpretation of the Bibi Albus is entirely metaphorical; literalism is discouraged.
Illegal in Hadin, Legal in Nui-ta and Zanzes