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Ur-Iláni



The Ur-Iláni are the creators of the Shurayu, natives of Ur-Kuríbadnáti, they are immensely powerful genderless beings whose true forms are restless tetrahedron stars whose myriad colors, light, sounds, and smells reduces all those who behold them in their infinite glory to kneebound tears. Due to the impossibility of accurately recreating their divine majesty, they are depicted as large masterfully-made statues of Shurayu. Each of the Ur-Iláni possesses their own pocket-dimension within Ur-Kuríbadnáti which acts as their own personal fiefdom, mirroring their own personality, populated by themselves and the spirits of those who name them Ilu-Mušallimu. Among the mortals there is a group of Shurayu, each chosen by a god during conception to be their Ṣillim, who acts as the ultimate exemplar of their personality and beliefs and their mortal champion. Among the Ur-Iláni there is no leader nor animosity, they are a family of equals and the Shurayu are their precocious children. Their religion is called Illilútu and it’s adherents are called Illilútayu.

Illilútu is the doctrine of beliefs, morals, and commandments set forth by the Ur-Iláni. It is a steadily growing movement that whose beliefs often parallel those of the ŠIPÁR ATRAḪASÍSI, with the most marked differences being it’s far less stringent expectations and almost primal traditions. If the Illilútu and ŠIPÁR ATRAḪASÍSI were parents, the Illilútu would be the soft doting mother and the ŠIPÁR ATRAḪASÍSI would be the harsh disciplinary father. The guidances of the Ur-Iláni have always been known to the Shurayu, but until their return a couple centuries ago, Illilútu was nothing more than an area of academic study and the practice of small cadres of cultists. Nowadays, the Illilútu is a rapidly growing religion, comprising over a third of the Shurayu population, particularly among the Akalútumáyu and those living on the astral frontier. Most Illilútayu are moderate, following both the Illilútu and the ŠIPÁR ATRAḪASÍSI where their teachings overlap, proudly praising their creators and the great father of their nation, however the growth of this faith has nonetheless led to conflict between Illilútayu and Atraḫasayu hardliners, usually only in the form of hateful words, though terrorist acts, especially in the astral frontier are steadily growing more-and-more common.



IŠTAR
GOD OF LOVE AND WAR

EXALT BEAUTY AND LOVE, BE ALWAYS TRUE TO THOSE YOU CARE FOR, AND DESTROY THOSE WHO WOULD HARM THEM. SEEK JUSTICE FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS WHEN WRONGED.

SLAY RAPISTS, CHILD-TOUCHERS, ADULTERERS, AND THOSE WHO KNOWINGLY SPREAD SEXUAL DISEASE WHEREVER THEY CAN BE FOUND, FOR THEY CORRUPT THE SACRED ACT AND MAKE IT PROFANE.

SLAY SOLDIERS WHO PROFANE THE CORPSES OF HONORABLE ENEMIES AND THOSE WHO BRING THEIR BLADES TO THE NECKS OF THE INNOCENT, EXACT HONEST JUSTICE AGAINST THOSE WHO WRONG OTHERS.

Ištar is the fierce and sanguine god of love and war among the Ur-Iláni, it’s symbol is the eight-pointed-star and it’s spheres of influence include: love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, justice, and family. What sets Ištar from it’s kin is it’s janus-demeanor, it’s love aspect known as Ištar-the-White and it’s war-aspect known as Ištar-the-Red.

All well-minded forms of love, familial, romantic, platonic, the love of things, love of oneself, and the creation of beauty are the creations of Ištar-the-White and the expressions of them bring joy to it’s heart.

Martial excellence, ferocity towards the ferocious, honor towards the honorable, mercy towards the innocent, and justice for the wronged are creations of Ištar-the-Red and the expressions of them bring joy to it’s heart.

Sex is Ištar’s gift to the Shurayu. Prescribed as a way for two people to connect themselves and express their love in a visceral and mutually-pleasurable way. Contraception and abortion in any case not life-threatening to the mother is forbidden. Sex is to be done in private and consensually, and for one not of the Šamḫatimú to engage in the act with an unfamiliar person is profane.

Ištar is most often depicted as a red armored statue and a white robed statue with their bodies facing eachother and their hands joined with their faces looking longingly at eachother. It’s large statues stand in the middle of a small circular lake of milk and it’s priests wear lion skin headdresses and long red-and-white robes covered in depictions of lovemaking and battle. The Temple Guardians of Ištar wear dolphin skulls as helmets and wield phallic weapons and clitoral shields.


Temples to Ištar house the Šamḫatimú, a revered group of devotees to Ištar who train in combat and love, who for a trivial fee provide temple-visitors in need with therapeutic services, depending upon what the Šamḫatim deems most appropriate to best help the person in question. This can range from an ear to listen, an intimate conversation, to sex, as they use their bodies as conduits for their god, healing the hurt of those in need with the gifts Ištar has bestowed within their bodies.


Warriors devoted to Ištar carry small idols which when activated transform into portable altars called Ṣulátipaṭírú which grow in size and elaborateness over time as their owners decorate them with the blood, flesh, bones, and weaponry of those felled by their own hand in honorable combat. To adorn such an altar is to adorn a holy icon, bringing great honor to the dead. When they pray to their bloody altars, Warriors of Ištar are given boons proportional to the number of remains decorating the altar, and the power of the former owners of said remains.

Battle, to a warrior dedicated to Ištar is a religious rite; to engage in mortal struggle against another within the honest bounds of a battlefield no matter it's size or nature is righteous and beautiful, and both parties regardless of who triumphs and who dies is beloved by Ištar. They who survives a battle is purified and grows stronger, they who falls is purified and welcomed into Ištar's heavenly domain with open arms. Therefore, to a devotee of Ištar, the act of killing within the setting of war is never considered to be an atrocity or a base act, but an expression of one of the highest and most noble forms of passion and a collaborative religious act that benefits all participants. This is what sets a Warrior of Ištar apart from all others, they fight because to them it is one of their dual purposes in life: to defend the principles of their religion, their community, and their loved ones and fear nothing, for they know that so long as they fulfill their duty and uphold their faith in victory or defeat, survival or death, their beloved patron shall elevate their spirit. To kill in order to fulfill a selfish desire is unconscionable and the unclean act of the unenlightened.

SÎN
GOD OF SECRETS

ENKI
GOD OF WISDOM

ENLIL
GOD OF PRIMAL POWER

DUMUZID
GOD OF TOIL

NABŰ
GOD OF MAGIC

EREŠKIGAL
GOD OF DEATH

(these gods will be fleshed out whenever i feel like it 😎)

Ur-Iláni - The Gods of the Shurayu

Ur-Kuríbadnáti - The Spiritual Plane, home to magic, spirits, the gods, and birthplace of the Shurayu

Ilu-Mušallimu - Tutelary Deity, the God whom a Shurayu pledges themselves to

Ṣillim - A god's avatar upon the mortal plane

Illilútu - Divine Supremacy, the faith of those who worship the Ur-Iláni

Illilútayu - Illilútites, those who adhere to the Illilútu

ŠIPÁR ATRAḪASÍSI - The Tenets of ATRAḪASÍS, guiding principles of the Shurayu

Akalútumáyu - Treefolk, those born from the flesh forests and their descendants

Atraḫasayu - Atrahasian, adherent of the ŠIPÁR ATRAḪASÍSI

Šamḫatimú - Members of a specific religious order dedicated to Ištar who excel in the arts of battle and love

Ṣulátipaṭírú - Battle-Altars, portable altars used by Warriors devoted to Ištar

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