“Lyon is a place of belief and mystery, where fact cannot be confirmed or maintained for the lack of documentation as all forms of reading and writing are strictly forbidden. Thus over the many years and generations belief has taken prevalence and has become an essential aspect to everybody’s lives behind The Wall. Believing that no life exists beyond The Wall only beasts and evils roam a non-existent land between their god’s world and their own. These beliefs form the basis of their religion and their culture.”
First and foremost we consider the afterlife, the people of Lyon (of whom identify themselves by no name) believe that after death they return to a place called Thule. Actions throughout a person’s life does not affect the transition into Thule or existence within it. Though much of their beliefs and culture is centred on the worship of their gods the nature of their afterlife does not concern them greatly. However it is believed that a person’s actions greatly effects the ‘Cantia’ (their version of a soul) of their family as it is a strongly held belief that all family members share the same fragments of one Cantia. Birth is viewed as the entrance into the physical world and death its exit, thus there is little emphasis is placed on death.
This is believed to be home and wandering place of The Cantium (the gods), it is where The Karimi is held, a divine council which all of Lyon is ruled from. It is believed that all five members of The Jarð have a direct connection with this unknown and revered sanctity. It is said to be infinite and all welcoming but due to its nature nothing is known of it.
Most Notable Canti (The Cantium)
The structure and system of The Cantium that the people of Lyon worship is complex, the religion typically being a polytheism with a group of primary Canti and supporting lesser Canti. However individuals are welcome to take on individual Canti to support a cause or need in a time of crisis. Interestingly the Canti were uninvolved in the creation theory but were believed to be the first creatures in existence and were directly related to the creation and protection of man.
There Canti can be split into three group, The Novia of which were the first. The Merve, of whom are identified as the second generation and The Orcades who where descended from The Merve.
There are hundreds of gods making up the entirety of their faith but here are the most noteworthy that often crop up:
Representing light and air, he is known for his purity. Many shrines have been built for his worship around Lia. It is said he was born from the darkness of the primordial chaos at the beginning of time and is self-sustaining; like the other nine Canti of his age it is believed he is self-creating and cyclic in his development nature though some believers say his mother was Novius. Despite the debate over this it is important to note that he was second to arrive within the tales after the presence of darkness as much of the primordial beings are believed to control elements within the physical world.
Despite the way in which he is known, El is often known to be a trickster; stealing fire from the Canti to give to man he is thought to be shunned by The Karimi and is punished for his felonies.
Despite his mis-doings he was played an essential role during the war with The Fallen thus earned his place to remain among the Canti within the Thule. He was the first to be accepting of The Isscorans when they sought help from The Karimi and thus has sought place among them that no other member of The Novia has. It is said he is brother to Esse and that they came into existence as a pair despite since being separated. It is said by legend that the very thing that he brought to the humans (fire) will be the thing to destroy him.
Sentenced among to banishment due to his own wicked deeds he wanders the Caelis, where it is believed the punished remain. He is to represent suffering and hatred among the people and was the last of the Canti to come in to existence. Some say that he was involved in the uprising of The Fallen and parts of him exist within their subterranean world but this has been completely debunked by The Jarð.
Attributed as the ancestor of Anarva he is said to despise his own progeny and is known to be a difficult character. Mate of Ritaea he is said to be without shape and without attributes, he was the third Canti. It is said he spends much of his time in hiding. Despite having many many children it is said he is no longer able to breed.
Said to be sister and often associated with El, Esse is known for her relation with the cycle of day and night and symbolizes the eternity in all things. Unlike her brother and companion she holds no shrines nor worship among Lyon due to the stories surrounding her role within The War of The Fallen. It is said she resides among them, living in physical form becoming terrible and un-divine from betraying The Karimi in the pursuit of power and self-gain. Though her character is associated with beauty and grace it is conflicted with vanity and sin.
Siding with The Fallen she killed many of her own kind and was banished from Thule, The Cantium captured her after the events of the war and burned her three times to which she was reborn three times. It was concluded that she was bound to live among The Fallen kind and she was sent to live among them whilst still keeping her divine status of which could not be shaken.
Skilled in the arts of seduction, intelligent and crafty she is also often identified by the golden necklace she wears which has become a symbol within the community of Lyon of respect for The Fallen.
Created in alignment and paired with Albion she is said to be of dark and of silence, with her male counterpart she was the first to come into existence.
Paired with Novius he came forth in silence as the first Canti.
Personified as time in their culture Inari takes an important and unique role, worshiped as the mighty one who watches over both man and gods this figure has no gender or physical attribution.
Said to rule the centre of the Thule it is said that Inari is the root of space itself. It is unknown if Inari belongs among the Canti or not.
It is important to note that Eburum is not actually a Canti and is actually an Isscoran, however he is worshiped as such to bring peace and reconciliation to Lyon as Eburum was responsible for the entirety of The War of The Fallen. Zealous and clever he is feared and hated.
He is known as a deceiver and a liar, thought to feed off man and all living things in every sense. He is brutal and shameless, a murderer and a traitor, adept in tricking those he targets. He is ruler of The Fallen and a fierce fighter, unshakable in battle and ferocious. It is said he chose the entrance of his domain among the Isle of Daeva as all legends say the entry to the lair of The Fallen lies beyond the seas but this remains unknown.
The most prevalent member of The Orcades generation of Canti he heads all of The Cantium assemblies, looked to for encouragement and leadership he is bold and sure of his actions. Leading and fending off The Fallen’s attempts against them as well as many political struggles amongst their own council Anarva has become known as the god of war.
He is the believed ruler of Lyon and is looked upon for guidance and counselling, though he is anything but merciful. Known as harsh and testing for the long arduous condition the people live in sacrifices are made to him for good weather and fortune. His presence is also brought in during criminal trials and legal matters.
Despite his stern nature he is often portrayed as a wise, kindly and paternal deity that is greatly concerned for the state of mankind.
He is notably the child of Parisi of which they have a famously rocky relationship.
Many myths legends surround the Canti making up the ways and beliefs of those who inhabit Lyon. With no official texts to document these beliefs they have become increasingly sparse and interchangeable between the seven regions with Lyon itself, despite this the official word is passed by The Jarð of whom reside in Qüadal.
– Creation Myth
Though the people of Lyon believe their world and universe was born from silence and nothingness there is a huge emphasis on cyclic beliefs, thus they believe that now the universe is in existence it will always be in existence and will continually recreate itself through different cycles. Though they believe the universe had once not been in existence, now it is in existence it always will be.
These are creatures officially considered neither physical nor god; the legends dictating them as the famed and honored servants of The Cantium. They are believed to exist within the Thule but unlike the Canti they are capable of descending into the living world to convey messages, though one has never been seen one is thought they can appear in both physical and non-physical form.
It is said that they came to the Canti when their home descended into chaos long before The Wall were created and man ever lived in a place that was neither physical nor the Thule. Desperate they pleaded with the Canti for help and with no other place to survive the Canti took pity on them, under condition they served every will that took the Canti fancy in payment for survival. With no other choice The Isscorans were forced to accept or face extinction. It is believed these creatures feed of the energy of other living and non-sentient creatures, thus a whole sub-worship of Lyon’s religion has developed in the hope to appeal to The Isscorans and many offerings are made to them in the form of animals and sometimes outlaws to try supplement their appetite.
A sub group descended from The Isscoran’s they have been purged of food and life to the degree where they are savages. Due to their nature they cannot die and are thought to plague the Caelis beyond The Wall and much of Lyon itself in physical form. When a small faction of Isscoran’s began rebelling against the Canti and their own kind within the Thule mass rebellion rippled throughout the Isscoran clans until war erupted. Chaos ensued and spanned out into the physical world until the Canti prevailed and The Fallen were cast from the Thule and thus were labelled as ‘The Fallen’.
They were condemned to punishment for their actions; under the sentence The Wall were built for mans protection.
Nothing is known of how they look or how they survive, the people of Lyon live in constant fear of these legendary creatures.
What Lies Beyond The Wall
So in conclusion, the people of Lyon believe that there is nothing beyond The Wall except the non-physical. For all their existence they have lived in fear of The Fallen which has been a cause for them to form a moral structure in their society, believing these creatures to roam in purgatory beyond the Wall in non-physical form and beneath them physically. Ultimately belief has become an essential element for their state of mind, and those labelled as non-believers are often shunned or even put to death as it causes havoc to their society.