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The Blood of Vol
The Blood of Vol is a predominantly human religion that worships no god or deity but instead is centered on the belief of Divinity Within; which means that the Blood of Vol does not revere any deity but the blood that courses though their own veins. Only by embracing the potential power of their blood may they avoid Dolurrh’s gray wasteland and live in an afterlife crafted by the individuals own abilities, a place of eternal happiness.
Followers of the Blood of Vol call themselves Seekers and come from all walks of life, though Seekers are predominantly human. Seekers do not believe in divine beings; rather they seek the divinity within themselves believing in the life and godliness that flows through blood itself. The Blood of Vol tends to appeal to those who wish to improve themselves and those who are driven due to the faiths focus on the individual’s inner-self. Some followers join the religion because they believe that the concept of a god is unfathomable. Unfortunately the faith is incredibly appealing to death fetishists, necromancers and seekers of immortality.
While the followers of The Blood of Vol are often distrusted by members of other faiths because of rumors that they worship the dead, the members are not evil. This is widely misunderstood due to the fact that the teachings are dark and driven. Members of The Blood of Vol follow these exhortations:
- Believe in yourself: “As the blood is the power, and the blood flows through me, the power is mine.”
- Work to improve yourself and your capabilities. A complete understanding of divinity within opens the door to immortality.
- Meet with others of The Blood of Vol to share in the power of each other’s blood.
Those of The Blood of Vol are entranced by the meaning of blood, both literal and figurative, as well as heredity. To them, blood is the source of power and the divine, and only through understanding that power is within and not without or through an illusionary otherworldly power can one focus on day-to-day activities and self-improve and ultimately obtain immortality. For if one is strong enough, he may be able to master the source of life and abilities that come from within him and his blood.
The Blood of Vol are most common in Karrnath, but have followers in almost every nation in Khorvaire. In Thrane the Blood of Vol is technically permitted, but followers are so badly persecuted and harassed that the few followers there do so in great secrecy.