History Main / OneTrueFaith

9th Mar '17 12:23:45 PM BeerBaron
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** Averted in general with the primary religion of most of Tamriel, the religion of the 8 (or 9) Divines, sometimes referred to as the Imperial Cult. It was a compromise religion created by the Alessia, the first empress of Cyrodiil, to appease the different races with different religious beliefs who made up her empire. While the main sect of the religion is based out of the Imperial City in Cyrodiil and is fairly uniform, there are other versions of it in different provinces. For example, the Altmer still refer to Akatosh by his Aldmeri name of Auriel, and have some very different belief about the motive for the creation of the universe. Further, many Nords still refer to the Divines by their ancient Nord names and still hold Shor (aka Lorkhan) as their top god even if the official version of the religion leaves him out.

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** Averted in general with the primary religion of most of Tamriel, the religion of the 8 (or 9) Divines, sometimes referred to as the Imperial Cult. It was a compromise religion created by the Alessia, the first empress of Cyrodiil, to appease the different races with different religious beliefs who made up her empire. While the main sect of the religion is based out of the Imperial City in Cyrodiil and is fairly uniform, there are other versions of it in different provinces. For example, the Altmer still refer to Akatosh by his Aldmeri name of Auriel, and have some very different belief beliefs about the motive for the creation of the universe. Further, many Nords still refer to the Divines by their ancient Nord names and still hold Shor (aka Lorkhan) as their top god even if the official version of the religion leaves him out.


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** The Skaal of Solstheim add another to the mix, with their worship of the "All Maker."
** While some Argonians may convert to the religion of the Divines, their species as a whole tends to worship the Hist, a race of sentient trees native to their Black Marsh homeland.
** The Dark Brotherhood worships Sithis, also known as the "Void" or the primal "[[MindScrew Is Not]]".
9th Mar '17 12:20:54 PM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has the Imperial Cult, the Dunmer Tribunal, the native Ashlander religion, and the Dagoth Ur ReligionOfEvil.
** However, every culture in the game has basically the same creation myth. [[TheRashomon They just interpret it differently]].
** The Ordinators random bark of "Three gods, one true faith" has nothing to do with this trope.
** In other games, it's somewhat closer to Single Religions With Internal Factions -- the Imperial Cult's counterpart(s) is dominant (though there are other cults around -- some important to the plot -- and even more supposed to be around according to the lore even if they're missing from the games themselves), but there is a greater separation between followers of the individual gods of the Nine/Eight.


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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' plays with it in a number of ways depending on the instance.
** Averted in general with the primary religion of most of Tamriel, the religion of the 8 (or 9) Divines, sometimes referred to as the Imperial Cult. It was a compromise religion created by the Alessia, the first empress of Cyrodiil, to appease the different races with different religious beliefs who made up her empire. While the main sect of the religion is based out of the Imperial City in Cyrodiil and is fairly uniform, there are other versions of it in different provinces. For example, the Altmer still refer to Akatosh by his Aldmeri name of Auriel, and have some very different belief about the motive for the creation of the universe. Further, many Nords still refer to the Divines by their ancient Nord names and still hold Shor (aka Lorkhan) as their top god even if the official version of the religion leaves him out.
** That said, every single religion on Tamriel shares a number of consistent elements in their creation stories. It's usually their interpretation of the ''[[TheRashomon motives]]'' of the gods involved that differ.
** For some 4000 years, the Dunmer of Morrowind instead worshiped a trio of [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]] known as the Tribunal, or ALMSIVI, made up of Vivec, Almalexia, and Sotha Sil. The Tribunal Temple was founded which worships them. The friction between the Temple and the Imperial Cult is felt in the main quest of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''. Then Subverted ''within'' the Tribunal Temple. While they present themselves in this fashion and attempt to suppress all dissent, the Dissident Priests and Nerevarine Cult have split off from the mainstream Tribunal worship. When talking to Vivec, he'll reveal that the Temple isn't entirely right, and that the others aren't completely wrong.
** Also Averted when the Dunmer [[NobleSavage Ashlanders]] are considered. They practice ancestor worship (which is still part of Tribunal Temple doctrine, though to a lesser extent,) and also, to a degree, worship (or at least respect) the Daedra. (Particularly Azura, Boethia, Mephala, Sheogorath, Molag Bal, Mehrunes Dagon, and Malacath.) Again, the Daedra are acknowledged by the Tribunal Temple, but are considered subservient to the Tribunal.
** Speaking of the Daedra, they are worshiped (usually individually) by many in Tamriel as an alternative to the Aedric Divines.
31st Dec '16 8:30:31 AM MiddleEighth
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*Played with hard in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached.'' When the four first arrive in Ketafa and talk to Stal, they learn that Ketafa had been settled hundreds of years ago by people fleeing the gods, but that recently the conquering Idris “brought the gods back.” However, Stal is in despair both that the religion is very likely fake and that the people took to it so readily. When the four get sent across the ocean to Baravada, they find that ''real'' gods (the Dalns gods) are present there, and that the Ketafan religion merely incorporated their names among many others... but that the Baravadans have no idea what the words “religion” and “worship” mean, and treat the gods pretty much like employers. Moreover, the Dalns gods are prevented from doing anything in Ketafa because of a curse on that continent. Things get even more complicated when, much later in the book, the four travel to the GhostCity of Ehndris and glimpse crumbling temples and statues which are clearly part of some other, lost religion.
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12th Nov '16 8:21:19 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/HonorHarrington''
** Let's see, we've got the formerly SpaceAmish Church of Humanity Unchained, with its own internal factions, and its extremist splinter The Faithful, the Methodist-descended Third Stellars(which has practically every congregation (Or even every person) being their own faction), along with a 2nd Reformation Catholic Church, a new Judaism faction, and passing mentions of most other current major religions.

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* ''Literature/HonorHarrington''
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''Literature/HonorHarrington'': Let's see, we've got the formerly SpaceAmish Church of Humanity Unchained, with its own internal factions, and its extremist splinter The Faithful, the Methodist-descended Third Stellars(which has practically every congregation (Or even every person) being their own faction), along with a 2nd Reformation Catholic Church, a new Judaism faction, and passing mentions of most other current major religions.religions.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': There are numerous religions worshiping the Heralds of the Almighty. Many see them as gods, or see one as a god while all the others are angels, and so on. The audience knows that the Vorin religion is closest to the truth, but they get a number of things wrong--most notably, they are completely unaware of the fact that [[TheOathbreaker the Heralds gave up their oaths]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere because they were so tired of the endless fighting]].
28th Oct '16 12:33:29 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'': There are so many gods worshiped in many parts of the world, that there's [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFireDeitiesAndReligions a character subpage]] for religion alone. The following religions are most prominently featured and have had major impacts on the plot:

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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'': ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': There are so many gods worshiped in many parts of the world, that there's [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFireDeitiesAndReligions a character subpage]] for religion alone. The following religions are most prominently featured and have had major impacts on the plot:



* ''HisDarkMaterials'', even though TheChurch gets all the attention

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* ''HisDarkMaterials'', ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', even though TheChurch gets all the attention



* In the LeftBehind series during the Tribulation, there's the pantheistic mishmash of all world religions called Enigma Babylon One World Faith as the official one-world religion, but there's also Christianity (as defined by the books' authors and the Tribulation Force characters), Judaism, and Islam (which in the book series ends up being a minority religion), which all become illegal to practice even when Enigma Babylon is replaced by the Luciferian-type state religion of Carpathianism around the midway point of the Tribulation. In the Millennial Kingdom, Christianity becomes the official one-world religion, though dissidents are permitted to practice the beliefs of the Other Light despite the fact that (1) it's totally in error when it comes to believing Satan is going to defeat God and Jesus by the end of the Millennium and (2) [[DeathsHourglass those who remain unbelievers in God and Jesus Christ by the time they reach 100 will instantly die and go to Hell]].
* The ''{{Belgariad}}'' has one for every culture. At the end of the series, however, it's stated that [[spoiler:Eriond]] will eventually be the one god of the world, while the other gods move on to start life on other planets.

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* In the LeftBehind Literature/LeftBehind series during the Tribulation, there's the pantheistic mishmash of all world religions called Enigma Babylon One World Faith as the official one-world religion, but there's also Christianity (as defined by the books' authors and the Tribulation Force characters), Judaism, and Islam (which in the book series ends up being a minority religion), which all become illegal to practice even when Enigma Babylon is replaced by the Luciferian-type state religion of Carpathianism around the midway point of the Tribulation. In the Millennial Kingdom, Christianity becomes the official one-world religion, though dissidents are permitted to practice the beliefs of the Other Light despite the fact that (1) it's totally in error when it comes to believing Satan is going to defeat God and Jesus by the end of the Millennium and (2) [[DeathsHourglass those who remain unbelievers in God and Jesus Christ by the time they reach 100 will instantly die and go to Hell]].
* The ''{{Belgariad}}'' ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' has one for every culture. At the end of the series, however, it's stated that [[spoiler:Eriond]] will eventually be the one god of the world, while the other gods move on to start life on other planets.
18th Sep '16 7:39:04 PM karstovich2
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': In the episode "The Parliment of Dreams" during a cultural exchange week each of the alien races put on some kind of demonstration of their religion. Every alien species only has one religion, but what will the Earth do? Finally it's Earth's turn.
-->'''Cmdr. Sinclair:''' ''shaking hands or bowing or giving the appropriate gesture'' This is Mr. Harris. He's an atheist. Father Cresanti, a Roman Catholic. Mr. Hayakawa, a Zen Buddhist. Mr. Rashid, a Moslem. Mr. Rosenthal, an Orthodox Jew. Running Elk, of the Oglala Sioux faith. Father Papapoulous, a Greek Orthodox. Ogigi-ko, of the Ebo tribe. Machukiak, y Yupik Eskimo. Sawa, of the Jivaro tribe. Isnakuma, a Bantu. Ms. Chang, a Taoist. Mr. Blacksmith, an aborigine. Ms. Yamamoto, a Shinto. Ms. Naijo, a Maori. Mr. Gold, a Hindu. Ms.... ''FadeToBlack''

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': ''Series/BabylonFive'':
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In the first-season episode "The Parliment Parliament of Dreams" during a cultural exchange week each of the alien races put on some kind of demonstration of their religion. Every alien species only has one religion, but what will the Earth do? Finally it's Earth's turn.
-->'''Cmdr.--->'''Cmdr. Sinclair:''' ''shaking hands or bowing or giving the appropriate gesture'' This is Mr. Harris. He's an atheist. Father Cresanti, a Roman Catholic. Mr. Hayakawa, a Zen Buddhist. Mr. Rashid, a Moslem. Mr. Rosenthal, an Orthodox Jew. Running Elk, of the Oglala Sioux faith. Father Papapoulous, a Greek Orthodox. Ogigi-ko, of the Ebo tribe. Machukiak, y Yupik Eskimo. Sawa, of the Jivaro tribe. Isnakuma, a Bantu. Ms. Chang, a Taoist. Mr. Blacksmith, an aborigine. Ms. Yamamoto, a Shinto. Ms. Naijo, a Maori. Mr. Gold, a Hindu. Ms.... ''FadeToBlack''''FadeToBlack''
** That being said, humans aren't the only species to have more than one religion. The Narn in particular are noted to have a number of different faiths, each with their own beliefs and practices, each of which is named for the religion's founder/prophet and has a scripture named "The Book of [Founder's name]." G'Kar, for instance, is a devotee of the faith of G'Quan. In later episodes, [[spoiler:G'Kar himself becomes a "prophet" after he has a spiritual awakening while imprisoned in the B5 brig and decides to write his memoirs/explication of his transformation. He doesn't mean to become a prophet, but eventually Narns begin to follow him, which at first [[StopWorshipingMe frustrates him to no end]]. Eventually, he learns to take it in stride.]]
17th Aug '16 1:52:27 PM BattleMaster
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* In Creator/[[AlanDeanFoster]]'s Humanix Commonwealth setting, there's only one major human and thranx religion- the Church, which is presented as being something of a mishmash of different belief systems. Other species, like [[ScaryDogmaticAliens AAnn]] have their own religions, and Flinx even manages to accidentally trigger the creation of a new cult on a pre-industrial world that he illegally visits.

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* In Creator/[[AlanDeanFoster]]'s Humanix Commonwealth setting, the ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'', there's only one major human and thranx Thranx religion- the Church, which is presented as being something of a mishmash of different belief systems. systems with more of a focus on charity and helping those in need than specific doctrines. Other species, like the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens AAnn]] have their own religions, and Flinx even manages to accidentally trigger the creation of a new cult on a pre-industrial world that he illegally visits.
17th Aug '16 1:48:24 PM BattleMaster
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* In Creator/[[AlanDeanFoster]]'s Humanix Commonwealth setting, there's only one major human and thranx religion- the Church, which is presented as being something of a mishmash of different belief systems. Other species, like [[ScaryDogmaticAliens AAnn]] have their own religions, and Flinx even manages to accidentally trigger the creation of a new cult on a pre-industrial world that he illegally visits.
17th Aug '16 1:35:25 PM BattleMaster
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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' takes place in the future, where humanity has not OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions--the main religions of today still exist in the future, albeit at a lesser extent. (Most notably, party member Ashley is religious; while she never states ''what'' religion specifically she belongs to, it's generally assumed that she's Christian.) The discovery of Prothean ruins on Mars led to a few new human religions starting up. The alien species also have some diversity among their religions; the asari have both monotheistic Goddess (Athame) worship and a pantheistic religion called "siari". While the latter is more widespread, many asari still invoke the Goddess in casual conversation ([[OhMyGods By the Goddess!]]), similar to how atheists will say "oh my God" despite obviously not believing in Him. The drell have a traditional polytheistic religion, but the Thane notes that many young drell are turning away from it, and the Codex says that siari is becoming popular among the drell. Aliens are also adopting alien religions; the codex notes that Confucianism and Zen Buddhism are fairly popular among the turians, and a Cerberus Daily News story mentions businesses which provide dextro-amino kosher food for turians and quarians who have converted to Judaism.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' takes place in the future, where humanity has not OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions--the main religions of today still exist in the future, albeit at a lesser extent. (Most notably, party member Ashley is religious; while she never states ''what'' religion specifically she belongs to, it's generally assumed that she's Christian.) The discovery of Prothean ruins on Mars led to a few new human religions starting up. The alien species also have some diversity among their religions; the asari have both monotheistic Goddess (Athame) worship and a pantheistic religion called "siari". While the latter is more widespread, many asari still invoke the Goddess in casual conversation ([[OhMyGods By the Goddess!]]), similar to how atheists will say "oh my God" despite obviously not believing in Him.one. The drell have a traditional polytheistic religion, but the Thane notes that many young drell are turning away from it, and the Codex says that siari is becoming popular among the drell. The hanar worship the Protheans to the point where it (and being extremely polite {{GrammarNazi}}s) is their [[PlanetofHats hat]]. Aliens are also adopting alien religions; the codex notes that Confucianism and Zen Buddhism are fairly popular among the turians, and a Cerberus Daily News story mentions businesses which provide dextro-amino kosher food for turians and quarians who have converted to Judaism.
12th Aug '16 1:23:09 AM PaulA
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* LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/{{Chalion}} universe has two closely related religions who are bitter rivals, since they disagree about whether one of the five gods is, or isn't, TheDevil.

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* LoisMcMasterBujold's Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/{{Chalion}} universe has two closely related religions who are bitter rivals, since they disagree about whether one of the five gods is, or isn't, TheDevil.
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