Library :: The Cult of D'Sere
By Altorn D'Sere
The D'Serian Sect of Horvrit, familiarly
known as the Cult of D'Sere, stretches back many generations into the history of
Turien. While the exact founding date is unknown, Turien lore and records from
the Sect suggest that it is one of the most ancient fellowships adhering to the
Pantheon of Zelaryk. The Sect was founded by D'Sere Gevaris, a cleric of ancient
Turien. It is said that in D'Sere's era, conflict and unlawfulness ruled the
streets of the city, with many of the city's knights being corrupt. Despite his
own relative poverty, D'Sere used his knowledge and skills to heal all those who
came to him, and share what he had with any who needed it.
It is said that as D'Sere strength and skill grew, his reputation for altruism
became more widely known, and it came that there was not an hour of the day
where the weak, injured, or hungry were at his door, begging alms or healing or
food from the cleric. Yet he turned no one away and gave freely of what he had
and what he knew. A night came when an injured man came to his door, said to be
blind of eye and without one of his arms. The man had heard of D'Sere's
generosity and asked what bread the man could spare to feed he who could not
support himself. D'Sere gave what he had, but when his pantry was bare, the man
still claimed hunger. Incensed by this lack, the beggar demanded that his arm
and sight be restored, that he may make his own living, since none would be
spared for his hunger.
Though he tried, the means of restoring limbs and sight had either been lost or
yet undiscovered in D'Sere's time. When he sorrowfully told the beggar that he
could do nothing for such ailments, the beggar raged at him and, it is said,
clubbed him over the head to knock him out. When D'Sere awoke, his house had
been looted quite bare. D'Sere was embittered by this act and, renouncing his
previously timid existence, began something of a crusade. Invoking the name
Horvrit, he began meting out his own lawfulness where the Turien Knights had
failed to do so.
His means and methods are unclear, having been distorted by legend and oral
tradition, but as he began what was dubbed 'The Cleansing,' he gained support of
likeminded, often clergy or former knights who had been ousted by the current
regime. D'Sere, it is said, welcomed these lawful men and women to his side, and
granted them his trust, love, and livelihood openly, provided they returned in
kind. Legend tells that Horvrit Himself looked upon D'Sere and granted him a
Sight, that he might tell whether or not these men and women were true to the
Law and Balance, but the veracity of this claim is uncertain.
Months passed and D'Sere Gevaris' influence in the city grew. The newly born
Sect eventually toppled the corrupt and hedonistic ruling families. There was a
public outcry for D'Sere to appointed Governor of Turien, but he declined,
opting instead to sit at the head of the council that eventually restored order
and appointed new governing parties to the city and its outlying areas.
D'Sere and the Sect, now numbering around 300, withdrew from the public eye,
tacitly exerting itself when needed through the justice courts or law
enforcement, both of which employed a fair number of D'Serians. The Sect instead
focused on increasing their knowledge, paying obeisance to Horvrit, and
practicing open, giving, and loving relationships as their own homage to the
love of Kyelai and Horvrit. The Sect also took over the stewardship of the
Turien Grand Library, which had fallen into disarray during the Unkempt Age.
Years wore on and numerous children were born into the Sect, who were now in
residence in something of an estatial commune just beyond the premises of the
Library. These children were raised by the entire Sect, without such
distinctions as 'Mother' or 'Father' and were taught in the ways of Horvrit, the
Law, and the Balance.
In more recent generations, things are much the same. The Sect still resides in
its exemplary estate by the Library with members numbering around six or seven
hundred. Children born into the sect are raised as scholars and adepts of
whatever profession or field they choose. At fourteen, D'Serians name
themselves, most often for a prominent historical figure in their chosen area of
study, while every D'Serian takes 'D'Sere' as their surname. Young members of
the Sect are encouraged to travel and study abroad to enhance their knowledge
and their aptitude for their chosen profession, though almost without exception
they will still settle on the estate with the beloved members of the Sect once
they are satisfied with their research.
Though the Sect is significantly more recluse, it still maintains an open
membership and, whether a lasting gift from Horvrit as legend suggests or the
result of many generations of unparalleled research, they have a way of
determining who is true to the Law and Balance and who is not.