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The Tidesages are a religious organization based within Stormsong Valley, Kul Tiras, often dubbed "sea-priests" by mainland outsiders. Tidesages act as a guiding hand for the Kul Tiran people, with most members often completing daily tasks of blessing equipment, fishermen, and reading the tides for omens. On a national scale, though, the Tidesages are the primary driving force behind Kul Tiran ship production.
Each and every Kul Tiran vessel is blessed by the Tidesages, with most being constructed in Stormsong Valley as well. Beyond this, Tidesages utilize their various disciples of magic in order to assist Kul Tiran vessels with travel, protect the vessels itself, or restore the health of the people.
Tidesages are renowned for their archives and record keeping, which not only assist the Kul Tiran Navy on the matters of navigation but helps the Tidesages train their new initiates on the various duties and rituals involved. The dominant locations that hold both archives and a powerful presence of these mystical sages include Sagehold, the Shrine of the Storm, and the Stormsong Monastery in Boralus.
The head of the order is considered to be the incumbent patriarch of the Stormsong dynasty, who is termed as the sovereign ruler of the Tidesage order. While their direct involvement in the order varies from ruler to ruler, they generally perform a ceremonial role, leaving general internal matters to the Council of Tides. The current ruler of the order is Lord Brannon Stormsong.
- 1 History
- 2 Duties
- 3 Disciplines
- 4 Ritual Focuses
The order was originally founded 2,700 years ago during the expansion of Arathor by a man referred to historically as the first Lord Stormsong, who is considered to be the first Tidesage of early Kul Tiran history. Stormsong was the first to hear the voice of the Tidemother, receiving visions of a land beyond the sea whom no man had ever crossed before. Gentle and imperceptible to all but him, the Tidemother taught him the power of the seas. Stormsong's powers guided fish and fresh water to the sailors, now masters of the elements, and as Stormsong's powers grew others began to hear the Tidemother. The wind was theirs to command as it powered their sails, and the hulls of their ships became impenetrable to the denizens of the ocean deeps. The sea guided the sailors to a new home, an island that they would call Kul Tiras, and they sent their tidesages to guide others to come to the island as well.
As Kul Tiras grew from a small Gilnean colony into its own respective kingdom, the Faith of the Tides became more central in every-day society, eventually forming the monastic order which survives to this day. As such, Tidesage archives detail stories and legends thousands of years old, many of which are incorporated into oral tradition in sermons and blessings.
The Tidesages witnessed much of Kul Tiras' history, but were not fundamentally affected by the many wars or conflicts as the rest of Tirassian society had, up until the end of Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore's reign.
Coinciding with the defeat of the Legion, the Tidesages of Kul Tiras began a trend of self-isolation, retreating into their cloisters, and not providing an answer as to the location of the then missing Kul Tiran Fleet. This was due to a deep level of corruption amongst the order, headed by Lord Stormsong himself. But, with the intervention of the Alliance and formation of the Kul Tiran loyal Storm’s Wake, Lord Stormsong was defeated, and the Valley was made whole once more. Brother Pike, who recently held the duties of watching over Brennadam, now leads the Storm’s Wake, and is assumed to be Regent over all of Stormsong Valley due to the house’s current ruler, Brennan Stormsong, being too young/inexperienced to rule. The Tidesages have began to rebuild and reclaim Stormsong, stamping out heretics loyal to Stormsong, as well as spreading the Faith of the Tides.
Guiding the People
Tidesages, first and foremost, take on the daily duties of guiding the Kul Tiran people. Since the founding of their
order, Tidesages have been able to assist Kul Tirans in bringing sustenance. They assist fishermen and the like on a daily basis, reading the tides for where bountiful fish swim, and blessing the equipment used in fishing, primarily fishing nets. Tidesages are known to take an oath to protect the people of Kul Tiras as well, just the same as the Infantry. To break this oath is treasonous.
Ship Construction and Blessings
The Tidesages are also responsible for blessing each and every Kul Tiran vessel. The Tidesage order are a major supplement to the Kul Tiran Fleet. Though many of the Rituals responsible for the enchanted strength of the Fleet are kept a secret, their power is undeniable. Brothers and Sisters of the Hull are responsible for ensuring that the Hulls of ships are nigh unbreakable by creatures of the deep. The acolytes and followers of the Wave ensure safe passage through Storms and other weather phenomena while abroad. Lastly, the Disciples of the Wind ensure that Kul Tiran Ships are never caught running in Irons.
The Tidesage Order are shepherds of the afterlife as well, responsible for overseeing the passage of the dead to the Sea. As such, many rituals are performed in reverence to the Tidemother. When a Kul Tiran passes away, Tidesages collect their souls in bells known as Dead Ringers. These Bells collect the dead for later assistance in passage to the afterlife, once the Ritual is performed appropriately. The Souls of the Kul Tiran or adherent Dead are taken by the Tides to the Shrine of Storms. It is here their souls go to rest within the Tides to be used later to empower certain, “secret” Tidesage Rituals. As such, a Kul Tiran never really stops working for his homeland.
There are many unique duties that are found within the Order, each of which is considered to be an esteemed position that is rewarded after much study and practice. Ironhull Sages, as an example, are able to do more than just empower the vessels of the Fleet. They may also enchant their weapons to strike harder against enemies of Kul Tiras, or even strengthen the defensive properties of Kul Tiran Soldiers. Seacallers, the mainstay of the Order often find themselves working together with Captains, Navigators, and Tidemappers to ensure the safest possible routes during voyages. Or even calling upon powerful storms to tip the scales in their favor during naval engagements.
The Tidesage order is separated into three separate disciplines, as such each of them is responsible for a different boon given from worship of the Tidemother. The three different Disciplines are Hull, Wave, and Wind. While a Tidesage may dabble in each of these respective Disciplines, a master of one of them is a true adherent and not to be trifled with. Their knowledge ensures that other Tidesages are never without reference in the respective discipline.
The Order of the Ironhull, as their name suggests, are often responsible for the blessing of Kul Tiran ships. Many of the Brothers and Sisters of the Hull train and study to become Ironhulls. Capable of emboldening their fellow men and women in the Fleet with powerful strikes or defensive armor. The masters of the Hull are also known to be capable of utilizing Runic Magics to bolster man made equipment with the power of the Tides. The Hull Discipline is home to many of the strongest of the Order, as it is considered to be the discipline in which adherents of the Tide Faith consider to be their ‘rock’. The acolytes of the Hull know that a solid center is important to greater enlightenment.
The waves are ever changing, as such, the Seacallers of the Wave must also be capable of swift and expedient deliverance. The Order of the Wave is the bulk of the Tidesage Order. These Sages are responsible for teaching mastery over water, as the name implies. With its healing and offensive capabilities, a Wavecaller is extremely useful on land and at sea. Acolytes of the Wave are also responsible for reading the Tides, and as such, many Tidemappers reside within this Discipline. They are often gifted with the ability to read the ever changing ocean and its whispers, which allows them to make the proper decisions for safe voyage through a treacherous sea. The “Wave” is often respected metaphorically as the passage of time and change, and adherents respect the Waves and how they judge them.
The last Discipline, and certainly not the least, is the Order of the Galecallers. These Tidesages boast a mastery of the wind magic that rivals the powers of Shamans. Capable of calling upon the winds to ensure Kul Tiran vessels are always sailing at full speeds, masters of the gales can even cause the winds to die down around enemy ships, leaving them dead in the water. Moreover, these Tidesages can form cutting blasts of wind that are able to slice through even the most well protected foes. Many Acolytes of the Wind seek to master the Wave as well, to better their ability to govern sailing the Seas. Many Adherents of the Faith pray to the Winds for safe passage or expedient delivery.
A minor discipline of the Faith of the Tides, the Order of the Lighthouse was founded after the Second War as a branch of the Church of the Holy Light seeking to set down roots in Kul Tiras. While the mission was briefly successful, the parishioners soon went native and began blurring the line between Light and Tides. The Church of the Holy Light soon abandoned the endeavor as futile, but the remaining Knights of the Silver Hand in Kul Tiras sought shelter within House Stormsong, who accepted them into their faith. Most disciples of the Lighthouse today are dedicated Tideguards, wielding holy magic in the Tidemother's name. The disciples of the Lighthouse are a solitary bunch, often found guarding and preserving Tidesage shrines and important locations of the faith instead of going out and doing missionary work.
Even with their masteries over the Hull, Wind, and Wave, Tidesages have learned of rituals from the Tides. These Rituals are unique to the Faith of the Tides. Each of them require unique incantations and reagents to create and perform. Despite this, the Tidesages have grown accustomed to the use of three separate tools to assist in not only their rituals, but their respective duties as well. The Tidal Kris, Abyssal Beacon, and Wavecallers Mantle.
The Abyssal Beacon is considered a potent spell focus for Tidesages. Perhaps the most powerful, barring their respective staves. It is used in an almost literal fashion, as a way to shine a light towards darkness. The Abyssal Beacon allows Tidesages to ‘gaze’ deep beneath the Tides to find answers to their questions, as well as to guide their ships. It is often represented as a lighthouse of sort. not only guiding lost dead to the Shrine to rest, but also as a beacon to shepherd the flock in times of need.
The Kris takes a much more physical role, often used to draw blood from a Sage for need in Rituals, but also to carve runes and incantations into rough surfaces. The Kris is often used in rituals that involve cutting the waves to provide passage for Kul Tiran ships. Many people view the Tidal Kris as a symbol for the cutting power of the Tides.
The Wavecallers Mantle is less of an actual religious tool, but more of a practical one when put to use. The Mantle is essentially a holder for ritual scrolls used by the Order. Their incantations, ritual commands, and religious texts are easily put in order to better use them in their duties. Experienced Tidesage archivists may boast several wax seals and scrolls that nearly reach the floor in their writing and archival work.