Cult Relations

Technically, all the Gods of the Empire, or ’Imperial Gods" are allied.

All were recognized by Sigmar himself when the Empire was founded.

However, since before the Empire’s founding there have been rivalries.

Sigmar and Ulric

Rivalry between the cults of Sigmar and Ulric is the strongest dividing force in the pantheon. As Sigmar has replaced Ulric in the role of the “god of the leader” and the “the god of defending the community” conflict between the cults has flared up.

In the extreme, some Ulricans deny Sigmar is a deity or say he only became a god by Ulric’s grace, and in any event never fail to point out that during his life Sigmar worshipped Ulric.

The civil wars of the Time of the Three Emperors were also in many ways the effort of the northern gods including Ulric to halt the progress of Sigmar’s faith towards its dominance in the Empire.

More recently, Ulricans feel threatened as their influence in the Empire has retreated (now being politically strong only in the north). In the northern Empire, Sigmarites are often persecuted by Ulricans who feel that they are “making their last stand”. This in turn leads Sigmarites to agitate for a strong response, many of whom also feel that “final victory is within grasp”.

In the northern provinces, this conflict often expands as other cults fearful of the power of Sigmar’s cult ally with the Ulricans.

These conflicts have flared up in the last two decades. Although officially found to be the action of chaos cultists, the assassination of Grand Theogonist Yorri XV in 2514 is widely believed to have been the work of either radical Ulricans or even radical Sigmarites, in either case outraged at the planned Eimar Accord to end cult conflict and require each cult to deal with extremists in its own ranks. Grand Theogonist Volkmar did go on to sign the Eimar Accord with the Ar Ulric in 2516, though there are constant criticisms it is not being enforced.

Sigmar and Verena

Many Sigmarites regard the domain of imperial law as their exclusive subject. Since all imperial law flows from Sigmar’s law in the view of orthodox Sigmarites all law is ultimately ecclesiastical. The distinction of “Imperial law” and “Sigmarite canon law” is false in this view and really there is “Sigmars law for the clergy and Sigmar’s law for non-clergy”.

All other cults object to this view of Imperial law.

Verenans in particular regard law as an exercise in reason and are often at odds with Sigmarites, who can get very tired of hearing “surely Sigmar being an intelligent and reasonable ruler would have interpreted this to mean…..”

Sigmarites also suspect Verenans of harbouring books and studies best suppressed. Verenans see more value in understanding the foe than do Sigmarites who believe that to seek to “understand Chaos” is to fall prey to its machinations.

The Elder Three and the Southern Gods

The imperial Pantheon incorporates gods of two different regional and cultural sources. Some conflict between these cults remains often manifesting in disputes between village and town, traditional trades and practices over new innovations.

The cults of northern gods of Taal, Ryha and Ulric are often at odds with those of the southern gods of Verena and Myrmidia in particular. Views of urbanization, science and technology and ‘social refinement’ in particular differ between these cults. Shallya‘s displacement of Rhya as the goddess of childbirth and healing is also resented (though it’s hard to whip up much anger against Shallyans).

The Elder Three and Sigmar’s Church

The practices of the cults of the nature gods are often viewed as suspect by city-dwellers and Sigmarites in particular.

Witch Hunters generally suspect witch and chaos cults of disguising themselves as followers of the Horned God and Green Goddess. When followers of the Horned God and Green Goddess go into the woods and dance naked around a bonfire in a fertility rite that looks much the same as some chaos cult celebrating sensual excess.

Cult Relations

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