Class: Philosophy & Religion
Before one can understand the schools of Remiges, one must understand its practices. The practices have existed outside of the context of the schools for enough time that they are considered both separate and dependent. The first of the two practices is meditation, which is undertaken to prepare the soul and mind for not only life, but any abilities a ket may develop. The second practice is the observation of the Gate Days. There are at least two, one for the past and present each, and some kets observe a third for the present. These days have a series of specific meditations as well as what few faith-based ceremonies exist as a part of Remiges.
After the practices are understood, one can come to the question that is at the core of Remiges as a philosophy, and splits the schools of thought. As told in the Kel, Haket relayed Sham’ayn’s prohibitions on dealing with the future to Niu. The second ket could see through the gateway to the future, but other kets with this ability have limited glimpses of some combination of place, time, and occurrence. Since much of this information is incomplete, the schools have diverged over time with their own answers to the question of what to do with knowledge of the future.
Orographism is a school that is often incorporated simultaneously with other schools of Remiges by kets as its tenets are not mutually exclusive with other schools. This school holds central the preparation of the soul and focuses mainly on prescribing specific meditations in order to achieve the desired results of future- or past-sight. Orographism posits there are a limited or perhaps even only one path to achieving such a soul, and that every aspect of a ket must align to an ideal or predetermined method or structure.
Crepusculism is a philosophy that seeks to go beyond the knowledge gained from abilities given by the Winged One, and to some kets is seen as an attempt to be more like the Poria. Kets who follow this school are sometimes referred to as Gatewatchers, as one of their main ideas is that should the Deep and the original two/three gates be found, they must be entered in order to attribute validity to their visions.
Cirrusism is a moral rejection of traditional ket life and practices, a refusal to go to the Undergrowth through the mist. The school is believed to originate from Niu’s tribe, though it has spread across Vale Reef since their disappearance but is still a school that claims a minority of kets. There is a claim among cirrusist historians that their refusal has historical precedent.
Nacreousism and Noctilucism are related schools in that Nacreousists makes certain claims about reality and Noctilucists work to reject and disprove those claims. In Nacreousism the Deep is nothing more than an allegory and did not physically exist, whether on Astran or somewhere within Golden Deep. To go further, they claim that because of this foundation to ket understanding of the universe is not real, Nacreousists claim that no one can be sure what, if anything, physically exists. Additionally, visions of either the past or future are simply projections of the desires of the soul. Because they feel real enough to be perceived as reality, kets must question if what they know to believe as reality actually is. Simply put, Noctilucists believe all of these claims to be false and seek to disprove them.