Remiges

Remiges
(reh-mih-jehs)

General Information

EstablishedHoly TextLeaderNotable Denominations
UnknownThe KelDecentralizedGatewatchers, Cirrus

Though it is the de facto belief for Kettlah, Remiges can be broadly applied. At its core, Remiges stems from the choices made by Niu and Haket concerning what to do over the knowledge of the future. As seen in writings on ket philosophy such as Questions of Why?, some kets are able to have visions of the future, and these visions are usually disseminated across tribes so that many know. But then, what is to do with this knowledge? Haket passed on Sham’ayn’s prohibitions to Niu in that any steps taken to prepare for the future—either to make it more or less likely—could alter the vision. Yet, the knowledge inherently changes a mortal.

The practice of Remiges for kets is coming to terms with the philosophical questions that arise from this. Many view it as preferable to live life as normally as possible following any knowledge of the future and if it comes to be, it will come to be. Visions of the future are often incomplete, featuring time information but not location, or vice versa so kets are left to figure out whether arriving at the where or when and waiting for the other is preferable to happening upon the right place at the right time.

History

While the practices and beliefs can be traced to the first celebration of the Gate of the Past in 192 B.T., it was not until kets achieved widespread interstellar travel and the teachings of Haket and the first five kets coalesced into the Kel that these disparate systems became known as Remiges. More akin to a philosophy than religion, belief is still required of the first kets as well as Haket, which by default all kets are assumed to possess. As the Kel is entirely recounted from centuries of telepathic traditions before the kets first writing systems were invented and the original locations of the Gates have yet to be found, belief is inherently required.

The practices stem from the abilities of kets to commune with those who have passed, reach the memories of ancestors of other living creatures, and at time see glimpses of the future. A core teaching from the wise is that in order to access any of these abilities, ones soul must be ready and prepared, which is achieved by consistent meditation. Using the abilities should also lead to consistent meditation, as a ket grapples with what they have seen.

Common Practices

The most widely practiced observance is the meditation, a state similar to sleep where a majority of the body shuts down to leave the brain and spirit functioning in their fullest capacity. It usually takes decades to master the meditation, and is often being honed by the time a ket returns to their tribe as early as their 60s. The state of meditation is a goal for all kets, and rare few are able to achieve visions of the future in this state. Kets who are able to relive ancestral memories of mortals they encounter enter a similar state to use the ability. Most kets who achieve a true state of meditation will slightly levitate, though it is uncommon to be more than a few centimeters off the ground.

It can be at times difficult to distinguish ket culture from Remiges, as the two are deeply intertwined. However, the study of kets raised elsewhere in non-ket cultures offers some insight.

Central Beliefs

Central to all kets regardless of ability, is the notion of observing the Gate Days—specifically the first and second, though many posit a third exist. These days invite all kets who can to make a pilgrimage to their birthplace if born in Vale Reef, their otherwise nearest gate, or if unable for some reason to travel to find a hill for isolation. One does not need to spend all day at a gate—or where ever they find themselves—but meditation is required. On these days a special meditation calls for looking backwards (for the first day) and recounting the past and all of its good and bad to seek lessons, and forwards (on the second day) to prepare oneself for the good and bad, and open oneself to the lessons yet to be learned. For some who celebrate the third day, they look to the present in an attempt of grounding—to be mindful of those around them and mentally and emotionally present.

Denominations

As all kets are assumed to be practitioners of the Remiges beliefs and non-kets do not share the beliefs or abilities, there is no word for those who do or do not ascribe to the system. However like many other religions, there are divisions or denominations between kets over disagreements that largely stem from different interpretations of the Kel and in some cases disagreements over the legitimacy of entire sections.

The largest denomination that can be seen as separate from the inherent or orthodox beliefs are those who believe that the birthplace or the deep was an allegory or otherwise metaphorical for the space in which Haket and Aster created the first kets. A subset of this group believe that the deep was on Astran and the peaks of the deep that the first kets left by reaching were actually the gates across Vale Reef that Haket had built, as they predate known ket architectural styles.

Those in the Cirro denomination believe that going under the mist for food or other activity under the mist is against Haket’s will. This belief seems to stem from Niu’s descendants as a tribe and race, who were said to be unwilling to return to the mist for fear of returning to the deep. It is unknown if their disappearance was a result of eating nutrient deficient food for generations or other effects, but the belief has pockets of acceptance across Vale Reef.

The Gatewatchers are a denomination that at the core believes the birthplace or the deep should be sought out. The many scientific societies and institutions of higher learning across Vale Reef find themselves heavily populated by Gatewatchers. Most of the expeditions across Golden Deep looking for the valley containing the gateways have been carried out by these kets. A vocal minority also believes that those kets who find the gates should attempt to go through them for the purpose of expanding the kets knowledge on the workings of Haket’s magic.