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[center][img]https://i.imgur.com/5IrfjU4.png[/img][/center] [center][color=#A5E32D][size=5]/// The Church of Leafianity[/size] [/color] [color= #C3996F]"...for we are but her children hatched into this world destined to make our own path." -Spring 10.41 [/color] [/center] [right][size=2]Current modern rendition of the CoL Symbol was created by Artist [url=http://flightrising.com/main.php?p=lair&tab=userpage&id=188421]Hexephra[/url].
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/// The Church of Leafianity

"...for we are but her children
hatched into this world
destined to make our own path."

-Spring 10.41





Current modern rendition
of the CoL Symbol was
created by Artist Hexephra.
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[img]https://i.imgur.com/ofxNeXY.png[/img] [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myjd1MnZx5Y]xxx[/url] In the earliest of beginnings, right after the birth of Gladekeeper herself, the land was in chaos. Fear, strife, discord, and bloodshed defined itself in the ravaged lands of Sornieth as the legendary gods fought for power. Gladekeeper was not exempt from this, this was the age ruled by the shade, of violent instinct untempered by the roots of maturity. Locked in an endless war with her fellow sister Plaguebringer, she succumbed to her wounds the same moment her sister did, plunging the lands into an unknowable state of neither life or death--where nothing grew nor died, as the floral and fauna stayed suspended in time. And yet war continued. Gladekeeper found a place of rest, far removed from our mortal plane. It is then, she laid bleeding out, her great branches ruined and decaying, leaves long torn off, that she used the last of her strength breathing life into the first of her children. They were unlike the dragonkind of today, not so much dragons as ideas with corporal bodies, but they tended to her as she healed over the many moons until she was well again. Her first children, known as the Gladekeeps, assumed dragon forms and became her first followers; it is said then that this was when she adopted the name of Glademother. During the time of healing, Glademother lived through countless lives, as trees, as prey, as predators, as dragons, as gods. It is through these lives that she amassed her knowledge of the world and shared it with the Gladekeeps, knowledge that permeated the very fabric of life, distilled from the smallest blade of grass to the mightiest warrior. All the wisdom that the Gladekeeps have learned through Glademother were then written down and condensed into the very first rendition of Glademother's Words, so that future generations may learn from the mistakes Glademother has made in the hopes of making this life a better one. [center][img]https://i.imgur.com/kPHpKwB.png[/img][/center] [right][size=2]Displayed above is the 7th Edition of Glademother's Words. Binding done by Artist [url=http://flightrising.com/main.php?p=lair&tab=userpage&id=11739]SunDragon[/url].[/size] [/right] The book itself has gone through many revisions, adapting the difficult to understood days of early draconian language into a modern translation. The values held within have not changed, barring the more archaic of traditions ((hatching burning was considered a product of its time following the 3rd revision by Sir Leafington the V)). Copies of the untranslated text is now only commonly used by scholars and historians. [right][img]https://i.imgur.com/viRbaHu.png[/img][/right]
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In the earliest of beginnings, right after the birth of Gladekeeper herself, the land was in chaos. Fear, strife, discord, and bloodshed defined itself in the ravaged lands of Sornieth as the legendary gods fought for power.

Gladekeeper was not exempt from this, this was the age ruled by the shade, of violent instinct untempered by the roots of maturity.

Locked in an endless war with her fellow sister Plaguebringer, she succumbed to her wounds the same moment her sister did, plunging the lands into an unknowable state of neither life or death--where nothing grew nor died, as the floral and fauna stayed suspended in time.

And yet war continued.

Gladekeeper found a place of rest, far removed from our mortal plane.

It is then, she laid bleeding out, her great branches ruined and decaying, leaves long torn off, that she used the last of her strength breathing life into the first of her children.

They were unlike the dragonkind of today, not so much dragons as ideas with corporal bodies, but they tended to her as she healed over the many moons until she was well again.

Her first children, known as the Gladekeeps, assumed dragon forms and became her first followers; it is said then that this was when she adopted the name of Glademother.

During the time of healing, Glademother lived through countless lives, as trees, as prey, as predators, as dragons, as gods. It is through these lives that she amassed her knowledge of the world and shared it with the Gladekeeps, knowledge that permeated the very fabric of life, distilled from the smallest blade of grass to the mightiest warrior.

All the wisdom that the Gladekeeps have learned through Glademother were then written down and condensed into the very first rendition of Glademother's Words, so that future generations may learn from the mistakes Glademother has made in the hopes of making this life a better one.


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Displayed above is the
7th Edition of Glademother's Words.
Binding done by Artist SunDragon.


The book itself has gone through many revisions, adapting the difficult to understood days of early draconian language into a modern translation. The values held within have not changed, barring the more archaic of traditions ((hatching burning was considered a product of its time following the 3rd revision by Sir Leafington the V)). Copies of the untranslated text is now only commonly used by scholars and historians.

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[img]https://i.imgur.com/NABpsso.png[/img] Every member of the Church of Leafianity should strive to be a dragon worthy of respect and kindness. Morality and the idea of good has been addressed in Glademother's Words using the metaphor of "seeds". A summarized modern excerpt has been provided below. [columns] [img]https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/359181063680950284/359429270625583105/leafy_thing_2_sparklez_edition.png[/img] [nextcol] All dragons are born with two seeds within their soul: the seed of entropy and the seed of peace. One deals in chaos and sin, the other in stability and love. As a dragon matures into adulthood, their actions dictate which seed flourishes and when it comes time to present themselves at the doors of death, whether it be from disease, age, or battle-- the level of growth they have achieved will determine what role Glademother shall give. Dragons with flourishing Seeds of Peace will find themselves in a heavenly land filled with luscious life and drink, serving as Glademother's guards. Dragons with flourishing Seeds of Entropy will instead suffer, destined to a forever life of misery and pain walking through the Unknowable Mists, never to see the light of day ever again. Alas, walking the path of life is never such black and white, with its many reversions and twisting paths that blend everything in a multitude of grey. Only does oneself understand when a seed has grown, no one can make that judgement, even Glademother herself. What grows Peace and what grows Entropy is still a heavily debated concept in modern times. [nextcol] [img]https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/359181063680950284/359428863333498883/leafy_thing_1_sparklez_edition.png[/img] [/columns] [right][size=2]Stylized rendition of the seed of entropy and seed of peace as found in the 2nd edition of Gladekeeper's Words by Artist [url=http://flightrising.com/main.php?p=lair&tab=userpage&id=330060]Pepis[/url]. [/size] [/right] As the seeds are a very personal subject for many members of the Church, the judging of others' seeds have been seen as socially impolite at its worst. It is important to note that outside the 17 Leaves of Joy, there is no written record of what acts are attributed to Entrophy and Peace-- the closest interpretation we have is a quote found in Spring 20.7, "There are acts of love and there are acts of hate, and even Glademother herself cannot tell you which is what, you must follow what you believe; all she asks is that you do no harm to other breaths of life." Scholars have wondered if perhaps the pages that did depict acts of Entrophy and Peace were done away with in earlier times in order to avoid strife and arguementaion that would lead to discrimination and banishment. Today the Church of Leafianity has taken a stance on the Concept of Seeds of Entrophy and Peace in an offically worded statement: "The Seeds of Entrophy and Peace have long been a tradition in The Church of Leafianity. But like the very seasons that comes and go and the creatures and beasts that live within them, we must be adaptable. We will not tolerate those who use Glademother's words to hurt and cause strife." Modern science and magic have revealed that there are spells that are able to imped a seed within a dragon's flesh and draw energy from said flesh, but nothing that physically shows evidence of a seeds found in newly hatched dragons. Nonetheless, every young dragon born under the care of The Church of Leafianity is offered an opportunity to attend a ceremony when they reach 12 moons of age where they receive two seeds to represent entropy and peace. Both seeds would be planted and when sprouted, planted in the Church's forest. [right][img]https://i.imgur.com/gZ9xoSr.png[/img][/right]
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Every member of the Church of Leafianity should strive to be a dragon worthy of respect and kindness. Morality and the idea of good has been addressed in Glademother's Words using the metaphor of "seeds". A summarized modern excerpt has been provided below.
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All dragons are born with two seeds within their soul: the seed of entropy and the seed of peace. One deals in chaos and sin, the other in stability and love. As a dragon matures into adulthood, their actions dictate which seed flourishes and when it comes time to present themselves at the doors of death, whether it be from disease, age, or battle-- the level of growth they have achieved will determine what role Glademother shall give.

Dragons with flourishing Seeds of Peace will find themselves in a heavenly land filled with luscious life and drink, serving as Glademother's guards.

Dragons with flourishing Seeds of Entropy will instead suffer, destined to a forever life of misery and pain walking through the Unknowable Mists, never to see the light of day ever again.

Alas, walking the path of life is never such black and white, with its many reversions and twisting paths that blend everything in a multitude of grey. Only does oneself understand when a seed has grown, no one can make that judgement, even Glademother herself. What grows Peace and what grows Entropy is still a heavily debated concept in modern times.
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Stylized rendition of the
seed of entropy and seed of peace
as found in the 2nd edition of
Gladekeeper's Words by Artist Pepis.

As the seeds are a very personal subject for many members of the Church, the judging of others' seeds have been seen as socially impolite at its worst. It is important to note that outside the 17 Leaves of Joy, there is no written record of what acts are attributed to Entrophy and Peace-- the closest interpretation we have is a quote found in Spring 20.7, "There are acts of love and there are acts of hate, and even Glademother herself cannot tell you which is what, you must follow what you believe; all she asks is that you do no harm to other breaths of life."

Scholars have wondered if perhaps the pages that did depict acts of Entrophy and Peace were done away with in earlier times in order to avoid strife and arguementaion that would lead to discrimination and banishment.

Today the Church of Leafianity has taken a stance on the Concept of Seeds of Entrophy and Peace in an offically worded statement:

"The Seeds of Entrophy and Peace have long been a tradition in The Church of Leafianity. But like the very seasons that comes and go and the creatures and beasts that live within them, we must be adaptable. We will not tolerate those who use Glademother's words to hurt and cause strife."

Modern science and magic have revealed that there are spells that are able to imped a seed within a dragon's flesh and draw energy from said flesh, but nothing that physically shows evidence of a seeds found in newly hatched dragons. Nonetheless, every young dragon born under the care of The Church of Leafianity is offered an opportunity to attend a ceremony when they reach 12 moons of age where they receive two seeds to represent entropy and peace. Both seeds would be planted and when sprouted, planted in the Church's forest.

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[img]https://i.imgur.com/IR6tIbX.png[/img] Located in Nature's Embrace, a territory between the Everbloom Gardens and The Gladeveins, the [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlgjtKPtpT8]main church house[/url] is an aged wooden structure hidden among the many branches and leaves, almost engulfed by the fauna around it. A river that carries water from the tallest mountains of Behemoth Peaks imbues the soil around the area with Glademother's magicks. Large wooden doors, able of easily fitting the biggest of Imperials are opened every evening for the Reading of the Day. Once inside, dragon's are bathed in the warm light emanating from floating candles; they may then find their seat among the many nests that dot around the main speaking foyer, for every dragon is seen as equal in Glademother's eyes. Translations are available in the main draconian languages, as well as interpreters for dragons who have hearing difficulties. The timing of the Reading is traditionally done just as the sun reaches the apex of the stained glass portrait done of Glademother-- an art piece created by two of the very first followers who converted from the Land of Fire and Light. [center] [url=http://msmeridianskies.tumblr.com/post/107278026245/okay-so-the-first-dragon-picture-was-well][img]https://i.imgur.com/2Jg4ZFp.png[/img][/url][/center] [right][img]https://i.imgur.com/FhyDbTh.png[/img][/right]
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Located in Nature's Embrace, a territory between the Everbloom Gardens and The Gladeveins, the main church house is an aged wooden structure hidden among the many branches and leaves, almost engulfed by the fauna around it. A river that carries water from the tallest mountains of Behemoth Peaks imbues the soil around the area with Glademother's magicks.

Large wooden doors, able of easily fitting the biggest of Imperials are opened every evening for the Reading of the Day. Once inside, dragon's are bathed in the warm light emanating from floating candles; they may then find their seat among the many nests that dot around the main speaking foyer, for every dragon is seen as equal in Glademother's eyes. Translations are available in the main draconian languages, as well as interpreters for dragons who have hearing difficulties.

The timing of the Reading is traditionally done just as the sun reaches the apex of the stained glass portrait done of Glademother-- an art piece created by two of the very first followers who converted from the Land of Fire and Light.


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[img]https://i.imgur.com/PDBgb2t.png[/img] The Church of Leafianity is currently led by [url=http://flightrising.com/main.php?p=lair&id=102246&tab=dragon&did=6947275]SirSynthesis [/url] and his mate [url=http://flightrising.com/main.php?p=lair&id=102246&tab=dragon&did=6947276]LadyAutumn [/url] after the previous leader, SirFallenLeaves, passed of old age. Unpopular to some for his more radical new leadership style and focus on dominance--not to mention unconventional mate choice--nevertheless he has shown himself to be a capable leader, be it in spiritual pursuits or warfare. The Church of Leafianity's core community is ever changing, consisting 50-150 dragons depending on the time of year. Some dragons are soul searchers, some are merchants, craftsman, and some merely enjoyed the Church's location so much that they decided to settle down. The [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-0KCJvfJZE]main village[/url], affectionately nicknamed the Verdant Grove, is a small distance away from the main church house. A variety of shops encircle the center of the village, ranging from a [url=https://www1.flightrising.com/dragon/403944]small bakery[/url], jeweler, [url=https://www1.flightrising.com/dragon/223009]tea[/url] and coffeehouse, tailor, resthouse, and blacksmiths. Farmers who come once a day to peddle their wares typically set up along Dragonfruit Bridge, their fresh fauna and colorful traveling carts the first attraction to those entering the village. The Verdant Grove also plays host to the [url=https://www1.flightrising.com/lair/102246/1643039]HiVE[/url] a group of dragons that advocate for the preservation of bees. They can also be found selling their bees' products every other week and are the main suppliers of the sticky sweet good to the bakers in the area. --- Beneath the church, at the very roots of The First Tree, exists [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA_eCPHsar0]a large underground lake[/url] fed by the small streams traveling through Glademother's territory. [right] [img]https://i.imgur.com/s5JtY9x.png[/img][/right]
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The Church of Leafianity is currently led by SirSynthesis and his mate LadyAutumn after the previous leader, SirFallenLeaves, passed of old age. Unpopular to some for his more radical new leadership style and focus on dominance--not to mention unconventional mate choice--nevertheless he has shown himself to be a capable leader, be it in spiritual pursuits or warfare.

The Church of Leafianity's core community is ever changing, consisting 50-150 dragons depending on the time of year. Some dragons are soul searchers, some are merchants, craftsman, and some merely enjoyed the Church's location so much that they decided to settle down.

The main village, affectionately nicknamed the Verdant Grove, is a small distance away from the main church house. A variety of shops encircle the center of the village, ranging from a small bakery, jeweler, tea and coffeehouse, tailor, resthouse, and blacksmiths. Farmers who come once a day to peddle their wares typically set up along Dragonfruit Bridge, their fresh fauna and colorful traveling carts the first attraction to those entering the village.

The Verdant Grove also plays host to the HiVE a group of dragons that advocate for the preservation of bees. They can also be found selling their bees' products every other week and are the main suppliers of the sticky sweet good to the bakers in the area.

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Beneath the church, at the very roots of The First Tree, exists a large underground lake fed by the small streams traveling through Glademother's territory.
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[img]https://i.imgur.com/HmOX16G.png[/img] The church maintains an active list of all trading partners, allies, and enemies for easy reference. [columns] [img]http://flightrising.com/rendern/avatars/350306/35030551.png[/img] [nextcol] [b]TITLE HERE CLAN NAME HERE[/b] WOROdjenjshvc ibuonklmwacdnshb xjlkmcddsv MORE WORDS EVEN MORE HEY LOOK MORE WORDS [/columns] [right][img]https://i.imgur.com/vMRZ763.png[/img][/right]
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The church maintains an active list of all trading partners, allies, and enemies for easy reference.



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MORE WORDS
EVEN MORE
HEY LOOK
MORE WORDS









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