Religious Convention’s First Day Sees Dialogue Between Th’akh and Aut’akh Before Breaking Down
An unusual gathering of religious leaders from across the Hegemony has seen both the expected tension and eruptions as well as unlikely friendships. The convention convened early this morning and already on day one there was intense emotion from the delegates and an unexpected breakthrough after a full day of theological discussion and a dramatic confrontation.
Lord-Regent Not’zar Izweski was mediating the convention from the throne of New Skalamar’s citadel, with the delegates assembled in the hall before him. The nearly one hundred delegates were divided according to their faith, with the majority being Th’akh shamans, the second most being Skakh, the Aut’akh having four Ansiba delegates, and there being a single Si’akh in attendance.The convention opened with Not’zar Izweski laying out the rules for decorum and outlining his goals for the assembly.
Not’zar then gave the floor to Clan-Mother Mizali Mortenga, who spoke for the Th’akh delegation.
The Sk’akh delegation, lead by S’th’s leading priest Makazi Neyt’zili, responded angrily as the delegates behind him erupted into shouts.
The two groups then continued arguing without any grounds being made. Seemingly fearing the talks collapsing in the introduction, Not’zar Izweski intervened and motioned for Clan-Mother Mortenga to address the Ansiba delegates. The Clan-Mother spoke up again, addressing the infamous heathens of the northern pole.
Ansiba Grazali responded after several moments of silence.
The debate then turned into a three hour long theological discussion between all of the delegates on whether or not it is the weapon or the wielder that is possessed with the power of the additional spirits. In the end, Clan-Mother Mortenga conceded that souls can manifest in inorganic material ‘in certain circumstances’. This was rejected by nearly all the Sk’akh delegates as well as the lone Si’akh delegate, who insisted a soul can only reside in organic material.
Ansiba Grazali then continued.
This argument silenced the Th’akh delegation, who quietly murmured amongst themselves. Mortenga spoke up after several minutes of the quiet deliberation.
Mortenga and Ansiba continued their debate, and two Sk’akh priests spoke up from their own delegation asking certain questions and signalling that they may be open to the Ansiba arguments. These talks were then interrupted by angry shouts from the Sk’akh delegation’s leader Priest Neyt’zili, who stepped forward between the Ansiba and Th’akh delegations. He addressed Not’zar Izweski directly.
Not’zar Izweski rose from his throne, supported on his cane, and spoke in turn.
This response prompted shocked silence from Priest Neyt’zili. Stunned and taken aback, he spoke up once more.
Not’zar Izweski shook his head and took his seat once more, addressing the entire assembly.
Nety’zili angrily announced that the Sk’akh delegation would be abandoning the talks “until further notice”.
All of the Sk’akh delegates walked out, leaving Not’zar Izweski to announce that the convention would be going into recess for the rest of the day and resume “at a later date”.
Clan-Mother Mortenga was seen continuing to speak with the Ansiba as they left the Citadel; it is believed that they are continuing their unprecedented dialogue outside of the assembly. It is rumored by some that there are now seeds of reconciliation between the Aut’akh and the many shamans of Th’akh. Such a move would seriously cripple the Sk’akh’s influence in matters pertaining to the Hegemony’s relationship with the Aut’akh, as they are near universally believed to be completely incompatible with the basic tenets of Th’akh and Sk’akh theology.
The Si’akh representative left without any comment or dialogue with any other delegate.
For his part, High Priest Unzi has left a simple announcement that he would be ending his boycott of the Convention. He has already arranged a private shuttle trip to Ouerea, from his great temple in Skalamar. When pressed for a comment, he said only this.