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Suma’aby Marco Dalmonte English translation by Gary Davies
Sumag (Terra) - Creation and protection of all forms of life, balance of the life cycle, prosperity, fertility, earth
1. The Great Temple of Sumag is the only religious institute present in the city-state of Suma’a, an anomaly in respect to the normal Tanagogre mythos. We’re talking about a monotheistic cult devoted to the Immortal Sumag (Terra), without the other Immortals of the Tanagogre pantheon. This order numbers within itself both clerics and monks, and take back a philosophy born in the period of the fusion between the ogres and the humans but relegated later into second place in the Tangor motherland. The cult rejected the Immortals seen as persecutors of specific interests and in this racial case (humans and ogres), rejecting violence as offensive weapons, identify in Sumag the creator and keeper of life in all its forms and of the universal balance to which the faithful must aspire, and proposed a personal search for balance and perfection outside of pre-established aims (this at the time of the ogre-human fusion served to guarantee a concept of perfection that goes beyond of the social aims of the two races). With time the motivations that have brought about the birth of this philosophy of life have been lost and have been replaced by the cult and legend of the Shapechanger (Korotiku), therefore the cult of Sumag has remained in the shadows for centuries, enjoying a limited number of followers. The time for the revival too place with the colonial expeditions in the Arm of the Immortals, when the priests of the Temple of Sumag have taken the control of one of the two cities founded by the tanagogre explorers and together with their followers have shaped the inhabitants of Suma’a on the example of their doctrine. This philosophy taught to his adepts the ways towards the enlightenment not through teaching, seeing the personal uniqueness of every enlightenment, but through example, and it is just the personal quest of the right way and the leaning to an exemplary life in the confrontations of the non-believers to bring some monks, even though in an unorganised and unscripted manner from the temple, to wander about the world as missionaries.