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Author Topic: The Path of Wisdom  (Read 5383 times)


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The Path of Wisdom
« on: November 09, 2017, 01:50:31 AM »

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A long time ago, the Red Blades were little more than impetuous warriors, seeking glory, fame and honor for either themselves or the highest bidder. All of this changed when the warband settled down in the northernmost reaches of the Old World and reformed into a clan. It takes more than the primal might of the blade to guide a clan into prosperity, and so there came a need for enlightenment: orcs who made it their life's work to pursue religion and matters of the mind. Enter the Path of Wisdom.

Whether it's the Furies of the Old World, the elements of Azeroth, the ancestral spirits, medicinal healing or even matters of the mind, the Path of Wisdom is home to all orcs with an affinity for any one of these aspects. Shamans may be the most obvious choice when it comes to orcs, but even spiritually attuned orcs that are not trained in the arts of shamanism, wise men and women and more recently even mages have a place in the Path. Although the Path's focus lies rooted in the spiritual origins of the clan of old, it offers a place for all orcs who are continuously in search of further knowledge and enlightenment. In doing so, they, too, carry great responsibility in their spiritual duties to the clan as a whole.

The Gosh'kar, or Disciples of the Totem, form the spiritual center of the clan. It is by their guidance that the clan remains true to the spirits and the elements, and by their hand that its orcs remain in good health and do not give in to the malevolent influences of Azeroth. As such, the Gosh'kar are multifaceted in their roles and fill in a myriad of positions within the clan.

Not only do the shamans of the clan ensure that all elements remain in balance and the spirits are adequately honoured and pleased, fledglings to shamanism or orcs that are generally spiritually inclined are also welcomed to learn and harness the clan's spirituality. In addition to these orcs, spellcasters are also welcomed in to help further academical or other magical goals, as well as healers and other learned orcs - even diplomats and scribes. Indeed, the Path of Wisdom and its Gosh'kar carry a multitude of responsibilities, but the path is also a never-ending one: its orcs are expected to always continue seeking further enlightenment and wisdom - both for the clan's sake as well as their own.

Progression as a Gosh'kar:

The Initiates are the first tier in the progression of the Gosh'kar. They have only just made their first steps to enlightenment, and are expected to keep a close eye on their peers and learn from them. When appointed a mentor, they will aid their mentor in the tasks they are given. It is during this time that the Initiates are expected to discover for themselves what future position within the clan would help them best in being of service to their kin.

In order to become an Initiate, a New Blood will need to have completed the New Blood trials under the guidance of a tutor. Then, upon taking the clan's Oath of Blood, they will have to pledge their service to the Path of Wisdom. Upon joining the Path of Wisdom, they will be expected to find themselves a mentor of either the Keeper rank or higher to instruct them in the ways of the clan's wisdom. Due to the Gosh'kar multifaceted approach, it is preferable that a mentor of similar interest is chosen to be the Initiate's guide, in order to help the Initiate discover their future in the clan.

Seekers form the heart of the Path of Wisdom, standing as fully fledged Gosh'kars of the clan and entrusted to carry out any and all of its core duties in maintaining the clan's balance. Depending on the role they have chosen for themselves to fill in within the clan, they strive to fulfill these to the best of their abilities. The Path of Wisdom does not end here, however: Seekers are expected to continue on expanding their knowledge and skills, as an orc never ceases to learn new things.

In order to become a Seeker, an Initiate will need to have earned the approval of their Keeper or above in assisting them with their duties and tasks, and have proven that they are capable of adequately fulfilling the role they seek to pursue within the clan. The Rite of Vision will serve as a final test.

While the Path of Wisdom can be home to any orc who seeks to learn greater knowledge of matters of spirits, elements, magics, the mind or otherwise, it takes a particular amount of dedication and devotion to one's profession to rise above the average Gosh'kar. The Keepers are just that: proof that a Gosh'kar's pursuit for knowledge never ends, and that no excuse is great enough to keep an orc from expanding upon one's wisdom. The Keepers know exactly what their role in the clan is and have proven this to their fellow orcs, who have time and again been able to rely upon the Keeper's abilities and wisdom. It is they who have grown wise enough to teach newcomers to the Path of Wisdom, helping them, in turn, find their own lot in life.

In order to become a Keeper, a Seeker will need to have shown a considerable amount of service to the clan, having proven through time and experience that they have an unquenchable thirst for further knowledge and erudition. The Rite of the Spirit will serve as a final test.

The Sages are without a doubt the most experienced Gosh'kar treading upon the Path of Wisdom, second only to the Thur'ruks who lead them. They have proven to be a pillar of the community through the times, known among many of their fellow orcs to have helped out whenever their wisdom or expertise was called upon. The position of the Seer is just so much a position of guidance and authority as it is of reverence and respect, examples for other Gosh'kar to strive for.

In order to become a Sage, a Keeper is required to have been in the service of the clan and its orcs for a great amount of time, having proven that they are the very best at what they do. The Rite of Wisdom will serve as a final test.

Known for their wisdom and experience in all manners of mysticism, the Thur'ruk, or Spirit Speakers, are the clan's spiritual guides in times of both peace and war. They are considered to be the wisest sages among the clan. As such, they are responsible for leading the Path of Wisdom, guiding their fellow Gosh'kar in further search of knowledge and wisdom. They are also the clan's spiritual anchors, responsible for the most important rituals in order to preserve the balance between the clan and the spirits and elements alike.

Both in the times of the old clan as well as the present, it is the Thur'ruk who often serve as the chief advisers of the Wolfking. In addition to this, however, they are responsible for the Gosh'kar that are in their charge, ensuring they never tarry in their never-ending search for wisdom and enlightenment and aiding them in doing so.
« Last Edit: December 11, 2017, 05:04:17 PM by Kozgugore »
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Re: The Path of Wisdom
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2017, 01:52:01 AM »
Rituals and Ceremonies

Rite of Destiny - The rite that Initiates will take in order to become Seekers. With the aid of their mentor, Initiates are expected to have chosen a craft that they wish to hone and specialize within the Path of Wisdom. The Rite of Destiny will have the Initiates prepare for a ritual that have them face the Great Spirit Magor, who will set for them a unique test by which to prove their selected talents.

Rite of the Spirit - The rite that Seekers will take in order to become Keepers. Guided by a Thur'ruk or Sage, the Seeker is ritually cleansed and then offered a special concoction, before their head is pushed down into a body of water. As they lose consciousness, they awaken to the Spirit Realm, where their confrontation with their very own Spirit Guardian awaits. The spirit will take them on a personal journey, a reflection of the orc's past, present and future. The rite may contain a test of some kind, but the primary purpose is the discovery of oneself and the exploration of their relationship with their Spirit Guardian. When successful, they find themselves safely in the Thur'ruk or Sage's care, who will have guarded over the Seeker's unconscious mortal shell.

Rite of Wisdom - The rite that Keepers will take in order to become Sages. The rite is shrouded in mystery, as it is a well-kept secret to all but those who have had the privilege to undertake it...

Vision Quest - A personal quest undertaken by the Gosh'kar at will. This may be carried out any number of time, particularly when the Gosh'kar is in need of guidance or self-reflection. The Gosh'kar will ritually prepare themselves for a journey. Once they have arrived on the secluded location of their choosing, they ingest of a prepared mixture of herbs that will send them into a trance. The hallucinations and visions that follow will differ for every orc undertaking the Vision Quest, as will the duration thereof. The Vision Quest may take as little as a day and up to a week, with varying effects to their well-being depending on the orc's mental health. Upon return, the ensuing visions may be shared with a mentor or elder in order to help reflect upon them.
« Last Edit: December 11, 2017, 01:30:56 AM by Kozgugore »
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