Children of the Dhragolon
The Children of the Dhragolon were a historical Vaikan faction that was contemporary to the Ramusian Socialist Republic. While the RSR denied the existence of any gods, the Children of the Dhragolon took upon the ancient ways to reach out to their people. While the Children of the Dhragolon's religion is inspired by the stories of Jamzezism, it is a heavily modified canon of it to the point where the teachings are completely different.
The name Dhragolon is derived from the old Yallvus Talk word for "Dragon Child" or children of Krayhan. This seemingly makes "Children of the Dhragolon" sound redundant, but some believe the name actually refers to being the grandchildren of Krayhan. That is, the original Dhragolon were said to be the Vaikan during the time of Dralla - when the Vaikan entered space for the first time. Though the origins are the same, the similarities end there.
The Dhragolon followed a code of moral absolutism. They believed that moral ambiguity made doing the right thing needlessly complex. Therefore, there could only exist two dualities: good and evil. Ultimately, everything one way or another would fall into either of those categories. A common proverb at the time was "If half of a Geolichen potato was black with rot, then it was a rotten potato. Therefore, a Vaikan is either good or evil." Likewise, Krayhan represented the ultimate force of good in the universe, and it was the responsibility of all Dhragolon to follow his will. There was no questioning Krayhan's will - no matter what Krayhan decided, one must follow his will to stay good. To deviate was to be evil.
In Dhragolon religion, Morduin did not exist. Instead, he was viewed as the wrathful aspect of Krayhan or the shadow cast upon the earth when Krayhan's wings block the sun. The word "Morduin" came to be used as a term for wrath, punishment or judgment. Uszaroth on the other hand did exist, but was seen as a satanic figure, one who saught to corrupt others by getting them to question the purpose Krayhan intended for them.
This was the time that predated the time of the modern version of Uszarothianism of finding one's purpose in life. At the time, Uszarothianism was all about embracing one's instincts. They argued that because Krayhan created the Vaikan to have the ability to do evil (which included the category of worldly pleasures) that one should feel no qualms about committing evil acts. At the time, the Church of Krayhan considered all forms of "evil" to be equal, but the Uszarothians specifically protested the ability to fight against perceived corruption and to avoid needlessly sacrificing oneself. Very little else is known about Uszarothianism at the time as the Church of Krayhan worked its hardest to bury it with propaganda, going so far as claim that "evil" and "instinct" were synonyms.
Despite the Church of Krayhan's efforts, Uszarothianism still endured due to the wide number of followers looking to oppose the church. However, other pagan religions were not so lucky. Contrary to popular belief, the famous VR companion characters of Sashelma, Kezoa and Yoltoria were not created by modern Jaran animation companies. They were legitimate pagan religions thousands of years ago that the Church of Krayhan worked to erase due to their influence. Their original incarnations of these three goddesses were for harvest, strength and the sun. Even though in the original canon, these goddesses were the daughters of Krayhan, the Church believed them to be illegitimate and false entities. They became known as the Three Whores of Krizael, unholy servants of the demon Uszaroth.
It is believed that the era of the Children of the Dhragolon was the origin point of the idea of emotional suppression and discipline practiced by the modern Karalian Empire. Unless a Dhragolon were to remain logical and level headed at all times, they had the risk of Uszaroth infiltrating their soul and possessing them to turn them evil. As such, forms of worldly pleasure were deemed as forbidden. All things necessary for survival such as food and sex were declared to only be taken as needed. Engaging in more than one has to meant that Uszaroth was infiltrating one's soul.
The restrictions also extend to forms of art. Krayhan was believed to be an abstract entity and as such, could only be represented with geometric shapes or stylized writings. Depicting real world objects, animals or people was considered evil because only Krayhan could shape and create life. Deviant artistic expression was also a sign of Uszaroth's presence.
The Children of the Dhragolon also believed that the electricity that flowed within them was their soul - and they noted that other extraterrestrials lacked the same electrical abilities they had. On top of being psychologically influenced by the fact that the first species the Vaikan encountered in space committed genocide against them and enslaved them, the Dhragolon believed that the majority of the rest of the galaxy was evil - soulless, non-sapient husks that acted on Uszaroth's will attempting to corrupt the souls of the Vaikan through their teachings.
Thus, the Dhragolon believed that it was their mission to seek out and destroy these husks. However, there was no way to tell on the surface if these other extraterrestrials were in fact minions of Uszaroth until it became obvious through their actions. If another aliens' culture endorsed a particular aspect of their society that coincided with Uszaroth's teachings or if they did something more blatant such as destroying a planet, then it became the Dhragolon's mission to wipe out that species from existence. Two known targets of the Dhragolon's genocides were the Galasuron and the Utopia of the Tharadorn - two species now extinct that once lived in the Krizael Expanse.
Despite this, the Dhragolon believed that somewhere in the galaxy, there existed another species that was also touched by Krayhan and was a greater embodiment of goodness than the Vaikan were. Though believed to be a myth (alternatively believed to be either the long extinct Arckasians or the Omni), it became the Dhragolon's driving motivation to seek out and continue their spiritual mission.
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