The New Divine Order
“Let it be written that I, Noac, son of Bagheera, son of Tourmaline, claim this land, not for myself, but for the people who will work here, who will live here, who will raise their families here. From this day forward, this land will be one small part of a greater whole – a greater whole that, in turn, will be one small part of what every last one of us will call home.” – excerpt from Noac’s Snowcrest Address
There is a matter of scholastic debate over the official title or domains that Noac should possess. While he is, without a shadow of a doubt, the God of Levia, many try to assign other titles to him like the god of heroes, deeds or peace – though inevitably other scholars and theologians argue over these titles at great length claiming those domains belong to other deities. What none can deny, however, is that Noac had a defining impact on the continent of the landscape of the world and all of the races that live within it.
“You know who I am, yes? Then, you know, as chieftain or leader or king or whatever you are, you have yourself a golden opportunity. I’m unarmed – you could take my head and have a glory like no man could ever know – for the thirty seconds before my army comes and kills you for your trouble. You could do that or you could drop that weapon and take my hand instead – and achieve something so much greater.” – excerpt from The Life and Tales of Noac Lawbringer by Thaddeus Mallet, depicting the first meeting of Noac and the author
The stories of Noac’s life are written deep within the legends of Second Earth and, due to Bagheera’s watchful eyes and dedicated journals, they are well documented. Noac was born as the first child of Bagheera and Tourmaline during the Age of Heroes, before many of the more familiar nations of Second Earth came into being. He grew up in the Northern Blight, in a small village separated from the rest of the world where he dedicated himself to the lives and the protection of this small handful of people. By the time he was a young adult, he was discovered by a devotee of Tourmaline, who told Noac that was his life only honored his father’s way and not his mother’s, and demanded him to pay for this transgression with blood. Noac fought him and won, but promised the dying man that he would leave his village to honor his mother.
Noac then spent twelve years as a wanderer and it is written that he walked the continent from end to end in both directions and witnessed as many of its peoples and cultures as he able to find. As he was about the catch a ship to the continent across the sea, when he was visited by his own father. Bagheera told Noac that both of his parents had looked down on his life with pride – but that he had lived his life attempting to live up to their names and, now that he had succeeded, he had to live up to his own.
Noac returned to the village where we grew up a changed man – no longer a simple village boy, but not a wanderer either. From that village, he expanded his protection, outwards – spreading his influence through peace treaties and through battle, through heroic deeds and through glorious combat, until finally, Noac stood at the head of the largest empire that Second Earth had ever seen united by a common sense of protection and peace.
Appearance: Noac is a fascinating god to behold. He stands far taller than a mortal man, at least eight feet tall, with a massively muscular frame and, most strikingly, the head of a great cat. Despite this, he is not hideous or unsettling to look at. In fact, he is normally considered quite handsome and his presence quite calming. He dresses in silver armor or the robes and crown of the Levian Empire. Other cultures tend to depict him in more nation-neutral clothes and a cat’s head that is more familiar ore more symbolic in their own culture – for example, Levian churches depict him as having a spotted head like a leopard’s, while Lowlander churches depict him with a lion’s head.
Noac and the New Order: Within the bureaucracy, Noac holds small offices within the Bureau of Humanity, again mostly connected with the Levian Empire. He is also serves as his father’s primary lieutenant with the Eternal Legions. Within heaven, he is a popular god and has forged many strong bonds with other gods in the New Order including Azelia, Erebus and his brother, Recluse.
Noac and the Races of Second Earth: No other god within the New Order has managed to embody the unity that the pantheon strives for quite as well as Noac. Since Levia’s massive empire folded in multiple cultures and multiple races (though it does possess a majority of humans and significantly lower numbers of serpentfolk and orcs), giving different states autonomy as long as swore allegiance to the Emperor and sign fair treaties of trade and protection with all other member states, Noac receives worship from all races and classes without much discrimination. That said, without the legend of his founding to spread his beliefs, Noac’s spirit of patriotism tends to lose out to other factors and thus, Noac is rarely, if ever, worshiped outside of the Empire that he founded.
Noac, God of Levia:
“Do you solemnly swear to uphold the ideals of Noac Lawbringer, to protect the lives and the properties of all of the souls within our borders and to defend them from any threat from those that have yet to accept the Lawbringer’s grace?” – excerpt from the coronation ceremony of Levia
Levia is, arguably, the most successful country on Second Earth. It has integrated many races and classes into a cohesive whole, while allowing them to retain their racial and cultural identities. More importantly, Levians tend to think of themselves as Levians – not as humans, orcs, halflings or dwarves, but as Levians – and that alone is a feat that painfully few other nations have been able to achieve. Many, both gods and mortals, believe that the example of Levia is an ideal for the other nations of the New Order to aspire to and, as such, Noac has gained a lot of respect from many different sources and has been noticed as an up-and-coming figure by even the highest levels of heaven.
- Logos: The sword of Noac, given to him by his father upon their first meeting. Noac left this sword to his successor before he ascended to the Celestial City and it has become one of the Imperial Relics of Levia, passed down from emperor to emperor.