The Temple, also known as the Apicartan Temple to the One God, is the most widespread religious institution in the kingdom of Apicarta. Based on Akhenism, it differs primarily in its vastly different interpretation of the "Holy Books" - edited versions of the Mandorlin - and insistence that the language in which the Books were originally written, Old Exekian, is a foul and corrupted version of the divine, holy language of "the god".
The clergy is modeled after the Exekian fellinar; it is primarily administered by the Guardians. Each city in Apicarta has a Guardian, to whom all members of the clergy in that city report. Lesser clergymen include priests/priestesses, monks, and theologians.
The Temple maintained a semi-close relationship with Zantine Akhenism up until the destruction of Zantium. Zantine beliefs regarding the use of magic influenced the Temple's policy on the matter, although the rarity of magic found in Apicarta means that most Temple members have little to no understanding of what magic is, much less the intricacies involved.
In more recent years, especially after the fall of Zantium, religion has lost influence over the people and no longer has as much sway in political and social spheres. The vast majority of the population might claim to be Temple supporters, but secularism, atheism and agnosticism are on the rise, particularly among the younger generations. Despite its lack of influence on society, the Temple often restricts and censors its members, and any serious religious matter is deemed their responsibility even if it does not involve "official" clergy.
Certain bishops and clergymen have been investigated for ties to the criminal underworld, and for participation in illegal activities, such as smuggling, racketeering, human trafficking, and prostitution. The corruption of the Temple has led to them being vilified as hypocrites and criminals.
The Temple officially began during the reign of King Letholdus II. In 72 AYZ, Letholdus II approved the translation of the Mandorlin from Old Exekian into Apicartan.
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