The Order of the Five Divines (otherwise known as the Order) is a religious group that believes the Five Divines created the seasons that shape the world. It is the the most common religion practiced and much of the common vocabulary used for the calender and holidays come from the Order.
For centuries, the world lived in quiet. Barren and raw, Asaria was naked and wild. Then came Deer. Gentle and delicate but timid, Deer was nervous about her place in this lonely world. But she explored and learned and soon, she gained confidence and Lion was created. Lion traveled the lands and his bravery knew no bounds. But as time wore on, he learned that bravery had to be tamed by knowledge. He took to the skies and Falcon was born. Falcon flew across the world, discovering mountains and valleys, trees and rivers until he knew everything the world offered. But learning can make one tired and soon, Falcon found he needed to rest. He found himself a cavern deep in the bowels of a mountain and rested. In that time, Bear was made. She slept and recovered and grew strong again. But her sleep was so deep and so peaceful that she would not have woken up if Deer had not nudged her. And so, reluctantly, Bear awoke and allowed Deer to roam again.
The Beasts and the seasons came and went for many rotations of their time. They lived in harmony and what seemed like peace with Deer, in all her gentleness, beginning the turning of the wheel. But eventually discord began to stir between them. Bear wanted to sleep longer and Lion wanted more time to roam. Falcon believed that the world should be evenly shared and Deer stood as mediator. But the damage was done and from the arguing and turmoil rose Fox. Fox was cunning and shifty and desired to shatter the bonds between the four. Bear and Lion were at particular odds and fought, their ferocity and strength constantly matching the other. And just when the world seemed it would split at the seams, Deer drew their attention to herself. But Bear was as loyal as she was fierce and remembered that Lion was her friend. And in her need to protect those closest to her, she remembered that Fox was the true deceiver.
Centuries upon centuries have passed and the seasons change, as do who holds the power. Deer rules the Spring and sees that growth and rebirth populate Asaria. Lion rules the Summer and ensures that the sun shines brightly and keeps life strong. Falcon begins the transition into longer nights and colder winds but keeps the balance through the shifting breeze. And Bear and Fox continue to fight in the cold of Winter, creating a variety of possibility. When the nights are calm and the air is chill, Bear slumbers peacefully. But when the cold is biting and the winds are howling, Fox is gaining the upper paw. But before either one can gain a true victory, Deer steps in to keep the peace and calm the savage seasons.
And so, the wheel of the year.
Spralla the Deer of Peace (Spring)
Somnar the Lion Strong (Summer)
Otone the Falcon Wise (Autumn)
Witrah the Bear Fierce (Winter)
Razhda the Silver Fox (Winter)