The Aluminat Saints

There are many, many Saints in Aluminat belief; several hundred at the last count. The level of veneration given a particular Saint depends on who and where you are, as different cultures and classes place different levels of importance on certain virtues. The most famous Saints are specifically renowned as patrons of certain virtues. The center of the Aluminat church contains a huge tome with a listing of all the official Saints. Anyone not recorded there (no matter how virtuous) is not a Saint, and it is a blasphemy to treat them as such. It is thought by many scholars that many of the Saints never existed as people. To help convert the pagans, many of their Gods were reinvented as Saints. It is of course blasphemy to suggest this, but a few scholars insist on researching the phenomenon. There are too many Saints to list here, but some of the more well known are listed below.

Saint Justas - Saint of Order

While Justas is mainly venerated as the prophet who brought the word of order from the heavens, he is also venerated as the first Saint. As a Saint, he is the patron of Law and Order, the highest virtues of the Aluminat.

Saint Mary - Saint of the Virtuous

Mary was deeply in love with a local boy, but was forced into an arranged marriage by her parents. Instead of fighting the marriage, she accepted it and gave up her lover. She fell in love with her husband and had many children. Women pray to her for the strength to give up their desires for their duty.

Saint Michael - Saint of Just War

Michael was the first Roman general to convert to the new faith. He inspired many of his troops to do the same. He is credited with leading many of the wars that were fought in the name of the church, especially in the north. It is believed by many scholars that he is in fact an Aluminat version of Tyr, the Norse god of war, or the Celtic deity Nuada.

Saint Maxius - Saint of Strength

Maxius was a Roman citizen, and one of the earliest converts to the new Aluminat way. He was captured by the pagan enemies of the nascent church, who decided to break him, as an example. Maxius was to be tortured until he renounced the new faith and asked to be blessed by the old pagan beliefs. While many would have given up, Maxius did the opposite. Not only did he resist the torture, he clung on to life with all his strength. Every moment he lived was another moment he could denounce the pagan Gods and affirm his Aluminat faith. He took days to die in agony, but was never broken.

Saint Bridget - Saint of Innocence

Bridget is known for little more than a long and virtuous life. It is said she happily remained a virgin all her life and, because of this, she never lost her beauty. She is believed to be an Aluminat version of the Celtic Goddess Bridget.

Saint John - Saint of Restitution

John was a deceiver of the highest order. In just about every aspect of his life, he lied and cheated to get ahead. However, one day he went too far and caused by accident the death of a priest. For his crime, he was visited by an Angel who showed him the enormity of what he had done. John saw the error of his ways in that moment and converted to Aluminat faith. However, he decided he must undo all he had done. The angel had gifted him with the full knowledge of his crimes. So, he went forth and made amends for each one, no matter how small. He lived a long life, and died moments after balancing his final crime. Not once did he rest or pause in his task before then. People pray to John for the chance to make amends for their transgressions.

Saint Teresa - Saint of Mothers, Childbirth and Healing

Teresa was a local wise woman, known for her kind ways and virtuous life. She healed local villagers by prayer, and was a skilled midwife. While she never had any children of her own (and never married), she was seen as a mother to all the children sh had delivered, and even to the village as a whole.

+Saint Peter - Saint of Foresight and Justice
Peter was a monk, blessed by visions of the future, but he saw them as a sorcery that made him impure in the eyes of the order. He tore out his own eyes to be free of his curse, but the visions remained. However, now he was free of mortal sight, he discovered his visions to be a holy thing that let him see the true path of Order ahead. His preaching gathered him many followers, and his wisdom came to the attention of a local lord. Soon the lord (and then other, greater lords) relied on Peter as the judge of any crimes before him, as his vision let him see into the hearts of the men brought before him.

Saint Martin - Saint of Fathers

Martin was a priest, and the father of several sons. When war was called in the name of the church, he spent every one of his sons into battle, ready to give them up to the faith to see they did their duty. However, when word came that they had been lost in the fighting, he put away his priestly vestments and went to war to find them. He brought each of them back, proving his father's love was much as a father's authority.

Saint Kathryn - Saint of Learning

Thought to be a mixture of Dagda and Heimdall, Kathryn was a noted sage and scholar in her time. She was martyred for refusing to cast aside her books when commanded by a corrupt and oppressive priesthood, during the darker days of the Aluminat inquisition. It is said that she came back from the dead and watched over each of the inquisitors, shaming them into more virtuous ways by her cold stare from beyond death.

Saint Guinefort – Saint of Protection

The only animal to become a Saint, St Guinefort is, in fact, a dog (a spaniel, to be precise). Guinefort achieved his status as a Saint in the early dark ages where, as the household pet of an Aluminat family, he gave his life to protect the family's Aluminat children from attack by pagan raiders. This act might have passed unnoticed — had not one of those children grown up to become Charlemagne, the first Aluminat Emperor of Europe since the fall of Rome.