The Thirty Year War and the Heresy

By the 16th century, corruption was starting to creep its way into the affairs of the church. The faith had split into factions, some aggressive, some humanitarian, some pro-magic, some anti-magic. Archbishops met and serious debates took place, looking for a way to prevent a holy war within Europe but, in the year 1532, the decision was made for them. A war started that would end the common use of magic in the land.

At the time, many of the factions within faiths were becoming more and more self-righteous. In the fractious climate, most of them considered their path to be the 'one true way'. They each became less tolerant of other opinions, and more forthright in their denunciations. All it needed was a spark to escalate things, and that spark was provided by a wizard from the Hapsburg provinces. The Wizard saved a monk who fell out of a window by using a spell to break his fall. The monk, unaware of the wizard, claimed that the incident was a miracle. Several other Aluminat sects cried heresy and holy war started brewing. Priests, ably assisted by panic, started to rouse the peasants against one another in the name of law, order and true holy religion. The wizard, by now quite horrified at the consequences of his act of mercy, came forward and tried to explain that it had been him, not faith, who had saved the monk. The wizard was hanged for his blasphemy (putting himself next to Justas) and the people moved against any others who might also blaspheme in such a manner. The Thirty Year War began.

At the end of the war, much of Europe was in ruins. The Aluminat faithful had scoured the face of Europe for any trace of magic and had, indeed, destroyed most of it. All that remained was the Guild and scattered handfuls of hidden conjurers and witches. The war failed to purge the darker acts of magic from the earth, as they had always remained secret. Instead, the people best equipped to root out such evil were put to the torch and, quietly as always, demons and necromantic power gained ground. At the end of the war, Aluminat society considered itself cleansed of the corruption and dissident sects that had plagued it and started to reconstruct the cities of Europe.

Since the end of the war, little has changed in Aluminat faith. However, with no more heresies to destroy, the church has had a little too much time to think. Many new interpretations of Justas' words have been considered, leading to several splinter groups and schisms in the church and its doctrine. This in-fighting has weakened the church and, gradually, the servants of darkness are becoming more and more blatant and ambitious in their plots.