The Way

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The Way

Alignment: N
Power: Greater Faith
Portfolio: Balance
Symbol: The Ying Yang


The Way is much more of a philosophy than a religion, because its adherents believe that the true nature of the Way is unknowable. It’s shrines are more like hermitages, and its very few temples organized as monasteries or schools, teaching a wide variety of subjects. The Way states that all things in the Celestial Universe affect and are affected by all others. There is no Good, Evil, Law or Chaos—only the forces of the Universe, which may be manipulated as desired. The proper student of the Way thus recognizes this and strives to know the proper way in which to use these forces.

The use of power is often the subject of debate, and so it is among the Chung Tao priests. In the earliest days of the Shou Lung Empire, this caused a great rift in the unified faith, with two main temple emerging from the chaos. One group, known as the Black Chung Tao, believe that the superior man has a duty to shape the universe to his ends; directing the unenlightened of the Earth to a higher goal. The second group, known as the White Chung Tao, believe that there are no superior men, only enlightened ones, and that the proper observance of the Way is in maintaining the natural balance of events.

The Way

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