The Altar of the Twelve Trees
The Twelve trees is the direct voice for Kethlan’s Kingdom within the and is the Basanic voice on the Hierophants council, although they are strongly contested by the Creeping Vine. As one of the two Foster Altars they are responsible for the government of druidic society within the and the interaction of Kethlan’s Kingdom with the six duchies. As a Foster Altar (political Altar to the common folk) the Twelve Trees understands the temperament of Kingdom, that no matter where the power of Kethlan is found the nation holds true as one. The strength of Kethlan’s Kingdom is to be found in Rhygahrea or the Harthalian, depending on your point of view and the seeds of this nation have grown in all the kingdoms of this continent. Each continent contains two Altars, although differently named, with the community of druids there deciding which of them rules, this often changes, The ruling Altar sits on council with the other five from each nation in Rhygahrea, making policy that changes the face of the nation across Kethlan’s Kingdom.
The Twelve Trees is truly a civilised Altar that has been at the heart of the Royal Basin since the three kingdoms became one. As such their affinity with the true heart of Kethlan’s power has been slightly diminished. Since the turning of industry began to move in the Basanic lands and the progress of machinery and artificery have increased so the spirits there have begun to change. With the growth of cities and the happening of urbanisation new spirits of buildings and the thoughts of civilisation have begun to appear. Where once the Twelve Trees called upon Kaka Guie and Ditaolane instead they called upon Mwuetsi and his followers Ssirateth the Spider and Kyaliane the builder. The people of the Twelve Trees learned long ago to co-exist with the populations of cities, travelling with merchants and to new cities, continuing to expand their influence as the power of the cities that they inhabited grew.
Several hundred years ago as the Basin began to spread both politically and financially the twelve trees gained position among the merchants and burghers of the Basin, carefully spreading their influence and wealth. They parlayed their druidic power and ability to speak with the towns and call upon the blessings of roads in return for stronger political strength and responsibility within the basin. Rumour also speaks to their involvement with various criminal organisations from which they gained wealth and power. It was during this time that the Twelve Tree’s truly began to realise the potency of the Cities and the towns and the spirits that were growing to life within them.
As Ssirateth and Kyaliane grew the Twelve Trees learned to summon forth the spirits of the factories and the ancient buildings of power, the colleges and the like. They soon came to realise that the cities were just as powerful as the forests and the deserts, for surely Kethlan had given them all life. It is even said that Golothan Crisp (Senior Foster), many years gone by, summoned the great spirit of Maryat and that it appeared as a great King with tired eyes and cankered skin. To this extent the Twelve Trees forge forward in the Basin bringing the cities and towns under their control and working from within to strengthen Kethlan’s Kingdom in the world of Dukes and Barons.
The Guidance of the Altar of the Twelve Trees
Guide the affairs of the Kethlanic community towards a harmonious existence with the Royal Basin
Embrace both the ways of the Basin and the Tao of Kethlan; we are children of Kethlan but only through an enlightened understanding of both can we create a perfect society where all societies are together under one banner
The old ways have their place our great cycle and should be honoured by the Melkarr but it is our duty to embrace the new ways and ideas of others and lead our people into the light of a glorious future
Ensure diplomatic ties between each Tao from each different nation where it finds purchase
Words of the Altar of Twelve Trees
There is always a peace to be found even through war.