The Oath of the Open Sea [Rough Draft]

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The Oath of the Open Sea
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"Move with the wind, push through the tides, be pulled by the moon, and be guided by the stars."

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Too often do the chains of oppression ensnare the wild-hearted and free into a dogmatic slumber. The Oath of the Open Sea stands in contrast to the dominant ideology of enslaved worship to a deity dependent on its followers. It is important to recognize the distinction that comes with the use of the term, 'Oath'. Rather than a hierarchical religious order with a rigid and unwavering ritual manner of worship, we function loosely but with a strong degree of reverence.

This reverence comes takes the form of whatever mode of worship is best suited to the Oathkeeper. Whether that be prayer, the occasional offering before setting sail, the safeguarding of marine life, or the simple exercise of expressing respect to the sheer wrath and power of the seas. No matter what form this takes, there are four constants; four entities, that work in unison to perpetuate the titular symbol of freedom: The Open Sea.

It carries those who honor it safely across its tides, and those who live by this Oath understand no mortal being or alleged deity can claim complete dominion over it; though many may try. The only true representations of the sea come in the form of its direct personifications; the forms by which it allows those who revere it to communicate with it in a manner that is comprehensible. In order to truly achieve the manner of freedom upheld by this Oath, one must learn to understand the relationship between the sea, the wind, the moon, and the stars.

It may perhaps be best to explain these four through a metaphor that is approachable to most. Within this unified 'pantheon', the tides serve the role of trickster and war god; deceiving its occupants while also unleashing wrath upon the impudent. The winds serve the role of messenger, carrying those who honor it safely across the tides. The moon serves as the pantheon’s head, and its regulator, sustaining a check on the tides to ensure they never run too wild. Then there are the stars, the paragons of guidance who provide their worshippers with navigation amidst the darkness; binding together the other three gods in this pantheon of liberation.


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The Oath

"The Only Life is One Lived Free"
All should be free to chart their course and change their stars free of oppression and manipulation. Those who attempt to enslave or otherwise diminish another's ability to be free stand in direct opposition to the very essence of the sea.

"Move With the Wind"
A hefty breeze serves as an accelerant, a sail-shattering updraft may be the rumbling warnings of a coming storm.

"Push Through the Tides"
The tides of the sea can either shift effortlessly around a vessel or obstacle or transform into an insurmountable one themselves. They can carve out and reveal the truth held beneath their waves, or engulf those who try to learn of them but are deemed unworthy. Only those few of unwavering confidence, who embrace their fluid and shifting nature, may be capable of truly mastering travel across it, and become its ally. In this same vein, keepers of this oath do not take what they do not need from the ocean.

"Be Pulled by the Moon"
The moon regulates the tides themselves, and its light is all a sailor truly needs to navigate an endless night. One should revere this light, and allow it to illuminate the truth beneath the tides so that they may truly find themselves one with the sea.

"Be Guided by the Stars"
The worlds are brimming with mystery, deceit, and halfhearted truths that breed arrogance. The stars serve as a humbling reminder of our true place among everything. They can guide even the helplessly lost home, but at the cost of an odyssey to find oneself. They should serve as a means for introspection, and understanding one's place among the worlds' shores, and as such, bind together the rest of these aspects in unison.

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Acknowledged Spirits [WIP]
While no specific spirit is ordained as the designated representative to whom an individual swears this Oath, there are a handful who have been recognized as legitimate personifications of the moon and tides for the purpose of mortal communication and comprehension.

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Blessings (Proposal)

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER
This section has not been LT approved, it is solely here for documentation of what blessings could look like. Blessings would be granted by personifications of the sea (Thalassalae, Zhul's Water Spirit, etc). Furthermore, this section will likely change entirely over time. All of these should be considered placeholders.


Minor Blessings:
Utility - Sea's Summoning
You create or dissipate up to 10 gallons of seawater within range in an open container. Alternatively, the water falls as rain in a 5x5 radius within range, extinguishing exposed flames in the area.
You cannot summon water to appear within a living being, and it cannot be used to extinguish flames of a magical or special nature (e.g. Wildfire).

Utility (Passive) - Keel Grip
The bare foot of the blessed to be as resilient as if thick leather shoes were being worn. Furthermore the blessed individual is resilient to slipping on surfaces with water.
This does not apply to surfaces such as blood and other spillage.

Utility (Passive) - Waterbreathing
The blessed individual, upon submersion in water, has a veil of air form around their head, providing them with the ability to breathe underwater.

Ship Utility - Storm's Favor
During torrential weather, the blessed can perform an act of worship of their choosing, and any vessel upon which they are present will emit an aura of calming around it, soothing any rogue waves and enabling for safe passage as long as their concentration is retained.

Utility - Marine Layer
A large plume of mist is emitted from the sorcerer’s hand, creating a thick of fog around an object of their choosing that extends 5 blocks in every direction. All creatures besides the caster see the fog as only slightly obscured, while those further away are essentially blinded and unable to see more than a few feet in front of them.
All creatures within 3 blocks of the caster see the fog as only slightly obscured, while those further away are blinded (can see as far as /blindfold would allow) if within the fog. To those outside of the fog, nothing within it would be clearly visible. This effect lasts for [3 ACTIONS].

Ship Mobility - Riptide
When in a hurry, the blessed individual may perform an act of worship of their choosing, and two things shall occur. The tides beneath the vessel upon which they are present will begin to move in the desired direction of the blessed, and the winds will adjust to be in favor of the ship's sails. This lasts as long as the blessed individual retains concentration.


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Feel free to DM gaz#8008 on discord if you want additional information about roleplaying with this religion/oath in mind. It's built to be used primarily by sea captains and sailors, but really anybody's free to use it as a means of worship if they're not too keen on going full 'Deus vult!' for a deity.
I'd like to just take a second to credit Matthew Mercer for the name of this alongside some of the general ideology that went into it. You can find more about the original work I drew inspiration from here. Furthermore I'd like to thank @Sukitoru and @wootdahnoot for their contributions for the blessing placeholders

 
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