The Empire believes in one true god called Eheih. This deity is manifest in flesh in the body of the most holy Emperor or Empress. It is believed that the Empress is the face and voice of god and her word is absolute law, when an Emperor or Empress is called home to heaven the divine power takes residence in their first born.
Each of the Holy Rulers of the Empire traces his or her Lineage back to the First Emperor Jerich Al'Eld.
Jerich was born during The Dark Age of Technology It was a time when all living beings were the subjects of cruel uncaring thinking machines, while these Machines sat in weird grotesque mathematical contemplation, experimenting with unnatural forces and unholy energies, mankind was cruelly used as menial labor or worse.
None can say when we had became enslaved, or where mankind had his true origins, What is known is this Our most Beneficent Lord Jerich Al'Eld a simple slave boy, awoke one day to the face of God, it told Jerich that it was his destiny to be a vessel for godly power and that he would lead all mankind in a holy war to free all of gods children from the blasphemous Machines. That mankind was finally ready to emerge from its living hell and finally rise to embrace the light and order that had once prevailed through out the universe.
At first Jerich refused to believe, how he, a boy such as himself, without hope or skill could do such a monumental thing, God answered "Because Jerich, you of all people are divine; your bloodline is the oldest and most pure of all mankind. You my son are directly descended from the first being I created, and therefore are closest to myself" God then entered Jerich's body and awoke within him true power, and with that divine power Jerich amassed a vast army in a very short time. He soon had by his side ten legendary Warlord Generals that are the ancestors of today's Imperial Households.
|Alexander Juntach||Master of Blades and the champion of the oppressed, Stories of his skill and valor is an inspiration to all who wield steel.|
|Sanja Huron||Mistress of Falcons, it is said she taught all of the Warlords the way of the gun.|
|Jaime Eioph||Master of Heralds and Healer, it was Jaime's sure hand that tended to the warlords wounds.|
|Black Kree||Master of Legends, It is said Black had been trained by the Machines in the arts of Knowledge and thus shared the secrets of strategy and tactics with the warlords.|
|Silgi Weilok||The Maiden of Steel, it is said she once ripped of the arm of a warbot and replaced her own severed arm with it so she could continue to fight.|
|Hound Fi'grim||The Berserker, his Rage on the Battle Field was only matched by his Loyalty, to Jerich and his friends.|
|Alain Cormac||Keeper of the faith, his stories of Jerich fueled the religious fervor of mankind and his writings are the basis of today's church.|
|Miriam Vinro||Mistress of Secrets, Her knowledge of the past and its technologies brought the warlords many victories.|
|Mika Svarog||Master of the siege, Trained as a mere builder for the machines he applied his knowledge of structure and function to topple many a fortification.|
|Natalia Severis||Lady of Paths, Legend says she died in the arms of Jerich himself on the eve of the final battle against the machines; her death fueled the intensity of the battle and insured victory.|
For twenty standard years the armies of Jerich Al'Eld waged relentless war against the evil of the machines, ducking in and out of gates and attacking the vulnerable machines in daring high speed raids, the warlords' forces would establish a beachhead that would allow the ever growing army of man to invade and world after world was slowly liberated. On the eve of the final push the machines, in a desperate attempt to stop our righteous lord, detonated an ancient weapon from an earlier age within the Web Way. Their intent was to catch Our Lord and his companions unaware and annihilate them, but the Lady of Paths saw this treachery and expelled her friends from the web before it could kill them.
The horror that the weapon wrought killed all beings within the web and destabilized the structure of the Gates forever, this blasphemy made it nearly impossible for the righteous host to move upon the final strong hold of the machines, Natalia Severis, the Lady of Paths had faith that she could opened the gate way to allow the army through, and did so at the protest of her friends. The strain of opening the destabilized gateway and the evil that was seeping through the cracks was more than her poor form could bear, and after the army moved through intact she collapsed dead in Jerich's arms.
The sacrifice of the Lady of Paths drove the warlords' armies into frenzy; the machines never stood a chance. The evil Machines leader, X11 was brought low and broken By Jerich's bare hand and the few survivors were driven into the epherium, never to return.
After the last factory for the manufacturing of war drones was destroyed, all of mankind celebrated save Jerich, he looked upon the carnage and wept. His people, his children lay broken amongst the dead machines. And he knew in his heart that mankind had not really won but merely survived, and if they were to continue to survive they must become the light of the universe.
The people named Jerich Emperor of the free peoples, and at his coronation, the Power that had entered his body all those years ago manifested it once again. All who beheld it were struck with quiet awe as their savior changed before their very eyes, his mortal form changed and became so beautiful and bright that none could look upon his face without losing consciousness, his voice became so powerful that all but his warlords could not hear it without dropping into a deep near death sleep. The holy Lady Miriam Vinro Fashioned for him a mask made from the metals of the leader of the machines and the Lady Huron clad his form tightly in leather and fine silks so none of the divine light escaped and mere humans could stand in his presence, Lord Cormac swore to stand By his side and speak for him so that his word could shepherd in the new age. The other warlords pledged their lives to the holy service of the Empire and went forth To Crusade and bring the word to the broken worlds of the galaxy and to spread Jerich's good and righteous teachings. But even our Lord could not see the treachery that the Machines had wrought on the empire.
No one foresaw that the weapon that had destabilized the gates had not only let horrible creatures wriggle into our reality, but it also cursed those that stood at the forefront against the machines, the ability to open the gates began to wane in the Warlords households until it ceased to manifest at all, and now only rarely does it ever show up even in the lowest of imperial families.
To this day the ability to move between worlds frightens the Imperials, between is only nothingness and void and in that void things writhe and boil, and in those things resides a horrible intelligence that seeks to exact revenge against the decedents of those that eluded destruction all those centuries ago. It is a common belief that Mutation is a manifestation of this revenge and that mutants are the downfall of the purity of mankind.
The Warlords are revered with a kind of sainthood throughout the empire and each household is proud of their heritage and ties to those that helped the Emperor liberate mankind, holidays and festivals are held throughout the year in honor of the Warlords with Jerich Al'Eld's birthday being highest and most elaborate of the festivals.
The Face and Voice of the Empress holds the power and Majesty of the God Eheih and as such she cannot be looked upon or her voice heard by mere mortals as to do so would destroy the fragile mind of the poor person, she is always seen clad in the traditional mask and robes that has adorned the Line since the time of Jerich and her will and word is given to the Masses by Lord Maxamillian Cormac.