A Shadow over Akeroth
Order of the Holy Sepulcher
The Order of the Holy Sepulcher was founded after Man converted from Nerull to Pellor during the time of the Battle for Akeroth. As the dead began to rise a shift occurred changing Humanities side over to that of Akeroths’.
The Order was established immediately after Man converted to Pellor, however, Man was not the founder of the Order, as Elves and Dwarves who worshiped Pellor taught Man to become Paladins and Clerics. After this first generation of Humans was trained a shift occurred within the Order as Man become the dominant force within the Order.
As Man took control of the Order, the Order slowly took on the role as the state religion for all of Humanities Kingdoms, this happened as the Battle for Akeroth raged.
The Order continued to rise in prominence and together with the other peoples of Akeroth they psuhed back the Undead Host and made their way to the Ebon Hold. Here at the Ebon Hold a contingent of Paladins and other troops made their way into the Ebon Hold where a Paladin of Pellor (Ishar) defeated the Crimson King and took his Mantle, sealing himself within the Ebon CItadel and putting the Undead Host in a languishing stasis.
After the Crimson King was defeated the Order acted as an institution that operated along side of the state but with almost no authority. This period of secular worship lasted from the Crimson Kings defeat until 5A.
In 5A the Crimson King returned to the scene in Akeroth and took control of the Undead Host again, from here he sent the Host Southward destroying and infecting the very land they treaded on. It was during this time that the Cult of Damnation rose up and assisted the Crimson King in his ultimate plans to destroy Akeroth.
The Host marched Southward and ultimately made its way across the Falmar and into Garem. Here in Garem many people came together in an attempt to hold back the Undead, but it was to no avail and the defenders were slaughtered adding to the ever-burgeoning number of Undead. When the defenders of Garem fell the Kender left in a mass of exodus leaving for Steppess (where they would found Kenderholm). The Host advanced forward and the only people left to stand in the way were the defenders of the Beacon of Light and they held valiantly against the Host but ultimately the sheer immensity of the Host defeated the defenders and as the last defender of the Beacon fell it exploded in a burst of divine energy. With the expulsion of the Divine energy, the Deities were evicted from Akeroth and a large portion of the Host was destroyed (however, many still remain). Since the destruction of the Beacon of Light Garem has become an extension of the Dead Scar.
After the Beacon was destroyed the people of Alatia sacrificed themselves and ended the reign of the Crimson King returning the power of the Host to Ishar, however, the Host had done substantial damage and the Host which had only occupied the area around the Ebon Hold (just South of Hildragr) had expanded in a contiguous line to the Falmar and across to Garem.
With the destruction of the Beacon of Light and the beginning of the Dark Times the Order took on greater control among many regions and became apart of the government itself instituting itself into everyday life and even into greater aspects of life including Royalty, Bloodlines, Politics, and Commerce.
From the founding of the Order in 1A until 8A17 the High Seat of the Order was located at the Grand Sept of Lordsport. It was in 8A17 that the Orcish Horde of Lok’Tar Ogar besieged the city of Lordsport and razed the Sept. After the Grand Sept was razed the High Seat was moved to the High Clerists Tower located in Avaros. While the Grand Sept was rebuilt in 10A and the Kingdom of Lorspar requested the High Seat to return to its ancestral seat, however, the King of Lorspar was rebuked, but instead every nation would have the ability to appoint a High Cleric who would report to the High Clerist and the High Seat in Avaros. This ability has allowed the local Orders to institute Folk Belief, and Cultural ideas into the Order, this has caused a plethora of differences to appear and in some places the Litagraph has even been translated into local vernacular.
The Orders’ Holy Book is known as the Litagraph.