Court of Sapphire

Overview

There are said to be millions of gods in India, and this may well be true. While the older courts claim to have transcended the need to be recognised as gods by the citizens, the Court of Sapphire finds that the illusion of godliness continues to serve their purposes quite well. Many of the demigods and supernaturals on the subcontinent have watched over certain families as protectors or antagonists for generations, while many of those who exist at divine status are recognised throughout the world as Hindu deities and Jain siddhus. The half-bloods who make up the ranks of the Court of Sapphire often serve as holy men and women who serve as the intermediaries for the greater powers.

History

Appearance

There are a myriad of gods and supernatural beings in India and their appearances are as varied as nature itself. The vast majority of members have an ancestry on the subcontinent, whether this is Indian, Pakistani, Sri-Lankan, or one of the many ethnic groups that share this part of the world. A high number though are of mixed European and Middle Eastern descent after numerous invasions and occupations from these lands. Surprising many foreigners though is the number of pure-blooded English members of this court. Those who attain prestige and power within the court often start to resemble the gods of Indian myth, with animal features, additional limbs and unusual skin colourations becoming readily apparent with advanced power.

Homeland

The Indian subcontinent has always been home to a myriad of supernatural creatures, demons and gods, and each of these is related to the Court of Sapphire either as allies or enemies of the ancient order. The Court of Sapphire is perhaps the most populous of all the groups of Outsiders in the world due to the faith of its citizens and the spread of Indian beliefs throughout the empires of Ancient Greece and later England. Various members of the court have been responsible for the spread of Hinduism and many other religions across the world, which has meant that many members in Europe and Asia claim membership of the court as well as small pockets of members in virtually all the continents of the world.

Court Culture

A strict system of castes has kept the Court of Sapphire regulated for millennia. All members of the court accept their role within the caste hierarchy and no member ever changes their station within the court. Those members of the Court of Sapphire who began their lives as citizens retain the caste of their mortal life while those who were born as Outsiders share the caste of their birth parents. While many outside the Court of Sapphire see this as a form of discrimination, or even slavery, most Outsiders of the court share the beliefs of the citizens around them and they believe that no matter what their role in society it can be improved in future reincarnations through a combination of hard work and spiritual enlightenment. The core belief that drives the Court beyond its castes is the idea that there are mysterious cycles too magnificent for most souls to understand, and it is only through contemplating these cycles and patterns that the illusion of reality can be broken down. Those who successfully break down these illusions are said to instantly become Celestines in their own right forging new illusions and realities in the far off corners of the cosmos.

Court Operations

Unlike the other two most ancient courts, the Court of Sapphire has long had a strict sense of structure and formality. In primeval times, the plains of India and the surrounding lands were subject to the rivalries of royal dynasties and military dictators. This was a struggle that cascaded between the realms of the citizens and those of the Outsiders; neither the physical world, nor the spiritual planes escaped the bickering. Then came the deluge, all trace of the past had been wiped clean and the Court had a chance to begin anew. The wisest of the elders held council, consulting among themselves and calling emissaries from far off spiritual realms. In time they decided that only through establishing rigid social status could the conflicts be regulated. Thus was born the caste system as it is known today, and the factions of the court of Sapphire who have politely waged war through treachery, illusion and magic for the thousands of years since. All within the Sapphire court know their place within the castes, but membership of the factions is far more lenient. Throughout history, the wars of the factions have revolved around retaining the highest number of Outsiders, the most powerful members and the greatest multitude of loyal citizens.

Common Court Powers

Members of the Court of Sapphire are expected first and foremost to develop powers that fit in with their caste, it is considered greatly dishonourable to develop powers outside one’s station in life. Warriors should not develop healing arts, farmers should not develop the talents of mysticism and priests should not learn to fight. Each member of the court has their own role to play for society to run smoothly, and by becoming greedy, a member only reinforces the bonds the illusion has over them. Once a member of the Court of Sapphire proves themselves a useful member to their caste, caste elders often approach them; these elders reveal new mysteries to them and open doors of learning that lead to the spirit realms. In the realms of the spirit, the bonds of caste no longer apply, and ways to control the illusion become the key to learning and the key to escaping the bonds of reality.

Common Court Havens

Just as there are many different types of supernatural beings who make up the Court of Sapphire, there are many different types of places where they live. Those beings who maintain the highest ranks within the castes of the court live in or near the temples that do the landscape, typically working as priests or holy figures. Those who hold lower caste ranks, live among their respective citizens, in the cities, fields or slums. Just because they have supernatural powers doesn’t mean they live any differently to mortal eyes. Of course virtually all of the outsiders in the Court of Sapphire have access to the spirit realms and most claim a territory within these otherworlds. Those with high levels of status within the court claim huge areas of land within the spirit planes, while those of lower rank either hold much smaller territories or pay fealty to the more powerful beings whose spirit lands they live in.

Court Agenda

Intercourt Relations

Blood Court

Chrysanthemum Court

Gold Court

Ivory Court

Jade Court

Ochre Court

Peyote Court

Rose Court

Sand Court

Sapphire Court

Wave Court

Lesser Courts

The Court of Marble
The Court of the Sea
The Court of Ice
The Court of Runes
The Court of Grass
The Court of Greenstone

Significant Court Members

Significant Court Rogues

Divine (Sadhya – “Celestial Being”, Sri – “Holy” used as a prefix) –
Demigods (Deva[Male]/Devi[Female] – “shining one”) –
Supernaturals (Manu – “ancient lawgiver”) –
Half-Bloods (Guru – “teacher”) –

Court Elements: Light, Dark, Air
Members:
Air –
Darkness –
Earth –
Fire –
Light –
Metal –
Water –
Wood –

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