The Aetherian Cycle
Worshipers of the Cycle believe all life is recreated upon death, reborn again as a new creature of Aether. Whenever a creature dies, their death defines how they will be reborn. Those who die gloriously in battle are reborn as mortals, or higher caste mortals. It is believed a wolf who dies putting a good fight on the hunt could be reborn as a mortal, should his death have been glorious enough. Glory in death is based solely upon the cause, the stakes and the strength of the one killed. It is believed a soldier who falls on his own spear is likely to reborn as a lowly cat or hare, but if that soldier died fighting his enemies without fear or regard for his own life, he would be reborn a high ranking military officer or chieftain. Young believers of the Cycle are generally forbid from battle and work smithing, farming, or some other trade. After coming of age, they are permitted to participate in hunts. After proving themselves in a hunt, one can participate in actual battles. Worshipers believe that the Three Great Beasts: Salamander, Sovereign and Albatross, are mortals that had the most glorious deaths in the history of Aether, explaining their great power and seemingly infinite lifespan.