Gazetteer – 04a020701 – Jukal
The former emperor was the primary god of the Grables. He mastered all runes in life and was the spiritual and political leader of the Grable Empire. His life is detailed to some degree in the Age of Runes.
At the end of the Age of Runes, Jukal defeated the Beast, but then his whereabouts became unknown. Priests and scholars during the Age of Chaos would speculate on where he disappeared to, but none of them really knew the answer. As the worship of Jukal formed, the unresolved debate created turmoil and inconsistencies in his worship. One sect even worshipped him as a chaotic being. They were known as the Jazanes and they believed that Jukal bled all but the fire, truth, and chaos runes into his lance. The fire rune was kept to forge the lance, the truth rune was withheld because the truth was that Jukal was not powerful enough to kill the Beast, and the chaos rune was not input because it would warp the lance and diminish its power against the Beast. Those runes they believed were what Jukal preserved as his legacy and they were the only ones that were holy to him.
The Jazanes were right. Jukal was a creature of fire, truth, and chaos when he slew the Beast. The fate rune warned him of what he was about to become so Jukal built a prison for himself before forging the lance. He made a pack with Atlas to be his jailor as well as the one who would lift the land out of the ocean when he slew the great land turtle. Jukal’s jail lied beneath Atlas’s feet. The only way to enter the prison was when Atlas moved from his spot. A hero at the end of the Age of Chaos, Karl the Wanderer, completed the 12 quests of Atlas that enabled him to “ease Atlas’s burden” enabling Atlas to mate with Fate to create the Silver Moon goddess. The other Heroes of Atlas entered the tomb and battled Jukal for his lance. They killed the Grable emperor and gave the lance to Calgillien to kill the Beast with.
Though the Beast was destroyed, the Jukalian religion and the entire Grable pantheon were thrown into turmoil. Calgillien now emerged as a significant divine figure and many Jukalian knights pledged allegiance to the new god. The Heroes of Atlas learned that this is what Jukal intended. Jukal did know the consequences of forging the lance before he forged it and he knew that he was sacrificing not only his immortal life, but any chance of moral divinity. The prayers to him during the Age of Chaos were gathered in a receptacle in Tanvarpov and preserved for Calgillien’s return. He knew that his attempt at killing the Beast was a stop gap measure and that he would need an age for humanity to recover enough to truly battle the forces of the Beast again and thus the Age old plan of waiting for Calgillien and the offspring of Atlas and Fate, Silver Moon, to arrive.
After the defeat of the Beast, the victorious forces of good knew of the fate of Jukal and his chaotic state of being. This unsettling news caused rifts in the Jukalian church. The Jazanes demanded formal recognition of Jukal’s true chaotic nature within all sects of the church – truth is one of their primary dictums – but many in the church were steeped in the law rune which is the counter rune to the truth rune and diametrically opposed to all things chaos. The Traditionalists argued that the ideal of Jukal was what was to be worshiped and that his true form was just more evidence of what he gave up to save the world. Traditionalist priests continued to be able to channel divine magic which they cited as proof against the “truth” argued by the Jazanes.
Scholars and sages are puzzled by the duality of the worship. They lean toward the Jazanes gaining power from Jukal, himself, and the Traditionalists gaining power from another source. The clerics of Calgillien know for a fact that it is not Calgillien continuing to provide divine magic to the Traditionalists. This unknown source of Traditionalist power remains one of the world’s mysteries – though Traditionalists will challenge any who suggest that it is not actually Jukal continuing to support them.
The Traditionalist Church remains a religion dedicated to the preservation of Grable culture. Their religion is still the dominant one in the Old Grable Kingdom, but it has definitely been on the decline for the last ten years. Borkogal and Equelyn priests and priestesses still pay homage to the Traditionalist Denomination and welcome the inclusion of Calgillien to the pantheon, but Equelyn priestesses are less accommodating of the worshippers of Jaslia believing them to be lax in both teaching discipline and honoring Grable traditions.
The Jukalian church is highly organized under the Crowned Priest of Haran who leads the organization. A new crowned priest is chosen upon the death of the old priest by the Council of Torrents, an international assembly of high priests of Jukal. The crowned priest leads the direction of the church. His office oversees promotions and excommunications of the priests and patronage of the Jukalian church. No Jazane has ever held the position of crowned priest, but with the growing strength of the “Actualists” sect, that streak may end soon.