Bowl with the Eternal Fire
Other names or titles
| Eternal Flame|
|Novigradians, spreading to Northern Kingdoms|
|Flame / torch|
|The light that illuminates the darkness, endurance, progression and innovativeness, hope for a better tomorrow|
|Prophets, knights, poets; the majority of Novigrad's inhabitants|
|Great Temple of the Eternal Fire in the Free City of Novigrad, a few churches and shrines in Northern Kingdoms|
The Cult (or Church ) of the Eternal Fire is a religious organization originating from the Free City of Novigrad. Initially a localized cult, in recent times it have started to expand its influences.
Notable members and worshippers[edit | edit source]
Militant arms[edit | edit source]
- in The Witcher game series
According to a legend, when first human colonists were visiting the abandoned town, they saw the strange glow emanating from one of palaces. Inside they met an individual sitting near the great bowl of fire. Being asked about his personality, answered: I guard the Eternal Fire; as long as it will flame in this place, so long this city and your kin will endure - and then he disappeared.
The stonished humans discerned a divine sign in that incident and designated some men to keep an eye on the fire. The Kreve's missionaries who came later acknowledged that the town had been blessed by the presence of their god, and helped in organize the church on the model of their cult.
Novigrad was the area's only brick town, so the lots of people were coming to settle down. Some of them traded, others dabbled in craft. With time also non-humans came. They didn't use to incommode priests due to not causing harm to a city, paying taxes and sometimes even worshipping the Fire. Only the druids have been disliked, who are accussing Novigrad of making the river pollution.
The priests are strongly against using magic, as it shouldn't sully the place where the Eternal Fire flames. Sorcery is considered as a blasphemy, excluding the ones who have obtained an official permission or trade imported magical items.
Eternal Fire is a symbol of hope, enduring the misfortune, light pointing the way in darkness, heralding progress and a better tomorrow. Holy flame guards the city from the forces of evil that could threaten its citizens; everyone believes that any monster could break within the walls and undermining this belief is considered to be a blasphemy since it is questioning the power of the Eternal Fire. One must admit that it protects extremely effectively indeed, though there is no longer against whom since the Novigradian priests had enthusiastically eradicated all creatures which could be considered as "monsters".
In The Witcher computer game[edit | edit source]
Other people the witcher meets in his travels may or may not belong to the cult. Other religions are also portrayed. Druids, followers of Melitele, the Lady of the Lake and nonhumans in particular do not adhere to that faith. Our hero also meets worshippers of the Water Lords and of Dagon.
The Eternal Fire is a highly aggressive faith that fights against all abnormal beings such as nonhumans, witches and, of course, beasts. On occasion, even witchers are not welcome in cities that adhere to the Eternal Fire.
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Glossary entry[edit | edit source]
| Cult of the Eternal Fire
"Worshippers of the Eternal Fire believe in the undying flame as a symbol of survival and a guide through darkness. They view it as a harbinger of progress and better days to come. Clerics of the Eternal Fire oversee the faithful as well as their temples, where flames burn continuously. The Order of the Flaming Rose is the cult's militant arm."
Sources[edit | edit source]
The cult has been elevated to the status of Church of the Eternal Fire and its practitioners run the city of Novigrad.