The Unexpected Heir
A large sect of the Church of Asthorn, the Generationalists originated as a splinter group of the Unitarians, though their relationship now is strained, focusing far more on their differences than commonalities. They make up the bulk of the population of Zunstaria, and are relatively common in Romathia, although their beliefs are not widespread in the rest of the Church's lands. On the Council of Virtues, the current Compassion is a Romathian Generationalist.
In Carthe, Generationalists are quite uncommon. As Carthe is far from their base of power and is not currently settled by any nations from Zunstaria or Romathia, those who are found in Carthe originated from the small groups of Generationalists in the Six Kingdoms or the Yvethi Merchant League.
While they share the Unitarian belief that all humans have an element of the divine, they strongly oppose the idea that all humans are equally divine. The Generationalists believe the first humans possessed the most divinity, and the Twenty-Seven the most among them. They believe that one's divinity is assigned at birth, with more being allotted to those for whom Asthorn has a divine purpose. However, even the most divine of each generation are granted less divinity than the generation before. Scholars differ on whether humans will eventually be entirely mundane, or whether future generations will have tiny amounts of divinity within themselves, but it will still be present. Generationalists typically believe that those who are granted larger allotments of divinity within their generation are often led to life within the clergy, and therefore, that the clergy are more divine than others. Those outside the priesthood who achieve great deeds in the name of the Church, especially those who are named Prophets or made saints, are often considered to have great amounts of divinity, second only to the priesthood. Some highly orthodox branches of Generationalists believe those who do not have children or only have children later in life are following the will of Asthorn, by limiting the population of each new generation, and therefore slowing the diminishing of divinity. Generationalists view the Twenty-Seven with nearly as much reverence as the Dodecaseptarians, and view Prophets less fondly the more contemporary they are.
Generationalists do not differ greatly from the Unitarians in their views of the afterlife, believing any deemed worthy live together in one afterlife at the side of Asthorn. They do, however, believe that figures from ancient history are closest to Asthorn, while those living in modern times are bound for life as an underclass. They view divisions in the afterlife more like social divisions within the world of the living than the separate realms of the Dodecaseptarians, however.