The Unexpected Heir
A major sect of the Church of Asthorn, the Quasideists are widespread throughout the Asthornic world, although they are especially prominent in Vaestia and the Asthornic parts of Yesham. On the Council of Virtues, the Responsibility favours the Quasideists.
Quasideist beliefs state that, as creations of Asthorn, all humans are entirely divine by nature. As creations of Asthorn, human nature is believed to vary little from that of the deity who created them. Quasideists believe that all humans are destined for the afterlife, and only through actions opposing Asthorn's teachings can one forsake this right. Most debates regarding Quasideist doctrine focus on this teaching, arguing what, exactly, can cause one to lose access to the afterlife. Quasideists are unique among the major sects in their belief that those who do not follow the Church of Asthorn may be permitted entry to the afterlife, if they lead sufficiently virtuous lives. This belief applies to those who are born and die with no knowledge of the Church's existence, as well as those who follow other faiths, but coexist with the Church's followers and do not go against its teachings.
Quasideists view the afterlife as a much more abstract concept than most other sects. They view the world of the living and the afterlife as the same; only after death, however, can one see the truth of the world. Thus, the living make their way blindly through the world, guided by the priests to eventually reach the afterlife safely. At this point, invisible and distinct from the living, they roam the world in its true state, along with Asthorn and those who have come before. Quasideists believe Asthorn still resides in the Holy City in this state, and place more importance upon pilgrimages there than any other major sect.
In secular Church politics, the Quasideists typically align with the Solars. They typically oppose the Dodecaseptarians, the Generationalists, the Isolationists, and the Consecrationists. They are sometimes able to work with the Unitarians.