Unmarked

A historical movement with no followers in the present day, the Unmarked are only of scholarly interest. They were branded as a heretic sect by the Church of Asthorn and eliminated in a Purification by the Inquisition. In reality, the Unmarked were more concerned with political influence on the Church than theological affairs. The Purification targeting them has been seen by historians as having dubious justification.

The protests of the Unmarked were centered around those within the Church who granted blessings in exchange for payment. At the time, this practice was becoming gradually more widespread, as the sitting Purity was known to have granted absolution in exchange for vast sums of money, and did not speak against others who did so. This caused considerable outrage among scholars, priests, nobles, and commoners alike. Those who openly challenged the Church became known as the Unmarked, after a prominent orator's claim that "The souls of the whore-priests may be marked, but not mine."

The Unmarked protested that abusing the institutions of the Church for profit was against the teachings of Asthorn, and that those who did so should be removed from the priesthood. Naturally, this offended the Purity. In addition, the Church did not have a practice in place for removing a priest, and several sects including the Generationalists, Isolationists, and Consecrationists were vehemently opposed to the thought that such a thing was possible. This led to a Purification being called against them. This Purification was noted as one of the bloodiest, as the Unmarked and their sympathizers were widespread. The Purification was also used as an excuse to remove political rivals of the Purity and others in power, whether they were truly Unmarked sympathizers or not.

Unmarked

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