“Suddenly your entire perspective changes, suddenly, you are a mystic.”
Attributed to the Rogue Mystic when asked by the Black Army why he wrote the Forbidden Journal.
Mysticism is an absolute religion which collects all religions into one tradition. It is a religious concept that says all gods belong to a greater order of the universe and are placed into the Hierarchy of the Gods. Mystics believe that gods follow a class system very different from our own. Fundamental to Mysticism is the belief in the Soul, and that their soul can ascend or descend the Hierarchy. Mystics worship through prayer and temple building, as well as the ways each religion deem necessary to worship their particular god. By worshiping, they hope, they will earn a recommendation from their god to earn the first rank in the Hierarchy.
All who seek to understand Mysticism must read its sourcebook, the Forbidden Journal. They should especially read its appendix. They must also read the amendment, The Path of the Mystic. Many of the revelations given to the Rogue Mystic are recorded there. Mysticism is not a founded religion like the ones already established. Note: the Rogue Mystic is not the founder of Mysticism. He is merely the first to speak about it. Mysticism has no founder, literally. It is not a founded religion. For some mystics, all religions inherently contain mystical beliefs and practices. The worship and construction of temples a faithful does for their religion is essentially mysticism more than anything. Mysticism does not need its own temples, priests or dogmas because all other religions serve as its engine of truth. A faithful can be devoted to their religion and be a mystic at the same time. There is no contradiction or conflict. What might become conflict for mystics and non-mystics is the registry. For other mystics, seeking out the Eight Badges of Divinity is their entire life goal.
Mysticism was first revealed to Dwilight by the Demon Prince when he received the truth from the God of Discovery, Bamaluu, who is the castle Balance's Retreat, during the Summer of 8 YD. Lord Bowie recorded his experiences in the Forbidden Journal which was written while resting in Balance’s Retreat. All of his writings have become the first source for the religion. He has since been recognized by other mystics as the Rogue Mystic because he received the revelations while traveling as a rogue. Later, in the Summer of 13 YD, he updated the sacred texts with the Path of the Mystic, a revelation which fundamentally changed the mission of the mystic. Beginning in the Summer of 18 YD, Master Evolutionary Mystic began to share her own commentaries and teachings on Mysticism as collected into a book carrying her name. In the Winter of 20 YD, the Rogue Mystic collected his teachings, shared to the Mystery Cult from the Winter of 17 YD to the Winter of 19 YD, in a volume known as the "Fundamentals of Mysticism." He added teachings on "Advanced Mysticism" in the Autumn of 22 YD.
Mystics accept and apply the divination system of Fortune Telling, as developed by the Windswept Mystic in the Autumn of 19 YD.
The registry is where all of the worshiped gods are ranked and classified. The god(s) are ranked depending on the strength of the god(s) (the type of god, how many worshipers and the reach of the religion). This may be a sensitive issue for non-mystics or even for fanatical mystics. It is required for mystics to acknowledge and apply the registry. Some mystics question the sense of the registry and consider it more peripheral to their faith. Though they are still required to understand its meaning and purpose, and how the registry correlates to their religion, their faith, and their life as a mystic.
The Mystery Cult
The Mystery Cult is the ideal religion of all Mystics. It is the ways in which they contact and interact with the Divine Realm. Only those who have taken the Oath of the Initiated to a Master may participate in the Mystery Cult.