From necrotic practices in ancient India to modern wheels of chance, the Euthanatos move among all places where fate hangs in the balance. Self-appointed judges and executioners, they seek to keep harmony in the cosmic cycle. But who judges them, and where do their responsibilities truly lie? Only the most careful equilibrium can stave off a descent into the pits of madness and death.
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The Euthanatoi , also known as the Chakravanti "People of the Wheel" or the Niyamavanti "People of our Rule" are a Tradition of mages intimately devoted to the forces of death, rebirth, destiny, and karma in the world.
They represent a collection of thanatotic cultists, necromancers, priests of fate, assassins, scholars, gamblers and healers. Euthanatos mages embrace the role of death in the world as that which cleanses and makes way for future growth. Most believe in the reincarnation of souls, meaning death in one life is not to be feared and in fact may be crucial to one's spiritual development. Even those who do not share this belief recognize a continuous cycle of death and rebirth throughout life, and accept that at times death may be necessary to end suffering.
These mages guard the moment between life and death. Heretical reincarnationists, they see Creation as a spinning Wheel of Death and Rebirth. When something — or someone — interferes with the Wheel's motion, the obstacle should be removed. The method of removal may be as simple as a kind word or as final as murder. Most controversially, many Euthanatos see it as their duty to push this cycle forward, removing sources of disease, corruption, and misery from the world in order to quicken the turn of the Wheel of Ages.
This means judging when a person's moral degradation has grown too harmful to themselves or others to be allowed to continue, and when it is appropriate to deliver the Good Death. Euthanatos are not cavalier about this responsibility, and are painfully aware of the risk of Jhor , but they know their work is necessary and that they are the only ones for it.
To the Euthanatoi, theirs is a sacred duty, one that must be carried out, but is so strenuous and terrible that only the most strong-willed can perform it.
It is not so much that they take on a right, as they take on a burden: responsibility for pain, for release and for renewal. Though the Euthanatoi have roots across the world, their magic is most commonly explained through concepts taken from Indian religions.
They believe that all animate beings possess an Atman , their sacred self or soul, that which is divine and indestructible. Secondly, a person's Dharma describes their purpose and place in Creation, what they are meant to do and the rules by which they are to live. It is in fulfilling their Dharma that the Euthanatoi find enlightenment, and in doing so, strengthen their connection to the cosmos.
Thus, what they use magic for is as important as the tools they employ. Many Euthanatoi believe they are chosen to be agents of Karma , tasked with judging those who have strayed too far from their Dharma. Those of other cultural heritages have similar concepts with different names; Greeks speak of the Fates as the force which punishes those who act improperly, while the Celtics say all souls are bound by geasa that guide them to their destiny.
Likewise, Euthanatoi have long sought guidance from incarnations of death such as various gods, spirits, and other chthonic entities. While this may involve actual worship, it is just as often the mage seeking some form of divine consent before making the life and death decisions they are tasked with. For the Euthanatoi, death is not the end; death is an end. Suffering and sorrow mar the picture that it is the Tapestry, and renewal means these threads will be rewoven into it.
Every man must take up his burden, surpass it and accept the responsibility to deal with this inevitability. That responsibility becomes a keystone for the support of the world, for the willingness to support and shelter others — and to perform the duties necessary to release those who only bring or know suffering.
Other mages find it hard to understand the Euthanatoi. It is not that they fail to grasp the rationale for their magical arts; after all many Traditions believe in the notion of an all-encompassing cycle governs the Tellurian. The problem is with their whole mindset, the insistence of the Tradition on being the guardians of that cycle and cling to an ethos and a sense of duty that turns them both into healers and killers.
What other Traditions cannot understand is that the Chodona , the belief system and legal code the Thanatoics live on, it is more than a moral duty and an ideal addended to a magical style. Duty is what makes the Euthanatos sacred and powerful. It is what allows them to use magic at all. After all, the soul must be pure to connect with the Akasha that serves as the hidden, formless foundation of reality, or the mage is confined to her small thread on the skein of Fate.
While materialists and scientists say that only applies to physical phenomena, the Euthanatoi claim that causal laws shape the mystical universe, preceding and affecting as a result what transpires in the material world. Different Euthanatoi have different names for it, but the Tradition as a whole calls it karma. Karma is inescapable and it affects everything, with only Moksa being able to contravene its laws.
Karma is the mechanism by which all things occur. That means that when a sentient being decides to stray from the path to Moksa, a karmic punishment occurs, and while they complete their duty to their Atman, they are rewarded. In the same way, the Lokha it is shaped by the collective karma of Sleepers , creating a Consensus that makes physical laws and events occur. Unfortunately, due to the state of affairs in the World of Darkness some Euthanatoi believe that the Sleepers are too far gone to save.
Having followed immoral leaders and selfish impulses, they reap the sorrow of ecological collapse, war and, in the end, Armageddon. The Hierochthonoi a group of greek chthonic priests inside the Tradition calls this whole train of thought an abandonment of duty and folly hubris — something than mages are more than capable of nurture. The Sacred Duty. The Wheel of ages spins towards a purpose only fulfilled at the terminus of every Cycle, when the gods of destruction put an end to the Lokha and recreate the primordial harmony so the universe can begin anew.
Every soul cultivate themselves to this end by following different paths. This is what Indian Euthanatoi call dharma, while other Wheel-turners have other names for it like the Aided's Geasa , but in essence the concept is always the same. This dharma is the duty bestowed by the Atman and the Wheel itself, with every sentient being having the responsibility to guide their Atman toward Ascension. Failing and hesitating with that duty means the Wheel turning to punish the wrongdoer with a painful karma, while succeeding and honoring their burden means good fortune and by the end, an union with the divine.
The Euthanatoi are special in the fact that they were given the hardest, most sacred duty of all: the Chakradharma as revealed by the Chodona. To attain liberation, they must enforce the dharmas of all other beings. Subtle workings and the Good Death are tools to be used in following their sacred law. Adherence allows them to refine their connection to the Atman and touch the divine state themselves, even if it means that their dharma sometimes offends the sensibilities of other mages.
In their roles as enforcers of dharma, Euthanatoi must confront unpleasant realities about the people they influence and the Wheel that sets all things in motion.
Destiny may be ultimately moral, but it sometimes carries dark truths that must be obeyed to serve the greater good. The Atman , the sacred self. An indestructible self united to the whole creation. The awakened and mystical self. All Euthanatoi believe that, barring Gilgul , the Atman is indestructible, divine and the font of infinite potential.
It learns to realize its own nature over countless incarnations. In some births it learns a little more of its true nature, and no longer follows the laws of karma it did as a Sleeper. Awakened, the Atman has the potential to achieve godhood or even Moksa — Ascension.
The Thanatoics see their souls as two separate halves. The first one it is called the Atman, source of their power, the sacred self that passes always after death and the link to the One.
The second one is the Jive , the part of the soul that fuels the personality of a person and can remain after the Atman reincarnates, like what happens with wraiths and vampires. Mystic power gained from meditation. Inner energy set free to do great works. Primi Chalech chose this word because it represented the Tradition's ideal. With discipline and meditation, a mage unlocks the power of creation's Cycle itself. Not the manipulation of impersonal forces and laws, but a state of being result of a thorough adherence to a dharma.
According to Euthanatoi's belief system, the Awakened are permitted by the Wheel to access the primordial being and source — called by many names like Akasha, the Void, Brahma, Shiva, Om, Abu, the Cry of Creation — before it is woven into the Patterns of the Tellurian.
If a mage uses this capabilities to unravel the Tellurian, that it is the same as to hinder the dharma of countless Sleepers and their own sacred duties, meaning that karma must punish the mage with a Paradox backlash.
As a newly Awakened Wheel-turner is nothing more than human, its dharma does not permit the mage to manipulate this primordial source by its own power, so it needs what it is called the Divine Union. By using rituals, the Atman merges with a god or an archetype that embodies the aspect of the Lokha that the mage wants to change.
Thanks to the foci, the new Euthanatoi reaches a state of meditative absorption where she gains the liberated consciousness of a god. She can then use its attributes to alter reality. As she advances in her dharma, she becomes more and more able to do this without rituals; her consciousness becomes divine on its own.
The Euthanatoi have always recognized the traditional gods of the ancient world. As the Tradition grew, new gods and primordial symbols were added. Catholic saints, important mathematical formulae and figures from local folklore were added as new death mages tapped into the prevailing power of their cultures. A modern Lhaksmist might flood her consciousness with probability theory as a new aspect of the Goddess; a Chakramuni could use the divine face of Jungian archetypes to explore past lives.
When a mage masters dharma, it also learns to accept the divinity of the Atman. That is when the mage begins to discard her tools and abide in the soul's connection to the uncreated cosmos. That is when a choice comes, the Wheel-turner must choose between becoming one of the gods or to unite with the Creator itself. The first option means to become one of the aspects of the Cycle and be the guardian of that primeval power, while the latter option means joining with the Cycle and what guides it, attaining Moksa, the final liberation from karma.
There is a third secret option however, that being rejecting both in order to serve as a guide for other souls striving for Moksa. The work of this Avataras should be subtle and go unnoticed, as traces of their guidance and work are very scarce and the stuff of legends.
As it was mentioned, by virtue of their Awakened state and their unique Dharma, the Euthanatoi may merge with divine beings or principles, taking on their roles and attributes in order to perform magic. Shiva , Kali , Rudra , and other Hindu gods are seen as personifications of universal forces that Euthanatoi then embody through ritual and symbolic representations. Others sects extend this idea to pagan gods, Loa , ancestor spirit s , Catholic saints , or impersonal forces like death and chance.
Through practice, adherence to their Dharma, and greater wisdom they come to rely on these entities less and less as their soul moves closer to divinity in its own right. Regarding the actual way the Euthanatoi perform their magic, most of them use it as a way to measure the balance of a situation or a life, making a divination to get an estimation of the most probable outcome of a given event.
This can come in many ways, a coin flip, a rolling dice, or subtle gaze to see what a soul holds. What the Sleepers perceive as mere chance, the Wheel-turners use to their own favor, making their command of the Entropy Sphere a powerful weapon in order to create coincidental effects and avoid Paradox backlashes.
In order to get such effects, some Euthanatoi master the ability to create a series of perfectly believe set of events that appear to just be random chance in order to get a desired result. Not every magic performed by a Thanatoic mage does results in death, actually killing is the last resort for a true Wheel-turner, only when they consider there is no other way around to redeem or save a soul the deed is done.
A situation that can be changed for the better without losing any blood is always preferred. The Tradition foci serve to bring mages closer to different aspects of the world, with bones and funerary objects symbolizing death, dice, and other games of chance representing entropy and luck, while staves signify divine law and punishment.
Meditation, ritual purification, and extreme asceticism also help separate the soul from the body, allowing it to attain higher states of being.
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