Kalam is a religious and political movement with growing popularity among the nomadic equatorial tries. Adherents believe that the land itself is sacred, that all on Mahid owe their existence entirely to her, and therefore that permanently scarring her with buildings or delving is a fatal offense. They point to the remains of the ruined civilizations of old as evidence of this principle.

Most of Mahid knows Kalam only as a cheap justification used by desert raiders to feel self-righteous when they burn and pillage, and indeed this particular application is responsible for the movement’s rapid spread throughout the tribes, particularly among those who don’t already have similar justification from a religion.

This, however, is not all there is to Kalam. Those who travel the desert know that the movement began with the writings of the late Alvoro Dishan, a wise and perhaps holy man, and that the sanctity of the land was not his only teaching. He taught pacifism, and the values of an ascetic, meditative life.

A core minority sect of Kalam still follows his words and honors his memory. Supposedly most of them inhabit a holy city in the deep desert called Hurinak, but this seems incompatible with their creed. It is not precisely clear how this pacifistic inner sect views the hijacking of their beliefs for the purposes of warmongering, but speaking to the raiders who’ve propagated the hijacking shows that they somewhat paradoxically revere the pacifist monks highly, some of even making pilgrimages to Hurinak or other deep desert places where the true followers of Dishan can be found.


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