The Zenith of Herestra
Ephaesian lore identifies Korsick as the god of Mischief, Contracts, and Beauty. To the residents of Ephaesia, he is the very embodiment of “Organized Chaos”. Depicted in lore as a being of supreme beauty, Korsick has a reputation for making deals with mortals and immortals alike. The contents of these contracts are often so convoluted and arbitrary that residents of Ephaesia are wary to sign any contract.
Regardless of physical appearance, Korsick always manifests as a divinely charismatic character. His clothing is the of the highest quality, his weapons bearing unending adornments, his hair perfectly groomed, and his demeanor unequivocally amiable. Allegedly, Korsick has manifest at key times throughout history appearing at the crucial moment before the rise or fall of an empire.
The Fall of Yaaze
While many claim to have encountered Korsick, few tales are as credible as the fall of the great metropolis Yaaze. As the legend goes, a downtrodden laborer by the name of Iwo prayed to the gods for the power to overthrow Kievar who was considered excessively brutal in his tactics for complicity. A man by the name of Liety appeared a week later to offer Iwo the power to overthrow Kievar. Liety explained that Iwo need only sign a contract and perform a few easy rituals to keep his power. Iwo readily accepted the deal, performed the rituals and suddenly found himself in the possession of a massive army of trained soldiers. Within the month, the city of Urunfeld had been captured in a relatively bloodless battle and Iwo was asserted as its new ruler. Finding himself woefully unqualified for the position, The Black Spring Empire rendered into chaos and Iwo prayed again to the gods for aid. Liety appeared once more, offering yet another contract for peace and prosperity at only the cost of a few more meaningless rituals. Desperate to keep his newly acquired power, Liety signed the contract. Iwo was infused with untold leadership, leading his people to newer heights of prosperity and ruling the land with a just hand. Every year without fail, another crisis cropped up that Iwo could not handle; so he prayed to the gods for assistance. Liety would appear and offer to solve the crisis, for a few more rituals. Eventually it became too much and Iwo forgot to perform one of the required rituals. The Black Spring Empire went up in flames that very night, falling into chaos and ultimately collapsing over the next ten years through constant infighting. Iwo was beheaded by his own royal guard and his body was unceremoniously cast into the streets.
The Council of Korsick
The Council of Korsick is viewed with a great deal of suspicion among the residents of Ephaesia. While the Council may serve a vital role in the writing of contracts and often contribute truly marvelous works of art to the culture of Ephaesia, the association of with the god chiefly known for his mischief tends to tarnish their reputation.
Worshipers of Korsick are found in every class from the poorest bohemian artists to the richest lawyers. Regardless of financial standing, worshiper of Korsick have an affinity for beauty and for looking beautiful. Members of the Council appear to be “ahead” of fashion trends wherever they go and are often the trendsetters of Ephaesia. Reactions to members of the Council are often polar in nature, often revering or reviling particular members ardently. Regardless of popular opinion, all members are given equal education with particular interest paid to Art History and Law. Gossipers allege that worshipers of Korsick are also taught in the art of Chaos, but scholars have found little to no evidence to suggest this is true.
Initiation into the Council of Korsick is simple: one must simply sign a contract. Those who sign the contract are officially deemed members of Korsick with little further ceremony and are given access to the resources available to any of the Council. However, the rules and regulations wrapped up in said contract are so complex that many members of the Council inadvertently break them. Punishment for breaking contract with Korsick varies, but the punishments do not always seem to fit the breach of contract. Members have been executed for not returning books from the library to their proper place and yet others have been fined ten silver for the massacre of a town without a permit. Only those educated by the Council of Korsick have any reasonable understanding of the contract the Council’s many laws.
Worshipers of Korsick can never intentionally forfeit a contract, to do so is to forfeit one’s life. A worshiper of Korsick must not sign a contract without first reading it and fully understanding it. Worshipers must make every effort to protect beauty both natural and man made. A worshiper of Korsick must be beauty in all things, from penmanship to swordsmanship.
The organization of the Council is not particularly well understood by the public. What is understood is that there are several branches of organization within the Council and that seats of power rotate on a frequent basis. All members who join the Council are given equal access to education, equal voting rights, and equal access to all other available resources of the council. Elections for representatives take place on a quarterly basis and representatives are forbidden from serving for more than thirty six terms. Representatives come together on a weekly basis to debate current legislation on the local, regional, and national level.
The association with the God of Mischief often has the blame of any misfortune directed towards the Council of Korsick. Of course, the Council denies any involvement and indeed there are countless instances in which the Council could not have possibly been involved. Other criticisms stem from scholars who have paid particular attention to political machinations within the Council’s organization, noting that policies with little apparent organizational interest have been passed with overwhelming majority votes.