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Cults and Legends in Rieze Maxia

Rieze Maxia does not really have an organized religion, but instead a series of cults that come and go depending on time and place.

What they have in common is that they are all centered on spirits, but each place and the spirits revered are different.

Additionally, the discovery of the spirits’ existence has lessened their mystical appeal, and as such spirit faith has been on the decline, as they are now considered an everyday part of the world. Still, traditions remain.

Rashugal is less spiritual than Auj Oule, perhaps, in a way, because spirit artes are more developed there. But they seem to rever Kresnik the Sage. Auj Oule’s own legends about Kresnik are a bit different, as they like to focus on the fight with the Chimera, which has become a symbol of the country. 

There are four canonly known named spirits for which a cult exists or has existed:

- Maxwell, the Lord of Spirits. Revered in Nia Khera, a community that passed down the Maxwell faith and legends related to the creation of Rieze Maxia through the ages. A shrine dedicated to Maxwell was built on the outskirts of the village and a family of shamans have been serving it from generation to generation. The place, situated at the base of the Hallowmount, holds a special significance to Maxwell, and it is no wonder that this was where Milla was to be raised. In addition, the village, though belonging to the territory of Auj Oule, is a bit closed off in its own world, and there is little contact with the rest of the world. They must have gone through the warring tribes period and Gaius’s revolution quite unconcerned by what was going on.

- Two spirits are favorites in Xian Du: Efreet, the Great Spirit of Fire, as he is considered the guardian of warriors, and Undine, the Great Spirit of Water, who is said to guide the souls of deceased warriors. Legends about the reincarnation of souls are the reason statues of strong warriors are built and displayed everywhere. This tradition of statue building is around six hundred years old and was instigated by a tribe leader called Shaman.

Xian Du has two known customs: prayer pennants and sword lilies. The former are hung with a wish from the person who made them, and the latter are offered to warriors going to fight in the coliseum. The latter is also specific to the Kitarl tribe. Additionally, warriors have to cross the river by boat to reach the coliseum to purify themselves.

- Pluto, Great Spirit of Eternity, Lord of the Abyss, used to be revered in the Xailen Woods Temple near Kanbalar, though aside for two suspicious twin maidens who don’t age, the temple has now been abandoned and the faith dwindled. Legends say that the Lord of the Abyss was sealed in the temple by Maxwell a long time ago.

There must exist countless other cults and legends about other spirits, but these are the only ones developed in the game and side materials. It would be interesting to learn or think about others.

Remnants of spirit faith remain in Elympios in the tradition of middle names. The words used for middle names used to be special words used to communicate with spirits, and now parents pick them according to their meaning and what they wish for their child.

Traces of those names can also be found in Rieze Maxia to a lesser extent, in the Rashugal Six Houses and Auj Oule’s tribe names.

As for naming tradition in Rieze Maxia, there are maidens associated with each week (a bit like saints if you want), and it seems that some parents name their child a similar name as the one of the week they were born in.

Written by Yume

Naming Lore
Names Based on Spirit Lore

In the past, there used to be a number of words used to communicate with spirits. Some of these words have remained and are being used as names, in different ways depending on the place. Here are their usage and their meanings.

Elympios - Middle Names
In Elympios, they are used as middle names. Often, parents choose the middle name according to its meaning and what they wish for their child’s future.
Rashugal - The Six Houses
A trace of these words can be found in the initial employed in the names of members of the six nobles houses of Rashugal. They can also be found in some place names, especially those related to the Six Houses.
Auj Oule - Tribes
In Auj Oule, the tribe names come from these words.

Aktau = indomitable (ex: Aktau tribe)
Cheagle = invincible (ex: Cheagle tribe)
Ghita = familial love (ex: Derrick Ghita Mathis)
Il = strong will (ex: Nachtigal I. Fan [Nachtigal Fenn]), Claudia Il Kresnik; Il Fan [Fennmont])
Jade = wise blade (ex: Rowen J. Ilbert [Rowen Ilbert])
Kalakh = generosity, charity, love for mankind (ex: Drossel K. Shal [Driselle Sharil], Crane K. Shal [Cline Sharil]; Kalakh Shal [Sharilton])
Karcsi = to stand one’s ground, to see a project to the end (ex: Bisley Karcsi Bakur)
Kitarl = free like the wind (ex: Ortega Kitarl, Yurgen Kitarl; Kitarl tribe)
Lalla = loving smile (ex: Nadia L. Travis, Lara Lalla Travis)
Lou = meaning unknown (ex: Vera Lou Leshy)
Long Dau = guide; path of light (ex: Li Ying Long Dau; Long Dau tribe)
Mel = hope (ex: Elle Mel Marta, Lara Mel Marta)
Orta = shadow; one who does not betray (ex: Marcus Orta Kresnik)
Outway = eternal flame (ex: Arst Outway, Karla Outway; Outway tribe)
Vint = gentle, honest, docile (ex: Alfred Vint Svent)
Wi = determination, resolve (ex: Cornelia Wi Kresnik)
Will = the right choice; strong will and determination (ex: Ludger Will Kresnik, Julius Will Kresnik)
Yul = supporter (ex: Gillandor Yul Svent)
Zek = meaning unknown (ex: Rideaux Zek Rugievit)

Other Meaningful Names:

Gaius = “he who pulls the world behind him”
Li Ying = “reincarnation”
Wingul = “wing”
Jiao = “horn”
Presa = “fang”
Agria = “stinger”

Naming Themes

In Rashugal, siblings are often given names that follow a particular theme. For example:

- House Fan [Fenn] members are named after birds: King Milan (kite) named his sons Adler (eagle), Falco (falcon) and Nachtigal (nightingale).

- Same for House Shal [Sharil], with Crane and Drossel [Driselle] (thrush).

- Fernand L. Travis' legitimate children are named after archaeological classifications: Aurignac (Aurigniacian), Gravett (Gravettian), Celedonio (Caledonian) and Magdalena (Magdalenian).

Saint of the Week

In Rieze Maxia, every week is associated with a priestess, and some people name their children after the priestess of the child's birth week. Only one is known - Julia, the priestess of Pluvia Rubra, whom Presa (Jill) is named after. A number of NPC also have a variation of the name: Julius, Julia, Julio, July...

Rashugal Houses and Auj Oule Tribes

The Six Houses of Rashugal are said to be descended from Kresnik the Sage's six disciples. The Houses' names are Fan [Fenn], Shal [Sharil], Ilbert, Travis, Zmey [Zumay] and Banya.

Another big noble house is House Dragan, though it is not part of the six.

According to legends, the seven most powerful tribes of Auj Oule are descended from the children of Kresnik the Sage. Only three of these tribes are known, however: Long Dau, Kitarl and Sarakhs.

In addition, Auj Oule is home to about a hundred of smaller tribes, which used to depend on the Seven before King Gaius took over and changed the system. Some of these are known: Outway, Aktau, Cheagle.

Code Names

The Aktau tribe put together a spy organization called the Rats. Its known members all have code names based on cat-like mammals: Mink, Cat [Katte], Lynx.

(Source: Tales of Xillia 2 Official World Guidance Book p.56, 162, 166; Tales of Xillia Fan's Bible p. 202; Tales of Xillia Anthology Drama CD vol.1)

Written by Yume