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“Sandima, you know as well as I what we've been through. We've spent the last hundred years in hiding deep within the Yied Desert, suffering extreme hardships, dreaming the day would come for us to rebuild the Empire. Well, that day is now upon us!”
Manfroy, to Sandima

The Loptyrian Cult (ロプト教団, Roputo Kyōdan lit. Loptr Sect in the Japanese version) is a cult in the Jugdral Series, whose members worship the Earth Dragon Loptyr. Once dominating Jugdral in the era of the Loptyrian Empire, they were forced into hiding in subsequent years until their resurgence was orchestrated by their archbishop, Manfroy, along with members made up of the descendents of the Empire's followers.

StructureEdit

Its members, the Loptyrian Mages, the more powerful Dark Mages, and the Dark Bishops, are all capable of using Dark Magic. The twelve Deadlords serve the Loptyrian Cult as well.

In Thracia 776, it is learned that the Schwarze Rosen, a division of the Loptyrian Cult, also exists. They are an elite dark mage corps that operate in the Thracian peninsula, and are seemingly under the command of Veld, who was put in charge of the region by Archbishop Manfroy.

HistoryEdit

Following his blood rites and subsequent possession by Loptyr in Archanea, the bishop Galle returned to Jugdral and founded the Loptyrians as a religious order, in competition with the numerous primal faiths prevalent across Jugdral at the time. The primary advantage the Loptyrians held was their then-exclusive access to magic, the product of the dragonkin, which allowed them to supplant the other religions and seize control of Jugdrali society; this eventually culminated in the foundation of the Loptyrian Empire, following the Sect's obliteration of the continent's prior superpower, the Grann Republic, a year earlier. The Loptyrians were instated as the official religion of the Empire, which imposed a strict caste system upon the society of Jugdral, condemning followers of other faiths to the lowest caste of society and to slavery unless they were capable of paying enough money to themselves join the Loptyrians.

The Loptyrians eventually experienced a minor schism, as a result of the actions of Maera, the brother of the Emperor Galle at the time. In contrast to the tyrannical and bleak view of the main body of the Loptyrian faith, Maera sought a more peaceful view, seeking to harmonize the Loptyrian faith with the pre-existing religions of Jugdral and present Loptyr not as a tyrant, but as a benevolent deity, and to end the discrimination against non-Loptyrian people. For his efforts, Maera was exiled by his brother, but not before his own variant of the religion, "Maerist Loptyrian", was established. Though persecuted in subsequent years, Maerist Loptyrians nonetheless worked to help and protect people; one of their benefactees was Blaggi, later one of the Twelve Crusaders, who was raised as a Maerist in Orgahill. Following the Empire's fall, Blagi returned to Orgahil to find the Maerist conclave obliterated, which motivated him to found the Church of Edda and create the Blagi Tower as a memorial.

At the conclusion of the Holy War, when the Loptyr Empire fell to the Twelve Crusaders, the Loptyrian faith took possession of the Book of Loptyr in which Loptyr now lay dormant, and was forced underground; despite Blaggi's wish that no persecution against the Loptyrians take place, as worshippers of the dark god which blighted Jugdral for so long, Loptyrians were the subject of disdain, hatred and witch-hunts. Forced to hide beneath the Yied Shrine to avoid persecution, teh cult remaining there for the following centuries, passing on their teachings to their descendants and wishing for the revival of Loptyr, the resurgence of the Empire and being able to freely live in Jugdral again.

This changed at the events of Genealogy of the Holy War, through the actions of their archbishop Manfroy. Manfroy and the Loptyrians orchestrated conflict across Jugdral, coercing Verdane and Agustria into opposing Grannvale, the leader of Rivough into assaulting Darna, and the fall of the Manster District to Thracia; at the same time, Manfroy ascertained the locations of two of Maera's descendants and bearers of minor Loptyr blood, Arvis of Velthomer and the Grannvalean princess Deirdre, and manipulated them into marrying and having children in a bid to spawn a new vessel for Loptyr. He also used Arvis's Loptyrian descent to blackmail him into ensuring protection for the cult. Their efforts culminated with Arvis and Deirdre married as Emperor and Empress of Grannvale, and the rest of Jugdral now occupied by Grannvale.

In time, Arvis and Deirdre had twin children, Julius and Julia, and the former inherited major Loptyr Holy blood as planned. When presented with the Book of Loptyr by Manfroy, Loptyr's influence instantly took root in Julius, who promtly wrested control of the Empire from his father and twisted it into a sinister regime. Under Julius' rule, Grannvale allowed the Loptyrians to reemerge, granting positions of power in the Empire to them, as well as free reign across much of Jugdral and the reinstatement of their cruel practices such as the Child Hunts, with Manfroy continuing to act as Julius's advisor.

They would soon face substantial challenge from the liberation armies of Seliph and Leif, with Seliph eliminating the Loptyrian hold on the Yied Desert while travelling to the Manster District, while Leif freed the District from its domination by the Loptyrians under Veld and his minion, Raydrik. Afterward, their two armies united into one and stormed Thracia and Miletos, the latter also heavily dominated by the Loptyrians, before marching on Grannvale itself. The status of the Loptyrian order following the deaths of Julius and Manfroy in the final confrontation in Grannvale is unknown.

Notable MembersEdit

*Defects during the events of Thracia 776

Trivia Edit

  • The Grimleal, a cult that strives to resurrect the Fell Dragon Grima in Fire Emblem Awakening, shares a number of similarities with the Loptyrian Cult, including the employment of the Deadlords.


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