Ardentitism

Ardentitism

The Emperor walks among us. He chooses his vessels to do his work, as he has done so since time began. The rotting carcass maintained in the Golden Throne is not the Emperor, for he travels abroad, tending to his Divine Will, instilling his power into those that have been chosen. But what if the Emperor could be granted a body that does not wither and die, that could be his vessel for all eternity to come? I believe that such a thing is possible, that the Emperor yet waits for his new body to be found or created. In essence, a new Emperor will be created to lead Mankind to its destiny and conquest of the galaxy

- Theodre the Questioning

Though not truly following a philosophy of resurrectionism or incarnationism, the Ardentities are best discussed alongside such factions. They straddle the line between Puritans and Imperialists. Their somewhat quirky belief is not widespread but had been persistent in various guises for several millennia, either within the broader Thorian ideals or as a distinct faction in its own right.
 
The Ardentities firmly believe in the basic principles of the Emperor Incarnate, but their the similarity with the Thorians end. Rather than a single Divine Avatar, the Ardentites feel it is more likely that the power of the Emperor is likely to manifest through a group of people, or more likely the entirety of Mankind.
 
Given Humanity's evolution towards being a psychic race, evidenced by a gradual but perceptible increase in mutation and psychic ability, it is the belief of the Ardentites that the ultimate plan of the Emperor to protect Mankind during this vulnerable stage was to disseminate his power throughout Humanity. So it is that the Ardentites do not concern themselves merely with remarkable individuals, but rather attempt to locate evidence of the Emperor's presence in any person expressing proof of talent or psychic ability. This is a vague, unsure process, for none can say what defines evidence of the Emperor's presence, though certainly there is no end of accounts of miraculous events that might be accounted for by intervention by the Emperor.
 
Known sometimes by the rather derogatory title of miracle chasers, much of the disdain for Ardentites stems from the erratic behavior of Inquisitor Voragian Thex, who spent two centuries during the 39th millennium attempting to prove the Ardentite theorems, but was unable to produce a shred of evidence. Having presented his findings at a conclave of his fellow Inquisitors, he was censured for dereliction of duty for devoting time and resources to his baseless beliefs.
 
It is perhaps this defiance of defeat and a rebellious streak that characterizes many Ardentites. They are widely regarded as eccentric individuals who see the work of the Emperor everywhere, but they also make great investigators for they will often delve deeper and for longer than others, unwilling to make obvious conclusions from their discoveries but to seek inner meanings and hidden motives in what they encounter.


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