The Bessian Religion stems from the teaching of Bessiah. Any other names are unknown. The date of her birth has been placed in the year 382NA in the foothills of the north Mohadine Mountains. She grew up on a small farm in the foothills and life was difficult, with food scarce and the chance of war high. At the age of twelve she was sold into marriage and life became far harder.
She was beaten frequently by her husband and suffered many traunmatic births. In a life that was marked by deprivation, the three surviving children gave her life. It became clear by her twentieth year that she had lost the ability to carry children and was abandoned by her husband who left the community.
A particular virulent contagent swept the area three years later, killing many of the community, along with two of her children, leaving only her eldest son. Matters then grew a little better with the son’s ageing, beginning to work on the land. They had their most prosperous time.
In 399NA, Bessiah’s son was killed along with many of the other men in the village by a local war lord who was trying to ensure his power. With little left to her, Bessiah abandoned her farm and ascended into the upper mountains, utterly grief stricken and a husk of a woman.
She subsisted then for several years, living off fruits and berries, spending time with the various tribes who occupied the territory. The stories of her interactions with the people are the basis for the teaching of the religion that would emerge from her teachings. Years later, Bessiah reached the top of the mountain and took to meditation, seeking stillness and a release. Quite bereft of resources, she was fed daily by a local tribesman who had followed her for months.
In the summer of 402NA, during a light rain, at noon, Bessiah is said to have achieved ascendency. The man who had fed her over that time, Sahel, spoke of her returning to the camp, for the first time in weeks, a different person. She exuded a powerful aura.
They sat in conference for days, eating little. She taught him all she had learned.
They moved down from the mountain then and began to travel through the villages. She is said to have a magnetism that inspired, comforted and educated people. She is described by many of her followers as a balm or a salve, countering the uncertainty that had come after the Schism. There was a great fear about that another such catastrophe would occur and that all would be destroyed once more.
Bessiah taught that life was painful, and that we needed to act to create a better environment in which to live, by constructing physically but also changing our perception of the people and the events around us. In these early days, amongst he most ardent supporters, she helped them achieve ascendency.
While her ministry was amongst the ordinary people, many of the rulers and warlords of the area came to call. They knew how to deal with an aggressive ruler that challenged their own authority, but they were inexperienced in dealing with one who had no army and seemed to have no designs upon dominance. She was however creating upheaval amongst the populace and thus could not be ignored.
Many of these men, for most rulers of the time were men, bowed to her. Some of these gave up their roles and dedicated themselves to study and reflection under her direction. Others ruled still, but in line with her teachings. Those who did not take on her ways, did not move against her, but left her in peace. They did not understand, but they seemed to give her respect.
Eager that her people would have somewhere where they could dwell in safety and comfort, she founded the city of Ala At, not far from her birthplace. The construction was on a scale not seen since the Golden Age. Not that it was on the scale of that time, but that it far exceeded anything else constructed since the Schism.
Bessiah’s message continued to spread until her death in 473NA, at a ripe age, the silence and tranquillity of Ala At continued for some time. Disagreements arose about the direction the movement should take and, when there was no agreement, and still a pacifist community, they began to drift away. While Bessiah’s original teaching persist in Ala At to this day, its influence does not stretch very far.