The faith of Imperius is one of exacting body and mind discipline. Imperics believe that by mastering the body, its desires, and its thinking that one can advance towards enlightenment and ward off evil in one’s life and family. A small group came with the Merakoran refugees. They brought scrolls from the ancient Imperic temples that once dotted the land. They did not wish to live under the rule and/or watchful guidance of a dragon and so broke with the settlers of Taysor and headed south with the gnomes. At the southern coast, they built ships and crossed the unknown ocean to settle on the northern tip of the isle named Khasra. There, they built a city called Ori. Because they had only lower level acolytes in the group, they focused on building their civilization to the point it could sustain dedicated study of the ancient scrolls.
The dragons knew of the scrolls, but were content to wait. As Ori grew, they made overtures to Sora. Caught up in its own affairs, Sora could only provide base level assistance and support. Dar Ana journeyed there in her early days, before Bloodstone, before she became the High Priestess. She stayed for several years, seduced a number of the Imperic paladins, and finally translated the Merakoran scrolls for them. Because of her time, and her legend that then grew each year, Ori developed a love/hate relationship with her, and judged Tania by this. It took many years before commerce and trade finally joined the two nations in a trade alliance. Prior to Malcor’s time, Rojo visited Ori and befriended the Grand High Master of the Temple of Imperius. It took time but Rojo learned many of their techniques for non-weapon combat and brought them back to Tania.
The extent of Ori’s alliance with Tania is told in the book, Malcor’s Story.
Ori is a caste-based society with a Japanese Meiji era feel to it. Peasants make up the society’s foundation, but this is not a negative use of the term ‘peasant.’ Farmers, craftsmen, fishermen, and the like make up this group. Above them are the merchants and artisans. Above them are the warriors of any kind, including spell casters. Above them is the daimo and his family, which has ruled in a mostly unbroken line since Ori’s settlement. The Temple of Imperius is not part of the caste system and draws adherents from all walks of life.
Like Imperius’ theology, any race that is able to contemplate the greater purpose of how one’s life ties to Pha Rann’s design is welcome. Half-breed races, orcs, some goblins, ogres, and ogre magi have all found a place here. Of them all, hobgoblins and ogre magi have become a fixture. Even though Imperius does not proselytize, the hobgolbins and ogre magi do. The orcs do to some extent but are more picky about only allowing those “truly deserving” of it. Imperics tolerate all of this well, but are quick to judge and temper outbreaks of violence and what they consider animal behavior.