MORE Cybertronian Religion
Not content to just have all the ones I already talked about, I came up with a few more Cybertronian religions, and expanded on one from canon. Also, I’m like, kind of regretting what I named “marvelism” and “alignism” cos those were originally just placeholder names but I can’t think of anything better. Whatever. Here’s some pre-colonial religions and a couple that only came in to prominence after the war’d started:
Spectralism. (I should note that I’m totally inspired by @transformersdawn on this one, I LOVE their interpretation of Spectralism.) Spectralism seems to have come from the Mithril Sea region, near Crystal City, but its origins are unclear. The philosophy of Spectralism is that everything that is known in world is bathed in light, and thus knowledge comes from light; the source of that light is the truest state of being. Sparks produce pure light, and when they are extinguished they return to true light. Thus, the color of something, the light it reflects, shows its true nature.
Audialism. What Spectralism is to light, Audialism is to sound. Most definitely originating in the Sonic Canyons, Audialism sees the sound of things as showing their true nature, though they don’t have an analogous idea of “pure sound.” It’s more of a philosophical approach than a true religion, and can be adapted to fit with most other religions. Reform Audialism is a recent development and places much more significance in music. The combination of Audialism and Spectralism is, of course, Audio-Spectralism. I came up with Audialism as a joke but actually kind of liked it as a counterpart to Spectralism oops
The Way of the Flame. The traditional Tarnish religion, as well as the religion practiced by the titan Caminus and his residents, believes in a single “mother Cybertron” creator goddess known as Forge who created all Cybertronians. Naturally, this tradition places great importance on skillful creators and artisans. The Junkions follow the flame, as well, but view Forge as a great warmaiden as well as a smith, and themselves as her weapons. Marvelism co-opted this tradition by claiming that Solus Prime was really that goddess, and the Forge was her implement of creation.
Maximalism is the only religion that originated on Eukaris (and as such is quite recent), and follows the teachings of Preditron as written in the Predacon Manifesto, his collected journals. Preditron was a member of the first tripredacus council, but retired before too long and became something of a philosopher, traveling across Eukaris and learning from the various inhabitants. The Manifesto features stories, fables, and lessons, all pointing towards the idea that life should be lived by nature’s laws: there is always balance, but that doesn’t mean peace; the fit survive, but what is “fit” means different things for everyone; follow your instincts, but note that others are doing the same; and the best way to win is the easiest way to win, but this sometimes means not fighting at all. Many of its stories are pulled from other religions. Some view the Manifesto as more of a philosophical work than a religious one that can be followed while adhering to other religions, but those who call themselves Maximals follow only the Manifesto. After Preditron’s death in 212.Pe, his writings, organized and annotated, were made public by his close confidant Maxima, a jet from the temperate forests. They quickly spread across Eukaris to become the dominant philosophy by the time the first war reached the planet. Maximalism is currently VERY popular among Decepticons, and Megatron respects the teachings of Preditron even if he doesn’t follow them. The mixing of Vosian culture and Maximalism that always existed in the temperate cities, but became much more profound after the destruction of Vos in 235,128.2e, led to Vosian Maximalism, even though there was no Vos anymore, because those darn jets just can’t convert to something without making it all about flying n trines. “Vosian” Maximals are still wholly Maximals and get along very well with non-Vosians, they simply import old Vosian traditions and take on a slightly greater philosophy of cooperation and community than some other Maximals do.
The Way of the Fallen is a religion that celebrates Megatronus. It emerged shortly after Megatron took his name, and follows his teachings… not that he ever authorized this. Of course, he doesn’t discourage it, as followers of this tradition follow his Kaonite philosophy of victory through any means. Whether Megatron is truly a reincarnation of Megatronus is a point of contention even among followers of the Fallen.