~ Codman on Landlubbers
~ Jesus on Cod
~ Some religious guy, or possibly a chef on making Cod in your image
Followers of the Cod's Path believe that before the universe was created, everything was one infinite ocean, known as the Eternal Sea of the Deep. The only being residing there was the Almighty Cod, who blew bubbles and created the world as we know it. However after creating a few planets, stars and other celestial objects, he soon got bored with the idea, and instead created a bunch of jolly sailor gnomes to finish his work. These magical beings are referred to in holy scripture as the Spunky Sailor Gnomes, and all followers of Cod belong to a sacred "Spunky Sailor Gnome Brotherhood", even if they may not be a gnome themselves.
The Spunky Sailor Gnomes
Upon initiation as a Spunky Sailor Gnome, one must pass a secret rite known to no man outside of the inner circle of Cod worshippers. However, it is suspected that it somehow involves whales and a lot of lube. Once this rite is passed, one is given a special name related to a sea creature in some way. Examples include Shrimpman, Stingrayman and Octopussyman. The arch gnome is known as the Codman, a name which is passed from father to son throughout generations. Once the Arch gnome's son (daughters are left to be ripped apart by lobsters, as they are considered "landlubbers") comes of age, the father commits ritual harakiri by shooting himself in the stomach with a cannon, and the son receives his title as Codman.
Other Rites and Customs
The followers of the Cod live their lives by the ten Cod-mandments:
- Thou shalt not have any other fish/god hybrids than me.
- Thou shalt not harm any of my children (Fish, plankton, shrimps, you know, stuff that lives underwater).
- Thou shalt force thy ways upon anyone wanting to listen. If they do not want to listen, harm them.
- Thou shalt not make wrongful use of my name (swearing is not wrongful use, and is encouraged).
- Thou shalt not murder. Mutilating is far more effective. Also consider sautéing them.
- Thou shalt honour me by spending ridiculous amounts of money by building temples and statues in my name.
- Thou shalt not covet your neighbour's wife, however visiting their fish is OK.
- Thou shalt honour thy mother and father, because it's quite probable that they know more about fish than you do.
- Thou shalt no go fishing on your seventh day of rest. Or EVER.
- Thou shalt find a better 10th cod-mandment.
It is said that after the Cod created the first Spunky Sailor Gnomes, he went to sleep, and would slumber for millenias to come. Recently, there has been much stirring in the Gnome Environment, as the current Codman, a jovial fellow who until his coming of age went by the name of Barry, has claimed that the Cod is awakening, possibly because of global warming. According to his prophecy, the Cod will awake on the seventh day of the seventh month, of the year 2017, to judge living and dead alike, damning all non-believers (or "landlubbers") to a watery grave, forever drowning without the escape of death. Informed sources claim it is somewhat like a Nelly Furtado concert.
The Spunky Sailor Gnomes has received a lot of criticism in the media throughout the sect's existence, both because of their somewhat pushy ways of spreading their religion, and for killing fishermen with harpoons. When asked about these incidences, the Codman answered that his brotherhood was "only doing to them what they are doing to the Cod's children". Also, Ex-gnomes have criticized the environment for brainwashing, and for completely shutting them out once they leave. Lastly, theologists claim the entire religion to be "a bunch of genuine bullshit", something which is agreed on by most/all scientific environments.