The Amirani take their name from a culture hero of Georgian mythology, a Prometheus-analogue who was punished by the god Ghmerti for giving metal to humanity. However, rather than the demigod of myth, the Amirani Progenitor is said to have been a mortal alchemist who lived long before the Trojan War, when Troy itself was nothing more than a handful of huts. He died by disembowling, but his wife (also an alchemist) resurrected him, in the process reinforcing his remains with metal in order to repair the damage.
In the Middle Ages, the parallels between Amirani and Prometheus led to the two being conflated, and some Amirani consequently used the developing tradition of Prometheus as a hero who gave reason to mankind to cast themselves as misunderstood geniuses.
The last Amirani was a Created named Vates, who was apparently the only Amirani alive following his creation at the end of the 17th century. According to the primary account of Vates's death, his heart and bile were used by Polidori and Mary Shelley to create Adam, the first of the Frankensteins.
Amirani were created from the corpses of those who died in agony, including executed criminals and tortured heretics. Such bodies were often in poor condition, and thus had to be carefully reinforced with metal prosthetics that were grafted onto the flesh. A Prophet was very literally forged into being.
Deeply introspective, the Amirani were dedicated to visions they received in the Divine Fire and their meditations on it. Many Amirani followed the Refinement of Pneuma, which combined elements of Aurum with explicit Christian mysticism.
Prophets were uncompromising crusaders, relentlessly pursuing a vision of perfection glimpsed through Divine Fire. However, the reality of the world's imperfection (and their own) was enough to drive them into Torment. They were driven to move, change and create, and some saw themselves as misunderstood geniuses attempting to enlighten an ignorant world. However, when their goals were stymied or their message ignored, they usually fell into bitterness and despair.
Their unique Bestowment, Crucible of Anguish, granted them mystic visions if they willingly dealt themselves aggravated damage with fire. These visions could galvanize a Smith with unshakable confidence, or leave them confused and disturbed.
As their bodies died in agony, many Amirani still bore obvious signs of tramuatic injury such as broken necks, missing limbs or bloody gashes. Even those who did not evince such direct wounds still reeked of brimstone. Additionally, anyone looking in the Prophet's eyes would see a glimpse of its strange visions reflected there.
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