The Endless Road
Order of Saint Ezra
The Order of Saint Ezra is a monastic institution that has, at times, been officially suppressed by the Empire or, alternately, barely tolerated. This is because the congregation worships Ezra as a god, paying only the most cursory lip-service to the Divine Empress
Worship of Ezra is said to have been spread by immigrants to the Empire, each group of which had widely varying superstitions and rites. Only the name "Ezra" provided the common thread. As these immigrants and refugees found each other they synchretized their traditions to found a formal religion which was then ruthlessly suppressed by the Imperial government.
This suppression ended only after the Order agreed to add the word "Saint" to their name, acknowledging Ezra not as a god himself but as a "saint" of the one true God, the Empress.
Although now permitted to practice their beliefs, the Order is still generally seen as a relic and haven for foreigners and malcontents.