|“|| Human beings... all life throughout the universe must be guided forward by Ormus and the Zohar. And they shall be led unto a higher plane of existence. That is the mission that god has entrusted to us. We will wipe the Gnosis from the cosmos and place the entire star cluster under the jurisdiction of Ormus.
Ormus is an religious cult based on Christianity, founded by Wilhelm (who may be Satan). Ormus is an ancient religion that is thousands of years old that originated on Lost Jerusalem. Wilhelm claims it began "from the death of the man Ormus worships as their Lord" (Jesus Christ). This organized religion is one of the main antagonistic groups in Xenosaga and also arguably the main antagonistic force of the series.
As it shares many traits with the Catholic Church (for example, Ormus has its own papacy such as Sergius XVII, Sergius XIV and Julius XVIII), Ormus may have been a subgroup of Christianity that grew in power over time, similar to how religions tend to change and continually evolve.
Because it isn't known to the public, Ormus can be considered a secret society. However, there are implications that Ormus has two sides; a public side which has public churches (which Sharon Rozas was a part of) and a public papacy, and a darker side full of secrets. The public side doesn't know the name of Ormus. It is also heavily implied that the Immigrant Fleet is the public side of Ormus.
Ormus' symbol appears to be an upside down Cross of St. Peter, with an elm tree.
Members of Ormus seem to follow a blend of Gnostic Christianity and Catholicism. The Episode III database entry for "Ormus" says it has an organizational structure resembling the Vatican of the Middle Ages.
Ormus has their own "holy book" which they use as the foundation for their beliefs, and it is heavily implied it is the Bible.
They believe that the Zohar is an artifact of divine intervention and by collecting the Relics of God (the Zohar, Zarathustra, etc) and returning them to their "proper form", they can go to Lost Jerusalem which they believe and revere as their "holy fatherland".
The Ormus assassin Orgulla also mentions the concept of souls, sins and repentance, meaning Ormus also believes in such concepts.
Ormus has a papacy (popes) known as the "patriarchy", which is defined as a system ruled by men. This is likely due to Catholicism and how women aren't allowed to teach religion and become priests or popes.
Sergius claims that Ormus has existed before the crucifixion of the messiah (Jesus Christ), meaning Ormus is over 6000 years old. Sergius claims that they have been the guardians of the Zohar since recorded history. In turn, they use it in any way they see fit.
Regardless, Ormus was born from the death of Jesus. Officially, it existed to convey his existence to coming generations, but its true purpose was to manage the "words" he passed on: Lemegeton. Ormus also existed to obtain and protect the artifacts (relics) of God.
They were the first to leave Lost Jerusalem via the Immigrant Fleet shortly before its downfall. Their immigration ship was named Pleroma, and they named an asteroid base after it. The Pleroma asteroid base was a place of worship used by Ormus, although it was eventually abandoned and remained uninhabited for centuries.
Ormus then settled on planet Abraxas, which would later be re-named Michtam in T.C. 4667. The people of the Immigrant Fleet are all of a special bloodline, and were once known as the People of Zohar.
Ormus uses a series of dummy corporations to extend its influence across the known universe. It serves as the core of the Immigrant Fleet, and also seizes control over the U-TIC Organization as a secret military arm after the Miltian Conflict.
After the Miltian Conflict, Ormus continues to lust for the original Zohar on Old Miltia.
Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse Edit
In Episode II, the Patriarch Sergius XVII, leader of Ormus and the Immigrant Fleet, spearheads the operation to recover the Original Zohar and summon Proto Omega and the Omega System from the ruins of Old Miltia. Everything that Ormus' fronts did during Episode I and early Episode II culminated in this mission. The Patriarch planned on destroying the Gnosis with Proto Omega and ultimately place the entire star cluster under the jurisdiction of Ormus. Ormus' military organization, U-TIC, designed Proto Omega and the Omega System. However, fourteen years prior to Episode I, the system was sealed away with Old Miltia before the Patriarch could use it.
Although he is on the edge of re-establishing his plan, the Patriarch is betrayed by Margulis and Heinlein. They abandon him on the Omega System, where he is killed by Wilhelm's Testaments. Proto Omega and the Omega System are destroyed, and the Original Zohar is sucked into Abel's Ark at the end of Episode II. In reality, the entire plan to seize the Zohar was just to bring Abel's Ark (one of the eyes of God, or U-DO) into this dimension with the help of Albedo Piazzolla and the recovery of the Zohar.
After Margulis betrays the Patriarch while working under Heinlein's orders, it makes Heinlein the highest ranking Cardinal in Ormus. In reality, Heinlein had all the true power in Ormus. It is clear that Ormus and all of its fronts are involved in the web of deception surrounding the Original Zohar, as Jin Uzuki pointed out in Episode II. Hyams Group, led by Heinlein himself (later to be revealed as the series' manipulator, Wilhelm), is also revealed to be the military supplier and major financial supporter of Ormus and its arms. Furthermore, despite his hatred of the U-TIC front, Dmitri Yuriev and his institute have connections to Ormus based on the fact that Hyams, the same group that funds Ormus, established it.
Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra Edit
In Episode III, Wilhelm reveals his true purpose for founding Ormus was to protect Lemegeton, also known as the "Word of Yeshua", that was left behind by a man who died thousands of years ago. The database states that chaos was the man who left this "word." The public purpose of Ormus was to preserve and spread the teachings of that man. Although according to Wilhelm, the man Ormus worshiped did not understand Lemegeton, because only chaos could understand it. Ormus were also the guardians of the Relics of God left behind in ancient times, such as Zarathustra and Merkabah.
Followers of Ormus claim that planet Abraxas/Michtam is Ormus's birthplace, and believed that their true purpose was to return to Lost Jerusalem. As Wilhelm claimed he founded Ormus, the belief of Ormus being founded on Abraxas/Michtam may have also been another of his deceits.
Wilhelm established Ormus in order to protect "The Word and Relics of God" as well as "the place necessary for Eternal Recurrence". They were only made to protect the places known as Rennes-le-Château, which was necessary for Mary Magdalene's revival, and planet Michtam.
- See Ormus members category.
A group aligned with the Special Missions Office of the Ormus Department of Absolutions. Despite being part of a department, the group is practically independent from the Curia. It handles the guarding of holy relics (like the Zohar and Vessels of Anima) and the judgement of heretics; by the T.C. 4600s, it had grown to a group with military power practically equivalent to a Galaxy Federation fleet.
It naturally holds a singular position within the religious organization, and the Cardinal that leads it is said to have verbal clout and influence that rivals the Patriarch.
It retains two sets of hierarchical ranks: one for its activities as a military group, and another for within Ormus. Special ranks within Ormus include Chief Inquisitor, Chief Soldier-Priest, and High Priest. It holds close ties with the Department of Sacraments, which carries out research on relics.
Ormus is one of the names given to the supreme Zoroastrian god, Ahura Mazda, who represents truth and goodness. The physical world was created by Ahura Mazda as a place to battle against Ahriman, the spirit of evil. Ormus was also the name of a former kingdom that spanned the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, and this kingdom was also named after Ahura Mazda.
According to the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Ormus is a subtitle used by the Prieuré de Sion (Priory of Sion), the group that is supposedly responsible for the creation of the Knights Templar.
- An Ormus cathedral is located in the center of the asteroid Pleroma, which is briefly seen in Episode I. This is subtle foreshadowing of Ormus.