Cullen Kordamant was a priest of Oghma from the city of Procampur in the Vast, at the Domes of Reason temple, and the Grand Patriarch of the Oghmyte church, a pontiff widely recognized as the "Voice of Oghma" on Toril.
Worshipers of Oghma swore by Kordamant's word, and the entire church hierarchy, well-organized and established, was dedicated to his service and spirit. However, this all changed during the Time of Troubles, in the Year of Shadows, 1358 DR, when Kordamant vanished without a trace from his home in Procampur, as did much of his immediate clergy.
The disappearance was a subject of much mystery and speculation. Unfortunately, answers from Oghma and other gods were confusing and contradictory, providing no clear solution. Though some thought that Kordamant simply died during the chaos, others claimed that it was actually Oghma who died, and the Grand Patriarch ascended to replace him. Many chose a middle-ground, admitting the possibility that the Patriarch might be on another plane or ascended to semi-divinity.
With the Oghmyte church left without an ultimate head, the mystery caused a growing split into rival factions, disagreeing along hierarchical and theological lines. In Procampur, the Orthodox Church of Oghma stated that Kordamant had ascended to semi-divinity and was currently serving Oghma but, until the god commanded otherwise, Kordamant was still the only true Patriarch. They would not recognize any replacement. On the other hand, the Church of Oghma in Sembia and the Pursuers of Pure Knowledge in Mintar claimed that a new Patriarch had in fact been appointed, with their own candidates.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 29. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), Running the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 48. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), pp. 132,133. ISBN 978-0786903849.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 53–54. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), A Grand Tour of the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 75. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.