The Great Journey

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The Victorious Vision, is a renaissance painting depicting Saint Peter founding the Catholic Church with the support of Angels

The Great Journey (Latin: Magni Iter; Rodarian: Grande Viaggio) is a pseudo-mythological religious historiographic representation of Saint Peter's journey from Tarsas to the Romulan Empire between 55AD and 62AD, this period also includes the War of the Apostles. After reportedly healing Emperor Romulus II's daughter of an illness, Saint Peter was reportedly awarded free passage for him and all early Christians in the Empire to leave, the offer came as Emperor Romulus II vowed to wipe out early Christianity across the Empire and especially in Canaan. Traders from the Romulan Empire reportedly offered Saint Peter his followers a route to Lusankya, many traders from the Romulan Empire had converted to Christianity and the more tolerant policies across the Central Ocean persuaded Peter and later Saint Paul also to cross the Central Ocean, leaving Canaan behind. In exchange for leaving, Emperor Romulus II also offered Saint Peter and his followers vessels capable of crossing the ocean.

The so called Great Journey began on the 3 March 55AD, with Saint Peter and his six ships leaving Arbinium in modern day Ankar. The crossing of the Central Ocean itself is steeped in myth and folklore, with Catholic tradition arguing that the entire journey took just eight days, when most vessels took at least three weeks cross the stretch of ocean between Ankar and Arthurista. Throughout the crossing the small fleet was blessed with strong westerly winds and bountiful catches of fish en-route to the west. The flotilla reportedly arrived in Aeolia in 55AD and remained there until 56AD, during this time Saint Peter reportedly became the Patriarch of Vora, in December 56AD they left Aeolia and arrived in modern day Rodarion on what is now called Benediction Cove. There they traveled to Vistoria, where they settled and began to preach. By 58AD, Vistoria had become the first majority Christian settlement in the western hemisphere and soon Christianity spread across eastern Rodarion, many owe the success of the conversion to numerous natural disasters afflicting the weakening Romulan Empire, including famine and water shortages, which had unsettled and weakened the population's faith in Romulan Paganism. The Romulan Emperor, Tiberia II concerned that Christians were undermining imperial unity deployed soldiers to stop preachers operating under the orders of Saint Peter.

This would eventually lead to the War of the Apostles in which Saint Paul reportedly led a Christian army against Tiberia II, who was killed at the Battle of Vorta, without any heirs the Empire fell into civil war, eventually leading to Emperor Aita assuming the throne, Emperor Aita declared Christianity the state religion and assisted Saint Peter and Paul in building the Church, however both would be killed and crucified by pagan militias who took Romula briefly in 64AD.