The Opal Empire
The Ascension Cult is a splinter group of dwarves (and a few others) who believe that the only path to heaven is becoming godlike in one’s own nature. By gaining insight into one’s true godlike nature, they say, one can break the chains that shackle one’s spirit to this earth and Ascend to divinity.
They believe that there are ten gates of divinity inside oneself, and each of them must be conquered and breached through study, meditation, and practice. Sect members focus on ritual meditation, hard physical labor, exercise (often martial arts), and study of books and traditional art forms.
Ascension Cult adherents usually live together in monasteries.
See also: Five Houses