Albiga always throws herself into battle. With a shield that can sustain heavy pressure and her armor ready to take on any attack, she is never hesitant. Whether she is up against an enemy, demon or a cryptid, nothing fazes her. Until she gets the aid she has been seeking, she has no intention of giving up.
Albiga's name and lore are derived from a Christian religious movement with dualistic and gnostic elements that first appeared in the historical record in the Languedoc region of France and other parts of Europe in the 11th century and flourished in the 12th and 13th centuries. They became known as "Albigensians" as they gained many adherents in the city of Albi (also known as Albiga) and surrounding area. The group was also known as the Cathars (/ˈkæθərɪzəm/; from Greek: καθαρός, katharos, pure).
According to some of their contemporary enemies, Cathars did not accept the Trinitarian understanding of Jesus, but considered him the human form of an angel similar to Docetic Christology. Zoé Oldenbourg (2000) compared the Cathars to "Western Buddhists" because she considered that their view of the doctrine of "resurrection" taught by Jesus was, in fact, similar to the Buddhist doctrine of reincarnation.
Killing was abhorrent to the Cathars. Consequently, abstention from all animal food (sometimes exempting fish) was enjoined of the Perfecti. The Perfecti apparently avoided eating anything considered to be a by-product of sexual reproduction. War and capital punishment were also condemned, an abnormality in the Medieval age. As a consequence of their rejection of oaths, Cathars also rejected marriage vows. Sexual intercourse between the sexes and reproduction was viewed as a moral evil to be avoided. Their moral doctrine was based on the belief that the material world including the flesh was intrinsically evil as stemming from the evil principle.
The members of the sect were exterminated for heresy during what became known as the Albigensian Crusade (1209–1229), which was a politically motivated 20-year military campaign initiated by Pope Innocent III to eliminate Catharism in the south of France.
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