Sects

Some general notes about all sects:

We will structure this as per the Revealing Light sect for the sake of readability, and just add notes to match the other two sects afterwards.

The Eye of Ereal is the highest ranking priest in his sect. He represents his sect on the Council of Elders and takes his orders from the High Priest.

Beneath the Eye of Ereal, four priests hold the rank of 'Glass'. Each Glass oversees five temples. The Glass does not always preside over a Temple devoted solely to Ereal of the Noon. They meet with the Eye over the course of the year and take guidance from him.

Beneath the Glass is the Revealer. A Revealer oversees an individual temple, reporting to his or her Glass. As the temples are divided, so are individual departments within each temple, overseen by Shepherds.

Beneath the Shepherds are the Foci. A Focus has no single responsibility. As the name suggests, they provide a focus for others. They will lead groups if several priests are needed to perform a spell, for example. Foci is a universal rank, regardless of sect.

Not all priests have been assigned to individual temples. All priests not assigned to any given temple are given the rank of Walker, regardless of their Sect. They are guided by the Pool, a priest who takes his orders from the Eye. The Pool is considered on par with the Glass, in terms of ranking.

Summary:

Eye of Ereal > Glass (five temples) > Revealer (single temple) > Shepherd (temple departments) > Focus > Priest
Eye of Ereal > Pool > Walkers

Nurturing Light:
Heart of Ereal > Mist (five temples) > Druid (single temple) > Guide (temple departments) > Focus > Priest
Heart of Ereal > Seed > Walkers

Bright Hope Sect:
Hand of Ereal > Gentle (five temples) > Glimmer (single temple) > Comforter (temple departments)* > Focus > Priest
Hand of Ereal > Gather > Walkers

*Unlike the equivalent stations in the other sects, Comforters do not usually hold to a specific department. Rather they are the temple's healers. Melilia is an example of such, as the Hospice is structured like a Temple. In some cases they perform this service indefinitely. They may from time to time assume other "department" tasks, such as teaching new acolytes.

Brother/Sister is the general term for priests with no affiliation or title. It is also appropriate to use between friends.

Acolytes

Acolytes are members of the different sects who have not yet qualified to become a full priest/ess.

Acolyte ranks:
- Initiate,
- Initiate-Elect,
- Novice,
- Apprentice (Shepherd-Elect)

The Heart Stone in Monlon is the place of ceremony to Novice from Initiate-Elect. It will either accept or reject the acolyte. If accepted, the novice starts the prerequisites for learning magic. The Apprentice works more closely with a priest and performs ceremonies. The Apprentice also learns basic spells before becoming a priest/ess.

A recent discourse of the High Priest Tharius Allende made clear that the basics of magic is now taught to the initiates.

Sect of Bright Hope

The sect of the Bright Hope is the most numerous and most revered among the population of Iridine, representing represent Ereal of the Morning. Its goal is healing and the physical well-being of all who come to their doors. They combine their healing talents with the special gifts Ereal has bestowed among some of them to heal the sick and wounded. Priests of the Bright Hope are welcomed everywhere in the Republic and are as common a sight in cities as on the Republic's dusty roads.

Hand of Ereal: Bernard Tubero

Hand of Ereal > Gentle (five temples) > Glimmer (single temple) > Comforter (temple departments)* > Focus > Priest
Hand of Ereal > Gather > Walkers

*Unlike the equivalent stations in the other sects, Comforters do not usually hold to a specific department. Rather they are the temple's healers. Melilia is an example of such, as the Hospice is structured like a Temple. In some cases they perform this service indefinitely. They may from time to time assume other "department" tasks, such as teaching new acolytes.

Sect of Revealing Light

Ereal of Noon finds his incarnation in the sect of the Revealing Light.
They have taken as their charter the duties of divining and auguries in an attempt to guide mankind out of the darkness of its ignorance. Their priests often walk the streets in the guise of teachers, others have become counsellors, others again librarians as they are all keepers of vast knowledge. Though they are periodically challenged in their claims to see signs in the world surrounding them, their altars are never empty and they are more often right than wrong.

Eye of Ereal: Jarin Seneda

Eye of Ereal > Glass (five temples) > Revealer (single temple) > Shepherd (temple departments) > Focus > Priest
Eye of Ereal > Pool > Walkers

Sect of Nurturing Light

The sect of the Nurturing Light represents Ereal of the Evening. To Them Ereal is a strong, steady light which is the ultimate source of all light within the world. They value gentleness, peace and harmony above all else. Their most active members are often seen as negotiators trying to maintain peace in troubled areas. Others of the sect work tirelessly among the poor, offering them what little hope they can.
Their voices are often the more discreet but also the most soothing.

Heart of Ereal: Drusus Rustius

Heart of Ereal > Mist (five temples) > Druid (single temple) > Guide (temple departments) > Focus > Priest
Heart of Ereal > Seed > Walkers

Soldiers of Ereal

During the last Cineran wars, a fourth player emerged among Erealites. They are the Soldiers of Ereal and they personify Ereal the Conqueror. Heralded as dangerous fanatics, they nevertheless proved invaluable in the defense of Iridine lands against the invader. They preach the strength of the All Conquering Sun and condone violence if it is done for the greater glory of the God. The assassination of their leader, Junia Gracious, appeared to have thrown the sect in anarchy and it was predicted they would disband. To the surprise of many, the Soldiers regrouped and have since removed the more excessive fanatics. They continue to make examples of heretics they come across for the protection of all the faithful and have a fort in Blackvine.

They are not part of the direct Cult hierarchy and have their own recruiting and training. The SoE and Cult proper do not answer to each other, although the SoE does tend to defer to Cult leadership when circumstances call for it.

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