Sancella of Union
|Sancella of Union|
|Pronunciation||San-chell-ah of You-ne-yee-on-is-um|
|Origins||Isle of Basta|
|The Imperial Spirit|
The Sancella of Union is the formal organization put in place by Holy Emperor Theomar the First, and formally expanded by Blessed Emperor Henri III. It is said that Emperor Henri was inspired by the local administration of the curates in Ithania after a visit with the Ithanian Princes in the spring of 83 A.C. The Ithanian Unionists had organized themselves into a semi-structured church body, with priests of different ranks performing different tasks. This structure allowed the Ithanian Unionists to both spread the faith easier as well as maintain the faithful they already had. Before the changes made by Henri, the Sancella of Union was loose and decentralized in the early decades, though following two centuries of centralization and structural growth, it has become the most organized religion in Aloria. Presently, the organization commands not only vast wealth and political power, but also its own army and fleet, and it governs a vast number of citizens within the Regalian Empire and beyond.
- 1 Basta, The Holy Land
- 2 Clergymen of the Sancella
- 3 Supporting Orders of the Sancella
- 4 List of Ministers of Curates
- 5 List of Supreme Reverends
- 6 How to Address Clergy
Basta, The Holy Land
The Isle of Basta is situated south of the Isle of Regalia proper. It is a larger island within the archipelago, and is the formal seat of the Sancella of Union. The island is made up of a series of feudal titles and lands granted to the clerical order by Blesed Emperor Henri III. The citizens of Basta, consisting of a blend of Dressolini and Regalian families, are thus formally direct subjects to the clerical order as opposed to directly to the Regalian Empire. In a way, Basta can be seen as a country within a country in that it enjoys great autonomy within the Empire, being exempt from taxation and formal levy from the military. Basta itself is a mountainous island, being home to rolling hills of vineyards and valleys of sheep pastures and seas of golden grain. Speckled throughout the hills and valleys lie a great number of monasteries and convents of various suborders of Fathers of Piety and Celestials of Mercy. Standing atop the Prisca Mountains, one can see anywhere on the island; and it is rumored that on a clear day, one can even see the mountains in Vultaro. However beautiful the countryside is, it is no match for Basta’s many urban centers. The capital of Basta is Bastillion, a large city housing the majority of the Supreme Reverend’s direct subjects and his administration. Flowing through the heart of Bastillion, the Ciconia River brings in grain shipments from the heart of the island. It divides the city into an east and west, with the grand Eight Cornered Divine resting on the east bank. This massive cathedral dominates the skyline of the city, its eight brilliant pillars and central dome standing high over the surrounding city. The Cathedral is one of the major stops for those taking pilgrimage to Basta. Also on the east bank, there is located the official residence of the Supreme Reverend since Leomar penned the Sixth Creed of Union. On the West bank, there is located the bureaucratic offices of the Sancella; the Holy Union of the Ministry of Curates on Aloria (often lovingly called ‘Kirchenämter’ (Church Offices) for short after a number of Calemberger Ministers took up residence). The Kirchenämter acts as both the official bureaucracy of the Sancella, as well as the meeting hall for the 16 Holy Ministers that make up the Holy Ministry of Curates. Each Minister has an office there, though occasionally a Minister may choose to work from their Verwaltung, or their assigned church and surrounding lands and faithful, if they prefer to stay in the field. Also on the West bank lies the Heron’s Tomb, where those faithful, who have been canonized as herons, are buried. Pilgrims flock to the tomb to offer up prayer to the various herons, often asking for guidance from curates and reverends who tend to the graves. Another famous pilgrimage stop is the Seminar von Reiher Ella. This is considered the most prestigious seminary in the Empire, tracing its founding to the Heron Ella herself. Another pilgrim stop is the Allestrain Steps. The Steps re an outdoor pavilion along the main avenue of the city that contains art commemorating the great deeds done of the Empire. It is an open air museum with many beautiful sculptures, paintings, mosaics, and fountains that all reflect on the good that the Imperial Spirit has brought into the world through Unionism. One of the most famous pieces is titled ‘Le chemin de la vérité’ (The path of truth), is a large statue depicting a heron with its wings spread wide standing atop the sun. One final pilgrimage stop is the Olennais Pools. These pools are filled with spring water from high in the mountains that is run down to the city and blessed. Many pilgrims come to the pools to cleanse themselves in holy water. Other major cities in Basta include the coastal city of Lieu Divin, home to several seminary schools, the city of Castite Selon, where several Holy Ministers have their estates, and the mountainous city of Heiligtum, which is located at the base of the Prisca Mountains and is home to several monastic and knightly orders. The countryside of Basta is divided into two landed titles, the Ministry of Droit a gauche and the Ministry of Droit a droite. These regions are governed by the similarly named individuals who represent the left and right hand of the Supreme Reverend. Otherwise, Basta is unique in that it holds the ability to have an army and navy separate from the Regalian Armed Forces, called the Exercitum von Spiritum. These troops consist of largely Bastan citizens, occasionally accepting outsiders should they prove zealous enough. Basta also has its own tax system, often in the form of tithes. The only state matter that Basta relies on Regalia for is foreign affairs, where it works in tandem with the Empire.
Clergymen of the Sancella
Reverends are, according to the sixth creed of Unionism, “...the holiest [men] in the body and house of worship.” These are the movers and shakers, the preachers of voidfire and damnation, the spreaders of the Creeds, the keepers of the faithful, and the persecutors of heresy. Each Reverend is assigned to a verwaltung, which is their personal church in the Empire. Often when assigned to a larger city, a Reverend will have a team of five Curates to assist with the services each day. Really the role of the Reverend is two part: First and foremost, they are preachers. A Reverend is permitted by Holy Law to lead the entirety of a service, including the reading of the day and giving the sermon. Often, however, when a higher ranking member of the clergy is visiting the Reverend’s verwaltung, they will allow the guest priest to give the sermon. They also are permitted to perform all the Sacraments, and are often asked by nobles to perform the Sacrament of Fervent Service for their sons. Also in most cities, the Reverend is the leader of the choir. A majority of the Reverends of the Sancella are decent singers, having to take part in the choir during their time in seminary. This often has them Finally, they often will be part of official Sancella Inquisitions, acting as the judge of criminals and heretics who break Holy Law. The second part of a Reverend’s duties are that of being a local administrator for the Sancella. This involves guiding young Curates in their daily tasks, as well as recruiting new candidates as Curates and assisting those who wish to join the Sancella to do so. Depending on where they are, they may also send out Curates on conversion missions. Reverends are also called upon to oversee monasteries, where they serve as the ‘Exarch’ for an order of Fathers of Piety or Celestials of Mercy. Here they provide the religious guidance for the community of faithful, and guide their actions in furthering the Great Way. Finally, they are the priests who take in tithes and direct them back to Basta. In bigger cities with multiple Cathedrals, the Sancella may raise one Reverend in the city to a higher title; that of a High Reverend. The High Reverend oversees not only their own Verwaltung, but also the various other Reverends in the city. A common place for this to happen is in Regalia and Calemberg, where the large populations of the cities has caused a need for multiple Reverends to assist the faithful. At this level, they act as a leader and mentor to the other Reverends and Curates in the city, as well as organizing the Sancella operations that occur there. High Reverends are granted a special estate in Bastillion, where they can stay during trips to Basta. There have also been occasions where a High Reverend will be placed over a number of various Reverends scattered over a large area, such as Anglia and Vultaro. These High Reverends often act more in the role of making sure that everything is going correctly in the outlying areas, or high verwaltung, but are often less involved in the daily happenings of each Reverend. High Reverends can also be found if a cathedral has an associated abbey. When serving in this role, they gain the title of ‘Exarch’ in addition to High Reverend. Reverends are often compared to nobility in the Sancella of Union, in a way that they administer the common folk and maintain a strict hierarchy of privilege and duty. Reverends are only chosen from amongst the Curates. The traditional route for a Curate to become a Reverend is to be appointed by the Ministry of Curates after a either a number of years of service to the Sancella or showing great promise early on. However, it is also quiet frequent in this day and age for the Chancellery or even the Emperor himself to elevate a Curate to a Reverend. In some even rarer cases, a regent or a widow of a past Emperor may even grant the title on a Curate. This has led to some extreme cases where a Curate was raised to the title of Reverend after only a few hours of being a Curate.
The Supreme Reverend is also the High Reverend of Basta. He is also, by virtue of that office: King of Curates, Supreme Pontiff of Union, Patriarch of the Holy Sancella, Sovereign of Basta, Holiest of Holys, Primate of the Regalian Archipelago, High Reverend to the Imperial Throne of the Spirit, and Servant of the Servants of Union. The Supreme Reverend sits at the highest point of the Sancella of Union; a position that has progressed to such a point that the Supreme Reverend can actually challenge the word of the Emperor. The Supreme Reverend acts as the leader of Basta, both spiritually and politically. The armies of Basta are loyal to the Supreme Reverend as well as the Emperor, and political decisions about both the Holy Isle and the Holy Sancella go through his office. The Supreme Reverend also acts as a High Reverend to all other High Reverends/Reverends in the Regalian Archipelago, providing guidance to Reverends in time of need. Supreme Reverend Wolffram Ultor was often accredited with constantly receiving and sending letters to Reverends across the Empire in the early days of his tenure. The Supreme Reverend also acts as the personal Reverend to the Imperial Family, serving their religious needs and being the sole priest allowed to provide the Sacraments to them. Once in office, the Supreme Reverend serves until death. However, when one dies, a new Supreme Reverend is chosen by the Emperor, usually at an advanced age, for their rigorous piety and knowledge of canonical law. Historically the Emperor chooses a member of the Ministry to fill the role, though there is always the chance that they will choose someone from amongst the Reverends and Curates. After a Supreme Reverend is chosen, the Supreme Reverend then chooses two Ministers to act as the Droit a gauche and the Droit a droite. These are sometimes shortened to just “La gauche” and “La droite”, incidentally meaning “the left” and “the right”. These two act as the left and right hands of the Supreme Reverend, assisting in matters of state and faith. These two also rule over the two landed titles that exist within the countryside of Basta: the Ministry of Droit a gauche and the Ministry of Droit a droite. This grants them the equivalent of a lordship over parts of Basta. The Supreme Reverend is the only one who has a say in who these two titles go to, and often are gifted to two Ministers who have worked the hardest to support the Supreme Reverend. These titles are, however, on temporary, and can be taken away should the Supreme Reverend feel the Minister is not doing a decent enough job.
Beneath the Supreme Reverend sits the highest political order of the Sancella of Union: The Holy Ministry of Curates, or Holy Ministry. The Holy Ministry consists of sixteen Holy Ministers who are in charge of determining the political, administrative, and religious policy of the the Sancella. They have authority over determining the policy of the clerical orders, as well as maintaining the goals of Union under the direct supervision of the Emperor of Regalia. They also act as the governing bureaucracy of Basta, deciding laws and diverting resources to various causes. The sixteen Ministers are in their position for life or until they become unfit for duty. When one dies or is removed, the Emperor of Regalia, taking advice from the Supreme Reverend, chooses from the High Reverends, Reverends, and Curates of the Sancella. Each of the Ministers is assigned to head a special department within the Sancella. One of the most notable of them being the Minister who oversees the Order of the Silent Sisters and Order of the Virgin Blades. He is one of the only three men who are permitted within the Silent Sisters residence across the Empire; the other two being the Supreme Reverend and the Emperor himself. Other departments headed by the Ministers include overseeing mission work, one who oversees the Fathers of Piety and Celestials of Mercy, one who serves as the Steward of the Sancella (dealing with the distribution of tithes), and even some generals. The most prestigious offices, those overseeing other members of the Sancella, are often held by those who have been serving for the longest times. Lower ranked Ministers often serve as Headmasters at major seminaries. In addition to their roles as leaders and bureaucrats, many Ministers retain their verwaltung that they held while a Reverend or High Reverend. This allows them to remain in their position as lead priest at their house of worship. Many of them do this so that they can remain in touch with those they grew close to after years of service in the community, as well as provide religious and spiritual advice to the many houses of worship across the empire. They also have all the same duties as a Reverend does while they are at their verwaltung. However, they are required to return to Basta at least once a month to meet together about issues facing the faith. While in Basta, each Minister stays at their respective palatial estate, many of which dot the countryside of the island.
To become a Curate, one must attend Seminary. The average age of those entering ranges from four to seven. Here, they are taught reading, writing, oration, and taught how to sing. Seminaries can be found across the Empire, but a large portion of them are located in Basta. The vast majority of those that attend Seminary are males, and most come from upper class families. However, while possible, it is incredibly rare for a female to be sent to Seminary, often instead being sent to join a branch of the Celestials of Mercy. Making up the bulk of the clergy, Curates often have more of the physical labor of the Sancella. In their duties, they often serve as pages and scribes for other clergy, as well as for commoners who need documents drafted. Curates are the ones responsible for the lighting of candles as well as ushering in and out the congregation at the beginning and end of services. They also make up the bulk of the mission work force of the Sancella. Upon graduation from Seminary, new Curates will often spend a number of years working as a missionary before they are assigned to a place of worship. Travelers far and wide can stumble across a group of three Curates traveling the roads looking to spread the faith and provide services for towns which are too small to hold a chapel. They also work in other outreach institutions lead by the Sancella such as soup kitchens, asylums, and clinics. They also lead private prayer sessions with any of the faithful. Some Curates even find themselves in the employment of a local noble, where they serve as a private Court Curate. These individuals live in better conditions, depending on their lord, and act as a personal Curate for the noble’s family. Despite how many roles a Curate fills, they will find themselves limited in the services they can provide. Curates serving in Cathedrals are permitted lead the daily prayer, though the Daily Reading and Sermon are reserved for the acting Reverend. In smaller communities that lack Reverends, a Curate is allowed to lead these parts of the service. Curates are also limited by holy law to only lead three of the Sacraments. The Sacraments of Birth, Unity, and Slumber are allowed to be fulfilled due to those being natural parts of a good Unionist life (birth, marriage, and death). Often times though, these are only practiced by Curates in smaller communities; while in larger cities, a Reverend will fulfill these duties. This has caused tensions when new Curates, fresh from their mission work, are assigned to a cathedral where they are now subject to the Reverend’s command. Finally, Curates are often outside the central flow of information within the Sancella. Such information as assigning curates to positions, financial concerns of the Sancella, and sometimes even things as simple as supply levels for the various verwaltungs across the Empire. It is largely the bureaucratic operations of the Sancella that goes unnoticed by those outside the organization. On the rare case of a smaller town needing to know something it may be shared, but on average, most Curates only know as much as they are told as they are not considered to be a high enough position.
Supporting Orders of the Sancella
Monastic Orders of the Fathers of Piety
Originally not part of the Sancella hierarchy, the Fathers of Piety came out of a movement desiring a way to serve the Spirit by those unable to attend seminary. Because of this, and the fact that the Fathers were not explained in the Creeds, the organization has been open to more interpretations than the standard clergy roles. However, most historians agree that the original inspiration for the Fathers of Piety came out of the Dogartan sect of Unionism. The solitary and highly devotional style of the Dogartan monks served as the building blocks for the first orders of the Fathers. Today, there are a multitude of orders that any male wishing to serve the Spirit can follow, each having a different style of life. Entry into the Fathers of Piety is a long and arduous road, starting with the Sacrament of Sacrifice. This Sacrament may take anywhere from a few days to a few months before it is finished, depending on the order. This is often an option available to criminals, granting them a route to salvation through faith. However, it is generally criminals that break civil, but not holy law, to whom this option is offered. Due to this, murderers are not offered this option unless they show true remorse for their crime, due to the position that a Father of Piety holds. Most Fathers of Piety spend their lives in their orders’ monastery, often in the countryside away from major urban centers. It is rare, though not unheard of, that a member of these orders will be found within a major city. In their everyday role, these Fathers of Piety pass the time deep in prayer. Many also take up beekeeping, and the brewing of mead, to help pass the time in the countryside. A monastery is often overseen by a Reverend who serves as the Exarch for the community. This allows the Sancella to maintain control over the more independent style of the Fathers. There are also a few orders commonly found in cities. These Fathers often are part of an abbey, and perform acts of charity for the poor of the city. These tasks include serving as medical healers, librarians in public libraries, and tutors for private students. Despite the variety that exists among the Fathers, most orders adhere to the same standards and develop from there. The First standard is the dress of a Father of Piety. Taking note from the Dogartans, the standard outfit of a Father includes a brown hooded robe tied around the waist with a flax rope and a pair of leather shoes. Most orders add on to this basic design; including items such as a rope over the shoulders with weights on the end to represent the struggles we all face when trying to keep to the Great Way, or a simple cone shaped cap made of white fabric to represent the pure thoughts that one should engage in. Some Fathers stick closer to the Dogartan roots of the orders and only wear the one robe they started with until the Father dies. Each order has its own take on the issue. The second standard is that all Fathers of Piety must renounce their familial ties and inheritance. This is in order for the individual to serve the Great Way without the temptations of self gain or material influences. A Father of Piety serves the greater good, and thus is part of the Union with all other Unionists. If the individual has a family, they will be required to leave them to join the order. There are even some orders that force the Father to take a new name upon entering the order, as a means of further separating from their past life. The third standard is that the individual must also reject the temptation of the flesh, giving up all rights to fathering a child. A majority of the orders focus on living a pure life, thus the need to stand fast against the temptation of the flesh. Some orders take this a step further and force all members to become eunuchs in order to stay true to the Great Way. The final standard that the orders follow is a commitment to furthering the Great Way. This has taken many forms between the orders, with some focusing on providing medical care, while others serve as scribes and pages to help preserve the collective knowledge of the Empire. There is one order, named the Retrovian Order, that is located in Bastillion that serves as the official printing guild of the Sancella. They have been tasked with not only preserving knowledge for future generations to use, but also produce the many beautiful copies of the Ten predictions that are found in cathedrals across the Empire.
Order of the Celestials of Mercy
The Celestials of Mercy were originally created for women to have a means of serving in the Sancella. This group eventually became so large that they broke it into four separate branches, each focusing on a specific duty. Today, the Celestials of Mercy act in a similar role to the Fathers of Piety, living a monastic life and serving for the betterment of all in the Union. Their standard dress includes a dark red robe, with a wooden bandeau on their head with a white cloth hanging over the back of the head. Around their waist is a simple hempen rope. The Celestials of Mercy are more often found in cities than in the countryside, with only a few select convents residing in the countryside of Basta. The ones that live in the cities often live in convents attached to cathedrals. These are overseen by an Abbess, who is chosen by the local Reverend from amongst the Celestials. Their convents are only accessible by women, with only the Supreme Reverend, the Holy Minister overseeing the Celestials, and the Emperor himself being the only men who may enter any convent legally. Not even the local Reverend may enter, thus the need for the Abbess. What the Celestials lack in variety of orders that the Fathers maintain, they make up with by holding a significant position within the Sancella. In addition to spending time praying, Celestials of Mercy provide several crucial services to the Sancella. The major idea behind the Celestials of Mercy is that they serve as the strong womanly presence that the Great Way needs to help educate children and take care of the sick. One of the most notable roles of the Celestials is their role in acting as teachers and educators in small charity schools across the Empire. They receive a basic education from the Sancella, and attempt to teach children the basics of reading, writing, and mathematics. However, these schools are often only offered to humanum children, other races being left to teach themselves. Another role of the Celestials is that they run the orphanages in most major cities. They receive funding from the Sancella, and take care of the poor orphans, providing a place to sleep and two basic meals a day. These orphanages are generally only located in the bigger cities, and rely on donations from the faithful and a small fund from the Sancella to keep their doors open. The Celestials also often run the decrepit asylums of the Empire, tending to the mentally ill and handicapped. These institutions are based more in faith than medicine, and those that enter rarely are seen again. Just like the orphanages, it is generally only larger cities that have an asylum. Truly, the role of the Celestial is one of taking care of their fellow humanum.
Order of the Silent Sisters
The Order of the Silent Sisters was the first branch that broke away from the Celestials of Mercy. That is due to their duties revolving less around the living and more around the dead. Included among their ranks are women of all ages, from fourteen to sixty, whom have taken the Sacrament of Sacrifice and serve the Great Way in one of the most crucial roles in the Empire. This order is given, in a similar fashion to the Fathers of Piety, as an alternative to civil punishment for female criminals, who must take the Sacrament of Sacrifice and join the Silent Sisters. The Silent Sisters play a crucial role in the graveyards across the Empire. Their usual dress is a gray dress, with a wooden bandeau with a gray veil covering their face. They often patrol the graveyards at night, a haunting visage that guides the wayward spirits of humanum to the light of the Imperial Spirit. Their usual tasks involve the preparation of recently deceased nobility, but they to oversee the other burials as well. Silent Sisters also keep extensive records on the dead, filling a great deal of time with correcting information. They also are often witnessed tending to gravestones and praying in the local church. When not tending to the dead, many Silent Sisters live a fairly normal life. Their communities, while silent, work on providing for themselves when not needed to tend to the dead. When out in public, Silent Sisters will wear a white cloth and special black dresses that show no skin. They usually go to town in pairs, and are generally accompanied by a sister of the Virgin Blades. When they are out in the public, they shop for what they need, using a combination of hand signs and writing to convey their needs. Occasionally, Silent Sisters will assist members of the Celestials of Mercy; often helping in Sancella run orphanages or schools if given permission by the local Abbess. Here, they perform simple housekeeping tasks so that the Celestials may continue to focus on the children. Similar to the Celestials, there is a single Holy Minister who oversees the Silent Sisters. He and the bulk of the order maintain themselves in the Palace of the Dead, the order’s headquarters located in Regalia. This building is important since it houses the death records of numerous figures across the Empire, keeping the originals deep in vaults located under the structure and sending copies to Basta for safe keeping. These records contain incredible amounts of information about the dead and can tell a great deal about an individual. However, they are considered official government property, and are off limits to all except the highest authorities in the Empire and the Sancella. Rumors of the secrets held within the Palace of the Dead range from the names of dead spies, forgotten bastard children of the Imperial Line, and even secret identities of notable statesmen. In addition to the main headquarters; every church, chapel, cathedral, and abbey has a special building nearby devoted solely to the Silent Sisters, called a House of the Dead. The Houses of the Dead fall under the same rules as the Celestial’s convents, only three men in the entire Empire may legally enter alive. Within these areas, there is generally a living space for the Silent Sisters, an area to prepare the dead, and a large fire to turn the bodies into ash for burial. These buildings never have windows, with only light from candles and the fire used for cremation to see; and they often smell of lavender.
Order of the Crystal Maidens
The Order of the Crystal Maidens is the final Order to come out of the Celestials. It is the smallest of the four Orders, and is the most secretive amongst the four, often kept out of the eyes of the public. These women are considered the pinnacles of beauty in the Empire, and their voices have been said to be able to soothe a savage beast. This ability has them filling the role of diplomats abroad for the Sancella and the Empire. As such, seeing a Crystal Maiden outside of Basta is incredibly rare, but it is not unheard of. They have been known to attend important balls put on by the Emperor, in which they will lend their voices to the music. Guests who attend these balls often remark at the serenity and near angelic quality of the Maiden’s voice. It has also led several noblemen to make fools of themselves in front of the peerage when trying to impress a Maiden. Following in the footsteps of the Virgin Blades, the Crystal Maidens are recruited from a young age and consist of near all virgins. The main characteristics that a new recruit has include an angelic-quality voice, a firm understanding in etiquette, and the ability to charm and soothe raging hearts and calm any storm. Records show that Crystal Maidens are often recruited around the age of fourteen, and come from diverse backgrounds. They also have been known to receive some of the best education available for women, including learning several languages. This is due to them serving as diplomatic agents for the Sancella and the Empire. Often when a formal Regalian delegation is sent abroad, a Crystal Maiden will join them as gifts or signs of goodwill to foreign courts. In addition, they are sometimes sent to Regalia for a performance or two, or to aid in diplomatic talks. Yet, there are rumors that the Crystal Maidens are actually spies, trained by the Black Order. The conspiracy theories say that their voices and training could only be a result of such funding, but these rumors are easily dispelled by the sight and sound of such female brilliance. The Crystal Maidens are world-renowned for their abilities of diplomacy and charisma; and their reputation with foreign courts is legendary. The Crystal Maidens are overseen in a similar fashion to the other orders of Celestials. They have a Minister that is assigned to them, and who is one of three men ever allowed in the Cappella di Cristallo, founded in the early days of the Order by a Dressolini Minister. The Cappella is nestled high in the Prisca Mountains, overlooking the fertile valleys of the isle. The road to this sanctuary starts in a sleepy village of Sonnolen, a popular site for weary officials. It is often said the singing from the Cappella can be carried by the wind and the echoing mountains down into the valley. Officials from across the isle flock to the small village, seeking to relieve stress, enjoy the wine, the baths and the angelic sounds from above.
List of Ministers of Curates
The Ministers of Curates can sometimes be divided into the “Anglia Clique”, “Vixhall Clique”, “Calemberg Clique” and “Independents”. These groups often favor a Minister of their own political group as Supreme Reverend, and plot or scheme to have this achieved.
- Aethelred von Ultor
- Johann von Trepovich
- Estur von Trepovich
- Droit a Droite Piète Kade
- William de Montberry Durhall
- Rickon Blippe-Estau
- Logan of South Bassartland
- Florent d’Ivrae Este
- Llores de Mont-Chablais
- Auverois de Sant Lumière
- Lorenzo di Orazio
- Droit a Gauche Orsa Medavinci
- Cesare de Basse laissez
- Mononfro Gramilliada
- Maximillian von Grigo-Estbach
List of Supreme Reverends
- Ricimer von Monachus - 92 AC - 115 AC (Supreme Reverend during First Schism)
- Beremund von Blicchece - 115 AC - 119 AC
- Vidimar von Crowel - 119 AC - 132 AC
- Petrus de Flavigny - 132 AC - 157 AC (First Ithanian Supreme Reverend)
- Eidulmar Rehpoch - 157 AC - 157 AC
- Vinitharius der Fuhs - 157 AC - 169 AC
- Athalaric von Trepovich - 169 AC - 193 AC (Supreme Reverend during Second Schism)
- Valaravans Albus - 193 AC - 210 AC
- Hector di Montano - 210 AC - 215 AC (First Dressolini Supreme Reverend)
- Symon Discret - 215 AC - 225 AC
- Edwyn of Briam - 225 AC - 232 AC (First Ceardian Supreme Reverend)
- Gabriel di Zophilare - 232 AC - 250 AC
- Johannes Hebenstreit - 250 AC - 269 AC
- Wenndel Talheim - 269 AC - 287 AC
- Wolfram Ultor - 287 AC - 305 AC
- Aethelred von Ultor - 305 AC
- Droit a Droite Piète Kade - 305 - Present
How to Address Clergy
- Supreme Reverend - Supreme Reverend, Your Most Holiness, Holy Father
- Holy Minister - Minister, Your Eminence, Father
- High Reverend - High Reverend, Your High Holiness, Father
- Reverend - Reverend, Your Holiness, Father
- Curate - Curate, Your Holiness, Father
- Fathers of Piety - Friar
- Celestials of Mercy - Mother
- Abbess of Mercy (head of a convent) - Revered Mother
- Silent Sisters - Sister
- Virgin Blades - Blade, Sister
- Crystal Maiden - Sister