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*A graduate of the School of Seminary cannot be an Aberrant of any kind, as it would be in violation of the Fifth Creed of Unionism which warns against such afflictions.
 
*A graduate of the School of Seminary cannot be an Aberrant of any kind, as it would be in violation of the Fifth Creed of Unionism which warns against such afflictions.
 
*It is possible to attend both the School of Seminary and another School, though anyone who pursues another education after completing seminary is barred from re-entering church leadership.
 
*It is possible to attend both the School of Seminary and another School, though anyone who pursues another education after completing seminary is barred from re-entering church leadership.
*While the Tenth Creed has led many to believe that both men and women can now enter Seminary, as the Curated Profession only remarks that scholars of the scriptures can become priests, the instructors of the School believe that the Sixth Creed’s statement of men of the cloth remains valid, and only the cultural divisions of the old Sancella are professed in the Tenth Creed. As such, women are still barred from the Seminary, though some Unionist Cults (especially in Ithanian regions) have unrecognized seminaries that instruct women to become priestesses, keeping their practices a secret.
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*Only the Priscelle Sect allows female clergy. You cannot make a female priest for any other historical Sect of Unionism.
 
*In order to be considered a graduate of the School of Seminary, a character must have 8 points invested into Society Knowledge, with Unionist Culture being mandatory.
 
*In order to be considered a graduate of the School of Seminary, a character must have 8 points invested into Society Knowledge, with Unionist Culture being mandatory.
  

Latest revision as of 21:55, 18 May 2020

School of Seminary
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Schools
Proficiencies Society Knowledge, Unionist Sanktism Skill, Theatre Arts, Literary Arts
Race Ailor men only
Location Various
Origins Regalia

With a body as large as the Unionist Church, there is a need for men specialized in the religious arts to handle the administration of the faithful and to interpret the will of the Imperial Spirit. The School of Seminary is a theological school that focuses on the teachings of Unionist theology and serves as the primary institution for clerical learning in the Regalian Empire. It finds its origin in the church reforms of Blessed Emperor Henri III and all clergymen who hold rank in the church are required to attend the school. The school teaches aspiring priests the history of the Unionist Church, the rites and rituals of the clergy, and other skills necessary to lead the faithful masses. While the burden of the cloth can be filled with many sacrifices, those who enter into the leadership of the Unionist clergy can expect to hold influence over the people, much to the desire (or disdain) of the secular nobility.

History

The School of Seminary was formally established during the reign of Blessed Emperor Henri III, who saw fit to reform the decentralized and ineffective Sancella of Union based on the structuring of the church body. The creation of the school, and the more clearly defined hierarchy of the Sancella as a whole, led to a more uniform doctrine of Unionism, as it was mandated all prospective Curates would be required to attend the school before entering ranks of the Sancella. The central academy of theological learning in the Empire would remain in the City of Regalia until the year 211 AC, after which a shift of focus by the Sancella resulted in the establishment of the Allamariën-Hauptseminar in the City of Calemberg, much to the dismay of a number of more outspoken Curates and Reverends from southern and western regions of the Regalian Empire.

The Seminary remained unchanged for most of its lifetime, though recent events around Unionism has proven a current challenge for the school. While the Dragon Crisis saw a short-lived sect of Unionism which worshipped the Imperial Dragon of Cedromar I, the greater impact came from attempts to mend the Schisms between all sects of Unionism, an action which lasted for only mere months before the Unionist body splintered once again. Finally, the revelation of the Tenth Creed and the establishment of the Immovable Concepts solidified the necessity for the Seminary to continue to instruct future men of the cloth. While individual church bodies form around the Regalian Archipelago and abroad, only time will tell if the School of Seminary will continue to be a universal standard of religious instruction, or fragment to suit the needs of the various bodies of the Unionist collective.

Locations

  • Allamariën-Hauptseminar: The Allamariën-Hauptseminar, attached to the Calamberger Dom in the City of Calemberg, is the main school for Unionist teachings, and most men who go on to don the cloth and enter the Unionist Church will have walked its halls at some point in their life. The majority of students here come from wealthier aristocratic backgrounds as unwanted second or third sons.
  • Université cléricale de Basta: The Clerical University of Basta is the western competitor to the Allamariën-Hauptseminar. Though once rather modest and small, it has been rapidly gaining ground over the past several decades as Ithanian nobles and others from the Empire’s west pour money into it. It is a close second in numbers of students to its cousin in Calemberg but is often seen as more lavish, thanks to the vast funds poured into its gilded halls and classrooms.
  • Cathédrale d'Espoir in Priscelle: The official seminary for the female-only clergy of the Princessity of Priscelle, the Cathédrale d'Espoir was the most recent seminary created via the Pristine Law. While the other three seminaries scoff at the notion of an all-female clergy, there has been a large influx of students entering the Priscelle school, creating a future supply of Clerics (Reverends) and Acolytes (Curates).
  • Evintarian Basilica in Etosil: While formerly the seminary of the Etosian Church, the brief mending of the First Schism in 306 AC saw this location join the other two in teaching classical ideas of the Unionist seminary. However, the eventual return to the status quo and revelation of the Tenth Creed saw a return to its Evintarin roots, training the future Deacons (Reverends) and Cantors (Curates) of the Etosian branch.

Code of Conduct

Reverends naturally have a strong influence over the minds of the Unionist faithful and are implicitly trusted by most.

Entry into the School of Seminary is free of charge, provided certain prerequisites are met; the prospect must be an Ailor man, and can qualify via several tedious entrance exams. Those who fail can, however, buy their way into the ranks of the Church if they are of an incredibly affluent background. A unique feature of this school compared to others is that age is not a requirement. Generally speaking, most students enter the seminary around the age of ten, which is considered to be the typical route for clerical training. However, older men such as ex-knights may attend seminary later in life, becoming too old for their original craft or seeking a new calling in life. Regardless of age, seminary is very strict in its doctrine, and any individual who leaves the seminary is forbidden from entering the Church’s ranks again. Often those who leave and desire to return enter into monastic living, spending the rest of their lives in service to the Spirit for their perceived betrayal to a holy calling.

The School of Sancella teaches its students to be the proverbial shepherds of the flock, educating the people in religious doctrine and how to live dedicated to the Spirit. Consequently, the school stresses the importance of setting an example; as Reverends naturally hold much sway over the people they preach over, many of whom do not know how to read the religious texts for themselves. After graduating, students are given the rank of Curate and are sent to a small chapel in the Empire, or to a Reverend in a cathedral where they carry out their religious duties.

Learning

Education is split into four quarters, taking around six to eight years to complete. The first years are spent in learning the virtue of humility, meaning they are forced to handle menial labor around the seminary their tutors would rather not dirty their hands with, while also rooting out the weak-willed. The second quarter’s focus is on the study of the Ten Creeds, their many interpretations, and how they apply to the day-to-day life of a pious Unionist. The third quarter continues in the study of theology while outlining the various Sacraments of Union and Unionist Sanktism (if they desire), preparing students so they may carry out these holy rites after graduation. The fourth and final quarter is heavily involved in sermon-crafting, the ability to rouse the masses and deliver compelling speeches to the flock of Unionism. During this period, a student will usually begin to form their own interpretations of the Creeds, which can later be used to proselytize the faith. After all this, a pilgrimage is made to one of the holy sites of Unionism before the student graduates as a Curate.

OOC Rules for the School

Some Reverends may be promoted by the Emperor instead of the formal structure of the Unionist church, like former Supreme Reverend Aethelred Howlester (pictured above).
  • Graduation from the School of Seminary entails entry into the clergy as a Curate (or its equivalent). This is a requirement in order to perform the rites and Sacraments of the Unionist church, as anyone else would be labeled a heretic for doing so.
  • A graduate of the School of Seminary cannot be an Aberrant of any kind, as it would be in violation of the Fifth Creed of Unionism which warns against such afflictions.
  • It is possible to attend both the School of Seminary and another School, though anyone who pursues another education after completing seminary is barred from re-entering church leadership.
  • Only the Priscelle Sect allows female clergy. You cannot make a female priest for any other historical Sect of Unionism.
  • In order to be considered a graduate of the School of Seminary, a character must have 8 points invested into Society Knowledge, with Unionist Culture being mandatory.

Trivia

  • Various Calemberger families tried to lobby for the Sancella to select one of their cathedrals as the location for the school. However, the Supreme Reverend at the time, Hector di Montano, ultimately chose the Calemberger Dom, only adding to the prestige of the already iconic cathedral.
  • Men of the cloth command respect and trust from most Ailor, which occasionally leads to confrontations with the secular nobility. There have been several examples in recent times of Reverends competing with the Lords over various government positions and institutions.
  • Some graduates of the seminary have gone on to abuse their spiritual authority contrary to Sancella doctrine, usually to garner wealth or power for themselves. Most of these men are discovered and attempt to reconcile with the church by entering monastic service.

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Last Editor Firefan96 on 05/18/2020.

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