Lankani Religious Hierarchy

Revealed herein is the pecking order of the priests of Klysus.


All major organisations need some sort of rules to regulate their members' acivities and to ascertain who can do what and to whome. The Lankani is no different. Being a theocracy that rules a vast area of land, counting hundreds of thousands of subjects, Lankani bureaucracy is well developed. As is their internal hierarchy. It is worthy of note that all bureaucrats of any import in Lankanok are priests of Klysus.

The social ladder

On top of the Lankani social ladder are the priests, then come the artisans, merchants and soldiers, then the farmers, fishermen and common folk, then come the slaves and prisoners. It is worthy of note that a Faithful is always above a Fallen, regardless of the circumstances.

Priests

Foremost of the priests of Klysus is the Khurtum, direct descendant of divinity himself. Below the Khurtum, one finds the high priests, all charged with tasks reminiscent of ministers of state. Some of the lower-ranking (or troublesome) high priests find themselves in positions of power in areas away from the capital of Khenezan, the rest are located in the capital. Most often, each province will have a high priest in charge, as will major military forces. All in all, there are around a hundred high priests in the Empire, about half reside in or near the capital.

Below the high priests are the Bloodbringers, these are those priests who have risen to the level where they are allowed to sacrifice humans for the glory of Klysus. This elite caste numbers in the thousands, and one is never difficult to find. There are always a lot of Bloodbringers with any army that is expected to see action - their task being the salvation of those enemies who happen to die on the battlefield.

Below the Bloodbringers come the Granters. This caste is empowered to perform most of the ceremonies of the clergy, including simple sacrifices of items and blood, birth and funeral. There is at least one Granter at every place of worship, be it small or large.

One step below the Granters are the Speakers. These may preach the teachings of the Bringer to the general populace, and can perform the simplest of rites, such as coming of age, marriage, etc.

The lowest of the low in the religious hierarchy are the acolytes, these are the gophers of the Lankani temples. All clergy start as acolytes, with the exception of the Khurtum. Of course, not all acolytes have an equally difficult or lenghty service at this level - some high-ranking families have a tendency of getting their kids up to Speaker level very quickly.

Scripture

Not all of the scripture is accessible to all of the clergy. There is a large degree of secrecy on several key points of the religion. Although nothing at the higher levels of enlightenment directly contradicts anything at the lower levels (and, thus, there is no 'false' teaching), some of the higher secrets may come as great surprises to the uninitiated. Access to higher levels of knowledge is carefully managed by the higher clergy. Your level of access to scripture secrets is generally decided by your position in the hierarchy. One example is that the priests' involvement with certain procreator demons, etc., is a secret learned on the Bloodbringer level. These rituals are parts of the not too well-known fertility parts of the religion.


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