Enderal:The Holy Order

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The Holy Order's Symbol

Note: This article is about the religious group. For the book of the same name, check The Holy Order (Book)

The Holy Order is a religious group based out of the Sun Temple in Ark. The group follows the Light-Born Malphas and take orders directly from their Grandmaster, Tealor Arentheal. The Order rules over Enderal as a theocracy. The Order was first established by Malphas himself in Verse LXXVII of The Path, the book that serves as a guide for the group until this day. The Order's symbol, established in Verse XCVIII of The Path, contains a sun-eye, symbolizing the light and wisdom that Malphas emits, and a snake in the form of a circle, symbolizing the beginning and the end, both united by Malphas.

Relationship with Arcanists

Every Arcanist must present themselves to The Holy Order once their magical powers are discovered. Those who refuse are labeled Wild Mages. Once inside, their Arcane Fever is tended to, and they become Novices. While enlistment into The Holy Order is mandatory, those who (intentionally or not) fail the Journey to the Water are released, and become Free Arcanists.

Ranks

The Holy Order is organized into four Signets. The higher its signet level, the more power a position has. Signets are further subdivided into Military and Arcane branches.

Military Arcane
Fourth Signet Grandmaster 1
Truchessa 1
Third Signet Signet Leader 1 Archmagister 1
Second Signet Banner Master 1 Magister n
First Signet Keeper n
None Initiate n
Novice n

1 This position is occupied by a single person at a time.
n This position may be occupied by multiple people at the same time.
The term "Keeper" can be used to refer to any member of the order, but since Keepers of the First Signet have no special titles, they are often named simply "Keeper".


Only pure-blooded Endraleans, usually nobles, are accepted into The Order, beginning at the lowest rank of Novice. Other than preparing themselves for their initiation with practical and theoretical classes, Novices mostly assist higher-ranked members in menial tasks. Once a Novice is ready, they become an Initiate and undergo the Journey to the Water. Should they fail, and survive, they are released from service. Otherwise, they now become a Keeper, which is a catch-all term for any accepted member of The Order. A Keeper starts out as a Keeper of the First Signet, and may rise to higher signets as their superiors see fit.

Objectives

The Holy Order was initially created by Light-Born Malphas to protect and serve the Light-Born. Ever since the death of the Light-Born, The Order has strived to maintain order in Enderal, denying the fact to prevent civil conflict. With the return of Grandmaster Tealor Arantheal from his prison in Nehrim, The Holy Order has shifted their focus to fight against The Cycle as its main objective. As such, The Holy Order has joined forces with their former enemies, the Nehrimese mages who defeated the Light-Born, to fight their common enemy: The High Ones.

Known Members

Direct Members

Nehrimese Allies

Notes

  • Early in development, The Holy Order was called "The Paladin Order"