Church of Ibel
Ibel’s Great War
This Land was once ruled by the First Men and the Kingdom of Black Steel and Cold Iron. Magic was dead and gone from the world when Ibel rose up with his 10,000 Saints and returned the Age of Magic.
Ibel then placed down his weapons and declared his First Saint, his Highest General, Marist the Noble as his First King, to rule on Peir while he ruled from the Celestial Empire and did rule the skies and winds and storms and fate with his 10,000 saints.
After Ibel left the Earth, the Arch Warlock of Death, who had hidden within Ibel’s ranks practicing Evil Magics carved his empire away and Formed the Empire of Eternal Night, also known as the Silver Empire, called sometimes the Orien Empire.
The traitorous Guildmasters, and War Profiteers and Miners who wanted only wealth did not acknowledge the God-Kings pronouncement. They Battled and still do battle with The Golden Church, having brokered foul contracts with the evil Greenskin savages, greedy Dwarves, cantankerous Gnomes, and mischievious Halflings
To this day, the priests gifted with healing magics aid the common man with the gift of life.
The 12 Generals
Pike the Courageous
Marist the Noble
Anton the Cunning
Gorran the Kind/Foul
Vender the Admiral
Hilen the Quick
Tommen the Strong
Swan the Prince of the Blade
Persion the Resplendent
Shou the Wise
Tommen the Meek
Yerrick the Black Knight
The Lost General – King Jarvias
( Two lines || indicates the following is subordinate, one line | indicates equals)
Ibel – the God-King
His 10,000 Saints The All 10,000 soldiers who died while serving Ibel in his Great War.
Guardians of the Gates to Ibels Throne Room, only allow the Predicant access.
The High Primarch – the earthly speaker to Ibel in this world
Congregation of Scribes – (The Scribes who write the deeds and wills of Ibel through the Predicant, they also function as judges, giving judgement via the old writings.)
Order of Advocates -Carry out the will of the scribes, possibly execution tithe collection, liberating captured Saints or freeing peasants from a tyrant. They are the military’s most elite force.
Bishops – Rule over a large region of land, have the smaller churches under them, usually have their own cathedral. Can have one or more holy orders with monastaries under them.
Epistle Worthy – Small personal scribes of the bishops, write down EVERYTHING, from breakfast to sleeping, a Bishop may have one or two, they are both aides and watchers.
Vigilant Worthy – Guardian of the Bishop, is rarely a member of an order, they are personal protectors of a bishop, talented warriors.
Curate – Head Priest of a Church
Priest – Converts non-believers, speaks of the church, leads Ibels Rituals (Five rituals- Birth, Death, Bonding, Vows, Induction. Those who have no particular church they are bound to are called Acolytes as well, even if they have taken the Priest Induction.
Attestor – Servants of a church, they have frequently taken some vows. Assist in rituals.
Various Holy Orders – Unique, outside of the typical church structure, frequently receive orders from the Scribes. Anyone outside of the the church administration but who has received induction is an Acolyte. They can take the roles of priests, but are typically on special duties. The word brother or sister usually precedes their title… i.e. Brother Confessor, Sister Pleader… etc.
Confessors – Acolytes who keep the prisons of the truly vilest of criminals. They show mercy, and here the sins of those sentanced to die. Strong Character is required of them due to the horrors they hear.
Penitents, aka the Red Scarves – Truly Repentant Criminals, they have undergone divination to hear the truth of their repentence and bound under magical geas to be freed, they are dead as far as the church is concerned, those Judged while alive, they wear a red scarf around their neck to represent flowing blood from their ‘beheading,’ they are given orders by the Mortepomp (a church officer who leads them who is NOT a penitent.) Their missions are almost certainly fatal. Their Mortepomp has their spirits bound to him by divination rituals, he knows whether they live or die.
Pleaders – Sent by The Church, they are highly educated and extremly charismatic speakers who rescue missionaries from executions and enslavement. They re the diplomats who are well versed in languages, customs, and frequently have physical prowess when the only means of rescuing a church member is through a challange of strength. Specially trained and highly educated.
Mortepomps – See Penitents, also are frequently morticians and undertakers. They are courageous folks who enter areas of regular as well as magical plague without fear of death.
Scholars – Masters of languages and histories, they research other gods as well as the saints.
Saint orders – Each saint has an order (or more than one depending on popularity) of acolytes that follows them, depending on the saints proclivities they may be matchmakers, warriors, poets, or paupers.
Abbots – Generic name for the leader of an Order, they do not receive promotions above their title, although some of their charges leave their order for higher rank within the church and may outrank them. Abotts are paragons of their orders belief and usually gifted with the administration work required for their order. They are deferred with respect by all, even the scribes and advocates do not order them around.
Lastly, the Ibelsthronian Legion is only 10,000 when not standing the ranks can swell though when the Throne calls for a Holy WarThe Ranks
General- High Advocate ( pulled from the Advocates, must have stood as a Conservator before )
Colonel- Advocate Conservator (pulled from the Advocates)
Commander- Low Advocate (pulled from the Advocate Applicants, raised posthumously to Advocate, is temporarily an advocate while raised, but without the full rights.)
Major – Exemplar Acolyte (pulled from one of the Martial Orders, usually a Abbot of a martial order, or one of the Abbots Attendants)
Captain- Master Acolyte (pulled from Martial Order, usually, a veteran of battle)
Lietenant – Acolyte at Arms (pulled from a martial order, or any order if situation is dire enough.)
(non ordained or inducted, lay soldiers)
Sergeant – Gallant – volunteer peasants who have shown great courage and faith, or mercenaries, various levels of Gallant
(non priest or inducted, lay soldiers)
Private – Faithful – peasant, given blankets, good food, small pay, a tabbard and a spear.