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There are two kinds of organization in this pantheon: vertical (by level of priest) and horizontal (area controlled by each church).
The vertical organization allows anyone who is so inclined to be a member of the church. The basic active member is call a “Lay Member” and the only restriction is to be an active member of the church, not just worship a Greek Deity. Any sworn Lay Member who wishes to advance in the traditional manner can become an “Acolyte”. This position provides the training to become a first level priest of a certain god. Upon the completion of training, and passing a test proving the ability to cast first level clerical spells, the Acolyte is promoted to “Priest” If a Lay Member can cast mage type spells, and wishes to participate in church functions, they can become a “Deacon”. Similarly , if a character is a ranger and wishes to participate they can become a “Servitor”. Neither of these two types of members can ascend the clerical ladder, but can participate in the horizontal control of areas.
After the character has become a Priest they must be assigned to a particular church, for example “Treldar, Priest of the town of Commtiz”. If the character is an adventurer, and wishes more freedom, they can apply for a posting as an “at large” Priest. This assigns them to a specific person (i.e. The Bishop of Malopis). This should not be confused with the horizontal grouping of “At Large” which is in control of a wandering area.
The next true test of advancement for a character is the promotion to “Archbishop”. To receive this promotion the character must pass a test proving the ability to cast a fifth level clerical spell.
The vertical rungs of the Greek ladder are:
|non spell casting||Lay Member or Acolyte|
|mage spells||Deacon or Servitor|
(or the Vicar General)
There is only one Prelate per Prime Material Plane, selected by the High Priests of that world. Many Campaign Areas will have their own High Priest (the High Priest of the Small Kingdoms, the High Priest of the Island Kingdoms), but not all areas must have one. The Terraguard area has three High Priests: one East, one West, and one North. The Vicar General is in charge of the Warriors of Athena a paladin order based in Wingstone? and has the equivalent rank of a Cardinal.
Archbishops are normally in charge of countries and or several Bishoprics.
A Bishop may be one small country or a larger country may be made up of several Bishoprics.
Abbots are in charge of Vocations. For example the Abbot of Weapon Smithing, the Abbot of the Harvest. The highest ranking Abbot in each High Priest’s area is the Senior Abbot of…
One main note on promotions. Spell use is not the main avenue of promotion in the Greek Church. While most higher ranking members of the clergy will recognize and promote a character who has reached higher level, or increased ability in spell casting; they will also promote based on political expediency or favoritism. The levels listed for each ranking are the equivalent experience point award given to NPCs who achieve those levels. Therefore a character could easily have the rank of Friar, and have better spell casting ability then the Bishop in charge. The main stabilizing force in promotions is the test at Archbishop.
The Priests of the Pantheon is a group of Cardinals and higher who chose the new Prelate in their area, and form church policy. Each Deity has their own “church”. These are where the High Priest of that deity resides (the Church of Delrayus).
The Greek church is organized by political boundaries where practical, allowing it to become the “official” religion of many of the countries in Terraguard, as well as the world at large. There is much jockeying for political positions that provide control over large groups of worshipers. This is shown in the wide variety of deities represented in each group of Archbishops controlled by relatively few High Priests and Cardinals. The following breakdowns include the deity worshiped by the highest ranking priest if known.
The current Prelate resides in Delrayus (1-76), she worships Zeus.
Warriors of Athena
The Vicar General is selected by all of the Cardinals in Terraguard and must posses or be:
The Warriors of Athena have an “attached” Bishop who answers to the Vicar General, but is assigned by the Cardinals of Athena, joint selection not only the Cardinal of Wingstone?. The official title is “Bishop of Athena, Attached to the Warriors of Athena. The Bishop has a small staff of attendant worshipers of Athena, of various rankings.
Hecate is an original Roman deity that is still worshiped, now as a Greek deity.
All Greek churches make use of the prime numbers in their architecture and design. The Main building is 30 feet high, by 90 feet wide, by 270 feet long. Secondary buildings are 20 feet high, by 40 feet wide, by 80 feet long. Outbuildings are 10 feet high, ten feet wide, and ten feet long. These are based on the first 3 prime numbers, squared and cubed.
All High Priests have at least one Main building and two Secondary buildings.
Dungeon Masters Notes
The Archbishop of Hades in Invergarry has his temple in a cave underneath the Duke of Invergarry’s keep. It is a dark, damp place with an underground river that must be crossed by boat. He keeps only a handful of followers here, his public face being in ceremonies and practicing necromancy spells. His private face is very vengeful for the smallest slight. He likes to try and get other priests into his debt, both financially and otherwise.