The Four Kyrian Orders

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The Four Kyrian Orders

Post  Mizu on Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:05 pm

The Four Orders is a misleading title, as many more orders exist in Kyria outside the four monastic organizations represented by the name. However, it remains that these orders are both the most prominent, as well as the first orders that were established at the end of Kyria’s Kingdom period. Each order is represented by one of four natural elements, which Kyrians see as spiritual, albeit unscientific symbols.

The Sibilite Order

The Sibilite Order, the first order, was established by General Kassa after the success of the Reconquest and the deposition of the Kyrian monarchy. The order concerns itself primarily with domestic politics and other internal affairs, and is tasked most importantly with the appointment of the nation’s leader after the current leader’s death. This order operates differently than the other orders - being both the most powerful and the least populous, with only a council of 45 members and their personal retinues being counted among their number. Each member holds a certain amount of sway in the council, but not all are equal - some have more power than others as a result of personal influence and other factors. When it comes time to elect a new Vin Khara, each council member is allowed a varying number of votes per person, which they put toward their pick among a pool of candidates come election time. Most meetings are open to the public, despite the fact that the common individual has little voice in politics. This order is represented by the air, the most potent of the four symbols, which symbolizes the power of suggestion.

The Adessi Circle

The Adessi Circle is an organization of monks who concern themselves with funerals and the rights of the dead, named after Khala Adessa, the Mazraki holy man who founded it. The primary concern of these undertakers is ensuring that all Kyrian soldiers reach the afterlife - which is no easy task. Often times, these individuals find themselves scouring battlefields for corpses and hunting down lost scouting parties in search of the dead. However dangerous these jobs may be, members of the Adessi Circle are by no means helpless - each one of them is a skilled fighter in their own right, adept in the Epellan martial art of “Ne’Khalat Rüm”, Kyran for “9-Pointed Star”, which is sometimes referred to as “Minkha”, or simply “Rüm”. It is called the “9-Pointed Star” because it is characterized by the use of the fists, elbows, knees, shins, and tail in its techniques - making up 9 points on the body. The art is nearly a thousand years old, but it was based off of martial practices existing in southeastern Sabia millennia  prior. Members of the Adessi Circle are not healers, as one might think, as that is the primary duty of members of the Karran order. As such, these monks are surrounded by the already dead very frequently, and face unsavory tasks such as identifying the fallen and even sewing the heads back onto decapitated Kyrian soldiers prior to cremation. Such soldiers are even required to have matching markings on both their head and body, specifically so that members of the Adessi circle can identify their pieces if they suffer a particularly gruesome end. The symbol of the Adessi Circle is that of cleansing fire - which represents strength, sanctity, and the passage to the afterlife.

The Kambran Society

The Kambran Society is a monastic organization concerned primarily with learning - specifically as it relates to foreign lands and cultures. Members of the Kambran Society travel frequently, often great distances, in order to catalogue and learn more of the world outside their home. These individuals often double as missionaries, spreading Sibilism where they can, and many even further their role by acting as diplomats and envoys, concerning themselves with distant affairs and representing their nation. The organization is represented by the symbol of the heavy stone, which represents duty, wisdom, and honor.

The Karran Order

The Karran Order was established in honor of the late Saint Karra, after General Kassa erected the Karran Basilica over the ruins of the old temple in which the Saint died. This organization, made up of blind monks, devotes itself entirely to the ailments of the sick and injured. A very large organization, a member can be found in just about every Sibilist church and among every Kyrian legion all across Sabia. Though the image of the Karran monk is that of someone who is blind, strangely enough, one doesn’t actually have to be blind to be a member - however, when doing their work, a monk who sees ordinarily must cover their eyes in order to continue. The reason for this is that the art of healing practiced by the Karran Order is a very complex thaumaturgical practice that requires, strangely enough, that the one practicing it be unable to see. Why this is a requirement has been a well-kept secret by the Karran Order since its establishment, and only rumors exist as to its purpose. The symbol of the Karran Order is that of water, which represents persistence, versatility, and purity.

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