The Servants of the Gods
According to the Constitution of Ursundova, “The High Cleric of Ursundova shall be responsible for establishing the constitution, membership, and regulations of the Ecclesiastical Council.” The Ecclesiastical College is the national organization for the churches of Ursundova. Every servant of a church in Ursundova is a de facto member of the Ecclesiastical College. The College was established in Abadius 4715 in the Apostolic Constitution of the Ecclesiastical College, as approved by the Ecclesiastical Council.
The Ecclesiastical Council
“We, who stand between Gods and Men, who pray that Men will be good and Gods will be merciful, who are the teachers, healers, counselors, and defenders of our gods’ people, do pray now for their blessings on this Ecclesiastical Council. May it be the lantern of truth that illuminates the way for all who would walk it. So Say We All.”
The Ecclesiastical Council was first proposed in the early days of the founding of Ursundova. It began to come together as a body under the guidance of Dawnfather Gideon Highgate, following his appointment as High Priest. As the council of leadership for the Ecclesiastical College, the Council has four main purposes. The first purpose of the Council is for the various faiths of Ursundova to seek opportunities to support and assist one another. The second is to coordinate the support of the spiritual community to the Barony. The third is to provide a peaceful forum for the discussion of religious differences (or even personal differences that may arise between devout worshipers of different faiths). Finally, the Council is responsible for regulating the behavior of churches and their servants within Ursundova.
The Council meets officially once per month at Tuskendale Cathedral. The council makes use of a bard’s table for the meeting: a large circular table with a small gap in one side and an open space in the middle. This allows a speaker to address all members of the council and clearly identifies who has the floor at any given moment. There is only one assigned seat: The High Priest of Ursundova sits opposite the gap in the table, allowing him or her to introduce the speaker.
The Council Membership
The Ecclesiastical Council currently recognizes the following persons as members:
- Hierarch – Dawnfather Gideon Highgate
- Cleric of Abadar – Yefrem Chernov
- Cheyos of Calistria – Cheyos Demoleon Mastrokostas
- Cleric of Cayden Cailean – Inessa Varga
- Elder of Erastil – Elder Boris Rastilov
- Cleric of Iomedae – Sir Herodes Lazarou
- Cleric of Pharasma – Davara Rade
- Cleric of Grundinnar – Ellad Vonthal
- Cleric of Desna – Nesime Demir
- Druid of Gozreh – Nina Yanayev
- Cleric of Shelyn – Felix Leonte
- Adeptus of Nethys – Adeptus Konstantin Grigorovich Yermolov
As other clerics arrive in the city, the Hierarch encourages each of them to petition for membership.