I loved it. It was wonderful to read.
I'd love to know more about the different hierarchies within the church. Your character is a bladesword, so does that mean all bladeswords are part of the church or just specific ones?
Is there a deity that they believe in, religious txts etc.
I was considering having my character/s ( new ones) be believers but would need to know more about the religion in ordee to do that. I could make up my own but felt yours was already approved and deeply entrenched on the continent so it might make more sense to use it.
If you don't mind that is 😋
Thank you, you flatter me <3
My character's title as blademaster is separate from the church, and it was under the Cydillan yearly election (See Cydilla)
that she attained the rank. Within the church, her title of Battle Maiden is what establishes her rank within the church, with the title of blademaster having nothing to say for it, it only establishes rank in Cydilla, as well as influence. It has not been discussed if there's a necessary connection between the church and the blademasters, but it could be brought up to the GMs if it should be seen as a necessity for your character.
The religion focuses on the human (etc.) superiority, and puts them as the most worthy one. The High Bishop is said to be elected by Lady Vysarene (The establisher), but it doesn't go further than that. It's not incomparable with Atheism. What is considered to be the holy texts would be the old lore that has been passed down from the point of which the church was established, but there are no obligations to read or have read them. They are normally read from each Thursday, with priests/Priestesses (More commonly the latter) available for extra readings outside of the normal schedules. There are two days of celebrations throughout the year, the 19th of March which was the date Lady Vysarene passed away, and the 23rd of August, which marked the date the initial cult was formed.
As far as the hierarchy goes, note that everything here might be subject to change.
High priestess/high priests
The High Bishop and the Cardinals rarely leave the Cathedral that the church has its main headquarters however. Archbishops are normally positioned in central cities. Battle Maidens are scattered around in different provinces and normally act as protectors of the church operators, with more than one normally being present in every church. They are however not locked to one specific location, but it is a necessity to have at least one present in every established church, two in cities without an established guard. A High Priestess would normally be located in every city with a church big enough to consider it necessary, it goes by the size of the church and the populace of the city. Bishops are normally scattered around in the bigger cities and act as a connection to the archbishops. Priests/priestesses operate the churches as per usual. In churches with high priestesses/priests, they act as vergers.
Normally women are considered more qualified for the various roles, but not to the point of which the other gender is hard to find. The High Bishop is always to be female however. Battle Maidens are also only female, going by the belief that the only one who would be able to pick up on Lady Vysarene's desires would be another woman. It's normally a title attained after proving one's capability in the normal guard, most don't reach the title before an age of around 35/40, and have to pass an exam involving beating an already elected Battle Maiden. the challenger would only get one chance to do so. The exam used to consist of killing a set amount of orcs or performing an established raid singlehandedly, but it was changed when the church became more passive. Guardsmen/women are normally considered the lowest in most cases and only work as crowd-control and are present as the first layer of defense towards the priests/priestesses.
I hope this answers your question! If you wish to establish some specific rank, do tell me and I'll add it in :)
... This turned out far longer than I planned it to... Sorry for that...