The Orlanzan Priesthood
The priesthood of Orlanz
is a bizarre sort. Dressed in colors of bright yellow and crimson red outlined
by black, the disciples of Orlanz
serves as the holy guardians of Algamyn. The "priesthood" has two
major divisions: the commoners and the priests. The "commoners" are
the lay-followers of Orlanz. They are usually comprised of people who's professions
are related to war. Common believers may be mercenaries, soldiers, bodyguards,
weaponsmiths, and sometimes even merchants. The imperial army is filled with
the common believers of Orlanz. The 'commoners' carry the single sword holy
The "priests" are the actual priesthood of Orlanz. They can be easily identified by their seven-bladed holy symbol. The Orlanzian priests will usually be dressed in heavy armors (at least in chainmail) painted in the appropriate colors. Only priests of Orlanz are allowed to dress in armors of the Orlanz's color. Trained in the arts of war, Orlanzan priests are required to learn every detail about war, ranging from combat tactics to weaponsmithing. As a result, some of the more talented members of the priest hood also serve as advisors to the imperial army during troubled times. Furthermore, many of Algamyn's famous weaponsmiths and armorers are priests of Orlanz. Even if Orlanzan priest do not possess the combat reflexes of professional warriors, their gift of both divine magic and religious forgiveness to use any weapon more than makes them formidable opponents. Every one of them are at least proficient in at least one bladed weapon. While they may not be as skilled in the divine arts as the other priests, Orlanzian priest hold significant control over their lay believers. During times of great crisis, the Orlanzian priest may proclaim "call to arms", at which point all believers of Orlanz must respond to his priesthood. This power has only been used twice (and all for the purpose of preserving the empire), but contemporary rulers still regard the "call to arms" as a possible threat.
The Seven Swords
The "Seven Swords" is actually a code name for a group of highly trained specialist group of Orlanzian Priest. According to legend, the seven blade carried by Oma are weapons of the highest quality, and no mundane weapon can even stand a blow from these blades. Like the blades, the organization is meant to serve the Orlanzan church leaders in areas that cannot be trusted to the normal priesthood (including assassination, infiltration, recovery of important artifacts, etc...). The exact make-up of the "Seven Swords" are not known, and no one except the highest Orlanzan officials know of their where-abouts. Rumors persist that these specialists (most say "assassins") are all trained in a hidden fortress located somewhere deep withub the Dragon's Pride Mountain.
Omarian Church Structure: