MYNSPHISTUS ("Lady Myns" for those who cannot remember her whole name)
"Lady of the Arts" vs. "The Divine Whore"

Holy Symbol:
A white candle entwined by a yet-to-bloom rose

As the patron of all kinds of arts, Mynsphistus' (Myns) worshippers could be found among all ranks of performers and artists of Algamyn. Myns is the only female goddess in the whole Firelord family. According to the Arshana Codex, Myns is the fourth child of Arshana and the most carefully protected one. Her unearthly beauty resembles to those of her mother (yet, the Codex never explained who the Firelords* mother is - most scholars believe she is earth itself, but theological argument over the topic still exists). Unfortunately, many of the people who bear hostility to Myns often refer to her as the Divine Whore*, primarily because of her astonishing beauty. Since her creation, she has been deeply attracted to all forms of art and music, and she deeply resents the art of war. She is a natural actress, and she introduced myths and storytelling to her disciples. The priests of Myns are the first ones to explore and keep written record of musical compositions. Her relationship to music and story is so intimate that most people refer to bards of the realm as Royal Knights of her Lady Myns.

Brotherhood of Mynsphistus

The priests of Mynsphistus are usually dressed in cloaks of pure white lined with bright red. In the old days, in order to be admitted into the church, one of the major requirement for the aspired newcomers is his or her appearance. Fortunately, the discriminatory measure has been removed centuries ago, and now the criteria is more focus on the individual devotion to any kind of art form. Originally, the majority of Myn worshippers came from the ranks of bards and performers. However, during the past two centuries, the clergy of Myns has managed to align themselves with the realm's mage guild, thereby bringing sufficient power to themselves which rivals the other churches.

The Translators

There are no true divisions of the specialty* priests in the Mynsian Church. However, the Lady of the Arts is highly affiliated with the mage guild that certain members of the priesthood gradually devoted their lives to becoming the coordinators between the church and the practitioners of the mystical art. After nearly a century of hard effort, Mynsian priests has developed a system of education to train members who adapt themselves to both the esoteric and divine studies. These Translators* are granted powers in both areas of magic, due to their special role. However, to become a Translator*, young priests of Myns have to undergo a rigorous training program that began at an early age, and few are strong and determined enough to overcome the hardship. Even though there are relatively few Translators, they probably command the most respect in the Myns clergy.

There has been some rumors among scholars that the Translators are actually a modified form of a much more powerful branch of warrior priestess known as the ¡§Cavaliers of Our Lady¡¨. According to legends, these knights are similar to the Paladins of Oma, except that only female members of the church were admitted to this order. According to vague descriptions from the Codex, these warriors are steered by the wisdom of the Great Lady, shielding their eyes to the worldly light and only accepting the guidance of Myns. Perhaps the existence of this order in the past might explain some of the Translator's more obscure rituals. However, if the Cavaliers did exist, they were probably one of the most powerful church warriors in the realm (provided that all accounts of their activities are true).

Author: Dalune