In the Andrastian Chantry, it is customary for a Divine to name her successor before her death, but this does not guarantee their ascension. Upon the death of the current Divine, every Grand Cleric is required to travel to Val Royeaux for the Grand Consensus. There, they elect a new Divine from among themselves, or choose another member of the Chantry. The vote must be unanimous for a new Divine to be properly elected. Once crowned, the White Divine takes on a new name as a symbol of her office.
The duties of the Divine include the well-being of the Chantry and the organisations which are affiliated with it as well as the further spreading of the Chantry's message in the known world. However, if a Divine is too senile to rule, then her role is largely ceremonial. Another known duty of the White Divine is to accept in a ceremony the newly appointed senior enchanters of the Circle of Magi. It is rumored that some White Divines are also major players of the Grand Game.