Cleric of the Primes
Clerics of the Prime are selected as children from the populace. The process for selection is somewhat randomized, but it is common knowledge that the most pious families are more likely to have their children selected. The families of the selected are given aid that suits their station - anything from food and healing for the poor to contracts for the nobility. In major cities, the poor are rarely selected; noble families compete for their children to be selected by making grand gestures of piety, either in the form of donations or constructing monuments to honor the Primes.
A new cleric spends the remainder of their childhood being taught the skills of their trade and memorizing the laws of the land. During this time, they are cut off from their families, such that by the time they graduate, they have little memory of who their parents were. Graduates are released from their cloisters at age 25. Most are assigned to one of the many temples to be found throughout Formaria. At several times throughout their careers, clerics are assigned as itinerants, wandering the realm for a year to provide services and ensure the sanctity of divine law even in the remotest corners of the country. Clerics who serve with distinction are moved up into oversight positions, eventually becoming the senior cleric of their temple. Senior clerics are primarily responsible for overseeing their juniors in the temple and for presiding over major religious events. They are also granted a seat on a council made up of the senior clerics of each temple in a city (including the rural areas supporting each city). The city council elects the Prime Cleric, considered to be the leader of the city, who then selects a deputy. In addition to leading the city, Prime Clerics are part of the Conclave, representing their city in the governing body of Formaria. Members of the Conclave may also be appointed directly by the Tetrarchs, though this is relatively rare as it requires the assent of three of the four Tetrarchs, which limits the usefulness of such appointments for political reasons.
Payment & Reimbursement
As representatives of the leadership of Formaria, the people are expected to meet the personal needs of the Clerics without expectation of monetary compensation. In practice, this means that there are contracts made between each temple and a noble family to provide both the standard requirements of running the temple, and to fulfill any personal request made by one of its clerics. The wellbeing of itinerant Clerics is considered the responsibility of the people they visit. If one is refused food, a place to stay, or any other such reasonable request, such impropriety will be reported and the person in question will be punished for their lack of piety. If the Cleric disappears altogether, a formal investigation is launched - even the boldest bandits lay low when Clerics pass through. Itinerants are granted a moderate dispensation during their travels, which is meant to be granted to those who are pushed beyond their means in helping during their travels; in reality, some of this money is used for personal matters.
Clerics of the Prime are widely known and outwardly respected, either out of piety or fear of reprisals. Crime against Clerics is rare even by Formarian standards. They generally tour the realm several times in their career - something rarely done even by the nobility.
Clerics are the government, its leadership, its judiciary, its police. They also provide healing services to the people, and spiritual guidance. Additionally, they form the backbone of the military, bringing their divine magic down upon anyone foolish enough to rebel against the Formar Concordancy.
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