Children of the most devout Iron Abbots are sometimes given away at birth to be raised for a chance to beome one of the revered Iron Forged Abbots. The life of these "aspirants", as they are called, is demanding and culminates at the age of 18 with the coming of age ritual, Fer Forgé. The ritual is divided into three "testaments": the Testament of Obedience, the Testament of Servitude, and the Testament of Chastity. Those that survive, and complete, the ritual take their place among the ranks of the Iron Forged Abbots and become some of the most respected and revered worshipers of The Steward. Those that survive, but fail, are either allowed to continue serving the order in a different capacity or are excommunicated.
The Testament of ObedienceThe Testament of Obedience is a month long ritual that is a demonstration of their devotion to their deity and the other Iron Abbots. Each day, the aspirant wakes up at sunrise, completes morning prayers, and has a light breakfast of fruit and bread. At midmorning, they find a scroll on the ceremonial altar. Written on the scroll is a task they must complete, without question or hesitation, before sunrise the next day. Tasks are written by the worshipers who have dedicated themselves to raising the aspirants, the Iron Fists. It can be absolutely anything, but must follow three rules:
- It must be completable by sunrise the next day.
- It must not require the aspirant to kill themself.
- It must never be spoken about for all time.