Clerical Council of Zaetron Derraz
Clerical Council of Zaetron Derraz works right on the side of the prophet, Mother of Moonlight. In heart of the holy city, shores of the blessed lake, on the light of glimmering Kyorlin Ssussun and crystal bridge, they have the privilege to be closest to the sacred, as the fake moon and stars magically projected on the ceiling of the city cavern remind from the Goddess' glory.
Clerical Council of Zaetron Derraz is counted as one the Small Councils of the Matron Council of Zaetron Derraz, it's members falling specifically under Great Houses of Zaetron Derraz. All the decisions of the council are reviewed by the Mother of Moonlight.
Structure of the Small Councils in Mori'tarna
As Matron Councils must deal with several topics, Matron Councils accept four Small Councils among the most prestigious Houses that influence the area. These small councils are devoted to matters of Clerical nature, Arcane, Commerce, and Military. Clerical Council is considered as the most prestigious one and Arcane Council as a close second. These councils can make minor decisions on their own and are responsible for drafting proposals and investigating matters for the rest of the Matron Council considering their specific topic of expertise. Twelve member families sit on each Small Council.
The same family can have a seat in multiple of these small councils, and even have a seat in both Netehdrez and Zaetron Derraz, but never in the same Small Council. It is not possible for the same family to have two seats in Arcane Council, for example, even if those seats are in different cities. I order to have a seat in a city; the house must have at least some of its members living and working in said city. Different metrics are used to count influence for each of the Small Councils, but among the drow of Mori'tarna, those families able to hold seats for extended periods are considered nobility. They have a very specific pedigree and wealth, and the seats can stay in the family for generations.
The member families are ranked by their influence, making the most powerful one the holder of the chairwoman title and most of the votes of their Small Council. Higher the ranking, more authority the family has on the decisions, making several smaller houses rally behind bigger ones to get their voices heard.
Important part of the training of any cleric or paladin of Eilistraee on the island is to study in Zaetron Derraz. Thus Clerical Council of Zaetron Derraz has an even greater responsibility to take care that the next generation of priestesses and assistants is well equipped to things to come. Closest to the prophet, they have also even greater responsibility to assist her, help her read her visions, and support her in her decisions.
Basic functions of the Clerical Council
Members of the Clerical Council are continually tackling the social issues of their area. Was it by teaching, healing, protecting, or by setting the moral limits; they work to bring harmony and unity among the drow of Mori'tarna. While mages of all kinds are highly appreciated among the The Children, nothing gets respect among them like a priestess or a paladin. Military Council might be the one raining down justice, yet it is the Clerical Council that decides what justice means and what it looks like.
Members of the Clerical Council tend to have generations of priestesses among them, and they have devoted their entire families to worship Eilistraee and serve her will. They train new acolytes, teach, preach and research the faith, while simultaneously trying to get more worldly benefits to bring further influence to their house.