A Title Befitting Those Who have Mastered the Crystal Arts
aster Luminary is the highest rank in the Inner Circle
and a display of complete mastery of Crystal Arts.
Dedication to Study
Becoming a Master Luminary is a lifelong journey and dedication to study above all else. There have been less than 50 Master Luminaries since the Inner Circle's inception, indicating how tough the achievement is. The rank is the goal of many priests but attained by very few. The amount of time needed to master all the techniques, spells, and formulas takes around 55 years. In the Inner Circle, to say Master truly means to Master. It's a reflection of completing all the goals that have been set out before you and a move toward the unknown.
A few truly talented Master Luminaires have ascended through the years. The first to reach the rank was, of course, the creator of the rank, Xan'dar Teslan. His endless need for knowledge would be the defining characteristic of not just the rank, but the whole organization. The most known Master Luminary is the prodigy, Yamoja. She completed Master Luminary in the span of 25 years, having started off at the young age of 14. She is currently the Head Priestess of Druse Academy
, the school that teaches young Crystal Priests
to control their newfound abilities.
Reaching the top rank comes with it, a number of offers. Numerous nations keep an eye on The Independent Freeland of Teslan
for rising talent. While most Crystal Priests
go back to their home country, those that join the Inner Circle almost never go back. Master Luminaries are even a step above that, the requirements mean that most don't even recognize their home by the time they surface with the top rank. This makes them open to the best offer, highest bid or most interesting project. The day after the current High Priestess
, became a Master Luminary the island was inundated with messages of offers and sweet talk. A few days after that, ships arrived and hovered outside of the island, hoping to curry favor with the new star.
The Real Journey
For Crystal Priests
, reaching Master Luminary isn't just about the fame or money, it's about the mastering of a living art, a magical combination of science and magic. Mastering the last known fundamental means creating new ones. Master Lums are truly pioneers, the knowledge of old with the passion to create something new. While anyone is capable of discovery and expansion, the knowledge brought by a Master Luminary is like none other. Even Yamoja balances her duties at the Academy and her own work in Azurean assisted flight.
While any Crystal Priest can start on the path toward a Master Luminary, not everyone is fit to finish it. The dedication needed to relentless pour through old text to learn techniques that only a few can perform is daunting. Due to this, there are no additional requirements to become a Master Luminary beyond being a member of the Inner Circle.
The first Master Luminary, Xan'dar Teslan, devised 394 techniques for weaving Azurean. To reach the rank of master, you must be able to execute all 394 of the original techniques. Additionally, a priest must able to do all 394 without additional aids, books or other assistance.
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