Profile: Fey Priestesses

The priestesses of the Green Lady, Feanara, are most commonly found (and hold the most political power) in the feudal kingdom of Zarubain. Only females are allowed to join the priesthood. Until the age of 33, they must stay abstinent. Upon reaching that age, they may take a husband of the knightly caste; however, rumors abound that marrying a priestess is bad luck and brings misfortune.

The fairy-priestesses’ power stems from the fey—pixies, goblins, will o’ wisps, and others—that they collect into their personal “court.” Because they have powers, people often refer to the priestesses as “fey-witches” or even just “witches.” The priestesses’ fey court grant them powers that in some ways resemble the magic of wizards; however, their powers tend toward the manipulative rather than the aggressive, and are generally not as effective in direct battle. A skilled priestess of Feanara may make another fall in love with her through bewitchment, or cause people she’s only just met to view her as a good friend; other powers include creating vivid dreams while the bewitched is sleeping and aiding the long-term healing of a wounded soldier.

Some higher-ranking priestesses are bound to knights, and the troubadours in the royal and ducal courts often sing songs of their forbidden love. These heavily-armed, heavily-armored knights of the realm help give the priestesses special protection in battle.  One of the most famous of these pairs is the original queen of Zarubain, Melisande Hernaut, and her knight companion, Sir Jourdain of Gundavold, who led armies against the feuding Zarube tribes and brought them under one rule.

Full priestesses are referred to as reverend ladies because they are considered on the same societal level as the nobility. In all, there are probably 1,000 reverend ladies and four times as many subordinate priestesses. The domains of the priestesses are called weyrds. Reverend Ladies who own land are considered to own grand weyrds.

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