There are three classes of Temperamental Orders: Religious, Military, and Arcane. A religious order may operate solely on its own, but is typically accompanied by a military order. An arcane order under this tradition does not operate independently, but in tandem with a military or religious order--often both.
The members of a temperamental order generally bear titles that reflect their sworn temperaments. Religious titles come from the Notopolitan language, but have come into common use throughout Monvesia.Prelates are chiefs among their orders: Aerarch, Hierarch, Hydrarch, Litharch, Necrarch, and Pyrarch.
Epiphanies, manifestations of the mysteries of the universe, are the purview of ministers. Epiphanies from each sphere share a name similar to minister's titles: Aerophany, Hierophany, Hydrophany, Lithophany, Necrophany, and Pyrophany.
Below the teachers are the novices of the order.
Where multiple orders operate under a single denomination (such as the Universal an Metropolitan orders), there are other tiers of leadership--all of which are variations on the Prelate:
- The Pontiff of Sena is the supreme head of the five Universal Orders. The Pontiff is "elected" from the Cardinal Prelates of the five orders to serve a life term. When elevated to Pontiff, a new Prelate must be appointed to that Order.
- Due to the size of the Universal Orders, each has more than one Prelate. The leader of each order is, therefore, called a Cardinal Prelate, and the others are Ordinary Prelate. Each Prelate represents one of the archsaints and folk saints recognized by the Universal Orders. Only a Prelate of an archsaint may serve as the order's Cardinal Prelate.
- The Archons of the South and East are the six "Chief Prelates" of the Metropolitan Orders--one for each temperament, presiding over its four orders (one for each archsaint).
- Among the orders of the Akhnaphar (the Order of St. Jostin, the Society of St. Ignatius, and the Reorganized Disciples of Gygar), the most senior Prelate takes the title First (or First Prelate), which is similar in authority to an Archon or Cardinal Prelate.
There are five (or potentially six*) Universal Orders and 24 Metropolitan Orders. These were once the same 24 Imperial Orders under the leadership of the Archons (called Pontiffs in Cuorria) and a Supreme Pontiff. At the Second Council of Sena, veneration of the Vacuous saints was deemed heretical by the Supreme Pontiff, and the Archons were divided in their opinion on the matter--the result was the division of the organization into two groups of orders. Those which followed the Supreme Pontiff's rulings were re-organized under the five Universal Orders--making the Supreme Pontiff the only Pontiff. The remaining orders followed the dissenting Archons; new Archons were elected as needed, and it was agreed to never again elect a "Supreme Archon."
*Officially, there is no "Universal Order of Vacuous Entropy." This omission led not only to the Great Schism, but also formed the basis of the Disciples of the Lost Sphere--which takes its name from this lack.
Fighters sworn to the service of a liege are called knights; and the knights of each noble constitute the equivalent of a military order.The highest ranking member of any military order is the Marshal. The Marshal directly serves the liege or elder. Their full titles reflect their particular service: Knight-Marshal; Avenger-Marshal, Hospitaller-Marshal, Ravager-Marshal, Sentinel-Marshal, Templar-Marshal, and Warden-Marshal.
Locally, the members of an order report to the Commander. Smaller orders may not have a Marshal, and may instead be led by a Commander. In temperamental orders, Commanders directly serve a minister. Their full titles reflect their particular service: Knight-Commander; Avenger-Commander, Hospitaller-Commander, Ravager-Commander, Sentinel-Commander, Templar-Commander, and Warden-Commander.
The Commander is assisted by Captains--one for each company assigned to a particular task. In temeperamental orders, captains generally have more authority than teachers. Their full titles reflect their particular service: Knight-Captain; Avenger-Captain, Hospitaller-Captain, Ravager-Captain, Sentinel-Captain, Templar-Captain, and Warden-Captain.
The Captain is, in turn, assisted by Companions--who are the military equivalent to teachers. Below them are the rank-and-file members of the order, called Bachelors. Their exact ranks/titles follow the same formula above.
In the rare occurance that a knight or crusader becomes removed from his or her formal order, one becomes an Errant (Knight Errant, Hospitaller Errant, Warden Errant, etc.). Often, this is the result of disgrace and the errant is attempting to regain favor or honor. Others who have been disfellowshipped welcome the change. "Errant" carries a smiliar cultural significance as "ronin."
Students of the order are adepts (or knaves)--many of whom are adventurers who revisit the order to meet with their mentors and be tested. Graduates of the basic program are magisters.