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The Prelacy is a sect of the Army of the Truthful that deals with interpretation of the Codex of Flame in accordance with Truth for implementation in the Law of Flame, which is enforced by the Inquisition of Truth. It is led by Archlector Isambard Trask.

Background

The Prelacy is a collection of scholars, priests and clerics who adhere to the doctrine of Truth. They act in an official capacity for the Kingdom of the Light in regards to interpretation of the Codex of Flame and codifying it into the Law of Flame.

Unlike the Clergy of the Holy Light of the south, the Prelacy is focused upon collective consensus as opposed to strict hierarchy. Jurisprudence and the dominant school of thought is generally promulgated downward from the Archlector, although this diffusion of theory is not codified in law, only practice.

Schools of Thought

Jurisprudence, or creeds as they are often called, are divided into two main extant branches within the Prelacy. There is a third, Abbendism, although it is outlawed within the Kingdom of the Light.

Mercy Creed

The Mercy Creed, composing roughly a third of the Prelacy, agrees on the strict punishment of apostasy and other crimes within the bounds of Truth.

However, the mercy creed believes in a certain amount of leniency extended for both those unfamiliar with Truth as well as first-time offenders.

The mercy creed is known for advocating for a bottom-to-top theory of expanding the Kingdom of the Light, believing in a popular movement of Truth bringing about the Light's kingdom in all places, and a gradual implementation of the Law of Flame with an emphasis on education.

Sanctity Creed

The Sanctity Creed, composing the remaining two thirds of the Prelacy, differs from the Mercy Creed in that it believes in strict, literalist punishment and and a top-to-bottom approach of expanding the Kingdom of the Light.

The current and dominant creed among members of the prelacy and Truthful as a whole, the top-to-bottom approach entails an elite vanguard of crusaders expanding the Kingdom by sword, and promulgating Truth by force if necessary upon the conquered populace.

Duties

Duties of the Prelacy include preservation of sacred texts, transcription, safeguarding of artifacts, interpretation of texts, education, and bureaucracy among others. A cleric of the prelacy may fight upon the front line, although it is not expected, generally speaking.

Administration

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In addition to the intellectual and spiritual duty enjoined upon the prelacy, the more mundane task of administrating the territories under the Kingdom of the Light's control falls to the Prelacy.

There are four bureaus under the jurisdiction of the Prelacy. They are as follows:


Bureau Description
Spell Holy Heal.png Education and Outreach Led by the Augur of Education, this bureau is tasked with educating the people of the Light’s Kingdom and beyond of the laws and institutions of the Light’s Kingdom, as well as teaching the Narrow Path of Truth and the Codex of Flame, as both areas are seen as interconnected.  Within the bureau, members of the sect act as teachers, orators and researchers.  Saxon Paige is the current Augur of Education.
INV FIRST AID 70 Splint.png Public Health Led by the Augur of Health, this bureau concerns itself with the policies that affect the health and welfare of the entire Kingdom, including the distribution of supplies, land surveyance and the objects or people considered unfit for human contact.  Within the bureau, members of the sect are doctors, field medics and surveyors.
INV Artifact tome02.png Legislation Led by the Augur of Law, this bureau absorbs the information passed to it by the other bureaus and seats, as well as information from the provinces and abroad, and prepares legislation to be presented to the High Scholar and the Council of Truth for ratification.  It is also the bureau that can act as legal advice to members of the Kingdom who are permitted such during Inquisitorial review.  The members of the sect who work in this bureau are lawyers and learned men.
INV Inscription Trinket Healer.png Collation Led by the Augur of Collation, this bureau is responsible for accepting, cataloguing and caretaking of relics, both holy and unholy, that the Inquisition has deemed necessary to be preserved for any reason.  Of all the sects, the members of this sect are of the strongest will; they are typically paladins, guardians and priests.

Leadership

Leading the sect is the High Scholar whose duty it is to ensure that all of the bureaus under his care are operating at the best performance possible.  It is also the duty of the High Scholar to speak on the Council of Truth, providing one third of the voting power required to make grand changes to the Kingdom of the Holy Light.  Finally, it is the High Scholar who produces and presents decrees for the Council of Truth and the Light’s Kingdom, making the High Scholar the “Voice of the Truthful.”  The current High Scholar is Isambard Trask, a former Knight-Champion of the Grand Alliance and Knight of Stormwind, known now as ‘the Declamatory’ for his penchant to speak loud and often about matters of faith.  He has also taken the title of ‘Archlector’ in recognition of his earlier tasks; it serves as the same rank as ‘High Scholar.’

Army of the Truthful
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Current Holdings
Scarlet Palisade · Pyrebane Keep · New Andorhal · Solliden (Kingdom of the Light) · Allsbrad · Chapel of the Forgotten Saint
Former Territory

New Hearthglen · Onslaught Base Camp · Fort Akkil · Crimson Portcullis · Scarlet Point · Gloeckner's Charge · Ardentlocke · Scarlet Monastery

Ideology

Truth · Codex of Flame · Archaic Common · Saidanite · Abbendite

Divisions
Sects

Military of the Truthful · Inquisition of Truth · The Prelacy

Orders

Knights of Dathrohan

Campaigns

Operation: Red Arrow · Assault on Daybreak · Martyr's Glory · Operation: Shades of Black · Operation: Undying Flame

Anti-Truthful Coalitions

Truthful Purification Campaign · Dragonblight Offensive

Ongoing Insurgencies

Western Plaguelands · Tirisfal · Westfall

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