Jatin is an independent island off the coast of Algoma in the Corintha Sea. Its only inhabitants are the devoted followers of the gods who come to the Temple on the island to become priests and priestesses.
The Temple is led by a High Priest and High Priestess of the Great Gods, who select their heirs when their gods tell them it is time to do so. In order to maintain the greatest leadership, the High Priest and High Priestess are bondede to each other through a sacred marriage ritual that causes them to feel great affection for one another, despite what their personal feelings may have been before the ritual. These feelings may only change after the High Priest and High Priestess have appointed their replacements and stepped down from the honorable position.
All of the lesser gods and goddesses have priests and priestesses who are devoted to their worship, and from the highest level of priests and priestesses, one is chosen for each of the six great nations of the world every ten years. Only Dyrai does not receive a priest or priestess to fill the royal court, as the only god allowed to be worshiped in Dyrai is Eryf.
Once an initiate becomes a full priest or priestess, he or she is permitted to find their own work at city temples across the world, if they wish to. Those who hope to become a court priest or priestess must remain at the Temple to continue their religious studies until they are deemed worthy of the position by the High Priest and High Priestess.
A court priest or priestess can be assigned to other courts after the ten years of court service has passed, or he or she may be called back to the Temple for consideration for internal positions as teachers and possible heirs for the position of High Priest and High Priestess. They may also be released to serve smaller temples in cities and towns if they please.
The selection process for the heir of the High Priest and High Priestess takes at least one year. There is great excitement in the Temple at that time as many speculate who the chosen ones will be. Once the final selection is made, there are days of celebration that include the ceremony in which the current High Priest and High Priestess pass their positions over to their heirs, and the heirs take part in the sacred marriage ritual.
Treatment of Women
Women are allowed to be priestesses of whatever god or goddess they wish to worship for their own private reasons. Very rarely do women choose to worship Mozbaak, the God of Men, but it is not prohibited. The same is true for men who wish to worship Haefen, the Goddess of Women.
Men and women are expected to respect one another as followers of the gods and goddesses. Men who wish to worship Haefen simply to be close to many women during ceremonies, which sometimes involve nudity, are prohibited from becoming priests of Haefen. Women who wish to worship Mozbaak to attract the attention of the men during ceremonies are also prohibited from becoming priestesses of Mozbaak.
Worship is expected to involve respect for all those who follow their gods and goddesses.
Relationships between priests and priestesses are not prohibited, but all public displays of intimate affections are. Certain ceremonies and rituals may allow couples to interact as couples, especially those conducted in the name of Durasyan, the God of Love, but these are the only exceptions to that rule.
It is not uncommon for couples to be of the same sex, but this rarely happens outside the priests and priestesses of Mozbaak, Haefen, and Durasyan. Interactions during ceremonies are still acceptable, as these cults are the most accepting of such things, but otherwise the same ban on public affection holds true. Very few priests or priestesses care what goes on among their fellow followers of any god or goddess, as their entire lives are focused on their service to their gods and goddesses.