Remnant Hierarchy

Hier meaning holy and archy meaning rulers is more than appropriate here 

The Remnant, following the last of the Great Cataclysms, have adopted a rather rigid hierarchy in their society.  It is sometimes referred to as the Dynarchy.  

  • The God King-The God King is the chief amongst all living remnant.  All known God Kings have been male, although there is no stipulation that this must be the case, only precedent.  The God King selects an heir as guided by the Aygeemya, whom he instructs until his death.  Upon becoming the "scion" or heir, the individual begins to manifest immense power unseen in other individuals.  Upon becoming the God King, the scion receives even more supernatural blessings, becoming not unlike a living avatar.  The current God King is Khuulanayen.
  • The Elders-The Elders are a group of individuals who govern the day-to-day aspects of Remnant life.  They issue laws, serve as a grand jury, determine the flow of goods across Remnant communities, and regulate population issues through determining individual's occupations and when couples are allowed to bear offspring.  If an individual is to become a channeler, it is The Elders who prescribe it.  Decisions made by The Elders are called proclamations and are legally binding to all citizens, themselves included, except the God King himself, and on some occasions, the Theori.  Elders choose new individuals to fill in their ranks after the death or removal of an elder.  Each individual is assigned a position/job/task in life, usually for the duration of that individual's life.  This assignment is called a "doulae" or "doulo", meaning service, in Hightongue, and provides the central focus of an individual's life.  Remnant tend to see the preservation of species as the highest good and thus the service of the individual to species determines one's place in society.
  • The Theori-The Theori are a priest-like caste who serve the Aygeemya directly.  They posses six sacred rights that supersede any proclamation passed by The Elders, leaving them free to mostly govern themselves.  The rights are The Right of Sanctity (stating that those who commit violence against them commits sacrilege and is never again allowed into the presence of the Aygeemya and considered cursed), The Right of Tribunal (giving them the ability to choose to be tried by other Theori), The Right of Immunity (allowing them freedom from having roles or jobs chosen for them by the Elders), The Right of Sustenance (stating that the resources of a Theori cannot be taken or taxed if it brings them below basic subsistence levels), The Right of Secrecy (preventing them from having to disclose orders given to them directly by the Aygeemya), and The Right of Atonement (granting them immunity from prosecution if any action they undertake on behalf of the Aygeemya is against standing laws, including violence).
  • The Channelers-The Channelers are chosen from amongst the Gathered by The Elders based on affinity with the various elemental realms.  They are chosen as apprentices by existing Channelers and taught to feel and manipulate a specific elemental realm (called a focus).  Within that realm, a Channeler must decide how best to use his or her abilities to aid The Remnant.  Many use their abilities to sustain the general populace via resource management, production, or diversion.  Channelers often form small militias as well to protect the people.
  • The Gathered-The Gathered are the Remnant population at large and account for roughly 75-80% of the total population.  They serve in any number of roles as directed by The Elders for the greater good of the community and the Remnant race.
  • The Outcasts-Remnant may freely choose to reject their doulae, but doing so is seen by most as a choice of self over the species.  Those who do so are considered somewhat of a liability and are thus exiled from the cities.  They are thus outside the law in many cases as most Remnant settlements are rather insular.  The Hightongue word for these people, often called "exiles" or "outcasts", is oukmo'en.