Of Crows, Dirt and Dongs
Kirrougen was not always led by a religious government, although the the priests and priestesses had always enjoyed a loud voice in the state.
The Governor, a hereditary position more similar to that of an autarch than the elected officials we are more familiar with today, ruled the city-state. The priests were consulted with increasing frequency, the thinking being that they are in touch with all layers of society and their purview, technically anyway, stretches to wherever their gods are worshipped; and their opinions gaining more weight to the point where on divisive issues if the priesthood presented a united front they would invariably have their way. When the last Governor died without issue, the high priest of the Life Trinity, Balar the Wise, was select as regent until the succession was decided. He held the title of Prelate, making him first amongst the priesthood and their permanent voice on the state council. Although the Governor had left no living immediate family, suddenly the city was inundated with long lost relatives all claiming a right to the throne. This carried on for years, and while the bickering continued, Balar ruled well and when he died, those people with more sense and enough power, ensured that the successor to his position with the Trinity also succeeded to the responsibility of more secular governance.
It did not take long before the office of Prelate superseded that of the Governor in power and importance, making the high priest of the Life Trinity the ruler in law as well as in deed.
The antechamber to the Lesser Council Hall. The floating sculpture in the center is purported to represent Pelor and Nerull orbiting the great force of Beory.
Today the Prelate is Tomatin Pellenum, and he has the final word on any decision. There are two councils, the Lesser and the Greater, that form the active governmental apparatus. The Lesser Council is comprised of the heads of the different sects and a representive of the major guilds and merchant families. As this makes for a rather large and unwieldy group to try and whip towards a particular consensus, the three main groups elect a representative to the Greater Council. Each representative serves for no more than three years and cannot be re-elected for five after serving his or her term. The current representatives are the Priestess of Istus, Jaguna; Leor Whitefish of the merchants; and Simeon Dela of the Jewellers & Artisans Guild. It is perhaps telling, the the Greater Council is not the larger but the more powerful – something that beginner students of the Prelacy’s history often find confusing.
This whole apparatus is maintained by an army of administrators, scribes, cooks, cleaners and so on; and sustained by the unequivocal taxing of everyone and everything that makes money. Kirrougen is perhaps one of the only places where temples must pay levy to their government.