11.7 Divine Orders
Each God in Aetolia has a Divine Order. These Orders comprise those players who wish to formally declare their worship and dedication to a particular God. Entrance to the Divine Order of a God may be granted by the God, or in some cases by one of His or Her most trusted worshipers. Many players find membership in a God's Order to be one of the most important parts of their experience in Aetolia. Membership can often give one a certain sense of belonging, a religious structure to adhere to, and a sense of being watched over by a Deity who is sympathetic to your causes, which is often vital to one's success in Aetolia. Within a Divine Order, there are 10 ranks. Your God may (or may not) promote you within the Order based entirely on His or Her own criteria. It is, furthermore, considered extremely inappropriate to ask for a promotion. The highest few levels of an Order are special in that they entail special responsibilities and special powers, such as allowing entrance to the Order or raising shrines to the God that may be used for offering. Mortals may be appointed to the highest level of the Order, and these are usually considered to be the god's personal representative among mortals for whatever reason their god may deem appropriate. HELP GODS will give you a list of the gods that can be followed, HELP ORDER POWERS will tell you about the shrine powers you may obtain by joining an Order. You may also read the Order's log to see important recent happenings in the Order. To do so: READLOG <deity> <where to start in log> <how many weeks ago> For example: READLOG NIURI 0 3 will (if you are in Her Order) read the log from the start of three weeks ago. Otherwise you may simply (for example) READLOG SLYPHE to read this week's log. These logs are kept for thirty weeks. Similarly, you may read the essence log, to see more information on shrine energy, including when sermons have been held. To do so: ESSLOG <deity> <where to start in log> <how many weeks ago> For example: ESSLOG CHAKRASUL would show you anything that occurred this week. Another example, ESSLOG DHAR 0 4 would check the essence log from the start of four weeks ago. Finally, to leave an order you need to REJECT PATRON (specifically this, not by name). Note that this is not an action you should undertake lightly, as negative consequences are possible.