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11.3.3 Sects

(See also: HELP ORDERS, HELP CULTS, HELP COMMUNION)

What Is A Sect?
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A sect is a subdivision of a Holy Order. Worship of the Gods varies greatly from region to region, and so while some sects may be cooperative, others may be competitive, or even war with each other over their different ideals.

For example, Prandur is known both as the Bringer of Light and the Burner of Cities. In one aspect, he is worshiped as a benevolent and life-giving deity. In the other, his destructive nature is revered. One sect may follow one path, while the other follows another. See HELP DIVINE NATURE to learn more about the manifold aspects of the Gods. 

Normally, you will only be able to communicate and interact within the Holy Order with members of your own sect.

Sect Structure:
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Once a cult has become a sect, they gain access to many more privileges. Members of sects can raise shrines in honor of their Deity. These shrines allow them to beseech blessings from their Deity, and to offer corpses of denizens in exchange for essence.

In addition, priests who join a sect may be granted access to a tertiary skillset, though not all sects have them. A priest may join a sect of their choosing by using the Faith skill Devotion, though the leader of a sect may opt to disallow that method.

Players in sects have a rank, which can be increased or decreased through the use of favors and disfavors. This will cost Communion (HELP COMMUNION).

The leaders of sects are democratically elected, and voting is weighted by the order ranks of the voters. While an election is in progress, no ordinands may join the order and members can not change ranks.

Like cults, sects have a daily upkeep cost in essence. When a sect runs out of essence, their shrines will be destroyed, and they will return to being a cult.

Commands:
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SECT <option>
 - PATRON, CASTOUT, FAVOR, DISFAVOR, BRAND, ERECT SHRINE, MEMBERS, 
   LISTOFFERINGS, and many more.
SECT <bestowable powers>
 - WRITE LOG, TITLE, etc. 
SECT TEMPLE    
 - A sect may apply to build a temple that represents their devotion to 
   their  chosen God. 

*Order privileges require unlocking through the use of essence.

(See also: HELP ORDERS, HELP CULTS, HELP COMMUNION)