Organisations and fellowships in Gondor


Heren Requain - Order of Knights is the official list of nobility in Gondor. All peers (condirath, rheinhirath and ereter) are knights of Gondor, but not all knights are peers. They have their seats in the Great Council of Gondor.
Tunas Dolen - The Secret Service of the royal house, a professional bunch of informers, spies and bodyguards. They are commanded by hîr Dostir Maldring, condir of Haerlond.
Uinendili (The Covenant of Uinen). The covenant that Maia Uinen established with Aldarion the Mariner in Númenor was originally concerned only with the protection, internal order, and well-being of the Guild of Venturers. When the King of Númenor dissolved the guild in II 1883, he made no attempt to nullify the bond between the Lady of the Seas and those of the Venturers who had remained loyal to him during the time of Mûrazôr's rebellion. So it was that Uinen continued to show favour to the line of Imrazôr, and gave protection to all those who became subjects to the Council of Pelargir. On a lesser and more parochial scale than the divinely-established royalty of Númenor (and later Arnor and Gondor), the Covenant of Uinen imbued the old Pelargirean League with a sacred character. Whereas submission to the authority of the priestly monarch was compulsory and essential to Númenórean identity, the friendship of Uinen was just that - a bond of love that could be chosen or rejected without peril to one's status as one of the Faithful. Within her own sphere, the Lady of the Seas could give aid to the exiled Dúnedain, and could invest the judgements of her chosen representative with her own native power of divine retribution. As political order of Gondor underwent far-reaching changes as a result of the actions of the Ship-Kings, the sphere of Uinen's influence narrowed to the boundaries of Dor-en-Ernil and the descendants of Imrazôr the Númenórean. The Uinendili are a fellowship that reveres Uinen and seeks her protection. Their grand master is, of course, Celdrahil Prince of Belfalas.
Belguinarites (The Brethren of Silence) - The Belguinar are a fellowship of professional mourners and embalmers. They prepare bodies for their long rest, and keep the Houses of the Dead (Rath Dínen) in Minas Anor.
Order of Estë - The fellowship of physicians and pharmacists, keepers of the Houses of Healing in Minas Anor.
Heren Mirimor (The Grey Brethren or Wanderers) are a group of wandering pilgrim–paupers who have renounced the world and lead an ascetic life for the purpose of spiritual development and liberation. Typically, Wanderers assert that human beings are responsible for their own deeds and reap the fruits of those deeds, for good or ill. They often engage in acts of benefaction and work for free to assist those who down on luck while on their pilgrimage to the Seven Shrines of Westernesse.
Sisters of Nienna – A quasi-religious fellowship of unmarried women who maintain orphanages and work as lay healers.
Sovereign Military Order of the Swan - An independent military order operating in Dor-en-Ernil, Tolfalas and Harondor, now defunct.
Brethren of the Sword and Justice - An independent army of belfalasian exiles fighting for prince Sangahyandion. Their headquarters were at the Castle Amonost at Amon Eithel. It was abolished by the treaty of Has Adri (1666).

Underground and Secret Socities


(Pharaz Lômi, The Golden Dawn) - An esoteric philosophical society, open to both sexes, with a deep religious backing. Every new member must confess his trust in Eru Ilúvatar and the principles of the Faithful. The society is administratively organised into Grand Lodges that each govern their own jurisdiction, which consists of subordinate (or constituent) Lodges. Grand Lodges recognise each other through a process of landmarks and regularity. Tindóme-Lië is heavily interested in cosmology, metaphor and symbolism, of which the most important are the Tree of Life, the Star of Eärendil, the Flame Imperishable and the Trinity (Fëa, Hroa, Fana). Initiation to the mysteries of Tindómë-Lië happens in ten initiatory grades: I° - Novice, II° - Brother/Sister, III° - Adept, IV° Magician, V° Knight of the Eagle, VI° - Knight of the Two Trees, VII° - Knight of the Silmarils, VIII° - Commander of the Tribunal, IX° - Guardian of the Flame Imperishable, X° - Grand Master.
Known lodges are named TRIBUNAL OF ARDA (Osgiliath), EÄRENDIL (Pelargir), CORMALLEN (Minas Anor), SECRET COLLEGIUM (Minas Ithil), LIGHT, LOVE, LIFE (Calembel), AURORA (Erech), IANT ANNÛN (Lond Galen), AMRÛNAUR (Imlad Carnen), EDLEDHIAD (Calmirië), NIGHT AND FOG (Umbar). Headquarters of the society are in Osgiliath. The society got plenty of bad press during the Palantír Affair; Grand Master argondhir Calimon Ascarnil was indicted of sorcery and high treason and later convicted to permanent exile along with his extended family. He was succeeded by master of the Cormallen lodge, Lord Agarinna. Several high-ranking members of the Tindóme-Lië were exposed in the purges following the treaty of Has Adri.
Golden Dawn suffered further loss during the New Year’s Ball in Minas Anor, 1667 when Cambal, Lord Agarinna, was murdered by Baralin na Ram Galen. Cormallen lodge was disbanded after his demise.

Côr Morchaint

(Circle of Shadows) - An underground criminal organisation in Pelargir. It is believed to have grown from the Côr Aran, the secret service of king Castamir the Usurper, after the Traditionalist League withdrew to Harondor. At first it was a cabal of disgruntled noblemen from Lebennin, sworn to overthrow the Eldacari dynasty, but was soon reduced into organized crime. When Túrin Orchaldor was appointed the condir of Pelargir, he found that the organisation was most useful to him, and instead of getting rid of it, he took over the whole orchestra. With the Orchaldori family steady in helm, Côr Morchaint became a vast, tentacular network of mercantile, political and criminal activities, aimed to enrich all participants. Many people in Pelargir put their trust in their connections in Côr Morchaint rather than the King's lazy guards and corrupt magistracies.
The power of the Côr Morchaint lies in the vows of total obedience and silence it demands from all its sworn members. There are several grades, mocking the more established hierarchies of the Trade Guilds: Associate (not a sworn member, but a friend with whom one can make business), Journeyman (a sworn member), Blockwarden (a boss who co-ordinates ground-level activities) and Master (head of a criminal family, mercantile enterprise or a city district). Policy is decided in the unofficial and secret Council of Masters, presided over by the mysterious head of the organisation, known only as "the Shadow".

Côr Carammaitë

(Order of the Red Hand) - Also called Sons of Men and the Secret Fire of Númenor, the Order is an esoteric magical society devoted to the lost secrets of Westernesse. They believe in the supremacy of Men over the elder races, and wait for the coming Fourth Age. Initiation in the society has been divided in ten grades (and two secret, supervisory grades): I° Novice, II° Adept, III° Provost, IV° Judge, V° Lord of the Rings, VI° Knight of Armenelos, VII° Knight of Númenor, VIII° Servant of the Scepter, VIIII° Lord Keeper of the Nine Seals, X° Secret Fire of Númenor, XI° Secret Master, XII° Lókëtar (Supreme Grand Dragon). The current Secret Fire of Númenor is charismatic Meldin Malinaldo son of Barahir, Lord Daldor and member of the Council of Gondor. The society was founded at Minas Anor in 1636 by late hîr Córiayan Falassion, Curator and Justice of the Supreme Court of Gondor.

Pagan and/or Heretical

Kâthasaptha (Endless Wisdom) – Syncretistic Bellakarian religion, were God Êru is revered along with his consort, Goddess Ladnoca. It is persecuted in Gondor as a heretical sect, and thereby does not have a lot of adherents. A small prayer-house exists in Pelargir for expatriate Bellakarians.
Prophet Imrathôr reveices revelation from God
Batan an-Izindi (Path of Righteousness) - Former bazaar merchant Imrathôr (812-884) of Hazaj Tollin retreated into a cave in Urud an-Khibil for forty days, after which he reported receiving revelations from God. The content of these revelations was memorized and recorded by his companions. He changed his name to Izindubêth, the Prophet, and started preaching to his people at Hazaj Tollin. He wanted to purify the worship of Êru from pagan haradan idolatry and implored his countrymen to abandon polytheism. He attacked violently the worship of the goddesses Ladnoca and Ishtra, but was equally opposed to the official practice of Kâthasaptha. Although some converted to the Path of Righteousness, as his teachings were called, Izindubêth and his followers were forced to retreat to Joam. There, with the converts and migrants, he established his political and religious authority. Within years, two battles had been fought against Hazaj Tollin's forces: the Battle of Sarnak in 864, which was a victory for Izindubêth, and the Battle of Duhu in 865, which ended inconclusively. At the same time, Hazaj Tollin's trade routes were cut off as Izindubêth brought surrounding desert tribes under his control. By 869 followers of Batan an-Izindi were victorious in the nearly bloodless conquest of Hazaj Tollin, and by the time of his death in 884 Izindubêth ruled over the whole Dune Sea. This started the collapse of the Adûnai realm of Bellakar and deterioration of the authority of its kings, who followed the Kâthasaptha. Followers of the Path testify that "there is none worthy of worship except Êru and that Izindubêth is the Messenger of Êru", give prayer five times a day, give alms, fast and perform a pilgrimage to Urud an-Khibil.

The Path of Righteousness is currently the fastest growing religion in Harad. Followers of the Batan an-Izindi are hard to distinguish from the orthodox Faithful, as their creeds are quite similar. But the Righteous only accept Izindubêth as the prophet of Êru and renounce the sacral kingship of Gondor.
Sisters of Ishtra and the Cult of Tevildo – Alleged pagan cults introduced to Gondor by Queen Berúthiel in the 10th Century.

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