Order of Faris Attineen

A powerful Niktean Maha'i consortium based in the city of Gtarrei, it was founded a century or so after the last Dark Times by supposed prophet Yevkarak of the Ledakkak Maha'i Tribe, based on a series of visions he had which led him to believe that Markus the Noble as Jenoa knew him was a historical fabrication, meant to cover and replace the fact that the true hero of the Dark Times was a Maha'i, thus significantly offending and marginalizing the Maha'i populations of Gallidus and serving as a justification for their continued enslavement. (Tebbins Ferrick uncovered a different story: Yevkarak did indeed found the Order, but the visions attributed to him did not appear in records until the preaching of Hifeksian several centuries later. As often happens, the Order then read later doctrines back into their founding.) They are vehemently opposed to the Knights of the Silver Dragons, finding under their piety piles of concealed hypocrisy and ambition for power; however, they are equally dedicated to the protection of Jenoa, just not under the direction of the Knights.

While they allow and even celebrate racial diversity within the region under their sway, which includes nearly all of the Savannah of Terztefr, they are far from allowing residents power to alter the government, which is headed by the Hierarch of the Order, currently a female Ledakkak Maha'i named Ghetrenk. Rulership of the Order is for life or until abdication, unless he is deposed by the Superior Council of the Order for blasphemy or treason; that same Superior Council, in consultation with the Council of Tribes, chooses the next Hierarch.

The Hierarch of the Order also serves as the highest officer in the Tribal Alliance, the government body that oversees the Eastern Wastes, south of the Forest of Shajran. Most matters of governance are handled by the Council of Tribes, whose representatives are selected by each tribe's internal procedures. The Hierarch, who takes the oaths of their office before the Council of Tribes, has veto power over most decisions, but tends to exercise it only rarely in order to maintain the tribes' satisfaction in their government. The Order's work often supplements that of tribal militias even as it conducts its own defensive and offensive operations.