The House of the Healing Heart serves the Eternal Empire of Koth by teaching, practicing and developing all aspects of the art and lore of healing, arcane, alchemical and mundane. The House of the Healing Heart runs centers of healing across the Eternal Empire through their Houses. Full Houses of the Healing Heart possess a Heartstone that aids in resurrection for those attuned to its use. The House of the Healing Heart provides care in all forms to the citizens of the Eternal Empire through birthing, spiritual magics, curative and preventative supplies, potions and alchemy, basic education and organized social events. The Heart is often the first resort of the common man to resolving differences that require outside mediation. The House of the Healing Heart also provided healing and resurrection support to the Imperial Legions wherever they fight for the Eternal Empire.
Within a territory, be it a Kingdom or Colony, the upper echelon of the House of the Healing Heart consists of the Matriarch or Patriarch, Knight of the Royal Order of the Sun, Emissary of the White Heart and other titled Adepts, Protectors and Serenes:
The Matriarch or Patriarch
The Matriarch or Patriarch is the appointed leader of a House of the Healing Heart that possesses a Heartstone in the territory. The Matriarch or Patriarch is responsible for all operations, all members, all resources and all tribute of the House. The Matriarch or Patriarch sits on the Council of Guilds for his organization, representing its interests across the territory.
The Adept of the House
The Adept of the House is responsible for the day to day running of a House including staffing, resources and schedules. This Adept is also responsible for the use of Heart resources such as libraries, laboratories, smithies, etc.
The Adept of the Kith
The Adept of the Kith is responsible to overseeing the typical ceremonies of the House of the Healing Heart such as Birthing, Trothing and Hearthing. In addition, the Adept of the Kith often organizes various social celebrations, gatherings and ceremonies.
The Adept of the Stone
The Adept of the Stone is responsible for the ceremonies involving the Heartstone such as Introduction, Resurrection and Parting. The Adept of the Stone is also responsible for keeping the Litany, a record of those that have passed through the Heartstone in the territory.
The Knight of the Royal Order of the Sun is the head of the Royal Order of the Sun for the House of the Healing Heart within the territory. This position makes him noble throughout the Eternal Empire by Imperial decree. The Knight leads the members of the Royal Order in battle with the Imperial Legions if needed.
The Protector of the Stone
The Protector of the Stone is charged with the defense of the Heartstone and the Chamber. The Protector of the Stone often takes the lead in keeping a Vigil, a watch for spirits making their way to the Heartstone for resurrection.
The Protector of the Kin
The Protector of the Kin is charged with the defense of the brothers and sisters of the House of the Healing Heart in its territory.
The Protector of the House
The Protector of the House is charged with the defense of the lands and property of the House of the Healing Heart in its territory. The Protector of the House enforces the rules of Sanctuary within his House.
The Emissary is the head of the Order of the White Heart within the territory. This position makes him an Ambassador of the Heartlands and the Eternal Empire when necessary. Typically an Emissary will serve as a permanent Ambassador to a particularly large group of people in the territory of the House of the Healing Heart.
The Serene of the Word
The Serene of the Word is responsible for taking the message of the Heart out to the people of the territory of the House. This Serene will often work closely with the Adept of the Kith and other Guilds to bring schools and learning to the people of the territory.
The Serene of Alms
The Serene of Alms is responsible for collecting and distributing all gifts, charities, aid, services and assistance of the House of the Healing Heart within its territory.
The Serene of Missionaries
The Serene of Missionaries is responsible for organizing groups and establishing missions within the territory of the House.
The rank and file of the House of the Healing Heart appear below:
A prospective member must first become an Petitioner.
Petitioners who are accepted into the Heart are called to become a Novice.
Novices who have demonstrated proficiency and loyalty are called to become Brothers or Sisters.
Brother and Sisters who show expertise and leadership may be called to become Adepts.
Those that seek entrance into the Royal Order of the Sun follow a different path. The ranks of this illustrious order honor the first the Knights who pledged their eternal loyalty to the Healing Heart, the Sun Guards of Eonin:
A prospective member must first become an Petitioner.
Petitioners who are accepted into the Guild are called to become a Defender.
Defenders who have demonstrated proficiency and loyalty are called to become a Guardian.
Guardians who show expertise and leadership are called to become a Protector.
There are local Heart members throughout the territory who perform specific functions. Here are just a few:
A traveling member of the House of the healing heart that provides healing services to the people of the territory, typically a Brother or Sister.
One trained in travelling through the Spirit Realm to find spirits that are lost, accosted by other forces or too weak to make the journey back.
Why join the House of the Healing Heart?
- You are first and foremost a caregiver or protector, seeking to help those who are less fortunate than yourself.
- You are especially skilled in the realms of spiritual magics or curative alchemy.
- You are looking for a tight knit and large family to join.
- You see the good works of the House of the Healing Heart and want to be a part of them.
- You need the protection that the powerful and influential House of the Healing Heart can provide you. Have a care, for such protection does not come without your loyalty, dedication and devotion to the Heart.
Whispers about the House of the Healing Heart?
- Who knows what happens to the spirits of those who resurrect through the Heartstones? Surely the family of the Heart won’t tell us the truth of it.
- What’s in it for them? They can’t be doing this out of the goodness of their bleeding hearts now can they?
- Is life so dangerous that we need the House of the Healing Heart or is life so dangerous because of the House of the Healing Heart.
- Who or what does the Voice really listen to? Can you trust someone or something that won’t even speak to you directly?
- They garner so much power, magical, political and martial that they could seize the reins of power right out from the Kothites themselves.
Who’s Who in the House of the Healing Heart
Lord Justinius is a human man who remains in his prime despite his centuries of service, thanks to his devotion to the Heart. By all reports a kind and amiable man, Lord Justinius has served the Heart on Koth, Kentogen, Pan Orda, Mindor and Haelos. Some say that he has traversed to the elemental planes, the realms of the Fae and the deeps of Tal’shal’loth itself. Lord Justinius came to Haelos long before it was made into a proper colony of Koth with the first missionaries of the House of the Healing Heart. Before coming to Haelos, Justinius served the Light when the colony was first announced is said to have handpicked the High Matriarch for her posting.
Dame Sarra is a Knight of the Silver Heart who is always by the side of Lord Justinius. While Lord Justinius is said to be centuries old, Dame Sarra is known to be millennia old. Dame Sarra, like all Knights of the Silver Heart, gave her life and body millennia ago, her spirit bound now to her magical armor. Knights of the Silver Heart are often accompanied by a personal herald who serves as an interpreter for the Knight, but Dame Sarra does not keep a herald with her for some reason.
High Matriarch Leonora Emberheart
The High Matriarch is a vital human woman from the Heartlands. High Matriarch Leonora was a foundling taken in by the House of the Healing Heart as a babe, rising through the ranks of the House of the Healing Heart until she was called to be the High Matriarch of the Colony of Dupree 16 years ago. Although the Heart is the only family that she knows, she has become an accomplished historian, genealogist and scholar of heraldry in her service to the House of the Healing Heart. While her search for her own birth parents continues, she aids other foundlings of the Heart return to their families and provides a new one for those that cannot be returned.
Emissary Balthazar is a man of great stature and joy born in the penal colony of Dupree. Balthazar serves the House of the Healing Heart as a the Emissary to the tribes of the Boki in the Forest of Thorns in the northeastern Lochlands. As a ranking member of the White Heart, one would think that Balthazar would have no place or voice with the Boki tribes, but his determination, strength of spirit and quiet presence has afforded the Emissary a great deal of respect within the Boki. It is often said that Emissary Balthazar won a war fought without weapons against the Boki. Such is the level of respect that the Boki have for the Emissary that years ago, Balthazar was able to meet with the Warlord of the Boki tribes and performed the Trothing of the Warlord’s daughter to Ki’Raiden, sixth thane of the Boki.