Silver Age Beyond
Ersetu Orthodox is the Mirror of Faith. They are the core of the Universal Sectus of the All-Maker, seeking to hold people to the sanctified truths of the Prophet of the posthumans, Zeth. As the largest sect, it is the Orthodoxy that most people associate with the Sectus. Its priests can be found on all worlds from the ostentatious bishops of the capital cities to the more humble parish priests in the most poverty-stricken fiefs.
Established by Phaedrus Synon after the Prophet’s Martyrdom the Sectus was able to rally post-humanity against the Jith in the Jith war. This established the powerbase that continued through the Second Republic, where at the verge of its collapse was declared the official religion of the Second Republic in an attempt to stave off collapse. This gave extreme political power to the Sectus as it now meant all other religions were illegal. Since then it has grudgingly shared its power with other groups, ceding them spiritual authority in areas they had little interest or resources.
While the Orthodoxy has gained a reputation for its cunning political maneuvers, most priests know little of such things, being entirely too busy protecting the souls of the simple faithful. Of all Sectus the Orthodoxy is the most in touch with the populace as they share in their every day lives and their complaints. With their political prestige they are often one of the only groups who protect the interests of serfs from the nobility and guilds. While many may spurn the Orthodoxy for its martial role in the Primacy Wars, when tragedy strikes, it is the Orthodoxy to which they turn to.
The Ersetu Orthodox has always been the regular hierarchy of the Universal Sectus of the All-Maker, and Sectus Patriarchs, except for the rare Aegean, have always been Orthodox.
The Orthodox clergy is divided into Red and White priesthoods, with the Red clerics under an oath of celibacy, while White clerics can marry. Most Orthodox clerics above the rank of priest are from the Red priesthood.
The Orthodoxy is also divided into Hinayana (conservative/right-wing) and Mahayana (middle-of-the-road to liberal/left-wing) philosophical wings.
Most Sectus bishops and archbishops are Ersetu Orthodox, as well as most of the Universal Sectus’s rank-and-file clergy (novitiates, canons, deacons, and priests.
The Mahayana wing of the Ersetu Orthodoxy actually is partially descended from liberal, non-Orthodox sects of the Universal Sectus from the Diaspora and Second Republic eras. After the fall of the Republic (4000), the more conservative and fundamentalist Sectus leaders among the Orthodoxy, Inquisition, and Temple Idristi persecuted the liberal Sectus sects for heresy and their clergy absorbed into the Orthodoxy or forced to join Contemplator Monasteries.