Locales/The Holy Shrine School
wishes to enter into the service of the holy peoples, one must enter into Holy Shrine
School to receive education. It is no small task to be accepted into the holy school.
There are many customs and protocols to be observed. A person must come from a proper
lineage and family background, and more than likely have appropriate political and
financial connections. Or you can simply knock on the front door until they let
you in and gain the notoriety of being only the second person to do so. The first
to gain that distinction shall remain nameless due to fear of incineration.
Holy training begins at a very young age and the importance of the holy duties are reiterated through an extreme regiment of study, meditation, diet, physical training and humility.
Those who manage to survive the harsh rigors of training then advance to the second level of education, where the art of elemental control is taught. It is at that point, that the young acolytes begin to choose their permanent path of enlightenment by finding the element that represents their heart and soul.
Those who continue on in their education and manage to advance to the next level, leave the shrine school to study at a specific elemental monastery where the acolytes learn more advanced techniques of elemental control. If and when a Chief Priestess leaves her post, either through death or retirement, it is the most powerful, educated, and talented student from each of the shrines who will ascend and become the next chief priestess of their element.
What about those who do not make it to the level of Chief Priestess? There are still several options. Those people may chose to stay on at the school and teach the younger trainees, or choose to enter a life of public service. Some become shrine maidens and serve the chief priestesses and the holy shrines.