The Hjartardýrlafðir, which means "Deer Ladies" in the Froyalanish and Wintergleamish languages, was a matriarchal council composed of the highest ranking clergy of the Froyalanish Ancient Ways, the High Priestesses of the Thirteen Froyalanish Temples.
The Deer Ladies were since the first Froyalanish immigration in the 1500s the spiritual leadership of the Froyalanish and Wintergleamish Vanafolk and constituted the governing body of the Church of the Froyalanish Ancient Ways. They were presided over by the Yfirfroyalansgythia.
It was during during the days of the tenure of Count Harald of Araxion that the Hjartardýrlafðir came into being. This for the Vanafolk very joyous occasion, which is celebrated by them every year, took place when the Vanic Temple in Araxion was recognized as the senior Vanic temple in the Flower of the North by the Jólaslafðir through the issuance of a Gyllmára Búlla.
Selection and Investiture
Each Deer Lady was, in the Froyalanish interpretation of the world, handpicked by the Goddess Elwynn Herself. In reality, it was the Froyalanish woman who faked being Lady Elwynn for the duration of King Noah's reign.
The Investiture of a Hjartardýrlafði involved the performance of an ecstatic dance before the White Stag Throne - a form of Heiðrdans in which she was dressed in ritual garments in the colour which is associated with her Templedom - and a naked walk from the White Orchid Temple to the Tower of Araxion. It was also surrounded by extravagant festivities.
In accordance with the provisions of an ordinance issued by the Church, a newly-invested Deer Lady had the honour to, irrespective of her seniority among the Hjartardýrlafðir, preside over the next meeting of the Deer Ladies and exercise the powers of the Yfirfroyalansgythia therein. Should there be multiple Hjartardýrlafðir be invested at the same time, the sequence of presiding over the following meetings was determined by lot.
Hierarchy among the Hjartardýrlafðir
For the purpose of protocol and standing in for the Yfirfroyalansgythia, the Lady Elwynn has, by ordinance, permanently fixed the order of seniority among the Deer Ladies. This happened at the petition of the Jólaslafðir upon the signing of the Concordat of Avaldsnes.
- High Priestess of the White Orchid Temple
- High Priestess of the Shrine of the Sea
- High Priestess of the Shrine of the Wicked Garden
- High Priestess of the Mackerel Temple
- High Priestess of the Temple of Phantoms
- High Priestess of the Volcano Temple
- High Priestess of the Sanctum of Dedication
- High Priestess of the Temple of Whispers
- High Priestess of the Mirage Temple
- High Priestess of the Sanctum of Reflection
- High Priestess of the Temple of the Wolf and the Raven
- High Priestess of the Temple of Shouts
- High Priestess of the Temple of Smiles
Each Hjartardýrlafði held a geographical High Priestessly See and has in consequence thereof an Archtempledom under her jurisdiction which she administers in accordance with the applicable Vanic Law.
Nearly half of the Archtempledoms correspond with a Royal Precinct; the others either cover a part of such Royal Precinct or are composed of various Royal Precincts, in whole or in part. There is even an Archtempledom that governs, under the Treaty of the Two Bears, a Templedom in the Imperial Dominion called Mishalan.
|High Priestess of the White Orchid Temple||The County of Araxion|
|High Priestess of the Shrine of the Sea||The Principality of Arietta, the Septuaportian Bailiwick of Avaldsnes, the Jarlorð of Jorvik, |
and the Duchy of the Lady Esther Isles
|High Priestess of the Shrine of the Wicked Garden||The Amokolian Circuits of Oleslääd and Vattnaland, the Emirati Circuit of the Vale of Angularis, and the Mishalanese Elwynn Templedom.|
|High Priestess of the Mackerel Temple||The Amokolian Circuits of in Absentia, the Amokolian Islands, and Western Froyalan as well as the Septuaportian |
Bailiwicks of Esthersbýur, Fjǫrleifsbýur, Haraldsby, Hyfrost, Joelsby, and Noahsbýur
|High Priestess of the Temple of Phantoms||The Emirati Bailiwicks of Allswell, Ardashirshahr, Arsalani, Aslanshahr, Babrân, Bandar-e Tahmaseb,|
Dakhm ul Jinn, Dar ul Tazim, Daryapur, Elfinshiyehafir, Eskenderiyebandar, Halwarim, Jazâ'ir ul Zjandâriyyah,
Majid-e Aik, Naubandar, Peikhambad, Perez, Pernetegh, Qajar, Shahershid, Sheikhshahr, Tanshuyuyyal, Varpur, Zarddeh
|High Priestess of the Volcano Temple||The Duchy of Raikoth|
|High Priestess of the Sanctum of Dedication||The County of Agnesia and Wintergleam|
|High Priestess of the Temple of Whispers||The County of Cape Farewell|
|High Priestess of the Mirage Temple||The County of Íseirdia-la-Vraulalennir|
|High Priestess of the Sanctum of Reflection||The Emirati Bailiwicks of Baltyshahr, Bandar-e Mojaheddeen, Faizabad, Foley, Gusfandshahr, Islus, Ismailabad, |
Jenaxurim, Kilkadesh, Lake Camel, Leila ve Moshk, Mariyechelân, Mohamedion, Moorkoruun, Nauruninaa,
Northshire South, Saint Zor, Sirishahr, Xahazerke, Valley of Mors, Ville des Riches, Zoroaster
|High Priestess of the Temple of the Wolf and the Raven||The County of Illumination and Cimmeria|
|High Priestess of the Temple of Shouts||The Elirian Bailiwicks of Echo, Kaidere, Laxea, Monare, Saareoon, Simnesaq|
|High Priestess of the Temple of Smiles||The Elirian Bailiwicks of Eliria, Falkeron, Fenririe, Ironstone, Jaltarfalas, Norgale, Ryventemple, Umshurill|