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Noble-born blue priests hold a separate status from commoner-born gray priests.


Temple Priests and Shrine Maidens are considered a distinct social group from nobility and commoners. The clergy of Yurgenschmidt fall into one of two broad categories: the noble-born blue priests, and the commoner-born gray priests.

Members of the temple are generally held in contempt by outsiders. Nobles view both blue priests and gray priests as commoners, while commoners view gray priests as unwanted orphans.

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Title Japanese Romaji Anime Translation Duties Status
Sovereign High Bishop 中央神殿長 chuuou shindenchou - The highest-ranking position in the Sovereignty temple, which has authority over religious affairs even in other duchies. Blue Priest or Noble
High Bishop 神殿長 shindenchou High Priest The highest-ranking position in the temple of a given duchy, such as Ehrenfest. Blue Priest or Noble
High Priest 神官長 shinkanchou Head Priest The second-highest ranking position in the temple of a given duchy, such as Ehrenfest. The High Priest manages the blue priests and day-to-day affairs of the temple. Blue Priest or Noble
Orphanage Director 孤児院の院長 koji'in no inchou Orphanage Director A blue priest or shrine maiden responsible for the management of the temple orphanage. Blue Priest or Noble
Blue Priest or Shrine Maiden 青色神官

(青色巫女)

aoiro shinkan

(aoiro miko)

Blue-Robed Priest or Priestess A member of the clergy who was originally born to a noble family. They are not considered nobles. Blue Priest
Apprentice Blue Priest or Shrine Maiden 青色神官見習い

(青色巫女見習い)

aoiro shinkan minarai

(aoiro miko minarai)

Apprentice Blue-Robed Priest or Priestess A noble-born child who has been baptized in the temple and begun training to become a blue priest or shrine maiden. Blue Priest
Temple Attendant 側仕え sobadzukae Retainer A commoner-born member of the clergy who serves as an attendant to a blue priest or shrine maiden. Gray Priest
Apprentice Temple Attendant 側仕え見習い sobadzukae minarai - A commoner-born child who has been baptized in the temple and begun training to serve as an attendant. Gray Priest
Orphanage Gray Priest - - - A gray priest or shrine maiden (regardless of age) who does not currently serve as an attendant and resides in the orphanage. Gray Priest
Unbaptized Orphan - - - Unbaptized children are not considered humans in the eyes of the church. Orphan

Header.pngSenior Roles

Sovereign High Bishop

The Sovereign High Bishop (中央神殿長, chuuou shindenchou) is the highest authority in the Sovereignty temple, and consequently the highest religious authority in Yurgenschmidt as a whole. Among other duties, he or she is responsible for performing the Coming-of-Age ceremony at the graduation of nobles at the Royal Academy[1].

High Bishop

The High Bishop (神殿長, shindenchou) is the highest authority in the temple of a given duchy, such as Ehrenfest. This position can only be held by a blue priest or shrine maiden. Alternatively, a unmarried noble may be appointed to the role at the discretion of the ruling archduke.

The High Bishop's duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Authorizing any major decisions on behalf of the temple.
  • Conducting religious ceremonies.
  • Serving as a caretaker of the bible and bible key.
  • Managing the temple book room, including restricted texts[2].
  • Managing the sacred chalices used in the Spring Prayer
  • Organising home visits after the Harvest Festival.
  • Deciding which blue priest is sent to perform a noble's baptism at their home.
  • (Ehrenfest only.) Overseeing the printing industry as it relates to the orphanage workshop and monastery[3].
  • While not technically a duty, it is tradition for the High Bishop to personally perform the baptisms for members of the archducal family.

According to Eglantine, it was once common for a child of the archduke to hold the post of High Bishop. Furthermore, all the archduke's children participated in Spring Prayer and helped to fill the land with mana.[4].

Known High Bishops include Bezewanst (former, Ehrenfest temple) and Rozemyne (current, Ehrenfest temple).

High Priest

The High Priest (神官長, shinkanchou) is the second-highest authority in the temple of a given duchy, such as Ehrenfest. He or she serves as the head administrator, manages the blue and gray priests, and handles many of the day-to-day practicalities of running the temple.

The position of High Priest can only be held by a blue priest or shrine maiden, not a gray priest or shrine maiden. Alternatively, an unmarried noble may be appointed to the position at the discretion of the ruling archduke.

The High Priest's duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing the temple's budget.
  • Overseeing the temple's inventory.
  • Managing the temple's official correspondence.
  • Handling the assignment of gray priests as attendants.
  • Handling the sale of gray priests.

Known High Priests include Ferdinand (current, Ehrenfest temple).

Orphanage Director

The orphanage director (孤児院の院長, koji'in no inchou) is in charge of overseeing the orphanage. They are assigned a budget by the High Priest with which they are supposed to cloth and take care of the orphans. Food expanses are not traditionally part of this budget, because of how food is handled in the temple by being made for the Blue Priest and the leftovers tickling down the hierarchy as "Divine Gifts".

The living conditions of the orphanage can change drastically depending on the person entrusted with managing it. For example, the Ehrenfest temple orphanage suffered a great deal under the directorship of Sister Margaret, who embezzled the orphanage's budget for personal use. By contrast, Myne allocated the orphanage's budget carefully and sought out additional streams of revenue to provide for the orphans' food, clothing, and winter preparations. The Ehrenfest temple's orphange director's quarters are located above the boys' wing of the orphanage[5]

Known Ehrenfest temple orphanage directors include Margaret (former), Myne (former), and Rozemyne (current).

Header.pngBlue Priest

The High Bishop, High Priest, and blue priests of the Ehrenfest temple preside over a summer baptism.

Blue priests and shrine maidens (青色神官, 青色巫女, aoiro shinkan, aoiro miko) are clergy who were originally born into noble families. Most of them are sent to the temple at a young age due to having insufficient mana to support their family's standing in noble society.

They typically have not attended the Royal Academy and are not considered nobles. On the rare occasion a noble becomes a blue priest voluntarily, he or she renounces his or her noble status and becomes a a commoner. On the other hand, if a noble was assigned to serve the temple under an order, s/he gets to keep his/her noble status.

It is extremely rare (perhaps unprecedented) for a commoner to be admitted to the temple as a blue priest or shrine maiden. The only known instance of this is Myne's acceptance as an apprentice blue shrine maiden, made possible by her unusually high mana and personal wealth combined with the temple's dire shortage of both mana and funding.

Known duties of blue priests and shrine maidens include:

Known blue priests and shrine maidens at the Ehrenfest temple include Christine (former), Egmont (current), Ferdinand (former), Frietack (current), Margaret (deceased), Kampfer (current), and Shikikoza (former).

Apprentice Blue Priest

Apprentice blue priests and blue shrine maidens (青色神官見習い, 青色巫女見習い,aoiro shinkan minarai, aoiro miko minarai) are children from noble families baptized in the church as blue priests. Until they come of age, they learn the duties expected of their new role and are educated in reading, writing and other basic skills.

Duties may include:

  • Dedicating a small amount of mana to the Divine Instruments all year long.
  • Dedicating large amounts of mana during the Dedication Ritual.
  • Assisting with paperwork and administrative tasks.
  • Managing temple books, documents and artifacts.

Many of the duties Myne filled during her time as an apprentice blue shrine maiden, such as participating in healing rituals and managing the orphanage, are not considered standard for apprentices.

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Grey Priests gathered to greet the new orphanage director

Gray priests and shrine maidens (灰色神官, 灰色巫女, haiiro shinkan, haiiro miko) are typically born as commoners near the temple.

When they are orphaned or abandoned by their parents, they are accepted into the temple orphanage where they are trained to become servants to the nobility. Some gray priests and priestesses are unwanted children born to the concubines of blue priests and nobles, but they are still considered commoners.

Regardless of their standing within the temple, gray priests live in forced servitude for their entire lives. They can be bought and sold by nobles to serve as servants or concubines, and they do not have any control over their careers or futures.

Due to growing up in the temple, most gray priests have only a limited understanding of how outside society works. Because food and supplies are shared equally and service is obligatory, most gray priests don't understand the concepts of money, property, compensation, or paid work. They are also unfamiliar with the concepts of family, marriage, and relationships.

Temple Attendant

Rozemyne's attendants in a discussion

Temple attendants (側仕え, sobadzukae) are gray priests and shrine maidens who serve as attendants to blue priests in the temple. Despite having the same name and similar duties, this job is not the same as that of a noble attendant.

Duties may include:

  • Preparing and serving food for one's master, helping them dress and undress, drawing baths and cleaning their living quarters.
  • Scheduling meetings, sending messages, running errands.
  • Accompanying one's master on trips out of the temple.
  • Providing sexual services, including entertaining guests and serving as a concubine.

An attendant's job is ultimately to do whatever is asked of them. Depending on their master's priorities, attendants may play music, produce artwork, work as chefs, or handle business affairs.

Temple attendants live in rooms adjacent to their master's chambers so they can always be available when needed. When an attendant is dismissed, or when their master dies or leaves the temple, they return to the orphanage as orphanage gray priests. Attendants may also be sold to a noble outside the temple. In such a case, they remain in forced servitude to their new master unless they are intentionally emancipated.

Apprentice Temple Attendant

Apprentice temple attendants are gray priests and shrine maidens who have been baptized, but have not yet come of age. They manage many of the same duties as an adult attendant, but may be supervised or trained by someone more experienced. It is not known whether an attendant apprenticeship continues until a child comes of age.

Duties may include:

  • Preparing and serving food for one's master, helping them dress and undress, drawing baths and cleaning their living quarters.
  • Accompanying one's master on trips out of the temple.
  • Sending messages, running errands, and collecting information.
  • (Apprentice shrine maidens.) Entertaining and flirting with male guests.[6].

Apprentice attendants mainly learn to do the tasks their master requires of them, so their education and training may progress very differently depending on whom they serve. However, all apprentice attendants learn the general etiquette and protocol that nobles expect of their servants. They are also familiar with noble euphemisms.

Orphanage Gray Priest

Orphanage gray priests and shrine maidens. Regardless of their age, gray priests who are not currently serving as attendants stay in the orphanage, where they recieve meager but equal access to food and shelter.

Their duties include:

  • Cleaning and maintaining the orphanage and public areas of the temple.
  • Caring for the children currently living in the orphanage. (Mainly gray shrine maidens.)
  • (Ehrenfest only). Assisting with the printing industry as it relates to the orphanage workshop.

Because attendants tend to recieve more and higher quality food, better accommodations, and otherwise preferential treatment, most gray priests in the orphanage are eager to secure a position as an attendant.

Unbaptized Orphan

An orphan abandoned at the temple is entrusted to the care of a gray shrine maiden.

Unbaptized orphan. This group is made up of children of grey shrine maidens and children from the lower city who either lost or were abondoned by their families.

In the eyes of the temple, a child does not become a "living person" until they are baptized. They have no rights or legal protection, and their treatment is entirely dependent on the goodwill of those around them. Unbaptized orphans are strictly forbidden to leave the orphanage without the express permisison of the orphanage director.

Orphans who survive to the age of seven are baptized and become gray priests and shrine maidens. At that point, they either serve as apprentice attendants or remain in the orphanage.






Header.pngTrivia

  • Ceremonial robes worn by clergy are a rare exemption to the rules about hem length. Despite being underage, Rozemyne wears ceremonial robes that extend to her ankles. Her daily robes, however, have the typical hem length expected for a girl her age[7].
  • "Divine Gifts" are called "Alms of the Gods" in the anime.

Header.pngReferences

  1. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 3. Chapter 13: Angelica's Graduation Ceremony
  2. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 3 Volume 1. Chapter 6: Reunited at Last
  3. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 3 Volume 1. Chapter 4: Adoption
  4. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 2. Chapter 13: A Tea Party with Eglantine
  5. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Fanbook. Temple Tour by Miya Kazuki
  6. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 2 Volume 1. Chapter 11: Delia's Job
  7. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 3 Volume 1 Chapter 8: Starbind Ceremony in the Lower City

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